Please take the Campus Climate Survey!

To the Binghamton Campus Community,

Binghamton University is committed to creating an environment that is welcoming for all.  As part of our roadmap to becoming the premier public university of the 21st century, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion will be conducting a Campus Climate Survey and are seeking your participation. You are cordially invited to take the survey and provide information about the campus climate to help us create a campus that promotes inclusive excellence.

The Campus Climate Survey is designed to help us evaluate the current campus climate for employees and students regarding diversity, equity and inclusion.  The survey will examine the current attitudes, behaviors and standards reflecting the level of respect on campus for individual needs, abilities and potential.

The survey will provide Binghamton University and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with vital information to help direct strategic initiatives and identify needed areas of growth.  The survey is the first step in a journey to a truly diverse, inclusive, engaged and committed campus community. 

The survey is confidential and participation is voluntary. There are incentives* for participants, and the survey will be accessible online for faculty, staff and students on March 31, 2014.

Follow this link to the Survey: 
Take the Survey

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:
https://binghamtonoira.qualtrics.com/WRQualtricsSurveyEngine/?Q_SS=9plAPq5o6UXOPEp_8qwTPXbeVH0v8xL&_=1

Join us in making your voice count!

Sincerely,

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


*2,668 faculty and staff and 15,436 students will receive this invitation to complete the survey. Based on our estimate, odds of winning for faculty and staff are one in 889, while students have a one in 1,543 chance.  Chances of winning may increase depending on how many complete the survey.

Silent Demonstration Today from Noon-4pm / Bartle Library Lobby

A silent demonstration is scheduled today, Friday, March 28th from 12:00pm-4:00pm in the Bartle Library Lobby**

"Break the Silence" will be Friday, March 28th from 7:00pm-9:00pm in UU-111. It’s going to be a lot of fun so invite your friends! Snacks will be served. 

Looking forward to seeing you then!

A message from the Equality Project. SHADES, RPU, as well as other organizations and ally students will also be at these events tomorrow so don’t miss out!
Hey Everyone!

It's finally here! Our silent demonstration will be tomorrow, Friday, March 28th from 12:00pm-4:00pm outside the New Union along "the spine". **If it is raining we will be indoors in the Bartle Library Lobby**

"Break the Silence" will be Friday, March 28th from 7:00pm-9:00pm in UU-111. It's going to be a lot of fun so invite your friends! Snacks will be served. 

Looking forward to seeing you then!

A message from the Equality Project. SHADES, RPU, as well as other organizations and ally students will also be at these events tomorrow so don't miss out!

Turning Stone’s collegiate Battle of the Bands!

Turning Stone’s collegiate Battle of the Bands!

 Chosen as the “best of the best” on the New York State college music scene, eight bands from colleges and universities across the state will come together Thursday, March 27 at 8:00 p.m. to compete in Turning Stone’s “College Battle of the Bands.” The event will be held at Turning Stone Resort Casino’s vintage rock & roll club, The Gig, inside the resort’s Exit 33 entertainment complex.

 The groups selected to perform are:

•              Call Security- Hobart and William Smith Colleges

•              Dust and Ashes - Fulton Montgomery County College

•              Hello, Seattle - SUNY Oneonta

•              Strange Appeal - Binghamton University

•              The Overnighters - Le Moyne College

•              The Rumble Scene - Ithaca College

•              Upstate Rubdown - SUNY New Paltz

•              Wilxy & Crump - Nazareth College

The participating bands submitted audition tapes and cover a wide variety of musical genres, from rock, metal and alternative, to pop, funk, blues and folk. The groups will be competing for major cash prizes, including $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place. Bands are also encouraged to bring fans and fellow students to the event, to vote in the “Fan Favorite” balloting, which will be for an additional $250 prize.

More event details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/516341635150213/

Admission is $10 for ages 18-20. Admission is free for ages 21 and up. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

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PURIM Carnival Tonight in the Events Center!

The annual Purim Carnival extravaganza, spearheaded by Chabad, Pi Lam and AEPHI, will be held from 8-10 p.m. tonight, Thursday, March 13, at the Events Center. A $3 admission includes all of the rides and attractions and all the Hamentashen you can eat. The carnival will feature a wide array of rides and attractions, including the popular Mechanical Bull, Battle of the Bands and kosher munchies for sale. In the spirit of Purim, participants are encouraged to come in costume and be included in the competition, which will award prizes to contestants with the most innovative costumes.


A charity drive benefiting local schools will take place at the event along with a prize drawing. All are welcome, no matter your age or religion − just come down and have an incredible time! For more on the carnival, watch this video and visit our Facebook page, or contact theRohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life at Binghamton University.

The SUNY Mascot Madness contest has begun! Will we be #1 this year?

WHRW 90.5 FM will be broadcast all day today in the University Union Marketplace. Check out the station&#8217;s Tuesday lineup here and tune in!

WHRW 90.5 FM will be broadcast all day today in the University Union Marketplace. Check out the station’s Tuesday lineup here and tune in!

We are hiring Marketing Assistants. More information below.

