Living and Learning in Newing College
At Binghamton University, we believe that you learn so much outside of the classroom
that students live in residence halls called colleges. Newing College is one of those
places where you not only live, but you learn. Because a large part of your growth
as a college student happens outside the classroom, Professor Mark Reisinger, the
Collegiate Professor of Newing College works to bridge your home to the academic side
of campus. We like to think of Newing College as one big Learning Community. We offer
sections of several University courses just for Newing College students in addition
to dozens of programs offered each year by our Resident Assistants. Newing College
provides many opportunities to interact with faculty outside the classroom including
seminars by our Newing College Fellows on subjects that have included health, nutrition,
Tai‐Kwon‐Do and a host of other topics. Students here feel like they are part of a
small community while simultaneously enjoying everything that the larger University
has to offer.
Newing College offers the Binghamton University Scholars Program, where students who live together (in Newing College) also learn together.
Binghamton University Scholars Program
Each year, Binghamton University invites 100 outstanding incoming freshmen to join the Binghamton University Scholars Program, a selective all-University four-year honors program for students of exceptional merit. For the first year, all Scholars live in the Scholars Learning Community in Endicott Hall or Broome Hall, both of which are residence halls in Newing College.
In addition to Learning Communities, Newing has learning programs that are also offered specifically for Newing residents:
In an increasingly interconnected world, students need to understand the complex issues we now face. Global challenges in peace and security, human rights, climate change and sustainable economic development need urgent attention from individuals with a deep grasp of these issues and a cosmopolitan vision of the world. The Newing Global Engagement Program is designed to foster that kind of global citizenship. In the Global Engagement Program, selected Newing domestic and international residents will be involved in International educational activities for four semesters and receive training on cross-cultural awareness and communication, as well as global career and leadership development. Upon successful completion of the program, residents will get a certificate that is officially endorsed by the Collegiate Professor of Newing College, which can be used to strengthen their resume. To be awarded the GEP certificate, students must complete the entire 12 credit program:
GEOG 151 World Regional Geography (four credits): This is a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) course. Students meet twice per week with students in Zhenjiang, China for discussion and lecture sessions. Students also work on collaborative projects with the students in China. Taught by Collegiate Professor Mark Reisinger.
HARP 234 Hot Topics, Hot Issues, and Hot Spots (four credits): This course provides a critical examination of contemporary global/local issues. Broad topics to be addressed include: Globalization, Regional and Country Issues, Economic Issues, Issues about Violence, International Law and Organization, and the Environment. Taught by Collegiate Professor Mark Reisinger.
UNIV 492 International Mentor Training: This 2-credit seminar is designed to help you better understand and implement strategies of peer mentorship and providing support to first-year international students on BU campus. You will be assigned an international student to mentor.
Urban and Cultural Explorations in China: This is a six credit study abroad opportunity in China. The purpose of this study abroad program is to provide the students with a critical understanding of China’s urbanization, exploring how the complexity of the Chinese city both conforms to and defies conventional urban theories and experiences cities elsewhere around the world. The major theme of this study abroad program is to examine China’s urban development in the post-Maoist era. However, one cannot examine this urban development without paying attention to China’s culture and how it influences city structure. The program will be led by Professor John Chaffee and Collegiate Professor Mark Reisinger.
Capstone course TBA
Newing Leadership Program
The Leadership Program will combine a classroom experience as well as participation in, area-wide traditions and events. Accepted students will be enrolled in the Leadership class that meets in the fall and spring semesters on Tuesdays. The goal of the Program is to provide participants with leadership knowledge and opportunities within Newing, across campus, or in the Binghamton area. Must enroll in CDCI 395 (37) CRN 25642.
To apply for a spot in the Newing Leadership Program, fill out the form here. Deadline to apply is noon, August 1.
Area-Based Courses and Discussion Sections
These are area based courses open only to students living in Newing Community. ABCs (area-based courses) are introductory courses (or in most cases, discussion sections of courses) specifically designated for first-year students who reside in the community sponsoring these courses. In ABCs you go to class with the students living in the same college or community, form study groups together, and develop deep, lasting friendships based on life both in and out of the classroom.