Living and Learning in Dickinson Community
Dear Students (both newcomers and returners),
In the Dickinson Community, the “original community”, we understand that learning
does not stop when you go out of the classroom door. In fact, many of your most formative experiences will take place right here in the
residential community. As Faculty Master, it is my role to coordinate the Living-Learning aspects of Dickinson
Community. With the opening of New Dickinson in Fall 2013 we have opportunities for new initiatives
and more offerings than in the past. I'm pretty sure you'll find something that appeals
New for Fall 2013 will be a business development/entrepreneurship neighborhood, located in Johnson Hall. The scope of activities of students living in this learning community will be defined and refined over time by the students living there. Resources include a lounge space (more of a conference room, really) with limited access, support and a faculty advisor from the School of Management and the university's Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Projects, an RA selected for her interest and activity in business development, facilities to connect with alumni and business leaders, whether local or anywhere in the world. Housing in this new learning community will be highly selective in order to ensure that residents have consistent, complementary interests and skills. Interested students will be asked to fill out an application and may be contacted for an interview prior to selection. For more information, see reslife.binghamton.edu/dickinson/business_module.htmlFor Fall 2013 we will offer several sections of courses open only to students living in Dickinson Community. The students in these courses all live nearby, eat in the same dining hall, participate in the same community events, etc. This makes it easy to form study groups among Dickinson friends in the same course section. Each of these courses satisfies General Education requirements (* see below). The Fall 2013 Dickinson Learning Community courses are:
- PHIL 146 - Law and Justice, lecture (10429) TR 10:05-11:30, discussion A10 (10443) F 2:20-3:20 in C4 room 114C. Satisfies GenEd "H". Note: PHIL 146 is one of the entry courses into the PPL major, which is a common choice for pre-law students.
- PLSC 117 – Intro. to World Politics, lecture (20772) TR 10:05-11:30 am, discussion A14 (20786) W 4:40-5:40 pm in C4 114D. Satisfies the GenEd “G” or “N” requirement.
- CW 250 - Fundamentals of Creative Writing, section 12 (17916), MWF 10:50-11:50 in C4 room 114C. Taught by Barrett Bowlin. Satisfies the GenEd "A" requirement. Note: CW 250 does not satisfy the GenEd "C" requirement. It is intended for students with some proficiency in writing.
- ASTR 115 – Observational Astronomy Lab, lab A61 (22756) R 10:05-11:05 am. The lecture part of this course (ASTR 114) is a pre- or co-requisite for the lab. Satisfies the GenEd “L” requirement. This section meets in a computer lab (S2-247), but all students in this section live in Dickinson and may make use of Dickinson's own telescope.
- WRIT 111 - Coming to Voice: Dickinson, section 12 (20251), TR 1:15-2:40 pm in C4 room 114C. Satisfies the GenEd "J" requirement (both "C" and "O").
- HDEV 105 - College Students in Transition, section 14 (16559), MW 1:10-2:10 pm in C4 room 114C. 2 credits, taught by Betsy Staff. Satisfies the GenEd "O" requirement.
If you are interested in any of these courses, simply select the appropriate section when registering.Satellite Lecture Hall
If you are taking PSYC 111 your lecture takes place in Lecture Hall 1, the largest classroom on campus. In Fall 2013 Dickinson students will have an alternative. We will live-stream video, audio and presentation material from LH-1 to one of the multi-purpose classrooms in the new Dickinson residence halls. A teaching assistant (TA) from the course will be in this satellite classroom to take attendance, facilitate discussion, proctor quizzes and other in-class assignments and to send questions and answers back to the professor in LH-1. This is completely optional; any student enrolled in PSYC 111 can go to LH-1 at any time. Dickinson students simply have an additional option. We feel that the sense of community gained by taking the class with friends and neighbors in a smaller group rather than the huge lecture hall may offset the lack of in-person contact with the professor. This is an experiment. If it proves positive for Dickinson students we will consider expanding to other courses and other satellite locations.
Being a new student at a large university can be quite intimidating, but have no fear! Dickinson has a peer mentor program that pairs all new freshmen with a returning student who lives in Dickinson as well. Mentors act as a resource to help their mentees transition to Binghamton University and learn the traditions of Dickinson Community. The program provides freshmen with academic resources, updates on social events, and someone who will answer any question a new student might have.
This is a special program only for Dickinson students, facilitated by Assistant Director Jeff Horowitz. Participants complete of a series of workshops and maintain a journal of their activities. The Dickinson Leadership Certificate would make an outstanding entry in your co-curricular transcript. For details, click here.
About once a month we invite a speaker from the faculty or the community to give a presentation followed by a question and answer session. These are held in the Fireplace Lounge, so provide an informal setting to talk about current issues and areas of research that would probably not be covered in class. Recent topics have included the ethics of human embryonic stem cell research, the energy crisis, the Arab Spring, and the social behavior of crows. President Stenger spoke on carbon sequestration and global warming!
Some of the speakers at the Forum are Dickinson Fellows. These are members of the University faculty and staff who have demonstrated an interest in interacting with Dickinson students. They act as judges for some of our competitive events, are resources for RA programs, and join us for lunch in the dining hall about once a month.
Monthly Open Mic Nights provide an opportunity for Dickinson students to share their
talents in singing, songwriting, dancing, playing musical instruments, comedy, etc.
These are held in the Fireplace Lounge and have been tremendously popular and fun.
In Spring we host a juried art show with a variety of entries from Dickinson students
and staff including drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture and computer art.
In 2012-13 we initiated a "Cafe Night" sharing student spoken word work.
If you have any questions about Dickinson’s “living and learning community” please feel free to contact me by email or by phone through the community office, or drop by my office (in the Chenango-Champlain Collegiate Center, just off the Fireplace Lounge).
Your Faculty Master,
* General Education requirements include one course each in Composition (C) and Oral Communication (O), which can be satisfied with a single Joint (J) course, one course each in Humanities (H), Global Interdependencies (G), Laboratory Science (L), Math and Reasoning (M), Pluralism (P), Social Science (N) and Aesthetics (A). In addition there are Foreign Language and Health/Wellness requirements.
Students who have a good idea of their intended major are well advised to take one or two courses toward that major while beginning to satisfy General Education requirements. This not only keeps you on schedule toward graduation, but also helps you maintain your own interest and motivation in your courses.