Metro New York chapter has big plans for alumni
When Adam Zahn ’10 tells people he went to Binghamton, that opens introductions to other alumni and friends of Binghamton graduates. The aspiring lawyer says this networking has helped his career development in the three years since he left campus.
“I now have two mentors in my interested profession who have guided me in picking the right school, the right internship, and keeping my head on straight during the most stressful days,” Zahn says.
The Alumni Association’s revived Metro New York Chapter could help write more success stories. In the summer, about 250 alumni helped relaunch the chapter at an event in Manhattan. The chapter’s steering committee is planning diverse events — cultural, athletic, industry-specific networking — to build stronger connections among the 45,000-plus alumni who live in the region.
“When most schools do alumni outreach, they come with their hands open,” says Rory Clark ’05, chapter co-leader. “Our chapter is coming to our alumni base with our hands full, in the form of social and business events, networking opportunities as well as the natural affinity to be connected to Binghamton. As a real estate broker and consultant, where my business is connecting people, I truly get how important the networking aspect is.”
Geraldine Toussaint ’08, who serves on the Alumni Association board and co-leads the Metro New York Chapter with Clark and Dan Cherico ’08, says the chapter should also help alumni to become more engaged with the University.
“While we place a very high priority on creating opportunities for alumni to reconnect with each other, we also are focused on getting alumni involved in volunteer opportunities — anything that matches their talents and interests as well as the limited time they have available outside of work,” Toussaint says.
In photo, above: From left are Marjorie Salas, Lisa Staccone, Rob Gallina and Rachel Davidson, all ‘04.