A Big Year for Binghamton: 2021 in 21 Photos

Posted by John Brhel on December 13, 2021

It’s hard to compete with 2020, but 2021 turned out to be a pretty eventful year for Binghamton University (and in a good way)! We got to hold classes in person as well as Commencement and concerts! Beyond that, this year saw big grants for game-changing research, big improvements to campus facilities, big achievements for our athletes and … well, and a whole lot of other big things. We’ve gathered 21 photos that tell the story of Binghamton University in 2021. Here’s to another big year!

We said so long to 2020

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President Harvey Stenger made it clear that the Binghamton community was ready to move on from 2020 when he helped change the numbers at the Peace Quad berm.

Commencement took place — in person

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We celebrated two Binghamton University classes with in-person ceremonies at the Events Center, including a long-awaited but much appreciated ceremony for the Class of 2020, held during Homecoming Weekend. 

We held classes in person again

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With the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines and positive cases lowering in many parts of the world, the University was able to safely hold in-person classes after a long stretch of remote-only learning.

We conducted a lot of research

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From exploring the effects of pre-natal alcohol exposure to pinpointing the benefits of meditation on the brain, and so much more, our faculty and graduate students have been hard at work conducting research — and making headlines in the process.

We upped our fitness game

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Students got even more opportunities to exercise on campus when the new FitCourt opened at the East Gym. The outdoor area features seven training zones and over 30 pieces of body-weight equipment to deliver a functional, full-body workout. 

We opened new centers to better support students

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This year saw the opening of two important centers on campus. The Harriet Tubman Center for Freedom and Equity officially opened its doors to visitors of the new resource, which aims to enhance diversity; improve education about Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC); and create an equitable environment at the University. The new Violence, Abuse and Rape Crisis Center provides a single place for students to report an incident of sexual violence and receive the support they need.

Our nursing school found a new home

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The Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences relocated to its new location at the Health Sciences Campus in Johnson City, joining the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. 

We went ice skating

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The campus community got to enjoy a new ice rink, located at the Old Dickinson Co-Rec Field. The rink was constructed to provide an outlet for students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

LUMA lit up downtown Binghamton again

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The LUMA Projection Arts Festival, one of the area’s biggest events, made a comeback in 2021. Using projection mapping artwork, LUMA organizers turn downtown buildings into stunning illusions of movement.

We honored the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001

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This year we recognized the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The University honored alumni who died that day during a ceremony held in the Memorial Courtyard of the Fine Arts Building.

Our corpse flower bloomed

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Our corpse flower, Athena, blossomed in the E.W. Heier Teaching Greenhouse in Science 3. Athena is the first offspring from Metis, which blossomed three times: in 2010, 2013 and 2015. Corpse flowers are known for their overpowering stench that smells like rotting flesh. 

We vaccinated the campus community

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We made a big step toward a “return to normal” when we got the opportunity to give vaccines to students on campus. Jason Bernard Jr. was one of the first students to be vaccinated at the on-campus COVID-19 vaccine clinic and test site. 99% of the student body at Binghamton is vaccinated. 

We were recognized as a premier public university

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Binghamton University was again the top SUNY school in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report rankings released in September. The University moved up five places and was tied at #83 overall in the national universities category, which includes nearly 400 institutions. 

Hinman Dining Center got an upgrade

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A new and improved dining center opened in the Hinman College residential community. The new, all-inclusive dining center features a re-imagined servery with up to nine dining concepts, and a view-worthy dining room with expanded seating.

We saw some stunning sights

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Every year, University Photographer Jonathan Cohen captures some amazing displays of nature, and among this year’s best was this photo of the “ring of fire” solar eclipse from June. Shown here is the eclipse rising above the horizon with the silhouetted Glenn G. Bartle Library Tower in the foreground.

Our faculty received big awards

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Year-round, our faculty conduct leading research, and many of their projects received significant funding in 2021. Seven Binghamton researchers received CAREER Awards from the National Science Foundation. The grants are the agency’s most prestigious awards for early-career faculty members, supporting five years of work and encouraging the integration of education and research.

Our students and alumni made a positive impact on our communities

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Members of the Binghamton community made important contributions to their communities throughout the year. One notable example was Sandy Beach Park in Binghamton, which was revamped by master’s student Cam Winzinger and Anna Shaheen ’20, who worked with the city to create an innovative educational nature trail. 

We had a winning year

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Binghamton athletes excelled this year. Senior distance runner Emily Mackay, shown here, competed in three NCAA Championship meets, earning All-American honors. Our men's swim and men's/women's diving teams won America East Championships.

We saw live shows in person

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Students got to enjoy live, in-person events again, from comedy shows to concerts. Here musician Willow Smith performs at the Fall Concert.

We celebrated our first pharmacy graduates

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This spring, the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences held its inaugural Commencement ceremony at the Osterhout Concert Theater in the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts. 

We had a colorful fall

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Binghamton green was joined by a plethora of red, orange and yellow when fall arrived on campus. We held an inaugural #PumpkinSpiceBing Fall Photo Contest to encourage students to snap beautiful shots of the foliage. 

John Brhel is a communications manager in the Office of Media and Public Relations and a longtime resident of the Binghamton area. When he's not managing social media accounts or crafting press releases, you can find him making art, writing music, or spending time with his family.

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