29 Alumni Couples That Are the Definition of #RelationshipGoals
Posted by Carolyn Bernardo on February 5, 2018
It's not just the smell of Jazzman's cookies in the air this February, it's LOVE! We're sharing our favorite alumni love stories this Valentine's Day. Enjoy! (A huge thank-you goes to all those who submitted their stories via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and email!)
It's all about the timing.
“We met freshman year. He lived across the hall from me in Cascade. We definitely enjoyed spending time with each other, but he had a girlfriend at the time and I had a boyfriend, so we were nothing more than friends. We lost touch after that year and reconnected after we both had graduated (he Facebook messaged me, lol) and we’ve been dating ever since! We always say how glad we are that Binghamton brought us together!”
-Cristina Imburgia '15 and Chris Cermenello '14
Husband, wife and a golden-doodle named Watson.
“We met the first weekend before classes started of our freshman year, in 2009. We were on the cashier's line, next to each other, at the Appalachian Dining Hall and started talking. We got excited because we incorrectly thought we had a class together, so we exchanged numbers -- and the rest is history! We dated all throughout college, graduated together in 2013, got engaged in 2015, and got married in 2016, with our huge Binghamton family there to celebrate with us. We wear our Binghamton gear wherever we go and are the proud parents of a 1-year-old Goldendoodle named Watson, named after the Thomas J Watson School of Engineering!”
-Andrew Saggese '13 and Amelia M. DiPalma '13
It all started at Binghamton.
“We started dating in 2004...We got married August of 2011 and welcomed our first girl December 2014, followed by our second princess in September 2016. Our love story started in Bing.”
-Monica Minassian '07 and Ari Minassian '05
A blind date that worked out really well!
"We met briefly in the student union in 1981, late during the spring semester. We went on a sort of blind date in September ’82 and have been together ever since! Now one of our children is at Binghamton: Gabby DeSantis, class of 2020!”
-Sal DeSantis '82 and Jo DeSantis '84
Started at Bing, now we're here!
“We started dating in 1995 at Binghamton! We have been married for over 16 years, and we have two great sons, ages 12 and 9.”
-Roberta Fischer Misthal '96 and Marc Misthal '96
He made it out of the friend zone!
“We met when I was a senior and he was a super senior, in 2004. Friend-zoned him till 2006. Happily married since 2012. Parents since 2017!”
-Erin Campbell '04
From a walk across the hall to a walk down the aisle.
“My husband and I met in Digman Hall of Dickinson, the original community, in fall of 2008. We lived across the hall from each other and it wasn’t long before, in March 2009, that we started dating. In July 2014, I said 'YES.' Amongst MANY Binghamton alumni, including our officiator and several in the bridal party, we got married in June 2017. This picture is from this past fall when we visited the place where our love story began 9 years ago."
-Su-Ann Wong-Rattoballi '11, MSEd '13 and Patrick Rattoballi '12
She met him on day one!
“I met my husband, Josh Cohen, on the first day of school in the summer of 1998. He was a sophomore and on the move-in crew. I was the new freshman. We were married in 2007 and now have three kids, all thanks to Binghamton!!”
-Lauren Camo Cohen '02 and Josh Cohen '01
You never know who you’ll meet in volleyball class.
“Met at Binghamton University during Spring semester 2002, started dating September 2002, married in June 2009. Together about 15 and 1/2 years, thanks to volleyball class! Thank you, Binghamton.”
-Lisa Jeske Stewart '05
She married that “cute MPA boy.”
"Although we both did our undergrad at Binghamton, my husband and I didn't meet until taking a class together in the MPA program. He was only "cute MPA boy" until we were paired up for a class project. Our twin future Bearcats just turned four."
-Amy Bishop '03, MPA '05 and Bradford Bishop '03, MPA '04
Long distance can work out!
“Matthew Gilfus and I met in 2004. I was an RA in the Hillside Apartment Community and Matt was a transfer student, having just moved to campus and into a co-RA's apartment. We started dating just before my very last semester. I graduated in 2005, and Matt and I remained in a long-distance relationship spanning many hundreds of miles until we finally married in 2012. I'm so grateful for having met my wonderful husband at Binghamton University!!!”
-Emily Harper Gilfus '05 and Matthew Gilfus '05
An extrovert and an introvert walk into a dorm...
“Stephen Collins caught me by surprise the first time I met him...Let's just say it wasn't love at first sight. Although he was friendly, and still is, he was extroverted and talked to you as if he had known you. The exact opposite of me. He was the RA of the CoRE floor in Whitney Hall. Since most of my friends were there, I had to see him all the time. Over time he grew on me and we are now happily engaged!”
-Jacqueline Fuentes ’13 and Stephen Collins ’12
Sum up your Binghamton experience in six words...
