18 Binghamton Moments of 2018

Posted by Office of Media and Public Relations on December 19, 2018

With another year coming to a close, what better way to reflect than by looking back? Here are some of the University's most memorable moments from 2018.

We welcomed the Class of 2022 in style

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In what has become an annual tradition, the class of 2022 came together to form a giant B on the Peace Quad to kick off their college careers! 

The Pharmacy School opened its doors

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At last, the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Johnson City opened up on our new, 11-acre Health Sciences campus. Starting in 2020, the campus will also house the University’s Decker School of Nursing, as well as other healthcare-based organizations and high-tech businesses.

The Koffman Southern Tier Incubator thrived

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2018 has been the year of the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator! The incubator provides entrepreneurs and startups with the knowledge and resources they need to build sustainable businesses, and it's at full capacity. Companies in numerous sectors are growing rapidly, and some have outgrown the Incubator itself. Six companies graduated the Incubator in 2018 and are now thriving in other exciting locations throughout Broome County. The Koffman Incubator is also home to important community meetings and events, such as our Town Gown Advisory Board meetings.

Spring Fling was a blast

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Students gathered on the Peace Quad and the Spine to have fun one last time before wrapping up another great year at Binghamton. There were plenty of rides, food and inflatables for all to enjoy! The event ended with a concert featuring Foster the People, an indie-pop band famous for its hit song “Pumped Up Kicks.”

'Castle On The Hill' delighted audiences

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Elizabeth Mozer of the Theatre Dept. wrote and produced her very own play on campus. Castle On The Hill tells stories about what went on inside the halls of The NYS Inebriate Asylum, which first opened in Binghamton in 1864. The building has since been nicknamed "The Castle" because of its gothic architecture. Patients, their families and staff members of the former Binghamton State Hospital inspired the tales showcased in the play.

Anne Bailey published her book

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History professor Anne Bailey released her book The Weeping Time, which exposes the details of a slave auction in 1859 -- the largest slave auction in U.S. history -- and its modern-day aftermath.

Graduates received a champagne toast

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President Stenger hosted a farewell party at the end of the spring semester for students. The event included a champagne toast for all of the graduates in honor of their hard work and academic achievements.

Commencement 2018 was groundbreaking

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This year, Commencement weekend fell during the Jewish holiday Shavuot, or the feast of weeks, marking the revelation at Sinai. Binghamton broke new ground by hosting an alternative graduation ceremony to accommodate observant Jewish students and their families. 

'Path of Tolerance' made history at Binghamton

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Binghamton was the first major institution to present the full Path of Tolerance collection in the United States, and the first to exhibit the pieces directly on the ground. This growing exhibition – initially starting with just 21 pieces and now boasting 93 – features artwork based on the theme of tolerance from contributors worldwide. All pieces were printed on the ground along the spine.

EOP celebrated 50 years

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The Educational Opportunity Program at Binghamton celebrated its golden anniversary! In celebration, the program held a 50-year reunion in the Union and honored the thousands of EOP alumni who have benefited from the life-changing opportunities given to them here in Broome County.

Baxter got a bench

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Baxter Bearcat cut the ribbon on a new bench in the Union, opening it to the public. Now, anyone can sit and snap a selfie with our favorite mascot!

Bo Burnham discussed his career

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Bo Burnham, a distinguished comedian and entertainer, spoke to a sold-out audience at the Anderson Center, where he discussed how he built his career. 

The campus mourned

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Students gathered to honor the lives of senior nursing student Haley Anderson and freshman engineering student Joau Souza, who died tragically in the spring. Anderson and Souza are remembered as outstanding students and friends.

Binghamton Wrestling celebrated 50 years

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Binghamton Wrestling celebrated its 50-year anniversary, welcoming wrestling alumni, friends and supporters back to Binghamton.

Students captured breathtaking photos

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Throughout the year, students sent in many beautiful photos from their Instagram accounts of their favorite spots on campus. 

Presidential Diversity Research Grants were awarded

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Eight non-tenured, diverse faculty were awarded Presidential Diversity Research Grants, designed to assist them in pursuing research opportunities that will meet the requirements for tenure.

Pathbreaking research was conducted

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It was another great year for research at Binghamton! From discovering that a heating and freezing technique called dual thermal ablation can kill pancreatic cancer cells, to finding out that CEOs who are paid less than their peers are more likely to engage in layoffs, to excavating the site of the famous Woodstock music festival to map out the stage’s exact location, our faculty and students are engaging in exciting projects.

We welcomed a new police chief

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This year, the New York State University Police at Binghamton issued a change of command when John Pelletier took over the department as its new chief from outgoing Chief Timothy Faughnan, who has taken on the newly formed position of associate vice president for emergency services. 

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