Cider Mill Playhouse
The Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott, New York, was a professional theater producing comedies and musicals. It was a member of the Theatre Communications Group, and operated as a Small Professional Theatre, Level 5, by annual contract with Actors' Equity Association. In the early 1970s, Binghamton University professor and soon to be theater department chairman, Dr. John Bielenberg sought to expand the theater department venue to an off-campus site, first, to enhance "town-gown" presence, second, most important, to give the department's students more opportunities to practice and hone their craft. In 1991, after funding from the university was withdrawn, Cider Mill Playhouse incorporates as a 501c3 charitable organization which it remains today. After operating as a semi-professional theater for many years, Cider Mill Playhouse became an "Equity house" professional theater as of December 21, 2015 under the artistic leadership of Gail King Belokur. Dr. Bielenberg and his colleagues found The Cider Mill, an apple warehouse on South Nanticoke in the Village of Endicott.
After some discussions, Mill owner Orlando Ciotoli agreed and, on a handshake, the Playhouse was launched. Early productions included Company, Night Must Fall, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Of Mice and Men, Whose Life Is It Anyway, Da, Agnes of God, South Pacific, A Raisin in the Sun, The Last meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia, others. "The professional nature of the theater was all important to us," recalled Dr. John Bielenberg, now-retired BU Theater Department Chairman. "The students were able to work with the professionals, whom we hired as actors and directors, in an atmosphere that they would find in their theater careers." Cider Mill mounts an annual production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Starting in 1982, Cider Mill Playhouse produced its own musical version of the story, copyrighted by founder John Bielenberg. After many years and revisions, the final version of this production was produced in 2015. Beginning in 2016, a new adaptation was produced to address copyright issues.
This version expanded the cast to include a combination of paid professionals and a volunteer community ensemble, which embodies the commitment Cider Mill Playhouse to continue work by professionals while providing opportunities for community theatre involvement. When In Carthage By Santino DeAngelo Directed by Tim Mollen September 15 - October 2 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery By Ken Ludwig Directed by Craig MacDonald October 27 - November 13 The Importance of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde Directed by Tom Kremer January 26 - February 12 Peter and the Starcatcher Directed by Norm Johnson March 9 - 26 The Drowsy Chaperone Directed by Lee Byron June 1 - 19 Pump Boys and the Dinettes Directed by Gail King Belokur August 3 - 19 Official Website
Binghamton, New York
Binghamton is a city in, the county seat of, Broome County, New York, United States. It lies in the state's Southern Tier region near the Pennsylvania border, in a bowl-shaped valley at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers. Binghamton is the principal city and cultural center of the Binghamton metropolitan area, home to a quarter million people; the population of the city itself, according to the 2010 census, is 47,376. From the days of the railroad, Binghamton was a transportation crossroads and a manufacturing center, has been known at different times for the production of cigars and computers. IBM was founded nearby, the flight simulator was invented in the city, leading to a notable concentration of electronics- and defense-oriented firms; this sustained. However, following cuts made by defense firms after the end of the Cold War, the region has lost a significant portion of its manufacturing industry. Today, while there is a continued concentration of high-tech firms, Binghamton is emerging as a healthcare- and education-focused city, with the presence of Binghamton University acting as much of the driving force behind this revitalization.
The first known people of European descent to come to the area were the troops of the Sullivan Expedition in 1779, during the American Revolutionary War, who destroyed local villages of the Onondaga and Oneida tribes. The city was named after William Bingham, a wealthy Philadelphian who bought the 10,000 acre patent for the land in 1786 consisting of portions of the towns of Union and Chenango. Joshua Whitney, Jr. Bingham's land agent, chose land at the junction of the Chenango and Susquehanna Rivers to develop a settlement named Chenango Point, helped build its roads and erect the first bridge. Significant agricultural growth led to the incorporation of the village of Binghamton in 1834; the Chenango Canal, completed in 1837, connected Binghamton to the Erie Canal, was the impetus for the initial industrial development of the area. This growth accelerated with the completion of the Erie Railroad between Binghamton and New York City in 1849. With the Delaware and Western Railroad arriving soon after, the village became an important regional transportation center.
