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APRIL 2011 EDITION

Binghamton University's faculty works with local schools on 'Fall in Love With an Author' program.

New York state budget and SUNY

The New York state budget, finalized around 1 a.m. Thursday, March 31, was the first budget passed on time in five years. The budget calls for an estimated $289-million reduction in the operating budget of the State University of New York. These cuts bring SUNY's total reductions to more than $1.4 billion over the past four years.

The final budget also includes reform of the legislation that governs how SUNY purchases supplies and equipment and manages construction projects. Several other reforms backed by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher -- including implementation of a rational tuition policy and more freedom for SUNY's university centers to enter into public-private partnerships -- were excluded.

"Though the state budget doesn't say anything explicitly about tuition or a rational tuition plan, there will be conversations on tuition in the months ahead," President C. Peter Magrath said at a recent Binghamton Faculty Senate meeting. "The governor has agreed to have a meeting of stakeholders about UB 2020, and that will lead to a discussion of the special role of University centers and of a tuition policy for all four-year institutions, with particular attention paid to needs of the centers."


University News and Accomplishments

Magrath agrees to stay on as president
Chancellor Zimpher on March 29 stated that she will recommend appointment of C. Peter Magrath as president of Binghamton University to the SUNY Board of Trustees, effective March 28, 2011, for a term that will run through Dec. 31, 2011. 

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President discusses new term, fiscal times with full faculty
President Magrath spoke to the full faculty Tuesday, March 29, and said that Binghamton University is "totally stable in the current academic fiscal year and will be absolutely solid and stable for 2011-2012." Beyond that, there are questions marks, he said. "However, based on the facts that we are strong and a lot of what we do is extraordinarily valuable -- and this University gets an incredible amount of strength from its staff and faculty -- I think we will be OK."

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Tour Binghamton's new Engineering and Science Building
The $66 million, two-story glass, metal and stone Engineering and Science Building, which broke ground in October 2008, is well on its way to completion. Slated for opening in fall 2011, the building will accommodate the expansion of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, adding about 125,000 square feet to the Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC). The new building will feature state-of-the-art, flexible research laboratory space, as well as suites for new business start-ups and offices that support the University's ongoing and expanding industry partnerships.

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Boys & Girls Club partnership wins $15,000 grant
The Boys & Girls Club Mentors student group and the Boys & Girls Club of Binghamton received a $15,000 grant in the annual Newman's Own Foundation Campus Community Service Challenge.

The grant was awarded to the University's Boys & Girls Club Mentors student group for winning second place in a competition against eight other student groups from schools in the America East Conference.

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Think Binghamton Day at the Mall
The second annual Binghamton University Day at the Mall is scheduled from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in the center court of the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City. The event will showcase the University's offerings in education, entertainment and business consulting, and thank community members for their support.

The day-long event will include a diverse set of exhibits including cutting-edge research projects; science and art projects for children; music and dance performances by University groups; and information on courses, admission, employment and business resources.

This year's participants include groups like Undergraduate Admissions, the Small Business Development Center, Research Advancement, and S3IP. Campus organizations including the Chemistry Club, the Student Nursing Association and WHRW, as well as representatives from the E.W. Heier Teaching and Research Greenhouse and the Nature Preserve will offer hands-on activities and demonstrations. Performances by Binghamton Bhangra, the Binghamton University Saxophone Quartet and other groups are scheduled throughout the day. To learn more, contact Diane Greiwe at dgreiwe@binghamton.edu or 607-777-3658.


Research

Taking aim at tumors
Binghamton University researchers are contributing to a body of knowledge that may one day lead to targeted cancer treatments.

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Stereotypes push women away from entrepreneurship
Vishal Gupta, who has devoted much of his research career to entrepreneurship, finds that gender stereotypes can discourage women from starting their own businesses.

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Historian focuses on Civil War suicides
Diane Miller Sommerville's latest research project, which shines new light on an under-examined Civil War topic, earned her a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Award.

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Diane H. Greiwe
Advocacy Communications Specialist
University Communications and Marketing
Binghamton University
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902
dgreiwe@binghamton.edu
607-777-3658

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IN THIS ISSUE:

UNIVERSITY
NEWS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Magrath agrees to stay on as president

President discusses new term, fiscal times with full faculty

Tour Binghamton's new Engineering and Science Building

Boys & Girls Club partnership wins $15,000 grant

Think Binghamton Day at the Mall

RESEARCH

Taking aim at tumors

Stereotypes push women away from entrepreneurship

Historian focuses on Civil War suicides