My letters often focus on the growth we are experiencing and where our Road Map is taking us, but for this issue I’d like to take us back to our roots. When Binghamton University was founded as Triple Cities College, and as it grew into Harpur College, its strengths in the liberal arts, humanities and social sciences were firmly established. Those strengths continue to provide us with the solid foundation that has enabled us to become the great university we are today.
This magazine regularly celebrates our many successes built on that foundation, telling stories of exceptional students, faculty and alumni. This issue continues our celebration of 50 years of offering PhDs with a focus on Diane Feldman, who came to Binghamton and earned her master’s in 1977 and doctorate in 1979 and is now a sought-after pollster in our nation’s capital. Her story fascinates me.
But then, so do all of the stories about our Binghamton University community that I’m privileged to hear. For example, this summer, students in our Summer Scholars and Artists Program wrote novels, studied revolutionary Russia and created a documentary about autistic people in China.
These students and others are mentored by faculty who are making big achievements in their own disciplines, such as philosopher Lisa Tessman, anthropologist Doug Holmes, musicologist Paul Schleuse and many others who have recently published highly acclaimed works.
Harvey G. Stenger