President's Report Masthead
September 30, 2014

Two student affairs programs recognized by SUNY colleagues

The State University of New York Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers (CCSAO) and the Office of University Life & Enrollment presented two Outstanding Student Affairs Program awards at its annual meeting on Oct. 6 to Binghamton University for programs that have demonstrated a positive impact on students and their development:

Debora Clinton Callaghan, senior associate director, and Tyler Lenga, program coordinator, were recognized for the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), a fall-semester program that offers first-semester freshmen and transfer students a unique way to learn about and practice leadership while engaging with both Binghamton University and local communities. Through the ELP, students can get a jump-start on exploring and taking advantage of the varied leadership experiences at their fingertips. Many past ELP participants have gone on to hold leadership roles in a variety of settings within the Binghamton University community. It is not required that ELP participants have held a prior leadership position—a desire to learn about leadership and to take initiative for their own personal growth and development is the key.

Elizabeth Carter, assistant vice president for student development, was recognized for the Community Schools Internship Project, a collaborative approach involving offices in the Division of Student Affairs and the College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA). The project expanded upon previously established relationships between CCPA, Broome County Office of Mental Health, BOCES and Broome County School Districts. Student affairs offices involved in the project include the Office of the Vice President, the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Student Development, the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development and Center for Civic Engagement. Student affairs staff work with community school coordinators to develop internship opportunities for Binghamton students to assist with the needs of the county school districts. Binghamton students from all schools are involved with the project. The University was commended for having made a very positive impact on students and their development and improving the quality of the student experience on our campus.