Several buildings of importance were built at this time, including the New York State Inebriate Asylum, opened in 1858 as the first center in the United States to treat alcoholism as a disease. Binghamton incorporated as a city in 1867 and, due to the presence of several stately homes, was nicknamed the Parlor City. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many immigrants moved to the area, finding an abundance of jobs. During the 1880s, Binghamton grew to become the second-largest manufacturer of cigars in the United States. However, by the early 1920s, the major employer of the region became Endicott Johnson, a shoe manufacturer whose development of welfare capitalism resulted in many amenities for local residents. An larger influx of Europeans immigrated to Binghamton, the working class prosperity resulted in the area being called the Valley of Opportunity. In 1913, 31 people perished in the Binghamton Clothing Company fire, which resulted in numerous reforms to the New York fire code. Major floods in 1935 and 1936 resulted in a number of deaths, washed out the Ferry Street Bridge.
The floods were devastating, resulted in the construction of flood walls along the length of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers. During the Second World War and corporate generosity continued as IBM, founded in greater Binghamton, emerged as a global technology leader. Along with Edwin Link's invention of the flight simulator in Binghamton, IBM transitioned the region to a high-tech economy. Other major manufacturers included General Electric; until the Cold War ended, the area never experienced an economic downfall, due in part to its defense-oriented industries. The population of the city of Binghamton peaked at around 85,000 in the mid-1950s. Post-war suburban development led to a decline in the city population, as the towns of Vestal and Union experienced rapid growth; as in many other Rust Belt cities, traditional manufacturers saw steep declines, though Binghamton's technology industry limited this impact. In an effort to reverse these trends, urban renewal dominated much of the construction during the 1960s and early 1970s, with many ornate city buildings torn down during this period.
The construction included the creation of Government Plaza, the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, the Brandywine Highway. As was typical of urban renewal, these projects failed to stem most of the losses, though they did establish Binghamton as the government and cultural center of the region; the city's population declined from 64,000 in 1969 to 56,000 by the early 1980s. As the Cold War came to a close in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the defense-related industries in the Binghamton area began to falter, resulting in several closures and widespread layoffs These were most notable at IBM, which sold its Federal Systems division and laid off several thousands of workers; the local economy went into a deep recession, the long-prevalent manufacturing jobs dropped by 64% from 1990 to 2013. A mass shooting took place on April 3, 2009, at the American Civic Association, leaving 14 dead, including the gunman. In the 21st century, the city has attempted to diversify its economic base in order to spur revitalization.
The local economy has transitioned towards a focus on services and healthcare. Major emphasis has been placed on Binghamton University, which built a downtown cam
State University of New York
The State University of New York is a system of public institutions of higher education in New York, United States. It is the largest comprehensive system of universities and community colleges in the United States, with a total enrollment of 424,051 students, plus 2,195,082 adult education students, spanning 64 campuses across the state. Led by Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson, the SUNY system has 91,182 employees, including 32,496 faculty members, some 7,660 degree and certificate programs overall and a $10.7 billion budget. SUNY includes many institutions and four university Centers: Albany, Binghamton and Stony Brook. SUNY's administrative offices are in Albany, the state's capital, with satellite offices in Manhattan and Washington, D. C. SUNY's largest campus is the University at Buffalo, which has the greatest endowment and research funding; the State University of New York was established in 1948 by Governor Thomas E. Dewey, through legislative implementation of recommendations made by the Temporary Commission on the Need for a State University.
The Commission was chaired by Owen D. Young, at the time Chairman of General Electric; the system was expanded during the administration of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, who took a personal interest in design and construction of new SUNY facilities across the state. Apart from units of the City University of New York, SUNY comprises all other institutions of higher education statewide that are state-supported; the first colleges were established with some arising from local seminaries. But New York state had a long history of supported higher education prior to the creation of the SUNY system; the oldest college, part of the SUNY System is SUNY Potsdam, established in 1816 as the St. Lawrence Academy. In 1835, the State Legislature acted to establish stronger programs for public school teacher preparation and designated one academy in each senatorial district to receive money for a special teacher-training department; the St. Lawrence Academy received this distinction and designated the village of Potsdam as the site of a Normal School in 1867.
