Calendar of events


World Suicide Prevention Day

12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Thursday, September 10 in the University Spine 

Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students in the U.S., with 1,100 students falling victim each year? Please join the University Counseling Center, M-HOPE, the Dean of Students, and REACH in an event to raise awareness and start necessary conversations about this important topic on World Suicide Prevention Day.

On September 10th, World Suicide Prevention Day, we will be tabling on the Spine from 12-2 p.m. and putting out flags to recognize those individuals lost from suicide. We will be handing out several items, including yellow ribbons and semicolon temporary tattoos to anyone who stops by. The semicolon tattoo is a recent movement to highlight times when an individual may be considering committing suicide, but chooses instead to go on with life (parallel to the semicolon function in a sentence).

We are asking all staff to join us in raising awareness by wearing yellow, the color of hope, on September 10, 2015. Additionally, anyone who would like to come out to the spine and join us in raising awareness by helping to put out yellow flags is welcome.

For additional information or resources please click here or check out the International Association for Suicide Prevention or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at

Please join us, spread the word, and help make a change! Together, we can make a difference!

World Trade Center Community-Wide Remembrance Event 

Friday, September 11 

Every year since the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, the Broome County United Way has coordinated a community-wide day of service in remembrance of those who died and those who risked their lives to serve others in need. Registration for the 2015 Day of Caring, taking place Friday, Sept. 11, is now open.

This year the United Way has set up 85 service projects, ranging from landscaping to painting to visiting nursing homes and much more.

Please consider taking part in this important community event. To register yourself or your group, go online. For questions about the event or registration, contact Joni Kaiser at the United Way at or 607-240-2016.

EAP/University Police Presentation on Workplace Violence Prevention

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 16, UUW324; Presenter: Deputy Chief of University Police, Madeline Bay

Within our roles at Binghamton University, faculty and staff will face behavior that will challenge our ability to maintain an effective and safe work or learning environment. Learn how to predict, prevent and deal with these behaviors and learn about campus resources that can assist you with these issues. Our presenter will be Deputy Chief of University Police Madeline Bay. With many years of experience and a clear and easy communication style, she will demonstrate the best way to approach difficult situations. To register call 777-6362 or click the "register for workshops" link at

Peaceful Practice Hike with Patti Dowd

4:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 16 in front of the East Gym

Experience a revitalizing blend of Qigong and hiking as you explore the natural beauty of the outdoors. Take time to breathe the fresh air, tap into your mindfulness, and become open to your place in nature. This class will introduce participants to Qigong, the ancient Chinese practice of aligning breath, movement and awareness to cultivate and balance chi, or "intrinsic life energy." The practice of Qigong involves rhythmic breathing coordinated with a slow repetition of fluid movements. Some people consider it an exercise, while others call it a meditation. Either way, Qigong is a great way to refocus and recharge. Bring a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes. Meet in front of East Gym. 20 spots available.

Sign Up for the CHOW Hunger Walk

1 p.m. Sunday, September 20 behind the East Gym

The Greater Binghamton area is home to many people that struggle daily with food insecurity. The CHOW Hunger Walk, which takes place on the Binghamton University campus on September 20, 2015, is a meaningful way that you can do your part to fight hunger right here in your own backyard.

Registration begins at 1 p.m. and the Walk starts at 2 p.m.. The event starts behind the East Gym and the Walk itself follows the sidewalk all the way around the Brain. Following the Walk, food and drink are provided for all walkers and volunteers.

Please go to the CHOW website to learn more about the Walk and to donate. Think about getting a group of friends together and walking as a group, and please send the donation link to your family and friends so they can donate in your honor.

Also, volunteers are needed the day of the Walk for: setup, tear down, registration, crossing guards and walk marshals. Please see the CCE website to sign up for one of these volunteer positions. For more information, contact:

Outdoor Yoga Class: Healthy Campus Week Event

5:15 p.m. Monday, September 21 at the East Gym track field

Come get your "OM" on at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21 and be a part of Binghamton's biggest outdoor yoga class. Grab a friend or colleague and help us fill the Rec Center, East Gym track field with relaxation and meditation. Take a deep breath and strengthen your mind, body and spirit while discovering a healthier you! Our group of instructors will be on hand to instruct and assist participants in this easy to follow class — no yoga experience needed! If you have your own yoga mat or beach towel, bring it. We will have a limited number of mats available.

RU Green: Healthy Campus Week Event

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Friday, September 25 at the Marketplace

The 2nd Annual "RU Green" will take place from 11:30 a .m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 at the Marketplace. Enjoy "green" specials, learn about their health benefits, talk with campus groups and organizations about health and wellness, take the B-Healthy Pledge, and enter to win a "green" prize.


