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Binghamton University
Motto From breadth through depth to perspective
Established 1946
Type Public
Endowment $59.9 million (as of 2009)[1]
President Lois B. DeFleur
Students 14,435
Undergraduates 11,515
Postgraduates 2,920
Location Vestal, NY, USA
Campus Suburban, 887 acres (3.6 km²)
Colors Green, Black and White
Nickname The Bearcats
Mascot Baxter The Bearcat
Athletics NCAA Division I Basketball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Baseball
Affiliations State University of New York
Website Binghamton.edu

Binghamton University, State University of New York is a public research university located in the state of New York. The main campus of the university in located in Vestal, New York while a secondary education center exists in nearby downtown Binghamton, New York. The university is one of the four university centers in New York State's State University of New York system of post-secondary public education centers. Since its establishment in 1946, Binghamton University has grown from a small liberal arts college to a large doctoral-granting institution, presently consisting of six colleges and schools and is now home to nearly 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

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History

Binghamton University was established in 1946 as Triple Cities College to serve the needs of local veterans returning from World War II of the Triple Cities area. Established in Endicott, New York; the college was a branch of Syracuse University. Originally, Triple Cities College offered local students the first two years of their education, while the following two were spent at Syracuse. However, starting in the 1946-47 year, students were allowed to earn their degrees entirely in Binghamton. When the college split from Syracuse and became incorporated into the State University of New York (SUNY) in 1950, it was renamed Harpur College, in honor of Robert Harpur, a Colonial teacher and pioneer who settled in the Binghamton area. It was one of only two public liberal arts schools in New York State. Of the four University Centers (Stony Brook, Albany, Buffalo and Binghamton), Binghamton was the first to join SUNY.

In 1951, the college began a move to its current location in Vestal, New York. The 387-acre (1.57 km2) site was purchased from a local farmer, anticipating future growth for the school. Colonial Hall, the original building of the former campus, stands today as the Village of Endicott Visitor's Center.

Aerial photograph of Binghamton University.

After Harpur was selected as one of the four university centers of SUNY in 1965, it was renamed State University of New York at Binghamton. As other schools were added, Harpur College retained its name as the liberal arts college core, and largest component, of Binghamton.

The first president of Harpur College, who began as Dean of Triple Cities College, was Glenn Bartle. The second president served several years during the Vietnam era, and then moved up to be Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the SUNY Central Administration in Albany. Third in line was C. Peter MaGrath, who came from the University of Nebraska, served only a brief time in the early seventies, then left in the summer of 1974 to become president at the University of Minnesota.

The fourth president at Binghamton University was Clifford D. Clark, who left his position as dean of the Business School at the University of Kansas to serve as vice president for academic affairs at Binghamton in 1973, but quickly was asked to take on the job of acting president in the fall of 1974 when McGraw left for Minnesota. Clark then was selected as president and served from March 1975 through mid-1990. In Clark's presidency, he led the campus as it moved from primarily a stellar four-year liberal arts college to a thriving research university. Clark added the Anderson Center and inaugurated the Summer Music Festival, created the Harpur Forum (now called the University Forum), established the Watson School of Engineering, fostered the expansion and development of the Nursing School, turned a simple public information office into a development, alumni and public relations office able to represent the University to its many constituencies, and, during a short leave from Binghamton when he served as vice chancellor for graduate studies and research at SUNY Central, pushed for and got a new program for underrepresented graduate students, which continues today to bring diverse students of exceptional caliber to SUNY. The program at Binghamton is enhanced through the Clark Fellowship program, which provides supplemental funding to support these students' endeavors. Upon his retirement from the presidency, Clark taught for several years at Binghamton as University Professor in the Economics Department and on taking emeritus status has continued to teach one course a year in development economics in his new home in southeast Michigan. Lois DeFleur took the reigns in mid-1990 when President Clark retired.

In 1992, the university adopted the name Binghamton University as its popular, short-form name. Harpur College is still the largest of Binghamton's constituent schools, with more than 60% of the school's undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a Harpur degree program.

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Thomas J. Watson

Thomas J. Watson is an important figure in Binghamton's fabric. Having been a founding member of IBM in Broome County, Watson viewed the region as an area of great potential. In the early 1940s he collaborated with a group of local leaders to initiate the creation of Triple Cities College (of Syracuse University), which would later become Harpur College and then finally Binghamton. He donated land at and around the original IBM site in Endicott, NY, where the school called home for just a few years. The campus broke ground at its current location in Vestal, NY, in 1954. In 1967, the School of Advanced Technology was established—the precursor to the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science that was founded in 1983.

Organization

Binghamton's president is Lois B. DeFleur, who has served as president since 1990. There are five divisions: Academic Affairs, Administration, External Affairs, Research, and Student Affairs, each of which is managed by a vice president. Binghamton is part of the State University of New York system and is one of four university centers of the SUNY system. The University is governed by the Board of Trustees of the SUNY system. The Binghamton University Council also exists to oversee certain aspects of the school's governance such as student conduct, budget, and physical facilities. Nine of the ten members are appointed by the governor of New York, with the remaining member elected by the student body.[2]

Colleges and schools

Binghamton comprises the following colleges and schools:

  • Harpur College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest of Binghamton's schools. It is home to more than 7,000 undergraduates and more than 1,200 graduate students in 29 departments and 12 interdisciplinary degree programs in the fine arts, humanities, natural and social sciences, and mathematics. Harpur's newly appointed (in July 2008) dean is Donald Nieman.
  • The College of Community and Public Affairs offers an undergraduate major in human development as well as graduate programs in social work and public administration. It was formed in July 2006 after a reorganization of its predecessor, the School of Education and Human Development.[3] Patricia Ingraham is the current dean.
  • The Decker School of Nursing was established in 1969.[4] The school offers undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in nursing. The school's current dean is Joyce Ferrario and it is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • The School of Education was formed in July 2006 as part of the same reorganization that created the College of Community and Public Affairs. It offers master’s of science and doctoral degrees and is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).[5] SOE's newly appointed (in July 2008) dean is S.G. Grant.
  • The School of Management is one of the nation's top 40 business schools (top 15 among public schools) and the most selective school on the Binghamton campus.[citation needed] It offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in management, finance, information science, marketing, and accounting. Upinder Dhillon oversees the school as dean and Koffman Scholar of Finance. It is accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The accounting program is currently ranked as the #2 accounting program in the country as rated by BusinessWeek.
  • The Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science is one of the fastest growing schools on campus.[citation needed] It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, bioengineering, industrial engineering, materials science, and computer science. Its current dean is Hari Srihari. All of the school's departments have been accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

Law school

  • The University has officially announced plans to launch a law school. This initiative is in its earliest stages though an external review has been completed and the University is moving forward with its proposal. The administration has been working with SUNY, the governor, the American Bar Association (ABA), and other important organizations, regarding required accreditation, which the school expects by the time the first class graduates. No decision on where the school will be located has been made.[6][7]

Residential communities

Mountainview College

Residence halls at Binghamton are grouped into seven communities. The apartment communities used to house graduate students, but now house undergraduates. Of the residential colleges, Dickinson Community and Newing College feature corridor-style double-occupancy rooms, while College-in-the-Woods mixes suites and double- and triple-occupancy rooms, and Hinman College and Mountainview College (the newest of the communities) consist of suites, exclusively. Susquehanna Community and Hillside Community contain only apartments.

