Former tour guide coordinator continues studies at Binghamton
Matthew Hoffman '09, a native of Vestal, chose to live on campus from his first semester, but even more, he chose to immerse himself in campus life.
As an undergraduate, he was a tour guide for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions from his second through his final semester, including serving as tour-guide student coordinator, overseeing the training and activities of 60 fellow students who represent the University to prospective students and their families.
“I was looking to get involved. I like Binghamton and, as a tour guide, I could share my favorite stories,” said Hoffman, who said one of the funnier stories he liked to tell visitors made fun of himself -- when he fell down during a bat-spinning race while participating in the Mountainview dorm wars a few years ago.
Hoffman moved to Champlain Hall in the Dickinson Community as a junior, to serve as a resident assistant. “I enjoyed helping out and solving problems,” he said. He also enjoyed developing programs for the residents on his floor. One that was particularly well attended – a program to make stress balls to help ease the pressure of mid-terms and finals.
As a bioengineering major, he became involved in research with Jacques Beaumont, associate professor of bioengineering, learning while helping in the modeling of electric impulses in the heart. The research “gave me an idea of what to pursue in the future,” said Hoffman, who is now a graduate student at Binghamton.
“Matt has many talents. Not only does he love Binghamton, he wears it on his sleeve,” said Jeff Gates, associate director of Undergraduate Admissions. “Matt is a genuine young man and for this, parents and prospective students loved to listen to him talk about the University. He was, and is, a role model for so many younger tour guides...there is a line of guides waiting to be the next Matt!”