INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Homecoming weekend scheduled Oct. 5-7
By : Steve Seepersaud
Homecoming Weekend will take place from Oct. 5-7. The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations hopes the 2007 festivities will be even better than last year, when more than 1,000 alumni returned to their alma mater to catch up with classmates.
The schedule for Homecoming 2007 includes several milestone reunions.
Hinman College alumni are celebrating the living community’s 40th anniversary with a banquet. Graduates will commemorate the 35th anniversary of College-in-the-Woods with a reception and special casino night for alumni. The Geology Department will have a reunion and research symposium to mark 40 years of conferring doctoral degrees.
Faculty and staff members are welcome to join all the festivities and catch up with former students.
Homecoming Weekend will also look toward the future, celebrating new additions to the campus community. Human development, social science and social work alumni are invited to an opening reception on Friday, Oct. 5, at the University Downtown Center, home to the new College of Community and Public Affairs. After the reception, alumni may check out First Friday, an event highlighting art galleries in downtown Binghamton, some of which are alumni-owned. The general public is also invited to an open house featuring tours of the Downtown Center overlooking the Susquehanna River.
This year’s Homecoming will have the first reunion for SGSPE/SEHD/CCPA Peer Advisors.
In addition, the School of Management will break ground on a new patio to be built next to the Senior Lounge; it’s a gift from the SOM classes of 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Homecoming’s main event will be the all-alumni jazz reception at the Events Center the evening of Saturday, Oct. 6. ENERJEE Jazz Trio, featuring two Binghamton alumni, will perform. After the reception, alumni can head next door to see the men’s soccer team face Boston University under the lights in the new stadium.
In an effort to make Homecoming more family-friendly, there will be art classes for kids, sidewalk astronomy and a supervised child-care program on Saturday night.
Others events are still coming together; the alumni office is finalizing the lineup of lectures and presentations for Saturday morning and afternoon.
Check online for updates at http://homecoming.binghamton.edu.
Some events require advance registration, which you can do on the Homecoming Web site. If you’d like to help plan events or volunteer in some other way, contact Rose Frierman, director of alumni and parent operations, at email@example.com or 777-2431.