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Celebrating alumni achievement and Harpur's 60th anniversary


By Matthew Coleman '11

The welcome reception at Homecoming 2010 was an opportunity for alumni, young and old, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Harpur College.

Anthony Kendall and Andrew Baranoski"I was having a conversation with someone who went to school here in 1960," said Anthony S. Kendall '83, MBA '85, (at left in photo with Edward Weisband Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient Andrew Baranoski) president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. "I did not know that Harpur College existed before I was born."

The reception included remarks from Kendall, Harpur College Dean Donald Nieman and Interim University President C. Peter Magrath. "Binghamton University is vibrant and lively," said Magrath. "It is a great American university and will only get stronger. This is Harpur's 60th,” he said. “I look forward to being back at the 120th anniversary.”

The opening reception included the debut of a special Harpur anniversary video, which presented a history of the college along with perspectives from alumni. When asked to describe Binghamton in one word, the popular choices were "excellence" and "opportunity." The video also had a chronological appearance of Harpur College deans, who discussed their experiences with the school.

When addressing the crowd, Nieman said that he is "constantly impressed with how remarkable our alumni are." Nieman said he often hears from returning alumni about how Binghamton University has changed, but he believes that several key elements that have stayed the same.

"There is a continued commitment to excellence," said Nieman. "One can see this in the students and also in the faculty who are passionate and recognized for excellence in their disciplines. We are still committed to the ideal of a liberal arts education."

Michelle Adams '94, vice president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, presented the association's Special Recognition and Exemplary Student awards.

Andrew Baranoski '94, MPA '08, received the Edward Weisband Distinguished Alumnus Award for Public Service or Contribution to Public Affairs for his work as American Civic Association executive director in the wake of the tragedy that took 14 lives in April 2009.     

Paul R. Turovsky '73Paul R. Turovsky '73 (right) received the Glenn G. Bartle Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is a member of the Binghamton University Foundation Board of Directors, and chair of the Bold.Brilliant.Binghamton comprehensive gifts campaign. He helped raise $1.25 million for the Jean-Pierre Mileur Faculty Development Fund, which helps Harpur College recruit and maintain top faculty.

Terry Kwan '67 received the Alumni Association Special Recognition Award for her work with the University's Office of Undergraduate Admissions, helping to recruit students from the Boston area, where she lives. Kwan, a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, also collaborates with public and private institutions to develop science programs, train teachers and design science facilities.

Scott Eckers '02 received the Alumni Admissions Volunteer Recognition Award. Eckers is a teacher on Long Island and has encouraged students in the area to consider Binghamton University.

Joy Kellman received the Distinguished Service Award. She and her husband, Joel Kellman '63, have hosted donor cultivation events at their home in California. In 1999, they established the Kellman Family Scholarship to support African-American students. 

Kristen Grennan, a senior history major, won the 2010 Exemplary Student Award, earning full tuition for one semester. Grennan has been on the Dean's List each semester she has been enrolled in Harpur College. She is a University Scholar, and president and public relations advisor for Oxfam America at Binghamton University. She studied abroad at the Sorbonne in fall 2009, completing 16 credits of French.

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Last Updated: 8/5/14