English poets are paired with English composers in "A Lad's Journey"


A Lad’s Journey: A Tour of British Writers and Composers is presented on Friday, October 30th at 7:30pm in Casadesus Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building on the Binghamton University campus.  Tenor Dominic Armstrong is accompanied by pianist Joel Harder, the new professor of Collaborative Piano.  The recital includes settings of poems by W.H. Auden by Benjamin Britten, Thomas Hardy by Gerald Finzi, Robert Louis Stevenson by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and William Shakespeare by Roger Quilter. http://wskg.org/audio/ladsjourney.mp3

Photo courtesy Binghamton University Music Department

I know mentoring works

Path To Graduation: Mentors
Written & Produced By Kieran Jennings, Grade 8, Schenevus Central School District


Did you know? Researchers at the World Bank identified mentoring as one of the most promising approaches to serve at-risk children around the world. I know mentoring works because I have mentors myself, like teachers and aides, who help me stay organized, make good choices, and work hard even if I don’t feel like it. “One of the really important things that good teachers understand is that their relationship with a student is what’s going to make the difference for that student in terms of success,” says Thomas Jennings, superintendent of the Schenevus Central School District in Upstate New York. Mr. Jennings thinks that all students could benefit from positive time with adults in school.

Gift of the Mummy

A CT scan of the mummy Henut-Wedjebu, an Egyptian noblewoman who lived during 1300 BC. The specks around her head might be beads that were part of a headdress. Henut-Wedjebu and two younger male mummies are on display at the St. Louis Art Museum. She and one of the others are on loan from the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University.

Mercy Street – Coming January 2016

MERCY STREET follows a diverse and colorful cast of characters — doctors, nurses, contraband laborers and Southern loyalists — and brings to life the chaotic world of Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia, and the Mansion House Hospital in the early years of the Civil War. Enjoy this preview of Mercy Street. Go behind the scenes of Mercy Street. Photo:Nurse Mary Phinney (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Credit: Courtesy of Antony Platt/PBS

Grand Bazaar | Best Documentary 2015

This is a short documentary by Metin Ozisik of Niskayuna, NY.  ‘Grand Bazaar’  is a look at the world’s largest covered shopping center and most-visited tourist attraction in Instanbul.  Ozisik’s documentary is both a personal story and a cinematic journey that captured the honor of ‘Best Documentary’ in the 2015 Rod Serling Film Festival. https://youtu.be/pu3jSh_vwCY


Literacy is the key to success

Path To Graduation: Literacy
Written & Produced By Caroline Carter, Grade 10, Oneonta High School


You might not think about it, but you use literacy skills all day long. When you are checking your texts, reading your emails, reading road signs, filling out forms, reading food labels, and taking tests… To do all of those things, you use literacy skills. But did you know, that according to a 2014 survey, 1 in 7 adults in the United States cannot read? “Literacy really is the foundation for educational success,” explains principal Thomas Brindley. “I believe it’s the foundation for success in life in general.” Mr. Brindley is principal of Oneonta High School.

Live from Lincoln Center: Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton

Composer and performer Danny Elfman descends on Lincoln Center with a symphony orchestra and choir, led by conductor John Mauceri, as well as a colorful assortment of Tim Burton fans. This unique episode arrives just in time for Halloween and captures all the excitement of this cultural invasion, climaxing in wildly entertaining performances of Elfman’s most beloved scores from films in collaboration with Tim Burton such as Batman, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas, which features Danny Elfman singing his iconic songs. Accompanying the music are film clips from select movies as well as original sketches and storyboards created by Tim Burton. Enjoy a preview of Live from Lincoln Center: Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Stephanie Berger


Schools Rack Up Interest Costs As PA Budget Stalemate Drags On

School districts in Pennsylvania are running out of money. The state budget is nearly four months late, which means school funding hasn’t been distributed. Districts are taking out loans to keep their doors open, and school superintendents say the delay is only going to get more costly. At Carbondale Area High School in northeastern Pennsylvania, fifth period just ended. Superintendent Joe Gorham stands in a patch of sun from a hallway skylight, handing out “hellos”.


Lourdes Hospital In Binghamton To Sponsor A Day Of Free Health Services

Lourdes hospital in Binghamton is sponsoring a day of free medical services tomorrow. The idea for this kind of one-day free clinic — called Medical Mission at Home — originated in Tennessee. The idea is to reach people in need who don’t often visit the hospital or care center. Sister Marilyn Perkins heads up Lourdes’ activities to provide services to the disadvantaged. She says there is a need for health care in the community.