President's Report Masthead
September 30, 2013

Alumni initiatives

Planning for Homecoming 2013 has been a top priority. The Alumni Association sponsors the annual event, which takes place this year from Friday-Sunday, Oct. 11-13. The largest on-campus alumni event of the year, Homecoming will once again include traditional favorites such as the tailgate party and men’s soccer home game. This year’s event will include 40th anniversary celebrations for the Class of 1973 and Harpur’s Ferry, and a reunion for the swimming and diving teams.

The Alumni Association’s investment in regional chapters is continuing. During the summer, the Alumni Association launched the Metro New York Chapter with a mixer in Manhattan that was attended by more than 250 alumni. A new committee will focus on supporting the existing chapters and launching new chapters.

Making connections with new students is helping the Alumni Association build relationships from the moment students arrive on campus – and in some cases even before. In late summer, the Alumni Association held a student send-off event in Syracuse in conjunction with the Division of Student Affairs that gave incoming students and their families a chance to meet alumni and each other, and have their questions about Binghamton University answered by people who have been Binghamton University students. In addition, at the Convocation held for new students on Move-In Day (Aug. 22), the speaker was alumnus Rose Barre ’06, MA ’08, who works for the New York Yankees. Several alumni volunteers were also on hand to distribute Class of 2017 t-shirts to the new students. The incoming students were also encouraged to sign their class banner which will be displayed at their graduation in four years.

The virtual speaker series “Cool Connections, Hot Alumni” is returning for another year. The use of videoconferencing technology makes it easier for alumni to meet with students from wherever they live and work. The September speaker was Howard Wiener ’77, an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.