Homecoming 2020: Schedule

Homecoming 2020


All alumni are welcome at our virtual Homecoming activities. There is no cost to participate (other than ingredients for the cooking and mixology demos). Register in advance and we'll send you the video links you'll need to join the fun. Please note that registration for each event will close 24 hours prior to its start time.


5 - 6 p.m.
Fireside Chat with President Harvey Stenger
How will Binghamton University continue its mission to provide a world-class education and conduct research amid challenging times? In a Zoom session, President Stenger will discuss the current state of the University, answering this big question as well as others that are on your mind.


5 p.m.
Virtual Campus Tour
One of the best attributes of Binghamton University is that it's constantly growing. No matter when you attended, you can come back to campus and the surrounding area to find something new. In a Facebook premiere video, see what's new and cool, as well as places where you made memories.

Diversity and Inclusion Event
PLEASE NOTE: The University decided to move this event from Homecoming week to early in fall semester so it would align more strongly with current events and be part of the student experience at the start of the new academic year. 

6 - 7:30 p.m.
LGBTQ+ Event
You are Valid: LGBTQ Folks and 2020

From the global pandemic and new calls for racial justice to fires, unemployment and social isolation, it seems 2020 will live in infamy for its multiple crises, hardships and catastrophes. How are LGBTQ people faring in 2020? We’ve assembled a panel of alumni and students who will speak about their area of expertise and passion. They'll remind us we are not in this alone and, above all, however we are feeling about 2020, we are valid!

Our panelists and topics of discussion will be:
Mark Liu ’07, director of strategic initiatives at Mount Sinai Health Systems, will speak on healthcare, mental health and well-being during COVID-19.

Johanna Sanders ’13, director of policy and organizing at The Vaid Group, will speak about COVID-19 induced poverty, economic justice and recent LGBTQ Supreme Court decisions.

Rebecca Mattis-Pinard ’05, chief equity, diversity and inclusion officer at Marymount Manhattan College, will share experiences as a person of color in the LGBTQ+ community and the intersection of LGBTQ+ identities and student movements fueled by the current racialized and politicized landscape.

Jacob Aaronson ’21, a Binghamton University senior, will talk about being out on campus in today’s climate.

Moderator: Tina Chronopoulos, associate professor, classical and near eastern studies at Binghamton University


6 p.m.
Cooking Demonstration
David Whalen '05, owner of Binghamton HOTS, will show you how to make a fun and delicious dish. Binghamton HOTS, located downtown, is known for the "HOT plate" ― an assortment of cheeseburgers, hot dogs, home fries, macaroni salad or just about anything else the kitchen cooks up. We've posted the ingredients below so you can make the food while you watch our host. The most fun part comes at the end of this Facebook premiere video when we can eat together!

Binghamton HOTS Burger
* 2 - 3.5oz ground chuck (80/20) blend patties for each burger being made
* butter
* salt
* Martins potato roll (sandwich)
* red onion sliced into 1/8" rounds
* tomato sliced into 1/4" rounds
* dill pickle chips
* shredded iceburg lettuce

Slider sauce
* 1 cup mayonnaise
* 1/2 cup ketchup
* 1/4 cup mustard
* 1 1/2 tsp white vinegar
* seasonings to taste (e.g., salt, pepper, garlic powder)


5 - 6 p.m.
TIER Talks®
The Homecoming tradition continues! Once again, we'll have dynamic speakers who will inspire, educate and resonate. Four faculty members will discuss the pathbreaking work they are engaged in with support from the Harpur College Advocacy Council Faculty Development Endowment. This grant program is generously funded by alumni donations and makes possible a wide range of important research and creative projects led by Harpur College faculty.

Our topics and speakers for this Zoom session will be:
Drone-based Thermal Infrared Detection of Plastic Antipersonnel Landmines
Alex Nikulin '05, assistant professor of geological sciences and environmental studies

Timothy de Smet, research assistant professor of geological sciences and environmental studies
He is also director of the Geophysics and Remote Sensing Laboratory, and leader of the Geospatial Remote Sensing/Environmental Visualization with Drones research stream in the First-year Research Immersion at Binghamton University. His areas of expertise are aerial remote sensing and near-surface applied geophysics. de Smet’s research utilizing frequency and time-domain electromagnetic-induction, magnetometry, ground-penetrating radar, and aerial LiDAR, multi/hyperspectral, and thermal infrared remote sensing has been published in Geophysics, Remote Sensing, Near Surface Geophysics, Journal of Applied Geophysics, Sedimentary Geology, PLOS ONE, Archaeological Prospection, and The Leading Edge. He has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, National Park Service and United States Geological Survey. He is an FAA 107 certified UAS remote pilot.

