As you can imagine, things will look a little different as we reconfigure our normal spaces and revise our procedures and activities to create the safest possible environment for our community this fall. Below is a list of our typical traditions. These may change format but we will continue to plan traditions that help our residents connect while maintaining guidelines.
Mountainview College may be Binghamton's newest community, but in just a few short years traditions as strong as any on campus have taken hold.
Fall in Love with Mountainview
A fall-themed gathering for students, parents, and families with a range of activities from pie-your-RA, to crafting with our MSW Interns, to socializing with our Collegiate Professor Dana, and pumpkin painting! Come meet the whole staff of Mountainview College and join us for warm drinks and loads of snacks, featuring warm apple cider, donuts, and candy apples!
Mountainview kicks off every year with a weekend of sporting and spirit competition between the four buildings on top of the hill to find out which one has what it takes to be top of the Mountain.
Yoga with the President
A new, annual, springtime tradition in which resident assistants hold a yoga session in Appalachian Collegiate Center, and invite Binghamton University President, Harvey Stenger, to attend. Since the event's inception, Yoga with the President has expanded by inviting other high-level university administrators and officials. This event provides students with the opportunity to meet and have some face time with the people that they do not often converse with or see on a daily basis.
As spring breaks across Binghamton, thousands of yellow spotted salamanders emerge from the woods in Binghamton's nature preserve beside Mountainview and cross the connector road for the pond below. It's also the time that Mountainview residents emerge from their halls, shake off winter's doldrums and compete in a week-long series of events to see who's the most spirited.
Music in Mountainview
Mountainview Jams are a biweekly open mic/open jam featuring a full band setup (drums, electric guitar and amp, bass and amp, mics, lights, and full sound provided), hosted by Mountainview Collegiate Professor Dana Stewart and her band Voodoo Highway. Students, faculty, and staff perform solo, with a group of friends, or the "Mountainview Jammers" (whoever is there and wants to join in). All levels and all styles of music are welcome. Other musical events in Mountainview include drum circles, special concerts, music clinics and rock and roll movie nights. Mountainview is also home to a UNIV 101 course for first-year students, "Festivals, Fans, and Jam Bands." The final project for the class is a student-run music festival.
Italian movie nights (featuring a mix of new and classic films) and Italian cooking nights (where students prepare — and eat! — traditional dishes from various regions of Italy) are regular happenings in Mountainview, hosted by faculty members from the Italian program.