Campus Announcements for the week of 08/11/2003



Table of Contents


01. Administrative (dept moves/closes, employee info, Admin announcements)
1. New Vendor for College Tuition Savings Program - State and Research Foundation Employees

03. Workshops/Courses/Training (work related; HR, EAP, DoIT, etc...)
1. Human Resource Services SkillSoft Sign-On and Use Session

2. Lawson Requistion Training (HTNW27) - for Hospital Employees in the HSC Library - 8/13/03 (9-11am)

04. Conferences/Seminars/Lectures
1. Interdependence Day - September 12, 2003 "ID2003"

2. Lecture: Shipwrecks of Long Island Sound

06. Charitable (Habitat, Blood drives, Cats, etc...)
1. Golf Fund Raiser to Benefit Habitat for Humanity

2. The Adult Literacy Center At Stony Brook - Needs You!

3. Walk in the 10th Annual "Walk for Beauty... in a Beautiful Place"

07. Entertainment (Sports, Movies, Events, etc...)
1. Call for Volunteers for the annual program "Scooping Out Success 2003"

2. 2003 Summer Girls Lacrosse Clinic Series

3. The Wolves are Coming Back!

4. Catch Up with Your Alumni and Show Off Your Program at Homecoming

5. New York Times - Only $.35 per day Monday thru Friday for Faculty, Students and Staff at Stony Brook University!

09. Research (Studies, Testing, etc...)
1. MRI Study of Flow in the Brain and Spine

2. Diabetes And Periodontal (Gum) Disease

3. Do You Have Gum (Periodontal) Disease?

10. Miscellaneous
1. Doctoral Defenses' Announcement

2. Opening Of School Volunteers

3. Welcome Wagon 2003

4. Household Sharps Disposal Program

5. Meet the oncology nurse from the Cancerhelpline




01. Administrative (dept moves/closes, employee info, Admin announcements)

1. New Vendor for College Tuition Savings Program - State and Research Foundation Employees

New York State had contracted with TIAA-CREF in 1998 to administer the College Tuition Savings Program. That contract was for 5 years and has now expired. NYS has selected a new vendor by the name of Upromise Investments to administer the College Tuition Savings Program for the next 5 years. TIAA-CREF will continue to administer the program through November 14, 2003, after which Upromise will take over. TIAA-CREF has sent notification to participants directly and more information will be forthcoming as the transition date nears. This affects only TIAA-CREF's contract for the College Tuition Savings Program and has no impact on other business we do with TIAA-CREF. If you have any questions regarding the transition, please call the College Savings Program at 1-877-697-2837 or visit their web site at http://www.nysaves.org.

Submitted by: Alexis Swiatkowski/Admin



03. Workshops/Courses/Training (work related; HR, EAP, DoIT, etc...)

1. Human Resource Services SkillSoft Sign-On and Use Session

Come to a SkillSoft Sign-On and Use Session. You'll receive approximately 45 minutes of instruction and then you'll get started on a course of your choosing.
Date: Wednesday, August 13th, Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Place: Engineering Building Room 231A
If you would like to see what Business and IT courses are available through SkillSoft, go to the Training link below and click on "SkillSoft e-learning" where you can view both catalogs of courses.
To register, please contact Denise Gross by either phone, 2-4501, or email, denise.gross@stonybrook.edu

http://www.stonybrook.edu/hr/training

Submitted by: Carol Londoiro/Admin

2. Lawson Requistion Training (HTNW27) - for Hospital Employees in the HSC Library - 8/13/03 (9-11am)

This workshop is designed to take you through the process of entering various types of procurement requistions in the Lawson system including: Entering, changing, and deleting; Stores & Vendor requisitions; Adding another page of items; Adding comments to a requisition, Checking for approvals; Finding a purchase order number for a requisition; Inquiring on requisitions, Inquiring on a budget; and Blanket Order releases. All Lawson users, must attend this course to obtain a user ID & password. To register for this program please contact Jean, in Corporate Education & Training at 4-9805 or use the following link to print a registration form and fax the form to 4-9806.

http://inside.hospital.stonybrook.edu/sbuh/hr/index.cfm?id=1187

Submitted by: Jean Solheim/UHMC



04. Conferences/Seminars/Lectures

1. Interdependence Day - September 12, 2003 "ID2003"

While September 11 is a solemn day of reflection and remembrance, a group of international and U.S. leaders have designated September 12th as a day of hope, celebration, and civic participation. At SBU, we will mark the day with art, music, food, speakers, and workshops on the relationships between democracy and global interdependence. We will explore together how our national independence must take into account global interdependencies.
The day seeks to help "activate democracy" on our campus and in our communities through art, music, and workshops. Workshops on "Work in a Globalized World," "Citizenship Skills," "Dialogues across Differences" and a "Primer on Globalization" are designed to provide ideas and resources for becoming active and informed citizens in an interdependent world.
Food, art, and lecture will take place in SAC Ballroom A 12:00-2:15); Workshops will be held in SAC meeting rooms from 2:30-4:15.

