Binghamton named associate school of Princeton Club of New York
By Steve Seepersaud
What's a Bearcat? Although Binghamton University has a sizeable presence in the Metro New York region, a new set of people will soon learn the answer.
The president of the Princeton Club of New York raised the question during Binghamton's inaugural alumni reception at the club Jan. 26. Binghamton was recently named an associate school and takes its place alongside prestigious institutions such as New York University (NYU) and George Washington University.
Pictured: A Binghamton University flag flies at the Princeton Club of New York.
Nearly 100 Binghamton graduates attended the reception, the vast majority of whom are closely engaged with the University as volunteers. They had ample time to engage in conversation with each other and tour some of the building's nine floors to see amenities including a fitness center, business center, library, and fine dining and hotel rooms.
The club will be the site of future Binghamton University events, and all alumni are welcome to join. With nearly 7,000 members and an active social calendar, the club is the place to be for anyone looking to elevate his or her professional or personal life.
Gary Kibel '90, MBA '92, Alumni Association president, shared that Binghamton became connected to the club through Mark Deutsch '81, who was connected to the club president.
"It was awesome to walk up to this building and see the Binghamton flag next to Princeton and NYU," Kibel said. "The amount of pride I feel in this school is just unbelievable."
Pictured at left: Lisa Fischoff '10, Vice President for Student Affairs Brian Rose and Harry Sharlach '84
Nearly 50,000 Binghamton University alumni live in the Metro New York region; President Harvey Stenger alluded to the size of this network during his remarks.
"We have more alumni in this area than even Princeton has, so we should be able to take this over and make it the Binghamton Club. We'll have more Bearcats here than Tigers [Princeton's mascot]," Stenger said, drawing laughter. "We're delighted to be at the Princeton Club. This is a great venue, and we're absolutely thrilled to have a place here in the city where our alumni can gather. Our involvement with the club is a recognition of our academic and research excellence, and also of the outstanding achievements of our alumni."
The first 50 alumni to join the Princeton Club of New York by June 30 will receive a waiver of the initiation fee. The club has reciprocal arrangements with more than 200 clubs around the world, so membership benefits travel with you when business or personal travel take you outside Metro New York.
If you're interested in joining, contact Kim Faber, executive director of alumni engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See photos from the Jan. 26 event at the Alumni Association's Shutterfly site.