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50th Anniversary for "Original Community"


Through the years, Dickinson Community has changed in some ways and remained the same in other ways.  No matter what, it's still home.  That was the feeling among Dickinson alumni who returned to campus for Homecoming so they could celebrate the 50th anniversary of Binghamton's "original community".

Dickinson alumni had a full weekend of activities during Homecoming: a rebuild of the object, open mike nite, luncheon, Maximum Overkill, hanging out in hospitality lounges, and a farewell bagel brunch.

Don Walford '67Don Walford '67 (pictured at left) led the rebuild of Dickinson's iconic object; he built the original piece in 1967, as his senior art project. 

He expected the rebuild to take all of Friday and Saturday.  However, with the help of Dickinson's engineering and liberal arts students (and heavy machinery), the project moved along very quickly. 

"I thought I'd have to do a lot of it myself," said Walford.  "These students are amazing.  They looked at the model and just got going."

Stephanie Augustin and Michael LeinoffMany of the Dickinson alumni who came back for the weekend attended the Saturday brunch, held at the Susquehanna Room in the University Union.  For Michael Leinoff '04, it was only his second time on campus since graduation.

"I came back because of the 50th anniversary," said Leinoff (at right of photo with Stephanie Augustin).  "It's kind of cool.  I wanted to see the object being rebuilt, and make connections with my old community."

Richard Siegelman and Jeff HorowitzRichard Siegelman '65 is proud of the fact that he lived in the same room for eight semesters. 

For years, he joked that was worthy of an honorary degree.  Jeff Horowitz '92, assistant director of residential life, obliged and presented Siegelman with an unofficial honorary doctorate of residential living.

"This was quite a surprise and I really appreciate it," Siegelman said (at left of photo with Horowitz).  "My parents will be thrilled to know I'm their son, the doctor."

See more photos from the Dickinson activities at the Alumni Association's photo sharing site, and on Dickinson's Shutterfly site.


Dickinson 'object'We invite you to leave a permanent legacy of your time in Dickinson, and support the community by reserving a personalized plaque that will be affixed to the rebuilt ‘object’.  (Click on the image to see a larger photo.)

For a gift of $250, a 7-inch square engraved plaque - made from weather-resistant phenolic composite - will be installed on the 'object' with your personalized message.  Each plaque can be installed with up to five lines of lettering.

You may purchase a plaque in your name, in the name of a current or past resident of Dickinson, a spouse, a former roommate, parent, faculty or staff member or friend.  A plaque is also a great way to honor or memorialize a friend or loved one or to commemorate your time as a Dickinson resident.

Gifts to Dickinson Community for this purpose will contribute to the continued excellence of our living learning community.  Reserve your plaque today.



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Last Updated: 9/26/16