About the Center for Civic Engagement

What is the CCE?

The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) works with communities within and beyond Binghamton University's campus to provide various rewarding and meaningful opportunities to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. The CCE supports the attainment of academic, personal, and professional growth through civic engagement to develop active and engaged citizens.

CCE Advisory Council

The CCE is supported by an advisory council, an active body of faculty, staff, students and community members that meet regularly to provide program guidance, networking opportunities, and services such as course designation application review. Send inquiries about the council to cce@binghamton.edu.

University Union 137
Phone: (607) 777-4287
Fax: (607) 777-3099

Professional Staff

allison alden, director

Allison Alden, EdD


Allison Alden, EdD, is the founding director of the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) at Binghamton University. Alden has been actively engaged in community-based teaching, research, and solution-oriented initiatives for over thirty years and has also directed/facilitated five major externally funded projects focused on organizational change in school districts and human service organizations. As Professor of Practice in the master of public administration program, she worked closely with regional leaders in public and nonprofit organizations on community projects and research initiatives. Alden was the founding director of the Center for Applied Community Research and Development, which focuses on the development and application of community-based research in community and economic development, education, health and other fields within the Southern Tier.
Over the last ten years, Alden has made over seventy professional presentations and produced nearly twenty publications on topics ranging from intervention strategies for diverse populations placed at risk within educational environments to research on the use of service-learning on college campuses. She has been recognized with awards such as the Innovator Award from the Community and Rural Development Institute of Cornell University, the University and Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Professional Service and the 2010 Sigma Award for a Career of Distinguished Public Service. Under Alden's direction, the CCE was awarded the 2011 SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award for Innovative Use of Social Media and the 2012 SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award for Community Relations for the Center's outstanding response to the local flooding in September 2011. Alden received her doctorate in Education — Theory to Practice from Binghamton University.

christie zwahlen, assistant director

Christie Zwahlen, Acting Director


Christie Zwahlen is the Assistant Director at Binghamton University's Center for Civic Engagement, where she has worked for four years to develop, expand and promote community engagement opportunities for students, faculty and staff. Previously, she worked for two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA, designing Service-Learning courses in conjunction with faculty at Thiel College and as the Coordinator of the Bridging the Digital Divide Program at Binghamton University. She earned her master's degree in English and a Graduate Certificate in Asian & Asian American Studies from Binghamton University in 2009. She is currently enrolled in the English PhD program at Binghamton University.

jessica arends, faculty engagement associate

Jessica Arends, PhD
Faculty Engagement Associate


As the Faculty Engagement Associate, Jessica Arends supports instructors in developing service-learning courses and publishing community-based research. With over ten years of teaching experience and a master's degree in education from George Washington University, she offers expertise in connecting community engagement with course content and assessing student learning. While earning her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Penn State, she conducted mixed-methods research to measure the impact of service-learning on students and communities in Africa and Pennsylvania which resulted in several peer-reviewed publications and awards. Contact her to talk about community engagement ideas for your course, service-learning course designation or publishing on community-based teaching or research.

tom lamphere, senior staff assistant

Tom Lamphere, Senior Staff Assistant


Tom Lamphere has been employed at Binghamton University since January of 2008. Since May of 2012 he has been the Senior Staff Assistant at the Center for Civic Engagement, and has also worked in Campus Recreation and the Office of the Division of Student Affairs. Lamphere has an associate degree from SUNY - Broome and a bachelor's degree from Binghamton University. He is on the Board of Directors of the Broome County Council of Churches, the Binghamton Police Athletic League and the Schools to Careers Partnership. He is also actively involved in golf, tennis and softball leagues. He serves as Treasurer for the Volunteer Administrators of the Southern Tier and Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church. In his "free" time, he is a member of 3 choirs and has a love of music.

laura reindl, communications specialist

Laura Reindl, Communications Specialist


Laura Reindl supports the work of the Center for Civic Engagement at in her role as communications specialist. With a background in private sector marketing and communications, she works to promote the CCE's goals of developing active and engaged citizens through the use of social media, electronic newsletters, web development and print materials targeting students, faculty, staff and community members. She is a graduate of Gettysburg College with a bachelor's degree in English.

