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Dear Parents/Families,

It is hard to believe, but our summer is more than half over! I hope you are enjoying the last month of summer sunshine with your student before they return to their "home" in Binghamton. We certainly miss the excitement and energy of the students on campus, and I can't wait to see them again soon. We are hard at work here preparing the campus for move in next month. As your student packs up for the fall, it can pay to check out our Residential Life website for what to bring.

By now, most new students and their families have either attended or registered for a summer orientation program. Please make sure you are finishing your "homework assignments" from the parent/family sessions:

Make your plans now to visit campus for Family Weekend.

You might also check out the Parents and Guardians page on the Residential Life website, which contains a great deal of information about living on campus, as well as tips on how to navigate the sometimes rocky road of your student preparing to leave home for college.

You can read the entire Parent Connect here, and if you have any suggestions or comments, feel free to contact me at 607-777-2804 or

We all look forward to seeing your students next month, and will be sending some final tips about Move-In Day in the August Parent Connect!

April Thompson
Dean of Students  

Incoming families – watch for Summer Send-Offs!

The Summer Send-Off Program begins in August, when parents of current students and alumni host receptions for incoming families from their hometown before Move-In Day. These receptions connect your sons and daughters with other local families to help them feel a part of the Bearcat community before they even arrive on campus! Make plans to join in one of the events in your area:

Register to attend online

Health services self-care kit

To ensure a safe and healthy semester for students, the Decker Student Health Services Center provides a list of health-related self-care products including thermometers, antibiotic ointment and pain relievers that should be packed to bring to campus. For the complete list, as well as information on walk-in hours, appointments, walk-in clinics and emergency care, go online

From the Office of Student Records and Financial Aid

Changes Announced to University Career Services

Kelli Smith began her duties on June 2 as the new director of the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development. Smith comes to Binghamton from her position as assistant director of career services at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. "With 20 years of progressive leadership experience in higher education, Kelli is well-positioned to take Binghamton University's career services operations to the next level," said Brian Rose, vice president for student affairs.

In addition, the career center was recently relocated from the ground floor of the Glenn G. Bartle Library to the University Union, adjacent to The MarketPlace. The new career center — a showpiece in a prime campus location — features a "high-tech, cool feel" that beckons students to drop in and stay awhile. The Steven Fleishman '91 and Judith Garczynski Fleishman '90 Center for Career and Professional Development is named after the donors whose generosity made all the difference in funding improvements to this critical campus space. "They have given us the foundation to create one of the best career development programs in the country," Rose said of the Fleishmans' support. A formal dedication for the naming of the Fleishman Center is planned for the fall.

Whether students are new to the University or preparing to spend their last semester on campus, in this competitive job market it is imperative for each of them to focus on their future career and utilize the services of the Fleishman Center to position themselves for future success.

Public Speaking Skills Lab an example of enriched student life

Binghamton maintains and enhances its community of learning through an impressive array of clubs, organizations, sports and other activities. The international makeup of Binghamton's student body and distinctive educational opportunities offered beyond the classroom contribute to a learning environment in which students thrive.

The Public Speaking Skills Lab (PSSL) is one example of how Binghamton University provides enrichment to students. With support from the Binghamton Fund for Student Life, the PSSL provides quality peer-to-peer consulting to ANY Binghamton University student seeking oral presentation assistance and critique. Its peer consultants offer constructive oral presentation consulting to students from planning to delivery in a risk-free, professional environment. For more information on the PSSL, go online.

Parents who are appreciative of a service like the PSSL that can make their students' education more manageable can donate to the Binghamton Fund for Student Life and help make Binghamton University a home away from home for students with many different interests, goals and needs. Gifts to the fund help sustain a safe and healthy campus, promoting all aspects of students' growth while complementing the University's academic agenda.

It's easy to donate and can help enrich your student's education. To donate to the Binghamton Fund for Student Life, go online

Accelerated degree programs

Did you know that Binghamton University has more than 50 fast-track degree options that allow students to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in five fast years? Choosing an accelerated degree program saves a full year of tuition, helps save on some graduate courses and allows students to hit the ground running with a master's degree, putting more jobs and opportunities within reach. For information on the University's accelerated programs, go online

Binghamton University wins $1.2 million grant in nationwide competition

Binghamton University won a highly competitive grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which challenged the nation's research universities to develop effective strategies to attract and retain students in science disciplines, including those from underrepresented groups. Of 170 institutions that applied, only 37 grants were awarded.

Binghamton will use its $1.2 million, five-year grant to help launch and sustain its Freshman Research Immersion (FRI) program.

"This award will help Binghamton provide first-year students with a year-long, authentic research experience in sciences and engineering," President Harvey Stenger said. "We appreciate the support from HHMI and the confidence that it has in Binghamton, which reflects the very high quality of our research programs."

The FRI will initially channel 90 students in three research streams beginning in fall 2014: biofilms (microbial communities that create films on surfaces and are problematic in healthcare and industry); neuroscience (neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's); and smart energy (generating and storing energy in more sustainable ways), with about 30 students per stream.

"Our goal is to have at least 10 research streams established within five years, supporting more than 300 freshmen annually, with another 200 students in a summer immersion program," said Nancy Stamp, professor of biological sciences and director of the program. "This grant will allow us to hire research assistant professors to oversee the research stream laboratories where these young students will conduct research."

Read more in Inside

Freshman Research Immersion program

Speech and Debate Team ranked 8th in the nation

After qualifying two teams for the National Debate Tournament (NDT) held in March at Indiana University, Binghamton University's Speech and Debate Team ended the season ranked third in its district, behind only Harvard and Cornell, 8th in the nation overall and 21st in the nation at the varsity level.

Binghamton teams have qualified for the NDT eight times since 2005, but this was the first time in five years that two Binghamton teams had qualified for the 78-team field: one a team comprised of freshman Jesus Cepin and sophomore Lenny Herrara, who specifically transferred to Binghamton from Towson University to debate; the other with senior Trevor Reddick and sophomore Dhruv Sehgal, a student in only his second year of debate.

The NDT represents the top level of national competition in the country and to qualify these students competed against debaters who often had seven or eight years of experience.

Along with qualifying two teams, Binghamton also won the Northeast JV Regional Championship with a ballot count of 15-0. (As an aside, the championship team of two – Brandon Evans and Brittney Bleyle – became engaged shortly before the regional competition while debating together.) Binghamton's team also includes Jesse Smith, the third-ranked individual novice debater in the country.

Read more in the President's Quarterly Report 

Dining services

Binghamton University Dining has a new and improved website! Check out Binghamton University Dining Services by Sodexo @ for a user-friendly tool that includes information about our dining venues, meal plans and more!

Click here to see the benefits of having a meal plan and dining on campus:

In addition to the website, you can find Sodexo @BUCampusFood via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram!


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Last Updated: 7/17/14