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We're near the finish line, but still need your help to reach our $100 million goal by Saturday, when the Bold.Brilliant.Binghamton campaign comes to a close. To make your charitable gift, go to And don't forget to help us celebrate at the Homecoming Tailgate!

HOMECOMING 2012 - OCT. 12-14
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 today to add your name to our attendee list, and to see who else is planning to be here.


Get your foursome together and join us for the Alumni Golf Classic, which will take place on Friday, Aug. 3, at Vestal Hills Country Club in Vestal. This event is open to the public. The Alumni Golf Classic is a great opportunity to get away from the office for a day to enjoy golf, good food and more. We also offer sponsorship opportunities that will give great visibility to your business. Visit the tournament website to see details and to register now.


University Advocacy: Think Tank Membership Tops 9,000
More than 9,000 supporters are now members of the University's "Think Tank" advocacy group. This year, advocates played an important role in securing support for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's NYSUNY 2020 challenge grant program. Approval of Binghamton's proposal, which will enable Binghamton to construct a state-of-the-art Smart Energy Research and Development Facility, expand educational opportunities for 2,000 additional students, and hire 385 faculty and staff, is expected soon. Learn more.


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!


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.


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Volunteer spotlight: Career event leads to student-alumni connection

By Steve Seepersaud

Gilad Gamliel '14Gilad Gamliel '14 had never attended a networking event before Metro Career Night in January. The Alumni Association and Career Development Center sponsor the annual event in Manhattan to bring students together with alumni working in a variety of fields.

"I figured I'd go to a networking event run by the school because the alumni would want to help the students," Gamliel said.

The English major from Merrick, N.Y., met several alumni that night and enjoyed learning about different careers. After the event, he followed up with the alumni and formed a connection with Sheri Askinazi '99, global alumni program manager for the law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP.

Sheri Askinazi"Everyone I met was very nice and interested in learning more about what I do," Askinazi said. "But, Gilad stood out to me. He was extremely articulate and you could tell, in an unassuming way, that he was really bright. I gave him my business card and, of all the students I met that night, he was one of only two to contact me afterward."

Askinazi says she made it her mission to help Gamliel find a summer internship. With so many students applying for internships, this would be a challenge. That's why personal connections are so important. After making a number of phone calls and sending e-mails, Askinazi got Gamliel an interview at her former employer, Columbia Business School.

"We got lucky with Columbia," Askinazi says. "My old boss there was willing to hire him based on a phone interview."

Gamliel says the internship at Columbia is going well, and that he enjoys the administrative work, event planning and opportunities to meet other professionals in higher education.

"I'm thankful to the alumni office for hosting Metro Career Night," he says. "Sheri has been one of the most helpful and professional people I've ever met."

Alison HofferThis wasn't the first time she helped a member of the Binghamton University community. Just after she graduated, Alison Hoffer '08 reached out to Askinazi via Facebook to ask a few questions about careers and networking. They met for lunch and Askinazi helped Hoffer find a job, at which she worked while attending graduate school. Hoffer is now an individual giving officer for New York University, and was one of nearly 80 alumni who volunteered at Metro Career Night this year.

"Sheri and I were in the same sorority; Alpha Phi," Hoffer says. "Although we attended Binghamton University at different points in our lives, we shared this connection. When I asked Sheri how I could thank her for helping me, she said to help a student who reaches out like I did. Metro Career Night was my first official experience helping Binghamton students but I have passed on career opportunities to Binghamton students and have reviewed resumes as well. I look forward to being more involved at these University-organized events."

BE ENGAGED - MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Learn more about how you can make an impact as an alumni volunteer. We have a number of ways you can be involved; we are certain you will find at least one that matches your talents and interests. 


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Last Updated: 11/12/13