Homecoming will be an event you won't want to miss
By Steve Seepersaud
Imagine seeing your old residence hall in person and immediately flashing back to great times you had with friends. Taking a walk in the Nature Preserve can be a great way to enjoy serenity and fall colors. Few experiences are more enjoyable than catching up with old friends and sharing stories and laughs. Find comfort in seeing that some parts of campus are just as you remembered them. Marvel at all that is new.
You can do all of this, and more, at Homecoming 2015. Join us on campus Friday-Sunday, Oct. 9-11 for a variety of activities that will reconnect you with a treasured past while making new memories. Homecoming is for all Binghamton alumni, and families are most certainly welcome.
The weekend will include reunions for the Classes of 1964-66 (Mid-'60s Reunion), Alumni of Color, the Class of 1985, Class of 1990, Pipe Dream and the men's tennis team, as well as celebrations of the MPA program's 20th anniversary and 50 years of doctoral education at Binghamton.
The Homecoming Opening Reception will begin at 6 p.m. Friday in the new Alumni Center located in Old O'Connor Hall. A grand opening of this space will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday; this will be the main event of the weekend.
"This will be an epic moment, as we dedicate a permanent place on campus that stands as a proud statement of the University's esteem for its former students and that symbolizes the critical role of alumni in the current life of the University," says Heidi B. Goldstein '81, Alumni Association president. "The Alumni Center unites all 120,000 alumni of this great University and stands proudly in the center of campus, symbolizing the critical role alumni play at the University."
Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, will speak at 5 p.m. Friday, in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall. Her book electrified its readers with a compassionate and often harrowing portrait of the Islamic revolution in Iran and how it affected one university professor and her students. The book has spent more than 100 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.
TIER Talks presented by M&T Bank, is a speaker event that leverages the brilliance of Binghamton's alumni and faculty to provide new perspectives on hot topics. The session "Making Waves: Mind-Blowing Breakthroughs in Neuroscience" will present some of the latest research and techniques that protect, strengthen and take charge of the brain. Visitors will also learn how neuroscientists have developed a 100-percent accurate method of identifying individuals on the basis of their unique brain activity by entering the world of Brainprint. TIER Talks will be held at 2:15 p.m. Saturday, in Watters Theater.
"Whether it's shopping, sex, alcohol or drugs, addiction is rampant and on the rise," says panelist Steve Treistman '67, professor of neurobiology at the University of Puerto Rico. "Why is it so difficult to resist temptation? Until now, we've embraced the theory of genetic predisposition. Join me as I share with you the latest breakthroughs in the world of neuroscience. These breakthroughs could alter the landscape of the brain and ultimately quench the craving that drives addictive behavior."
At 1 p.m. Saturday, at the University Downtown Center, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries '92 (D-Brooklyn) will speak to College of Community and Public Affairs students and alumni about the value of a professional degree and lessons he learned along the way to becoming the first Binghamton graduate elected to the United States Congress. His talk is open to all.
At 3 p.m. Saturday, hundreds of alumni and students will gather in the Events Center Parking Lot for Tailgate '15, a spirit-filled party that precedes the men's soccer game against the University of Massachusetts-Lowell at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Boston-based rock/pop/electronic band Magic Man will perform on the concert stage at the tailgate party. Campus organizations wishing to have a table or to bring vehicles to Tailgate '15 must register by Thursday, Oct. 1.
And, on Sunday at 10 a.m., all runners and walkers are invited to participate in the Homecoming 5K. The course loops around the center of campus and proceeds uphill toward the Nature Preserve, giving runners and walkers marvelous views of the area's fall colors.For more information about Homecoming weekend, and to register now, visit http://homecoming.binghamton.edu. Register by Thursday, Oct. 1. If you have questions, contact the Alumni Relations office at 607-777-2424.
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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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