A farewell note from CCE's founding director, Allison Alden

January 2017

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Allison AldenMost of you have not seen me in quite a while and may be wondering where I have been, so I decided to provide a bit of an update here.

I took a nasty fall in July 2015, breaking some bones and sustaining a concussion. While the bones mended within a few months, the lasting effects of the brain injury have been slower in healing. As is common in these types of injuries, my balance, vision, speech, mental focus and stamina were all impacted. Of course I have been proactive and am vigorously trying to restore my abilities; however, at this point I am still unable to return to work.

The Center for Civic Engagement must move forward without me, so a new director will soon be identified to lead and guide the CCE. I trust that you will do your best to support the CCE, its current staff and soon-to-be-hired director (as well as other new staff members). The CCE has done a terrific job connecting the very talented Binghamton faculty, staff and students with wonderful community partners and opportunities. I know that it will continue to function as well as, or possibly even better than, it has for the last seven years.

I have had the great privilege of working with talented, dedicated and compassionate people at Binghamton since I began there in 1986. Being given the opportunity to found the Center for Civic Engagement has been one of my greatest honors. I will treasure all my memories working with the awesome team of students and professional staff within the CCE.

There will not be a reception, as is customary, as I cannot tolerate the noise, lights and activity associated with these types of gatherings. I am truly sorry, as it would have been marvelous to see all of my friends and colleagues again! I would love to hear from you, if you are so inclined. My aalden@binghamton.edu email continues to function, so please contact me through it. I miss spending time with you all and hope for another opportunity to do so in the future.

Warm Regards,


Allison Alden, Ed.D.

Last Updated: 1/10/17