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Winter Madness 2013About 300 alumni showed their Bearcat spirit at Winter Madness 2013, held Feb. 9 at the West Gym and Events Center. The Alumni Association's Greater Binghamton Chapter welcomed graduates and their guests to the indoor tailgate party. (Pictured above: Anne Kelley, MBA '04, Marcia Steinbrecher '90, Gerald Mollen '74 and Ken Kidder '85) The men's and women's basketball teams played against Boston University. See photos and a video from Winter Madness.


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.

Alumni couple finds love in unique place

By Alexa Abrams '13

Marissa Zelman '07, MAT '09 and Mark Haluska '11Fate brought together Marissa Zelman '07, MAT '09, a literature loving student from Brooklyn, and Mark Haluska '11, an auto technician from Endicott. Fate, and car troubles, that is. (Photo by Chrissy Albright)

In 2008, when Marissa was in graduate school, she was upset with a local garage for not properly adding fluids during a service appointment. A friend recommended she take her business to Precision Auto in Endicott. And, that's where she met Mark.

After spotting Mark's full name on a plaque inside the shop, Marissa friended him on Facebook. Over the next few months, their relationship flourished thanks to regular oil changes and Facebook. Before the couple ever met, Marissa and Mark had each ventured separately to the Belmar on the west side of Binghamton to show their love for the local band Driftwood. Appropriately, their first date, on Jan. 25, 2009, was to the Belmar to see Driftwood. The couple married on Oct. 14, 2012, holding the reception at the Pumpelly Estate in Owego.

"It's the perfect combination of both of us," Zelman said. "A little glorified barn and a little old mansion," Haluska added.

Marissa Zelman '07, MAT '09 and Mark Haluska '11The wedding had a true Southern Tier flavor as Tioga Gardens provided the flowers, the couple gifted jams made by a local jam maker (Karen Allen, owner of the Old Barn Hollow Locavore Food & Artisan Market) and Driftwood - the band that helped bring them together - played at their wedding. Marissa's dress was even made by a local renaissance costume maker.

For their honeymoon, they drove around the Finger Lakes with only a road atlas - no GPS or MapQuest to help them along their journey. On Valentine's Day weekend, they relived part of their honeymoon, and documented the trip using the same vintage camera that captured Mark's proposal to her two years prior to their wedding.

"We are traditional in some ways and untraditional in others," she said. "We saw each other the day of the wedding. I was the one that fixed his hair."

Marissa works as an academic counselor for Student Support Services at Binghamton University. She encouraged Mark to go back to college, and he earned a bachelor's degree in environmental studies and natural resources. He now works for Meadowlands Geothermal, a local "green" heating and cooling company that also refurbishes old buildings in Binghamton.


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Last Updated: 11/12/13