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The Welcome Week Service Project was a pilot program which sought to strengthen the campus culture and University's commitment to service and community engagement. It aimed to prepare students for purposeful living while impacting the local community and expanding University-community collaboration. 61 incoming freshmen signed up for the program, which involved arriving at campus a few days early and participating in one of four service projects planned across the city of Binghamton. The service projects included painting a series of four murals at the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park, painting a mural at the Ann G. McGuinness Elementary School, assisting with upkeep of the outdoor Story Garden at the Discover Center of the Southern Tier, and working at Binghamton University Acres Farm, a pesticide-free farm that grows all-natural vegetables and is maintained entirely by students and volunteers.
The CCE's Annual Showcase of Community Opportunities provides students with the opportunity to connect with faculty, staff, community organizations and student groups to find out what they are working on, form important partnerships and promote engagement and outreach among students. The most recent showcase featured over 60 community organizations, student groups, academic departments and campus programs working to strengthen the relationship between the University and the greater community.
Binghamton University's Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) hosts an annual Global Service Fair with students, faculty, staff, and community organization representatives in attendance. The Global Service Fair provides a chance for students to get connected with groups/projects that support or engage in global service. Students learn about global fundraising initiatives that happen here in Binghamton, international service trips, and many other global service opportunities.
Leading up to the 2014 Midterm Elections, the CCE worked closely with the Broome County Board of Elections and the Andrew Goodman Foundation to ensure that students at Binghamton University had the opportunity to vote locally if they desired. The Andrew Goodman Foundation funded a student Vote Everywhere Ambassador who was based in the CCE. A Political Engagement Leadership Team composed of students, faculty, staff and off-campus members helped develop, guide and coordinate student-led initiatives to increase the level of student political engagement on- and off-campus.
For more information, visit our 2014 Political Engagement website.
2014 Voter Registration Drive
The CCE successfully registered 402 students to vote prior to the 2014 Midterm Elections. The CCE office served as the hub for voter registration activity on campus, providing assistance to students who wished to register and processing registration forms for correctness before passing them on to the Broome County Board of Elections.
The student Vote Everywhere Ambassador worked to register students in a variety of ways, as well as by word of mouth:
- Tabling at University Fest and during National Voter Registration Day
- Speaking during Freshmen Year Experience Classes and other select classes
- Residential Community Voter Registration Contest
2014 Election Day Celebration
Students who were registered to vote locally with an on-campus residential address
voted in Old Union Hall in the University Union. The Broome County Board of Elections
offered eight paid, eight-hour poll inspector positions to students. The CCE and Vote
Everywhere Ambassador provided doughnuts and coffee in the morning and pizza in the
afternoon and evening for students coming to vote. Over 330 students voted on campus
and an additional 20-30 students voted by affidavit. This was a 125%+ increase from
students turnout for the 2010 midterm elections. Approximately, 450 students came
to the polling site to vote, register to vote or join the celebration. Another 50
students who live off-campus are estimated to have voted in the local elections.
November 4, 2014
April 30, 2015
The College Democrats and College Republicans debated Minimum Wage, the Iran Nuclear Deal, and Campaign Finance. The CCE cosponsored the event.
2012 Presidential Election
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Alternative Spring Break
April 7-8, 2015
International students were given the opportunity to take some time out of their Spring Break to make a difference in the greater Binghamton Community, joining the CCE and ISSS for two days of volunteering at local nonprofits. This is a great opportunity to learn about the local area, make a difference, meet new people, and explore new areas of interest. Transportation, breakfast and lunch were provided on both days.
Geo-Ca$h for Charity
April 26 - May 2, 2015
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (usually some sort of container) hidden at that location.
The Center for Civic Engagement is hosting a campus-wide Geo-Ca$h for Charity event! We are inviting teams of 2 to 5 people who would like to donate to a cause while having a great time! Teams will gather sponsors and for every geocache a team finds, their sponsors will donate a set amount to a charity or organization of the team's choice.
1. Choose a Charity
The first step is to choose a charity or cause that is important to you and your team. If you need ideas, check out some of the organizations in our Service Listings Database.
