Services and Resources Available to Binghamton University Faculty and Staff

Posted by Jacob Wilkins on May 7, 2020

We know it's hard not being on campus and in the comfort of your office or classroom. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources available for you to remain connected to the Binghamton community. Here are some resources and services available to you to maintain your physical and mental health.

Healthcare

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If you have the Empire Plan and are concerned about leaving your home to receive medical care, or your ability to access care, you’re encouraged to use LiveHealth Online, where you speak with a doctor from the comfort of your home or schedule a virtual visit with a therapist. The Empire Plan will cover these visits at no cost to you. Go to www.livehealthonline.com to register and enter coupon code NYSHIP when you get to the payment screen. This code will ensure you and your covered dependents receive care free of charge.

Employee Assistance Program

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The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) continues to conduct confidential assessments and consultations via phone or Zoom with faculty and staff to address work-related and interpersonal problems. For appointments, call 607-777-6655 or email eap@binghamton.edu.

EAP is also offering weekly webinars that focus on topics related to stress management and resiliency to promote wellness during this time of social distancing. For more information please visit the EAP or the University Center for Training and Development (UCTD) website to register.

Colleague Connections

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Looking to connect with colleagues across campus? Consider joining one of the Professional Staff Senate’s affinity groups. Conversations cover any number of topics. The affinity group just gives members a common experience from which relationships can grow.

While working from home, meetings are hosted via Zoom. Contact the group host for the address.

All things outdoors

Host: Laura Cichostepski
The Southern Tier is a great location for engaging in outdoor activities. Talk with like-minded colleagues about hiking, kayaking, biking, skiing and more!

DIY projects/crafts.

Host: Erin Kentos
Looking to make connections with crafty colleagues? Need some advice on a DIY project? This group is for you!

Good cheer: All things spirits, wine & beer

Host: Valerie Roosa
A great group for wine aficionados, craft beer brewers (or consumers) and folks looking for tips on some great drinks!

LGBTQIA+

Host: Kaitlin Maynard
Connect with colleagues who identify, experience, express or are in the process of exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as campus allies.

Master’s/PhD support

Host: Sara Oliveira
Connect, support and commiserate with colleagues who are also pursuing degrees while working.

Parents

Host: Amy Pollock Drake
Juggling work and parenthood is not for the faint of heart! Connect, support and commiserate with other working parents.

Peace in the storm

Hosts: Ada Robinson-Perez and Arlene Arisme
This is a peer-to-peer group that focuses on offering support to those grieving and recovering from the death of a loved one. 

Pet lovers

Host: Courtney Ignarri
Connect with other pet people about a wide range of topics including training, grooming and caring for your furry/feathered/fishy family!

Podcast Club

Host: Robert Lawrence 
Connect with a community of podcast lovers who discuss one episode of one podcast each meeting; basically, a book club for podcasts.

Professionals of color

Host: Jazell Johnson
Connect with colleagues to build community, network, and share tips and resources.

Student Affairs Professional Development Committee

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Members of the Student Affairs Professional Development Committee have put together a series of events aimed at connecting colleagues virtually in a casual way. Events are open to any faculty/staff at Binghamton University, and can be found on the Quaren-Team Activities Calendar. Some examples of activities include charades, craft corner, tea time and a social hour. For more information or to contribute an idea, email Steve Rebello.

Virtual Wellness Wednesday

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Every Wednesday, the Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI): B-Healthy is here for you. On “hump day” they offer a webinar, an at-home activity and a variety of wellness resources connecting you to one of the dimensions of wellness. You can register for the first eight-week webinar series, “Staying Calm and Well in the Midst of the COVID-19 Storm: Evidence-based tactics that work!” that’s facilitated by The Ohio State University, through this link. If you missed a live session, recordings and slides are available afterward.

Home Workouts

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Jenna Moore and Patti Dowd from Campus Recreation are also offering eight weeks of at-home activities, either live or pre-recorded. Topics include meditation, breathing, desk stretches, yoga, body-weight and resistance-band workouts.  

Activities are posted weekly at: https://www.binghamton.edu/bhealthy/virtualwellness.html

For a complete list of resources, go to: https://www.binghamton.edu/campus-recreation/fitness-wellness/stayactive.html 

Check out Jenna’s tips for staying fit during the pandemic at https://www.binghamton.edu/news/story/2365/staying-fit-during-covid-19

Steps to B-Healthy Program

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Walking is an easy and effective way to increase activity levels, manage stress and encourage camaraderie. Over 200 Bearcats currently enrolled in this free program compete in monthly contests and receive rewards for meeting step goals. Thirty new Bearcats joined in March! Healthier students, faculty and staff mean a healthier University! While you may be walking at home right now, there is a campus walking map available, as well as a map of Nature Preserve trails on campus. 

CSA Farm Share

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Can’t make it to the Farmers Market? Catskill Cattle Company is still actively planting and preparing for its CSA Summer Farm Share program on campus. The CSA Farm Share will run Thursdays from June 11 through Aug. 20. Pickup is at the East Gym between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each Thursday (except July 2). Participants can choose here from different size shares and price points. Register now for fresh veggies all summer!

Virtual Libraries

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Binghamton University Libraries has created an online virtual guide to help faculties and staff with online learning. The Libraries’ website includes access to ebooks, textbooks, journals, periodicals and distance-learning resources.

Small Business Support

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Have your business or that of someone you know been affected by COVID-19? Binghamton University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is here to help. The SBDC provides free, confidential assistance to entrepreneurs and existing owners who are trying to navigate the added pressures of a global pandemic. Visit the SBDC website to see how counselors can help you!

Jacob Wilkins works as an assistant in the Office of Media and Public Relations. He also serves as the lead broadcaster for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the Mets Double-A Affiliate. 

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