Past awards


Into the Lyme Light: Raising Awareness and Education in Broome County — $7,500

Community Partner: Southern Tier Lyme Support Inc.

University Partner: School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Partners will collaborate to bring Lyme disease awareness and education to the public and healthcare providers in Broome County. The goal of the project is to increase prevention and early detection, expand diagnostic testing and improve treatment of Lyme disease in Broome and surrounding counties.

Projex Cinema — $7,500

Community Partner: Spool Contemporary Art Space

University Partner: Cinema Department

Partners will collaborate to create a 100-seat Community Cinema Space in the heart of Johnson City's Health and Cultural District. Projex Cinema seeks to unite Broome County's diverse local and student populations in active and transformative experiences of cinema, to cultivate community connections that build social equity and economic health in our cities.


See Me, Hear Me, Treat Me — $7,000

Community Partner: Truth Pharm Inc.

University Partners: Department of Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the Department of Sociology, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences

The project will produce an educational program for clinical personnel commonly involved in the treatment of people affected by addiction. The goals are to empower the user, the community and providers to create a cohesive unit to eliminate or reduce the harm caused by addiction.

Engaging and Empowering ELLs — $4,000

Community Partners: Johnson City Central School District

University Partner: Graduate School of Education

The aims of the project are to provide Johnson City Central School District's English Language Learners (ELLs) with the opportunity to enhance their understanding of English Language Arts reading materials and to develop and improve their writing skills.

Professional Development Programming Series — $2,500

Community Partner: Family Enrichment Network Inc.

University Partner: Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, Center for Civic Engagement, and Broome County HEARS

The project will prepare Family Enrichment Network's Adult Literacy Program participants for the job search by providing sessions on general professionalism, resume and cover letter skills, interviewing tactics, and financial literacy, and will provide Binghamton University student interns/volunteers with high impact learning opportunities.


Mobile Culture and Out & About with The Memory Maker Project — $5,000

 Community Partner: The Memory Maker Project

 University Partner: Center for Civic Engagement

The project's goal is to offer programs to engage people with memory loss in meaningful cultural activities intended to lessen symptoms associated with memory loss and improve individuals' quality of life. An interdisciplinary team of students through the Center for Civic Engagement will assist with programs and data collection.

Summer Zone! (Broome County Promise Zone, Summer STEAM Camps 2016) — $5,000

Community Partners: Broome County School Districts of Binghamton, Johnson City, Union-Endicott, Whitney Point and Windsor

University Partner: Binghamton University Broome County Promise Zone (College of Community and Public Affairs)

Summer Zone! provides STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) learning camps for students and families throughout Broom County Promise Zone. Summer Zone! addresses summer learning loss while giving students and families increased community, career and college engagement.

A Room to Heal's Community Project at the PAL Family Resource Center — $3,500

Community Partner: A Room to Heal Inc.

University Partner: Hinman College's Public Service Learning Community

A Room to Heal and Hinman College will partner to renovate the PAL (Parents as Leaders) Family Resource Center of the Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network. The PAL Family Resource Center serves on average 500 families a year which includes 600 adults and 800 children. Renovations will include painting, installing new flooring, assembling new furniture and accessories and hanging pictures and lights. 


AR Magic Book Outreach Program — $6,000

Community Partner: Center for Technology & Innovation

University Partner: University Libraries

The project's goal is to enable outreach through interactive exhibits and programs, utilizing equipment, mobile Augmented Reality Magic Book (ARMB) and permanent ARMB, developed by the University Libraries.

Engage, Connect, Impact ... Go Liberty! — $5,000

Community Partner: Windsor Central School District

University Partner: Liberty Partnerships Program

Binghamton University Liberty Partnerships Program will work in collaboration with the Graduate School of Education, Undergraduate Minor Program, and the Windsor Central School District to provide an after school program for middle school students focused on achieving district goals.


Johnson Classroom Elements and Teacher Workshops — $6,500

Community Partner: WSKG Public Telecommunications Council

University Partner: Graduate School of Education at Binghamton University

The project's goal is to share the local history with younger generations of Broome County, offer free, on-demand educational resources to Broome County teachers, strengthen existing partnership between WSKG and Graduate School of Education and provide Binghamton University students with real-life experience.