On May 7, 1844, the State legislature voted to establish New York State Normal School in Albany as the first college for teacher education. In 1865, the endowed Cornell University was designated as New York's land grant college, it began direct financial support of four of Cornell's colleges in 1894. From 1889 to 1903, Cornell operated the New York State College of Forestry, until the Governor vetoed its annual appropriation; the school was moved to Syracuse University in 1911. It is now the State University of New York College of Environmental Forestry. In 1908, the State legislature began the NY State College of Agriculture at Alfred University. In 1946-48 a Temporary Commission on the Need for a State University, chaired by Owen D. Young, Chairman of the General Electric Company, studied New York's existing higher education institutions, it was known New York's private institutions of higher education were discriminatory and failed to provide for many New Yorkers. Noting this need, the commission recommended the creation of a public state university system.
In 1948 legislation was passed establishing SUNY on the foundation of the teacher-training schools established in the 19th century. Most of them had developed curricula similar to those found at four-year liberal arts schools long before the creation of SUNY, as evidenced by the fact they had become known as "Colleges for Teachers" rather than "Teachers' Colleges." On October 8, 1953, SUNY took a historic step of banning national fraternities and sororities that discriminated based on race or religion from its 33 campuses. Various fraternities challenged this rule in court; as a result, national organizations felt pressured to open their membership to students of all races and religions. The SUNY resolution, upheld in court states: Resolved that no social organization shall be permitted in any state-operated unit of the State University which has any direct or indirect affiliation or connection with any national or other organization outside the particular unit. Despite being one of the last states in the nation to establish a state university, the system was expanded during the chancellorship of Samuel B. Gould and the administration of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, who took a personal interest in the design and construction of new SUNY facilities across the state.
Rockefeller championed the acquisition of the private University of Buffalo into the SUNY system, making the public State University of New York at Buffalo. SUNY is governed by a State University of New York Board of Trustees, which consists of eighteen members, fifteen of whom are appointed by the Governor, with consent of the New York State Senate; the sixteenth member is the President of the Student Assembly of the State University of New York. The last two members are the Presidents of the University Faculty Senate and Faculty Council of Community Colleges, both of whom are non-voting; the Board of Trustees appoints the Chancellor. The state of New York assists in financing the SUNY system, along with CUNY, provides lower-cost college-level
The State University of New York at Binghamton referred to as Binghamton University and SUNY Binghamton, is a public research university with campuses in Binghamton and Johnson City, New York, United States. It is one of the four university centers in the State University of New York system; as of Fall 2018, 17,768 undergraduate and graduate students attend the university. The Vestal campus is listed as a census-designated place, with a residential population of 6,177 as of the 2010 Census. Since its establishment in 1946, the school has evolved from a small liberal arts college to a large research university, ranked among the best public universities in the United States. Binghamton University is considered to be one of the "Public Ivies," a publicly-funded university considered as providing a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League; the university is designated as an R1 Doctoral University with high research activity according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
Binghamton's athletic teams are known as the Bearcats, compete in Division I of the NCAA. The Bearcats are members of the America East Conference. Binghamton University was established in 1946 in Endicott, New York, as Triple Cities College to serve the needs of local veterans returning from World War II. Thomas J. Watson, a founding member of IBM in Broome County, viewed the Triple Cities region as an area of great potential. In the early 1940s he collaborated with local leaders to begin establishing the two-year school as a satellite of private Syracuse University, donating land that would become the school's early home. Triple Cities College students finished their bachelor's degrees at Syracuse. By the 1948–1949 academic year, these could be completed at the College. In 1950, it split from Syracuse and became incorporated into the public State University of New York system as Harpur College, named in honor of Robert Harpur, a colonial teacher and pioneer who settled in the Binghamton area.
At the time it joined Champlain College in Plattsburgh as the only two liberal arts schools in the New York state system. When Champlain closed in 1952 to make way for the Plattsburgh Air Force Base, the records and some students and faculty were transferred to Harpur College in Binghamton. Harpur received 16,000 non-duplicate volumes and the complete contents of the Champlain College library. In 1955, Harpur began to plan its current location in a town near Binghamton. A site large enough to anticipate future growth was purchased, with the school's move to its new 387-acre campus being completed by 1961. Colonial Hall, Triple Cities College's original building in Endicott, stands today as the village's Visitor's Center. In 1965, Harpur College was selected to join New York state schools at Stony Brook and Buffalo as one of the four new SUNY university centers. Redesignated the State University of New York at Binghamton, the school's new name reflected its status as an advanced degree granting institution.
