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 and wonderful relationships that alumni and students have with Binghamton University.


How do I participate? (SPACE IS LIMITED!)
To register or volunteer for any of these events, please send an email to Julia Lucia at If you are a student looking to register, your email must include the name of the alumnus/a hosting the event, your major, career aspirations, and phone number.




Check back to see what we'll offer in Spring 2017! 




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




May I sign up for one of these events?
Of course! Any current Binghamton University student may register for a maximum of two events each calendar year.

Who will host the events?
Binghamton University's most highly engaged alumni will be hosting you along with five to 14 other current students.

How much does it cost to attend?
There is no admission fee for students.



When can I host an event?
Events may be held year-round. A few suggested dates are: January in Metro New York and Long Island (while students are on break, we hold employer visits and Metro Career Night), during spring, summer and winter recesses, Thanksgiving weekend, and in the Binghamton area during the academic year.

I'm interested. What should I do now?
Contact Julia Lucia in the Alumni Engagement office at

What will I be responsible for?
Alumni will host the students at a venue of their choosing, providing a meal, snacks, coffee, etc.

How will students register for my event?
Alumni may host between five and 15 current students (undergraduate or graduate)

I would like to host with another graduate.  Is that okay?
That would be great! It would be wonderful if you and another Binghamton graduate wanted to host a group of students together.

May I invite a Binghamton University faculty or staff member to join?
Absolutely! Depending on your location and the date and time of the event, we strongly encourage alumni to invite a faculty or staff member with whom you have a relationship.

Last Updated: 11/29/16