A number of resources are available to faculty and staff to help them through this unusual spring semester — all available virtually.
Academic continuity website
The academic continuity website is a wealth of resources including support, training opportunities, online content creation strategies and more.
BFirst mentoring network
BFirst is the mentoring network for first-generation faculty, staff and students at Binghamton University. Being FIRST means paving the way for others and that journey can be daunting. BFirst seeks to provide first-gen students at Binghamton with the opportunity to connect with first-gen mentors for support, information, insight and inspiration to help you thrive and succeed as you pursue your degree. If you are among the first in your family to attend and/or graduate from college in the U.S., join BFirst. Additionally, BFirst hosts virtual events to address the ongoing challenges first-gens face, while providing guidance from fellow first-gen speakers. Contact Marissa Zelman at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Binghamton University Interfaith Council (BUIC)
The Binghamton University Interfaith Council (BUIC) is composed of various religious institutions and organizations from around the greater Binghamton area that have committed themselves to serving the religious and spiritual needs of the University community. BUIC includes campus ministers/faith leaders as well as established Student Association (SA) chartered faith-based clubs. The members of BUIC pledge to respect the diversity of religious experience while maintaining the integrity of their own beliefs.
Campus Recreational Services
Campus Recreational Services has created a webpage to provide tips on how to stay active. Some physical activity is better than none, and any amount of physical activity has some health benefits. Check out the Stay Active page online.
Employee Assistance Program
The Binghamton University Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is dedicated to supporting and enhancing the total well-being of faculty and staff in an effort to create a healthier workforce resulting in resilient communities both on and off campus. During the COVID-19 pandemic, EAP is offering a weekly webinar titled "Manage the Stress of Social Distancing and Working Remotely," as well as other programs and services found on its website. Find a list of resources for healthcare, mental health, childcare and parents, free webinars on their website, and also check out Stress Managemet tip sheet online.
Healthy Campus Initiative
The Healthy Campus Initiative: B-Healthy, is offering Virtual Wellness Wednesdays, a well-being trifecta including a webinar, an at-home activity and resources connecting you to one of the many dimensions of wellness. All webinars are held from 12:30-1 p.m. Wednesdays and you only need to register once. The program for each week is promoted on B-Line and Dateline, and you can find the complete schedule, along with video demonstrations, online.
The Human Resources Office at Binghamton University can provide assistance to faculty and staff in a number of areas, inlcuding benefits, and payroll.
A labyrinth is used for walking meditation. It is a single winding path from the outer edge in a circuitous way to the center. Labyrinths are used world-wide as a way to quiet the mind, calm anxieties, recover balance in life, enhance creativity and encourage meditation, insight, self-reflection and stress reduction. The practice of labyrinth walking integrates the body with the mind and spirit. (Not available virtually, but located between Old Digman and Old Champlain halls in the Dickinson Community.)
Are you feeling anxious or distressed? Perhaps you just need someone to talk to? Call the Ombudsman.
Appointments are available between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the academic year and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the intersessions. Appointments are available by telephone and/or skype appointments only. Appointments can be scheduled outside of the above hours with advance notice.
Call Shanté Riley at 607-777-2388 to schedule an appointment. If there is no answer, leave a voicemail with your name and phone number. If the telephone is not an option, email Shanté at email@example.com but do not include details about the concern, including bcc's, cc's or forwards pertaining to the concern.
To learn more about the office, visit the University Ombudsman's website.