Alumni couples reflect on how they met at Binghamton
By Miranda Langrehr '14
According to the State University of New York, there have been nearly 40,000 marriages between students who met on a SUNY campus since 1948. More than 10 percent of those matches — 4,774 in fact — were made at Binghamton University.
One of those matches is Amy and Adam Noble, who met in 1984, at the Glenn G. Bartle Library.
"I seem to remember it better than [Amy does]," said Adam.
Adam approached a friend of Amy's to say "hi," and the two were introduced. Shortly afterward, Adam invited Amy to his house off-campus to have dinner.
"I thought he asked me as a friend. I don't know why I was so naïve," Amy said with a laugh.
Adam picked her up from Delaware Hall and made chicken cordon bleu.
"It was the first meal I ever made, actually," said Adam.
Adam and Amy have fond memories of going to the campus pub, playing intramural football, attending Newing Navy and taking trips to Greek Peak with the Ski Club.
Adam earned his bachelor's degree in political science in 1987, while Amy earned her bachelor of science in management the following year.
They dated for three years after college while they worked full time and attended graduate school. Adam received his master's degree in managerial systems analysis and Amy got her MBA.
They've been married for 24 years and live in Whippany, N.J., with two daughters. Adam and Amy and their 16-year old daughter came to tour Binghamton last fall.
"Newing's a little bit nicer than what we remember," said Adam.
Lori and Rob Pitkofsky met on Valentine's Day in 1995. Rob stopped by Lori's residence hall to ask her roommate Lauren about running for an SA position, but Lauren was on a date with her boyfriend.
"You know how your mom always says Prince Charming won't come knock on your door, but that you have to go look for him? Well, mine did," said Lori.
He came in, and they talked until three in the morning.
Lori lived directly above Rob in O'Connor Hall. As they began their courtship, she would bang on the floor — his ceiling — to say "hello."
Rob founded the College Democrats, led campus tours and was a member of Hillel. Lori said the people she met are what made her Binghamton experience special.
"For me, it was about the friendships. We still keep in touch to this day. We all had kids at the same time," she said.
Lori earned a bachelor of science in biology in 1997, and Rob earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 1998.
In August of 1999, Rob proposed. In coordination with his friends and family, he planned to propose to Lori in her room at O'Connor, where they met.
They took a trip under the pretense of going to Hershey, Pa., with fellow alumni. Rob suggested they stop at Binghamton — not exactly on the way to Hershey — to visit Lori's sister, who was a freshman. He made arrangements to have the room open and ordered food, flowers and wine.
"When we got there, the room was set up with the spread, and our friends were hiding in my old room below. When she said 'yes,' we pounded on the ground and they came up," said Rob.
The two were married in 2001, and live in Rockland County, N.Y., with their three children. Rob is a business attorney and Lori teaches biology as an adjunct at Ramapo College of New Jersey.
Rob is an active alumnus, volunteering frequently at college fairs.
"I represent Binghamton happily," he said. "It's a special place."
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