During the entire basketball season, the Alumni Association sponsored a dice roll contest. Contestants rolled at each home game, and two winners from each game were entered into a drawing for a chance to roll for $100,000 at the final men's game of the season on Feb. 24.
Alumni Association board member Gerald Mollen '74 (pictured) picked Katie Rafferty (pictured below) at random, and she had to roll "1946" (the year the University was founded as Triple Cities College) to win the jackpot. The $100,000 figure symbolizes the 100,000th graduate of Binghamton University. She tried hard, but did not win the jackpot.
On March 15, Seth Mates '00 (above), night art director for Newsday, was a guest speaker in Mary Haupt's introductory journalism class. Mates talked about his background, which included WHRW, an internship and job at World Wrestling Entertainment, an attempt at breaking into show business and his work at Newsday. He engaged the students in a lively discussion about their writing assignments, the need to do internships and topics in today's world of journalism such as celebrity news and citizen reporters.
The Alumni Association held a Texas swing of events late this month. This included a gathering on March 20 at Thurman's Mansion in Austin, hosted by Matt Telfer '78. Alumni and their guests enjoyed conversation and Salt Lick BBQ. Two days later, alumni in the Houston area gathered at Maggiano's for A Taste of Italy, hosted by Mark Gonzalez '96, MBA '98. See photos from the Austin and Houston events at our photo site. We'll have coverage of the Dallas event in April's Alumni Connect.
Attention, metro New York alumni: look for more details on the following events to come your way via e-mail in the near future:
Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans And The "Forgotten War"
A multimedia exhibit
Friday, April 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University
41-51 E. 11th St. (7th Floor Gallery), Manhattan
The Binghamton Asian and Asian American Alumni Council is a newly-formed alumni group whose focus will be on Asian and Asian American cultures and interests. Our goals are to develop projects and programs to enhance Binghamton University's academic excellence by engaging our alumni, students, faculty and the larger community in partnerships that will strengthen the University and broaden our understanding and appreciation for Asian and Asian American traditions and heritages. If you are interested in being more involved in this initiative, please contact Yang Chen '87.
To Be Seen and Heard: The Emergence of the Asian-American Political Voice in New York
Thursday, May 5, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Levin Institute, 116 E. 55th St., Manhattan
Panel discussion to cover implications of the victories of Asian-American candidates in the 2009 New York City elections.