In a nod to tradition, its undergraduate college of arts and sciences remained "Harpur College". With more than 60% of undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Harpur's degree programs, it is the largest of Binghamton's constituent schools. In 1967, the School of Advanced Technology was established, the precursor to the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, founded in 1983. Since 1992, the school has made an effort to distinguish itself from the SUNY system, rebranding itself as "Binghamton University," or "Binghamton University, State University of New York". Still and the State University of New York at Binghamton, its University administration procedures discourage references to the school as "SUNY—Binghamton," "SUNY—B," "Harpur College," or other names not listed above; the first president of Harpur College, who began as dean of Triple Cities College, was Glenn Bartle. The second president, G. Bruce Dearing, served several years during the Vietnam era before leaving to become vice chancellor for academic affairs at the SUNY Central Administration in Albany.
Next was C. Peter Magrath, former interim president of the University of Nebraska, who served from 1972 to 1974 left to become president at the University of Minnesota; the fourth president at Binghamton 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, he was asked to take on the job of acting president in the fall of 1974, when Magrath left for Minnesota. Clark was selected as president and served from March 1975 through mid-1990. During this time he led the school's evolution from a four-year liberal arts college to a research university. Clark added the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts and inaugurated the Summer Music Festival, created the Harpur Forum, established the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, fostered the expansion and development of the Decker School of Nursing. Lois B. DeFleur became the university's fifth president upon Clark's retirement in 1990.
During her nearly 20-year tenure the University experienced its most significant growth. She oversaw substantial additions to the student and faculty populations, vastly expanded research activities and funding, formalized Binghamton's fundraising efforts, expanded the campus' physical footprint by 20 buildings, launched Binghamton's "green" efforts for which they are now nationally recognized, transitioned the school from Division III athletics to Division I and catalyzed the biggest increase in academic rankings to date. DeFleur retired in 2010 and on July 1
Binghamton Television is a television station that operates on the Binghamton University campus. Binghamton Television is the student-run television station, broadcasting on the University's cable network for over 30 years. BTV was founded in the late 1970s as Harpur Television Workshop. In 1982, it was renamed to Binghamton Television. In the early 2000s, BTV studios moved into a new location below the bookstore on campus. BTV is a closed circuit television station and does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission. BTV is only available to student's on the Binghamton University campus on channel 6. For others off campus, BTV provides a live stream of the channel on their website. 2013-2014 President: Michael Zagreda Production Manager: Chris Graf Chief Engineer: Adam Heimowitz Chief of Staff: Michael Hickey Administrative Director: Erin Kleinertz BTV Website Binghamton University
Immanuel Maurice Wallerstein is an American sociologist, historical social scientist, world-systems analyst, arguably best known for his development of the general approach in sociology which led to the emergence of his world-systems approach. He publishes bimonthly syndicated commentaries on world affairs, he has been a Senior Research Scholar at Yale University since 2000. Having grown up in a politically conscious family, Wallerstein first became interested in world affairs as a teenager while living in New York City, he received all three of his degrees from Columbia University: a BA in 1951, an MA in 1954, a PhD in 1959. However, throughout his life, Wallerstein has studied at other universities around the world, including Oxford University from 1955–56,Université libre de Bruxelles, Universite Paris 7 Denis Diderot, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. From 1951 to 1953 Wallerstein served in the U. S. Army. After returning from his service, he wrote his master's thesis on McCarthyism as a phenomenon of American political culture, cited and which, Wallerstein states, "confirmed my sense that I should consider myself, in the language of the 1950s, a'political sociologist'".
