Volunteer spotlight: Alumni Association kicks off regional chapter initiative in DC area
By Steve Seepersaud
As part of our mission to increase alumni engagement with the University, the Alumni Association is supporting the establishment of regional alumni chapters. The goal is to have more volunteer-led activity in metropolitan areas with relatively large concentrations of Binghamton University alumni. Volunteers will work together with Alumni Relations staff members to create a variety of events and programs.
The Alumni Association is piloting this effort in the Washington, D.C. area. On Feb. 16, Ray Russolillo '80, Alumni Association president, met with a group of alumni at Lyon Hall in Arlington, Va., to learn how the association can best meet the needs of Binghamton graduates in the Capital Region.Christina Ritter '99 and Rachel Siditsky '04stepped forward to serve as co-leaders of the new Capital Region Chapter. They have been involved for several years in planning alumni events in the Washington area.
"I think the meeting went very well," Ritter says. "There were alumni who attended from many different stages of the University's history, and each had a unique perspective on their Binghamton experience and what makes them want to stay connected. I'm excited about what is to come!"
The group will gather again next month to discuss a future event to introduce University President Harvey Stenger to Washington-area alumni.
If you are interested in becoming involved with the chapter, or with planning regional events and programs close to where you live, contact Dan Polhamus, associate director of alumni relations.