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At Homecoming 2005, Binghamton’s newest alumni will celebrate many firsts: to have enjoyed a homecoming on campus all four years; to celebrate a Zero-Year Reunion; and to see their senior gift installed.

The gift — new lighting in the Memorial Courtyard — came from donations received from the Class of 2005. The class raised more than $20,000 to fund special lighting in the courtyard and a memorial plaque for classmate Keith Nintzel ’05, as well as the Senior Challenge scholarship and additional courtyard needs.

“We are the last class to graduate that was here when 9/11 occurred, so it is very fitting and meaningful that we provide special lighting for the 9/11 memorial and memorial boulders in the Memorial Courtyard,” said Shamila Dilmaghani ’05, president of the 2005 Senior Class Council and coordinator of the fundraising effort.

The money was raised through a variety of sources and activities, said Whitney Goldberg ’05, a member of the Senior Class Council.

“We extended our efforts beyond the traditional senior activities to include the sale of senior sweat shirts and coordination of a monthly Senior Night Out,” Goldberg said. “These additions worked to reach out to as many seniors as possible, achieving a sense of class unity.”

During Homecoming, the class will build on the unity they had while students, visiting the Memorial Garden, building a float, participating in the brain train parade and enjoying a reception from 8-10 p.m. Saturday at The Sports Bar.

“This university has been more than just an academic institution, it has been home to me,” said Dilmaghani, who won the 1986 Senior Class Award this year and is now employed at the United Nations. “I’ve traveled to many different countries and studied abroad. This place is where I’ve always wanted to come back to. These have been the best four years of my life.”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08