Binghamton University Center for Civic Engagement/Broome County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) — $3,500

Community Partner: Broome County Office of Emergency Services

University Partner: Center for Civic Engagement at Binghamton University

The project will increase the number of active young members on the CERT to enable the more mature team to better accomplish its mission and offer funding required for newly expanded CERT to continue providing its essential trainings, uniforms, and safety equipment for its members. 


Half a Loaf Project — $8,500

Community Partner: Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition

University Partner: Geography Department

The project seeks to address neighborhood disparities in food access in the Binghamton community in an effort to reduce childhood obesity and other food related health problems. Through data compilation, civic engagement, and the media, the project will strengthen the community's capacity to address the nutritional needs of at-risk population groups. 

The Binghamton Poetry Project — $1,500

Community Partner: Broome County Public Library

University Partner: Center for Writing

The project is a literary outreach program that educates youth and adults on how to write and read creatively through poetry workshops for Broome County residents at the Broome County Public Library, YWCA, and Boys and Girls Club of Western Broome. The goal is to enhance art awareness and literacy, and to connect the University with the community through poetry.


The Little Read Initiative — $4,000

Community Partner: Family Enrichment Network

University Partner: Graduate School of Education 

The Family Enrichment Network will partner with faculty and graduate student interns to implement an early childhood education project based on a classic work of literature, designed to improve children's literacy skills, social-emotional development, family-school connection and school readiness.

The Binghamton Poetry Project — $3,000

Community Partner: Broome County Public Library

University Partner: Center for Writing 

The project is a literary outreach program that educates youth and adults on how to write and read creatively through poetry workshops for Broome County residents at the Broome County Public Library, YWCA, and Boys and Girls Club of Western Broome. The goal is to enhance art awareness and literacy, and to connect the University with the community through poetry. 

The Evaluation of the Broome County Sexual Assault Response Team — $3,000

Community Partner: Crimes Victims Assistance Center

University Partner: Department of Public Administration

The project will collect data and evaluate the sexual assault response in Broome County through anonymous feedback from victim survivors.  The data will be used to steer the growth and improvement of trauma informed care throughout the county.


Community Literacy Program — $3,000

Community Partner: Boys & Girls Club of Western Broome Family Center

University Partner: Student United Way of Binghamton University

The Community Literacy Program will inspire children to develop literacy skills and a love of reading by providing a place and opportunities to read together with an adult or individual on a daily basis. The program will also offer opportunities for children and teens to work one-on-one with a literacy tutor; increase reading comprehension and retention; foster imagination in our youth through reading; and encourage families to read together.

US-Chinese Student Exchange — $6,500

Community Partner: Union-Endicott Central School District

University Partner: Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera at Binghamton University

The purpose of the project is to create a cultural exchange program between high school students in the Union-Endicott School District and students in a high school in China. The project will enable U-E students to be lifelong learners and to become part of the global community. The exchange program will build a connection and interest in the Chinese language and culture while creating a network of support and learning between the Chinese and American students.


Binghamton University Community Compost Initiative — $4,000

Community Partner: Amelia LoDolce, Sustainable Development Planner, City of Binghamton

University Partner: Dr. Juliet Berling, Environmental Resource Manager for Physical Facilities (Organic Garden Project co-managed by BU Office of Recycling & Resource and Biology Dept’s Agricultural Education Course)

A composting collaboration between Binghamton University and Sodexo Dining Services has resulted in the collection of 350 tons of compost since 2008. On average Binghamton University collects from campus alone 2500 pounds of compostable material with a range of 1750 to 5100 pounds six days per week during the academic month year. To expand this program and to support compost needs for the City of Binghamton’s Urban Farming project, the University has begun the collection of additional material from the following companies – Behlog & Son Produce, From Seeds to Entrees and Best Bagels.

This joint effort has created the added benefit of providing an educational opportunity through teaching sustainable waste recycling practices via four student internship per academic year. It also provides Binghamton University students with real world opportunities for learning and leadership, as well as being able to provide a value to the City of Binghamton residents through the Urban Farming Project.

