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.

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Phone: (607) 777-4287
Fax: (607) 777-3099

Professional Staff

allison alden, director

Dr. Allison Alden, Director


Dr. Allison Alden is the Founding Director of the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) at Binghamton University. Dr. Alden has been actively engaged in community-based teaching, research, and solution-oriented initiatives for over thirty years and has also directed/facilitated five major externally funded projects focused on organizational change in school districts and human service organizations. As Professor of Practice in the Masters of Public Administration Program, she worked closely with regional leaders in public and nonprofit organizations on community projects and research initiatives. Dr. Alden was the Founding Director of the Center for Applied Community Research and Development, which focuses on the development and application of community-based research in community and economic development, education, health, and other fields within the Southern Tier.
Over the last ten years, Dr. Alden has made over seventy professional presentations and produced nearly twenty publications on topics ranging from intervention strategies for diverse populations placed at risk within educational environments to research on the use of service-learning on college campuses. She has been recognized with awards such as the Innovator Award from the Community and Rural Development Institute of Cornell University, the University and Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Professional Service, and the 2010 Sigma Award for a Career of Distinguished Public Service. Under Dr. Alden's direction, the CCE was awarded the 2011 SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award for Innovative Use of Social Media and the 2012 SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award for Community Relations for the Center's outstanding response to the local flooding in September 2011. Dr. Alden received her doctorate in Education—Theory to Practice from Binghamton University.

christie zwahlen, assistant 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.

jessica arends, faculty engagement associate

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, 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. Tom is on the Board of Directors of the Broome County Council of Churches, the Binghamton Police Athletic League and the Schools to Careers Partnership. Tom is also actively involved in golf, tennis and softball leagues. He serves as Treasurer for the Volunteer Administrators of the Southern Tier and Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church. In his "free" time, Tom is a member of 3 choirs and has a love of music.

laura reindl, communications specialist

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.

Student Staff

natalie_bockNatalie Bock, Youth Engagement GA

Natalie 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 LiIndy Li, Community Emergency Response Team GA

Indy 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.

Dai NewmanDai Newman, Bridging the Digital Divide GA

Dai is the 2015-2016 Graduate Assistant coordinating the Bridging the Digital Divide Program. After receiving a BA in History at Binghamton University, Dai is pursuing a Master's in Public Administration at BU. Her professional experience includes journalism, marketing and working with local non-profits in the field of public education, such as libraries and museums. Focused on sustainable development, community building and economic equity, she hopes to work serving the public. Dai serves on the boards of the League of Women Voters of Broome and Tioga Counties and the Czechoslovak-Moravia Club and is the Salvation Army Coordinator for the Apalachin-Campville area. Dai is also the Healthy Campus Agent for the CCE office, working to promote health and wellness among staff and students. In her free time Dai enjoys gardening, cooking and bike riding.

Mei Juan LiangMei Juan Liang, Community Service Recruiter/Office Assistant

Mei 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 DoranNick Doran, Vote Everywhere Ambassador

Nick is a 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.

Woodson Agte

Woodson Agte, Vote Everywhere Ambassador

Woodson is a Vote Everywhere Ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation. He also works with the Political Engagement Coordination Team to create exciting new programs for students, as well as working with the CCE to host forums on issues important to students. He is in his junior year, majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Law. He has an A.S. in Business Administration from SUNY Broome Community College.

Austin BlumenfeldAustin Blumenfeld, Special Projects Assistant & CCE Radio Show Host

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.

Jenny CheungJenny Cheung, Social Media & Marketing Intern

Jenny, a senior double majoring in Marketing and Psychology, is the Social Media and Marketing Intern for the Center for Civic Engagement. She works on promoting the CCE's numerous resources to students, faculty, and the community through social media, e-mail marketing, and distribution of flyers on campus. She creates content for social media and helped coordinate the #Snaps4Service Contest on Facebook and Instagram. In addition to her time at the CCE, Jenny also works as a Circulation Assistant at Bartle Library, a staff member at Late Nite Binghamton, and serves as Treasurer on the China Care Club executive board.

Joshua Chorman, Social Media & Marketing Intern

Joshua is a returning adult student in his senior year studying Cinema and English. He hopes to become a professor himself one day. He enjoys volunteering, enabling communication and video documentation.

Gina AbramsGina Abrams, Community Issues Forums Intern

Gina is a senior double majoring in psychology and human development. Gina is interning at the center for civic engagement with a focus on organizing community issues forums to help inform and engage students and community members. She is a McNair scholar and research assistant.

Angelica QuintanaAngelica Quintana, Engagement Program Management Intern

Angelica is a Community Issues Forum Intern at the CCE. She helps coordinate forums that are designed to educate and engage the campus community in meaningful discussions around public issues of student concern. Angelica is currently a senior in the accelerated fast-track MPA program and a study abroad ambassador. In her spare time, she likes to read historical and Spanish literature, specifically about Spain.

Sheeva MassoudiSheeva Massoudi, Engagement Program Management Intern

Sheeva is working to help plan the Institute on Community-Engaged Teaching, Research & Scholarship taking place in the Spring 2015 semester. She hopes that the Institute will help showcase partnership between the University and community. Sheeva is a sophomore majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems and a minor in Spanish. She is also the President of Binghamton's Women's Club Basketball Team, Chair of the Student Association's Internal Affairs Committee and a Student Manager in C4. In her free time, Sheeva enjoys Hot Yoga, Fencing and watching Parks and Recreation on Netflix.

Ebony ArendtEbony Arendt, Engagement Program Management Intern

Ebony currently manages awards and recognitions nominations through the CCE and looks forward to developing and managing a CCE sponsored event by the end of this semester. As a Management Major, with concentrations in both Marketing and Global Management, she implements her knowledge in the CCE by managing information and communicating with students. She is an active member of Enactus and an executive board member of WESPEAK BU. She hopes that the skills she has developed in her extracurricular activities and internships at Binghamton engender the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in marketing project management.

Sarah ConnellySarah Connelly, Engagement Program Management Intern

Sarah is currently coordinating the Room Clean-Out Drive, a program that gives students the opportunity to donate their usable, unwanted belongings to local charities upon moving out for the summer. Sarah is a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in Student Affairs Administration at Binghamton University and she also works as a Graduate Assistant in the Dean of Students Office. In her spare time, Sarah likes to swim, read, and listen to music.

Hyung Joo (Lucas) KimHyung Joo (Lucas) Kim, Engagement Program Management Intern

Lucas is currently working to create a database of all the student groups or organizations at Binghamton University that have been involved in volunteering on and off campus in the last year. He is majoring in accounting and minoring in mathematics and will graduate this semester. After graduation, he is planning to return to South Korea to further study for the CPA exam and Chinese. He enjoys spending his free time traveling, playing the piano, and studying about North Korea.

Dali LuDali Lu, Bridging the Digital Divide Student Associate

Dali is the Bridging the Digital Divide Student Associate at the CCE. A December 2014 graduate of 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.

Peter Liu

Peter Liu, Web Development and Graphic Design

Peter Liu is a web development and graphic design volunteer 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 meals.


Last Updated: 3/23/15