Reliving memories and making new ones at Homecoming
By Steve Seepersaud
As a new alumna and current graduate student, Stephanie Gomez '12 didn't have to travel a long way to get to Homecoming, or wait a long time to see classmates. However, the experience was still meaningful.
"It was nice to see my friends because I haven't seen them since they started working before the summer," said Gomez, pictured at the Bearcats of the Last Decade (BOLD) Young Alumni Mixer with Tom Carr '12, Greg Asmus '12 and Rob Bein '12.
She was one of the nearly 1,000 alumni and guests who returned to campus Oct. 12-14 for Homecoming. The weekend was an opportunity for graduates to relive treasured memories and make new ones with their families and friends.
Homecoming 2012 included a wide variety of events, such as the Oktoberfest opening mixer, College-in-the-Woods 40th anniversary celebration, Tailgate '12, men's soccer game against the University of Vermont, Bearcats of the Last Decade Young Alumni Mixer and Faust 5K Run/Walk.
Mary Beth Curtin '82, MAT '86, MA '87 spoke to fellow alumni at a special happy hour for Binghamton graduates who work on campus.
"The Alumni Association is here to keep all 110,000-plus alumni connected to campus and each other. But we have a special connection to campus because we are here every day," said Curtin, an Alumni Association board member and associate director of Binghamton's Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center, a New York State Center of Excellence.
The School of Management and Harpur College sponsored panel discussions and networking events where alumni shared career advice and insights with current students. Alumni and students who participated in the Liberal Arts to Careers Externship (LACE) – a job shadowing program for Harpur sophomores – also shared their experiences with students.
Carl Forbes '07, an associate in the litigation department at Proskauer Rose LLP, was one of the panelists at the Alumni of Color networking event. The New York-based attorney encouraged students to start as early as possible on building their professional networks.
"We're one of the top 100 schools in the country," Forbes said. "Let Binghamton University work for you. Use its resources and use its name to help you."
To see photos from Homecoming 2012, visit the Alumni Association's site on Shutterfly.
Kathleen Rubino '13 contributed to this article.