Binghamton Bites:

Alumni and Students Connect


“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.” – Cesar Chavez


This week of programming  puts a fresh spin on the former BAM! Binghamton Alumni Mentoring. Binghamton Bites: Alumni and Students Connect brings Binghamton University alumni and current students together for a meal and conversation in a fun and relaxed environment. One week out of the Fall and Spring semesters will feature events, held on campus, at local venues, or in our alumni’s homes, that create a welcoming environment for students and alumni to discuss current trending topics in the higher education community, their academic disciplines, and beyond. This program fosters a connection based on academic discipline, career field, industry, on and off campus affinities, etc. Open to all students and all alumni. 


How does it work?
Mark your calendars for March 20-27, 2017! Events will be held during this week in March as an opportunity for students and alumni to socialize, network, and understand the unique relationships that alumni and students have with Binghamton University. The Spring 2017 events will be hosted in the local Binghamton area on campus, at a local restaurant/coffee shop, etc. These events can held be over coffee/tea, breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert.  

For alumni wishing to host an event:
Please complete the Alumni Host Participation Form . After the form is submitted, you will receive additional information regarding your event and finalize details regarding your preferred date, time, meal, location, host information package, etc. Questions? Email Julia Lucia,

For students wishing to participate in one of the events: 
Please complete the Student Participation Form. After the form is submitted, you will receive additional information regarding the event you chose. Questions? Email Julia Lucia,



March 20, at 6 p.m. with Kelli Krieger MAT '02, MA '03 in the Benet Alumni Lounge (Old O'Connor Hall)
Event 1 with Kelli Krieger MAT '02, MA '03: I graduated in 2002 with a Master's degree in English and a Master's degree in Teaching Secondary English. I am now a high school English teacher and a community activist. I also travel the world. I'm headed to Iceland next month, to Ireland in June and to Tibet and Nepal in July.
March 21, at 12 p.m. with Molly Babcock MS '15 in the Hinman Starbucks
 Event 2 with Molly Babcock MS '15: I graduated with my Master's Degree in Student Affairs Administration from Binghamton University in December 2015. As a graduate student at BU, I was involved with several different offices on campus--Health Education, the Fleishman Center and School of Management Advising. I have worked within the School of Management for the past 3 years and am currently one of the Undergraduate Academic Advisors. Prior to my experience at BU, I graduated from SUNY Oneonta and the Fashion Institute of Technology with degrees in Fashion Merchandising Management.
March 25, at 2 p.m. with Derek Vladescu '10 at the Library Tower Jazzmans
Event 3 with Derek Vladescu '10: I graduated Harpur College in 2010 with a concentration in Ancient Greek and Latin. I have a passion for languages and expect, this year, to complete my MA in French literature from Binghamton. Currently I'm a language tutor on campus, and plan to do some combination of teaching, research and writing, traveling and further learning (possibly a PhD?) in the future.

March 21, at 5 p.m. with Dr. Marilyn Gaska MS '85, PhD '99 in the C-Pod Conference Room (Engineering Building)
Event 4 with Dr. Marilyn Gaska, MSAT ’85 and PhD ’99: I graduated most recently in 1999 with a Ph.D. in Systems Science and Industrial Engineering from the Watson School. My first Binghamton degree was a Masters in Advanced Technology, Computer Science in 1985. I am now a Fellow at Lockheed Martin, working in Corporate Engineering, Technology, and Operations. I have spent 30 years in assignments ranging from software, systems, technology management, and program management, as well as current responsibilities as Chief Engineer, Corporate Logistics and Sustainment. I have also been a busy mom of Binghamton and Virginia Tech grads.



Chris Harnick '09, BA Interdepartmental Programs
East Coast TV editor, E! Networks

Caitlin Sweeny '09, BA English & Rhetoric
Digital Marketing Manager, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

Melissa Eisen '15, BA English & Rhetoric
Digital Planner, MEC

Judith Brenner '90, BA Chemistry
Associate Dean of Curricular Integration and Assessment, Hofstra University (School of Medicine)

David Brenner '90, BS Biological Science
Physician, North Shore-LIJ Health System

Taris Burgess '08, BA English
Attorney, Cantor Fitzgerald

Hercules Roper '09, BA Economics
Accounts Receivable Specialist, Trustpilot

LJ Spaet '07, BA
Staff Writer, CNN

Adam Zinberg '05 BA English
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Louis Leonini '05 BA Philosophy, Politics, Law
Assistant Vice President, Citigroup

Glenn Moss '75 BA History
Owner, Moss Media

Simone Sterling '98 BA Philosophy, Politics, Law
Project Manager, Deutsche Bank



"I am so glad I took the opportunity to attend an event where I could get to know alumni on a more personal level. We talked for over two hours about memories of Binghamton and about our aspirations for the future. I got some very useful advice and I would definitely attend an event like this again without hesitation!" ~Jillian Nelson '16


Last Updated: 3/17/17