Presenting Binghamton University’s First Annual Holiday Sweater Contest
Posted by Office of Media and Public Relations on December 10, 2018
With the holidays approaching, we thought what better way to celebrate than to invite everyone on campus to put on an ugly sweater and get their picture taken? Binghamton students, faculty and staff donned their festive apparel for our first-ever Holiday Sweater Contest. Participants were asked to bring a food or personal care items to donate to Bear Necessities Food Pantry. From sweaters celebrating sports teams to more homespun creations, Binghamton really came through in our inaugural event. Take a gander at these festive sweaters!
Leanne Benham, Cheerleader
"It’s simple, but festive, and it jingles when I move. I want to have fun."
Tanyah Barnes, Associate Director, Multicultural Resource Center
“I am very sarcastic. With finals and everything, I want to say ‘Bite me’, but I can’t, so I wore this.”
Megan Benson, Instructional Outreach Librarian
"I wear this every year. It’s super comfy. I'll take any excuse to wear yoga pants to work."
James Garcia, Account Specialist, Visions Federal Credit Union
"I was inspired by the movie A Christmas Story."
Ben Turnpenny, Lecturer, Chemistry Dept.
"I'm a big Buffalo Bills fan. I wanted to show my team spirit."
Baxter Bearcat, School Mascot
(Baxter declined to comment.)
Cindy Blackman, Assistant Director of Marketing, Dean of Students Office
"What inspired your outfit?"
“I work for Dean of Students and Residential Life and we have such a good time with all of the people. That was it, just the people!”
Betty Anne Gaube, Athletic Director for Annual Giving, Intercollegiate Athletics
"I had a sweater like this one many years ago, in the 80’s. I got this one from Goodwill and added reclaimed lights to wear to the annual Christmas party."
Rita Carr, Secretary, Geography Dept.
"They all love pets and I put bells on it so they know when I’m coming!”
Michelle Hayes, Secretary, Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
"I have twins who are 21 now. My sweater is inspired by my kids’ artwork from elementary school."
Justin Ames, Spirit Squad, Student Athletics
"I didn’t have an ugly sweater. I wanted to make something."
Staci Sage, Secretary to the Chair, Psychology Department
“I created this for an ugly Christmas party. I found the design on Pinterest and created the whole thing from scratch.”
Frank Frear, Senior Parking Attendant for Events, Parking Services
"Festivus for the rest of us!"
Crystal Williams, Graduate Assistant, Dean of Students Office
“I just took it from my friend's closet, to be honest, and just put it on.”
Kaitlyn Dellegar,Team Cheer, Student Athletics
"I have a lot of school spirit. I wanted to match my school spirit with my team spirit."
Harvey Stenger, President
"It’s like a fast clip-on tie that comes with a shirt. It makes life so simple. You just throw it on with pants and you're good to go."
Jillian Ryan, Kickline President
"I just wanted something very ugly. I thought it would be perfect for this."
Jeremiah Baldwin, Branch Manager, Visions Federal Credit Union
On his light-up sweater:
“If you’re going to wear an ugly sweater, you may as well do it with lights. Because everywhere we go, there’s enough darkness out there where we need to bring light."
Sara Muftic, Marketing Assistant, Dean of Students Office
“My holiday sweater is Star Trek-themed. It has snowflakes and the Enterprise. I’m a big fan of Star Trek.”
Linda Salomons, Parent, Family and Events Coordinator
“I have my Hanukkah sweater. Today is the fourth day of Hanukkah and tonight will be the fifth. I’m Jewish and celebrating the holiday right now.”
Carl Darling, Assistant Director, University Union
"I don't own a Christmas sweater."
Julia Rinaldi, BU Dance Team
"I wore this sweater because I wanted to spread holiday spirit as much as my team and I spread school spirit!"
Nicole Sirju-Johnson, Director, Multicultural Resource Center
"The holidays are coming and we eat, drink and be merry. The struggle is real -- we have to get to the gym."
Erica Folli, Compliance Assistant and Academic Advisor, Intercollegiate Athletics
"I created the sweater and wanted to represent athletics."
Charlie Grochawiak, Jason Gilbert, Paul Deeley, Todd Schmidt and Dave Lewis, Physical Facilities
“We went to lunch without adult supervision, ended up at Sam’s Club, and they had these on a rack, so I bought one for Todd and I. When we got back, I realized everyone needed one, so I got one for our whole department.” -- Jason Gilbert
Nick Pellegrino, Student
"I'm in computer science and my sweater features a Mario video game."
Cheryl Rodrigues, Cheer Team, Student Athletics
"What was your inspiration?"
"To spread holiday cheer and be festive, fun and sparkly."
Palmer Perkins, Student Intern, Office of Media and Public Relations
"I’m a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan."
Adelle Ricci, Junior, Biology Major
"I was sitting upstairs and I was looking on Snapchat and saw you guys were doing an ugly sweater contest. Ironically, I had a fun holiday sweater, so I thought I would come down and check it out.”
Kimberly Abrahall, Junior, BU Dance Team
"I'm wearing the 12 Days of Christmas sweater because my family has a tradition of singing it together on Christmas Eve!"
For more information on Bear Necessities Food Pantry, go online.
Thanks to Texas Roadhouse, Chick-N-Bap and CopperTop Pizzeria for providing prizes to our three winners.
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