Submitted by: Mary Kenny/Pres

2. Lecture: Shipwrecks of Long Island Sound

Free lecture open to the public: Peter Johnson, avocational underwater archaeologist, will present recent research on shipwrecks in Long Island Sound. Sunday, August 17 at 2 pm in room 303 of the Student Activities Center. Sponsored by the Dept. of Anthropology Underwater Archaeology Summer Field School.

Submitted by: Daria Merwin/CAS



06. Charitable (Habitat, Blood drives, Cats, etc...)

1. Golf Fund Raiser to Benefit Habitat for Humanity

A golf outing to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity will be held at the Mill Pond Golf Course in Medford on Wednesday, October 8th. Tickets are $140.00 and will include the green fee, cart, range balls, lunch, BBQ dinner, prizes and a raffle. The event is open to faculty, staff, students, friends, and family. If you are interested, please contact Donna at 632-9003 or dodiaz@notes.cc.sunysb.edu

Submitted by: Chris Harrison/OSA

2. The Adult Literacy Center At Stony Brook - Needs You!

The Adult Literacy Center at Stony Brook University (SBUALC)is a partnership between the Literacy Volunteers of America-Suffolk County, Inc. and Stony Brook University. The Center is designed to serve the employees, students, their families, stakeholders, and other constituents.
The Adult Literacy Center focuses on the university primary missions of teaching, research, and service. Services include basic literacy tutoring for the low-level reader (below 6th grade) and for those in need of conversational English skills.
The Adult Literacy Center at Stony Brook University is in need of volunteers to help individuals within our community learn to read and write and/or speak conversational English. A Tutor Training Workshop will be offered on-campus September 11th - October 30th. For more information and a workshop registration form, please call (631)444-6058 or e-mail Bessie Ortega, Literacy Coordinator at bessie.ortega@stonybrook.edu

Submitted by: Bessie Ortega/UHMC

3. Walk in the 10th Annual "Walk for Beauty... in a Beautiful Place"

Support Breast and Prostrate Cancer Research at Stony Brook University Hospital:
When: Sunday, September 21, 2003 Where: Stony Brook, NY
For registration information Phone: 631-444-4393 or Visit: http://www.stonybrookhospital.com/index.cfm?id=1974
Want to Help? All volunteers must be registered and preassigned. If you'd like to volunteer on the day of the Walk please call Community Relations at 444-6400.

http://www.stonybrookhospital.com/index.cfm?id=1974

Submitted by: Karen Wallin/UHMC



07. Entertainment (Sports, Movies, Events, etc...)

1. Call for Volunteers for the annual program "Scooping Out Success 2003"

Opening Activities 2003 will be needing volunteers for the annual program "Scooping Out Success." It will be held on Thursday, 9/4/03, from 7-9pm in the Student Activities Center Lobby. Volunteers are needed to scoop out ice cream to students. This is a great chance to mingle with students outside of the classroom. If interested please contact Brian Mitra in Student Activities at 632-9392 or bmitra@notes.cc.sunysb.edu.

Submitted by: Tania Ortiz/OSA

2. 2003 Summer Girls Lacrosse Clinic Series

The Seawolves Women's Lacrosse Team is offering a Girls Lacrosse Clinic August 13, 2003. SB faculty and staff will receive a $10.00 discount. The Seawolves Girls Lacrosse Clinics are designed specifically for girls and young women who want to take their game to the next level. Staffed by experienced coaches who are familiar with the women's game on the collegiate level, the clinics combine basic and advanced skill instruction, offensive and defensive strategies, and game experiences to help players put it all together. For more information or to receive a brochure, please contact Meghan McNamara at 631.632.4086 or via email at mmcnamara@notes.cc.sunysb.edu.

Submitted by: Meghan McNamara/CAS

3. The Wolves are Coming Back!

Bring some animation to your school, department, or club by decorating a wolf! Last year's Homecoming wolves were a howling success, and can be seen across campus. The Alumni Relations Office will be purchasing six life-size fiberglass wolves again this year, to be decorated, and then displayed at Homecoming on October 18th. The wolves will then be auctioned off at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on November 20th, with proceeds going to student scholarships. To find out how you can get a wolf for your school, department, or group, contact Sandra Skinner at 632-4995 or Sandra.Skinner@StonyBrook.edu.

Submitted by: Sandra Skinner/UAff

4. Catch Up with Your Alumni and Show Off Your Program at Homecoming

Last year over 3,000 people attended Homecoming. Reserve a table at the University Expo Center, and have them visit you! Bring displays, interactive activities, information to catch people up on what is happening in your area, have faculty and staff on hand to meet people...use this space however you want! There is a $10 fee to cover the cost of the table and chair rentals. If you are interested, please contact Sandra Skinner at 632-4995 or Sandra.Skinner@StonyBrook.edu.

