Help recruit new students from wherever you call home
By Steve Seepersaud
At The Great Spiedini — Rick Swartwood's restaurant in Tampa — the Binghamton University flag is quite the conversation starter. And that's exactly what he wants. The Class of 1997 graduate is always happy to talk to locals, transplants and passers-through about his alma mater.
"I went to school later in life after working for years in my family's wholesale business," Swartwood said. "I got a fabulous education at Binghamton University, and was able to land a great job at Lockheed Martin in Owego, and then I transferred here to Florida. I couldn't have done this without my degree."
Stories like his could help persuade high school students to apply to and attend Binghamton University. That's the objective of the Alumni Admissions Volunteer Program, a joint venture between the Alumni Association and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Each year, hundreds of alumni assist the University's recruitment efforts. Because Binghamton is competing for top students sought after by other prestigious universities, and wants to increase efforts to attract students from both within and outside New York state, additional volunteers are critical to the success of the program. It doesn't take a lot of time to make a difference. By attending college fairs, e-mailing admitted students or hosting events, volunteers serve as friendly faces for the University in their respective regions.
Swartwood, who has retired from Lockheed Martin and focuses exclusively on his restaurant, has monthly meet-ups at his restaurant for people who share his enthusiasm for — or have curiosity about — the Southern Tier's signature food. He says the events draw crowds of more than 300, and help spread the word about all things Binghamton.
"Down here, you always hear about the big sports schools like Florida State, Florida and Miami," he said. "When I talk to people about Binghamton University, I tout it as one of the most highly ranked public schools in the country."
You can help recruit the best and brightest students to Binghamton. Learn how you can make an impact as an Alumni Admissions Volunteer.
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SHARE YOUR EXPERTISE WITH US! The Alumni Relations office is asked to recommend alumni who are expert speakers. If you are well-versed in subjects including national security, politics, technology, career networking, environmental studies or etiquette, please contact Melinda Holicky, associate director for alumni volunteer engagement. Include your name, class year and a brief biography. Supporting material could include a c.v. or link to your website.
The Alumni Association and Uncommon Goods (David Bolotsky '85, founder) offer the opportunity to purchase banks made from mailboxes salvaged from Newing Dining Hall. This can be a great gift or keepsake of your time as a student.
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