Binghamton University prepares for Homecoming 2005
Hundreds of alumni are expected to attend Homecoming 2005 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 17, when the campus community gathers to “paint the paws” on campus walkways. The 2-hour adventure will begin at the West Gym.
Alumni who have developed successful careers in the art world will hold a Alumni Art professionals panel from 2-4 p.m. in Casadeseus hall in the Fine Arts building. Following the discussion, an opening reception for artists whose works are part of this year’s Alumni Art Exhibit will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in the Art Museum. The show includes paintings, drawings, prints, photography, sculptures and metalwork. The Art Museum will be open from 1-7 p.m. Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday during Homecoming.
Alumni Andy Bergman and Richie Walter, noted screenwriters and educators, will present “Movie Biz, Screenwriting and Life after Harpur College” from 4-6 p.m. Friday, October 21, in Fine Arts Studio A. Bergman has written comedies such as “Fletch” and “The Freshman,” while Walter is chair of UCLA’s Screenwriting Department.
Margaret Lamphere Bellville will present “Women as Leaders: Personal Power and Risk Taking” from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 21, in the Anderson Center Reception Room. This presentation is free and open to the public.
Bellville, the former vice-president/COO for Charter Communications, will offer insight and advice on how to compete in the workplace, develop positive mentoring relationships and tips for breaking through the glass ceiling.
Late Nite Madness is back by popular demand. The Binghamton University men’s and women’s basketball teams will usher in the 2005-06 season at 9 p.m. Friday in the Events Center.
On Saturday, October 22, kids’ activities in the Art Museum and alumni athletic events will lead into Baxter’s Radical barbecue on the University’s Peace Quad.
The popular “Brain Train” parade will kick off at 3 p.m. 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 Radical barbecue kicks into high gear when students join alumni for a late afternoon gathering for late-afternoon snackers. The 2005 Exemplary Student award will be announced at approximately 4:30 p.m., finalists include Aclan Okur, Jeffrey Teitelbaum, Dan Herman, Michael “Ty” Schmidt and Debra Swersky.
Comedians Lewis Black and Stephen Lynch are scheduled to perform 7p.m. Sunday, October 23, in the West Gym.
Lewis Black, a weekly political commentator on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” has received broad critical acclaim for his social and political stand-up routine. Labeled as “America’s Foremost Commentator on Everything,” Black has starred in two half-hour specials for Comedy Central and authored over 40 plays that have been produced across the country.
Opening for Black, will be Stephen Lynch, widely recognized for his memorable lyrics and original material. Lynch has appeared on shows such as “The World Comedy Tour,” “Last Call with Carson Daly,” and also stars in his own “Comedy Central Presents” special.
Tickets for the concert are $25 and are available in the University Union's Tillman Lobby box office and on Ticketmaster. The concert is sponsored by the Student Association's University Programming Board.
The performance will be followed by a fireworks display hosted by Campus Life and the Student Association.
Homecoming 2005 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 2005 website at http://homecoming.binghamton.edu/or call the Alumni Office at 607-777-2431.