The Alumni Association has sponsored a number of events this summer, where graduates have enjoyed the chance to reconnect. You'll see a round-up of these events below. If you're looking to catch up with classmates and visit campus, there's no better time to do so than Homecoming 2010, taking place on campus Friday-Sunday, Oct. 8-10. All alumni and their families are welcome. Visit the Homecoming website today to find out about the specific events taking place during the weekend, and to register. Contact your friends through B-connected and encourage them to attend. Reunions are more fun when you can plan to see people you already know.
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In the spring, about 60 Pi Lambda Phi brothers attended a gathering to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fraternity's Binghamton University charter. The event took place at Heartland Brewery's Times Square location in midtown Manhattan. Steve Riegler '92 says the party was the culmination of a year-long celebration that started in Binghamton during Homecoming 2009. Pi Lam was founded in College-in-the-Woods in fall 1988, then merged with a group in Newing College the following spring. In 1990, Pi Lam National officially chartered the Binghamton group, which now has more than 300 alumni in all professions and across the U.S. Pictured (left to right): Michael Saccio '94; Doug Kugal '92; Vin Marbury, executive council member of Pi Lam national headquarters; and Adam Frankel '92. See more photos at the Alumni Association's photo sharing site.
The Tau Alpha Upsilon Alumni Society held its 8th Annual TAU Golf Challenge at Hamlet Wind Watch Golf Club in Hauppauge, N.Y., on June 10. Many brothers arrived by mid-morning for an early bagel and lox at the home of Larry Hollander '78. About 40 TAU alumni - with some active brothers - participated in the actual golf outing, and nearly 50 alumni attended the dinner reception. Ken Munnelly '75 won the event and took home the TAU Bowl of Sportsmanship (gross score 86/net score 73). Craig Sirota '91 (gross 89/net 74) was the net runner-up, and Steve Stimell '84 rounded out the net winners with a third place finish. The low gross score of the day (84) was shot by Scott Crystal '78, with second and third place finishes by Elliot Weiss '77 and Joel Cohen '83, respectively. The Team Net trophy went to the foursome of John Walker '78, Scott Crystal '78, Elliot Weiss '77 and Dan Polhamus '00. Closest-to-the-pin winners were Craig Sirota '91 and Brett Fiden '88, with Marty Dvorkin '75 having the longest drive of the day. TAU brothers donated close to $1,500 for the Terrence "Tex" Haran Memorial TAU Scholarship Fund, bringing the principal total to more than $30,000. Look for updates soon regarding TAU's 50th Anniversary Reunion Celebration, to be held in Binghamton April 29-30, 2011.
On June 24, Dean Upinder Dhillon and Mark Deutsch '81 (at left) hosted the 12th Annual Dean's Metro New York SOM Alumni Challenge. Once again, this golf tournament was held at Scarsdale Golf Club - Westchester County's preeminent golf course - in Hartsdale, N.Y. The event welcomed all Binghamton University alumni and friends willing to play. See photos from this event at the Alumni Association's KodakGallery site.
The School of Management will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a gala dinner on Saturday, Oct. 9, as part of the University's Homecoming weekend. See more information and register today.
In late June, former Harpur College Dean David Gitlitz and Linda Davidson hosted an alumni reception at their home in Kingston, R.I. The event was part of the college's 60th anniversary celebration. Donald Blake PhD '74, interim University ombudsman at the time, also welcomed alumni to the reception, which was the first official Binghamton alumni gathering ever held in Rhode Island.
Oktay Sekercisoy, MA '00, MBA '02, the University's associate director for projects with Turkey, hosted an alumni gathering in Istanbul on July 11. More than 40 Binghamton alumni attended and shared their experiences of Binghamton and their after-graduation life in Turkey. Most of the alumni were a part of the dual-diploma program between Binghamton and four Turkish universities, completing half of their degree requirements at Binghamton and half in Turkey to receive two diplomas. More than 500 Turkish alumni live in various parts of Turkey, mostly in larger cities. In the last three years, Turkish alumni gatherings have become a summer tradition. The Turkish alumni group will also organize a major event next summer.
Binghamton University Alumni Comedy Night took place on July 16, at The Creek in Long Island City, Queens. Our graduates, including Pappy Parker alumni
from the past 18 years, got together for a reunion and free comedy show. The event included performances by current Pappy Parker Players, Pappy Parker alumni, musical comedian Jen Kwok '04 and Brandon Gardner '05, an alumnus performing professionally at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Other alumni who performed: Mike Boxer '02, Adam Mingione '03, Simon Philion '05, Andrew Yurman-Glaser '06, Tristan Haggerty '07, Ben Eisenkop '08, Matt Camussi '08, Scott Reing '09, Hesham "Mishu" Hilmy '10, Jonah Einstein '10 and Jeremy Gundel '10.
The Alumni Association held a tailgate party at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton on Aug. 5, before the B-Mets faced the Harrisburg Senators in minor league baseball action. Members of the Binghamton Crosbys sung the national anthem; see a video at the Alumni Association's Facebook page. Dan Cherico '08 (at right of photo on stadium's big screen) won a prize for successfully answering a trivia question during one of the promotional contests between innings. See photos from this event at our KodakGallery site.
About 150 golfers took part in the Alumni Golf Classic, held Aug. 6, at Traditions at the Glen in Johnson City, N.Y. The weather for this event was picture-perfect, unlike last year's soggy adventure. The Binghamton University Athletics team (Jason Siegel '90, Jeff Wolniewicz '07, Matt Congdon and Tom Hackett '08) repeated as champions of the event, posting a total score of 58 (12 under par). The event was a fundraiser for the Alumni Association's Legacy Scholarship Fund, which benefits current students who have at least one parent who graduated from Binghamton. See photos from this event at our Kodak Gallery site, and results at the tournament's website.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at King David Cemetery in Putnam Valley, N.Y., for Eugene Vasilew, 89, associate professor emeritus of English, who died June 12, in Summerville, S.C. The son of Russian immigrants, Vasilew earned his bachelor’s degree from New York University, his master’s from the State University of Iowa and his PhD from The Ohio State University. Vasilew joined the faculty at Binghamton University after teaching at Lehigh University. An active member of the American Association of University Professors and a tireless defender of human rights, he organized the first Vietnam War protest “sit-in” on campus and developed the first accredited course in Black Power and Civil Rights. Vasilew is also credited with establishing the rhetoric program, and with creating the University’s ombudsman position, which he held 1969-73. Upon his retirement in 1985, he established the Vasilew Prize in Rhetoric. He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, two daughters-in-law and two grandchildren. The media player above shows an oral history interview with Vasilew that was taped during Homecoming 2008.