Alison Handy TwangAlison Handy Twang, Research & Development Specialist

Alison Handy Twang is the research & development specialist at the Center for Civic Engagement. In this role, she analyzes data on faculty and student engagement in the community, and works collaboratively with CCE staff, faculty and other offices to promote and recognize community-engaged work, and secure resources to support community engagement initiatives. Before joining CCE, she worked in the nonprofit sector, focusing on performance measurement/evaluation, grant making, fund development and student and young adult engagement. She received her bachelor's degree in political science and master's degree in public administration from Binghamton University. She serves on the Board of Directors for the YWCA of Binghamton/Broome County, and in her free time enjoys hiking in the Adirondack Mountains. She currently resides in Binghamton with her husband, Dylan, and their chocolate lab, Keene.

Student Staff

Indy LiIndy Li, Community Emergency Response Team GA

Indy Li is the 2015-16 graduate assistant heading the Community Emergence Response Team program and is also the office's "data-cruncher." A second-year graduate student studying Biomedical Anthropology, she enjoys honing her skills in canning delicious jams and lifting weights at Fitspace when she is not in the CCE office or working in the lab.

Dai NewmanDai Newman, Bridging the Digital Divide GA

Dai Newman is the 2015-2016 graduate assistant coordinating the Bridging the Digital Divide Program. After receiving a bachelor's degree in history at Binghamton University, she is pursuing a master's degree in public administration. Her professional experience includes journalism, marketing and working with local non-profits in the field of public education, such as libraries and museums. Focused on sustainable development, community building and economic equity, she hopes to work serving the public. She serves on the boards of the League of Women Voters of Broome and Tioga Counties and the Czechoslovak-Moravia Club and is the Salvation Army Coordinator for the Apalachin-Campville area. She is also the Healthy Campus Agent for the CCE office, working to promote health and wellness among staff and students. In her free time she enjoys gardening, cooking and bike riding.

Nazli Ozcelik OnselNazli Ozcelik Onsel, Youth Engagement Program GA

Nazli Ozcelik Onsel is the 2015-16 graduate assistant coordinating the Youth Engagement Program. After receiving her bachelor's degree in English teaching and master's degree in cultural studies, she started her doctoral degree in education at Binghamton University, with a focus on social analyses. She is from Istanbul and has been living in Binghamton for a year now. During the summer, she works as a camp director in Turkey, operating several local and international camp and engagement projects for children and teenagers. Also being an active member and a certified trainer of the International Camping Fellowship, she occasionally runs trainings for camp counsellors and directors in different countries. In her free time, she enjoys playing the Oud — a traditional instrument — and being with her family.

Mallory ClarkMallory Clark, Community Schools GA—Union-Endicott School District

Mallory Clark is the 2015-16 graduate assistant working with the Broome County Promise Zone in the local Union-Endicott School District. Her role serves as a liaison between the CCE, Promise Zone, Union-Endicott schools administration and Binghamton University student volunteers, while helping to coordinate and manage volunteers in order to meet a specific mission. After graduating with her Bachelor's degree in economics from Binghamton University, Mallory is continuing her education, pursuing her master's degree in business administration through the School of Management at Binghamton University.

Breanna StockBreanna Stock, Volunteer Coordinator GA—Johnson City School District

Breanna Stock is the 2015-16 graduate assistant working with the Broome County Promise Zone in the local Johnson City School District. Her role serves as a liaison between the CCE, Promise Zone, Johnson City school's administration, and Binghamton University student volunteers, while helping to coordinate and manage volunteers in order to meet a specific mission. After graduating with her Bachelor's degree in English from Binghamton University, Breanna has worked in educational environments for the past two years before returning to Binghamton University this fall to pursue her Master's Degree in adolescent English education.

