Baxter's Favorite Things About Binghamton University
Green Day Fridays
We want students, faculty and staff to show their school spirit by wearing Binghamton
green on Fridays. If I see you, you'll get a treat, but if you’re caught not wearing
green, you might get a ticket! Check out this great Binghamton Buzz video about Green Day Fridays.
The University hosts an invitational iron pour every year that attracts professional sculptors and sculpture students and faculty
from universities throughout the Northeast. These artists heat the iron beyond 2,700
degrees and pour the white-hot metal into molds to create sculptures.
It’s not just our school color that’s green! Binghamton has been recognized for its
sustainability efforts. Here, I’m catching a ride with Dean of Students April Thompson in an electric car,
one of many used across campus.
Meeting great students
Binghamton gets some of the best and brightest kids around, like the Binghamton Scholars pictured here with my pal, University President Harvey Stenger.
Nothing makes me happier than joining my friends in the BU Zoo and all the other great fans who cheer on our Binghamton Bearcats!
The Binghamton Acres farm , which was developed by one of our students (I told you they’re the best!), provided
its first harvest in 2013. Vegetables grown on the farm are used in campus dining
Co-Rec football was created in 1971 in our Hinman College residential community. Every weekend in the fall (rain or shine), you’ll find students from our residential
colleges and communities facing each other on the field. There are six players to
a team, three male and three female, and the quarterback has to be a female.
Helping students succeed
I’m really proud of students in our Educational Opportunity Program, whose graduation rates are almost twice the national average and almost identical
to the graduation rate of our student body overall. This makes our EOP the highest
performing program in the SUNY system.
BU Dance Team
My friends on the BU Dance Team do a great job promoting school spirit at games.
One of my favorite places on campus is the University’s Nature Preserve. Almost 190-acres, the Nature Preserve is home to hundreds of mammals, amphibians,
reptiles and birds. It’s the largest and best-used lab on campus!
In each of our six residential communities is a faculty master who serves as a role model, leader and advisor to students who live in that community.
Faculty masters help students connect their academic life with their life outside
the classroom. Pictured is Mark Reisinger, faculty master of Newing College and associate
professor and undergraduate program director of geography.
Did you know Binghamton University has been recognized for seven years in a row by
the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for being an institution
that reflects the values of exemplary community service? Way to go Bearcats!
Late Nite events
Our Campus Activities Office coordinates Late Nite Binghamton activities in the University Union on Friday and Saturday nights. Late Nite brings
students together to watch movies, do crafts, play games, listen to music and more.
Every spring, hundreds of yellow-spotted salamanders migrate across the University’s Connector Road to breed. Years ago, we built small,
asphalt ramps along the side of the road to help the salamanders get over the curb.
You’ll see lots of frogs using the ramps, too.
I love to visit new places! Mostly, I travel to games in the Northeast with our sports
teams, but our students go to many exciting places through Binghamton’sstudy-abroad programs.
The Welcome Crew
We have a team of staff and volunteers, the Welcome Crew, who help new and returning students move their belongings from their cars into our
residential communities each fall.
To celebrate the beginning of the new academic year, we invite students and
community members to get together in the Peace Quad for our annual University Fest. We have music, rides, food and tons of fun.
Don’t miss this 900-pound bronze sculpture of me in front of the Events Center! The Bearcats Statue is a great place to take a picture.
Alumnus, sportswriter and broadcaster, Tony Kornheiser
Did you know Tony Kornheiser, host of ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption" and former "Monday Night Football" analyst and Washington Post columnist, got his
start at Binghamton? As a student, he wrote for the University’s student newspaper,
Pipe Dream. He's in this photo (on the left) with Harvey Stenger, University president.
Just like Binghamton students, I’m not your average bearcat! I like trying new foods
in our MarketPlace food court, which has several different eateries.
Solar energy use and research
I love basking in the sun (it’s what bearcats do), but my friends on campus put the
sun to good use. In our Engineering and Science Building we use solar cells that can
provide as much as 20% of the building’s electrical needs on a sunny day. We also
have a research center dedicated to solar energy research, the Center for Autonomous Solar Power.
Our teaching greenhouse
You can walk from the desert to the tropics in less than 5 seconds on Binghamton’s
campus in the E. W. Heier Teaching Greenhouse. It has four climates — warm temperate, cool temperate, desert and tropical — and
holds 6,000 exotic plants.
Did you know Baxter the Bearcat was crowned champion of SUNY Mascot Madness in 2014