3. Gather Sponsors
Once a team has registered, an email will be sent to the team leader with a sponsor sheet attached. Ask your friends, family, and professors to sponsor your team. Each sponsor will agree to donate a certain amount of money for each geocache your team finds. Sponsors may also donate a lump sum up front, if they prefer.
4. Find the Geocaches!
10 unique geocaches will be hid around campus starting April 26. We will email your team GPS coordinates at 8:30am on April 26, and your team will have until May 2 to find as many of the caches as you can. You should bring a pen or pencil and sign your TEAM NAME on the log in each cache. Also each team should take at least 2 pictures while geocaching, and post them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ccegeocash.
5. Donate the Money
After the Geo-Ca$h event, each team is responsible for collecting money and sending it to their charity. Donations should be sent directly to the charity, NOT the CCE office.
This event is not associated with the Geocaching app in any way, so it will be a new experience even for expert geocachers! Each team is responsible for obtaining a GPS. A free GPS app is available for smart phones called "Commander Compass." On the first day of the event, the CCE will email each team a list of coordinates, and teams can begin searching for the geocaches.
Registration begins April 16th and a copy of Sponsor sheets are due in the CCE office by Friday April 24th at 2pm. The hunt begins on Sunday April 26th and ends May 2nd!
- To enter, you must submit a photo of what volunteering means to you. This may take the form of a photo of you volunteering, something creative that you make that represents volunteering to you, or anything you can think of that you think best communicates the meaning of volunteering. Be creative!
- To be eligible, you must like our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. You must also be a current Binghamton University student.
- Facebook photo submissions must be submitted as a comment on the official Facebook post announcing the start of the contest on March 9.
- Instagram photo submissions must be posted on Instagram and tagged with @ccebinghamton and #Snaps4Service.
- Submissions are open on Monday, March 9 at 12 PM. Photos may be submitted until the end of the contest, but the earlier you submit, the more time you have to accumulate likes! The contest will end on Monday, March 16 at 12 PM.
- You may post your photo to Facebook (facebook.com/ccebinghamton) or Instagram or both. You may only submit one photo per site to the contest.
- Voters may vote for as many photos as they like on both Facebook and Instagram. Contestants may vote for any photos they like, including their own. On Facebook, voters must navigate to the original post on the CCE Timeline and like the appropriate comment there in order for their vote to count.
- At the end of the contest, on March 16 at 12 PM, contestants who submitted the photos that received the most likes on each site will be selected as the winners. Therefore, share the post and tell all of your friends! One person may not win a prize on both Facebook and Instagram. Contestants are limited to winning a total of one prize, regardless of the social media medium used. However, each photo will have two chances to win the first place prize, using both Instagram and Facebook. For example, if someone wins first place on Facebook and wins second place on Instagram, they may only receive the first place prize. If someone wins first place on both Facebook and Instagram, they may only receive one first place prize.
- The first place prize winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. The second place prize winner will receive a $10 Amazon gift card. First and second place winners will be chosen on Facebook and Instagram, for a total of two first and two second place winners.
- Winners will be announced through Facebook and Instagram so look out for those posts! Prizes must be claimed within a week. To claim your prize, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org within one week, letting them know when you will pick up your prize. If you do not claim your prize within a week, or do not pick your prize up at the date you specified, the Center for Civic Engagement will consider this as you forfeiting your prize and will select another winner. In the event of a tie, the Center for Civic Engagement staff will choose a winner, based on creativity and the photo most representative of volunteering.
- Each person who enters the contest as a contestant will receive a FREE CCE t-shirt. Come to UU 137 (located across from the Marketplace) to pick it up any time!
- The #Snaps4Service contest is sponsored the Center for Civic Engagement. By participating in the contest, each entrant agrees to abide by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and understands that the results of the contest, as determined by Sponsor and its agents, are final in all respects. The contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion will be directed to CCE, not Facebook.
Perfectly Suited Professional Clothing Drive
November 17 - December 19, 2014
Working with a Binghamton University Human Development student intern, the CCE promoted and participated in this highly successful professional clothing drive for the Binghamton YWCA. Over 70 bags of clothing were collected and donated to the YWCA. The YWCA offers the clothing to area residents who are in need of professional clothing for job interviews and employment.
