On June 14, alumni gathered at Martha Clara Vineyards, the Entenmann's family winery, located on the east end of Long Island. Winemaker Juan Micieli-Martinez '99 discussed the winemaking process, then led alumni on a tour of the property. See more images from this event at the Alumni Association's photo sharing site.
During the weekend of June 12-15, TAU alumni participated in a weekend celebration honoring the Sponge, culminating with the 7th annual Golf Challenge at Hamlet Wind Watch Golf Club in Hauppauge, N.Y. The weekend began with a raucous dinner on Friday, continued with the main event on Saturday night (attended by more than 100 brothers and guests), followed by a "Sponge-in-the-Park" picnic Sunday, which led into Monday's golf outing.
About 100 TAU alumni, active brothers and guests attended the golf outing and dinner reception. Larry Hollander '78 won the event and took home the TAU Bowl of Sportsmanship (gross score 85 / net score 74). Michael Blechman '89 (gross 104 / net 75) was the net runner-up, and Craig Sirota '91 rounded out the net winners with a 3rd place finish. The low gross score of the day (88) was accomplished by Sanjay Malhotra '85. The Team Net trophy went to the foursome of David Ramos '87, Michael Schwartz '88, Brian Schechter '87 and Michael Kufeld '87. Closest-to-the-pin winners were Martin Friedman '75 and John O'Brien; Malhotra, past TAU alumni coordinator, had the longest drive. See more images from this event at the Alumni Association's photo sharing site.
During the dinner, the annual raffle took place, with TAU brothers donating more than $2,500 for the Terrence "Tex" Haran Memorial TAU Scholarship Fund, bringing the principal total to more than $30,000.
The Binghamton A Cappella Alumni Network held its annual A Cappella In The Park event on June 27.
All of Binghamton University's a cappella groups performed live, with members old and new, to a crowd of more than 100 in Cherry Hill at Manhattan's Central Park. The event featured Rhythm Method, Crosbys, Pegs, Tonics, Kaskeset, Vibes, Treble Makers, and Koinonia.
About 140 golfers participated in the Alumni Golf Classic, held on July 31, at Traditions at the Glen in Johnson City, N.Y. The event raised money for a scholarship fund that benefits Binghamton University students whose parents are graduates of the University. The Binghamton University Athletics team (Tom Hackett '08, Jason Siegel '90, Greg Carpenter '05, Jeff Wolniewicz '07) won the tournament with a team score of 57. See results, photos, and the program from this event.
Scott Green '93, owner of Shamrock Athletic Center in Johnson City, hosted the first-ever Alumni Fitness Fair on Aug. 29. Nearly 40 alumni attended the event, which included tours of the facility, a Zumba class and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) demonstrations. Trent Patterson (at right of photo), an Endicott native who appeared on NBC's hit show "The Biggest Loser", talked with alumni at the event.
On Aug. 30, Binghamton University about 200 alumni and friends headed to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., for "A Day at the Races". A group traveled by bus from the University campus to the Saratoga race track and met up with graduates who live in the Albany area. The day of fun included a barbecue buffet and a full afternoon of thoroughbred horse racing. Pictured are Rose Frierman, MA '90, senior director of alumni and parent relations; Peter Napolitano, director of auxiliary services; and his wife Ruth.
On Sept. 1, Dan Polhamus '00, associate director of alumni relations, was the featured speaker at the Binghamton Rotary Club No. 64 luncheon. The event took place at Terra Cotta in downtown Binghamton. Dan talked about the Alumni Association's outreach to the nearly 15,000 Binghamton University graduates who live in the Southern Tier. Binghamton alumni accounted for nearly a third of the club members in attendance.