Regional chapter spotlight
By Steve Seepersaud
On March 22, the D.C. Metro Chapter held its fifth anniversary celebration at Top of the Town in Arlington, Va. The venue provided guests with amazing views of Washington landmarks, and it was the site of the chapter's 2012 launch. President Harvey Stenger met with a group of more than 60 alumni and friends, congratulating the chapter on reaching its milestone and sharing the latest on-campus developments. Although the D.C. Metro Chapter is relatively new, Binghamton alumni have had a presence in the region for quite some time.
"The Potomac Club was the alumni chapter in the 1980s, and it was very active," said Christina Ritter '99, D.C. Metro Chapter leader and member of the Alumni Association board. "I've heard many stories about the events and fun times that were had then. I hope our reincarnation as the D.C. Metro Chapter will provide even more opportunities for alumni to connect."
It was fun for the whole family! More than 40 alumni and family members attended the Westchester Knicks basketball game at the Westchester County Center in White Plains on April 1. The group showed its #BingPride and Knicks spirit as the kids had a chance to go onto the court before the game. Fans of all ages enjoyed the VIP Heineken Club during the game. The Metro New York Chapter's Westchester Committee is actively planning more family-friendly events for alumni in suburbia. Watch for event invitations to come your way by email.
Tigers, lions, bobcats and ocelots? Oh, my! A group of alumni in our Raleigh Chapter got together April 1 for a tour of Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro. The two-hour walk introduced the alumni to some of the world's most endangered species.
"We did a survey and a number of alumni said they wanted outdoor and active activities," said Joan Plotnick '84. "Also, we have people of different ages and some wanted activities where they could bring children. This event was outdoors but not too rugged. We learned a lot! I was surprised at how many people bought wild animals when the animals were young, thinking they could be domesticated. They found out these animals were too wild, or too costly to keep. You'd think this would be obvious! I was also surprised at how many animals were declawed or had their canine teeth taken out so they could be used commercially for 'pose with a wild animal' pictures."
WANT TO MAKE SOME MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS? DON'T MISS THESE UPCOMING ALUMNI EVENTS:
- Monday, May 1 - Trivia Night at Flatiron Hall (Metro New York): Back by popular demand, Trivia Night at Flatiron Hall hosted by the NYC Trivia League will give you the chance to test your wits against other Binghamton grads. More than 50 alumni gathered at our first trivia night back in January. This event will include beer, wine and light hors d'oeuvres. Register now.
- Friday, May 12 - CCPA Jazz Gala (Binghamton): President Harvey Stenger and Dean Laura Bronstein invite you to the inaugural University Downtown Gala in support of Binghamton University's College of Community and Public Affairs. The event will showcase local partnerships and the exceptional students who will be community leaders. Register now.
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SHARE YOUR EXPERTISE WITH US! The Alumni Relations Office is asked to recommend alumni who are expert speakers. If you are well-versed in subjects including national security, politics, technology, career networking, environmental studies or etiquette, contact Melinda Holicky, associate director for alumni volunteer engagement. Include your name, class year and a brief biography. Supporting material could include a CV or link to your website.
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