Documenting Judeo-Spanish (Ladino)
Bryan Kirschen '07, MA '08, assistant professor of romance languages, literature and linguistics
In this talk, Kirschen will discuss a variety of Spanish that has been spoken by Sephardic Jews for centuries: Judeo-Spanish. He will discuss aspects of this language that make it similar to and distinct from other varieties of Spanish. Kirschen will also discuss initiatives that he has spearheaded at Binghamton University and research he is undertaking to document this language.

Natural Causes - a new play
Elizabeth Mozer, associate professor of theatre
Mozer, a theatre artist, joined our faculty in 2012. She is a director, actress, theatre maker and educator, with a specialization in movement. Mozer has been an original cast member of three Broadway shows, performed in many TV commercials, off-Broadway and regional theatre productions, and has worked as a voiceover artist. In addition, she has taught at world-renowned acting studios in New York City. Since coming to Binghamton, Mozer has created two original plays and is in the process of making her third. This is the focus of her TIER Talk.


4 p.m.
Bearcats of the Last Decade (BOLD) 10 Under 10 Awards Ceremony
The BOLD Leadership Council, a group that plans and implements programs for recent graduates of Binghamton University, will present the inaugural 10 Under 10 Awards. We're going to recognize 10 alumni who have graduated within the last 10 years and have already established themselves as leaders in their careers and communities. This Facebook premiere video will make you feel even more proud to be a Binghamton grad.

7 - 8:30 p.m.
Binghamton Trivia Game Show

We know you're smart ― after all, you graduated from Binghamton University ― so join us for some light-hearted competition on Zoom where you can test your knowledge of semi-useful bits of information. We'll randomly place you on a team with other alumni. This game will be a great way to meet new people and work together in pursuit of a cool #Bingpride prize.


5 p.m. (deadline to submit times)
HOMEcoming Virtual 5K
This event is open to all faces, all paces! Enjoy the fall air by putting on your Binghamton gear and taking a 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) walk or run. Choose the route and head out anytime you wish. Send a screenshot of your running time and a photo of yourself in Bearcat gear and post them as comments to our Facebook event.

5 p.m.
Mixology Demonstration
It's the weekend, so let's party together! In a Facebook premiere video, Antonio Gobbo, MBA '03, owner of Antonio's Bar & Trattoria, in the Little Italy section of Endicott, will show us how to make two cocktails: Aperol Spritz and Valeria. Ingredients have been posted below so you can make your drink while you watch our host. And, of course, we'll have a toast at the end!

Aperol Spritz
* 2 oz. Aperol
* 2 oz. Prosecco
* 1 oz. soda water

* 1 oz. Vodka
* 1/2 oz. Limoncello
* 3 oz. Prosecco
* 1 tbsp. lemon sorbetto

8 p.m.
Netflix Watch Party
Hubie Halloween, a Netflix original movie from Happy Madison Productions

Hubie Dubois (Adam Sandler) thanklessly spends every Halloween making sure the residents of his hometown, Salem, celebrate safely and play by the rules. But this year, an escaped criminal and a mysterious new neighbor have Dubois on high alert. When people start disappearing, it’s up to Dubois to convince the police and townsfolk that the monsters are real, and only he can stop them. Hubie Halloween is a hilarious family film about an unlikely hero.

The forum link will be posted here as we get closer to Homecoming. You must have a Netflix subscription to attend.


11 a.m.
Harpur 70th Anniversary Virtual Celebration
To close out Homecoming 2020, as well as the 70th anniversary of Harpur College, see our video celebrating the history of the liberal arts college that planted the seeds for the Binghamton University of today. Through its seven decades of history, Harpur has always been a haven for deep intellectualism, political and social consciousness and research that further informs our world. As Binghamton University has grown, Harpur continues to influence all students, taking them from breadth to depth to perspective.

Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at alumni@binghamton.edu.