INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Alumni Association connects through leadership
Binghamton University Alumni Association Board member Kris Ahrend '92 of Los Angeles, Calif. speaks to students about leadership at a forum hosted by the Center for Excellence in Student Leadership on Friday, April 27.
Alumni and students connected last week when the Binghamton University Alumni Association held its board meeting on campus. The weekend started with an alumni panel on leadership, followed by a student-leader reception. The panel, sponsored by the XCEL Center, featured Michelle Adams ’94, executive director of the Association for a Better New York; Kris Ahrend ’92, vice president of business affairs for Rhino Entertainment; Michelle Berry ’88, CEO of Courtney Consulting and Counseling; and Nathaalie Maxwell ’03, deputy director of budget and research for Broome County. Their message was consistent: involve yourself and network to create opportunities.
The student-leader reception was a natural carry-over from the panel, said Mary Woolson, assistant vice president for alumni and constituent relations. "It was great to see student leaders networking with our board members. After all, today's student leaders are tomorrow's alumni leaders,” she said. “It's all part of a continuum. We want our alumni to have a lifelong relationship with their alma mater."
The Alumni Association board also elected a new slate of officers and approved its budget on Saturday. The board has just completed a new long-range plan, said Woolson, and hopes for a closer partnership with the University and the Binghamton University Foundation as it moves forward.
New officers for the board are: Anthony Kendall ’83, MBA ’85, president; Michelle Adams ’94, vice president for programming; Kris Ahrend ’92, vice president for development; Tonya Parris ’92, secretary; Raymond Russolillo ’80, treasurer; and Nicole Speier ’00 in the newly created position of vice president for long-range planning and marketing.