New Alumni Center welcomes the future graduates of our University
By Steve Seepersaud
Though the banners in front of the Alumni Center say "WELCOME ALUMNI," that sentiment isn't intended only for those who have a degree from Binghamton. The Alumni Association also wants future graduates (also known as our current students) to feel at home at the center.
Among the wide variety of campus activities for new and returning students offered just before the start of fall classes, the Alumni Relations Office held several events in its new space in Old O'Connor Hall to welcome students and parents.
During on-campus Move-in Day, the Alumni Center held an open house, offering students and parents light refreshments and a comfortable place to take a break from unpacking boxes and decorating residence hall rooms.
On Aug. 30, the day before fall semester began, nearly 400 students attended an ice cream social at the Alumni Center. The event gave students an opportunity to hang out with classmates and new friends and learn about how the Alumni Association can offer support prior to graduation day.
George Cummings '07, who frequently attends Greater Binghamton Chapter events and volunteers at on-campus events, graciously gave up a few hours on a Sunday to welcome new students at the ice cream social.
"These young folks are full of energy, and everything here is all new to them, so I enjoy seeing their faces as they enter this new chapter in life," Cummings said. "I always tell the students to get a solid working education but to love the journey at the same time."
On freshman Move-in Day, the Alumni Association continued its tradition of giving class year T-shirts to the new freshmen. (Pictured above: Samantha Thomas '16, student worker in the Alumni Relations Office, hands a T-shirt to a new student.) Earlier in the summer, members of the Class of 2019 signed their class banner during Orientation.
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