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Born to be a bearcat!

Not even falling in front of everyone and drawing laughter on her campus tour could deter Justina DeMott’s desire to attend Binghamton. After all, she spent her first two years of life on campus.

With a dad who was a student, Justina DeMott lived at the University for two years as a baby with her parents. She’s been told of being transported around in baby carriers and chairs as her father cross-country skied in the Nature Preserve and bicycled on campus.

“I’ve was destined to come to Binghamton ever since I was little,” says the Bainbridge, N.Y. native who majored in English.

As a student, DeMott made her mark at Binghamton by exemplifying campus pride.

She was active in campus life as a resident assistant in Newing College, where she lived for four years. She held leadership positions in the North East Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (NEARHU) and the Student Association, served as a tour guide and took part in Homecoming activities.

In 2007, DeMott planned the Snow Ball, a campus-wide, semi-formal dance that collected toys, food and money for organizations including Toys for Tots and the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW). The idea came to DeMott after bringing a friend from Miami with her to her small hometown.

“I thought it would be nice if there was a way we could bring the whole campus together and not compete,” she says.

Her efforts did not go unnoticed by Sarah Courtney, resident director of Newing.

“I was very energized and inspired by her creativity and her ability to reach people,” Courtney says. “People gravitate toward her.”

DeMott, who plans to stay in higher education by becoming a resident director, believes showing campus spirit should be part of the college experience.

“If you go somewhere, you should love it,” she says. “I love this school. I’ve gone places and done things I didn’t think I could do when I came here. Why not love it back and show spirit and pride?”

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Last Updated: 2/16/10