19 Binghamton Moments of 2019

Posted by Office of Media and Public Relations on December 17, 2019

It was another banner year at Binghamton! From groundbreaking research to game show wins, our students, faculty and staff made moves year-round. As 2019 comes to a close, take a look back on some of the biggest moments of the last 12 months.

Professor M. Stanley Whittingham won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

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Whittingham, distinguished professor of chemistry and materials science, won the prize for pioneering research leading to the development of the lithium-ion battery, along with John B. Goodenough and Akira Yoshino.

We welcomed the class of 2023

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The class of 2023 continued the annual tradition of forming a giant B on Move-In Day to kick off their first year of college.

Alum Steven Canals discussed his TV career

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Canals, ‘05, MA ‘08, returned to campus to talk about his hit show Pose. The series was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series -- Drama, as well as a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series.

Kevin Boettcher thrived on “Jeopardy”

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Over the summer, staff member Kevin Boettcher took a special trip to California to be a contestant on Jeopardy, and earned a total of $73,403.

Campus got a facelift

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The Engineering Building got a new exterior and windows to improve energy efficiency. Plus, the MarketPlace received new flooring and additional seating, Science 2 got an updated exterior and the front entrance had sidewalks installed. 

Commencement 2019 was amazing

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More than 4,100 doctoral, master's and bachelor's degrees were awarded at this year’s graduation ceremony.

Spring Fling was a blast

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Students gathered on campus to kick off the last few weeks of the semester with rides, games, food, and a concert with Playboi Carti and Goldlink.

We hosted the first-ever Homecoming Block Party

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#BingPride hit an all-time high for Homecoming Weekend this year as students met downtown on Washington St. to celebrate the very first Block Party!

Our first Fall Fest was fun

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Students enjoyed decorating pumpkins, making caramel apples, getting caricature drawings and other fun at the Student Association’s first-ever Fall Fest.

“The Wolves” impressed audiences

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The Binghamton University Theatre Department kicked-off their 2019-2020 season with a production of the award-winning play The Wolves.

Family Weekend was amazing

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Families and loved ones came to campus for a great weekend of open houses, faculty lectures, food, fun, tours and more!

Brewster became a Bearcat

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This year we met Brewster--President Stenger and his wife Cathy Frakenbach’s new pup--and we couldn’t get enough of his cuteness!

LUMA lit up Downtown Binghamton

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2019 marked the five-year anniversary of LUMA, the spectacular projection arts festival that lights up downtown Binghamton every September. This year, students got involved with the event like never before! Two computer science majors, Paul Tilley and Madison Werner, created an interactive feature where attendees could play classic video games that were projected onto buildings!

Our schools celebrated big anniversaries

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Both the School of Management and the Decker School of Nursing celebrated five decades of excellence this year, while Harpur College turned 70!

Our rankings rose

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U.S. News & World Report ranked Binghamton #52 on its “Best Value Colleges” list -- ten spots higher than the previous year. We also ranked 31st among public universities and colleges, and 79th among all universities and colleges in the category of “America’s Best Colleges.” And we now boast a No. 1 ranking in sustainability research from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Faculty conducted groundbreaking research

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From studying how paid family leave improves vaccination rates, to developing an algorithm capable of detecting cyberbullying, to creating a device that can minimize scarring after cosmetic surgery, our faculty and students produced exciting new research. 

We launched the B-FIRST mentoring program for first-gen students

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B-FIRST was created with first-generation college students in mind, connecting them with first-generation faculty, staff, alumni and graduate-student mentors.

Construction began on Decker's new home

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Major work continues at the future home of the Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Johnson City. The building is part of the University's new Health Sciences Campus.

Lecturer Bill Clark broke a second Guinness World Record

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Bill Clark, adjunct lecturer of Health and Wellness Studies, broke a new Guinness World Record: most steel spikes bent in under a minute. He had previously beaten the world record for most license plates broken in a minute.

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