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Alumni to receive honors at Homecoming weekend

By : Steve Seepersaud

The Alumni Association will soon recognize several graduates for their exceptional contributions to public affairs, the local community and to Binghamton University.

At 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, as part of Homecoming 2008, the association will hold a ceremony at the University Art Museum to present the annual Alumni Association Recognition Awards. 

Barry Schneider, a member of the Class of 1964, will receive the Edward Weisband Distinguished Alumnus Award for Public Service or Contribution to Public Affairs.  For 21 years, Schneider was a judge in the Superior Court of Maricopa County, Ariz., and is considered a pioneer in the area of alternative dispute resolution.

Gerald Putman, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Binghamton University, will receive the Glenn G. Bartle Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Putman is a longtime volunteer at the University, and is a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Binghamton University Forum and Decker School of Nursing Advisory Board.

Ashok Subramanian, who earned a master’s degree from Binghamton in 2000, will receive the Special Recognition Award. As a volunteer, he helped the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations craft new designs for the Alumni Connect e-newsletter and B-connected online alumni community.

Tony and Marie Mascolo, both members of the Class of 1977, will receive the Alumni Admissions Volunteer Recognition Award. They assist the Office of Undergraduate Admissions with recruiting efforts on Staten Island, hosting receptions to encourage high school students to attend Binghamton University.

Saul and Ruth Levin will receive the Distinguished Service Award. Saul is a professor emeritus of ancient languages at the University, and Ruth is a 1972 graduate from the School of Education and Human Development. They have donated leadership-level gifts to the Saul and Ruth Levin Fund, which supports students of Greek, Latin and other languages. 

During Homecoming weekend, the Art Museum is also the site for the Alumni Art Show, where 40 graduates will have their works of art displayed until December.

For more information on the exhibition, and other Homecoming events, visit

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Last Updated: 10/14/08