The newly completed Bingham Hall is the first of the new buildings in the East Campus building project. Newing and Dickinson communities are being taken down and new buildings are being erected in their stead, along with a new collegiate center and dining facility. This entire project is slated to be completed in 2013.[8]

Community themes

  • Dickinson Community: Named for Daniel S. Dickinson, a mid-19th century U.S. Senator from surrounding area, important as the "Defender of the Constitution" in pre-Civil War era. Buildings are named after other prominent local figures, including founders of the university.
  • Hinman College: Named for New York State Senator Harvey D. Hinman. Buildings are named after former New York State governors.
  • Newing College: Named for Stuart Newing a local automobile dealer who was active in the effort to have SUNY purchase Triple Cities College. Buildings are named for Southern Tier towns and counties. The buildings of this community and Dickinson Community, are currently being replaced with new buildings that will be located in the area where Newing currently is located. The first building, Bingham Hall, was completed for the Fall 2009 semester and work on the remainder of the new Newing and also the new student center/dining hall, are in the early stages of construction.
  • College-In-The-Woods: Named for its location in a wooded area of the campus. Buildings are named after tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy. The community is popularly referred to as simply CIW, or "Cdubz."
  • Mountainview College: The four individual residential halls – Cascade, Hunter, Marcy, and Windham – were named after peaks in the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains and each house up to 300 students. Mountainview is the most recent, fully new community to open at Binghamton as of June, 2009. It was completed between 2003 and 2004.[9]
  • Susquehanna Community: Buildings are named for tributaries of the Susquehanna River, which flows through the city of Binghamton.
  • Hillside Community: Named for its location at the highest part of the Binghamton campus. Halls are named for New York State parks. The 16 apartment buildings are ordered in alphabetical order clockwise.

Academics

Binghamton offers more than 80 academic undergraduate majors and more than 30 graduate majors. There also exist interdisciplinary programs that allow individualized degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. There are also several combined-degree programs which allow students to complete both their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years.The school offers several early assurance programs which guarantee acceptance to graduate/professional schools outside of Binghamton, such as SUNY Upstate Medical School. Binghamton is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

The university requires students to have completed twelve general education requirements in order to graduate, with some exceptions[10] depending on the school. These include courses in aesthetics, global inter-dependencies, humanities, laboratory science, language and communication, mathematics, physical activity and wellness, social science, and U.S. pluralism.[11] Individual schools within the university have additional requirements.[12] Students in Harpur College must complete a minimum of 126 credits to graduate. Most classes at Binghamton are worth four semester credits, rather than the more usual three. The typical undergraduate's course load thus consists of four courses (for 16 credits) rather than the usual five (for 15 credits).

Eighty-four percent of undergraduate students at Binghamton are residents of New York State, with more than 60% from the greater New York City area and the remainder from all corners of the State. The remaining 16 percent of the undergraduate student body is made up of residents of other states in the U.S. (7.5 percent) and international students (8.5 percent) from around the world.[13][14] Binghamton employs close to 600 full-time faculty, 93% of whom have PhDs or equivalents in their fields.[15]

Research and endowment

The university is designated as an advanced research institute, thus a number of research opportunities exist for both undergraduate and graduate students. There are more than thirty organized research centers that have been developed in order to facilitate interdisciplinary and specialized research.[16] The office of the vice president for research publishes an annual magazine that highlights research happening at the university. The university received more than $30 million in outside research grants in fiscal year 2007.[17]

The University has an endowment of approximately $68.9 million as of January, 2008. The endowment and fundraising campaigns are managed by the Binghamton Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation established to further the mission of Binghamton.[18]

Campus

Binghamton's New Downtown Campus in July 2007
The Couper Administration Building

Binghamton has grown to include roughly 120 buildings, some of which were recent additions from a $2.2 billion SUNY capital plan. New facilities include a housing complex, academic facilities, an indoor multipurpose Events Center to accommodate the University's commencement exercises, Bearcat athletic events and other activities, an addition to the student union and the partially completed Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC). Another significant addition is the new $29 million University Downtown Center in downtown Binghamton which opened for the fall 2007 semester. It houses the newly formed College of Community and Public Affairs. Most recently, the 2007 soccer season saw the debut of a new outdoor soccer and lacrosse stadium, and construction on a $66-million engineering and science building at the ITC is well underway.

A unique feature of the main campus is that it is shaped like a brain. The primary road on campus creates a closed loop to form the cerebrum and cerebellum, and the main entrance road creates the spinal cord which leads up to a traffic circle (representing the medulla). The main road is thus frequently referred to as The Brain. The connector road, which goes behind the Mountain View and CIW communities, is closed for a portion of the year (from late fall to spring). The campus is spread over 930 acres (3.6 km²) just south of the Susquehanna River. It features a 190-acre (0.8 km²) Nature Preserve, which contains forest and wetland areas and includes a six-acre (24,000 m²) pond, named Harpur Pond, that adjoins the campus.

Facilities and places[19]

Libraries

The Glenn G. Bartle Library, named after the University’s first president, contains collections in the humanities, social sciences, government documents and collections in mathematical and computer sciences. Additionally, Bartle Library houses the Fine Arts Collection (focusing on works relating to art, music, theater and cinema) and Special Collections (containing the Max Reinhardt Collection, as well as the Edwin A. Link and Marion Clayton Link Archives). The Science Library contains materials in all science and engineering disciplines, as well as a map collection. The University Downtown Center (UDC) Library and Information Commons opened in August 2007 and supports the departments of social work, human development and public administration.

