BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY In This Section Discovering BU ................... 130-131 Distinguished Alumni ................ 132 President Lois B. DeFleur .......... 133 AD Joel Thirer ............................ 134 Administration and Coaches ....................... 135-136 Staff Directory ..................... 137-138 Student Services ................. 139-140 Sports Medicine ......................... 141 Strength/Weight Training ........... 142 Bearcat Athletic Fund ................ 143 This Is BU Athletics ............ 144-145 About Broome County ............... 146 130 DISCOVERING BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY One of the best values in the country for higher education Binghamton University continues to rank among the elite public universities in the nation according to more than one national publication. In addition to the Top 50 ranking by U.S. News & World Report, which placed Binghamton 32nd in its list of public universities, the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2005 calls Binghamton “the premier public university in the northeast because of its outstanding academic programs and its commitment to undergraduates.” “I am so proud that Binghamton’s quality and value are consistently praised by national publications,” said President Lois B. Defleur. “ These publications look at more than statistics. They listen to our peers and talk to students, and what they continue to find is that Binghamton’s excellence comes from the quality of our faculty, students and staff, and from our total commitment to be the best we can be.” Binghamton was also singled out as a “best buy” public university by Fiske, and was included in the Princeton Review’s “Best 357 Colleges.” Binghamton’s Department of Political Science as the 19th best in the world based on quality and number of publications in respected journals, and the American Chemical Society ranked its Department of Chemistry as the 19th in the nation for degrees granted. Real World, Here We Come Binghamton students are extremely successful. Four-year graduation rates are 35 percent above the national average. Medical school placement rates are more than 20 percent above the national average. Law school placement rates are over 90 percent. Binghamton graduates are Tony and Emmy Award winners, actors, best-selling authors, renowned researchers, leaders in business and respected teachers. Exceptional Academics Binghamton enjoys outstanding reputation as a top public university. Its five schools allow students to pursue academics with a dedicated, accessible faculty that encourages students to exdpand their critical thinking and communication skills. The Princeton Review reports that, at Binghamton, students “can experiment with ideas, think freely and get the tools to expand their view of the world.” A Dynamic Campus Located on a scenic suburban campus that includes a 190-acre Nature Preserve, Binghamton University is at for forefront of technology as well. High-tech lecture halls, high-speed Internet access from your room, outstanding laboratories, and the chance to conduct research as an undergradute, internationally recognized performing arts facilities and an exceptional library are some of the University’s most notable features. Excellent Education, Outstanding Value Just think ... you can get an Ivy-caliber education from your four years of college at one-third to one-half the cost of most private colleges and universities. Two stellar examples of the quality of the University - in 2003, the London School of Economics ranked DISCOVERING BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY 131 Did you know . . . U.S. News & World Report has ranked Binghamton among its top 50 public universities in the nation for eight consecutive years. The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2005 calls Binghamton University the “premier public university in the northeast” and lists it among its 20 “best buys” in public institutions in the nation. Binghamton University’s athletes maintained an all-sport GPA of 3.0 or higher in 10 of the last 12 semesters. In two of the last four years, Binghamton University’s athletes won the American East Academic Cup with the highest cumulative grade-point average in the entire conference. Binghamton University’s five schools Harpur College of Arts and Sciences offers a wide variety of liberal arts majors and study opportunities in the humanities, science and mathematics and social sciences. If you don’t find the major you want, the Individualized Major Program will give you an opportunity to design your own. The Decker School of Nursing provides first hand clinical experience in its state-of-the-art nursing curriculum. Its graduates are known for their high pass rate on professional nursing examinations. The School of Education and Human Development offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in many aspects of human development, education and social work. Those with considerable life experiences are encouraged to develop interdisciplinary programs of study that fit their individual career goals. The School of Management provides its graduates with a competitive edge essential in the business environment. The blend of theoretical knowledge and practical experience provides students with the right tools to develop their