Binghamton University’s Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) has been named a recipient of the 2011 State University of New York (SUNY) Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award for the Innovative Use of Social Networking.
SUNY’s Chief Student Affairs Officers and the Office of University Life and Enrollment Management recognized CCE for the positive impact its use of marketing and social media initiatives have made on students, their development and the learning community on the Binghamton University campus.
The focus of CCE’s marketing and social media initiatives has been to inform students through methods they prefer, present new and unique opportunities to interact with its offerings, increase interest and make it easier to participate in meaningful service, and expand the office’s digital visibility across various platforms. The office’s innovative use of mobile tagging (quick-response codes) across print and promotional collateral and its recently launched Service On the Spot (S.O.S.) initiative were also cited.
Award recipients will present their programs at the fall meeting of the Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers held in Corning on October 24.
Summaries of the program descriptions, along with contact information for the award recipients, are available at http://www.suny.edu/provost/university_life/OSAP/StateOp11.cfm.
The May-June 2011 edition of International Educator magazine, a publication of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, includes two articles that feature staff from International Student and Scholar Services. “When the Worst Case Scenario Happens,” written by Ellen H. Badger, director of International Student and Scholar Services, describes the University crisis response to and the aftermath of the April 2009 American Civic Association tragedy. “Changing Paradigms: Training New International Student Advisors” by Eve Katz quotes ISSS Associate Director Karen Keefe-Guzikowski, Assistant Director Shawna Szabo and International Health Insurance Coordinator Terry Creeden on the topic of training and mentoring those who are entering the profession of international education.
Harald Zils, assistant professor of German Studies, will give a presentation on his Binghamton University courses “Ubermen and Underlings” and “Volkswagen and Beyond” at the International German Studies Association’s annual conference in Leipzig, Germany, on June 18, as part of the “Innovative Teaching” section.
Melvyn Dubofksy, distinguished professor emeritus of history and sociology, is the recipient of the 2011 Sol Stetin Award of the Sidney Hillman Foundation for his outstanding contributions to labor history. Previous winners include Dorothy Sue Cobble, James Green, David Brody and David Montgomery. Dubofsky has written and edited numerous books about labor and working-class history in the U.S., including When Workers Organize: New York City in the Progressive Era (1968), We Shall Be All: A History of the Industrial Workers of the World (1969), John L. Lewis: A Biography (1977, co-written with Warren Van Tine); The State and Labor in Modern America (1994); and Hard Work: The Making of a Labor Historian (2000).
NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) Press has published the second (More Brain-Powered…) and third (Even More Brain-Powered…) volumes of School of Education Associate Professor Thomas O’Brien’s three-volume series that began with Brain-Powered Science: Teaching and Learning with Discrepant Events (NSTA Press, 2010). This dual-purpose series uses engaging science discrepant event activities as: (1) models of thought-provoking, inquiry-oriented activities that challenge grades 5-12 students’ misconceptions about science and the nature of science and (2) visual participatory analogies to teach science teachers principles of applied cognitive learning theory and research-informed Curriculum-Instruction-Assessment “best practices.”
Denis O’Hearn, professor of sociology, has won the Alessandro Tassoni Award for 2011 for his book, Il Diario di Bobby Sands: Storia di un ragazzo irlandese (Roma: Castelvecchi Editore), written with Laurence McKeown and Silvia Calamati. The Alessandro Tassoni Award is given each year to a book that (as a homage to the Italian writer Alessandro Tassoni and to his ideals) is recognized by the Jury Award as “innovative, inspired by values of freedom and committed to the building of a more just and democratic world.”