President's Report Masthead
March 31, 2014

Community outreach

Athletics department honors local teacher

Kate Luke, an elementary school teacher at Benjamin Franklin School in Binghamton, has been named this year’s winner of the Dunkin’ Donuts Hometown Hero Contest. Now in its third year, the contest honors a local educator in the Binghamton area.

Luke was honored during halftime of the Binghamton men’s basketball game against Vermont on Sunday. She was awarded with Dunkin Donuts coffee for a year.

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Former wrestling teammates open local restaurant

Synopsis: They were only teammates for one year, on the Binghamton wrestling squad during the 1996-97 season. But the friendship formed back then by Dan Polhamus and Jose Moreira is now on display as the owners of locally-owned Food & Fire Restaurant.

Seventeen years ago, Dan Polhamus and Jose Moreira were teammates on the Binghamton University wrestling team. Moreira was a freshman while Polhamus was a senior transfer from SUNY Brockport. Although they were together for one year, Polhamus and Moreira would become lifelong friends. Little did that they would eventually be reunited as teammates – this time in the work place.

During the recent holiday season, Polhamus and Moreira and their business partner Jeff Tiderencel opened up Food & Fire Restaurant, which is located less than three miles from campus. Both have had accomplished careers since they graduated from the University. Opening up a new restaurant, however, has brought them back together and has taken the concept of being teammates to a whole new level.

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Video: Basketballeams volunteer time at Magic Paintbrush