“Mario and I met at freshman orientation July 2008. We instantly became friends and grew a lot closer over the summer before our first semester in Binghamton. During our freshman year, we spent more time together, especially since we were engineering majors at the Watson School and took many of the same core engineering classes. He studied Computer Engineering and I studied Electrical Engineering. The best day during our time at Binghamton was walking in together for graduation in 2012. During one of the commencement speeches, we were challenged to sum up our Binghamton University experience in six words. I told Mario, "Met the love of my life," and off we left Binghamton as alumni. In 2016, we got married and are enjoying our lives! The photos range from Freshman Orientation, us in O'Connor hall sophomore year, the third photo is us at graduation and the last photo is us in the New O'Connor hall on the CoRE floor during our first visit to Binghamton after we got married!”
-Geene-Rose M. Enriquez '12
34 years and counting!
“She wandered into my dorm room in Endicott Hall on 10/14/77, Oktoberfest in the Newing dining hall. She plopped down on the floor and told me her whole life story. We started dating officially the next semester and were married in 1983. Crazy, we've been together since we were 18 years old and still married after 34 years.”
-Paul Charles '81 and Robin Charles '81
Brought together by good food and Binghamton love!
Leah and I met first when she was a graduate student and I was entering my sophomore year at Binghamton. In 2011, both of us came back to coach at Binghamton our paths finally crossed. It took a bit of convincing on my end, but Leah agreed to go on a date with me. I knew I needed to knock it out of the park, and if you know Leah you do that through food. Our first date was at a local pumpkin farm enjoying the beautiful fall foliage, amazing apples and cider donuts. I definitely think it was the donuts that sealed the deal for date number 2. Fast forward 3 years to our trip to Ireland where I had teamed up with her friends to arrange what I had hoped would be the perfect proposal. We wandered through a castle on our way to the beautiful gardens, but instead of being able to propose, Leah got hungry. So despite my nervous energy and eagerness to propose, we sat for lunch. After lunch, I convinced her to go for a walk with me through the garden. I told her how I loved that we shared a passion for Binghamton and how in true Bearcat fashion, we had found our way back to Binghamton and made it our home. I asked her to marry me, and she said yes... As we planned the wedding, we couldn't help but include so many of our friends and colleagues that we met during our time at Binghamton. We know that we wouldn’t be the people we are today without the support we received, and continue to receive every day, from the Binghamton community and family.
-Kristie Bowers '07, PhD '17 and Leah Bowers '02, MA '04
A wedding full of Bearcats!
“We met when I was working at the Science Library, and he was studying and struck up a conversation with me. Four years later (in 2015), we got married! There were 11 other Binghamton alumni or current students at our wedding, plus my favorite professor, who was kind enough to go to our wedding. Binghamton has been a huge part of our story!”
-Tessa Hetherington '13
See, we told you long-distance can work.
“We met our first few days at school while participating in a scavenger hunt planned for freshman Welcome Weekend. He quickly became my best friend and we started dating spring semester of freshman year. After graduating in 2016, we transitioned to a long-distance relationship while I moved to St. Kitts for veterinary school and he started grad school back home on Long Island. He proposed in June this past year, and we’re looking to come back to the Binghamton area to get married! BU is where our love story started, and it’s only fitting we continue our story where it began.”
-Shaylan Meyer ’16
An apocalyptic kind of love.
“I met my other half in the Zombie Student Association. We were fast friends and worked each other out of some tough times. Kevin Cordi and I also had Apocalyptic Lit together. Thanks, Binghamton! Here we are in the field in Hillside!”
-Katelynn Weatherup ’16
A tiny mixup and 26 years later...
“We met sophomore year (1984) in my dorm room (2nd floor Broome), when I was running props for a theater production of Cabaret. I was actually calling his room when we met, to tell him to come by to discuss the show (the director had given me his name and number and said he was interested in helping with props). Meanwhile, he was sitting on my roommate’s bed, quietly, while I was on the phone calling him - I had no idea he was the guy I was calling - I just figured he was my roommate’s weird friend, waiting for her to come back to the room. When I hung up the phone, he said: “Yeah, I’m Adam.” I immediately thought he was a JERK. The rest is history. We ran props for the show, dated each other’s housemates, and now we are married 26 years! (He can still be somewhat of a jerk. But he’s MY jerk.) And our daughter Halle Rose is currently a senior at Binghamton! (AND dating her boyfriend Yiannis Kefalas, who lived on Broome 2nd!)”
-Debbie Newberger Speregen '86 and Adam Speregen '85
A Rockefeller proposal!
“We met at Binghamton University in 2011, when I was a sophomore and he was a junior, through our mutual friends. After two years, we started officially dating in February 2014, the day before Valentine’s Day, actually. Nick graduated that May and we spent the next three years long-distance as he went off to complete his MPH at Drexel and I finished my degree at Binghamton, and then moved back home to save some money. In 2016, I finally moved down to Philadelphia. And then last month, on December 15, 2017, after approximately five years of dating, he proposed to me at Rockefeller Center, to which I obviously said yes. We are both very proud Binghamton alumni, and now we’re soon to be married!”
-Marissa Christen ’14 and Nick Thompson ’13
Hope they made it on the kiss cam!