CHOW Hunger Walk
Day of Caring
This community issues forum was designed to give students a wide array of information regarding genetically modified organisms. GMOs are hotly debated in our culture and so many grab on to one nugget of information instead of researching a wide spectrum of thoughts, opinions and data. By presenting two panelists, Dr. Davies from Cornell, and Dr. Andrus from BU, we were able to give students a spectrum of viewpoints in order to make educated decisions moving forward.
Pathways to Public Service: Liberal Arts to Public Service
Overcoming Food Insecurity: Challenges & Solutions
March 16, 2015
Despite being the world's wealthiest nation, food insecurity is a growing problem in the United States. Food insecurity is the social and economic condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate and healthy food. In 2013, an estimated 14.3% of American Households were food insecure at some point (USDA). In Broome County, over 21% of children live in food insecure households (Foodbank of the Southern Tier). Discuss and learn more about this topic on March 16, 2015, 7:00-8:30pm in FA-212. Following a short 30-minute television segment, Hunger in America, Sean Cummings, manager of BU Acres, led a Q & A and discussion exploring possible solutions to food insecurity in Broome County and on a national level.
Online Activism and Social Change
April 16, 2015
Viral social media campaigns can reach millions and help raise awareness, but how can they be used to provide direct benefit or enact real change? Explore the possibilities and limits of social activism.
Facilitator: Dr. David Campbell, Associate Professor, Chair of Masters of Public Administration Department
Panelists: Carol Luong '08, MBA '09, Co-founder of GreatPositive.com; Maria Chaves, PhD Student in English, Anti-Oppression Activist Academic; Austin Blumenfeld, CCE Public Affairs Radio Show Host.
The Human Cost of the World Cup
A Discussion with Dr. David Cingranelli, professor of Political Science and Zachary Silverman, class of 2017, psychology. Co-sponsors: Amnesty International, Political Science Department, Department of Human Development, Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program.
Passion to Action: How to Make Change
May 6, 2015
Passion to Action is a series of workshops designed to teach students the steps to take in order to be an effective changemaker. The workshops will continue in Fall 2015.
Learn about Local AmeriCorps Positions
May 8, 2015
Rural Health Service Corps members focus on health access and education, systemic food insecurity, and independent living for the elderly, homebound and people with disabilities. Alison Handy Twang. Assistant Director of Rural Health Service Corps, spoke to interested students about paid AmeriCorps positions in Broome County for Summer and Fall 2015, and current AmeriCorps members discussed their experiences.
Binghamton for Nepal
On April 25, 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, resulting in 8,019 confirmed fatalities and 17,800+ injured. More than 10% of the country's homes were destroyed or damaged.
A group of Binghamton University students with close ties to Nepal worked to raise money to support relief efforts through the America Nepal Medical Foundation (ANMF). ANMF is a 501(c)(3) TAX-EXEMPTED registered non-profit organization in the US with organizational structure both here and in Nepal and counts many physicians and other medical professionals as its members. It has actively supported health education and other health related projects in Nepal since 1997.
- 100% of all donations go directly to hospitals and victims in Nepal
- Every member of ANMF is a volunteer with ZERO pay and no overhead cost
- ANMF members are on the frontline in Nepal with accurate knowledge of culture and geopolitics
- Most members are doctors, nurses and medical professionals with close ties to Nepal working with zeal and transparency
To donate to the relief fund or find out more about the organization, visit the ANMF website.
Engaged Faculty Speaker Series --- Fall 2015
Through informal discussion, faculty will present innovative strategies for starting and strengthening community partnerships to enrich student learning and engaged research. Faculty experienced and new to community engagement are encouraged to participate and instructors of all disciplines are welcome. Sessions are free but pre-registration is required to reserve your seat. Bring your lunch – dessert and beverages will be provided. Co-Sponsored by Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, Decker School of Nursing, and the Center for Civic Engagement.
Stories from North of Main: The Challenges of Community-based Teaching and Research
Siobhan Hart and George Homsy will share their experiences conducting qualitative research with undergraduate and graduate students in ANTH 554G/480J: Heritage and Communities and PAFF 510 Research Methods and Design. Partnering with the local organization Safe Streets, students interviewed residents to identify what people value about their neighborhood. Students then produced a neighborhood inventory and GIS-based Story Map, presenting their findings at a culminating community event. The data supported the Neighborhood Heritage and Sustainability Project, which aims to develop new measures of sustainability at the local level. Hart and Homsy will discuss the challenges of working with community partners, preparing students for fieldwork and assessing student reflection.
