Past Awards

2013

Half a Loaf Project - $8,500

Community Partner: Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition
University Partner: Geography Department

The project seeks to address neighborhood disparities in food access in the Binghamton community in an effort to reduce childhood obesity and other food related health problems. Through data compilation, civic engagement, and the media, the project will strengthen the community's capacity to address the nutritional needs of at-risk population groups.

 

The Binghamton Poetry Project - $1,500

Community Partner: Broome County Public Library
University Partner: Center for Writing

The project is a literary outreach program that educates youth and adults on how to write and read creatively through poetry workshops for Broome County residents at the Broome County Public Library, YWCA, and Boys and Girls Club of Western Broome. The goal is to enhance art awareness and literacy, and to connect the University with the community through poetry.

2012

The Little Read Initiative - $4,000

Community Partner: Family Enrichment Network
University Partner: Graduate School of Education 

The Family Enrichment Network will partner with faculty and graduate student interns to implement an early childhood education project based on a classic work of literature, designed to improve children's literacy skills, social-emotional development, family-school connection and school readiness.

The Binghamton Poetry Project - $3,000

Community Partner: Broome County Public Library
University Partner: Center for Writing 

The project is a literary outreach program that educates youth and adults on how to write and read creatively through poetry workshops for Broome County residents at the Broome County Public Library, YWCA, and Boys and Girls Club of Western Broome. The goal is to enhance art awareness and literacy, and to connect the University with the community through poetry. 

The Evaluation of the Broome County Sexual Assault Response Team - $3,000

Community Partner: Crimes Victims Assistance Center
University Partner: Department of Public Administration

The project will collect data and evaluate the sexual assault response in Broome County through anonymous feedback from victim survivors.  The data will be used to steer the growth and improvement of trauma informed care throughout the county.

2011

Community Literacy Program - $3,000

Community Partner: Boys & Girls Club of Western Broome Family Center
University Partner: Student United Way of Binghamton University

The Community Literacy Program will inspire children to develop literacy skills and a love of reading by providing a place and opportunities to read together with an adult or individual on a daily basis. The program will also offer opportunities for children and teens to work one-on-one with a literacy tutor; increase reading comprehension and retention; foster imagination in our youth through reading; and encourage families to read together.

US-Chinese Student Exchange- $6,500

Community Partner: Union-Endicott Central School District
University Partner: Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera at Binghamton University

The purpose of the project is to create a cultural exchange program between high school students in the Union Endicott School District and students in a high school in China. The project will enable UE students to be lifelong learners and to become part of the global community. The exchange program will build a connection and interest in the Chinese language and culture while creating a network of support and learning between the Chinese and American students.

2010

Binghamton University Community Compost Initiative - $4,000

Community Partner: Smelia LoDolce, Sustainable Development Planner, City of Binghamton
University Partner:
Dr. Juliet Berling, Environmental Resource Manager for Physical Facilities (Organic Garden Project co-managed by BU Office of Recycling & Resource and Biology Dept’s Agricultural Education Course)

A composting collaboration between Binghamton University and Sodexo Dining Services has resulted in the collection of 350 tons of compost since 2008. On average Binghamton University collects from campus alone 2500 lbs of compostable material with a range of 1750 to 5100 lbs six days per week during the academic month year. To expand this program and to support compost needs for the City of Binghamton’s Urban Farming project, the University has begun the collection of additional material from the following companies – Behlog & Son Produce, From Seeds to Entrees and Best Bagels.

This joint effort has created the added benefit of providing an educational opportunity through teaching sustainable waste recycling practices via four student internship per academic year. It also provides Binghamton University students with real world opportunities for learning and leadership, as well as being able to provide a value to the City of Binghamton residents through the Urban Farming Project.