Mei Juan LiangMei Juan Liang, Community Service Recruiter/Office Assistant

Mei Juan Liang is a Community Service Recruiter/Office Assistant at the CCE. She works at the front desk and greets visitors as they arrive, helping students find different opportunities to volunteer by signing them up for the student newsletter and helping them to navigate the service listings. She also assists with many other tasks around the CCE office. She is a junior majoring in electrical engineering.

Kaelin HernandezKaelin Hernandez, Community Service Recruiter/Office Assistant

Kaelin Hernandez is a recent political science transfer student at Binghamton University. He has worked for two summers for a non-profit implementing supplemental education curriculum with an emphasis on social development throughout the country. He also enjoys videography and graphic design and uses them to promote service campaigns. His role in the Center for Civic Engagement is to assist students and faculty at the front desk with information regarding service, signing people up for our Student Newsletter and helping people utilize the Service Listings.

Gloria SongGloria Song, Community Service Recruiter/Office Assistant

Gloria is a sophomore in Binghamton University, possibly majoring in Integrative Neuroscience. Her role in the Center for Civic Engagement includes greeting visitors of the CCE at the front desk, assisting in signing up for the newsletter and helping students and faculty members use the service listings. In her free time, she likes to listen to music.

Nick DoranNick Doran, Vote Everywhere Ambassador

Nick Doran is a Vote Everywhere Ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation. He is working in conjunction with the Political Engagement Coordination Team to increase political engagement and voter participation on campus, while making voting fun! He is a junior majoring in economics and is also the treasurer of Peace Action BU. In his free time, he likes to read and play tennis.

Joulyana IbrahimJoulyana Ibrahim, Vote Everywhere Ambassador

Joulyana Ibrahim is a Vote Everywhere Ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation. She is a senior accounting student, going for her master's degree in business next year. She joined the CCE because she was avid about making a change in the world. She will be focusing on a new initiative called Passion to Action, which will feature events and workshops dedicated to informing the community about issues and teaching them ways they can help. In addition to her engagement at the CCE, she has managed the women's basketball team for the past two years. In her free time she likes to meditate and go hiking.

Sarah KnoellSarah Knoell, Engagement Program Management Intern

Sarah Knoell is a junior majoring in Political Science. With hopes of later going into education, Sarah is using her new role in the CCE as an intern to encourage Binghamton students to become more civically engaged and politically active. This year, she is the new voice of the CCE's Public Affairs radio show for WHRW. Sarah is looking forward to a great year with the CCE.

Ashley StriplingAshley Stripling, Program Management Intern

Ashley Stripling is enrolled in the Student Affairs Administration (SAA) Master's program at Binghamton University. She is involved with residential life and holds a graduate assistantship as the assistant community director for Hillside Community. She joins the CCE team this semester as an intern working on events and programming, primarily working on the planning and implementation of the Community Opportunities Fair and the Global Service Fair.

Melina MartinMelina Martin, Faculty Student Scholar

After finishing a 300-hour Americorps term with the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, Melina Martin is back at Binghamton University to finish her double major in Biology and English. In the future, she plans on earning an MPA and working as a Physician Assistant to combine her love of non-profit work and medicine. She is excited to bring community issues to campus!

Anita WongAnita Wong, Social Media & Marketing Intern

Anita Wong is currently a junior majoring in marketing and minoring in Chinese and Asian American Studies. She joins the CCE this year as a social media & marketing intern. She enjoys playing tetris, painting and riding bikes.

Patricia GonzagaPatricia Gonzaga, Social Media & Marketing Intern

Patricia Gonzaga is a senior majoring in Economics. She currently serves as fundraiser on Quimbamba's E-board and this semester she'll be working as one of the CCE's social media & marketing interns. She looks forward to helping spread the word about the CCE by creating and distributing marketing materials throughout campus and expanding its social media presence. In her free time she enjoys cooking, playing tennis and dancing.


Last Updated: 10/1/15