Alumni welcome new students to campus
By Steve Seepersaud
Friendly chatter and the occasional cool breeze filled the air. The start of fall semester is a happy time on campus as students and faculty are optimistic and full of anticipation for the academic year about to begin.
There were plenty of smiles at the Alumni Center Aug. 27, when the Alumni Association hosted its annual ice cream social. Although the event is primarily to welcome new students to campus, it's open to all. About 250 incoming students stopped by to pick up an ice cream treat, play cornhole with friends and soak up the late summer sun. Nancy Boyd-Goff, MBA '80, and Ivan Sekyonda '11, MS '14, volunteered at the social.
"I attended with my friends wanting to meet new people and learn more about the University as incoming freshmen," said Brandon Li '21, from Brooklyn. "Welcome Week was a great way to adapt to the University and find new friends. I met faculty and other students who shared my interests. This helped me get out of my comfort zone and transition to Binghamton, hopefully making it the best four years of my life."
The ice cream social was also an occasion to showcase the Alumni Center in Old O'Connor Hall, and introduce the Alumni Association as a resource available to students during their time on campus, not just for after they graduate.
"As a new staff member of the office, it was great to see the entire week unfold," said Tenley Halaquist, program coordinator for student and alumni engagement, who joined the office in mid-summer. "Welcome Week has a number of opportunities to share our purpose and educate the students that alumni are excited to connect and be involved with them. The energy from the week makes me excited to see what the rest of the year brings as we continue working with students."
At the New Student Picnic Aug. 20, the alumni office gave out nearly 3,000 "Class of 2021" T-shirts to new freshmen. Students capped off the day with a massive display of school spirit, joining in a "B" formation on the Peace Quad. Because proud students become proud alumni, alumni volunteers and staff want to help new freshmen feel #BingPride right from the start.
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