President invites alumni to 'grow with us'
By Steve Seepersaud
During his first appearance before a large group of Binghamton alumni, President Harvey Stenger shared that a graduate had e-mailed him to suggest the University change its name. The reason behind the unusual request: Microsoft Word doesn't recognize "Binghamton."
In his message to more than 200 alumni at a March 1 event at Guastavino's in Manhattan, Stenger encouraged alumni to serve as points of light for Binghamton, getting the University's name in front of more people.
"I know who I am, and I know who you are," Stenger said. "And, by the time I'm done with this job, a lot more people are going to know who you are, because I'm going to work hard to make that happen."
Part of that work will be applying for an NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant that will enable the University to build a new smart energy facility at the Innovative Technologies Complex, increase enrollment and hire faculty and staff. In the next five years, Stenger wants to enroll 2,000 more students and place an increasingly higher priority on preparing them for great careers and lives. Since arriving on campus in January, he has made a concerted effort to meet with students and said they have great ideas on how to make Binghamton better.
"Those students are going to be the future alumni and listening to them now is going to be important to their engagement for the rest of their lives," Stenger said.
Also at the March 1 event, Paul Turovsky '73 announced for the first time to alumni that Bold.Brilliant.Binghamton – The Campaign for Binghamton University had exceeded the $95 million goal and is trying to reach $100 million by the close of the campaign on June 30.
"I've had the opportunity to watch our contributions grow, to see our endowment grow and to witness the growth of the impact that private support has on this campus. This is an exciting time for the University," said Turovsky, chair of the campaign and the Binghamton University Foundation board.
Raymond G. Russolillo '80, Alumni Association president, said as the University grows, the association will focus on increasing the number of alumni who become and remain involved with the University as volunteers.
"Each one of us has something special to offer," Russolillo said. "We all had different experiences as students, but I'm confident that we are what we are today because of what Binghamton encouraged us to become. It's our time to give back in meaningful ways."
See photos from the presidential event on our KodakGallery site.