"What I learned at Harpur was particularly valuable," Ann M. DeLaney, Esq. '67 told an audience of graduates in May. "I learned, first, to think for myself. And I learned, secondly, how to marshal whatever analysis I had of any particular problem in front of me, to garner my thoughts and to advocate my side of the case. Those skills have served me well."
DeLaney was speaking at the Harpur College Division of Social Sciences recognition ceremony the day prior to Commencement at which Harpur College Dean Don Nieman presented her with an Alumni Award in the Division of Social Sciences. She is the first woman to head a major political party in Indiana. DeLaney, author of Politics for Dummies, is executive director of the Julian Center in Indianapolis, the largest domestic-violence shelter in Indiana, and in 2000 was appointed standing trustee in Chapter 13 bankruptcy by President William J. Clinton, a position she continues to hold. She co-founded DeLaney and DeLaney LLP, a law firm specializing in civil litigation.
Harpur's Division of Fine Arts and Humanities presented Audie K. Chang '73 with an Alumni Award for his distinguished service to Harpur College and his community. During a successful career in Silicon Valley, Chang co-founded the Asian Business League of San Francisco and the San Francisco chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans, a non-profit civil rights organization. He is a founding member of Binghamton University's Asian and Asian American Alumni Council.
"I'm fortunate that my choice of [history and theatre] majors gave me a competitive edge in business," he said. "Honing my skills in communicating, surviving rejection, motivating others and continuing to learn new tricks. If you are like me without a defining career when you graduate, just remember that your liberal arts degree is a foundation to build on… You have an enduring platform to develop yourself to the fullest."
From the Division of Science and Mathematics, Dr. Kenneth Jay Roth '78 received Harpur's Alumni Award for his distinguished work in establishing Sharp Community Medical Group, which serves 150,000 patients throughout San Diego County. In 2008, President George W. Bush awarded Roth and Sharp's executive leadership team the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Achievement Award for outstanding organizational improvement.
Roth told the audience that the key to successful lives and careers was to "look inside your heart and find that flame that burns within, that love, the will, the passion that will drive you to apply that degree that you received today into making a difference to the world around you. Your degree may open the door for success, but it's that life force that will transform the world around you."
The Richard Antoun Faculty Award for Excellence in Anthropology was given for the first time this year in honor of Professor Emeritus Antoun. Professor Antoun's wife, Roz, and son, Nicholas, presented the award to Aja Lans '11.Back to top
Former School of Management dean Norgaard dies
By Katie Ellis
Corine Norgaard, 73, former dean of the School of Management, died in June of pancreatic cancer.
Norgaard served as KPMG Peat Marwick Professor of Accounting and dean of the School of Management from August 1993 until July 1996, when she left to assume the deanship of the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford.
She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from North Texas State University, and her PhD in accounting and statistics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Prior to joining Binghamton University, she was professor of accounting and director of external affairs and development for the School of Business Administration at the University of Connecticut. During her career, she also taught at the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Connecticut, and was a visiting professor at the Yale University School of Organization and Management and at the University of British Columbia.
Vincent Pasquale, retired assistant dean of the School of Management, said Norgaard was a great friend and very proud of her Texas heritage, sharing her love of Texan customs with faculty and staff, hosting celebrations of Texas Independence Day and Texas-style ice cream socials.
“She established great rapport with faculty, students, alumni and members of the local business community,” he said. “She was generous with her time, and her down-to-earth style contributed to her ability to work well with and bring out the best in all who were fortunate enough to have known and worked with her.”
“She was a leader dedicated to excellence,” said Mary Ann Swain, former provost and now professor in the Decker School of Nursing. “She was dedicated especially to ensuring that students received a first-rate education that prepared them well for their subsequent careers.”
Thomas Kelly, who preceded Norgaard as SOM dean and served as vice president for external affairs while she was dean, added that Norgaard played a key role in strengthening the school’s relationships.
“[She] worked very hard to take to the next level the relationship of our SOM with the largest accounting firms,” he said. “Corinne also worked hard to have the School ready for its move to Academic I [now called Academic A]; she and her husband, Richard, contributed personally to this project by providing a gift to name the Dean’s Suite. A plaque in the Deans’ Office honors this important gift.”
Norgaard was co-author of Principles of Accounting (1991), Management Accounting (1985) and numerous articles and reviews. She also authored Compilation and Review of Financial Projection, a self-study professional development course. She served on a number of corporate and non-profit boards, as vice president of the 25,000 member American Accounting Association, Northeast Region, and as associate editor of The Accounting Review.
Norgaard is survived by her husband of 47 years, Richard, who was a research professor in economics at Binghamton, a son and daughter-in-law, a grandson and a sister.
Computer science teams win FAA Design Competition
By Ashley Smith
For the third year straight, Associate Professor of Computer Science William Ziegler and his computer science student teams have placed first and second in two categories of the National Federal Aviation Administration Design Competition. The technical design competition invites undergraduate and graduate students to tackle airport issues that fall within broad categories including airport operation and maintenance, runway safety/runway incursions, airport environmental interactions, and airport management and planning.
Up against some of the top aeronautical and aviation colleges and programs in the nation, Ziegler said he’s as surprised as any at their continued success.
“I already felt they were gunning for us last year and now they’ve had the opportunity to see and analyze our style,” he said. “But maybe they’re so embedded in it [aviation], that as novices we see things differently.”
Essentially, the competition is a writing exercise, and as the teams’ coach, Ziegler demands the best from his students. “You don’t have to build these things but you do have to explain them well,” he said. “I teach my students that if we don’t do something right, we have to revise over and over again, sometimes up to five times before it’s right.”