The libraries offer a number of services including research consultation and assistance, a laptop lending program, customized instruction sessions, and three information commons located in the Bartle, Science and UDC libraries. The libraries offer access to various online databases to facilitate research for students and faculty.[20] The entire campus is also served by a wireless Internet network which all students, staff, and faculty have access to, which is funded in part by mandatory student technology fees. The computing services center supports Windows, Macintosh, and Linux systems, both in public computer labs and for students personal computers.

Anderson Center for the Performing Arts

This theater complex has three main stages: Watters Theater, seating 550; the Chamber Hall, seating 450; and the Osterhout Concert Theater, seating 1,200. The concert theater has the ability to become an open-air venue, with its movable, floor-to-ceiling glass windows that open up to a grassy hill. The Anderson Center has hosted world-class performers such as the Russian Symphony and Ballet, the Prague National Symphony and the Shakespearian Theater Company. In March 2006, an overflow house, filling all of the Anderson Center's theaters, was present to hear guest speaker Noam Chomsky.

University Art Museums

The University's art collection is housed more than one location, but all within the Fine Arts Building. The building's main-level gallery hosts various artifacts which belong to the Permanent Collection, though typically showcases student work on a rotating basis. The Permanent Collection in the basement level of the building showcases ancient art from Egypt, China and other locales. Lastly, the Elsie B. Rosefsky Gallery, just off the Grand Corridor, displays special exhibits and portfolios.

Events Center

The Events Center is the area's largest venue for athletics, concerts, fairs and more. Home court to the Binghamton Bearcats basketball teams, the facility seats about 5,300 people for games. For concerts, commencement and other larger events, the Events Center can hold up to 10,000 people. Home site for the America East Conference Men's Basketball Championships in 2005, 2006, and 2008, the court hosted the women's championships for 2007. It's also held intercollegiate indoor track meeets, tennis matches and wrestling match. Its construction cost $33.1M and opened in 2004.

Other athletic facilities

Besides the Event Center, the north end of campus houses the East and West Gym for student recreation and varsity athletic purposes. Other varsity facilities include and baseball field, softball field, the Bearcat Sports Complex (a soccer and lacrosse stadium) and an outdoor track. Other student recreation features are a series of playing fields used for soccer, football, rugby and ultimate frisbee.

Nature Preserve

University Nature Preserve, Vestal, NY

The university's Nature Preserve is a 190-acre (0.77 km2) plot of land on the southern end of campus. Students have actively worked to make sure the space remains untouched. The preserve features approximately 10 miles of maintained paths, a large lake, marsh areas, vernal pools, tall hills and even a hill-top meadow. A popular hang-out spot is the long wooden boardwalk constructed across one of the marshes, overlooking the lake.

Science Complex

The Science Complex is a five-building complex (soon to be seven) including four instructional and office buildings, a greenhouse[21] and the science library. Buildings are named sequentially as Sciences 1 through 4. Construction began in spring 2009 on a new Science 5 building.

Academic Complex

Academic A, School of Management

The Academic Complex is a two-building complex which opened in 1999. Academic A houses the School of Management and Undergraduate Admissions. Academic B houses the Decker School of Nursing and the School of Education.

University Union

Clock Tower, University Union

The University Union is divided into two sections, sometimes referred to as the Old Union and the New Union, sometimes referred to as Union East and West respectively, yet called "University Union (UU)" and "University Uninion West (UUW)" by the University itself. The Union houses many student organizations, a food co-op, the food court, Susquehanna Room dining area, a number of meeting spaces, many new classrooms, the University Bookstore and a branch of M&T Bank.

Innovative Technologies Complex

More commonly known as the ITC, the Innovative Technologies Complex is a new development intended to advance venture capital research in both the support of the university's activities as well as supporting local high technology industry. Currently the complex is a single building, formerly belonging to NYSEG adjacent to the main campus, which has been extensively renovated. Construction is underway on a second building on the site for engineering and science facilities. Early talks indicated plans for a 6-building complex at its completion. Buildings are named sequentially according to the Greek Alphabet.

Cider Mill Playhouse

The university supported a local community theatre starting in 1975. In 1991, budget cuts caused the Cider Mill Playhouse to become an independent organization.

Current and future construction

Currently, Binghamton is executing and planning several projects to facilitate the growth of the university in terms of population, research capacity and quality.[22]

  • The east campus housing project will reconstruct the Newing and Dickinson residential communities; construction began in late spring 2008 with the construction of one new building in Newing.[23] At completion, East Campus will consist of two entirely new housing communities and a student center/dining hall.
  • The Innovative Technologies Complex, currently consisting of just one building, will eventually consist of six buildings at completion. The entire complex is dedicated primarily to venture capital research in the areas of science and engineering. The second building is currently under construction. This building will house most of the Watson school engineering departments (with the exception of computer science and system science) and some of the science departments.[24]
  • A fifth science building began construction in spring 2009 to expand the existing science complex on the main campus. The new facility will host the biology and psychology departments. Once completed, renovations will begin to the existing buildings Science 3 and Science 4.[25][citation needed]
  • The Old Union underwent major construction and is now open with minor finishing touches still being applied.
  • Various pathway, bridge, pipeline and other infrastructure work is taking place. Projects, such as paths and bridges are creating increased access to expanding portions of campus, aesthetic contributions and other are simply require repair.

Rankings and statistics

Rankings

  • According to the 2009 BusinessWeek rankings, the School of Management was ranked 18th among Public Schools in the nation and has the second best accounting program. The school is in the top 4 Business Schools in New York State, along with New York University (NYU), Columbia University and Cornell University.[26] The accounting program is top 10 in CPA examination scores and with the finance concentration is the 3rd largest feeder to the Big Four accounting firms.
  • According to Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, Binghamton was ranked the #1 best value for 2009.
  • In Spring 2008, Forbes Magazine ranked Binghamton 16th among all public schools and 57th among all schools public and private.[27] The fall 2008 America's Best Colleges ranked by Forbes.com placed Binghamton at #119 overall.[28] In the most recent Forbes ranking, the school dropped to 202.
  • Binghamton is listed on Greene's Guide to Colleges as one of the Public Ivies.
  • Fiske Guide to Colleges has labeled Binghamton as "The Premier Public University in the Northeast," a statement that has become prominent in the university's marketing efforts.
  • Binghamton has the second highest four-year graduation rate among peer public schools. Binghamton is ranked 82nd among all 4-year schools in US News America's Best Colleges and Universities as of 2010.

