March 14 and 15 brought nearly three feet of snow to the Binghamton region, adding up to the largest snowfall on record for the area. Physical Facilities staff worked long hours plowing, snow-blowing and shoveling to keep campus roads and walkways clear, beginning at 3 a.m. March 14, and not letting up until after loading snow onto trucks to take offsite the following weekend. Get the stats for their amazing work, and that of others on campus, in this report.
TWO SCHOOLS TO MERGE, PHARMACY SCHOOL GAINS PRECANDIDATE STATUS
The Division of Academic Affairs has moved forward on a number of fronts in the past quarter, gaining precandidate status for the new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, as well as approval for the Graduate School of Education to merge with the College of Community and Public Affairs. A new dean was hired for Harpur College of Arts and Sciences and a new institute and new programs have been announced. Read about these many initiatives in this report.
MAJOR DONATIONS AND ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT TOP THE AGENDA
This quarter, the University received a seven-figure gift from an alumnus to support local students and the Visions Financial Wellness Center in the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development was unveiled. The Division of Advancement continues to find ways to engage alumni and donors who support the University and its students. Read about its initiatives in this report.
Binghamton Research Days are coming up. The April event, designed to celebrate research, scholarship and creative activities across campus, will again feature student poster sessions, special lectures and tours as well as workshops. As the event enters its sixth year, it’s exciting to see the ways in which research is becoming more central not only to the University but also in the lives of so many undergraduate students.
The new STEAM Room makerspace opened in Mountainview's Appalachian Room G02 in March. Any Binghamton student can stop in to learn, explore and create using tools and materials provided for textiles, CAD, music, artistry, jewelry, design, electronics and robotics. Read about the STEAM Room and other Division of Student Affairs activities and initiatives in this quarter's report.
Binghamton's athletics program can be proud of its athletics director: Patrick Elliott was selected as one of 12 Division I athletics directors across the country to be recognized as an AD of the year. Other athletics news saw retired WNBA star Swin Cash speak at the 12th Annual Celebrating Women's Athletics Luncheon in February, and people getting their heads shaved at the Sixth Annual St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser sponsored by Binghamton University Athletics. Read about athletics initiatives in this report.
Thanks to a change in the University's academic calendar, students were back for a week of activities in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. The Multicultural Resource Center also coordinated a Bearcats March to D.C. and the LGBTQ Center changed its name to the Q Center. Read about all of the activities coordinated by the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in this report.
FOUNDATION HOSTS DONOR RECOGNITION RECEPTION IN NYC
The Binghamton University Foundation launches its own page with this issue of the quarterly report. Read about its recent reception to recognize and thank donors here, and watch for more about the Foundation and its work in future issues.