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Are you looking for ways to save money on your dental bills this year? AlumniDent® provides affordable group dental insurance to alumni and their families with immediate coverage for preventive, diagnostic and restorative services. AlumniDent also offers budget‐friendly payment options to help keep costs low. And best of all, there is no network – so you can keep your family dentist! For online enrollment, or to learn more about this exclusive plan available through the Alumni Insurance Program, visit the AlumniDent website.


The National Science Foundation-funded SUNY Louis Stokes Alliance Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) program at Binghamton University began on August 29. The program is looking to fill 7 spots for Spring 2012. See more information


Eisch Organometallic Symposium: Oct. 28 - 29
The Department of Chemistry is hosting a retirement celebration symposium in honor of Distinguished Professor John Eisch's career. The event, to be held in the Science 2 building on campus, will include keynote addresses from two Nobel Laureates. Alumni and friends of the department are welcome to attend.


The Alumni Association and Uncommon Goods (founded by David Bolotsky '85) offer alumni the opportunity to purchase banks made from mailboxes salvaged from the Newing Dining Hall. Find out more and purchase a bank today.


Binghamton University is on iTunes! If you're on campus, you can access the iTunes site using your PODS ID and password. If you are off campus, you can access our video and audio files through Apple's iTunes store. Search for "Binghamton University" and you'll find academic lectures, videos from Alumni Association events, and more!




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Worst flooding ever for Binghamton area

By Steve Seepersaud

A devastating flood hit the Binghamton area for the second time in just five years. Heavy rains totaling more than seven inches inundated the region on Wednesday, Sept. 7, causing the worst flooding ever seen in the area.

Just as in 2006, Binghamton University took in local residents who were forced to leave their homes. The shelter at the Events Center quickly reached capacity by Thursday evening, housing more than 1,700 evacuees. The West Gym, housing more than 100 people with serious medical issues, also reached capacity. Hundreds of students and staff members continue to lend a helping hand, providing evacuees with food and basic supplies. Sodexo Campus Services has provided food for evacuees throughout the sheltering. (See a photo slideshow of the campus community's outpouring of support.)

The University canceled classes Wednesday evening, all day Thursday and Friday, and through the weekend. While the main campus was in fairly good shape after the rainstorm, the University Downtown Center sustained serious flood damage, so classes have been reassigned to the Vestal Parkway campus until further notice. Classes at the main campus resumed Monday, Sept. 12.

Alumni expressed their concern for Binghamton-area residents, and told how they had been affected, through the Alumni Association's Facebook and Twitter pages.

"I'm doing okay. Neighborhoods around me are flooded but my house is safe so far! Prayers to everyone else!" tweeted Nicole L. Nazak '11 the day after the storm.

"We were evacuated out of Johnson City because the reservoir/dam could be compromised. So far, so good, though!" tweeted Jackie McKenna '06.

"As relieved as I am that the University was largely spared from this latest flooding disaster (and especially that it could help as an evacuation shelter), I am beside myself thinking about the damage done to the surrounding community," Alumni Association President Raymond G. Russolillo '80 posted on Facebook. "I encourage all alumni to think of the Binghamton area and consider a donation to the Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross or any other local Broome County charity that will be assisting in the clean up and rebuilding of the community."

Binghamton University President C. Peter Magrath commended everyone involved in the efforts and asked for patience as the campus continues to meet the community's needs.

"As the flood waters begin to recede, we are left once again with the devastating aftermath and the opportunity to reflect upon how Binghamton University and the Southern Tier have become partners, in both good times and bad," Magrath says. "I extend my gratitude and admiration to those folks — you know who you are — who have contributed to this colossal endeavor in ways for which I cannot compensate. It is at these moments that I am both humbled and proud to serve as president here. And I am proud of the individuals — from both campus and community — who work tirelessly to support the needs of the Southern Tier."

If you would like to help the Binghamton flood relief effort, the United Way of Broome County welcomes your support at the organization's website.

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Last Updated: 11/12/13