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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.


Binghamton University is on iTunes! If you're on campus, you can access the iTunes site using your PODS ID and password. If you are off campus, you can access our video and audio files through Apple's iTunes store. Search for "Binghamton University" and you'll find academic lectures, videos from Alumni Association events and more!


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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.


Terry Bienstock '75 has made a career of pioneerism

By Steve Seepersaud

Terry Bienstock '75Terry Bienstock '75 says he hardly sleeps, which drives his wife berserk. There just isn't enough time because he's working on several ventures at once.

Bienstock thrives on breaking new ground. He started as a trial lawyer, litigating test cases in his specialty — First Amendment, media and communications law. Later, as an entrepreneur, he simultaneously founded Mobilactive Media, a mobile marketing firm, and World Extend, which offers cloud computing desktop solutions and application publishing.

In between, he was the top cable lawyer in the United States, serving as executive vice president and general counsel for law and government affairs for Comcast Cable. He negotiated a strategic deal with TiVo, creating a new premium DVR service and advertising platform for the cable industry, patented products deployed by Comcast, started Emmy-winning government programming and grew Comcast's video-on-demand and digital phone services.

The early years of video on demand were not easy, he says, recalling negotiations with HBO for free access to its then-upcoming Rome miniseries.

"[HBO] acted like we were stealing from them. The attitude was, 'you want to put our product out there for free?' I suggested they offer something different, like a director's cut or a 'making of' the series. Do it as a goodwill gesture because it promotes the series. It ultimately worked, but it was not an easy road."

In addition to his primary business, World Extend, he's working with director/producer David Zucker on two movies updating Zucker's Naked Gun and Kentucky Fried Movie series. Bienstock says the scripts are written, and production will begin as soon as the financing is ironed out.

"These movies are going to be very funny, as you'd expect from the comedy legend who brought us Airplane! I'd find them funnier if I was still in college, because that's the age group we're targeting."

But his life is not all business. A longtime lover of astronomy, Bienstock joined community members to found the Montauk Observatory, an educational foundation. The group is installing the first research-grade telescope in the Hamptons, where Bienstock owns a home.

"You never know where life will take you. When I was in law school, I chose a tax course instead of communications law. At the time, you only had one or two lawyers in any city practicing media law. So the odds of needing the course were remote at best. Of course, my whole career ended up focusing on media law. Sometimes it's better to just follow your heart. If you do what you love, you'll be good at it."


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Last Updated: 11/12/13