Admissions and finance

Binghamton has a middle 50 percent SAT Score (Math + Verbal): 1200–1380, 1275 average (the national average is 1017), a four-year graduation rate: 70 percent (third highest among all public schools according to the National Education Trust), an acceptance rate of 32%.[29][30][31] For the Fall 2006 Semester, Binghamton received over 22,000 applications for 2,200 spots, and for the Fall 2007, they received over 25,000 applications for 2,300 spots. The Fall 2008 application pool rolled in over 30,000 applicants and Fall 2009 already reported a 50% increase.

Binghamton was also recently ranked #1 in the Northeast and #4 nationally for top starting salaries.

The average debt at graduation is $14,734, and the school is in the Top 15 Lowest debt-load amongst public colleges in the country.[31]

Athletics

Binghamton has been a member of the NCAA since near its inception to the SUNY system. Originally a Division III school, President DeFleur spearheaded an aggressive campaign to become a Division I school. After a three-year transition period in Division II, the school joined Division I in 2001. This was not without controversy, however, due to the perceived cost to the university. Today, they are a member of the America East Conference. Alongside the transition to Division I, a $33.1 million Events Center for basketball, track and tennis was constructed. In 2007, a $3.6 million stadium with turf fields for soccer and lacrosse, were completed. Binghamton's mascot is now the Bearcat; the team was known as the Colonials before the transition to Division I.

On March 14, 2009, Binghamton University's men's basketball team won the America East championship, securing their first bid in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. They lost in the first round to Duke. It has since emerged, however, that school officials compromised the school's reputation and integrity to build a competitive program.

In May 2009, the men's baseball team played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time. The Bearcats placed third at the regional, becoming the first America East team to win an NCAA game in four years and just the third AE team in 14 years to win a game.

Transportation

Bus transportation on campus and in local neighborhoods with a high density of students is provided by the student managed and driven Off Campus College Transport (OCCT). OCCT is entirely student run and is free for all students; it is supported by the student activity and transportation fees, paid as part of tuition, and by funds and resources provided by the university. OCCT is managed by the Student Association. Additionally, all students are able to ride the Broome County Transit buses for free.[32] Additionally outside services such as College Express and ESCAPE Student Bus Service provide transportation to student between the Binghamton Campus and the NY metropolitan area on weekends and University breaks.

Student Association and organizations

The Student Association at Binghamton University,[33] also known as the SA, bills itself as "an all encompassing organization of which every undergraduate student is a member," and functions as Binghamton's student government.[34] The Student Association is an independent non-profit organization and is one of the only student governments in the nation to operate with complete autonomy from its associated university.

The Student Association retains the sole right to charter and recognize groups on campus, other than social fraternities and sororities. Currently, the SA recognizes approximately 200 student organizations.

Press and radio

Binghamton Television

Binghamton Television[35] is a closed-circuit television station, which provides student programming to the campus community. Types of programming include TV shows, commercials, and event coverage such as lectures, meetings, and athletics.

BTV was founded in April 1989 after it was renamed from Harpur Television Workshop.

Pipe Dream student newspaper

Founded in 1946 as Colonial News, the name was changed to Pipe Dream in 1971. This paper publishes twice-weekly issues which are free and distributed across campus.

Prospect Magazine

Prospect is a left-leaning political action magazine focusing on campus and national events.

Binghamton Review

Founded in 1987, Binghamton Review is the conservative/libertarian magazine at Binghamton. Adam Shamah is the current Editor-in-Chief.

Free Press

Founded in 2006, The Free Press is arguably the more left-leaning of the student papers at Binghamton. It is published bi-weekly with a variety of content from op-ed to entertainment focusing on topics of interest to the student body.

WHRW

WHRW, an FM radio station staffed by students and community members, is a free-format college and community FM radio station. WHRW was started in 1966 by Joseph Bress, the station's first general manager. He was succeeded by David Cooper, '67, who was responsible for derailing the political career of Binghamton's mayor, Joseph Esworthy. On the "Open Line" call-in radio show, Mayor Esworthy agreed with the legalization of marijuana in a response to a question by Cooper. The Evening Press picked up the story the next day, and subsequently he lost his re-election bid.

In addition, there are several smaller newspapers and magazines published by various student groups.

Harpur's Ferry Student Volunteer Ambulance Service

Formed in 1973, Harpur's Ferry provides EMS care for the Binghamton University Campus and all off-campus students.

Economic Impact

According to a 2009 report from the University’s Office of Institutional Research and Planning, University faculty, staff, students and visitors spent more than $463 million in the 2007–08 fiscal year, creating an economic impact of about $750 million in Broome County over $1 billion in New York State alone.[36]

The University’s Office of Institutional Research and Planning, also found that:

  • For every dollar the state invests in the University, about $6 is returned to Greater Binghamton and $8 to New York State.[citation needed]
  • The presence of the University supports 11,000 full-time jobs in New York State, nearly 10,000 of which are in Broome County. The University employs about 8 percent of residents in the Greater Binghamton area.

From the year 2000, the University's economic impact has increased by about 12 percent and is expected to continue growing substantially.

Alumni

Alumni Association

The Binghamton University Alumni Association is nearly as old as the University itself. The Harpur College Alumni Association elected its first officers in 1951, following the first Commencement. As Harpur College grew and became a part of the State University of New York, the Alumni Association grew and today serves as the umbrella organization for a number of alumni groups and activities.

The University's Office of Alumni Relations supports the Alumni Association, working on behalf of its board of directors, an all-volunteer policy-setting body. The Association represents more than 100,000 alumni, and is a non-dues paying organization. All graduates automatically become members and are entitled to the quality services and activities provided by the association.

Among other events on and off campus, the Alumni Association sponsors the University's annual Homecoming weekend.

Notable alumni

Alma Mater

The university's alma mater, "In the Rolling Hills of Binghamton," was composed by David Engel '86, and is performed at the University's Commencement each January and May.

References

External links

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Binghamton University is one of the four university centers in New York State's system of post-secondary public education. It is sometimes called the State University of New York at Binghamton or SUNY Binghamton. Since its establishment in 1946, it has undergone a number of changes in name and location. Today, the research university's main campus is located in Vestal, New York, and the school has recently opened a center nearby in downtown Binghamton. Binghamton has grown from a small liberal arts college to a large doctoral-granting institution, presently consists of six colleges and schools and is now home to nearly 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

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History

Binghamton was established in 1946 as Triple Cities College to serve the needs of local veterans returning from World War II of the Triple Cities area. Established in Endicott, New York, the college was a branch of Syracuse University. Originally, Triple Cities College offered local students the first two years of their education, while the following two were spent at Syracuse University, but the inception of the college is dated at 1946 when students could first earn their degree entirely in the Binghamton branch. When the college split from Syracuse and became incorporated into the State University of New York (SUNY) in 1950, it was renamed Harpur College, in honor of Robert Harpur, a Colonial teacher and pioneer who settled in the Binghamton area. Of the four University Centers (Stony Brook, Albany, Buffalo and Binghamton), Binghamton was the first to join SUNY.

