Homecoming 2010 wrap-up
Amy J. Hyatt '78 talked to alumni and students about the role of American embassies overseas and careers in foreign service. The Harpur College alumna is Diplomat in Residence at Arizona State University. Hyatt is a career senior foreign service officer with the personal rank of Minister Counselor and has worked for the U.S. Department of State for 25 years, serving in Washington and at six embassies overseas. See a video interview, in which she discusses her career and how Binghamton University helped prepare her to succeed.
Four former Binghamton University athletes were inducted to the Athletic Hall of Fame during the 15th annual ceremony. The new members are ( left to right): soccer player Jamie Kissel (1996-99), swimmer Chris McGuire (2000-04), basketball player Sarah Cartmill (1998-2002) and golfer Adam Fuchs (1999-2003). Read more about their accomplishments.
Memories of how far Harpur College has come from its humble beginnings were the topic of discussion on Saturday afternoon at the Founders' Club Luncheon.
“So far it has been fantastic, but [the campus] is certainly different from Colonial Hall,” said Wesley Shangraw '60. “There’s no mud.”
“It’s always great to meet people who went to school with you 50 years ago,” said Jerry McLain '59, a former alumni office director and associate director of admissions at Binghamton. “I always love seeing how many grandchildren and great-grandchildren everyone has.”
Alumni from the special anniversary classes of 1950, 1960 and 1970, as well as the classes of 1948-1962, dined together in the Susquehanna Room, trading stories of carrying chairs from building to building, plywood walls and the remarkable spirit that lives in every Harpur graduate.
That spirit was the subject of Alex Huppé’s '69 (left) remarks during the event. Huppé, the son of founding faculty member and Distinguished Professor Bernard Huppé, shared his experiences (listen to Huppé's speech and rendition of the alma mater) as a member of the Binghamton University Foundation Board of Directors, former Alumni Association board member, and most importantly, Harpur College graduate.
Dean Donald G. Nieman closed by noting Harpur’s progress since its founding on Oct. 6, 1950. Today, there are nearly 9,000 Harpur students, but one thing remains the same: the belief in the power and importance of a liberal arts education.
On Saturday afternoon, Dickinson Community alumni, faculty, students and friends adorned “The Object” -- a large sculpture known throughout campus as a symbol of the community -- with commemorative plaques.
“I like architecture and was doing a senior class project. My advisor told me to just do it,” said Don Walford '67 (above, right), who created The Object out of railroad ties. “I seized on the idea and made it happen.”
Originally titled “Construction No. 3,” The Object stood as a symbol of the Dickinson community for more than 40 years. At last year’s Homecoming, Walford rebuilt the sculpture using eco-friendly materials, but this time around, Walford’s creation was not completely his own. “[The students] really built most of it,” he said.
“As soon as I heard about the opportunity, I knew I immediately wanted to do it,” said Johanna Sanders '13, one of 17 students who participated in the rebuilding of the structure. “I love The Object. It stands for Dickinson: the object of our affection.”
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Also, we are offering alumni the opportunity to purchase banks made from mailboxes salvaged from Newing College during the East Campus redevelopment project. Order a bank today. It can be a great keepsake to remind you of your days as a student at Binghamton.
On Saturday afternoon, the Alumni Association, Multicultural Resource Center and the Educational Opportunity Program sponsored “Strategies for Success in a Tough Economy,” an Alumni of Color mentoring and networking session. The event at Old Union Hall featured a panel discussion with several alumni. Jacinta James '10, who works in risk advisory services for Ernst & Young, was the moderator for the session which was intended to provide undergraduate students with advice on handling the current job market and economy.
“Be flexible. Any experience stands out. Consider everything,” said Carl Forbes '07, an attorney for the New York State Law Department.
Shameeka Mattis '03, manager of client services for the Vera Institute of Justice/Common Justice, agreed. “In a recession, you have to be a jack of all trades,” she said.
The panel also included Arlene Barnard '90, controller for Pathways to Housing in New York; Shornda Cadore '01, supply chain manager in Hartford, Conn.; Wales Cruz '08, equity analyst for Bloomberg; and Monique Hacker '00, associate actuary with New York Life Insurance Company in Tampa, Fla. Barnard and Hacker are members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
The unique dance company Galumpha performed at the Watters Theater on Saturday afternoon. Galumpha features Andy Horowitz '89, Marlon Torres '02 and Kate Vollrath with Howard Klein ’02, stage manager. Galumpha performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington earlier this year as part of Harpur College's 60th anniversary celebration. Combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography, Galumpha brings to life a world of imagination, beauty, muscle and merriment by transforming three human bodies into floating, flying and gravity-defying art.
The biggest Homecoming event of all took place on Saturday afternoon -- Tailgate '10. About 1,000 people -- alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents and members of the local community -- gathered outside the Events Center for a barbecue before the men's soccer game against the University of Vermont. Junior midfielder Ryan Walter scored the only goal in Binghamton's 1-0 victory before a crowd of 2,240 people at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Visit the University's YouTube site to watch a Real to Reel student video shot at Tailgate '10.
Current and future lawyers got together for a night of networking at the Law Alumni Cocktail Reception. The event, which celebrated the launch of the Harpur Law Council Mentorship Program, took place in the TAU Bearcat Clubroom in the Events Center on Saturday evening. Alumni relished in the opportunity to come back to the University that they once called home and connect with old friends and newfound acquaintances. Eddie Marion '70, a lawyer in Madison, Wisc., was back in Binghamton for the first time. “I'm not sure how I found my way back,” he said smirking. Pictured above are Richard Alpern '69 (left) and Matt Schneider '05, who helped organize the event .
What started as a competition between eight fraternity men ended with only one crowned Greek God. On Saturday evening, Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority presented the 25th Annual Mr. Greek God Contest in the Events Center, and the night of pose-downs and creative skits supplied entertainment for alumni and members of the Greek community. After several rounds of competition, the three judges awarded Sigma Alpha Epsilon representative Matt Geringer first place and Chi Phi representative Alexis Bruno second. The event raised money for the Elizabeth Glaser Foundation for Pediatric Aids. The first place prize included a $150 cash prize, five six-inch sandwiches from Subway, one pizza from Grande's Bella Cucina, one dinner for two from Mario's pizza, four assorted hair products from Cost Cutters, a $90 Prestige Portrait gift certificate and a $50 gift certificate to JT's. The second-place prize was a $50 cash prize, a $25 M.Y. Boutique gift certificate, two six-inch sandwiches from Subway and two assorted hair products from Cost Cutters.
Raul Melo, MM '91, (at right of photo) a tenor with the Metropolitan Opera, performed in the Osterhout Concert Theater on Saturday evening. Melo is a celebrated performer in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
The Third Annual Kristen Faust '00 Inspirational 5K took place on Sunday morning. It is a living memorial to Faust, who was a senior counselor for the University when she died in 2006. Marc Ben-Ezra '87 (left) crosses the finish line.