Regional chapter spotlight
By Steve Seepersaud
About 65 Binghamton alumni got together on Jan. 23, to test their wits against each other. The Metro New York Chapter participated in Trivia Night at Flatiron Hall in Manhattan, which was hosted by the NYC Trivia League. As is usually the case on a trivia night, the competition was spirited.
"It was no surprise people showed up, even during a Nor'Easter, because there are so many alumni in this area, and trivia really provides the perfect atmosphere to get together with old friends and meet new ones," said George Lourentzatos '12, MS '15. "Because the turnout and feedback for the event were so positive, we're looking to do a trivia night quarterly, and the next one will be May 1, at Flatiron Hall."
Lockhouse Distillery is one of the coolest venues in Buffalo, and was the setting for a warm gathering of Binghamton alumni on Jan. 27. The Buffalo Chapter's event attracted about 15 alumni, who enjoyed an exclusive tour of the distillery, followed by some time to mingle over appetizers.
"It was great getting to connect with other alumni," said Natalia Beltre '15. "We all come from different walks of life, but our connection to the University allowed us to find common ground with each other. It was fun getting to know more about how the different experiences everyone had at Binghamton University propelled them forward in life. As a new resident of Buffalo, it was very interesting for me to learn more about the city's progress in the past decade. Many of us agreed that Buffalo has become one of New York's best-kept secrets."
The Florida law firm of Shutts & Bowen LLP proudly hosted Binghamton University’s South Florida alumni in its Miami office on Feb. 9. The alumni were able to reconnect and watch ESPN3 as the Bearcat men’s basketball team hosted Albany. “We were excited to host alumni and friends of the University in our office,” said partner Steve Ebner ’94. “We would like to thank the University for allowing us to host such a great event and we look forward to many more.”
Who says games like pool, foosball, ping-pong and arcade favorites are just for college students? Certainly, we don't! The Metro New York Chapter had an alumni gathering Feb. 9 at Break Bar & Billiards in Astoria, where about 35 Binghamton grads who live in Queens enjoyed games they played back in the day in the basement of the Union.
"Our alumni braved over a foot of snow to come out to a Binghamton event right in our neighborhood," said Rebecca Platsky '12. "It was great to see how many alumni live in the area."
WANT TO MAKE SOME MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS? DON'T MISS THESE UPCOMING ALUMNI EVENTS:
- Wednesday, March 1 - Gathering at Red Brick Brewing Company (Atlanta): Join us for an alumni gathering where you’ll be able to go on a brewery tour, enjoy plenty of fresh pours of fine hand-crafted brews and enjoy the company of other alumni like yourself. Register now.
- Saturday, March 4 - Alumni Brunch (Dallas/Fort Worth): Did you know there are over 500 Binghamton alumni in the Dallas/Fort Worth area? Have you met any of them? Now’s your chance! Register now.
- Friday, March 10 - Meet President Harvey Stenger and CCPA Dean Laura Bronstein (Estero, Fla.): The College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) is a leader in providing education that prepares today's students for impactful civic engagement and public service careers. Learn about CCPA's continued growth and development of innovative programs. register now
- Thursday, March 16 - Food, Drinks, Hoops and Alumni Gathering (Long Island): Join us for a casual alumni gathering at The Main Event in Farmingdale. You'll be able to enjoy an assortment of heavy appetizers, cocktails and conversation while keeping your eye on the college basketball tournament. Register now.
- Wednesday, March 22 - 5th Anniversary Chapter Celebration (D.C. Metro): President Harvey Stenger joined us in 2012 as we launched our chapter. He returns to help celebrate five years of bringing Binghamton alumni together. Join us for this special celebration of #BingPride. Bring your ideas to help us toward another successful five years. Register now.
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