Alumni Volunteer Opportunities
Support from alumni like you can only help make Binghamton University stronger. There are many ways that you can get involved in the life of the University.
If you would like to be a volunteer, please contact Melinda Holicky, associate director of alumni volunteer engagement, and provide your name, class
year, volunteer area(s) of interest, employer information, and any other information
that would help us match you to the right volunteer project. We're happy to take any
questions that you have. Thank you for your willingness to give back and make a meaningful
impact on current students and fellow alumni.
Our alumni can play a significant role in attracting bright and talented young men and women to our community of scholars at Binghamton University. Those who have experienced what Binghamton has to offer can make a critical impact by counseling prospective students and parents about their choices in higher education. We need alumni volunteers to represent Binghamton University in high schools at college fairs and conduct personal outreach via phone and e-mail to admitted students.
Binghamton University alumni are encouraged to serve as advocates for our institution at every opportunity. This can include sharing your positive experiences and insights with prospective students and their parents, friends and business associates. Doing so builds public support and helps to promote the value of public higher education at Binghamton. In addition, we seek alumni to get involved in our Advocacy efforts in more formal ways. This can include serving as advocates to help deliver a message to our state and federal leaders when legislative issues arise in Albany or Washington D.C.. While there are no active advocacy campaigns at this time, there will be opportunities in the future to bring about positive change for our campus. We would like to know we have a pool of supporters ready to help us get our message to the right decision makers. By volunteering to serve as a Binghamton University Advocate, you will be signing on to help Binghamton accomplish its goal of becoming the premier public university of the 21st century.
ALUMNI AFFINITY GROUPS
Continue your engagement with organizations and activities that you were involved with as a student by developing an alumni affinity group or participating in an existing affinity group (see the bottom of our page about regional chapters). Our affinity groups often organize reunions during Homecoming or regionally to engage with other alumni from the group along with current students.
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
This 21-member, all-volunteer body sets policy for the Alumni Association. As the association enters a long-range strategic planning process, alumni board members will play key roles in determining the organization's future. Find out more about the Board of Directors, and nominate someone for a term of service. Nominees who are not elected to the board may have the opportunity to serve on a board committee. This, too, would be a fine opportunity to support the Alumni Association's core functions.
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS
Because today's students are tomorrow's graduates, the Alumni Association provides career-oriented events and programs to current Binghamton University students. Alumni volunteers are needed for events such as Metro Career Night and Bearcats Break Bread, at which you can meet with students and provide advice and career insights.
ANDERSON CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Programming at the Anderson Center enhances the quality of life for all members of the community and University. ARTSCORPS members greet patrons upon entry to the Center, check their tickets, provide them with programs, and answer their questions. ARTSCORPS volunteers must attend a mandatory training session before starting volunteer duties, and are required to work at least four shows each fall and spring semester.
Through its permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and educational outreach, the University's Art Museum collects and displays works of art for the education, enrichment and entertainment of the campus community and Greater Binghamton area, as well as the national and international art world. The art museum welcomes assistance from volunteers.
The Department of Athletics is always happy to hear from former student-athletes who want to stay connected to Binghamton. Alumni can be involved with us in a number of ways, such as serving as a mentor or internship sponsor for current student-athletes. You can also help with your team's alumni reunions. Homecoming, held on campus each fall, can be a great time to hold such an event; however, they could take place anywhere and at any time of the year. Go Bearcats!
BINGHAMTON SERVES: ALUMNI GLOBAL DAY OF SERVICE SITE LEADER
The inaugural Binghamton Serves: Alumni Global Day of Service will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015. This special initiative will unite alumni in meaningful and impactful service projects within their communities on a single, designated day. We are currently seeking alumni volunteer Site Leaders who will identify and lead a service project in their community, coordinate with the service site, communicate with alumni who volunteer to assist with the project, welcome alumni on the day of the event, and document the event. Training and resources will be provided.
You don't have to be a student to be involved with club sports or Binghamton Outdoor Pursuits. Join the fun by serving as a recreation volunteer.
By working with the on-campus Career Development Center (CDC), alumni can help current students in their searches for internships and jobs. Many alumni recruit students through job fairs and by posting positions online. Through the New York City Employer Visit Program or Harpur College Liberal Arts to Careers Externship, you can host students at your workplace, so they can get insights into the realities of the working world. By participating in the Alumni Association's Professional Network and Job Forum groups on LinkedIn, you can be a resource to students as well as fellow Binghamton University graduates.
