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For many students, Friday and Saturday nights are a time to unwind after a busy week of classes and activities. For Jessica Laguerre, they were a time to step up the action and fun -- safely.

As a student, Jessica Laguerre helped coordinate Late Nite Binghamton, which offers new movies, games, activities and theme nights to students on Fridays and Saturdays. The former human development major from Queens was the arts and crafts co-chair and also worked on programs such as Pirates vs. Ninjas and Capture the Flag.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Laguerre, who spent three years working with Late Nite. “I met a lot of different students at Late Nite and it was just a comfortable atmosphere.”

Laguerre also served as a resident assistant in Filmore Hall in Hillside Community working with freshmen and taking pride in seeing her former hall students adjust to the University.

“To me, that’s what it’s all about,” she said. “I loved to help people and help (students) become accustomed to Binghamton, especially when they had left home for the first time. That can make or break a college experience. To have seen these students on campus, that made me happy because I felt like I had a part in that.”

Jennifer Keegin, associate director of Campus Life, worked with Laguerre on Late Nite and on concerts for Event Staff. She said there is more to Laguerre than just a hard worker who is always first to volunteer.

“She’s a pleasant person who makes everyone laugh,” Keegin said. “Everyone enjoyed working with her. She’s one of those people who everyone wants to work with.”

Laguerre spent her remaining time working during the week at the Legal Aid Clinic of Mid-New York in Binghamton, where she helped with divorce cases. She also volunteered on weekends at Willow Point Nursing Home in Vestal.

Laguerre credits the University as she pursues a career goal of family law.

“It’s exceeded my expectations,” she said. “I’ve learned about myself and the classes I’ve taken have changed my life. The people I’ve worked for have made me structured and organized. Binghamton as a whole has created the Jessica you see today.”

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Last Updated: 12/1/09