Garden to Grill

4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Monday, September 28 at the BU Acres Farm

This year BU Acres is celebrating another successful growing season with a cook out in the gardens. They will be grilling up what they have been growing this season, and giving tours of the gardens and orchard. Transportation will available from the Union through OCCT starting at 4PM wit the buses running every half hour. If you have any questions or are interested in getting involved, please contact Sean Cummings.

For more information, click here

EAP Supervisory Training: Navigating the Tough Issues

10:30 a .m. - 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 30 in UU124; Presenter: Ada Robinson-Perez, LMSW, Associate Director of the Employee Assistance Program

If you are a new (or seasoned) supervisor and want to know how the Employee Assistance Program can assist you with supervisory duties, this session will provide an overview of our on campus program and the positive use of EAP as one of your supervisory tools.

Did you know that on average, 25-40% of a manager's time is spent on workplace conflicts? This interactive workshop will discuss identifying your responsibilities as they relate to performance management, work place documentation, consultation, constructive confrontations, and referral for EAP services.

All faculty, staff and retirees are welcome. Please register at or 777-6382. For information contact or 777-6655. Sponsored by EAP.


2015 Riverbank Cleanup

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturday, October 3

The Broome County Environmental Management Council (EMC) in cooperation with the Broome-Tioga Stormwater Coalition once again invites community groups, organizations and individuals to participate in the annual Broome County Riverbank Cleanup.

The Broome County Riverbank Cleanup is your opportunity to help keep the waterways beautiful. Over the years, during 28 Clean-up events, hundreds of volunteers have helped collect several tons of trash and debris from County waterways. The 29th Riverbank Cleanup will be held on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 from 9AM-Noon. If you want to participate, sign up here. Participants must preregister by September 24th. The EMC will provide your group with supplies as available, arrange to have your trash picked up, and help you to select a location.

For more information, click here.

Discover the River Trails Bike Ride with Birdie High

6 p.m. Tuesday, October 6 outside of the Outdoor Pursuits office

This course will help participants discover some of the great ways to safely commute between downtown and campus without hitting the parkway. The tour will start as participants head from campus towards downtown's Washington St. bridge. Cyclists will then ride up to Otsinango Park and back, with a quick stop for ice cream on the way (so bring your money)!

Registered participants will gather outside the Outdoor Pursuits office, side door of the Rec Center, East Gym at 6 p.m. Participants can supply their own bike or rent a bike from Outdoor Pursuits for $5. Helmets are required and local maps will be available. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early if you need to rent a bicycle. Group will pass S. Washington Bridge statue at 6:30 p.m. if you would like to join up there.
(unlimited spots)

Suicide Gatekeeper Training

6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 7 in the Tau Bearcat Club Room in the EC

Do you enjoy helping peers? Are you the person who friends come to in time of need? Or would you like to be that person? Interested in learning how to help your peers if they are in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviors?

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, the University Counseling Center and the Dean of Students Office will host a Suicide Gatekeeper Training for those interested in how they can help make a difference. Gatekeepers are individuals who are in regular contact with students and as a result of that contact, they are in position to assist in identifying and referring students in crisis to the appropriate mental health resources. With proper training, college students can be prepared to notice warning signs and properly respond to and refer a peer in need. We are offering this training to educate students to become the Gatekeepers who monitor and maintain a healthy campus environment.

If you are interested in taking part in the training, RSVP at the M-HOPE B-Engaged page. Space is limited to the first 60 students to RSVP. The event will take place from 6-9 p.m Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Tau Bearcat Club Room in the Events Center. Pizza and desert will be provided.

Come out and learn how to make a difference within the Binghamton University campus. Together, we can make a difference and prevent deaths by suicide on our campus.

If you have questions, please e-mail LeAnna Rice at


6th Annual Community Opportunities Fair

12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday, October 8 in the UU Mandela Room

Interested in community service, local internships, research opportunities, and FREE t-shirts? You'll find all of that and more at the 6th Annual Community Opportunities Fair!

Binghamton University's Center for Civic Engagement is gathering 75+ local nonprofit and community organizations, student groups and faculty members in one place to provide students with networking, collaboration and community engagement opportunities in all facets of community life. This is also your first chance to get the ever-popular and always FREE 2015 CCE t-shirt, so don't miss it! For more information, contact:

Lifting 101 with Jenna Moore

12:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 14 in FitSpace

Join the FitSpace personal training staff as they take you through a lesson focused on learning the necessary skills for proper weight lifting. This class is offered as an introduction to proper form and technique for novice and intermediate lifters. In this class we will break down and cover lifts such as the squat, overhead press, and the stiff legged deadlift. Where proper athletic footwear and attire. 15 spots are available.

