alumni in action

Spring 2014


Jay and Judy (Pickoff) Matuk, both ’81, and other New York educators and IT specialists traveled to South Africa in the fall to install routers in three schools outside Capetown and distribute 24 iPads to students. The group provided training and inaugurated “sister school status” so that students on both continents can talk with each other via live Web chats. From left are John Singleton, principal of Clear Stream Elementary School, Valley Stream; Arnold Dodge, chair of Educational Leadership and Administration, C.W. Post College, Brookville; Judy Dodge, educational consultant and staff developer; Anthony Martini, IT specialist, LogicWing Inc.; Blanca Duarte, president, LogicWing Inc.; Judy Matuk, assistant vice provost for research, Stony Brook University; and Jay Matuk, principal at Cold Spring Harbor High School on Long Island.

McAuley Ferst

Father John McAuley ’75, left, received a visit in October from Joe Ferst ’75 and his wife, Jill, in Hong Kong, where McAuley is a Catholic priest and Maryknoll Missionary. McAuley is wearing a Binghamton University hat, courtesy of Ferst. The three are in front of the Bruce Lee statue. Ferst is a CPA at Deloitte Tax LLP in Atlanta, Ga., where he is national co-lead of the TARDI Debt Services Group.


Fall 2013

Thanks for the beanies!

This summer, we asked if someone had an original Harpur College beanie to donate to our archives. Now we have four, thanks to Frances Parker ’61 of Waterville, Maine; Robert Argersinger ’65 of Vernon Hills, Ill.; David R. Lenorovitz ’67 of Littleton, Colo.; and Sue Ann Castaldo ’63 of Phoenix, Ariz. Castaldo made her first trip to campus in 25 years in September. She modeled her beanie before donating it and received a Binghamton University sweatshirt in return. Castaldo says she wore her beanie faithfully when she was a freshman: “I was never caught without it.”

From Chenango Hall to a marriage hall

Ariane Schneider ’91 married Brian Besemer ’92 on May 18, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Schneider and Besemer lived in Chenango Hall and met again at an annual Chenango Hall camping trip in the summer of 2008. At their wedding, the couple asked for a photo of all the alumni in attendance. They included (from bottom left to right): Rick Pascocello ’92, Leah Karliner West ’92, Matt West ’92, Michael Sudnow ’93, Risa Cohen Sudnow ’91, Jennifer Shmulewitz ’96, Jonathan Sloan ’94, Evy Baruchowitz Kazansky ’93, Benjamin Green ’94, Barbara Solimeno Breslow ’92, Lelanya Weintraub Siegel ’92, Colleen O’Hara Buckshaw ’91, Hilari Dobbs Graff ’91, Ethan Siegel ’92, bride Ariane Schneider ‘91, Anie Gonzalez Dotzler ’91, Joseph Buckshaw ’92, groom Brian Besemer ’92, Larry Breslow ’92, Albert Araneo ’92, Robert Stutman ’91, Darren Pelled ’92, Trish Arnold Mahalko ’90, Craig Rumsky ’92, and David Kazansky ’92.  Not pictured: Dolph Encarnacion ’92.

Isn’t this what Homecoming’s all about?

Kelly Brissenden, left, and Sara Sunshine, both ’13 and former Mountainview roommates, see each other for the first time since graduation at the annual Homecoming Tailgate party. About 700 alumni returned to campus for a picture-perfect October weekend.


Summer 2013

On the lookout for Binghamton

Brian Stoll ’11 says that wearing a Binghamton shirt or carrying a Binghamton bag has been a great way to meet other alumni, especially in New York City. “I’ve never felt as much of a connection to Binghamton since I graduated and am happy to show my Binghamton University pride throughout my travels,” Stoll says. Here he snaps a photo with another Binghamton alumnus, actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson ’78, who was in the play Stick Fly.

Bingham Hall reunion

Former Bingham Hall residents visited Vermont for their annual ski and snowshoe weekend, which has occurred for more than 25 consecutive years. From left, back row: Mitch Posner, Bob Fishman and Paul Heady, all ’76; Marty Lipp ’79, Artie Press, Adam Weisman and Ken Landesman, all ’77; and Steve Brown and Fred Sampliner, both ’76. In the front row: Mitch Posilkin ’76 and Gene Berger. Not pictured are Steve Wein and Mark Kross, both ’77.


Spring 2013

Elliott Lieberman

Six members (and wives) of the 1962–66 swim team gathered for a reunion at the home of Elliott Lieberman ’66 (of Lake Lieberman fame) in Baltimore in summer 2012. Left to right are Ed Carroll ’66, Jim Schultz ’67, Russ Keeney ’67, Molly McGinnis Keeney ’67 (timer), Charlie Dayton ’66, Todd Howritt and Lieberman.


How did Elliott Lieberman’s name end up on the “lake” behind Newing College? Click here and then click on the August 1987 issue (20th anniversary edition) of the Lake Lieberman Gazette and read the piece from Mark Halperin.

Karen Roth

The Women in Business student organization held a networking event and panel discussion on Jan. 17 at Deloitte in New York. Karen Roth ’87, left, senior vice president for Element Financial Group (pictured with student Cyndi Chin), was one of the panelists.

