Hinman Living and Learning

Achieving Leadership In Volunteer Experiences (ALIVE) 

Hinman's ALIVE program is central to the spirit and culture of our college; it is about personal growth, civic engagement, exploring new opportunities, and experiential learning. We actively partner with the University's Center for Civic Engagement, which connects students with service opportunities on campus and in the community. Our ALIVE points program rewards students who consistently participate in service learning projects.

Community Service and Leadership are signature themes within Hinman that are integrated into the majority of our traditions, making them not only fun, but also focused. Ours is Binghamton's only residential community with this emphasis–not as a requirement, but as a challenge and opportunity to be active and involved in organizations both on and off campus.

Our community is filled with passionate students who encourage each other. Its residents frequently become leaders in Hinman, the university, and beyond. The Hinman College Council (HCC) provides a large, supportive group for emerging leaders within the hall and overall college. Students can run for positions of: President, Vice President of Public Affairs, Financial Vice President, Social Vice President, Academic Vice President, and Vice President of Service and Leadership.

Hinman-based Service-Learning Courses

Hinman College partners with the College of Community and Public Affairs, as well as other departments in the University, to offer a rich set of service-learning courses, which simultaneously fulfill some General Education requirements. Among the service-learning courses recommended for Hinman students are

  • WRIT 111 (01), Coming to Voice--Literacies of Power
  • HDEV 100, Study of Human Change
  • HDEV 106, Practicum in Leadership and Community Service
  • HDEV 116, Practicum in Leadership and Community Development
  • PAFF 225, Foundations of Civic Engagement
  • ENG 281, Public Service and Literature
  • SW 250, Public and Social Services Practice
  • SCH 280, Philanthropy and Civil Society
  • WGSS 482, Social Justice
  • CDCI 395, Internship with Community Organization

Public Service Learning Community

Hinman's Public Service Learning Community (PSLC) is a key component of our ALIVE program. Students in the PSLC live in Hughes Hall on the same floor with other like-minded students who are dedicated to making a difference through civic-engagement courses and active volunteer service in the Binghamton community. Through academic courses, workshops, field trips, group service projects, and social activities, PSLC residents have the opportunity to explore experiential learning – "learning by doing," and:

  • Become actively engaged in community service and volunteer activities
  • Make friends with students with similar interests and goals
  • Go off campus to access the resources of the Binghamton community
  • Develop connections with community organizations and agencies
  • Heighten their awareness of cultural and social diversity within society
  • Deepen their understanding of systemic issues and human needs within the greater Binghamton community.
  • Apply learning and academic course work to service and experience
  • Discover leadership opportunities within Hinman and the larger University
  • Be motivated and empowered with the skills they need to step up into leadership roles
  • Increase their dedication to responsible living and exemplary service to society

Watch our Public Service Learning Community Informational Video


"From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life."
– Arthur Ashe

Learn more about the Public Service LC

For more information about Hinman's distinctive PSLC, please fill out form below. By return email from Hinman's Faculty Master, you'll receive a full description of PSLC activities and expectations, as well as an application form. Also, when you go on line to sign up for residential housing at Binghamton University, be sure to check the box for the Public Service LC, and also indicate your housing preference for Hinman College.

Last Updated: 3/27/15