Summer Send-offs welcome newest members of Binghamton family
By Steve Seepersaud
In just a few weeks, the campus will be buzzing as the newest members of the Binghamton University community — the Class of 2018 — join returning students for the start of a new academic year. The Alumni Association and Dean of Students Office sponsored a number of late summer events on and off campus to help incoming freshmen feel like part of the Binghamton University community.
Summer Send-off events took place at a variety of locations within the Metro New York area, on campus at Binghamton, in Buffalo and Washington, D.C. Alumni attended each gathering – in fact, some events were hosted by alumni at their homes – and shared their experiences and perspectives with new students.
Pictured above: Alumni and new students gathered at the Long Island Ducks baseball game Aug. 3, in Central Islip.
Danielle Furey Britton '06, MA '08, co-chair of the Alumni Association's Greater Binghamton Chapter, spoke to students at the event held in the University Union on Aug. 5.
"We have nearly 15,000 graduates in the Binghamton area, and this means there are ample opportunities to network with alumni either on campus or very close by," Britton said.
President Harvey Stenger (second from right in photo) also attended the event and reinforced Britton's comments, telling the students that they will receive a world-class education at Binghamton but that education will come with some inevitable challenges. He said the students will encounter stormy weather, which drew laughter from the crowd because a boom of thunder happened during his remarks.
"The Binghamton community is here for you," Stenger said. "Don't be shy about reaching out to alumni for guidance."
MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Would you like to mentor or advise a current Binghamton student? Visit the Get Involved section of our website to find out how you can be of assistance to a student trying to fulfill his or her educational and career goals.
B-CONNECTED with other graduates! B-connected is a secure virtual community only for Binghamton University alumni. Update your personal profile, search for alumni, and submit and read Class Notes.
NEW SEASON, NEW JOB? To help you move ahead in your career, the Alumni Association offers two LinkedIn groups. Make new connections in our Professional Network group and search for jobs posted by alumni in our Job Forum group (and share postings if you have them).
SHARE YOUR EXPERTISE WITH US! The Alumni Relations office is asked to recommend alumni who are expert speakers. If you are well-versed, because of your education and professional experience, in subjects including national security, politics, technology, career networking, environmental studies or etiquette, please contact Melinda Holicky, associate director for volunteer engagement. Include your name, class year, and a brief description of your experience and expertise. Supporting material could include a c.v. or link to your website.
The Alumni Association and Uncommon Goods (founded by David Bolotsky '85) offer the opportunity to purchase banks made from mailboxes salvaged from Newing Dining Hall. This can be a great keepsake of your time as a student at Binghamton. Banks also make great gifts! Purchase a bank today.