While the FAA competition is judged on the team effort, grades in the course are still based on individual contribution. So even a first-place finish in the national competition doesn’t guarantee every student an A. “If we don’t win, would I give everyone an F?” Ziegler said.
The continued success is not without its challenges, though. For some students, this class falls in the final semester of their senior year. Some already have jobs and, because it’s a required course, you can’t assume that everyone wants to be there or that everyone wants to do things five times over to win.
“There are students who just are not interested for whatever reason, but I still demand that they work to their highest potential,” Ziegler said. “In past courses, they’ve been allowed to rise or fall according to their own whims, where I want them to rise or fall according to their own abilities.
“We have really smart students here, but there are a lot of smart students in other places, too,” he said. “But I think we see some of the (aviation) problems more clearly because we’re not in it every day. And we also come up with solutions that others don’t because we look at it from an outsider’s view.”
The first-place team of students developed procedures to remediate dangerous and environmentally hazardous fuel spills.
Planes are fueled by trucks on the airport apron, and regardless of whether it’s from human error or mechanical malfunction, a fuel spill could be disastrous to the environment, and ignition of a spill could be deadly.
Students found a winning solution right on the Binghamton University campus. A pervious concrete bed behind Bingham Hall allows rainwater to seep through the concrete quickly to be released into the ground rather than pooling on top.
For their airport design, the team mapped a grid on the test bed and determined how quickly water was dispensed per square foot of pervious concrete. With that base, they calculated how large of a bed would be needed at the airport to catch a fuel spill. Under the pervious concrete they designed a collection system. Rainwater could be released naturally but a spill would be captured for disposal with no opportunity for ignition or damage to the environment.
Another team of students took second place for its innovative smartphone application aimed at increasing efficiencies during airport emergencies.
Currently, when a plane goes off radar, an emergency transmission with the latitude and longitude of the potential crash location is sent to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA uses paper maps to determine which airport is nearest to that latitude and longitude. That airport must then determine if or what emergency measures are needed, eating up precious time in the search for survivors.
“A latitude and a longitude mean nothing until the coordinates are converted to a geographic location, so there are planes that are not found for a long time,” Ziegler explained. “People say, ‘Well isn’t that enough information.’ But I’ve asked probably 100 people, ‘Do you know the latitude and longitude of where we are right now?’ There is never a person who knows the answer, including myself. So what good is it?”
In the team’s solution, the latitude and longitude is still sent to NOAA. But NOAA and every airport have a smartphone with an app. When a transmission is received, NOAA’s phone recognizes the location immediately and calls the nearest airport. Then the app provides the airport with GPS turn-by-turn directions that not only lead responders to the closest road, but guide them through off-road terrain to the exact accident location.
Professor awarded prestigious nursing fellowship
By Ryan Yarosh
Ann Fronczek, director of undergraduate programs and faculty member in the Decker School of Nursing, has been selected to participate in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Leadership for Academic Nursing Program.
Admitting only 50-60 fellows each year, the program is designed to develop and enhance leadership skills in new and emerging administrators in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. The yearlong program provides participants with a focused assessment experience, a range of content and case studies related to successful leadership, and the opportunity to establish networks with mentors and peers. Kicking off with a five-day seminar in late July, the program addresses multiple important executive leadership topics, numerous assessment experiences and the opportunity to utilize an experienced mentor.
AACN is the national voice for university and four year-college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 640 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research and practice.
Student leader attends United Way retreat
By Bobbie Brundege
Mollie Shapiro, vice president of the Human Development Student Association and a participant in the CIC 2020 Proseminar in Civic Engagement last spring, took up Crews’ gauntlet and recruited students who want to be involved. Working with Phillip Ginter, director of allocations for the United Way of Broome County, Shapiro continues to build student participation.
“Students are a vital part of our community,” said Ginter. “We’re excited about the chance to work with students and provide them with meaningful opportunities to connect with the community through volunteerism.”
As a result of her efforts, last September the United Way sent Shapiro to the Student United Way Leaders Retreat in Washington, D.C. The Student United Way is an organization on more than 50 college campuses nationwide; the chapters work directly with the local United Way offices to further the goals of “Give, Advocate and Volunteer.”
Shapiro is working to establish a group at Binghamton. She says the retreat gave her “the chance to see what it will take to get the Student United Way off the ground and how I can make it the most effective on and off campus.”
GSE announces 2011-12 Couper Fellow
By Eric Coker
Omole’s studies will focus on culture, curriculum and schooling in post-colonial Africa.
“I am happy to be a recipient of the Couper Fellowship award,” she said. “I thank the Couper family for establishing the fund and the Graduate School of Education for considering me worthy of the award.
“I appreciate all of the professors in the Graduate School of Education whose courses I have taken. Each of these courses has contributed to my ability to question what I have all my life accepted as normal.”
The Edgar W. Couper Endowment Fund for Educational Excellence provides Couper Fellowships annually to one or more full-time students in GSE’s doctoral program in Educational Theory and Practice.
The fellowships and lecture honor Couper, a former chancellor of the New York state Board of Regents, who helped bring Binghamton into the State University of New York system in 1950.
The reception also served as introduction to the school’s 13 new doctoral students. The students include Randall Edouard, director of Binghamton University’s Educational Opportunity Program.
The Couper Lecture was given by Russell Skiba, professor of counseling and educational psychology at Indiana University. He discussed “Race is Not Neutral: Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disproportionality in Discipline.”