Homecoming 2014: An occasion to reminisce, give back and make new memories
By Steve Seepersaud
For Steve Riegler '92, Homecoming 2014 was an occasion to celebrate one of the most defining experiences of his time as a Binghamton University student and alumnus. He returned to campus Oct. 17-19 to attend the Pi Lambda Phi 25th anniversary celebration. Riegler was a Founding Father of the Binghamton chapter and says he's proud to see his fraternity is still going strong.
Pictured above: Michael Pastrich '09, Andrew Wasserman '09, Brian DiUbaldo '08, Eric Fine '09 and Jason Ross '09
"Coming back to campus is always something I look forward to," Riegler says. "Knowing that Pi Lambda Phi has remained one of the top social fraternities throughout the past 25 years and is now one of the oldest, continuing social fraternities on campus is a great testament to the quality of individuals that comprise our 400-plus alumni and undergraduates."
Almost 900 alumni participated in Homecoming 2014 — one of the highest attendance totals in the event's history — a weekend-long experience with many opportunities to reconnect with friends, offer advice and insights to current students, learn about the latest developments at the University and make new memories with friends and family.
Homecoming offered the traditional favorites: Tailgate '14, a men's soccer game, Black Student Union Fashion Show and Greek God, in addition to special events commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Educational Opportunity Program (pictured at right), milestone anniversaries for the classes of 1954, 1964, 2004 and 2014, and the Pep Band's 10th anniversary. The women's soccer team had a reunion to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its America East Championship. In addition, the Alumni Association launched its new speaker series TIER Talks: Talks that Inspire, Educate and Resonate.
Rob DiUbaldo '01 also attended the Pi Lam reunion, which included a Friday night dinner and a special tailgate party for the brothers on Saturday.
"Homecoming is a great opportunity to spend time with friends and reconnect with others who made my college experience an amazing one," DiUbaldo said. "Through Pi Lambda Phi's participation in Homecoming and other Binghamton alumni events, I have been able to connect with people who did not overlap my four years at the University, and whom I now call friends."
Rachel Siditsky '04, co-chair of the Alumni Association's D.C. Metro Chapter, helped plan the 10th anniversary reunion for her class, which featured a trip to alumni-owned orchard Lone Maple Farms and a special tent at Tailgate.
"It was great to be back on campus and reconnect with classmates that I haven't seen since graduation," said Siditsky (at left of photo with classmate Valerie Potopsingh). "Many of them had not been back to campus since graduation. I think reunions are important because everyone goes in their own direction, but coming back to Binghamton allows classmates to reconnect in a common location and reminisce about the great memories that were made on campus."
Joe Chieffo '89 assisted with the organizing of reunion activities for Newing College residents who graduated in 1988, 1989 or 1990. He said nearly 50 alumni attended the Newing reunion gathering held Saturday night at Dillinger's, and some members of the group played in a golf tournament while in the Binghamton area.
"For some of us, we hadn't seen each other in 25 years," said Chieffo (pictured are Scott Kobak '89, David Bryton '89, Chieffo and Joe Prinzevalli '90). "We loved the new and improved campus, from the new dorms and dining halls to the spectacular Events Center. We hope to organize a Newing reunion in New York City in the near future as this, too, will certainly draw a large crowd."
Ken Kidder '85 attended Homecoming 2014, volunteering at one of the Alumni Association's tables at Tailgate '14. Although he is on campus frequently, he says there is always something new and he never ceases to find it interesting.
"I think the University's growth has been phenomenal and it's great for this area," Kidder said. "I've lived in the area all my life and I'm really excited to be here and to help keep alumni connections going."
In his remarks at the Founders' Club Saturday luncheon, Alumni Association President Raymond G. Russolillo '80 shared why he keeps coming back to Binghamton several times a year.
"We have been growing and becoming something that I don't think any of us had ever envisioned during our time when we were in school," said Russolillo (at right of photo, making remarks at the Opening Reception). "It is wonderful to see this place growing and to see the opportunities provided for our students."
See a gallery of photos from Homecoming 2014 at the Alumni Association's Shutterfly site.
Want to experience the joy of reconnecting with friends? Plan a reunion for Homecoming 2015 (scheduled for Friday-Sunday, Oct. 9-11) or at any time of the year at any location. The Alumni Relations office can help you organize a truly unforgettable event. Learn more on our website.
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The Alumni Association and Uncommon Goods (founded by David Bolotsky '85) offer the opportunity to purchase banks made from mailboxes salvaged from Newing Dining Hall. This can be a great keepsake of your time as a student at Binghamton. Banks also make great gifts! Purchase a bank today.