Class of 2000 grads marvel at changes on campus
By Matthew Coleman '11
It had been 10 years since Mara Raizer '00 entered Hinman Dining Hall, and seeing the results of its recent renovation was perhaps the most surprising part of her Homecoming weekend. “We were shocked,” said Raizer
Raizer joined her friend Samantha Schwartz '00 and other classmates at the Class of 2000's Millennium VIP Brunch hosted by Jose '00 and Felicia '01 Moreira (pictured at right) at their Endicott home.
“We wanted to do something fun for young alumni,” said Jose, who runs operations for a Binghamton-area distribution company. Felicia is an athletics academic advisor at the University. “We have great memories of Binghamton and we made many friends.”
The brunch gave Class of 2000 members a chance to talk about how Binghamton University has changed since they graduated.
“It was an out-of-body experience walking around campus,” Schwartz said. “So many things were different. Back in my day, not everyone had a computer.”
The Moreiras have been most surprised by the amount of pride that students have gained for Binghamton University.
“The school spirit and tailgate is amazing,” Jose said. “It makes Binghamton feel like a big school.”
Raizer and Schwartz agreed that this was different and exciting. “You see kids wearing the merchandise,” said Raizer. “Students are so proud.”
After leaving Binghamton, Raizer earned a master's degree from Hofstra University, and works at an adult literacy program run by Queens Library. Schwartz also went to Hofstra and entered clinical psychology. She is a pre-school psychologist.
“We loved going here,” said Raizer. “At Binghamton, you could sit down and have an intellectual conversation.”