“My fiance and I met as roommates (we had mutual friends) in our house on Murray Street, senior year at Binghamton. Five years later, he proposed to me at the very last Binghamton Senators game -- they had been some of our favorite dates when we lived on Washington St. after graduating. We now live in Buffalo and are still huge hockey fans!”
-Diana Buchhalter ’13 and Scott Springer ’13
Not much help with accounting, A+ boyfriend.
“We both joined Greek life at the same time and officially met at an event. We didn’t talk until he tried helping me with my accounting homework (he didn’t help much); and he told me we used to be in the same calc class, but I had no idea. We didn’t start talking again until the next year, and our first “date” was at Jazzman’s, where we talked for three hours and only stopped when he had to leave for a review session. He asked me out a few days later and we’ve been together for just over three years.”
-Elyse Aufrichtig ’17 and Anthony Costanzo ’15
Insta saw it first!
“Matt and I met in the spring of 2012 when he interviewed to be an official for intramurals. I was part of the panel interviewing him and noticed he was super cute (I might have asked a couple of questions that weren’t on the list too). He was hired and we started working together in the fall of 2012. He was the President of his fraternity, Theta Tai and I was the President of Club Soccer so we organized a mixer for our two groups and the rest is kind of history. We will be celebrating our 5 year anniversary in February! This picture was taken at Tom and Marty’s and is the first official picture posted of us (Insta saw it first).”
-Diana Weber ’13 and Matt Correa ’15
Binghamton, bringing people together.
“We met at Binghamton during my senior year when he came back to visit friends as an alumnus of the University, and we have gone back to visit Bing each year since then! This photo is from Homecoming this October. We both love Binghamton so much, and I love that we have the special bond of both being Binghamton University grads.”
-Spenser Carrion '16 and Dan Nyfenger '14
100 some dances and 10 years later...
"Rachel and I met at a GIM for the Binghamton Ballroom Dance Team. We both made the team and got to know each other during practices and competitions. We started dating in Spring 2009 and will be getting married in Summer 2019 -- a full 10 years later!"
-Sharif Khalil '11, MS '12 and Rachel Sayson BS '12
You never know who will end up at your door.
“I met Amanda late in the evening while getting ready to sleep in advance of an early lab class the following morning. I heard a knock at the common room suite door in Smith Hall, which I answered without any expectations and without any pants (don't worry, mom). We followed each other throughout NYC after graduation, as I went off to medical school, and she to law school. She got a job in intellectual property and cybercrime law, while I completed my Internal Medicine Residency at Columbia University Medical Center. She now works in commercial litigation and I will soon start my Cardiology Fellowship in Manhattan. This October will mark 10 wonderful years we've been together. We are getting married in May 2018 with our Binghamton family in our wedding party!”
-Amanda Grannis '12 and Joshua Lampert '11
A missed connection until...
“My husband and I both started Binghamton in fall of 1999. I graduated in December 2003, and he graduated a year early, in May 2002. Our circles crossed, but we never met. I used to work in the Hinman and Reserve libraries for work study and my husband would go there to study. We lived in Hillside during the same time; I lived in Evangola and he lived in Glimmerglass. I could see his bedroom window from our living room window. We used to go to each other's buildings to wash laundry when our machines were occupied. My apartment mates were friends with his apartment mates, and I even went into his apartment once with them. He visited my apartment once, too. Still never met him. We finally met in November 2005 at a bar in the Lower East Side for a mutual friend's birthday party, who also graduated in 2003. We were married in 2009 and welcomed our son in 2014.
-Danielle Gutter Hoffman '03 and Michael Hoffman '02
Nothing stronger than that Binghamton bond.
"I met Jacob freshman year, as we were both moving into Newing. We were both English majors from Long Island, and we bonded over our love of books and movies. We had so many amazing memories at Binghamton, whether hiking the Nature Preserve, shabbat meals at Chabad, or listening to bands at Late Nite. We recently got engaged and we're looking forward to celebrating our wedding with our Binghamton friends!"
-Rebecca Rosen '14 and Jacob Shamsian '15
40 countries, 27 years, 2 children - 1 Binghamton.
"We met in Binghamton in August 1986 during our first week of freshman year. Both of us lived in Newing, I lived in Delaware and Suzanne lived in Chenango. We were introduced by my roommate, Scott Terhaar, (Scott and Suzanne went to high school together.) Suzanne and I got married in 1990 and attended graduate school together at Columbia in New York City. A few years after grad school, we moved to LA (where our 2 children were born -- a daughter Alexandra, now 23, and a son, James, now 21). After 10 years in Los Angeles, we moved to London in 2003 and then Hong Kong in 2007... then back to London in 2009 and finally back to LA in 2016! In our spare time, we like to travel together. We have visited 5 continents and roughly 40 countries! We thank Binghamton and Scott Terhaar for bringing us together. We have been happily married for 27 years!"
Todd Lituchy '89 and Suzanne Lituchy '89
Carolyn Bernardo is the strategic communication and marketing manager at Binghamton University. As a Binghamton native, she is passionate about the area and about the University.
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