By Eric Coker
For Bobby Liu ’93, new chair of the Binghamton University Asian and Asian American Alumni Council, one of the organization’s key objectives is supporting the academic and career development of Asian and Asian American students and alumni.
One way to achieve that objective is to offer networking events, such as the one held at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU in New York City on Jan. 9.
“We believe that having these networking/mentoring events could benefit our alumni and students in an increasingly competitive job market and help strengthen existing relationships they may have with Binghamton University,” said Liu, who works as chief operating officer and general counsel for M.D. Sass Investors Services in New York City.
The networking event, hosted by Laura Chen-Schultz ’87, featured 15 alumni and 20 students. Daphne Lee, a senior biology major was pleased with the event.
“It was my first networking event and since it was specific to Asian and Asian American interest, it appealed to me greater than the larger networking events which are almost always only geared toward prospective business students,” Lee said. “In terms of importance, it was just nice to (learn) what alumni ended up doing to get a perspective.”
The council, which was established in 2010 to promote, support and recognize the achievements and interests of Asian and Asian American alumni, students, faculty and staff. The Council seeks to establish and nurture relationships with Asian and Asian American alumni to help Binghamton University maintain and enhance its commitment to academic excellence, lifelong learning and cultural diversity.
Liu said that one of the organization’s short-term goals is to find more alumni interested in serving on the Council and its subcommittees.
“The continued success of the BUAAAAC will be highly dependent on the active participation and input of our council members. We definitely would like to generate increased interest among students and alumni, and you do not have to be a member of the BUAAAAC to be involved.”
As the Council continues to expand its membership and on- and off-campus network, students such as Lee are already thinking about how they can help after graduation.
“I definitely will consider joining after graduating since I think having a network will give me more resources and individuals who can guide me in the right direction,” Lee said.
To receive more information about the Council and its activities, go to www.binghamton.edu/asian-council.
What’s Next? The Council plans to join several other New York City organizations to co-sponsor an event in May celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage month. Details will be posted on the website soon.
Last Updated: 3/27/14