Eleven years on May 25, 1964, he married Beatrice Friedman. Wallerstein's academic and professional career began at Columbia University, where he started as an instructor and became an associate professor of sociology from 1958 to 1971. During his time there, he served as a prominent supporter of the students during the Columbia University protests of 1968. In 1971, he moved from New York to Montreal. Wallerstein's prime area of intellectual concern was not American politics, but politics of the non-European world, most those of India and Africa. For two decades, Wallerstein served as an Africa scholar, publishing numerous books and articles, in 1973, became president of the African Studies Association. In 1976, Wallerstein was offered the unique opportunity to pursue a new avenue of research, so became head of the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems and Civilization at Binghamton University in New York, whose mission is "to engage in the analysis of large-scale social change over long periods of historical time."
The Center was opened with the publishing support of a new journal Review, would go on to produce a body of work that "went a long way toward invigorating sociology and its sister disciplines history and political-economy." Wallerstein would serve as a distinguished professor of sociology at Binghamton until his retirement in 1999. Throughout his career, Wallerstein has held visiting professor posts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, British Columbia, Amsterdam, among numerous others, he has been awarded multiple honorary titles, intermittently served as Directeur d'études associé at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, was president of the International Sociological Association between 1994 and 1998. During the 1990s, he chaired the Gulbenkian Commission on the Restructuring of the Social Sciences, whose object was to indicate a direction for social scientific inquiry for the next 50 years. Since 2000, Wallerstein has served as a Senior Research Scholar at Yale University.
He is a member of the Advisory Editors Council of the Social Evolution & History journal. In 2003, he received the Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award from the American Sociological Association, in 2004 was awarded with the Gold Kondratieff Medal by the International N. D. Kondratieff Foundation and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. Wallerstein began as an expert of post-colonial African affairs, which he selected as the focus of his studies after attending international youth conferences in 1951 and 1952, his publications were exclusively devoted to this until the early 1970s, when he began to distinguish himself as a historian and theorist of the global capitalist economy on a macroscopic level. His early criticism of global capitalism and championship of "anti-systemic movements" have made him an éminence grise with the anti-globalization movement within and outside of the academic community, along with Noam Chomsky and Pierre Bourdieu, his most important work, The Modern World-System, has appeared in four volumes since 1974, with additional planned volumes still forthcoming.
In it, Wallerstein draws on several intellectual influences: Karl Marx, whom he follows in emphasizing underlying economic factors and their dominance over ideological factors in global politics, whose economic thinking he has adopted with such ideas as the dichotomy between capital and labor. He criticizes the traditional Marxian view of world economic development through stages such as feudalism and capitalism, its belief in the accumulation of capital and more. However, Wallerstein categorizes Frantz Fanon, Fernand Braudel, Ilya Prigogine as the three individuals that have had the greatest impact "in modifying my line of argument." In The Essential Wallerstein, he chronologically lists the three individuals and describes their influence on his views: Frantz Fanon: "Fanon represented for me the expression of the insistence by those disenfranchised by the modern world‑system that they have a voice, a vision, a claim not to justice but to intellectual valuation." Fernand Braudel: who had described the development and political implications of extensive networks of economic exchange in the European world between 1400 and 1800
Binghamton University Events Center
Binghamton University Events Center is the premier Division I Athletics and multipurpose facility at Binghamton University. The arena is adjacent to the Bearcat Sports Complex, it is home to the Binghamton Bearcats Division I Intercollegiate Athletic Program and can seat 5,142 patrons for home games, over 8,000 for other large-scale events. It has hosted the 2005, 2006, 2008 America East Conference men's basketball tournaments as well as the 2007 women's tournament; the Events Center was host to the 2009 America East Conference Championship game when the Bearcats defeated UMBC to make March Madness. The facility has hosted commencements and concerts such as Bob Dylan, Green Day, Ludacris, Foo Fighters and Harry Connick Jr; the arena contains 53000 square feet of space. The Events Center was built to create a Division I athletic and multipurpose facility in an addition to the West Gym; the majority of sports and athletic administration are located at the Events Center with the exception of certain sports, such as Swimming & Diving and Wrestling.
The Events Center is surrounded by ample parking facilities, athletic fields, the new Bearcat Sports Complex for soccer and lacrosse competitions and tennis courts. In December 2015, it was announced that the events center would host the NYSPHAA State Boys Basketball Championships from 2017-2019. List of NCAA Division I basketball arenas Binghamton University Events Center website Binghamton University Bearcats - Facilities