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HOMECOMING 2013 - OCT. 11-13
Make plans to return to Binghamton and enjoy a wonderful fall weekend. Homecoming is a great time to see your friends, relive treasured memories and make new ones. Visit the Homecoming website to register now and see who else is planning to be here.

 

Looking to re-enter the workforce after a break? The iRelaunch Return to Work Conference - planned for Wednesday, Oct. 2, at New York University - may be for you. Get insider perspectives on career re-launch strategies and meet other high-caliber professionals. See more information and register by Sept. 3 for a $30 discount.

 

Take home a piece of Newing College. The Alumni Association and Uncommon Goods (founded by David Bolotsky '85) offer alumni the opportunity to purchase banks made from mailboxes salvaged from the Newing Dining Hall. A Newing bank can be a great keepsake to remind you of your time as a student at Binghamton.  Banks also make great gifts! Find out more and purchase a bank today.

 

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Are you looking for ways to save money on your dental bills this year? AlumniDent® provides affordable group dental insurance to alumni and their families, with immediate coverage for preventive, diagnostic and restorative services. AlumniDent also offers budget-friendly payment options to help keep costs low. And best of all, there is no network – so you can keep your family dentist! For online enrollment, or to learn more about this exclusive plan available through the Alumni Insurance Program, visit the AlumniDent website.

 

Class of 2008 grad reflects on Kilimanjaro experience

 
By Dan Cherico '08

Dan Cherico '08In the time since I returned from Mt. Kilimanjaro, I've reflected on the experience and all that I learned. I'd like to thank everyone who supported my climb. Because of the generosity of my sponsors, 30 kids will experience the beauty and life-changing power of the wilderness through the Big City Mountaineers program.

As Rogati, one of my Tanzanian guides would say, "Your training is only so much; the mountain decides who will get to the top." My months of physical preparation had me ready to challenge the mountain, but the fates had different plans for us.

While at our high camp at around 15,000 ft., less than three hours before the start of our push to the summit, one of my fellow climbers had a medical emergency that required her to be carried down the mountain in the middle of the night by our six guides. With too few guides and lacking emergency medical supplies, we could not safely continue in the 60+ mph winds we would have encountered had we tried to go forward.

Dan Cherico '08Although I did not reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, I was able to climb to a high point of 15,170 ft. (In this photo, I'm proudly holding the Bearcat flag at 13,000 ft.) That was a personal best for me, and higher than any point in the lower 48 states. Mountaineering has a saying that certainly applies to my trip: The summit is for the ego; the journey is for the soul.

The time I spent in Tanzania exceeded every expectation I had for the trip. The people were extremely friendly. My guides were knowledgeable. My team was full of spirit and the mountain was more beautiful than I could have imagined. This is not the end, but a continuing journey. And, one day, I will plant the Binghamton flag at the top of Kilimanjaro! Go Bearcats!

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Last Updated: 11/12/13