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First-ever Student-Faculty Connect Month set for October


Students and faculty at Binghamton University will have the opportunity to get to know each other on a more personal level outside of the formal confines of the classroom during the campus’ first-ever Student-Faculty Connect month.

Through a series of educational, social and recreational events, organizers are hoping students and faculty will interact with one another away from the classroom environment and in a more relaxed atmosphere.

“Some of the most valuable relationships that students will have during their years at Binghamton University are those made with professors,” says Rachelle Moore, faculty master of Mountainview.

“But time and resource constraints can make it difficult for students to interact with their teachers.

“We’re hoping that Connect month will make it easier to do just that by providing venues, activities and programs to encourage more communication and interaction between the groups.”

President Lois B. DeFleur will launch the month-long series of events at 11:30 a.m. Monday, October 4, near the fountain in front of the Library Tower.

The opening festivities will include free ice cream and strawberry shortcake, music, a dunking tank and a performance by student dance group Quimbamba.

Other scheduled activities in October include discussions, trips to local landmarks and Halloween-related social events.

In addition, a series of contests will be run, including two essay writing contests: “My Favorite Faculty” and “Take a Faculty Member Out to Dinner. “

Moore says that the idea behind Connect month goes far beyond providing venues for students and faculty to interact on a social level.

“The more interaction students have with their teachers, the more likely they are to learn effectively and stay focused on achieving their educational goals,” she said.

“Encouraging personal interaction with faculty members allows students to feel more connected to the University and reduces a sense of intimidation that they may feel.

From the faculty’s perspective, they get to see a side of their students they may not have seen during class time – it becomes a real win-win situation for both.”

For more information about Connect month, or to host an event or program, contact Rachelle Moore at 777-2189 or rmoore@binghamton.edu. Also, the schedule of events for the month may be viewed at
http://inside.binghamton.edu/September-October/29sep04/facstudsked.html
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Last Updated: 10/14/08