Submitted by: Sandra Skinner/UAff

5. New York Times - Only $.35 per day Monday thru Friday for Faculty, Students and Staff at Stony Brook University!

Faculty, Students and Staff can take advantage of the Special Reduced College Rate Plan and save over 60% off cover price -- ONLY $.35 per day (Monday - Friday). Sign up for the New York Times at the University Bookstore on Monday August 25 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm and receive free gifts and copies of the New York Times. Delivery for Fall Semester runs from 9/8/03 - 12/12/03. No delivery on November 27 & 28, 2003.

http://www.sunysb.edu/bookstore

Submitted by: Mary Messina/FSA



09. Research (Studies, Testing, etc...)

1. MRI Study of Flow in the Brain and Spine

Volunteers are needed to participate in an MRI study to investigate new methods for imaging flow patterns of blood and cerebrospinal fluid in the brain and spine. The goal of the study is to understand flow patterns in healthy individuals in order to compare these results with the abnormal flow patterns seen in individuals with diseases such as hydrocephalus and spinal cysts. For the current phase of studies, we are seeking healthy individuals with no previous history of head or spinal trauma, arachnoid or spinal cysts, hydrocephalus, brain tumors or any contraindication for an MRI exam. The study will involve 1 hour of your time and be completely non-invasive. No injections will be given. There will be no monetary compensation for this study.
If interested, please contact Mark Wagshul, PhD at 4-9563, or mwagshul@notes.cc.sunysb.edu.

Submitted by: Mark Wagshul/UHMC

2. Diabetes And Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Are you a Type 1 Insulin-Dependent Diabetic? Do you have Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
We are conducting a study to determine whether Periodontal Treatment can reduce specific markers of infection/inflammation that may make it more difficult for you and your physician to control diabetes. Study participants receive a free periodontal cleaning and payment up to $300.00. Please contact Ruth Tenzler RN BSN CCRC @ ext.29452 (631)632-9452 or Dr. Maria Ryan @ ext 29529 (631)632-9529 to see if you qualify for this study.



Submitted by: Ruth Tenzler/UHMC

3. Do You Have Gum (Periodontal) Disease?

Do You Have Gum (Periodontal) Disease?
65 million people in the United States have some form of periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease is often a silent disease. Periodontal disease is a chronic, progressive, inflammatory condition with no known cure.
We are conducting a study to determine whether a combination of drugs in the tetracycline family can improve on the results of periodontal therapy making it easier to control and treat periodontal disease.
All study participants will receive free periodontal treatment for 6 months.
Please contact: Ruth Tenzler, RN (631) 632-9452 or Dr. Maria Ryan (631) 632-9529 to discuss whether or not you qualify for this research study.

Submitted by: Ruth Tenzler/UHMC



10. Miscellaneous

1. Doctoral Defenses' Announcement

Please click on the URL below to see the Doctoral Defenses this week.

http://www.grad.sunysb.edu/ddd/index.html

Submitted by: Ajay Gupta/GST

2. Opening Of School Volunteers

We are inviting you to help the new students experience the joy of Stony Brook University and volunteer for the Opening of School Activities. Make a contribution, be part of a team and best of all make new friends. It's another way for you to stay involved with Stony Brook and keep the connection strong. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, access our online sign-up form (LINK BELOW).

http://www.studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/sites/surveys/volunteer/

Submitted by: Claude Ambroise/UST

3. Welcome Wagon 2003

Volunteer For Welcome Wagon 2003 Sunday, August 31, 2003
The Division of Campus Residences Invites you to be a part of Welcome Wagon 2003
The Welcome Wagon program is designed to welcome the incoming class of first year students who will move onto campus on Sunday, August 31, 2003 between 9 am and 3 pm. Over 300 student volunteers will welcome the first year students, answer their questions, and assist them in moving their belongings into the residence halls.
We are actively seeking the participation of faculty and staff in this effort. In the past, faculty and staff who have volunteered have been particularly helpful in answering questions and providing information to students, parents, and family members.
You may volunteer by contacting Jane at Jferrick@notes.cc.sunysb.edu
Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Submitted by: Jane Ferrick/OSA

4. Household Sharps Disposal Program

Did you know that you can bring your used sharps to any hospital or nursing home in New York State? Stony Brook University Hospital has designated the Department of Environmental Health and Safety as its drop-off site for this program. Place your used sharp objects (needles, syringes, lancets, etc.) in a hard plastic container with a tight cap, such as a plastic laundry detergent or bleach container. Do not use lightweight plastic containers soda bottles, glass, boxes, metal cans or. When the container is full, seal the cap with heavy duty tape and label the container with the words "BIOHAZARD" using a waterproof marker. Bring the container to: Department of Environmental Health & Safety, 110 Suffolk Hall (South Campus) Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
For more information call (631) 632-6410/6411

http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/hivaids/esap/housesharps.htm

Submitted by: Gary Kaczmarczyk/Admin

5. Meet the oncology nurse from the Cancerhelpline

The Oncology nurse from the Cancer Helpline will be available at the Health Resource Center located in the main entrance of the hospital on level 5, every Thursday from 1:00pm-2:00pm during the month of August. This is an opportunity to have cancer questions answered and to obtain cancer related information. For more information call the Cancer Helpline at 1800 862-2215.

Submitted by: Lori Tischler/UHMC