Volunteer spotlight: Restarting our Metro New York Chapter
By Steve Seepersaud
No matter where you work and call home, Binghamton University can be active in your area. That's the goal of our regional chapters: to increase the University's reach around the country and across the globe.
The Alumni Association launched eight regional chapters in 2012, and is excited to relaunch a Metro New York Chapter this year. In fact, a brainstorming session was held in Manhattan on Jan. 25, where more than 30 alumni contributed their ideas for programs and events that will bring New York-area alumni together and help them stay connected to the University.
In particular, alumni who attended the meeting expressed a strong desire for events that would help them build their professional networks. They also wanted events that are just-plain-fun, as well as opportunities to meet notable alumni and take part in insider-like experiences.
Adam Zahn '10 said he came to the meeting because he had a great experience as a student at Binghamton University and wants to stay connected in as close a fashion as possible.
"The importance of having a chapter in the greatest city in the world is obvious. The best networking gets done with a little bit of fun. [The conversation between alumni] recognized the quantity and quality of talent in the area. Whether an alum is working behind the scenes at Spiderman on Broadway, an art studio in SoHo or in the front offices of the New York Yankees, the opportunities are endless."
Geraldine Toussaint '08 suggested that the Alumni Association capitalize on the success of Metro Career Night by having it before fall semester and in its current place during winter recess. She also said all alumni chapters should participate in a National Day of Service and launch a social media campaign via Twitter and Facebook to promote it.
"The creation of a Metro New York Alumni chapter means that alumni and students have a social environment to further strengthen alumni bonds while also fostering a sense of civic engagement and social responsibility through various activities. A focus on educational enrichment and personal development must also be emphasized," Toussaint said.
Raymond Russolillo '80, Alumni Association president, was pleased at the turnout for the brainstorming session as well as the energy level.
"Everyone was very excited about the formation of this new chapter," he said. "It was really important for us to hear what kinds of programs our alumni want. From here, we will build a framework that will enable the chapter to be self-sufficient in the future."
If you'd like to lend your time and talents to the Metro New York Chapter, contact Dan Polhamus. As chapter events are organized, they will be listed on the Alumni Events Calendar.
If you live outside the New York area, but wish to be part of an existing chapter or form a new chapter, learn more at the Alumni Association's website.