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Living and Learning in Dickinson Community

 Faculty Master

Dear Students (both newcomers and returners),

In the Dickinson Community, the “original community”, we understand that learning does not stop when you go out of the classroom door. In fact, many of your most formative experiences will take place right here in the residential community. As Faculty Master, it is my role to coordinate the Living-Learning aspects of Dickinson Community. This year we have a number of new initiatives and more offerings than in the past. I'm pretty sure you'll find something that appeals to you.

Special Interest Housing

Dickinson is home to two Learning Communities, halls in which students of like interests live together throughout their time at Binghamton University, carry out joint projects and activities and take a course together.
  • CoRE is a collection of students that share common interests in Computers, Robotics and Engineering (CoRE!). We work as a group to promote technological awareness both in ourselves and in our community. So, why live on CoRE? Well, for starters, you get to live with people that are just like you! We like the same things and share common interests so we can guarantee you will be making friends right away. Our neighborhood is the most social and tight knit on campus, hands down. When we get visitors from other floors or halls, they are shocked to see how social and friendly ours really is.

    For more information, visit core.binghamton.edu

  • The Entrepreneurship Learning Community (ELC) allows residents to develop real businesses and products with the support of faculty, the entrepreneurship office on campus, and above all their fellow peers. Living in this community gives students the unique opportunity to work creatively, obtain vital business skills, and create lasting partnerships and friendships.

    ELC is not a community exclusive to SOM students. We are open to anyone with ideas, passion, or an entrepreneurial spirit. The program is open to individuals of any major with the goal of creating a diverse environment enriched by many different talents. Our main objective is to share knowledge through this special living model and foster the best entrepreneurs of the new generation.

Dickinson-only Courses

For Fall 2015 we will offer several sections of courses open only to students living in Dickinson Community. Most are held in classrooms within the residence halls. The students in these courses all live nearby, eat in the same dining hall, participate in the same community events, etc. This makes it easy to form study groups among Dickinson friends in the same course section. Each of these courses satisfies General Education requirements (* see below). The Fall 2015 Dickinson Learning Community courses are:

For new and returning students:

  • ASTR 114 - Sun, Stars and Galaxies, lecture section 92 (26531), TR 4:25-5:50. This is a live-stream of Prof. Chris Taylor's lecture from LH-1, viewed in O'Connor Hall room 125.  An undergrad TA will facilitate discussions and quizzes. For exams students may have to go to the Lecture Hall.
  • ASTR 115 – Observational Astronomy Lab, lab section 61 (22756), R 10:05-11:05 am. The lecture part of this course (ASTR 114) is a pre- or co-requisite for the lab. Satisfies the GenEd "L" requirement. This section meets in O'Connor Hall room 125 and all students must bring their own laptop computers. Students in this section may make use of Dickinson's own telescope.
  • CW 250 - Fundamentals of Creative Writing, section 2 (10074), TR 10:05-11:30 in Digman Hall room 136. Taught by Barrett Bowlin.  Satisfies the GenEd "A" requirement.  Note: CW 250 does not satisfy the GenEd "C" requirement.  It is intended for students with some proficiency in writing.
  • PHIL 146 - Law and Justice, lecture (10429) TR 10:05-11:30, discussion section A04 (10439) F 1:10-2:100 in Johnson Hall room 102.  Satisfies GenEd "H".
  • PLSC 117 – Intro. to World Politics, lecture A0 (20772) TR 10:05-11:30 am, discussion A11 (20783) M 5:50-6:50 pm in Johnson Hall room 102. Satisfies the GenEd “G” or “N” requirement.
  • PSYC 111 - General Psychology, lecture section 01 (10489), TR 11:40-1:05. This is a live-stream of Prof. Ann Merriwether's lecture from LH-1, viewed in Rafuse Hall room 116.  Students register for the LH-1 section (01) but will have the option to view the lecture from Rafuse.  An undergrad TA will facilitate discussions and quizzes. For exams students may have to go to the Lecture Hall.

For new students:

  • WRIT 111 - Coming to Voice: Dickinson, section 12 (20251), TR 1:15-2:40 pm, or section 13 (20252), TR 2:50-4:15, both in C4 room 114C. Satisfies the GenEd "J" requirement (both "C" and "O").
  • UNIV 101 - College Students in Transition, section 08 (27222), MW 1:10-2:10 pm inC4 room 114C. 2 credits. Satisfies the GenEd "O" requirement.

If you are interested in any of these courses, simply select the appropriate section when registering.

Screenshot of PSYC 111 lecture

Dickinson Peer Mentor Program

Being a new student at a large university can be quite intimidating, but have no fear! Dickinson has a peer mentor program that pairs all new freshmen with a returning student who lives in Dickinson as well. Mentors act as a resource to help their mentees transition to Binghamton University and learn the traditions of Dickinson Community. The program provides freshmen with academic resources, updates on social events, and someone who will answer any question a new student might have.

Dickinson Leadership Course

Students interested in honing their leadership skills may enroll in a 2-semester, 2-credits/semester course, CDCI 395 - Professional Internship Program, TR 6:30-8:30pm (satisfies Harpur "W").  Taught by Dickinson RD Jaimie Osborn, allows students to meet with administrators, faculty, staff and other students to better understand different leadership and management styles.  To apply, fill out the on-line form (available soon).

Signature Theme - Sustainability

In Fall 2015 we will continue our multi-year educational program on Sustainability, the balance between economic development, social equity and environmental management. Organized by a student panel, this program will include guest lectures by experts from campus and the community, field trips to community organizations and facilities, opportunities for community service activities, participation in community gardening, demonstration projects on alternative energy sources, etc.

Students Sharing their Talents

Monthly Open Mic Nights provide an opportunity for Dickinson students to share their talents in singing, songwriting, dancing, playing musical instruments, comedy, etc.  These are held in the Fireplace Lounge and have been tremendously popular and fun.  In Spring we host a juried art show with a variety of entries from Dickinson students and staff including drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture and computer art.  Finally "Cafe Night" gives students a chance to share spoken word work.

If you have any questions about Dickinson’s “living and learning community” please feel free to contact me by email or by phone through the community office, or drop by my office (in the Chenango-Champlain Collegiate Center, just off the Fireplace Lounge).

Your Faculty Master,

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Jeff Barker


(607) 777-2826


* General Education requirements include one course each in Composition (C) and Oral Communication (O), which can be satisfied with a single Joint (J) course, one course each in Humanities (H), Global Interdependencies (G), Laboratory Science (L), Math and Reasoning (M), Pluralism (P), Social Science (N) and Aesthetics (A).  In addition there are Foreign Language and Health/Wellness requirements. 

Students who have a good idea of their intended major are well advised to take one or two courses toward that major while beginning to satisfy General Education requirements.  This not only keeps you on schedule toward graduation, but also helps you maintain your own interest and motivation in your courses.


Last Updated: 3/2/15