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Marybeth Smith
Marybeth Smith
  • Executive Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Binghamton

    "For the Boys & Girls Clubs of Binghamton, 'collaborative relationships' are far more than a convenience or perk to our agency. And while virtually every grant we apply for makes this component a key criterion for funding consideration, we consider it to be more than that.

    Binghamton University is a living part of how we improve the present conditions of youth in need, and how we change their realistic outlook on the future expectations they have for themselves. In a multitude of programs and activities, our kids have interacted, one on one, with university students and personnel, and took with them a persuasive message that they are more. More than the economic poverty they inherited, or the ridicule that followed in school.

    Time after time, they would rush to a staff member after an event held at the club and say, 'I want to be like her, I want to do what she will do! In many ways, like parents, we see them so frequently that our message becomes stale and forgettable, but not with them.

    In the end, we really don't know what the final outcome will be from their connection to Binghamton University. What we do know, for sure, is that the kids are excited about their future because of these connections, and we are grateful for that."

Partnerships

Binghamton University fosters vital, thriving partnerships with area business, healthcare, educational and community organizations. Those who study and work here contribute in multiple ways to the surrounding communities.

  • The Center of Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging fosters business partnerships with top corporations, including General Electric, IBM, Kodak and Lockheed Martin. These dynamic faculty-industry collaborations result in research breakthroughs that offer tremendous potential for new products and economic development. And our Innovative Technologies Complex nurtures start-up companies that bring high-paying, high-tech jobs to the area and the state.
  • Binghamton’s School of Management has worked with several corporations in the region to provide programming for employees who want to beef up their education with a master’s degree in business administration. For example, the University delivers an onsite MBA program in management concepts and skills to prepare Lockheed Martin employees for greater levels of management and leadership responsibility.
  • The Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) strengthens the state’s small and mid-sized businesses, helping them apply technology solutions that improve their competitiveness. Since 1995, SPIR has helped partners create and retain more than 2,500 jobs with total, estimated annual wages of $90 million.
  • By 2020, 50 percent more social workers will be needed to serve older adults. Binghamton’s MSW program is providing grants to students who explore gerontological social work, with an eye on swelling the ranks of practitioners in this field.
  • Roughly 60 percent of nurses, 70 percent of engineers and more than 80 percent of teachers who graduate from Binghamton remain in New York state, helping to fill the significant need in these fields.
  • Binghamton’s Institute for Child Development is using $1 million in grant funding to expand autism services. Along with developing models to help adolescents and young adults with autism, the ICD is investigating the effectiveness of early intervention services and working with school districts in 11 counties to create a center that will provide education, training and technical assistance.
  • Last year, coaches and student-athletes visited dozens of area schools to deliver messages on nutrition, exercise, teamwork, bullying, drugs and alcohol to nearly 3,500 youth. They also provided 50+ hours of free skills-building clinics to community youth groups, performed hundreds of hours of community service and raised more than $37,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • The University Downtown Center in center-city Binghamton is helping to revitalize downtown, drawing hundreds of students, faculty, staff and visitors downtown every day. The UDC houses the newly created College of Community and Public Affairs, whose mission to assist the people and governments in our region is a model for the next generation of civic engagement. The students’ accomplishments advance Binghamton’s reputation as a national leader in educating and training people to serve the public good.
  • Binghamton University was recognized with distinction on the inaugural national Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and again on the 2007 Honor Roll for general community service in helping out communities damaged by Gulf and Atlantic hurricanes in 2005. Closer to home, in June 2006, the Events Center was turned into the largest Red Cross shelter in the Northeast to help 2,000 evacuees in the aftermath of disastrous floods. Students, staff and faculty provided many essential services to the evacuees.
  • Binghamton University is among the Peace Corps’ top 25 volunteer-producing colleges and universities.
  • Students are improving workplace ergonomics, courtesy of a $13.2 million in-kind grant of software from UGS Corp. Used by Fortune 100 and Global 50 companies, the software enables students to create digital humans in virtual environments and analyze their performance. The software is available to regional and state businesses through the University's Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) program.
  • Student volunteers contribute almost 400,000 hours to the local community annually -- a $7.2 million value -- through volunteerism and internships at area businesses, charitable organizations and government offices. At the Decker School of Nursing alone, the 138,000 hours that students spend in 400 clinical settings contribute not only to their own education, but also to the well-being of others.
  • Our student-run think tank, Catalysts for Intellectual Capital 2020 (CIC2020), enhances the region’s strengths by encouraging recent graduates to seek work in Greater Binghamton. With support from area business leaders and the University, CIC2020 offers its own leadership institute for students each spring.
  • The University enriches quality of life in the region with world-class performances at the Anderson Center for the Arts, thought-provoking exhibits at the University Art Museum, summer camps that develop young minds and talents and Binghamton Bearcats Division I athletics. Performances and competitions at the Events Center attract thousands of visitors who strengthen our economy by patronizing local businesses.
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Last Updated: 7/10/14