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Alumni Leaders Conference
The Alumni Association sponsored the inaugural Alumni Leaders Conference April 26-27. More than 200 alumni volunteers returned to campus for a set of programs intended to strengthen their relationships with the University. Hear some of our attendees talk about why they've stayed connected to Binghamton. See photos from the conference at our Shutterfly site.

 

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries '92 speaks to alumni
The first Binghamton University graduate elected to U.S. Congress was the featured speaker at the Alumni Association Special Recognition Awards Ceremony, held April 27. The ceremony was the culmination of the Alumni Leaders Conference.

 

HOMECOMING 2013 - OCT. 11-13
Make plans to return to Binghamton and enjoy a wonderful fall weekend. Homecoming is a great time to see your friends, relive treasured memories and make new ones. Visit the Homecoming website today to add your name to our attendee list, and to see who else is planning to be here.

 

The Anderson Center for the Performing Arts has released its schedule for the 2013-14 season. Among the performers set to take the stage are the Doobie Brothers, Sherrie Maricle '84, and Galumpha (featuring the talents of David Friedheim '82; Andy Horowitz '89; Vivake Khamsingsavath '09; Howard Klein '02; Will Matos '10; Greg O'Brien '86, MA '05; Emiko Okamoto '13; Erin Stanley '09; and Marlon Torres '02).

 

Binghamton University seeks a bold visionary to fulfill the role of Director of University Career Services. This key staff member will oversee a talented staff of 14 and a comprehensive program including four core service areas: counseling, career development programs, experiential education, and employer services. See the job description and apply today.

 

Binghamton University's CODESMART™ Program provides dynamic online training that enables new and current medical coding professionals to be proficient with the new ICD-10 coding system. With successful completion of this program, you will gain new knowledge and enhance your skill sets to be well prepared to pass the American Coding Quality Association certification exams. Learn more and register today.

 

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'Tonics alumni return for 25th anniversary celebration

 
By Alexa Abrams '13

A cappella has the ability to bring a group of people together through music and turn that group into a close-knit family. The weekend of April 20 was one of great celebration as the Binghamtonics - Binghamton University's oldest co-ed a cappella group - brought its alumni, friends and family together to commemorate its 25th anniversary.

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(Photo courtesy of Michelle Canals)

Alumni gathered Saturday morning with a reception before the daytime show in the Chamber Hall, followed by a dinner at Mad Moose and culminating with a Sunday morning brunch. At the dinner, all of the 'Tonics broke out into song together, belting their classic "Sweet Child of Mine." This memorable moment exemplifies the 'Tonics spirit that was felt during the celebratory weekend.

The 'Tonics are all about tradition, and many of those traditions have carried through generations of the group. Bass names, skits, chants and "tonicality," an inherent trait in all 'Tonics, instantaneously unites all members old and new. During the show, alumni took to the stage and joined the current group for alumni songs "Change in my Life" and "Joy to the World," which features the newest members as soloists and is symbolic of the new members joining with the alumni.

"Everyone is so warm and welcoming," said Shawn Weil '98. "When you have intense shared experiences — long hours of rehearsals, road trips, recording sessions — you can't help but develop strong relationships."

Founding member Alan Stein '90 attended the festivities with family in tow. "The 'Tonic alumni experience was very special," he said. "It gives me a great sense of pride to know that something that was so important to me as a student is still alive, excelling and carrying on the tradition of co-ed a cappella."

The Binghamtonics played a large role in the beginning of many friendships and relationships. Over the years, there have been 'Tonic houses, reunions and weddings. Like many alumni, Weil found himself living with 'Tonics through most of college. "My best college friend was my roommate and a 'Tonic. Now, he lives 20 minutes from me in the Boston suburbs, and I love watching our kids play together. 'Tonics did that.

"What I loved and what I miss most are the people in the group," Weil said. "That's what endures."

 

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Last Updated: 11/12/13