Volunteer spotlight: Helping new students feel at home at Binghamton
By Steve Seepersaud
Although it has been 11 years since Rose Barre '06, MA '08 was a freshman, she clearly remembers what it was like to be a newcomer on the Binghamton University campus. She shared some reflections on that special time in her life with members of the Class of 2017 during Convocation, held on Move-in Day in August.
Barre, the keynote speaker at Convocation, is senior specialist of premium sales and service for the New York Yankees. Since she graduated, she has remained involved with the University through student-alumni career development events. She encouraged freshmen to make the most of their time as students because it will be over before they know it.
"I envy where you are now, the newness, the little bit of intimidation, the challenges you'll be faced with," Barre said. "Let curiosity guide your choices."
About a dozen alumni volunteers were present at Convocation to wish the new students well and give them a Class of 2017 Bearcat for Life T-shirt. For the third straight year, the Alumni Association has provided this keepsake to the newest members of the Binghamton University family.
"As an alumnus, I personally find it rewarding to be involved with Binghamton University activities," said Ken Kidder '85. "The basis of my career started with the fine education I received from Binghamton, and I enjoy the opportunity to give a little something back as a volunteer. I also enjoy interacting with the new students with bright futures ahead, and I feel that alumni can provide a sense of encouragement. I also view the interaction with current students as a form of succession planning for the Alumni Association."
(Volunteers pictured from left to right: Nicole Freije '14; Nancy Boyd-Goff, MBA '80; Danielle Furey Britton '06, MAT '08; Hadassah Head '07, MS '12; Marcia Steinbrecher '90; Gerald Mollen '74; Anne Reichert, MBA '04; Ken Kidder '85, Alan Hertel '72; Valentina Codrington '12; Leah Truncale '02, MA '04; Judi Hess '97 and Craig Broccoli '10, MBA '11.)
The Alumni Association also encouraged students to sign the Class of 2017 banner, which will be displayed in four years at their Commencement. This relatively new campus tradition – introduced at the same time as the freshman T-shirts – is also intended to help build a sense of school spirit and class identity among new students.
BE ENGAGED - MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Learn more about how you can make an impact as an alumni volunteer. We have a number of ways you can be involved; we are certain you will find at least one that matches your talents and interests.