In 1951, the college began a move to its current location in Vestal, New York. The Template:Convert/LoffAoffDbSonNa site was purchased from a local farmer, anticipating future growth for the school. Colonial Hall, the original building of the former campus, stands today as the Village of Endicott Visitor's Center.

After Harpur was selected as one of the four university centers of SUNY in 1965, it was renamed State University of New York at Binghamton. As other schools were added, Harpur College retained its name as the liberal arts college core, and largest component, of Binghamton. In 1992, the university adopted the name Binghamton University as its popular, short-form name. Harpur College is still the largest of Binghamton's constituent schools, with more than 60% of the school's undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a Harpur degree program.

Thomas J. Watson

Thomas J. Watson is an important figure in Binghamton's fabric. Having founded IBM in Broome, Watson viewed the region as an area of great potential. In the early 1940s he collaborated with a group of local leaders to initiate the creation of Triple Cities College (of Syracuse University), which would later become Harpur College and then finally Binghamton. He donated land at and around the original IBM site in Endicott, NY, where the school called home for just a few years. The campus broke ground at its current location in Vestal, NY, in 1954. In 1967, the School of Advanced Technology was established -- the precursor to the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science that was founded in 1983.

Organization

Binghamton's president is Lois B. DeFleur, who has served as president since 1990. There are five divisions: Academic Affairs, Administration, External Affairs, Research, and Student Affairs, each of which is managed by a vice president. Binghamton is part of the State University of New York system and is one of four university centers of the SUNY system. The University is governed by the Board of Trustees of the SUNY system. The Binghamton Council also exists to oversee certain aspects of the school's governance such as student conduct, budget, and physical facilities. Nine of the ten members are appointed by the governor of New York, with the remaining member elected by the student body.[1].

Colleges and schools

Binghamton comprises the following colleges and schools:

  • Harpur College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest of Binghamton's schools. It is home to more than 7,000 undergraduates and more than 1,200 graduate students in 29 departments and 12 interdisciplinary degree programs in the fine arts, humanities, natural and social sciences, and mathematics. Harpur's newly appointed (in July 2008) dean is Donald Nieman.
  • The College of Community and Public Affairs offers an undergraduate major in human development as well as graduate programs in social work and public administration. It was formed in July 2006 after a reorganization of its predecessor, the School of Education and Human Development.[2]. It is currently served by Dean Patricia Ingraham.
  • The Decker School of Nursing was established in 1969.[3] The school offers undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in nursing. The school's current dean is Joyce Ferrario and it is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • The School of Education was formed in July 2006 as part of the same reorganization that created the College of Community and Public Affairs. It offers master’s of science and doctoral degrees and is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).[4]. SOE's newly appointed (in July 2008) dean is S.G. Grant.
  • The School of Management is one of the nation's top 40 business schools (top 15 among public schools) and the most selective school on the Binghamton campusTemplate:Fact. It offers Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees in management, finance, information science, marketing, and accounting. It is currently served by Upinder Dhillon, Dean & Koffman Scholar of Finance. It is accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The accounting program is currently ranked as the #2 Accounting program in the country as rated by Business Week
  • The Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science is one of the fastest growing schools on campus.Template:Fact. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, bioengineering, industrial engineering, materials science, and computer science. Its current dean is Hari Srihari. All of the school's departments have been accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

Law school

  • The University has officially announced plans to launch a law school. This initiative is in its earliest stages and few details have been provided. The administration has been working with SUNY, the governor, the American Bar Association (ABA), and other important organizations, regarding required accreditation, which the school expects by the time the first class graduates. No decision on where the school will be located has been made.[5][6]

Residential communities

Residence halls at Binghamton are grouped into seven communities. The apartment communities used to house graduate students, but now house undergraduates. Of the residential colleges, Dickinson Community and Newing College feature corridor-style double-occupancy rooms, while College-in-the-Woods mixes suites and double- and triple-occupancy rooms, and Hinman College and Mountainview College (the newest of the communities) consist of suites, exclusively. Susquehanna Community and Hillside Community contain only apartments.

Beginning in 2009, there will be a new building in Newing College. Newing and Dickinson communities are being torn down and new building erected in their stead further north on campus, this project is slated to be completed in 2013. [7]

Community themes

  • Dickinson Community: Named for Daniel S. Dickinson, a mid-19th century U.S. Senator from surrounding area, important as the "Defender of the Constitution" in pre-Civil War era. Buildings are named after other prominent local figures, including founders of the university.
  • Hinman College: Named for New York State Senator Harvey D. Hinman. Buildings are named after former New York State governors.
  • Newing College: Buildings are named for Southern Tier towns and counties. The buildings of this community and Dickinson Community, are currently being replaced with new buildings that will be located in the area where Newing currently is located. The first building will be open for the Fall 2009 semester and work on the remainder of the new Newing and also the new student center/dining hall, are in the early stages of construction and will be complete by Fall 2011.
  • College-In-The-Woods: Named for its location in a wooded area of the campus. Buildings are named after tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy. The community is popularly referred to as simply CIW.
  • Mountainview College: The four individual residential halls – Cascade, Hunter, Marcy, and Windham – were named after peaks in the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains and each house up to 300 students. Mountainview is the most recent, fully new community to open at Binghamton as of June, 2009. It was completed between 2003 and 2004[8]
  • Susquehanna Community: Buildings are named for tributaries of the Susquehanna River, which flows through the city of Binghamton.
  • Hillside Community: Named for its location at the highest part of the Binghamton campus. Halls are named for New York State parks. The 16 apartment buildings are ordered in alphabetical order clockwise.

