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Local knowledge helps senior succeed

Binghamton University was playing a major role in Morgan Appel’s life long before she enrolled for classes.

Appel, a 21-year-old senior who majors in comparative literature, attended campus pre-school at the University and also performed at the Anderson Center with her dance studio at an early age.

“I had always thought I would come to Binghamton,” said the Vestal native. “I was always exposed to the campus and I loved it. I knew that here I would be living in small communities but have the opportunity to feel like I was at a big school.”

At Binghamton, Appel’s campus pride and knowledge of the community has been used in admissions, where she has served as a tour guide and as the hiring coordinator for the guides. This summer, Appel supervised the 25 guides working on campus.

Appel, who became a supervisor last fall, said she looks for tour guides who are well-rounded students with personal stories.

“The people who stand out have a story to tell,” she said. “It helps families get a connection through which they can see themselves coming here.”

Joe Tiesi, assistant director of undergraduate admissions and coordinator of campus visits, has been impressed by Appel’s work.

“Morgan brings enthusiasm and professionalism to the tour guide program,” Tiesi said. “She is highly respected by the tour guide staff because of her leadership experience and attention to detail. As hiring coordinator, Morgan has chosen an outstanding group of dynamic and impressive Binghamton University students as tour guides.”

Appel also is active in other areas of campus: She is starting her second year as a resident assistant in Dickinson Community; she has been a member of the Dance Team; and has worked with the Children’s Dance Theatre and Circle K.

The experiences have Appel considering a career in higher education. She is looking at graduate schools and hopes her future jobs keep her on college campuses.

“I’ve had an absolute blast in everything I’ve done here, whether it’s performing here or sitting on the Anderson Center lawn when I was 3 to see Peter, Paul and Mary,” she said. “Every club or activity I’ve been involved with has been welcoming. It’s opened me up to a lot of different ideas.”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08