professional careers. The Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson Sr., offers an outstanding education in engineering, computer science and related technologies. University Assets Fall 2005 Total Enrollment: 14,018 Undergraduate: 11,174 Graduate Students: 2,844 International Students: 1,518 students from 89 countries Fall 2005 Faculty: 704 Percent holding PhD as appropriate terminal degree: 93 percent University and Distinguished Professors: 21 132 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI Among our successful alumni Actor, author, comedian, director: Mad About You, Paul Reiser ’77, Honorary Doctor of Letters, 2000 Associate Judge, Supreme Court of Washington, D.C., Nan Huhn ’66 Broadway actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson ’78 Co-anchor, Court TV: Inside America’s Courts, Jami Floyd ’86 Co-creator and executive producer, Comedy Central: The Daily Show, Madeleine Smithberg ’81 Composer Michael Convertino ’75 Correspondent and columnist, Los Angeles Times, Ronald Brownstein ’79 Olympic bobsledder; account executive, U.S. Olympic Committee, Christopher Coleman ’89 Product design engineer, Ford Motor Company, Julie Yanatsis ’94 Professor, UCLA Department of Film; TV screenwriter, author, Richard Walter ’65 Reporter, columnist, The Washington Post; sports journalist, ESPN co-host: Pardon the Interruption, Tony Kornheiser ’70 Screenwriter, director, author, Andrew Bergman ’65, Honorary Doctor of Letters, 1994 Executive Vice President, Walt Disney Cruise Lines, Matthew Ouimet ’80 U.S. Attorney, Western District of New York, Patrick Nemoyer ’74 Digital artist, 2003 Emmy-award winner, Rocco Passionino ‘91 Screen actor and former Binghamton wrestler Billy Baldwin ‘85 Tony Kornheiser ‘70 ESPN anchor Karl Ravech ‘90 poses with Baxter the Bearcat on a recent visit to campus. UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT Lois B. DeFleur President Lois B. DeFleur, fifth president of the State University of New York at Binghamton, is an eminent sociologist and an experienced administrator. As Binghamton’s president, DeFleur administers a public research university with about 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University includes the liberal arts programs in Harpur College, four professional schools and associated masters and doctoral programs. DeFleur, who took office in 1990, has led the University through a period of funding challenges while enhancing planning processes and developing innovative programs. Binghamton continues to recruit outstanding undergraduate students with more than 90 percent graduating in the top 20 percent of their classes. New doctoral programs have been instituted in nursing, education, management and several engineering fields. An innovative general education program for all undergraduates has been implemented which includes many opportunities for studying other cultures either on campus or in other countries. The University is consistently highly ranked nationally for its high-quality education and it has been named by the American Council on Education and NAFSA as a model institution for its comprehensive approach to internationalization. DeFleur has significantly enhanced University relationships with external groups and has made fund raising a priority. During her tenure as president, external support has increased significantly and the University completed its first-ever comprehensive gifts campaign in 2002. Faculty research awards have increased 60 percent. The University has also developed programs that contribute to state and regional economic development. Important programs include the Watson School’s Integrated Electronics Engineering Center, the federally funded Trade Adjustment Assistance Center and the High Technology Commercialization Center. The University also continues its significant physical expansion with the construction of academic as well as student residential facilities. The $33 million multipurpose Events Center, opened in 2004, and planning for more than $300 million in projects is underway. DeFleur came to the University from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she had been provost. A former professor of sociology at both Missouri and Washington State University (where she was also dean of the College of Liberal Arts), DeFleur is an authority on juvenile delinquency in Latin America and has done extensive work in the fields of deviant behavior and occupational socialization. 133 DeFleur has chaired the board of directors of both the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges and the American Council on Education. These are two of the nation’s largest and most prestigious higher education associations. She also serves on several non-profit and corporate boards of directors. DeFleur was recently honored with the Council for the Support and Advancement of Education’s Chief Executive Leadership Award and the Civic Leadership Award from the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce. DeFleur is a pilot and the owner of a Comanche 260. She has flown for more than three decades and served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. A graduate of Blackburn College in Illinois, DeFleur received her Master’s degree from Indiana University and her PhD from the University of Illinois.
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