Academics

Binghamton offers more than eighty academic undergraduate majors and more than thirty graduate majors. There also exist interdisciplinary programs that allow individualized degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. There are also several dual degree programs which allow students to complete both their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years.The school offers several early assurance programs which guarantee acceptance to graduate/professional schools outside of Binghamton, such as SUNY Upstate Medical School. Binghamton is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

The university requires students to have completed twelve general education requirements in order to graduate, with some exceptions[9] depending on the school. These include courses in aesthetics, global interdependencies, humanities, laboratory science, language and communication, mathematics, physical activity and wellness, social science, and U.S. pluralism[10] Individual schools within the university have additional requirements[11]. Students in Harpur College must complete a minimum of 126 credits to graduate. Most classes at Binghamton are worth four semester credits, rather than the more usual three. The typical undergraduate's course load thus consists of four courses (for 16 credits) rather than the usual five (for 15 credits).

Eighty-four percent of undergraduate students at Binghamton are residents of New York State, with more than 60% from the greater New York City area and the remainder from all corners of the State. The remaining 16 percent of the undergraduate student body is made up of residents of other states in the U.S. (7.5 percent) and international students (8.5 percent) from around the world. [12][13] Binghamton employs close to 600 full-time faculty, 93% of whom have PhDs or equivalents in their fields.[14].

Research and Endowment

The university is designated as an advanced research institute, thus a number of research opportunities exist for both undergraduate and graduate students. There are more than thirty organized research centers that have been developed in order to facilitate interdisciplinary and specialized research[15]. The office of the vice president for research publishes an annual magazine that highlights research happening at the university. The university received more than $30 million in outside research grants in fiscal year 2007[16].

The University has an endowment of approximately $68.9 million as of January, 2008. The endowment and fundraising campaigns are managed by the Binghamton Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation established to further the mission of Binghamton.[17]

The Campus

Binghamton has grown to include roughly 120 buildings, some of which were recent additions from a $2.2 billion SUNY capital plan. New facilities include a housing complex, academic facilities, an indoor multipurpose Events Center to accommodate the University's commencement exercises, Bearcat athletic events and other activities, an addition to the student union and the partially completed Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC). Another significant addition is the new $29 million University Downtown Center in downtown Binghamton which opened for the fall 2007 semester. It houses the newly formed College of Community and Public Affairs. Most recently, the 2007 soccer season saw the debut of a new outdoor soccer and lacrosse stadium, and construction on a $66-million engineering and science building at the ITC is well underway.

A unique feature of the main campus is that it is shaped like a brain. The primary road on campus creates a closed loop to form the cerebrum and cerebellum, and the main entrance road creates the spinal cord which leads up to a traffic circle (representing the medulla). The main road is thus frequently referred to as The Brain. The connector road, which goes behind the Mountain View and CIW communities, is closed for a portion of the year (from late fall to spring). The campus is spread over 930 acres (3.6 km²) just south of the Susquehanna River. It features a 190-acre (0.8 km²) Nature Preserve, which is comprised of forest and wetland areas that includes a six-acre (24,000 m²) pond, named Harpur Pond, that adjoins the campus.

Facilities and Places

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Libraries

The Glenn G. Bartle Library, named after the University’s first president, contains collections in the humanities, social sciences, government documents and collections in mathematical and computer sciences. Additionally, Bartle Library houses the Fine Arts Collection (focusing on works relating to art, music, theater and cinema) and Special Collections (containing the Max Reinhardt Collection, as well as the Edwin A. Link and Marion Clayton Link Archives). The Science Library contains materials in all science and engineering disciplines, as well as a map collection. The University Downtown Center (UDC) Library and Information Commons opened in August 2007 and supports the departments of social work, human development and public administration.

The Libraries offer a number of services including research consultation and assistance, a laptop lending program, customized instruction sessions, and three information commons located in the Bartle, Science and UDC libraries. The libraries offer access to various online databases to facilitate research for students and faculty.[3] The entire campus is also served by a wireless Internet network which all students, staff, and faculty have access to, which is funded in part by mandatory student technology fees. The computing services center supports Windows, Macintosh, and Linux systems, both in public computer labs and for students personal computers.

Anderson Center for the Performing Arts

This theater complex has three main stages: Watters Theater, seating 550; the Chamber Hall, seating 450; and the Osterhout Concert Theater, seating 1,200. The concert theater has the ability to become an open-air venue, with its movable, floor-to-ceiling glass windows that open up to a grassy hill. The Anderson Center has hosted world-class performers such as the Russian Symphony and Ballet, the Prague National Symphony and the Shakespearian Theater Company. In March 2006, an overflow house, filling all of the Anderson Center's theaters, was present to hear guest speaker Noam Chomsky.

University Art Museums

The University's art collection is housed more than one location, but all within the Fine Arts Building. The building's main-level gallery hosts various artifacts which belong to the Permanent Collection, though typically showcases student work on a rotating basis. The Permanent Collection in the basement level of the building showcases ancient art from Egypt, China and other locales. Lastly, the Elsie B. Rosefsky Gallery, just off the Grand Corridor, displays special exhibits and portfolios.

Events Center

The Events Center is the area's largest venue for athletics, concerts, fairs and more. Home court to the Binghamton Bearcats basketball teams, the facility seats about 5,300 people for games. For concerts, Commencement and other larger events, the Events Center can hold up to 10,000 people. Home site for the America East Conference Men's Basketball Championships in 2005 and 2006, the court hosted the women's championships for 2007. Its construction cost over $30M, and was not without controversy.

Other Athletic Facilities

Besides the Event Center, the north end of campus houses the East and West Gym for student recreation and varsity athletic purposes. Other varsity facilities include and baseball field, softball field, the Bearcat Sports Complex (a soccer and lacrosse stadium) and an outdoor track. Other student recreation features are a series of playing fields used for soccer, football, rugby and ultimate frisbee.

Nature Preserve

]] The university's Nature Preserve is a Template:Convert/LoffAoffDbSonNa plot of land on the southern end of campus. Students have actively worked to make sure the space remains untouched. The preserve features approximately 10 miles of maintained paths, a large lake, marsh areas, vernal pools, tall hills and even a hill-top meadow. A popular hang-out spot is the long wooden boardwalk constructed across one of the marshes, overlooking the lake.

Science Complex

The Science Complex is a five-building complex (soon to be seven) including four instructional and office buildings, a greenhouse and the science library. Buildings are named sequentially as Sciences 1 through 4. Construction has began in spring 2009 on a new Science 5 building.

Academic Complex

The Academic Complex is a two-building complex which opened in 1999. Academic A houses the School of Management and Undergraduate Admissions. Academic B houses the Decker School of Nursing and the School of Education.

University Union

The University Union is divided into two sections, the Old Union and the New Union, sometimes referred to as Union East and West respectively. The Union houses many student organizations, a food co-op, the food court, Susquehanna Room dining area, a number of meeting spaces, the University Bookstore and a branch of M&T Bank.

