Binghamton University prepares for Homecoming 2006
Hundreds of alumni are expected to attend Homecoming 2006 at Binghamton University. Highlights include a parade and barbecue, special activities for children, and several panel discussions featuring prominent alumni.
Events begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, when the campus community gathers to “paint the paws” on campus walkways. The 2-hour adventure will begin at the West Gym.
On Thursday, Paul Rusesabagina, the hero of the Rwandan genocide immortalized by Don Cheadle in the film Hotel Rwanda, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Binghamton University Events Center.
Rusesabagina’s speech, titled “Hotel Rwanda: A lesson Yet to be Learned,” will touch on the events of the 1994 acts of genocide, the political climate in Africa and the international response to the current crisis in Darfur, Sudan.
The 2004 Academy Award nominated film Hotel Rwanda tells the story of Rusesabaginas’s heroism in saving the lives of more than 1,200 people during the 1994 genocide that killed 800,000 people in just under 100 days. For over three months, Rusesabagina used his influence and connections as temporary manager of the Mille Collines Hotel to shelter over 1,260 Tutsis and moderate Hutus from being slaughtered by government militia.
Tickets for the presentation are on sale at the University Union’s Tillman box office, the Events Center box office or on-line by visiting http://eventscenter.binghamton.edu/concerts.htm.
At 6 p.m. Friday, October 13, the Graduate School will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a reception and recognition ceremony in the Susquehanna room of the University Union
On Saturday at 3 p.m., Dieter Binder, a prominent expert on looted art, will present “The Long Shadow of National Socialism: Austria’s Struggle with the Restitution of Looted Art” in the Casadesus Recital Hall, located in the Fine Arts building on the University campus. This presentation is free and open to the public.
Binder was a mediator in the case of Altmann vs. the Republic of Austria, which led to the recent restitution of several Klimt paintings. The paintings, from the collection of Ferdinand and Adele Bloch Bauer, have been restored to their owners and are now being exhibited in NYC.
Binder’s speech will be the inaugural event in the Larry Wells Annual Lecture Series, which is sponsored by the Wells Family and an alumna of the Binghamton University German program, Doris Braun, in honor of the late Binghamton University Professor Larry Wells.
Binder also has a special Binghamton connection. He taught courses on Austrian cultural history in the University’s study abroad program at the University of Graz from l979-l992. Since 2003, he has taught as guest professor at the Andrassy University of Budapest, where he was asked to serve as dean in 2006-2007.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, October 14, students, faculty and staff in the Decker School of Nursing will host a SimBaby shower. The shower, which will be held on the second floor of Academic Building B on the University campus, will celebrate the arrival of the latest simulated mannequin available to nursing students.
The popular “Brain Train” parade will kick off at 3 p.m. Saturday and make its way around the campus’ main roadway – the “Brain” - leading into the Peace Quad. Featuring floats representing campus community groups, alumni classes and residential communities, the Brain Train will also include the finalists for the Exemplary Student award. A panel of judges will be on the lookout for the floats exhibiting the best use of theme, the best spirited, and the best all-around display. Trophies will be awarded to the best in each category.
At 4 p.m., the Baxter’s barbecue kicks into high gear when students join alumni for a late afternoon gathering for late-afternoon snackers. The 2006 Exemplary Student award will be announced at approximately 4:30 p.m.
The weekend will come to an end at 9 p.m. Sunday, October 15, with a fireworks display hosted by Campus Life and the Student Association.
Homecoming 2006 also has plenty of events and activities for students through special Late Nite activities and a host of other events including the Black Student Union fashion show and the popular Alpha Epsilon Phi Greek God contest.
For more information, visit the Homecoming 2006 website at http://homecoming.binghamton.edu/or call the Alumni Office at 607-777-2431.