Legacy scholarship supports the next generation of alumni
By Steve Seepersaud
It's a common storyline in multi-generational communication: a parent wants a son or daughter to do something and meets resistance, even if that something could be very beneficial.
The following could be considered a rough paraphrase of a conversation that has taken place — or will — in many houses:
Mom or Dad: You're looking at colleges? I went to Binghamton. You should go there, too.
Son or Daughter: Sounds good...I guess...
"Throughout my childhood, I had seen pictures and heard stories, but I could never quite comprehend why this University was so special to [my parents]," said Alana Epstein, a sophomore majoring in industrial and systems engineering from Bellmore on Long Island. "When I arrived at Binghamton for my first tour, I could understand. I felt the community, the friendships and the academic success that my parents felt 30 years ago."
Alana and her parents — Jon '85 and Risa '85 — were overjoyed when Alana was accepted to Binghamton; and even more so when she decided to enroll. The Watson student has quickly made a home for herself at Binghamton, immersing herself in engineering projects while making time to write for Pipe Dream and participate in the Alpha Omega Epsilon professional sorority.
In recognition of Alana's success during her first year at Binghamton, and her enormous potential, the Alumni Association awarded her with a Legacy Scholarship for the coming academic year.
"Not only am I continuing my parents' legacy, but I'm molding my own," Alana says.
"All we want is for Alana's experience at Binghamton to be as rewarding as our experiences were," her parents said. "Binghamton was the best four years of our lives."
David Ostern, a junior from Wayne, N.J., majoring in philosophy, politics and law, and urban and regional planning, followed the path of his father Eric '86 and several relatives.
"Growing up, I constantly heard my father talking with my aunt and uncles (also alumni) about the great times they had at Binghamton and how they felt the education they got there opened up so many doors," David said.
But it took a little time for David to get there. Wanting to go off on his own, he chose a larger university in the Midwest only to find, after a year, that it wasn't the right fit. Eric suggested David give Binghamton a second look and the rest is history.
In addition to excelling in course work for two majors, David is a student ambassador for the University's transfer services office, helping students like him make a smooth transition to life at Binghamton. He's also the alumni engagement chair and Interfraternity Council chair for Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
"Every Friday, I receive a text from my Dad enclosed with a 'selfie' of him wearing green for 'Green Day Friday,'" David says. "My brother and my mom bust his chops, but they don't understand what it means to be a member of the Binghamton family. It's a unique bond that my Dad and I share."
"I am incredibly proud of David and his decision to attend Binghamton University," Eric said. "Additionally, I am pleased to say that his transition as a transfer student has been seamless. As a graduate, I look forward to coming to visit David — not only because I get to spend time with him, but because I am flooded with so many terrific memories of my time at Binghamton. I get to relive my college days all over again! My thanks go to all of the alumni who have contributed to make this possible. Support from alumni is both an investment in the University and in the leaders of tomorrow!"
Our Alumni Golf Classic is an annual fundraiser for the Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship. This year's tournament will be held Friday, July 31, at The Links at Hiawatha in Apalachin, just 20 minutes west of the Binghamton University campus. We welcome your support of this event and our scholarship fund. Round up a foursome and register today, or increase the visibility of your business by choosing a sponsorship opportunity.
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