Rose Frierman, MA '90, looks back on her career at Binghamton
On June 30, Rose Frierman retired as senior director of alumni engagement. She had been with Binghamton's alumni office since 1986, and was chosen as its leader in 2005. Under her leadership, the University's alumni engagement has grown significantly and, each year, about 25,000 Binghamton graduates stay connected by attending events, volunteering, making a donation or following social media.
What drew you to Binghamton?
I came to Binghamton from my alma mater, Elmira College, where I worked in admissions. After four years, I was ready for the next challenge. Binghamton was known as an excellent school and, being a young school, it wasn't deeply rooted in tradition. I had the freedom and opportunity to be creative and implement new programs and start new traditions. It's hard to imagine that I'll be in another space where I can be this creative, grow programs from square one and see them develop. I'll really miss that.
What else will you miss?
The collegiality and the relationships that I've developed with current and former Alumni Association board members, alumni volunteers, University colleagues and, of course, my team in the Alumni Engagement office. I've had the good fortune to work alongside accomplished, driven and dedicated professionals. They all have a "can-do" attitude and what we've done together is amazing.
What event or program did you enjoy most and why?
Our inaugural Alumni Leaders Conference in 2013. More than 200 current and former alumni leaders returned to campus for an experience that was meant to deepen their relationship with their alma mater. They shared a common sentiment of wanting to give back to an institution that has given so much to them. There was this infectious enthusiasm for alumni engagement at Binghamton, and it set the table for us to engage even more alumni.
What's next for you?
No one graduates from college thinking they want to be an alumni director. But I can't think of a more rewarding career. My work was my play for 31 years, and now with my husband, Howard, and our two dogs, we're looking forward to settling into our new home in Florida. I'm an avid quilter and I'll have plenty of time for quilting and traveling, learning to play pickle ball and, of course, becoming involved in alumni activities in Florida as a volunteer.
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