About the Center for Civic Engagement
What is the CCE?
The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) works with communities within and beyond Binghamton University's campus to provide various rewarding and meaningful opportunities to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. The CCE supports the attainment of academic, personal, and professional growth through civic engagement to develop active and engaged citizens.
University Union 137
Phone: (607) 777-4287
Fax: (607) 777-3099
Dr. Allison Alden, Director
Christie Zwahlen, Assistant Director
Christie Zwahlen is the Assistant Director at Binghamton University's Center for Civic Engagement, where she has worked for four years to develop, expand and promote community engagement opportunities for students, faculty and staff. Previously, Christie worked for two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA, designing Service-Learning courses in conjunction with faculty at Thiel College and as the Coordinator of the Bridging the Digital Divide Program at Binghamton University. Christie earned her Master's Degree in English and a Graduate Certificate in Asian & Asian American Studies from Binghamton University in 2009. She is currently enrolled in the English PhD program at Binghamton University.
Dr. Jessica Arends, Faculty Engagement Associate
As the Faculty Engagement Associate, Dr. Jessica Arends supports instructors in developing service-learning courses and publishing community-based research. With over ten years of teaching experience and a Master's in Education from George Washington University, Jessica offers expertise in connecting community engagement with course content and assessing student learning. While earning her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State, Jessica conducted mixed-methods research to measure the impact of service-learning on students and communities in Africa and Pennsylvania which resulted in several peer-reviewed publications and awards. Contact Jessica to talk about community engagement ideas for your course, service-learning course designation, or publishing on community-based teaching or research.
Tom Lamphere, Senior Staff Assistant
Tom Lamphere has been employed at Binghamton University since January of 2008. Since May of 2012 he has been the Senior Staff Assistant at the Center for Civic Engagement, and has also worked in Campus Recreation and the Office of the Division of Student Affairs. Tom has an A.A.S. degree from SUNY - Broome and a B.A. Degree from Binghamton University.
Laura Reindl, Communications Specialist
Laura Reindl joined the Center for Civic Engagement at Binghamton University in the summer of 2014 as Communications Specialist. With a background in Small Business Marketing and Communications, she works to promote the CCE's goals of developing active and engaged citizens through the use of social media, electronic newsletters, web development and print materials targeting students, faculty, staff and community members. Laura is a 2009 graduate of Gettysburg College with a BA in English.
Natalie Bock, Youth Engagement GA
Natalie Bock is the 2014-15 Graduate Assistant for Youth Engagement at the Center for Civic Engagement. After receiving a BA in History at Binghamton University in May 2014, she is now pursuing a MAT in Adolescent Social Studies Education. Her future goals include being a high school social studies teacher, perhaps near her home town of Niagara Falls, NY. Natalie loves learning about the world through travelling and archaeology, as well as meeting new people, so feel free to drop by to say hello and chat about the Youth Engagement program.
Indy Li, Community Emergency Response Team GA
Indy Li is the 2014-15 Graduate Assistant heading the CCE's Community Emergence Response Team program and is also the office's "data-cruncher." A first year graduate student studying Biomedical Anthropology, Indy enjoys honing her skills in canning delicious jams and lifting weights at Fitspace when she is not in the CCE office or working in the Lab.
Mei Juan Liang is a Community Service Recruiter/Office Assistant at the CCE. Mei works at the front desk and greets visitors as they arrive, helping students find different opportunities to volunteer by signing them up for the student newsletter and helping them to navigate the service listings. She also assists with many other tasks around the CCE office. Mei is a sophomore majoring in electrical engineering.
Nick Doran is the Vote Everywhere Ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation. Nick is working in conjunction with the Political Engagement Coordination Team to increase political engagement and voter participation on campus, while making voting fun! Nick is a sophomore majoring in Economics, and is also the Secretary of Peace Action BU and Academic Vice President of Newing College Council. In his free time, Nick likes to read and play tennis.
Austin is the host and producer of the CCE Radio Show and also a Special Projects Assistant working with the Political Engagement Coordination Team on campus. A senior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Urban Planning, He is also the president of the Student United Way and involved in local politics. Austin studied abroad in the Czech Republic last semester, and this year he hopes to increase student engagement in service opportunities and engage students in politics at a local level.
Dali Lu, Bridging the Digital Divide Student Associate
Dali Lu is the Bridging the Digital Divide Student Associate at the CCE. A senior in the School of Management studying Management Information Systems and Entrepreneurship, Dali has been involved with BDDP since 2013, when she headed a team that won the Ernst and Young "Your World, Your Vision" national competition. Her team proposed community computer literacy classes throughout Binghamton coupled with e-waste initiatives on campus. Her work at the CCE now focuses on continuing those initiatives with the Bridging the Digital Divide Program and organizing e-waste drives each semester. Last semester her team collected 3,373 pounds of e-waste.
Erin Small is the Fall 2014 Literacy Intern for the Bridging the Digital Divide Program (BDDP) and a junior Electrical Engineering major. Erin started with the Center for Civic Engagement in Fall of 2013 as the BDDP Refurbishing Intern. Erin used her connection to the Student Volunteer Center (SVC) to help support and provide volunteers for BDDP. Now the secretary of SVC, Erin will continue that organization's relationship with BDDP and the CCE and looks forward helping grow a program with so much potential.
Peter Liu, Web Development and Graphic Design Intern
Peter Liu is the web development and graphic design intern for the Center for Civic Engagement. Peter creates marketing materials that reflect the joint brand of the CCE and Binghamton University and also builds and maintains websites for the CCE and its collaborative efforts such as the Bridging the Digital Divide Project. Peter also serves as an executive board member for both HackBU and Enactus Binghamton. In his free time, Peter loves to sing and play guitar, read, write, and cook delicious vegan meals.