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Newing Living and Learning

Living and Learning in Newing College

At Binghamton University, we believe that you learn so much outside of the classroom that students live in residence halls called colleges. Newing College is one of those places where you not only live, but you learn. Because a large part of your growth as a college student happens outside the classroom, Professor Mark Reisinger, the Collegiate Professor of Newing College works to bridge your home to the academic side of campus. We like to think of Newing College as one big Learning Community. We offer sections of several University courses just for Newing College students in addition to dozens of programs offered each year by our Resident Assistants. Newing College provides many opportunities to interact with faculty outside the classroom including seminars by our Newing College Fellows on subjects that have included health, nutrition, Tai‐Kwon‐Do and a host of other topics. Students here feel like they are part of a small community while simultaneously enjoying everything that the larger University has to offer.
Newing College offers two Learning Communities – Education Learning Community and Binghamton University Scholars Program, where students who live together (in Newing College) also learn together:

Education Learning Community

The Education Learning Community was established to offer students interested in the field of education an opportunity to interact with the faculty from Binghamton University's Graduate School of Education. Special events are planned to introduce students to the field and local educators. The goal of the program is to provide Newing residents that are interested in education as a possible career, the opportunity to learn more about the field and to interact with those that work as teachers and educators. Students living in the Education Learning Community are required to take HARP 101(C) "So You Think You Want to Teach: Now What?" CRN 23045.

Binghamton University Scholars Program

Each year, Binghamton University invites 100 outstanding incoming freshmen to join the Binghamton University Scholars Program, a selective all-University four-year honors program for students of exceptional merit. For the first year, all Scholars live in the Scholars Learning Community in Endicott Hall or Broome Hall, both of which are residence halls in Newing College.


In addition to Learning Communities, Newing has learning programs that are also offered specifically for Newing residents:

Global Engagement Certificate Program

In an increasingly interconnected world, students need to understand the complex issues we now face. Global challenges in peace and security, human rights, climate change and sustainable economic development need urgent attention from individuals with a deep grasp of these issues and a cosmopolitan vision of the world. The Newing Global Engagement Program is designed to foster that kind of global citizenship. In the Global Engagement Program, selected Newing domestic and international residents will be involved in International educational activities for four semesters and receive training on cross-cultural awareness and communication, as well as global career and leadership development. Upon successful completion of the program, residents will get a certificate that is officially endorsed by the Collegiate Professor of Newing College, which can be used to strengthen their resume. To be awarded the GEP certificate, students must complete the entire 12 credit program:

GEOG 151 World Regional Geography (four credits): This is a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) course. Students meet twice per week with students in Zhenjiang, China for discussion and lecture sessions. Students also work on collaborative projects with the students in China. Taught by Collegiate Professor Mark Reisinger (fall semester, 2016)

HARP 234 Hot Topics, Hot Issues, and Hot Spots (four credits): This course provides a critical examination of contemporary global/local issues. Broad topics to be addressed include: Globalization, Regional and Country Issues, Economic Issues, Issues about Violence, International Law and Organization, and the Environment. Taught by Collegiate Professor Mark Reisinger (spring semester, 2017)

UNIV 492 International Mentor Training: This 2-credit seminar is designed to help you better understand and implement strategies of peer mentorship and providing support to first-year international students on BU campus. You will be assigned an international student to mentor. Taught by Natalia Andrievskikh (fall semester, 2016)

Urban and Cultural Explorations in China: This is a six credit study abroad opportunity in China. The purpose of this study abroad program is to provide the students with a critical understanding of China’s urbanization, exploring how the complexity of the Chinese city both conforms to and defies conventional urban theories and experiences cities elsewhere around the world. The major theme of this study abroad program is to examine China’s urban development in the post-Maoist era. However, one cannot examine this urban development without paying attention to China’s culture and how it influences city structure. The program will be led by Professor John Chaffee and Collegiate Professor Mark Reisinger (early summer, 2017)

Capstone course TBA

To apply for a spot in the Newing section of World Regional Geography, see Collegiate Professor Mark, or fill out the form here.


Newing Leadership Program 

The Leadership Program will combine a classroom experience as well as participation in, area-wide traditions and events. Accepted students will be enrolled in the Leadership class that meets in the fall and spring semesters on Tuesdays. The goal of the Program is to provide participants with leadership knowledge and opportunities within Newing, across campus, or in the Binghamton area. Must enroll in CDCI 395 (37) CRN 25642.

To apply for a spot in the Newing Leadership Program, fill out the form here. Deadline to apply is noon, August 1.


Newing Mentorship Program

The Mentorship program will pair incoming students with upperclassman volunteers to assist our students in transitioning to Binghamton and Newing College. Mentors will attend events and provide a listening ear to students to create a more welcoming community!