Sandy  Wasser

Sandy Wasser sports her Bearcat pride as she joins community members and alumni for fun, food and basketball games at Winter Madness in early February.


See more Winter Madness photos here.

Drew Wolin

Drew Wolin graduated in May 2012 with a degree in financial economics. He had a job lined up, but it didn’t start for two months. So off he went to Africa to teach English and math in Tanzania and to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. His blog details the challenges and rewards of his solo adventure and
offers advice to anyone contemplating a similar trip.


Read Drew’s blog


Fall 2012

Allen Zwickler ’79,

Allen Zwickler ’79, Jeffrey Teitelbaum ’06 and Joel Thirer, former athletic director and professor of health and wellness studies, were honored at a New York City gala celebrating 10 years of Hillel at Binghamton. The event was hosted by Jenna Wolfe ’96, who is a co-host of NBC’s Weekend Today, and attended by President Harvey Stenger and nearly 300 guests. Pictured are Sara Finger ’07 and Teitelbaum.

Melissa Cardone ’11

Melissa Cardone ’11 has a special connection with Homecoming. She’s showing a photo of her and her father, Lou, taken in 2008 (before she was a freshman) and used in an ad for Homecoming.

Bette Anne ’01, MA ’05,

Bette Anne ’01, MA ’05, and Gerald Gaube ’76 of Vestal, N.Y.,  joined friends and alumni at tailgating during Homecoming. Bette Anne works in the Athletics Department.

Alan Lupiani ‘88, MBA ‘91

Alan Lupiani ‘88, MBA ‘91, and Kerry Law ‘89 — classmates and Brooklyn-based painters — exhibited their works at the University Art Museum’s Rosefsky Gallery in September. The show, titled “Full Circle,” celebrated the accomplishments of both painters while honoring the Binghamton University professors who served as their mentors.


Marla and George Coleman, both ‘68

Marla and George Coleman, both ’68, (far left and right) and their camp counselors (from left) Jack Schachner ’13, Gillian Fries ’10, Dimitri Bernadel ’05, Julia Hall ’14, Jen Hertz ’14 and Jaymee Nusbaum ’13 show their Bearcat spirit during Coleman Country Day Camp’s School Pride Dress-Up Day.

Jack Vivona ‘77, MBA ‘80

Jack Vivona ’77, MBA ’80, and Allison Miguel share a conversation at the Top of the Town in Arlington, Va., where President Harvey Stenger was introduced in May to the Alumni Association’s DC Metro Chapter.

Dan Perry ‘00

Dan Perry ’00, (right, with pennant) invited alumni from the Hong Kong chapter to gather at Wan Chai Station to celebrate the arrival of Mass Transit Railway’s new chief executive, Jay H. Walder ’80.

Senior stop

Can you tell they’re seniors? The Alumni Association invited soon-to-be graduates to the annual “senior stop” celebration at Terra Cotta in Binghamton.


Spring 2012

Gino Nalli ’72

Gino Nalli ’72, right, says Thanksgiving was the perfect time for alumni in the family to model their Binghamton jackets. The jackets were found by son-in-law Aron Jeffrey ’98, second from left, in a store near Amherst, N.H., where he and his wife, Kristin Nalli Jeffrey ’98, left, live. Gino and Carol Meacham Nalli ’72, live in Portland, Maine.

Giants 2011

Alumni had a tailgate party before the Giants vs. Green Bay Packers game at the Meadowlands in December. From left: Mark Hamblin ’06; Dan Polhamus ’00, associate director of alumni relations; and Jennine Lewis ’09.


See more photos from the game.

Cindy Perez ’11

Alumni volunteer Cindy Perez ’11 of Conklin, N.Y., gives 3-year-old Katy Foley a press-on tattoo during Winter Madness on Feb. 4.

wrestling 2012

It was Binghamton vs. Cornell on the wrestling mats at Binghamton University’s “Ball and Brawl” alumni event on Jan. 15. Men’s basketball was followed by wrestling in the Events Center, which drew record attendance. Cheering on the sidelines are, from left, former wrestler Sal DeSantis ’82, Cathy Frankenbach, her husband and Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger, and actor Billy Baldwin ’85, a former wrestler.


Fall 2011

Gary Kunis

Gary Kunis ‘73 traveled more than 700 miles north of the Arctic Circle in June on an expedition to track and photograph polar bears. He was above the 80th parallel, in Svalbard, Norway — but here he’s taking a break while staying warm in his Binghamton University sweatshirt.


Did you know you can send in your photos of alumni events, gatherings or activities? Click here, or click on “post content” at the top of the magazine’s homepage.

School spirit

Michael Nagler ‘87, superintendent of the Mineola, N.Y., school district, unloads a truck full of supplies to be donated to Binghamton-area school districts affected by the flood. Items included furniture from a closed school and supplies collected by parents in his district.

Take me out to the ball game

Photographer and long-time Yankees fan Jon Plasse ‘72 signs a copy of his book, The Stadium. Plasse’s book is a history in pictures of the old Yankee Stadium. Alumni were invited to meet him and Scott Krug ‘96, vice president and CFO of financial operations for the Yankees, and then take in a Yankees game in August.


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