This session is appropriate for faculty in any discipline interested in conducting community-based research with students or developing a community-based project to enhance student learning.
Applied Learning in the Community: Designing an Effective Partnership
Sumantra Sarkar, assistant professor, School of Management
Systems Analysis Project, Management Information Systems
12–1:30 p.m. Thursday, October 8, 2015 in UU-124
Sumantra Sarkar developed a partnership with Verde View, a local equine therapy center, to give his Management Systems Analysis students the opportunity to work with a real client. Students applied course material to analyze business challenges and design software solutions to enable the organization to achieve their business goals. The students learned to work effectively in a collaborative environment, appreciate the need to maintain professional communication and think critically. Sarkar will describe effective strategies for developing a community partnership, such as how to find an appropriate community partner and monitor student projects to ensure the quality of their services. How to pursue research opportunities through engaged teaching will also be discussed.
This session is appropriate for faculty in any discipline interested in developing partnerships to enhance student learning. Those new to or experienced in community-based teaching are encouraged to participate.
Developing Students' Research Skills through Community Engagement
Judy Quaranta, assistant professor, Decker School of Nursing
Nursing 499 Asthma-based Research
12–1:30 p.m. Monday, October 19, 2015 in AB-347
Requiring students to perform service in the community can be straightforward, but leveraging these experiences to enrich academic learning is challenging. Judy Quaranta will describe how she uses community-based projects to engage students, develop their research skills and effectively achieve learning outcomes. As trained facilitators, students in Quaranta's Nursing 499 Asthma-based Research course implement and evaluate the American Lung Association's Open Airways for Schools Curriculum program in local elementary schools. Students identify a researchable issue, conduct literature reviews and data analysis, synthesize the experience for a journal article submission and learn new research initiatives.
Faculty experienced with or new to community-based teaching or research will find this session of interest.
Fall 2015 Faculty Development Workshops & Events
Using Asset-based Community Development in Teaching and Research
1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 in UU-209
Courses and research agendas that respond to a community need are increasingly common in higher education as they offer rich opportunities for students to learn about economic development, urban revitalization, and solutions to poverty. However, a problem-based approach may reinforce stereotypes and portray communities as deficient and dependent. Asset-based community development (ABCD) is an alternative framework for community-based teaching and research as it builds upon community strengths and ensures ethical partnerships.
Participants will learn to: describe how asset-based development differs from other forms of engagement, explore the application of ABCD to undergraduate or graduate courses in any discipline, access resources for securing and conducting ABCD and securing community partners.
This workshop is open to any staff or faculty interested in developing community-based courses or research. This workshop is free.
What is Service-Learning? A Course Design Workshop for all Instructors
1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 in UU-209
What is service-learning and how is it different from service? How could a course with a service project authentically enrich student learning and simultaneously benefit the community? This workshop is for any faculty and staff interested in or experienced with teaching a service-learning course. Participants will learn how to: craft clear learning objectives, facilitate student reflection to enhance academic learning, apply evidence-based teaching strategies to a current or developing course, document learning outcomes, and locate resources for finding community partners, and managing logistics. Those new to or experienced in community-engaged teaching will find this workshop useful. Instructors of every discipline are encouraged to attend.
This event is free.
CCE Roundtable Luncheons
The Center for Civic Engagement is continuing to host informal luncheons to provide a venue for faculty to discuss their teaching and research with colleagues from across campus to identify potential common areas of interest or points of synergy.
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: IASH Conference Room in the Library
This roundtable explored how we as instructors address difficult or controversial topics in the classroom. Possible topics include current events, race, class, poverty, privilege or any other potentially sensitive issue that could arise in the classroom, be it part of the planned curriculum or unplanned. Facilitated by Faculty Engagement Associate Jessica Arends, this roundtable was open to instructors from all disciplines and was especially relevant for those teaching or planning to teach discussion-based or community-engaged courses.