To join the program, fill out the form here.


Area-Based Courses and Discussion Sections

These are area based courses open only to students living in Newing Community. ABCs (area-based courses) are introductory courses (or in most cases, discussion sections of courses) specifically designated for first-year students who reside in the community sponsoring these courses. In ABCs you go to class with the students living in the same college or community, form study groups together, and develop deep, lasting friendships based on life both in and out of the classroom.

Coming to Voice: Newing – CRN: 20244 - WRIT 111 – 04, Tuesday and Thursday 2:50 to 4:15, and CRN: 20246 - WRIT 111 – 05, Tuesday and Thursday 4:25 to 5:50 – Writing Personal, Civic, and Academic Arguments, addresses argumentative writing in personal, civic, and academic contexts. This course treats writing as a process, emphasizes revision, and gives students opportunities to experiment with different argumentative genres, reinforcing the notion that writing conventions differ according to rhetorical situations. Assignments include a rhetorical analysis oral presentation; a personal essay; an Op-Ed piece; and a researched argument. WRIT 111's emphasis on pluralistic perspectives is in keeping with one of Binghamton University's central missions: to help nurture in students a sense of responsibility as citizens of a complex world.

First-Year Experience – CRN: 27225 - UNIV 101 – 11, Tuesday and Thursday 4:25 to 5:25 – UNIV 101 is a 1-credit seminar course for first-semester students, to assist in their transition to the University. Students will be provided with opportunities to explore campus resources and potential majors, as well as develop skills in oral presentations, critical thinking and time management. This residential area based section is specifically intended for incoming new students who will be living in NEWING COLLEGE at Binghamton University. This class meets for two hours each week.

So You Think You Want to Teach: Now What? – CRN: 23045 - HARP 101C – 01, Monday and Wednesday 3:30 to 4:30 – offers a blended course format which includes two primary components, one focusing on the academic topic with the second component devoted to new student transition topics. This freshmen seminar course will explore an intriguing intellectual topic, help Harpur freshmen hone critical thinking and writing skills, and assist students in making a successful transition to university life. This course will introduce first-year students to the components comprising the liberal arts and their benefit and value to the field of education. Students will address major topics in liberal arts (critical thinking, communication, global perspectives, and reasoning) and how they are directly applicable to education from the point of view of an educator, as well as from the perspective of students.

GEOGRAPHY 101 INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY Discussion Section A51 CRN: 10002, Friday 1:10pm to 2:10pm – Introduction to the major subfields of Geography as well as the mapping tools and approaches used to depict geographic processes and patterns at local, regional and global scales.

PHILOSOPHY 146 LAW AND JUSTICE: Discussion Section A09 CRN: 10443 Friday 2:20pm to 3:20pm – This introductory, lecture-based course examines moral arguments and theories bearing on controversial issues in law and politics. Readings include both philosophical texts and legal documents including Supreme Court and lower court opinions. Students will reflect on moral and political issues, read and interpret philosophical and legal texts, identify and evaluate arguments, and write short essays responding to interpretative and evaluative questions. 

POLITICAL SCIENCE 117 INTRODUCTION TO WORLD POLITICS Discussion Section A12 CRN: 20784, Wednesday 5:50pm to 6:50pm – Introduces major topics in the study of world politics including the role of power in international relationships; the importance of the state in the international arena; sources, causes, and consequences of war; international political economy; international diplomacy and institutions; and current global conflicts. Also introduces students to the social scientific approach to understanding these issues.

SCHL 127 THINKING LIKE LEONARDO DAVINCI Section 01 CRN: 25132, Monday 9:40 to 11:40am, Section 02 CRN: 25133, Tuesday 9:40 to 11:40am, Section 03 CRN 26751, Tuesday 1:15 to 3:15pm, and Section 04 CRN 26752, Tuesday 1:15 to 3:15pm, Section 05 CRN: 27892, Monday 9:40 to 11:40 am, and Section 06 CRN 27893, Tuesday 1:15 to 3:15. Incoming Binghamton Scholars will learn and develop strategies for tackling challenges both timely and timeless, including open-ended problem solving, critical and creative thinking, self-expression, goal setting and balancing competing interests. Open only to students enrolled in the Binghamton University Scholars Program.

CDCI  395 Sec 37 CRN 25642, Tuesday 6:30pm to 8:30pm – Students gain practical 'hands-on' experience at a preapproved organization, have the opportunity to learn about the nature of the workplace and reflect upon that knowledge in a seminar setting. The seminar is the academic component of the internship and where students will address relevant issues pertaining to the nature of their experience

Last Updated: 6/3/16