2010-11 BackPack Program — $1,500

Community Partner: Food Bank of the Southern Tier

University Partner: Binghamton University Geography Department

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s BackPack Program provides bags of healthy food to hungry children for consumption on weekends and holiday breaks. One of the greatest unmet needs for children in the Southern Tier is adequate access to food programs on a consistent basis. Approximately 35,000 of these children are eligible for free/reduced price meal programs provided at school. The purpose of the BackPack Program is to fill the gap left on weekends and holidays when children cannot access meal programs.

The Binghamton University Geography Department has supported the Food Bank by providing assistance in the mapping, analysis, and visualization of areas where children are most vulnerable to hunger. Specifically, previous collaboration has entailed the use of geostatistical methodologies to inventory and map hunger statistics, along with school districts and census data to identify the districts where children are most vulnerable. Additionally, individuals from the University would be invited to participate in a volunteer repack activity, whereby food in bulk containers is repacked into the bags that are distributed to program participants.


In Motion — $4,750

Community Partner: Jennifer O'Brien, Executive Director, The Magic Paintbrush Project

University Partner: Jennifer Marshall, Director of Field Education, CCPA - Departments of Human Development and Social Work, and the Graduate School of Education

The grant will be used to establish new workshops that are needed to better support those with physical challenges, and caregivers, to engage in therapeutic goals and interventions. The new workshops will develop appropriate activities, adaptive tools, facilitation specifications and training that will enable motor impaired individuals to benefit from The Magic Paintbrush's many advantages. The project will provide Binghamton University students with the opportunity to actively participate as student learners in the development and practice of these new tools and techniques.

Story Garden's "Green" Learning Initiative — $2,836

Community Partner: Nancy Hargrave, The Junior League of Binghamton

University Partner: S.G. Grant, Dean, Graduate School of Education

This grant will be used to develop an interactive garden that promotes literacy and nature, seeks to expand the green learning component of the garden, inspire visitors, and promote environmental awareness by installing plant identification data, composting directions and an alphabet hunt. Binghamton University students working with the Junior League and collaborators will research plants and composting, and develop educational materials and signage.

History Works! Music CDs — $1,000

Community Partner: Susan Sherwood, Executive Director, Center for Technology & Innovation Inc.

University Partner: Professor Melvyn Dubofsky, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences- Department of History

This grant will be given to explore the role of music in the workplace and labor-management relations while capturing the lyrical spirit and musical traditions of the mid-20th century Southern Tier for future generations.


Healthy Haven - Nutrition and Garden Project — $2,500

Community Partner: Susan Sherwood, Admin. Director, Healthy Haven After School Program

University Partner: Mary X. Britten, Associate Professor, Decker School of Nursing

The project promotes nutritional awareness and life skills in Haven teens, as it transforms an abandoned lot into a green oasis with an organic vegetable garden. Teens learn to plan and implement, to harvest and market vegetables, and to avoid unhealthy dietary patterns. The garden will beautify Oak Street, making a long-term, positive difference in the quality of neighborhood life.

Big Ideas in Science Institute (BISI) — $7,500

Community Partner: Joseph Busch, Superintendent, Broome-Tioga 

University Partner: Thomas O'Brien, Associate Professor of Science Education, Graduate School of Education

The BISI is a seven-day professional development institute for 48 science teachers (grades five through eight) drawn from 14 districts within the local Broome-Tioga BOCES region. The institute will enhance the teachers' content and pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) related to the big ideas or unifying principles and theories as outlined in the NYSED Intermediate Level Science Core Curriculum Guide. BISI will also model research-informed, best practice instructional strategies including Hands-On Explorations and discrepant event demonstrations that can be used by the teacher-participants with their own students.

BOCES will help recruit teachers and provide a project evaluator. The two parallel track instructional teams consist of highly qualified professors from Binghamton University, Broome Community College and local "master teachers"/leaders of the local and statewide Science Teachers Association of New York State.




Broome County Syringe Exchange Program (BCSEP) — $5,000

Community Partner: Southern Tier AIDS Program Inc.

University Partner: Binghamton University's Public Administration Program.

