Awards and Recognitions

The establishment of the Center for Civic Engagement is the final step of Binghamton University's strategic plan, released in 2005, to emphasize the importance of community engagement and outreach for students, faculty, staff, and community members. Working closely with area colleges (Broome Community College & Davis College), the Center for Civic Engagement is committed to community engagement through various opportunities such as volunteerism, internships, service-learning, and community-based research. The Center of Civic Engagement has received numerous grants, awards, and recognitions, which have allowed us the ability to fulfill our efforts. 

Grants Received

Awarded a $3,500 Ross Fund grant to expand the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) student program. Spring 2014

AmeriCorps/New York Campus Compact Education Award Program grant for $35,250 to provide scholarships for Binghamton University students who contribute 300 hours of community service in one calendar year. 2011-12

Newman's Own Foundation Campus Community Challenge: $15,000 Award Presentation

  • In 2011-12, the Binghamton University Boys & Girls Club Mentors student group placed second in the Newman's Own Foundation Campus Community Challenge and won a $15,000 grant on behalf of the the Boys & Girls Club of Binghamton. This innovative student-run program provides mentors for over 350 children everyday at before and afterschool programs run by the Binghamton Boys & Girls Club in the Southern Tier. Learn more about this student group's efforts in this video
  • In 2012-13, SUNY VINES won another $15,000 Newman's Own Foundation Campus Community Challenge grant on behalf of VINES (Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments). VINES is a non-profit corporation that creates and sustains community gardens in the Binghamton area. These gardens are managed and developed by community members to produce food crops for personal consumption. A garden's bounty may also be donated to soup kitchens or shared with others in need.

2010 Newmans’ Own Foundation: $7,500

  • Funds BU students working with A Room to Heal nonprofit to renovate/create 1-3 special healing rooms for children with serious medical illnesses.

New York State Campus Compact VISTA Program: $17,000—3 years renewable

  • The main purpose is for BU to work together with Broome Community College to bridge the digital divide that exists in the Broome County area. Community partners include Broome County Urban League, George F. Johnson Dream Center, American Civic Association, and others. 2009-10.

Awards & Scholarships 

Leah Ferentinos receives Newman Civic Fellow award from President Harvey Stenger and Allison Alden, Director of the Center for Civic Engagement2015 Newman Civic Fellow - Leah Ferentinos, a senior at Binghamton University was nominated by President Harvey G. Stenger to represent Binghamton University as the 2015 Newman Civic Fellow for her activism and research surrounding the effects of activism on mobilizing small communities during the AIDS epidemic in the United States.

andrew goodman foundation

2014 EMBER Partner with the Andrew Goodman Foundation (EMBER stands for Empowering Millenials to be Engaged and Responsible): $2,000 funded 2 Student Vote Everywhere Ambassadors and programming (Election Day Celebration, Voter Registration initiatives, community issues forums). 

2012 Ernst & Young "Your World, Your Vision" competition: The CCE supported and mentored a student group from the School of Management that won first place in the national Ernst & Young "Your World, Your Vision" competition. $10,000 award put toward Bridging the Digital Divide Project.

2012 SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award - Response to a Community Natural Disaster

2011 SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award - Innovative Use of Social Networking

Bridging the Digital Divide Project volunteer, Jack Rappaport, received President Obama's 2011 Volunteer Service Award for his work on BDDP.

In partnership with Bioengineering Dept., CCE received award from the 2011 Lois B. DeFleur International Innovation Fund $5,000—to further develop service and academic connections with partners in and near Cusco, Peru; launch academic service-learning initiatives; & develop service opportunities.

CCE was awarded a Student Affairs Innovation Fund of $7,700 to develop a Faculty Community Scholars Program in support of the Bridging the Digital Divide Program

President's Honor Roll: Binghamton University was officially recognized for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement by again being listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Received every year since its inception in 2006.

Conversations in the Disciplines Program for the project Knowledge-Sharing to Improve Health Outcomes for Children: $5,000

Naspa LeadNASPA's Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement comprises a network of 92 NASPA member colleges and universities committed to encouraging and highlighting the work of student affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student's college education.

Scholastic & Professional Achievements

Blog Post to NASPA, October 24, 2014: "Framing Our Work for All: Considering the Limits of 'Active Citizenship'"

Presentation: J.Arends "Assessing our way to a win-win-win: Engaged scholarship value propositions." Co-presented with Nancy Franklin, Director, Programs and Partnerships, Sustainability Institute, The Pennsylvania State University. Engaged Scholarship Consortium Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, October 2014

Presentation: J.Arends "Community impacts of service-learning in Africa." Engaged Scholarship Consortium Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, October 2014

Publication: J.Arends "The Role of Rationality in Transformative Education", in Journal of Transformative Education September, 2014

Blog Post to NASPA, May 20, 2014: "How Can We Help? Student Civic Learning through Disaster Recovery"

Publication: A.Alden & C.Zwahlen "Campuses as Community Partners During Disasters: An Integration of Planning and Process for a Common Purpose", in Community-Campus Readiness: Approaches to Disaster Preparedness, Working Paper Series in Issues in Engaged Scholarship June 2014

Publication: A.Alden & 6 co-authors "Learning from Disaster: three Models to Engage Students in Disaster Response", in Community-Campus Readiness: Approaches to Disaster Preparedness, Working Paper Series in Issues in Engaged Scholarship June 2014

Presentation: C.Zwahlen & A.Alden "Students Learning and Leading in the Center for Civic Engagement", NASPA National Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Conference, June 2014 in Miami, FL

Presentation: A.Alden & C.Zwahlen "Campus-Community Collaborations for the Public Good", Annual Eastern Region Campus Compact Conference October 25, 2013 in Philadelphia, PA

Presentation: A.Alden & 3 others "Learning from Disaster: Expanding our Community Role", Annual Eastern Region Campus Compact Conference October 25, 2013 in Philadelphia, PA

Presentation: CCE Director Allison Alden and Assistant Director Christie Zwahlen presented by invitation at the annual National Emergency Management Higher Education Conference sponsored by FEMA on June 7, 2012.

Allison Alden was an invited speaker at the annual Chancellor's conference-- SUNY and the Vibrant Community: Experiential Education Summit on August 7, 2012. She provided strategies for successful submission of the US President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll application, including gathering data.

Allison Alden gave the keynote address for the faculty institute at Mercy College on March 12, 2013. The address focused on how to support faculty involvement in the areas of community and service learning

Allison Alden presented on the unique ways colleges can effectively engage with communities pre- and post-disasters at a symposium for the NY Metro Area Coalition to Support Community Engagement (NYMAPS) (includes Long Island) on April 12, 2013.

Publication: 2012 K. Lambright & A. Alden. "Voices from the Trenches: Faculty Perspectives on Support for Sustaining Service-Learning." Journal of Higher Education Outreach & Engagement 16(2); pp. 9-39.

Publication: 2012 A. Alden & A. Naglieri. "Reaching Real-Time Moving Targets: The Use of Digital Communications to Inform and Mobilize College Students." CSPA-NYS Journal of Student Affairs 12(1); pp. 3-35.

Last Updated: 4/21/15