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Homecoming 2015 will again offer a tailgate party that will take place outside the Events Center before the men's soccer game on Oct. 10.
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Homecoming to feature Alumni Center grand opening
September 30, 2015Tweet
Homecoming 2015 will take place on campus from Friday through Sunday, Oct. 9-11. The annual event, sponsored by the Alumni Association, will be the largest on-campus alumni pride celebration of the year, and the entire campus community is encouraged to participate. Most events are free and open to everyone.
The Homecoming Opening Reception will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, in the new Alumni Center 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,” said 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’s 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 expertise 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.
“Whether it’s shopping, sex, alcohol or drugs, addiction is rampant and on the rise,” said 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.”
The audience 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, Oct. 10, in Watters Theater.
At 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries ’92 (D-Brooklyn) will speak at the University Downtown Center 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 University graduate elected to the U.S. Congress. His talk is open to all.
At 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 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.
And, at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, all runners and walkers are invited to participate in the Homecoming 5K. The course loops around the center of campus and proceeds toward the Nature Preserve, giving runners and walkers views of the area’s fall colors.
To see the full schedule of events and to register, visit homecoming.binghamton.edu. Questions can be directed to the Alumni Relations office at 777-2424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.