The goal is to implement a syringe exchange program in Broome County utilizing a community-based collaboration. Collaboration to be developed with community service organizations, human services organizations, Binghamton University faculty and students, local politicians, law enforcement officials, faith community representatives and concerned citizens.

Catalysts for Intellectual Capital Leadership Initiative — $5,000

Community Partner: Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition

University Partner: Binghamton University's Graduate School of Education.

Goal is to help bridge the gap between Binghamton University and the surrounding community, educate students about opportunities in the Greater Binghamton area, provide a forum for discussion about economic progress, enhance integrated university/community investment in human capital development and develop ways to expand career opportunities to retain students in Binghamton.


Ecological Investigations at the BU Nature Preserve — $6,200

Community Partner: Binghamton City School District

University Partner: Environmental Studies Program

The purpose of this grant is to provide opportunities for hands-on experiences at the campus nature preserve for seventh-grade students in the Binghamton City School District. Many of these young men and women are urban students who have had limited to no experience in nature. It will also target Binghamton University Environmental Studies students (two student interns and nature preserve guides) who will also gain experience working in environmental education.

The Story Garden at Discovery Center of the Southern Tier — $3,800

Community Partner: Junior League of Binghamton

University Partner: Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

The purpose of this grant is to develop a literary based children's interactive garden that will be located on the grounds of the Discovery Center. The Story Garden will reflect themes of exemplary children's stories through 12 vignettes. The garden will serve the community of children, families and students as a site to promote literacy in our community. It will be an ideal location for elementary school field trips related to literature and science. It will also offer an off campus site for University students to pursue field experience including research, observations and interactive opportunities with young children.


Geography of Technology: An oral history of industry in the Southern Tier 1930-1980 — $5,625

Community Partner: Center for Technology & Innovation Inc. 

University Partners: Binghamton University anthropology and history departments, Watson School 

The Center for Technology & Innovation Inc. and Binghamton University anthropology and history departments will create a digital archive on The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier. The Watson School will partner with a local sculptor to create an original interactive sculpture for the "Southern Tier Technology" by conducting oral history interviews with local high-tech retirees. This oral technology timeline will place local manufacturing and technological advances in the context of national innovations and industrial trends. The recordings are to be housed at the University and local historical societies.

Brother-To-Brother Mentorship Program — $5,625

Community Partner: Binghamton City School District  

University Partner: Division of Human Development at Binghamton University

Develop a mentoring program for racially and ethnically diverse ninth-grade male students from Binghamton High School who are at risk of attrition. Binghamton University student mentors will work with the high school students in a series forums, designed to increase retention rates by promoting attendance, improving academic performance and develop a cultural awareness of this target population. A quantitative and qualitative assessment will be conducted to assess the efficacy of the mentorship and will look at variables such as self-esteem, life satisfaction, adjustment to school, sense of belonging, stressors, social support and ethnic identity.


Don’t Pass Me By: Creating an interactive outdoor sculpture for the Discovery Center — $25,000

Community Partner: The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier, Binghamton

University Partner: Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, Binghamton University

The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier and the Watson School of Engineering will partner with a local sculptor to create an original interactive sculpture for the entrance to the Discovery Center. The sculpture will be an introduction to the "please touch me" experiences that exist throughout the museum. Engineering students will design and conduct analyses of the structure to insure that the support of the sculpture is capable of sustaining weight loads, environment and use; and an art student will work with the sculptor to learn the techniques and reflect on the connection between artist and engineer roles.


Equity in Children’s Access to Healthcare: Utilizing Telehealth Technology — $17,000

Community Partner: United Health Services

University Partner: Institute for Child Development, Binghamton University

The telehealth project is a collaborative effort between United Health Services (UHS) and the Institute for Child Development, Binghamton University (ICD), to develop and implement video teleconferencing technology in an innovative way to provide equitable access to expert healthcare to children in the Southern Tier.

Healing Our City Through Expressive Arts — $ 8,000

Community Partner: Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier Inc., Binghamton

University Partner: Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Binghamton University

A collaborative effort of SEHD and the Art Department faculty and students along with human service agencies of downtown Binghamton to provide access to expressive arts healing process for residents with special needs and weekend healing programs for the population at large.