2010-2011 BackPack™ Program - $1,500

Community Partner: Food Band of the Southern Tier
University Partner: Binghamton University Geography Department

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s BackPack Program provides bags of healthy food to hungry children for consumption on weekends and holiday breaks. One of the greatest unmet needs for children in the Southern Tier is adequate access to food programs on a consistent basis. Approximately 35,000 of these children are eligible for free/reduced price meal programs provided at school. The purpose of the BackPack Program is to fill the gap left on weekends and holidays when children cannot access meal programs.

The Binghamton University Geography Department has supported the Food Bank by providing assistance in the mapping, analysis, and visualization of areas where children are most vulnerable to hunger. Specifically, previous collaboration has entailed the use of geostatistical methodologies to inventory and map hunger statistics, along with school districts and census data to identify the districts where children are most vulnerable. Additionally, individuals from the University would be invited to participate in a volunteer repack activity, whereby food in bulk containers is repacked into the bags that are distributed to program participants.

2009

In Motion - $4,750

Community Partner: Jennifer O'Brien, Executive Director, The Magic Paintbrush Project
University Partner: Jennifer Marshall, Director of Field Education, CCPA - Departments of Human Development and Social Work, and the Graduate School of Education

The grant will be used to establish new workshops that are needed to better support those with physical challenges, and caregivers, to engage in therapeutic goals and interventions. The new workshops will develop appropriate activities, adaptive tools, facilitation specifications and training that will enable motor impaired individuals to benefit from The Magic Paintbrush's many advantages. The project will provide Binghamton University students with the opportunity to actively participate as student learners in the development and practice of these new tools and techniques.

Story Garden's "Green" Learning Initiative - $2,836

Community Partner: Nancy Hargrave, The Junior League of Binghamton
University Partner: S.G.Grant, Dean, Graduate School of Education

This grant will be used to develop an interactive garden that promotes literacy and nature, seeks to expand the green learning component of the garden, inspire visitors, and promote environmental awareness by installing plant identification data, composting directions and an alphabet hunt. Binghamton University students working with the Junior League and collaborators will research plants and composting, and develop educational materials and signage.

History Works! Music CDs - $1,000

Community Partner: Susan Sherwood, Executive Director, Center for Technology & Innovation, Inc.
University Partner: Professor Melvyn Dubofsky, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences - Department of History

This grant will be given to explore the role of music in the workplace and labor-management relations while capturing the lyrical spirit and musical traditions of the mid-20th c. Southern Tier for future generations.

2008

Healthy Haven - Nutrition & Garden Project - $2,500

Community Partner: Susan Sherwood, Admin. Director, Healthy Haven After School Program
University Partner: Mary X. Britten, Assoc. Professor, Decker School of Nursing

The project promotes nutritional awareness and life skills in Haven teens, as it transforms an abandoned lot into a green oasis with an organic vegetable garden. Teens learn to plan and implement, to harvest and market vegetables, and to avoid unhealthy dietary patterns. The garden will beautify Oak Street, making a long-term, positive difference in the quality of neighborhood life.

Big Ideas in Science Institute (BISI) - $7,500

Community Partner: Dr. Joseph Busch, Superintendent, Broome-Tioga
University Partner: Dr. Thomas O'Brien, Assoc. Professor of Science Education, Graduate School of Education

The BISI is a 7 day professional development institute for 48, grade 5-8, "science" teachers drawn from fourteen districts within the local Broome-Tioga BOCES region. The institute will enhance the teachers' content and pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) related to the "big ideas" or unifying principles and theories as outlined in the NYSED Intermediate Level Science Core Curriculum Guide. BISI will also model research-informed, best practice instructional strategies including Hands-On Explorations and discrepant event demonstrations that can be used by the teacher-participants with their own students.

BOCES will help recruit teachers and provide a project evaluator. The two parallel track instructional teams consist of highly qualified professors from Binghamton University, Broome Community College and local "master teachers"/leaders of the local and statewide Science Teachers Association of New York State.

2007

None.

2006

Broome County Syringe Exchange Program (BCSEP)- $5,000

A partnership between the Southern Tier AIDS Program, Inc. and Binghamton University's Public Administration Program. Goal is to implement a Syringe Exchange Program in Broome County utilizing a community-based collaboration. Collaboration to be developed with community service organizations, human services organizations, Binghamton University faculty and students, local politicians, law enforcement officials, faith community representatives and concerned citizens.

