Thank-A-Giver: 20 Ways Donors Have Impacted Binghamton University

Posted by Matthew Carrigan on March 7, 2016

A college campus only runs efficiently if everyone does his or her part. Support from our alumni, students, faculty, staff and community empowers us to incorporate new campus activities and educational programs, build new facilities, refurbish older buildings and much more. TAG (Thank-A-Giver) Day, held this year on March 9, is a way for Binghamton to honor and thank our donors. Check out how donors have impacted Binghamton.

1. Group study rooms

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A group study session is a good way to have someone else regulate your studying -- and to keep an eye on your friends, too. The new group study rooms in the Science Library are here thanks to donors.

2. Harpur Edge

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Looking for something new? Check out Harpur Edge! The Harpur Edge office is privately funded and offers different events for students. Looking to learn more about careers? Come on down. In more of a yoga mood? They have that, too. There's never a dull moment with Harpur Edge.

3. Decker nursing technology

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With the medical field constantly evolving, it can be difficult to keep technology up to date. A generous gift from the Decker Foundation helps students familiarize themselves with the latest in nursing technology. 

4. Lyceum learning program

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It's always fun to learn something new. The Lyceum is a lifetime-learning association for adults over 50 years of age and supported by multiple contributors.

5. Boyer Innovation Executive Boardroom

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Joseph "Harry" Boyer, chairman of Innovation Associates Inc., helped the Watson School refine their facilities. His donation helps to fund the Watson School Equipment Endowment, which keeps instructional labs and other facilities for students on the cutting edge – a must in today’s ever-changing technological world.

6. "The Object"

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Alumni art can be invigorating-- especially here on campus. Don Walford '67 built "The Object" with the financial support of alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and community donors. Check it out next time you're in Dickinson.

7. Nature on campus

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We love nature here at Binghamton. And our alumni do, too. The Binghamton Fund for Campus Enhancement helps brighten the aesthetics of our campus.

8. Chartered Financial Analyst Challenge

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School of Management alumni understand the value of experience. Their contributions helped students participate in the CFA Institute Research Challenge, which tests financial analysis skills.

9. Philanthropy Incubator

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Sometimes it's better to give than to receive. The Philanthropy Incubator is a program that allows students to find worthy nonprofits and donate money. The Learning by Giving Foundation, students and alumni all make this possible.

10. Campus bike racks

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Our campus is wheel-friendly. You can find a dry spot for your ride thanks to the Binghamton Fund for Campus Enhancement.

11. Events Center enhancement

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Binghamton Athletics has a rich history. Check out the new additions to the Events Center concourse, including a timeline that highlights our Colonial and Bearcat days, courtesy of the TAU alumni society. 

12. Osterhout Theater

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Osterhout Theater is just one of many theaters in the Anderson Center. Alumni Ray and Wanda Osterhout generously helped fund this outstanding facility.

13. Museum artwork

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A visit to the University Art Museum is a great way to experience culture here on campus. Thank your alumni for contributing to the Binghamton Fund for the Art Museum that brings in new programming and exhibits, including student-curated shows!

14. The Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development

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Binghamton emphasizes employability. Judith Garczynski Fleishman ’90 and Steven I. Fleishman ’91 helped the University empower students by funding the Fleishman Center and its resources. Next time your resume lands you an interview, thank them.

15. The Kenneth C. Lindsay Study Room

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Former professor of art history, Kenneth C. Lindsay, founded the art gallery (now the Binghamton University Art Museum). The Kenneth C. Lindsay Study Room allows students, faculty and the general public to study original works of art – in the context of a class or on their own, upon request!

16. University Union lounge furnishings

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Alumni understand better than anyone the difficulty of waiting outside in Binghamton weather. The bus lounge area helps students to take a load off and relax while waiting for a ride.

17. The Memorial Courtyard

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Nature is a place for us all. The Memorial Courtyard allows students, faculty, alumni and others to gather and remember.

18. Campus benches

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Sometimes you just want to sit and take a break from the day with some friends -- or by yourself. Campus benches donated by students let you do just that. 

19. John Arthur Cafe

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Having an especially "college" day? Visit the John Arthur Cafe, an operation funded by various donors, for a nice dose of caffeine and get that extra boost of energy to finish out the day.

20. The Bearcat Statue

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Would it really be Binghamton without our prized Bearcat statue? Our Athletics donors don't think so, and we agree. Go, Bearcats!

Binghamton alumni understand why giving back is so important. Thanks to their contributions, we can continue to give each new student body a unique experience. Help us honor them and continue this tradition. Find out more about TAG DAY.

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