We've had a lot of great things going on in Dickinson this year. The
staff and students in the area work very hard to
create fun and upbeat opportunities for people to get involved and learn
outside of the classroom. The following programs are those that have been
honored with Programming Awards by the Office of Residential Life at
Binghamton University. It gives you a basic idea of the types of progams
that occur during the year...
Recycle or Die - presented by Kim Bruno, RA in O'Connor Hall
- using examples and fun activities, Kim taught participants how to recycle
properly. As well, she explained the ways that Broome County recycles
and the importance of recycling properly.
Hamilton Madison House Visit - organized by Lisa Mehmel, RA in
O'Connor Hall - Lisa organized a 3 day visit to campus by High School
students from the Hamilton Madison House in NYC. BU students hosted the
20 particpants, escorted them to classes, participated in panel
discussions about college, as well as just spent time with them explaining
what college life is all about. The particpants also had the chance to
talk with representatives from Financial Aid, Admissions, among other key
faculty and administrators on campus.
Soul Food - organized by Sondra Gray, RA in Champlain Hall -
Beginning with a Thanksgiving theme, Sondra put up bulletin boards helping
explain the importance of being together and exchanging the important
aspects of out lives with one another. On the night of the dinner,
residents were encouraged to prepare and share their favorite foods and
explain the significance of the foods, as well as share insight into their
College Bowl - organized by Eric Eichenholtz, Academic Vice
President for DTC - In preparation for the campus College Bowl, Eric
organized the tournament to find the best team to represent Dickinson in
the campus finals. Over 3 days, the tournament was held and a team from
Dickinson was eventually determined. Eric did a great job organizing
and publicizing the event...not to mention the Dickinson team went on the
win the campus finals and found themselves going to the Regional
Championships and placed second to Cornell University.
Haunted House - organized by Liz Wolterink and Nancy Ng,
residents of O'Connor Hall - Residents and staff in Dickinson helped
out by transforming the Recreation Lounge in O'Connor Hall into a winding
and exciting 5 minute trip through a terrifying haunted labrynth. Whether
you were running into a horrifying dinner scene or being scared by the
people who popped out at you, you were certain to have a good time.
Dontations to enter were accepted in the form of canned goods, which were
donated to the SOS Women's Shelter.
Get Naked with Negatives - presented by John Ros, RA in
Champlain Hall - John helped explain how to develop black and white
film using the current equipment available in the Dickinson Community
Darkroom. All of the participants got the chance to play with the
equipment and experiment with the basics of film development.
Caribbean Winter Celebration - organized by the DTC Social
Committee - In the dead of winter, the DTC Social Committee brought
in hot tubs and a Caribbean style party in the heart of Dickinson
Community. Reggae music, mocktails, and dancing kept everyone warm while
they awaited their chance to jump in the hot tubs. Not to mention, the
kids from South Park kept everyone warm in the T-shirts designed by
Maximum Overkill - organized by the CoRE Special Interest Housing
Module - Using the campus' Lecture Halls, the members of CoRE hooked
up Duke Nukem and Quake so that participants could play interactive games
with one another on large screens! Along with techno music in the
background and lights everywhere, players were given the chance to enjoy
10 minutes or 4 lives for only $1! It was a great time for all involved
and they look forward to doing it again in the near future.
Zen, Theater and the Art of Studying - presented by Mike
Intaglietta, RA in Champlain Hall - Mike helped participants by
teaching them some basic study techniques and stress relief skills.
Throughout the games and activities, he stressed the importance of Zen
Bhuddism and how it can help people keep themselves centered, even during
the most stressful times in their lives.
- Drunk Driving Simulation - Eleanor Oi,
Dickinson Office Intern - This simluated drunk driving accident
occurred during Alcohol Awareness Week and involved Campus Leaders, Public
Safety and Harpur's Ferry.
- Study Abroad - Heather Mackey & Josh
Weinstein, RAs in Rafuse Hall - This program provided students with
information on how to go abraod, the in's and out's, etc. Former study
abroad students were present to help answer questions.
- Sex Off - Sarah Macarin, RA in Champlain Hall &
Sarah Shields, RA in Whitney Hall - Win, Lose or Draw combined with
the battle of the sexes. The women won this time!
- Why College Students Should Invest - Melissa
Bersani, RA in Digman Hall - This program gave students the basic
knowledge on investing while they are in college and explained the
benefits of starting early! Also provided them with information about
the different types of investment opportunities out there.
- Arm It Up O'Connor - Jerold Yee, RA in O'Connor
Hall - This program gave residents the chance to blow off some
steam and prove who was the ultimate in arm wrestling! With both men's
and women's brackets, with the ultimate winners facing off, it proved
to be an exciting time for all...and the prizes weren't bad either!
Over 30 students participated and had a great time in the process.
- Tegecin - Juan Guichardo, RA in Johnson Hall
& John Ros, RA in Champlain Hall - A dance with a twist. A great
non-alcoholic event where students over 150 students danced the night
away to current hits and latin beats, while enjoying mocktails and
- Raise Your Voice, Save a Life -
Moscinski, RA in Whitney Hall & Kathy Murray, RA in Champlain Hall -
An introduction into what you can do to help people in other countries
whose human rights are being violated. Representatives and student
particpants in Amnesty International came in to talk about these
- Pen Pals - Sarah Shields, RA in Whitney Hall
- Sarah linked residents with elementary school children who started
writing each other ona regular basis. Both seemed to enjoy this
opportunity a great deal!
- Night of a Thousand Laughs - Samina Ali, RA
in Rafuse Hall - Combining the efforts of RAs from across campus,
this program was a benefit for Habitat for Humanity. Local and
regional comedians peformed for hundreds of students...a great success!
- Black History Month: The Black National Anthem -
Crystal Hardy, RA in Whitney Hall - A passive program designed
to bring attention to Black History Month and the achievements of
African Americans to our society, as well as to remind people of the
struggle of civil rights in America.
- Faculty Tea
Eichenholtz, Academic Vice President, Dickinson Town Council -
Students, staff and faculty came together to talk about the year and
enjoy some upscale refreshments. It was a great way to re-energize and
get to konw some more faculty members in a non-threatening environment.
We are also excited to mention that 2 of the above mentioned programs were
selected by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) as Model
Programs for the 1997-1998 academic year. This distinction is given to
only about 50 programs across the country. Our congratulations to Lisa
Mehmel's Hamilton-Madison House Project and CoRE's Maximum Overkill for
being honored with this recognition!!
As you can see, there are lots of programs that happen during the year and
these are just a sampling of the hundreds that are completed during the
academic year. Come out and support these programs--have some fun &
If you know of a program you want listed here, if you want more information about a program, or
if you're planning on putting one on, let us know and we'll
help you out.
To find out about previous year's programs, just click on the
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