REGIONAL CHAPTER CONNECTIONS
By Steve Seepersaud
On Jan. 23, the Metro New York Chapter held its first-ever event on Long Island. Nearly 100 alumni came to a reception at the Huntington Yacht Club. The views of the harbor - even in the winter time - were amazing. Alumni in attendance heard the latest about campus happenings from President Harvey Stenger, and the chapter's leadership announced a renewed effort to offer more events and programs for Binghamton graduates on Long Island. See more photos from this event at the Alumni Association's Shutterfly site. Pictured above are Brooke Nepo '10, Rob Miegl '11, MS '13, and Beth Osborne '10, MA '11.
Just before the new year began, members of the Raleigh Chapter got together to see one of the most talked-about exhibitions in their region. They attended "Porsche By Design," on Dec. 28 at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. This was the museum's first design exhibit, featuring 22 automobiles, including cars owned by Ralph Lauren, Steve McQueen and Janis Joplin. Those in attendance also enjoyed lunch at the Porsche Biergarten, featuring German-inspired cuisine and North Carolina craft beers.
Pictured above: (front row) Mark Kolber '73, Joan Weingart Plotnick '84 and Fred Bangert '66, (back row) Janet Doolin (wife of Mark Kolber), Steve Pruskin '78 and chapter leader Edgar Levy '85.
Earlier in December, the Binghamton men's basketball team took on a big-name opponent; our Syracuse Chapter and Metro New York Chapter saw this as a great opportunity to bring alumni together.
Nearly 30 alumni and friends joined President Harvey Stenger at a reception held just before Binghamton took on Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. Although the Bearcats lost 93-65, chapter leader Gregory Ronneburger '97, MBA '99 said the alumni enjoyed the rare chance to stay close to home and see the Bearcats play.
About 30 people attended the Metro New York Chapter's game-watch party at the Guilty Goose in Manhattan. Pictured are Taylor Watts '09, general manager of the Guilty Goose, and bartender Eddie Lekic.
"It was wonderful to be able to host Binghamton alumni at the Guilty Goose," Watts said. "It is increasingly more evident at each alumni event I attend that the camaraderie and bond between those of use who shared in the Binghamton experience is not limited to a small circle of graduates. Seeing the different generations connecting and sharing their experiences from Binghamton and from their post-grad lives in my business fortified my belief that Binghamton is a bond not easily broken."
"It is rare that we have the ability to watch the men's basketball team on TV in our area," says Dan Cherico '08, co-chair of the Metro New York Chapter. "It was great to be able to get together with fellow alumni to cheer on our Bearcats. There are various places in the city where Syracuse alumni get to watch the Orange. For that one night, we had our own "alumni bar," and we had some alums come in because they saw the banner in the window as they were walking by. Regardless of the final score, it was a win for the chapter and the Guilty Goose."
Just before the holiday season began, the D.C. Metro Chapter hosted a Happy Hour at Lyon Hall in Arlington, Va. Cocktails and conversation took place at this alumni-owned establishment which has hosted a number of Binghamton events over the years.
"It's always great to see Binghamton alumni from different decades come together," says Christina Ritter '99, co-leader of the D.C. Metro Chapter. "We had many familiar faces that continually show up at our events, plus a few alumni who just learned about our chapter and joined us for the first time."
Pictured above are: Colin Aylesworth '11, Alex Klatsky '10, Tony Taluba '79, '81, Bradford Shaw '82, Christina Ritter '99 and Rachel Siditsky '04. Photo taken by Naomi Ulrich '11.
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