Catalysts for Intellectual Capital Leadership Initiative - $5,000

A partnership between Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition and Binghamton University's Graduate School of Education. Goal is to help bridge the gap between Binghamton University and the surrounding community, educate students about opportunities in the Greater Binghamton area, provide a forum for discussion about economic progress, enhance integrated university/community investment in human capital development and develop ways to expand career opportunities to retain students in Binghamton.

2005

Ecological Investigations at the BU Nature Preserve - $6,200

Environmental Studies Program. The purpose of this grant is to provide opportunities for hands-on experiences at the campus nature preserve for 7th grade students in the Binghamton City School District. Many of these young men and women are urban students who have had limited to no experience in nature. It will also target Binghamton University Environmental Studies students (2 student interns and nature preserve guides) who will also gain experience working in environmental education.

The Story Garden at Discovery Center of the Southern Tier - $3,800

A partnership with the Junior League of Binghamton and the Graduate School of Education and Human Development. The purpose of this grant is to develop a literary based children's interactive garden that will be located on the grounds of the Discovery Center. The Story Garden will reflect themes of exemplary children's stories through 12 vignettes. The garden will serve the community of children, families and students as a site to promote literacy in our community. It will be an ideal location for elementary school field trips related to literature and science. It will also offer an off campus site for BU students to pursue field experience including research, observations and interactive opportunities with young children.

2004

Geography of Technology: An oral history of industry in the Southern Tier 1930 - 1980 - $5,625

A collaboration between the Center for Technology & Innovation, Inc., and Binghamton University anthropology and history departments will create a digital archive on The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier and the Watson School of Engineering will partner with a local sculptor to create an original interactive sculpture for the "Southern Tier Technology" by conducting oral history interviews with local high-tech retirees. This oral technology timeline will place local manufacturing and technological advances in the context of national innovations and industrial trends. The recordings are to be housed at the University and local historical societies.

Brother-To-Brother Mentorship Program - $5,625

The Division of Human Development at Binghamton University in partnership with the Binghamton City School District will develop a mentoring program for racially and ethnically diverse ninth grade male students from Binghamton High School who are at risk of attrition. Binghamton University student mentors will work with the high school students in a series forums, designed to increase retention rates by promoting attendance, improving academic performance and develop a cultural awareness of this target population. A quantitative and qualitative assessment will be conducted to assess the efficacy of the mentorship and will look at variables such as self-esteem, life satisfaction, adjustment to school, sense of belonging, stressors, social support and ethnic identity.

2003

Don’t Pass Me By: Creating an interactive outdoor sculpture for the Discovery Center - $25,000

The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier, Binghamton, NY Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, Binghamton University The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier and the Watson School of Engineering will partner with a local sculptor to create an original interactive sculpture for the entrance to the Discovery Center. The sculpture will be an introduction to the "please touch me" experiences that exist throughout the museum. Engineering students will design and conduct analyses of the structure to insure that the support of the sculpture is capable of sustaining weight loads, environment and use; and an art student will work with the sculptor to learn the techniques and reflect on the connection between artist and engineer roles.

2002

Equity in Children’s Access to Healthcare: Utilizing Telehealth Technology - $17,000

The telehealth project is a collaborative effort between UHS (United Health Services) and the ICD (Institute for Child Development, Binghamton University) in an attempt to develop and implement video teleconferencing technology in an innovative way to provide equitable access to expert healthcare to children in the southern tier.

Healing Our City Through Expressive Arts - $ 8,000

Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier, Inc., Binghamton, NY
Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Binghamton University
A collaborative effort of SEHD and the Art Department faculty and students along with human service agencies of downtown Binghamton to provide access to expressive arts healing process for residents with special needs and weekend healing programs for the population at large.

