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Binghamton University names distinguished award winners


BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton University Professional Employees Council (PEC) will recognize several outstanding award winners at this year’s fall luncheon at noon Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the University Union’s Mandela Room, on campus.

Kerry Stamp, PEC Distinguished Service Award Recipient
Assistant Director for Study Abroad in the Office of International Programs (OIP) Kerry Stamp earned her bachelor’s degree in Romance
languages and her master’s degree in public administration from Binghamton University. In addition, her study-abroad experience in Argentina changed her life and fueled her aspiration to make international education her career path. Stamp began her career at Binghamton University in 2010 and assumed her current position in OIP in 2011, combining her dual passions for international education and community service. Managing a portfolio of Binghamton University’s own study-abroad programs, her job is to advise students about Binghamton and SUNY options during their decision-making process to go abroad, prepare the students for the experience and oversee the marketing of study-abroad programs on campus. Stamp is an accomplished professional who is dedicated to making Binghamton University the best it can be, working toward the broad goal of creating opportunities for people who might not have them without the support of the institution.  

Krishnaswami "Hari" Srihari, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in International Education
Distinguished Professor and Dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science Krishnaswami "Hari" Srihari holds a bachelor’s degree in production engineering from the University of Madras, India, and master’s and doctoral degrees in industrial engineering and operations research from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has transformed the Watson School with an ambitious vision for its internationalization, encompassing breadth and depth from research to teaching to individual student learning. Recognized with the 2014 Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award, he is strategic in the development of international partnerships with universities. He has initiated or continued approximately 11 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with select international partners, and with current, successful partnerships in India, China, Korea, Jordan, Turkey, Vietnam and Brazil, he has plans for expansion to other countries, building on the Watson School’s existing strengths and as appropriate partners are identified.

Tammara Behonick, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service
Assistant Dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) Tammara Behonick earned her bachelor’s degree in management and her master’s degree in accounting from Binghamton University, and worked as a financial/human resources assistant at Cornell University before joining the staff at Binghamton in 1998. She has been a staff assistant and coordinator of graduate programs for the Watson School, served as assistant to the provost for five years, and became assistant dean for the School of Education and Human Development in 2005, remaining in that role with CCPA when the new school was created. She is known for providing accurate information, prompt assistance and creative solutions while addressing the variety of challenges that can arise during day-to-day administrative operations. She is the quintessential go-to person for problems large and small, and her resourcefulness has repeatedly changed seemingly hopeless situations into success stories.

Dennis Chavez, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service
Director of Student Financial aid and Records Dennis Chavez manages and oversees all financial aid and registrar functions, policies and procedures to support student success and maintain the University’s student record. With a bachelor’s degree in social sciences/human services from the University at Buffalo, he began his career at Cornell University, where he rose to director of student financial aid and employment before joining the staff at Binghamton as associate director of student financial aid and employment in 1998. He rose to director in 2001 and assumed his current position in 2010. Approaching challenges thoughtfully and inclusively, he has created a student-centered vision for providing services to students that further the University’s mission. Guided by noteworthy principles, he focuses on reducing student debt and minimizing the gap for students with financial need so they can pursue their dreams rather than take a position that pays more, so they can pay off their debt.

Rose Frierman, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service
Senior Director of Alumni Relations Rose Frierman is the chief operating officer/chief financial officer for the Alumni Association Board of Directors, representing more than 117,000 Binghamton University alumni. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, specializing in marketing, from Elmira College, and a master’s degree in social science from Binghamton University. Before joining the staff at Binghamton University in 1986, she served as associate director of admissions at Elmira College. During her tenure at Binghamton, she has shown unwavering support for the alumni body, worked tirelessly to obtain campus buy-in for Alumni Association initiatives and developed meaningful relationships that have revitalized and propelled the association forward. For over two decades, she has been the driving force of the Alumni Association, providing steady leadership and helping to reenergize and refocus its mission, charting a course that enables the association to meet and exceed its goals.

Lisa Gilroy, Council/Foundation Award
Assistant Vice President for Sponsored Programs in the Division of Research Lisa Gilroy earned her bachelor’s degree in applied social sciences and her master’s in public administration from Binghamton University. She also holds a certificate in government acquisition and management from Binghamton. She began her tenure at Binghamton University in 1986 as an administrative assistant in the Small Business Development Center and moved to the Office of Sponsored Programs as an assistant for grant and contract applications in 1989. She was promoted in 1995 and again in 2002 to increasingly responsible grant and contract administrator positions, and became director of the office in 2004. In 2010, she was promoted to her current position, and added the role of diversity officer for the Division of Research to her duties in 2013. She has tremendous expertise in working with faculty to search for funding, submit proposals, negotiate contracts and work on details with attorneys and technology transfer experts.

To read more about Binghamton University’s 2014 Excellence Award recipients, visit

The Professional Employees Council (PEC) is the officially recognized organization of professional employees at Binghamton University, consisting of 27 elected members who represent the concerns and needs of their constituents. The PEC "exists to contribute to the growth and welfare of professional employees." Working with the other members of the University community, professionals are an integral part of Binghamton University and contribute greatly to its excellence. 

Last Updated: 9/17/13