INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Two sets of triplets among ’08 graduates
By : Rachel Coker
Triplets, from top, Eric Buxbaum, Alexis Stecker, Craig Buxbaum, Vicky Stecker, Mike Buxbaum and Dana Stecker will graduate this week.
Members of the Class of 2008 are award-winning debaters, have landed jobs on Wall Street and will soon enter prestigious graduate programs. Six seniors who will graduate this week can claim some of those honors themselves. They also have a distinction of another sort: They’re among two sets of triplets in the class.
Alexis, Dana and Victoria “Vicky” Stecker, 21, of Syossett, and Craig, Eric and Michael “Mike” Buxbaum, 22, of Staten Island, said Binghamton was big enough to allow them to find their own niches and small enough that they could bump into a sibling walking across campus.
They’ll all be going their own ways after Commencement this week, but the triplets expect that the bonds they share with their siblings will carry through into post-college life.
The Buxbaums, whose interactions are colored by more than a touch of sarcasm, are nevertheless incredibly close.
“We have ESP,” Craig said of his brothers.
“I know what they’re thinking,” Mike agreed.
The guys are tough on each other, but the Steckers have a different dynamic. They share not only a similar sense of humor but also an infectious giggle.
“We’re definitely taking different paths, but I know we will always remain close,” Alexis said. After a quick consultation with her sisters, she confirmed: “I can say we’re best friends.”
The Buxbaums were born March 29, 1986. Eric is the oldest. Mike was born five minutes later; Craig arrived 45 minutes after that.
Their parents were expecting twins. The triplets also have an older brother named Scott, an engineer who graduated from Cornell University.
Their mother, Ellen, recently returned to work as a receptionist. Their father, Alan, is a wholesale meat distributor.
“We were the only kids eating filet mignon in the dorms,” Mike said.
The Steckers were born July 3, 1986. Alexis is the oldest. Vicky was born 30 seconds later; Dana arrived 30 seconds after that.
The Steckers have a little brother, Jordan, who’s 9.
The Steckers’ mother, Sharon Zeleznik, is a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch.
Their father, Abe Stecker, is a systems analyst for Citibank.
The Buxbaums roomed separately all four years, though they all were in Newing College as freshmen.
The Steckers all lived in College-in-the-Woods as freshmen, though in different buildings. This year, they’re all in Susquehanna Community in separate apartments.
“It’s time to go our separate ways,” Dana said. “Binghamton has helped us cultivate our own strengths and identities and sense of who we are.”
Meet the Buxbaums
Craig, a financial economics major, will work in the financial department of Turner Construction Co. in New York City after graduation. He was an accounting intern with the firm last summer. Craig was treasurer of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity.
Eric, a biology major, will attend medical school this fall. He served as a teaching assistant for Introductory Biology and has volunteered in several doctors’ offices. This year, Eric was treasurer of the BU Zoo, the student fan club that supports the Bearcats. He also served as chief of staff for the Student Association vice president.
Mike, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in management with a financial engineering concentration, will return to Binghamton in the fall in the fast-track MBA program. He was president of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity this year and was a practice squad player for the women’s basketball team in 2006-07. Mike has a job lined up with PricewaterhouseCoopers as an associate in transfer pricing.
Meet the Steckers
Alexis, a finance major, was co-president of the Binghamton University Scholars Program Council and a member of the Speech and Debate Team. She will go to work as a fixed income associate with AllianceBernstein in New York City after graduation. Alexis is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma and Beta Gamma Sigma honors societies and was a finalist for the Exemplary Student Award.
Dana, a psychology major and Spanish minor who’s an adjunct in the School of Management, will attend Cardozo Law School in the fall. She was president and speech coach for the nationally ranked Speech and Debate Team and president of a campus chapter of Toastmasters International. She twice received the XCELsior Award for Student Organization Leader of the Year and is a member of the Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society.
Vicky, a human development and history double major, hopes to become a teacher. She expects to begin graduate school sometime next year. Vicky, who was president of a campus chapter of Toastmasters International, also received the CIW co-rec football sportsmanship award this spring. She interned with GEAR-UP and volunteered at a soup kitchen in Binghamton.