Regional chapter spotlight

By Steve Seepersaud


TIER Travels

Happiness and forgiveness are simple concepts. Actually doing them is something else altogether. Fred Luskin '76 (far left of back row in photo above) discussed his research on forgiveness with alumni from our San Francisco Bay Area Chapter during a Feb. 1 event in Palo Alto. He's director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects and chair of the PsyD program at Sofia University. In addition, he's a senior fellow in health promotion at Stanford where he teaches the "Pursuit of Happiness" course. The event was called TIER Travels, and was an extension of our popular speaker series, TIER Talks: Talks that Inspire, Educate and Resonate, presented by M&T Bank. TIER Talks launched at Homecoming 2014, where Luskin spoke about forgiveness during a session that focused on rethinking success in today's world. At the more recent event, Luskin offered alumni a brief lecture on forgiveness, then shared a few simple practices that everyone could do on their own.

"Fred's talk reminded us of how important and how elusive happiness is in the Silicon Valley where so many are driven to succeed," said Audie Chang '73, an engaged alumnus with the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. "He connected with the audience so well. I enjoyed his stories about Binghamton and the difference in culture between New York and northern California. Many thanks to Fred for volunteering his time. What a happy guy!"

The next TIER Talks event will take place Tuesday, April 5, at the SUNY Global Center in Manhattan. Eric Schwartz '79, former White House and UN official, and Ricardo Rene Laremont, professor of political science and sociology at Binghamton, will discuss Chaos in the 21st Century? The Future of U.S. Foreign Policy. The discussion will be an eye-opener on the position of our nation within the sphere of world politics. Details will be sent to Metro New York area alumni via e-mail and postcard, and will be included in the March issue of Alumni Connect.



  • Wednesday, March 9 - New Chapter Launch (Buffalo): Florina Altshiler '02 invites you to the Alumni Association’s Buffalo Chapter launch event hosted at Russo & Toner, LLP.  We hope this event will be the starting point for harnessing the potential power of our area's alumni network. (register now)
  • Wednesday, March 9 - Queens Networking Event (Metro New York) Jonathan Bonnet '08 and Neal Roher '80 invite you to meet with other alumni who live or work in Queens at a mixer to be held at Monahan and Fitzgerald. (register now)
  • Wednesday, March 16 - Meet deans Bronstein and Meredith (D.C. Metro): Don’t miss an exciting opportunity to connect with other Binghamton University alumni who live in the Washington area and to meet Laura Bronstein, dean of our College of Community and Public Affairs, as well as Gloria Meredith, founding dean of our new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. (register now)
  • Tuesday, March 22 - Long Island Paint Night (Metro New York): Join us as one of Paint & Main’s talented instructors helps us discover our artistic sides! We will be painting “Twilight." (register now)


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SHARE YOUR EXPERTISE WITH US! The Alumni Relations office is asked to recommend alumni who are expert speakers. If you are well-versed in subjects including national security, politics, technology, career networking, environmental studies or etiquette, please contact Melinda Holicky, associate director for alumni volunteer engagement. Include your name, class year and a brief biography. Supporting material could include a c.v. or link to your website.


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