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We're near the finish line, but still need your help to reach our $100 million goal by Saturday, when the Bold.Brilliant.Binghamton campaign comes to a close. To make your charitable gift, go to And don't forget to help us celebrate at the Homecoming Tailgate!

HOMECOMING 2012 - OCT. 12-14
Make plans to return to Binghamton and enjoy a wonderful fall weekend. Homecoming is a great time to see your friends, relive treasured memories and make new ones. Visit the Homecoming website today to add your name to our attendee list, and to see who else is planning to be here.


Get your foursome together and join us for the Alumni Golf Classic, which will take place on Friday, Aug. 3, at Vestal Hills Country Club in Vestal. This event is open to the public. The Alumni Golf Classic is a great opportunity to get away from the office for a day to enjoy golf, good food and more. We also offer sponsorship opportunities that will give great visibility to your business. Visit the tournament website to see details and to register now.


University Advocacy: Think Tank Membership Tops 9,000
More than 9,000 supporters are now members of the University's "Think Tank" advocacy group. This year, advocates played an important role in securing support for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's NYSUNY 2020 challenge grant program. Approval of Binghamton's proposal, which will enable Binghamton to construct a state-of-the-art Smart Energy Research and Development Facility, expand educational opportunities for 2,000 additional students, and hire 385 faculty and staff, is expected soon. Learn more.


Binghamton University is on iTunes! If you're on campus, you can access the iTunes site using your PODS ID and password. If you are off campus, you can access our video and audio files through Apple's iTunes store. Search for "Binghamton University" and you'll find academic lectures, videos from Alumni Association events and more!


Are you looking for ways to save money on your dental bills this year? AlumniDent® provides affordable group dental insurance to alumni and their families, with immediate coverage for preventive, diagnostic and restorative services. AlumniDent also offers budget-friendly payment options to help keep costs low. And best of all, there is no network – so you can keep your family dentist! For online enrollment, or to learn more about this exclusive plan available through the Alumni Insurance Program, visit the AlumniDent website.


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Jones appointed interim Harpur dean

From staff reports

Dean Wayne JonesIncoming Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Donald Nieman announced on June 19 that Wayne E. Jones, Jr., professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry, has accepted a one-year interim appointment as dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1. A national search for a permanent dean will begin in late summer.

"Wayne is a true collaborator with solid administrative experience as well as a commitment to both research and high-quality teaching," said Nieman. "He has earned the respect of faculty, staff and senior administrators and I'm confident he will be highly effective in his role as interim dean."

"I'm honored and excited to accept this opportunity to work with my colleagues in Harpur College, especially at such a critical time for the liberal arts and for the University's development as its road map strategic planning initiative gets underway," said Jones.

Jones, who joined the faculty at Binghamton in 1993, earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from St. Michael's College in Vermont, and his doctorate in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a post doctoral fellow at the University of Texas, Austin, and a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania in 2000.

Winner of a Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001, Jones is founding director of the Center for Learning and Teaching, which provides resources to students and faculty to improve the teaching and learning process and hosts the Institute for Student-Centered Learning workshops each year. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Educational Technology Systems.

Jones also developed and leads the Go Green Institute, an annual summer program that brings about 50 of the Southern Tier's brightest middle-schoolers to campus for an intensive 10-day, hands-on exploration of science with a focus on a sustainable living environment.

An inorganic chemist, Jones studies photo-induced electron and energy transfer processes in inorganic and polymer systems with specific research interests in polymer sensors, photovoltaics and electronic nanomaterials. He has authored more than 125 publications and articles, holds four patents and is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. His work has been supported by nearly $6 million in federal research grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the New York State Center for Advanced Technology (IEEC), and industrial partners.

In addition to his administrative experience as a department chair, Jones served as deputy to the president from 2001 to 2006.

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Last Updated: 11/12/13