Alumni Volunteer Opportunities
Support from alumni like you can only help make Binghamton University stronger. This web page describes many ways that you can get involved in the life of the University.
If you would like to be a volunteer, please complete our volunteer interest form, providing your name, class year, contact information and other details such as the
volunteer projects in which you are interested. A staff member from the University
will be in touch with you. We appreciate your willingness to give back and make a
meaningful impact on current students and fellow alumni.
Help attract the best and brightest students to Binghamton by volunteering at high school college fairs. Who is better equipped to speak knowingly about Binghamton University than you, our alumni? Alumni play a significant role in attracting bright and talented young men and women to our community of scholars. Alumni volunteers are needed to represent Binghamton University at high school college fairs and provide outreach via e-mail to admitted students. Alumni from all class years are welcome!
Help advocate for your University! Binghamton alumni are encouraged to serve as advocates for our institution at every opportunity. This can include sharing your positive experiences and insights with prospective students and their parents, friends and business associates. Doing so builds public support and helps to promote the value of public higher education at Binghamton. In addition, we seek alumni to get involved in our Advocacy efforts in more formal ways. This can include serving as advocates to help deliver a message to our state and federal leaders when legislative issues arise in Albany or Washington, D.C. While there are no active advocacy campaigns at this time, there will be opportunities in the future to bring about positive change for our campus. We would like to know we have a pool of supporters ready to help us get our message to the right decision makers. By volunteering to serve as a Binghamton University Advocate, you will be signing on to help Binghamton accomplish its goal of becoming the premier public university of the 21st century.
ALUMNI AFFINITY GROUPS
Volunteer to plan programs and events with alumni with shared interests. Continue your engagement with organizations and activities that you were involved with as a student or with alumni who share similar professional interests by developing a new alumni affinity group or participating in an existing affinity group. Our affinity groups often organize reunions during Homecoming or regionally to engage with other alumni from the group along with current students.
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Serve in a leadership capacity with the Alumni Association Board of Directors. This 23-member, all-volunteer body actively partners with Alumni Relations staff to craft and implement a diverse set of programming intended to engage all 120,000+ alumni in the life of the University. As the campus community implements a five-year strategic plan for alumni engagement, board members fulfill key roles in achieving the alumni outreach goals contained within the plan. Learn more about the Board of Directors, and nominate someone for a term of service. Nominees who are not selected for the board may have the opportunity to serve on a standing committee. This, too, would be a fine opportunity to support the mission of the Alumni Association.
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS
Help mentor Binghamton University students. Because today's students are tomorrow's graduates, the Alumni Association provides career-oriented events and programs to current Binghamton University students. Alumni volunteers are needed for events such as Metro Career Night and BAM! Binghamton Alumni Mentoring, at which you can meet with students and provide advice and career insights.
ALUMNI GLOBAL DAY OF SERVICE SITE LEADER
Lead alumni in service in your community! The 2016 Binghamton University Alumni Global Day of Service will be held during the weekend of Friday-Sunday, April 15-17. This special initiative will unite alumni in meaningful and impactful service projects within their communities on a single day during this designated weekend. We are seeking site leaders who can manage a service project in their community, coordinate with the service site, communicate with alumni who volunteer to assist with the project, welcome alumni on the day of the event, and document the event.
ANDERSON CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Serve as an ARTSCORPS volunteer at special Performing Arts events. Programming at the Anderson Center enhances the quality of life for all members of the community and University. ARTSCORPS members greet patrons upon entry to the Center, check their tickets, provide them with programs, and answer their questions. ARTSCORPS volunteers must attend a mandatory training session before starting volunteer duties, and are required to work at least four shows each fall and spring semester.
Assist the University Art Museum. Through its permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and educational outreach, the University's Art Museum collects and displays works of art for the education, enrichment and entertainment of the campus community and Greater Binghamton area, as well as the national and international art world. The art museum welcomes assistance from volunteers.
Volunteer to support student-athlete programs and special initiatives. Athletic volunteers serve as a resource for our student-athletes sharing their knowledge and experience and helping them make connections. Volunteers may serve as a guest speaker and/or job placement representative. Varsity Club student-athlete alumni stay in touch through Career Network events, Homecoming and alumni reunions, and mentor/internship opportunities with current student-athletes. Volunteers also serve on the BBAA (Binghamton Bearcats Athletic Association) Board of Directors. We welcome support of all our alumni in helping to enhance the leadership skills and career network opportunities for our current student-athletes.
BAM! BINGHAMTON ALUMNI MENTORING
Share career expertise with students living in your area. This event series brings Binghamton University alumni and current students together for a meal and conversation in a fun and relaxed environment. Students can expect to make new connections, strengthen their ties to the Binghamton University community, and learn about the different experiences of our graduates. Alumni have the unique opportunity to share their knowledge of the University, professional experiences and relationship to Binghamton University as a graduate. Learn more.
COLLEGE OF COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
CCPA welcomes assistance from alumni who want to remain connected with the college as a volunteer. You can help us create educational experiences that enable today's students to make a meaningful difference in the community.
Volunteer to help at our University Commencement programs. The University relies on volunteers to ensure that Commencement events run smoothly and the atmosphere is enjoyable for our graduates and their guests. Volunteering is fairly easy to do, only requiring a one-hour training session before the event, about five hours of work during the event, and a friendly, outgoing personality. You receive a free parking pass, refreshments, and a thank-you gift.
COOL/HOT SPEAKER SERIES
Alumni volunteers with hot careers and hot ideas needed to share career advice with students in this cool speaker series. The Alumni Association and the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development co-host a weekly speaker series, Cool/Hot which may take place either virtually or on campus. The Cool/Hot program allows for alumni worldwide to share advice with students based on their professional and personal experiences.