Communication Technology Assessment Center — $11,000

Community Partner: Southern Tier Independence Center (STIC), Binghamton

University Partner: Graduate School of Education and Human Development (SEHD), Binghamton University

Create a Communication Technology Assessment Center (CTAC) for people with communication disabilities. This program will augment the existing STIC loan program that offers other technology devices such as power wheelchairs and computers. CTAC will coordinate all aspects of communication assessments, assist clients to acquire communication technology, and provide experiential learning for University SEHD students in the availability, applicability, and use of these devices. Given appropriate communication devices, children and adults can actively participate in social conversation, education, and all aspects of community life.

Student Mentors for Binghamton Adolescents — $8,550

Community Partner: Family and Children’s Society, Binghamton

University Partner: Binghamton University Counseling Center

Expand a pilot program, begun in 2000 under a grant from the Rose/Ross Fund, designed to engage adolescent sexual abuse survivors in a mentoring relationship with Binghamton University students. The Mentoring Project will be a for-credit, yearlong internship for seniors or Masters level students. Student mentors will provide positive role models, acquaint adolescents with university and community resources and engender hope and encouragement for the adolescent’s future goals.

Campus - Community Mediation Project — $5,000

Community Partner: ACCORD Inc., Binghamton

University Partner: Office of University Ombudsman, Binghamton University

Train student mediators will encourage cooperative and constructive resolution of conflict within and between the University and local communities. Mediation, as a voluntary process of conflict resolution, helps parties develop mutually acceptable solutions. This program will create a mediator pool that more closely resembles Broome County’s diverse population with respect to race and ethnicity, and provide much needed assistance with youth services programs.

Vestal School Foundation Summer Enrichment Program — $1,750

Community Partner: Vestal School Foundation Inc., Vestal

University Partner: Continuing Education and Summer Programs, Binghamton University

Provide 10 scholarships for low-income students to participate in a pilot summer science enrichment program to be conducted by teams of University faculty, graduate students and Vestal science teachers. This science immersion curriculum will help students make connections between science process and science content, including laboratory and fieldwork related to real world applications. The course will be a prototype for a countywide program to be offered in future summers.


Restoration: Harry L. Johnson Fountain and Sculpture — $10,000

Community Partner: City of Binghamton, Department of Planning, Housing & Community Development, Binghamton

University Partner: Public Archeology Facility and Art/Art History Department, Binghamton University

To research, repair, and document the fountain's bronze sculpture, "Boy with Fish", designed by Charles Keck, located in Recreation Park, Binghamton. The City of Binghamton, Susquehanna Heritage Area, and the West Side Coalition will restore the reflecting pool and plumbing mechanisms.

Refugee Orientation Booklet — $10,000

Community Partner: Refugee Resettlement Office, InterReligious Council, Binghamton

University Partner: Translation Research and Instruction Program (TRIP), Binghamton University

To research and translate an orientation booklet for new refugees and secondary migrants to help them adjust to life in our community and become self-sufficient . The booklet will include information about local community and government services in Broome and surrounding counties. Two pilot booklets in Russian and Ukrainian will be produced and distributed.

Student Mentors for Binghamton Adolescents (SiMBA) — $5,000

Community Partner: Family & Children's Society of Broome County, Binghamton

University Partner: University Counseling Center

Pilot a program to train and supervise University students as mentors for adolescent victims of sexual and other abuse. The student mentors will promote positive outcomes, acting as role models for these teens at a very important time in their development.


Curriculum of Acceptance and Respect, Grades K-3 — $15,000

Community Partner: Roberson Museum & Science Center, Binghamton

University Partner: Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Binghamton University

To develop and pilot a curriculum on acceptance and respect for grades K-3 in collaboration with the Binghamton City School District that is interdisciplinary, hands-on and experiential.

PC Xchange — $10,000

Community Partner: Catholic Charities of Broome County, Binghamton

University Partner: School of Management, Binghamton University

To provide children of low-income families the opportunity to access computer technology by upgrading donated, outdated computers and training these children and their families to use the computer, Internet, and basic word processing software.