University event engages alumni and admitted students in China
From staff reports
Binghamton University held its first-ever reception in Shanghai, China for alumni and newly admitted students on May 9, at the Park Hotel. The event attracted 37 admitted students, their families and 18 alumni. Our guests came from all over China: from Beijing to the north, Guangzhou to the south and Wuhan to the west.
Representing the University were Anne McCall, dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences; John Chaffee, distinguished service professor of history and Asian and Asian American studies; Hong Zhang, also from Asian and Asian American studies, Patricia Alikakos from the ESL Program; and Amanda Grode, MPA '14. Cherry Pu and Mabel Sun from the Open House Education Foundation provided assistance in planning the reception.
McCall showed several videos depicting campus life and then told the admitted students what they might expect from their social and academic endeavors at Binghamton.
New students had an hour for networking before alumni began to arrive to facilitate connections between soon-to-be classmates. Alumni in attendance had an opportunity to meet other Binghamton graduates living in China, and to share their experiences with the Class of 2018 members.
"The reception was a success both for the students, who seemed very appreciative of this early welcome to the University, and the alumni," Chaffee says. "The latter in particular impressed us as an enthusiastic and motivated group who promise to form the core of an ongoing alumni group in Shanghai."
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