Binghamton University prepares for Homecoming 2004
A picnic, a talent show, fireworks and a parade are among the events planned for Homecoming 2004 at Binghamton University.
A retrospective photography exhibition featuring the work of University photographer Evangelos Dousmanis will open during Homecoming with a reception at 4 p.m. Friday, October 8, in the Art Museum. The reception is free and open to the public.
On Saturday, October 9, kids’ activities in the Art Museum and alumni athletic events will lead into Baxter’s Bayou barbecue on the University’s Peace Quad. The Decker School of Nursing will celebrate their 35th anniversary with a cake-cutting ceremony. President Lois B. DeFleur will join Decker faculty, staff, alumni and students in cutting the first slice of an anniversary cake at around 12:45 p.m. The barbecue will feature the original Harpur “Jass” band, jugglers, Jon Bob Fed’s caricatures and the Ultimate Psychic Fair. Face painting, photo fun and tons of prize drawings are also on the schedule.
The popular “Brain Train” parade will step 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 jugglers, unicyclists, bands and 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 Bayou barbecue kicks into high gear when students join alumni for a late afternoon gathering of less formal picnic fare for late-afternoon snackers. The 2004 Exemplary Student award will be announced at approximately 4:30 p.m.
The five Student Exemplary finalists are Peggy Echt, a psychology major with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis; Joshua Marcus, an economics major; Arel Moodie, a philosophy, politics, and law major; Matthew Schneider, a School of Management senior, majoring in marketing and finance; and Tom Triebwasser, a senior majoring in electrical engineering, minoring in Arabic Studies.
Internationally acclaimed tenor saxophonist Houston Person will host an evening of jazz at 8 p.m. Saturday, in the Osterhout Concert Theater of the Anderson Center, featuring his quartet of renowned musicians: Stan Hope, piano; Per-ola Gadd, bass; and Chip White, drums. Tickets at $20 general public and $15 for alumni/faculty/staff/seniors; $10 students are available at the Anderson Center Box Office, Monday through Friday from noon to 5:30 pm, by calling 777-ARTS, or on-line at anderson.binghamton.edu.
At 7 p.m. Sunday, October 10, students will show off their talent at a variety show in the Mandela Room. The show will feature talent and lip-sync acts. To close out the weekend, a fireworks display, sponsored by the Student Association, will light up the skies following the variety show at approximately 9:00 p.m. The pyrotechnics will be launched from parking lot M.
Homecoming 2004 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 2004 website at http://homecoming.binghamton.edu/or call the Alumni Office at 607-777-2431.