Innovative Technologies Complex

More commonly known as the ITC, the Innovative Technologies Complex is a new development intended to advance venture capital research in both the support of the university's activities as well as supporting local high technology industry. Currently the complex is a single building, formerly belonging to NYSEG adjacent to the main campus, which has been extensively renovated. Construction is underway on a second building on the site for engineering and science facilities. Early talks indicated plans for a 6-building complex at its completion. Buildings are named sequentially according to the Greek Alphabet.

Current and Future Construction

Currently, Binghamton is executing and planning several projects to facilitate the growth of the university in terms of population, research capacity and quality.[19]

  • The east campus housing project will reconstruct the Newing and Dickinson residential communities; Construction began in late spring 2008 with the construction of one new building in Newing[20]. At completion, East Campus will consist of two entirely new housing communities and a student center/dining hall.
  • The Innovative Technologies Complex, currently consisting of just one building, will eventually consist of six buildings at completion. The entire complex is dedicated primarily to venture capital research in the areas of science and engineering. The second building is currently under construction.
  • A fifth science building began construction in spring 2009 to expand the existing science complex on the main campus. The new facility will host the biology and psychology departments. Once completed, renovations will begin to the existing buildings Science 3 and Science 4. Template:Fact Construction news can be found here: http://www2.binghamton.edu/physical-facilities/construction-news.html.
  • The old University Union is undergoing major interior renovations. Roofing replacement is complete, with interior work continuing through summer 2009. The Old Union is currently closed down for a complete renovation and will reopen for the fall 2009 school year. Renovations are geared toward creating more classroom space and a central student services location. A topic of much debate, some programing space for student activities will be lost, but the administration has attempted to counter that by making what programming space is available more flexible to be used more consistently.
  • Solar Panels are being added to the Susquehanna Community roof tops.
  • Various pathway, bridge, pipeline and other infrastructure work is taking place. Projects, such as paths and bridges are creating increased access to expanding portions of campus, aesthetic contributions and other are simply require repair.

Rankings and Statistics

Rankings

  • According to the 2009 BusinessWeek rankings, the School of Management was ranked 18th among Public Schools in the nation and has the second best accounting program. The school is in the top 4 Business Schools in New York State, along with NYU, Columbia University and Cornell University and has recently moved ahead of schools such as Syracuse University and Boston University. [21]The accounting program is top 10 in CPA examination scores and with the finance concentration is the 3rd largest feeder to the Big 4 accounting firms.
  • According to Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, Binghamton was ranked the #1 best value for 2009.
  • In Spring 2008, Forbes Magazine ranked Binghamton 16th among all public schools and 57th among all schools public and private. [22]
  • The fall 2008 America's Best Colleges ranked by Forbes.com placed Binghamton at #119 overall. [23]
  • Binghamton is listed on Greene's Guide to Colleges as one of the Public Ivies.
  • Fiske Guide to Colleges has labeled Binghamton as, "The Premier Public University in the Northeast," a statement that has become prominent in the university's marketing efforts.
  • Binghamton has the second highest four-year graduation rate among peer public schools.

Binghamton is ranked 77th among all 4-year schools in US News America's Best Colleges and Universities.

Admissions and finance

Binghamton has a middle 50 percent SAT Score (Math + Verbal): 1200-1380, 1275 average (the national average is 1017), a four-year graduation rate: 70 percent (third highest among all public schools according to the National Education Trust), an acceptance rate of 32%.[24][25][26] For the Fall 2006 Semester, Binghamton received over 22,000 applications for 2,200 spots, and for the Fall 2007, they received over 25,000 applications for 2,300 spots. The Fall 2008 application pool rolled in over 30,000 applicants and Fall 2009 already reported a 50% increase.

Binghamton was also recently ranked #1 in the Northeast and #4 nationally for top starting salaries.

The average debt at graduation is $14,734, and the school is in the Top 15 Lowest debt-load in the country.[26]

Athletics

Binghamton has been a member of the NCAA since near its inception to the SUNY system. Originally a Division III school, President Lois DeFleur spearheaded an aggressive campaign to become a Division I school. In 1999, Binghamton completed that transition faster than any other school in historyTemplate:Fact; this was not without controversy, however, due to the perceived cost to the university. Today, they are a member of the America East Conference. Alongside the transition to Division I, a $33.1 million Events Center for basketball, track and tennis was constructed. In 2007, a $3.6 million stadium with turf fields for soccer and lacrosse, were completed. Binghamton's mascot is now the Bearcat; the team was known as the Colonials before the transition to Division I.

On March 14, 2009, Binghamton University's Men's Basketball Team won the America East championship, securing their first bid in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. In the first round of their debute in East Regional NCAA championships to Duke Blue Devils. In May 2009, the men's baseball team played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time. The Bearcats placed third at the regional, becoming the first America East team to win an NCAA game in four years and just the third AE team in 14 years to win a game.

Transportation

Bus transportation on campus and in local neighborhoods with a high density of students is provided by the student managed and driven Off Campus College Transport (OCCT). OCCT is free to students; it is supported by the student activities fee and funded by the Student Association. Additionally, all students are able to ride the Broome County Transit buses for free as part of their mandatory fees. [27]

Student Association and Organizations

The Student Association[28], also known as the SA, bills itself as "an all encompassing organization that every single student is a member of as soon as they pay their tuition," and functions as Binghamton's student government.[29] Fashioning itself after the United States federal government, the Student Association is composed of independent executive, legislative, and judicial branches, with members of the executive and legislative branches elected by popular vote of the student body. Members of the judiciary, known as the Judicial Board, are nominated by the Student Association president and confirmed by the Student Assembly, the legislative branch. Members of the Student Assembly, the legislative branch, are elected by the different communities, with off campus students falling into one off campus community. The association is funded by a mandatory activity fee which must be approved by regular student referendums.

The Student Association retains the sole right to charter and recognize groups on campus, other than social fraternities and sororities. Currently, the SA recognizes approximately 160 student organizations, and Matt Landau is the Student Association President.[30]

Student groups provide a wide range of services, and many are entirely student-run with no faculty supervision or university funding, though Student Association chartered groups are funded through the mandatory student activity fee and disbursed in a yearly budget process developed by the SA Financial Council and approved by the Student Assembly. Student groups must be chartered by the Student Association in order to be able to use university facilities and advertise through university information media. There are also more than forty fraternities and sororities chartered on campus

Harpur's Ferry Student Volunteer Ambulance Service, Ltd.