EAP Presentation on Work/Life Balance

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 14 in UUW 324; Presenter: Ada Robinson-Perez, LMSW, Associate Director of the Employee Assistance Program

For many people a sense of accomplishment is only attained if juggling multiple tasks and working excessive hours is regularly practiced. However, studies indicate that this lifestyle can actually decrease work productivity, lead to job burnout, increase physical and emotional health conditions and create distressed interpersonal relationships. During this lunchtime seminar, participants will learn how to define balance in their life by aligning priorities with purposeful meaning. Our presenter will help participants understand the effects of positive and negative stress and remind them to appreciate the power of play and laughter in daily living. To register call UCTD at 777-6362 or click on the "register for workshops" link at http;//

Planning for the Final Chapters: What You Need to Know – Three Part Series

Co-Sponsored University Retiree Services and the Employee Assistance Program

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Monday, October 19 in UUW 324; Presenter: Action for Older Persons

Health care proxies, living wills, and advance directives will be discussed by the AOP staff using the "Five Wishes" format to assist in articulating end of life needs, wants and wishes. This program will include an overview of the services offered by AOP long with a brief introduction to the "The Big Book of Everything" organizer. Register at or Corinna Kruman, Retiree Services 777-5959

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Friday, October 23 in UUW 324; Presenter: KURT ESCHBACH, Hopler and Eschbach Funeral Home

Funerals fill an important role for those mourning the loss of a loved one and a first step in the healing process. When it comes to final arrangements, shouldn't you make the decisions? In a supportive atmosphere, learn about the services a Funeral Director will assist with as well as about burial or cremation, cremation options and funeral expenses and assistance. Register at or Corinna Kruman, Retiree Services 777-5959

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Thursday, October 29 in UUW 324; Presenter: Yvonne Lucia, RN, M Div

As we age, life losses accumulate. Even , "looked-forward-to" or positive changes such as retirement usher in a new way of being in the world. Grief is the highly personal response to change that we experience during times of loss and transition. Often, we are not provided with an in-depth understanding of the grief response, its meanings and what it encompasses. In this session we will explore current understandings of grief and will look at fresh approaches to navigating life after any type of loss. Register at or Corinna Kruman, Retiree Services 777-5959


Healthy Eating on a Budget with Sodexo

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Friday, November 6 in UUW 324; Presenter: Registered Dietician from Sodexo (TBD)

Eating healthy on a budget can be simple and enjoyable. With a little planning, you can be on your way to a more robust lifestyle that yields better health for you and your entire family. In this presentation, we will discuss simple strategies for eating well while saving money on your groceries. This includes planning, shopping and cooking tips that will stretch your food budget. To register call 777-6362 or click on the "register for workshops" link at

Employee Benefit Fair

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Thursday, November 12 in the Mandela Room

Aqua Circuits with the Aquatics Staff

12:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 18 in the Rec Center Pool 

Come discover how to turn the pool into your circuit training playground! Our instructors will promote cardio, muscular and flexibility development, while demonstrating how to incorporate a variety of aquatic "toys" into your next water workout! This introductory class will combine drills, station work and traditional aqua aerobics to show you how to achieve a full body aquatic workout, cross training style. Swimming skills are not needed, personal flotation devices are available for use if desired. A swimsuit is required. Participants are asked to bring their own towel.
(10 spots)


Introduction to Meditation with Liz Piliero

4:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 9 in Rec Center, EG-14

Despite enjoying habits that speed life up, at some point or another, we all tend to seek a space to slow down and connect to a deeper, more conscious source of power within ourselves. The practice of meditation can offer us this outlet and cultivate a perspective of compassion. In this session, I will introduce a few of the various forms of meditation and we will engage in interactive exercises to get at a basic understanding and experience of meditation that reaches beyond the mat. Everyone from first time beginners to regular practitioners are welcomed. 15 spots are available.

Be a Glutton Without the Gluten

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Thursday, December 10 in UUW 324; Presenter: Steve Palmer

Celiac disease? Are you wheat and gluten intolerant? This hour long talk with gluten-free pro Steve Palmer will give you basic information, food tips, and recipes for living a healthy, gluten-free life and making smart food choices that are easy on the digestion! To register call 777-6362 or click on the "register for workshops" link at

Eldercare and the Aging Veteran: What Every Family Should Know

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 16 in UUW 324; Presenter: Mr. Leonard Sas, Broome County Veterans Counselor

This program is for families caring for veterans. It will provide information about VA benefits for vets and their surviving spouses. Nursing home and assisted living qualifications along with potential Medicaid impacts will be discussed. Come and join this discussion if you are caring for a veteran. It may provide you with appropriate resources for your needs. To register call 777-6362 or click on the "register for workshops" link at

Last Updated: 9/14/15