COLLEGE OF COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
CCPA welcomes assistance from alumni who want to remain connected with the college as a volunteer. You can help us create educational experiences that enable today's students to make a meaningful difference in the community.
The University relies on volunteers to ensure that fall and spring Commencement events run smoothly and the atmosphere is enjoyable for our graduates and their guests. Volunteering is fairly easy to do, only requiring a one-hour training session before the event, about five hours of work during the event, and a friendly, outgoing personality. You receive a free parking pass, refreshments, and a thank-you gift.
COOL/HOT SPEAKER SERIES
The Alumni Association and the Center for Career and Professional Development co-host a weekly speaker series, Cool/Hot which may take place either virtually or on campus. The Cool/Hot program allows for alumni worldwide to share advice with students based on their professional and personal experiences.
DECKER SCHOOL OF NURSING
The school would like to hear from alumni who wish to help Decker continue its tradition of excellence in nursing education, scholarship and practice.
Alumni living in the Greater Binghamton area have an opportunity to welcome the incoming class of students each summer during both New Student Orientation and Convocation. The Alumni Association promotes class unity and identity during Orientation with a class banner signing. Convocation presents an opportunity for alumni volunteers to help welcome and distribute class T-shirts to all new students prior to the formal Convocation program.
FRIENDSHIP FAMILY PROGRAM
The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office needs participants for its Friendship Family Program, which involves a family or individual from the surrounding community who forms a social relationship with one or more international student(s) enrolled at Binghamton University. This social relationship can consist of family dinners, phone calls, conversations over coffee or tea, attending an event together or going to see the latest movie. Friendship families do not provide housing or financial, academic, medical or psychological assistance.
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
The school welcomes contact from alumni who are willing to get involved and help our talented, diverse, and committed students pursue an educational program that makes a positive difference in the lives of others.
HARPUR COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Liberal Arts to Careers Externship (LACE) exposes students to the wide variety of career options available to them with a liberal arts degree. Harpur alumni provide valuable assistance in career exploration for Harpur students by sponsoring students at their workplaces. If you work in the legal field for a nonprofit or government agency, you could host one of our talented pre-law students for a Public Interest Pre-Law Internship. These internships are for credit and are sponsored by the Harpur Law Council. We encourage you to return to campus and share your insights, experiences and advice with our students as a guest speaker inside or outside a classroom.
We offer a number of ways for international alumni to remain involved and connected including meeting with students and faculty visiting your area, helping to plan events in your area, recruiting students to Binghamton, mentoring and networking with other alumni and more.
REGIONAL CHAPTERS AND EVENTS
Engaging a growing alumni body – now more than 110,000 and counting – spread across the globe is no easy task. The Alumni Association needs your help in building chapters and planning events close to where you live and work.
Your days of living on campus in a residence hall are in the past, but you can still return home. Residential Life welcomes alumni who wish to volunteer in a number of ways, such as serving on career panels, judging area competitions, helping with area traditions, and connecting with parents and students at the start of a new academic year.
If you'd like to get together with a bunch of your college friends, don't just dream about it. Make it happen! Organize a class-year or special-interest reunion either on or off campus. The most successful and well-attended reunions are those organized by volunteers. The Alumni Association can provide some tools to help you create an unforgettable event.
SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
SOM welcomes support from alumni who are interested in helping students with their career development. Volunteers can serve as mock interviewers, judges for classroom competitions, and mentors at the school's networking event held each fall at Homecoming. Also, alumni can host students at their workplaces as part of the New York City Business Week, held annually during winter recess.
When you attend Alumni Association events on and off campus, we would welcome your photos and comments on our social networking sites. On Twitter, you can tag your tweets with @binghamtonalum. We'll add your photos to the timeline on our Facebook page. Share the excitement of our events with alumni across the world!
THOMAS J. WATSON SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE
We welcome our alumni to stay involved with the Watson School by joining the Alumni Career Network, mentoring current undergraduate and graduate students, or sharing advice and memories as part of the Alumni Admissions Volunteer Program. If you'd like to return to campus, you can speak on career panels or as a special guest lecturer, or provide invaluable professional expertise and sponsorship as a mentor for senior design projects. We also invite you to serve on Watson School advisory boards or take a variety of active roles in professional clubs and organizations.
If you were a DJ or fan of free-form campus radio as a student and wish to remain involved as a graduate, you can certainly do so. WHRW welcomes alumni to volunteer as DJs. In fact, several alumni host radio shows on a weekly basis.