Harpur's Ferry Student Volunteer Ambulance Service, Ltd. or Harpur's Ferry for short is one of the only independent corporations sponsored by the SA at Binghamton. Harpur's Ferry was founded in 1973 and is one of the oldest collegiate ambulance services in the country. Harpur's Ferry's primary territory is the Vestal Campus, but they are also responsible for all students on and off campus. They respond to almost 800 calls per year with two Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances, two ALS fly cars and one special operations gator. Harpur's Ferry has been recognized by NYS as the top EMS agency in the state in 2005 and by the National College EMS Foundation as the top collegiate EMS agency in the country in 2005-2006. Harpur's Ferry also holds numerous other awards from on campus and off campus organizations. More information can be found at http://harpursferry.binghamton.edu.

Press and Radio

Binghamton Television

Binghamton Television (BTV) is a closed-circuit television station, which provides student programming to the campus community. Types of programming include TV shows, commercials, and event coverage such as lectures, meetings, and athletics.

BTV was founded in April 1989 after it was renamed from Harpur Television Workshop (HTW).

Pipe Dream Student Newspaper

Founded in 1946 as Colonial News, the name was changed to Pipe Dream in 1971. This paper publishes twice-weekly issues which are free and distributed across campus.

Binghamton Review

Founded in 1987, Binghamton Review is the conservative/libertarian student newspaper at Binghamton.

WHRW

WHRW, an FM radio station staffed by students and community members, is a free-format college and community FM radio station. WHRW was started in 1966 by Joseph Bress, the station's first general manager. He was succeeded by David Cooper, '67, who was responsible for derailing the political career of the Binghamton mayor, Joseph Esworthy. On the "Open Line" call-in radio show, Mayor Esworthy agreed with the legalization of marijuana in a response to a question by Cooper. The Evening Press picked up the story the next day, and subsequently he lost his re-election bid.

In addition, there are several smaller newspapers and magazines published by various student groups.

Economic Impact

According to a 2009 report from the University’s Office of Institutional Research and Planning, University faculty, staff, students and visitors spent more than $463 million in the 2007-08 fiscal year, creating an economic impact of about $750 million in Broome County over$1 billion in New York State alone.[31]

The University’s Office of Institutional Research and Planning, also found that:

  • For every dollar the state invests in the University, about $6 is returned to Greater Binghamton and $8 to New York State. Template:Fact
  • The presence of the University supports 11,000 full-time jobs in New York State, nearly 10,000 of which are in Broome County. The University employs about 8 percent of residents in the Greater Binghamton area.

From the year 2000, the University's economic impact has increased by about 12 percent and is expected to continue growing substantially.

Controversy

Information Security Issues

2005 through 2009

Since 2005, the University's ability to protect sensitive information has fallen under scrutiny following the exposure of students to potential identify theft. Social security numbers, passport and driver's license information, credit card numbers, and other sensitive information have been e-mailed to unauthorized individuals, mailed to student organizations, and also left in dumpsters. According to accounts by press organizations, minimally, hundreds and probably thousands of individuals were put at direct risk for identity theft.

In response, the University created a council on information security headed by a senior-level official within the institution in fall of 2007. Following the information security incidents described above, the University publicly pledged that they were addressing the issue and asserted that future leaks would not occur.

March 9th, 2009

Despite the University's efforts, WHRW News reported of another information security incident on Tuesday, March 9, 2009.[32] According to the report, the University's Student Accounts Department stored sensitive documents in a purportedly insecure room within the Lecture Hall complex. A number of doorways facilitated access to the room in question from different areas within the Lecture Hall, and one of these doors was left unlocked and taped open.[33] Following the discovery of this security problem, a WHRW reporter entered the insecure room and photographed the location along with selections of its contents. Photographs of the room and a medley of redacted documents were subsequently posted online at the WHRW News website. [34]

WHRW News alerted University officials of the aforementioned security breach on Monday, March 9, 2009. Shortly after learning of the information security incident, Robert Glass, director of the WHRW News Department, was advised by University administrators to "seek personal legal counsel immediately" in connection to the matter as criminal charges may be brought.[35] [36] Mr. Glass was further advised not to publish the story or distribute photographs that were taken in connection with the security incident. In response, WHRW News ignored the guidance put forth by the University and went public with the story on Tuesday, March 10, 2009. As previously noted, photographs of the room and certain redacted documents were made available online by WHRW News.[37] [38] [39] [40]

In late April 2009 University officials released a joint statement. The statement indicated that the University would not pursue legal action against WHRW reporters and that new policies would be examined in relation to WHRW and the responsible reporting of security incidents. The statement was penned by Brian Rose (VP for Student Affairs), Robert Glass, Glass's attorney Henry Kaufman, and Mike Saltzman, the General Manager of WHRW.

April 28th, 2009

On April 28th, 2009, WHRW News Director Robert Glass found unsecured social security information in a dumpster in a public location within the Binghamton University library. Folders containing names and social security numbers of professors from the Romance Languages department from the 1970s and 80s were discarded without shredding or any form of redaction. The documents, discovered when Glass was walking by the dumpster in question on his way to the library, were found on top of the dumpster clearly visible to passers-by and needed no searching to be found. It is unclear exactly who improperly disposed of the documents by leaving them wholly intact in an unsecure location. The documents were gathered and turned over to the University Police Department within thirty minutes of their discovery, who promptly secured the dumpster and searched it for more documents containing personal information. In comments made in Pipe Dream, University spokeswoman Gail Glover said that the University takes information security seriously and that the Administration was addressing the problem with a sense of urgency.

Alumni

Alumni Association

The Binghamton University Alumni Association is nearly as old as the University itself. The Harpur College Alumni Association elected its first officers in 1951, following the first Commencement. As Harpur College grew and became a part of the State University of New York, the Alumni Association grew and today serves as the umbrella organization for a number of alumni groups and activities.

The University's Office of Alumni and Parent Relations supports the Alumni Association, working on behalf of its board of directors, an all-volunteer policy-setting body. The Association represents more than 100,000 alumni, and is a non-dues paying organization. All graduates automatically become members and are entitled to the quality services and activities provided by the association.

Among other events on and off campus, the Alumni Association sponsors the University's annual Homecoming weekend.

Notable alumni

Alma Mater

The university's alma mater, "In the Rolling Hills of Binghamton," was composed by David Engel '86, and is performed at the University's Commencement each January and May.

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