Campus Activities is looking for energetic and creative students to fill the roles of Marketing Assistants for the remainder of the Spring Semester of 2014. These students will help create, communicate, and deliver key information about events on campus to the student body via social media, electronic media and calendar planning. 
Duties:
  • Create content for daily announcement videos to be shown in the University Union Marketplace.
  • Post content to Campus Activities social media accounts.
  • Help distribute publicity materials as needed.
  • Occasionally help create and execute events for Campus Activities and the University Union.
  • Utilize B-Engaged to post and monitor event notices.
Skills Necessary:
  • Must be familiar with all social media to include Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. Knowledge of Hootsuite a plus.
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Have a working knowledge of the B-Engaged site.
Additional Information:
The pay rate for this position is $8.50 an hour. 10 hours a week are expected for this position with half of the scheduled hours required to be between the hours of 9am-5pm. 
Application Instructions:
Fill out the application form via B-Engaged at: http://tinyurl.com/mxu97bt
Attach a resume.
Applications are due by: February 28th.
BOOM! We were all wondering when the dust settled where we&#8217;d end up. Coming back from 5th place - it&#8217;s Binghamton University at #2!!! Great job everyone that took the time to nominate this University for all the outstanding work it does everyday with social media. We&#8217;ll see where it goes from here folks. Stay Tuned&#8230;.

BOOM! We were all wondering when the dust settled where we’d end up. Coming back from 5th place - it’s Binghamton University at #2!!! Great job everyone that took the time to nominate this University for all the outstanding work it does everyday with social media. We’ll see where it goes from here folks. Stay Tuned….

Attention first-year and senior students!

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) will be asking selected first-year and senior students to participate in a survey to improve the educational experience at Binghamton University. If you receive this invitation in your e-mail, please fill out the survey and do your part in making the best of your educational experience. Survey invitations arrive via campus email Tuesday, February 25, 2014.

Prizes: Drawing to win Barnes and Nobles gift certificates with a value up to $100

President&#8217;s Day Party in the Uppergrounds (UUW 208G). Free goodness. Taco Bar. Ping Pong. Come take a selfie with your favorite President. 3pm-5pm only so make sure to check it out!

President’s Day Party in the Uppergrounds (UUW 208G). Free goodness. Taco Bar. Ping Pong. Come take a selfie with your favorite President. 3pm-5pm only so make sure to check it out!

2014 Foundation Awards

Each year, the Division of Student Affairs assists the Binghamton University Foundation in selecting students to receive several awards.  Any member of the University community may nominate a student for these awards.  It is important to remember that graduating seniors include those who completed their studies in August or December 2013, as well as those graduating in May 2014.

For nomination instructions, visit http://studentaffairs.binghamton.edu.  All nominations and supporting statements must be time stamped by FEBRUARY 28, 2014.

ELP Mentor Applications are now being accepted.

Applications are now being accepted for undergraduate peer mentors (ELP Mentors) to work with new students through the 2014 Binghamton University Emerging Leaders Program (ELP).  The ELP is fall semester experience, available to first-semester freshmen and transfer students who are interested in learning about and practicing leadership, becoming connected to the university and developing important skills for success in college and life.  See the ELP website (www.binghamton.edu/emerging-leaders) for more information about the program.

Through the ELP, peer mentors have the opportunity to have a direct, positive impact on the lives of students new to the Binghamton University community.  ELP Mentors serve as role models and primary contacts for new students making their way through their first semester.  ELP provides an opportunity for students to put leadership into action, as it focuses on learning about and practicing distinct characteristics of leadership through a theme-based knowledge community and service learning project.   ELP Mentors practice communication in a variety of settings, utilize facilitation and problem-solving skills, obtain increased knowledge of campus and how to maximize use of resources, build self-awareness and understanding of personal strengths and leadership skills, network with campus and community leaders and more.   

ELP Mentors will be enrolled in a 2-credit hour practicum, which includes a weekly 1.5 hour seminar class that meets on Fridays from 3:30-5:00pm through the fall semester.  The expected time commitment for the ELP Mentor position is approximately 6 hours per week.   

ELP Mentor applications are available online through the ELP website (www.binghamton.edu/emerging-leaders); click on the ELP Mentors tab on the left toolbar. 

Please contact the ELP program director, Debora Clinton Callaghan (dclinton@binghamton.edu) or coordinator, Tyler Lenga (tlenga@binghamton.edu) with any questions.  The application deadline is 11:59pm on Monday, February 24th

Rockbot comes to Binghamton University.

In 2013, Rockbot was named the best music tech company at the famous South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX and now, in 2014, Rockbot comes to Binghamton University.

Through the free Rockbot app for iOS or Android customers, students, faculty and staff can now use their smartphones to select the music playing in the new University Union Marketplace. 

Anyone hanging out can use Rockbot’s mobile jukebox app to pick songs, vote on upcoming music, interact with other customers, share on social media, and review special announcements. When students use the app, their song selections and votes show up on Rockbot TV displays on certain tvs in the Marketplace.

Even JetBlue has gotten into Rockbot and has incorporated the service in its JFK Terminal 5.

At the time of this post - 61 unique users have already tried Rockbot at Binghamton University and we’re excited to see how popular it will become. 

If students, faculty or staff have questions about the service - they should contact Jennifer Keegin, associate director for Campus Activities at jkeegin@binghamton.edu.