DECKER SCHOOL OF NURSING
Help the Decker School continue its tradition of excellence in nursing education, scholarship and practice. Volunteers can assist by serving on panels, mentoring and/or networking with our current students. If you are practicing, volunteering to become a preceptor is invaluable! If you have ideas or suggestions beyond the opportunities mentioned above, we would love to hear from you!
FLEISHMAN CENTER FOR CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Mentor, recruit and host Binghamton University students. By working with the on-campus Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, alumni will find it very rewarding to engage with students and assist in their career journeys by offering them career development guidance and advice. We offer a variety of ways to connect with current students which can include coming back to campus, connecting with students virtually or having students meet you near your place of work. Alumni career development volunteers are often recruited to participate in programs that include mock interviews, resume reviews, job search and networking skills development programs among others. You can participate in a mentoring or job shadowing program which will offer invaluable guidance to students, or even host an on-site employer visit, where we bring students to your office for an informational/ networking session. Many alumni recruit students through fairs and by posting job and internship opportunities to the University's online recruiting system, hireBING. A great way to hire students and promote your own job and internship opportunities is to attend our fall and spring career fairs.
FRIENDSHIP FAMILY PROGRAM (alumni living in Greater Binghamton only)
Help to welcome International Students through social activities. The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office needs participants for its Friendship Family Program, which involves a family or individual from the surrounding community who forms a social relationship with one or more international student(s) enrolled at Binghamton University. This social relationship can consist of family dinners, phone calls, conversations over coffee or tea, attending an event together or going to see the latest movie. Friendship families do not provide housing or financial, academic, medical or psychological assistance.
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
Connect with students through mentoring programs. The Graduate School of Education welcomes the opportunity to connect with our outstanding alumni. Graduates of the program are invited back to campus to join in class lectures, assist and mentor current students, or be a guest speaker on an educational topic that would be of interest to our students. If you would like to be more involved with the Graduate School of Education, or have ideas on how to better connect with the school, please contact Jessica Morris.
HARPUR COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Volunteer to mentor Harpur students through special programs. The Liberal Arts to Careers Externship (LACE) exposes students to the wide variety of career options available to them with a liberal arts degree. Harpur alumni provide valuable assistance in career exploration for Harpur students by sponsoring students at their workplaces. We encourage you to return to campus and share your insights, experiences and advice with our students as a guest speaker inside or outside a classroom. If you work in the legal field for a nonprofit or government agency, you could host one of our talented pre-law students for a Public Interest Pre-Law Internship. These internships are for credit and are sponsored by the Harpur Law Council of Binghamton University. If you are a physician, you can help develop and influence the future doctors of tomorrow by participating in the Harpur College Summer Physician Mentor Program or participate in the MD Alumni Lecture Series, A Day in the Life of a Doctor.
INTERNATIONAL AMBASSADOR (for alumni living outside the United States)
Stay connected as an International Ambassador. We offer a number of ways for international alumni to remain involved and connected including meeting with students and faculty visiting your area, helping to plan events in your area, recruiting students to Binghamton, mentoring and networking with other alumni and more.
REGIONAL CHAPTERS AND EVENTS
Help plan programs and events for alumni in your area. Engaging a growing alumni body – now more than 120,000 and counting – spread across the globe is no easy task. The Alumni Association needs your help in building chapters and planning events close to where you live and work.
Volunteer at your former residential community. Your days of living on campus in a residence hall are in the past, but you can still return home. Residential Life welcomes alumni who wish to volunteer in a number of ways, such as serving on career panels, judging area competitions, helping with area traditions, and connecting with parents and students at the start of a new academic year.
Volunteer to lead and plan a reunion. If you'd like to get together with a bunch of your college friends, don't just dream about it. Make it happen! Organize a class-year or special-interest reunion either on or off campus. The most successful and well-attended reunions are those organized by volunteers. The Alumni Association can provide some tools to help you create an unforgettable event.
SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
SOM welcomes support from alumni who are interested in helping students with their career development. Volunteers can serve as mock interviewers, judges for classroom competitions, and mentors at the school's networking event held each fall at Homecoming. Also, alumni can host students at their workplaces as part of the New York City Business Week, held annually during winter recess.
Help promote Binghamton through social media channels. In today's fast-paced world, social media are powerful and effective communications tools. It's easier than ever to form connections, get a message out and rally people around a cause. Social media are essential to the success of the Alumni Association. When you attend alumni events on and off campus (such as Homecoming or regional chapter events), or serve the University through a volunteer project (such as Alumni Global Day of Service or the Alumni Admissions Volunteer Program), we would welcome your photos and comments on our Alumni Association Facebook page. Feel free to tweet at us on Twitter; tag your tweets with @binghamtonalum and #bingpride. We also invite you to initiate discussions on the Alumni Association's Professional Network Group on LinkedIn. Social media provide endless opportunities for you to share your pride in being a graduate of Binghamton University!
THOMAS J. WATSON SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE
Mentor or help recruit Watson students! We welcome our alumni to stay involved with the Watson School by joining the Alumni Career Network, mentoring current undergraduate and graduate students, or sharing advice and memories as part of the Alumni Admissions Volunteer Program. If you'd like to return to campus, you can speak on career panels or as a special guest lecturer, or provide invaluable professional expertise and sponsorship as a mentor for senior design projects. We also invite you to serve on Watson School advisory boards or take a variety of active roles in professional clubs and organizations.
Participate as an alumni DJ. If you were a DJ or fan of free-form campus radio as a student and wish to remain involved as a graduate, you can certainly do so. WHRW welcomes alumni to volunteer as DJs. In fact, several alumni host radio shows on a weekly basis.