2001

Communication Technology Assessment Center - $11,000

Southern Tier Independence Center (STIC), Binghamton, NY
Graduate School of Education and Human Development (SEHD), Binghamton University
Create a Communication Technology Assessment Center (CTAC) for people with communication disabilities. This program will augment the existing STIC loan program that offers other technology devices such as power wheelchairs and computers. CTAC will coordinate all aspects of communication assessments, assist clients to acquire communication technology, and provide experiential learning for University SEHD students in the availability, applicability, and use of these devices. Given appropriate communication devices, children and adults can actively participate in social conversation, education, and all aspects of community life.

Student Mentors for Binghamton Adolescents - $ 8,550

Binghamton University Counseling Center, Binghamton University
Family and Children’s Society, Binghamton, NY
Expand a pilot program, begun in 2000 under a grant from the Rose/Ross Fund, designed to engage adolescent sexual abuse survivors in a mentoring relationship with Binghamton University students. The Mentoring Project will be a for-credit, yearlong internship for seniors or Masters level students. Student mentors will provide positive role models, acquaint adolescents with university and community resources and engender hope and encouragement for the adolescent’s future goals.

Campus - Community Mediation Project - $ 5,000

Office of University Ombudsman, Binghamton University
ACCORD, Inc., Binghamton, NY
Train student mediators will encourage cooperative and constructive resolution of conflict within and between the University and local communities. Mediation, as a voluntary process of conflict resolution, helps parties develop mutually acceptable solutions. This program will create a mediator pool that more closely resembles Broome County’s diverse population with respect to race and ethnicity, and provide much needed assistance with youth services programs.

Vestal School Foundation Summer Enrichment Program - $ 1,750

Vestal School Foundation, Inc., Vestal, NY
BU Continuing Education and Summer Programs, Binghamton University
Provide 10 scholarships for low-income students to participate in a pilot summer science enrichment program to be conducted by teams of University faculty, graduate students and Vestal science teachers. This science immersion curriculum will help students make connections between science process and science content, including laboratory and fieldwork related to real world applications. The course will be a prototype for a countywide program to be offered in future summers.

2000

Restoration: Harry L. Johnson Fountain and Sculpture - $10,000

City of Binghamton, Department of Planning, Housing & Community Development, Binghamton, NY Public Archeology Facility and Art/Art History Department, Binghamton University

To research, repair, and document the fountain's bronze sculpture, "Boy with Fish", designed by Charles Keck, located in Recreation Park, Binghamton, NY. The City of Binghamton, Susquehanna Heritage Area, and the West Side Coalition will restore the reflecting pool and plumbing mechanisms.

Refugee Orientation Booklet - $10,000

Refugee Resettlement Office, InterReligious Council, Binghamton, NY
Translation Research and Instruction Program (TRIP), Binghamton University

To research and translate an orientation booklet for new refugees and secondary migrants to help them adjust to life in our community and become self-sufficient . The booklet will include information about local community and government services in Broome and surrounding counties. Two pilot booklets in Russian and Ukrainian will be produced and distributed.

Student Mentors for Binghamton Adolescents (SiMBA) - $ 5,000

University Counseling Center, Binghamton University
Family & Children's Society of Broome County, Binghamton, NY

To pilot a program to train and supervise University students as mentors for adolescent victims of sexual and other abuse. The student mentors will promote positive outcomes, acting as role models for these teens at a very important time in their development.

1999

Curriculum of Acceptance and Respect, Grades K - 3 - $15,000

Roberson Museum & Science Center, Binghamton, NY
Graduate School of Education & Human Development, Binghamton University

To develop and pilot a curriculum on acceptance and respect for grades K-3 in collaboration with the Binghamton City School District that is interdisciplinary, hands-on and experiential.

PC Xchange - $10,000

Catholic Charities of Broome County, Binghamton, NY
School of Management, Binghamton University

To provide children of low-income families the opportunity to access computer technology by upgrading donated, outdated computers and training these children and their families to use the computer, Internet, and basic word processing software.

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