February 28, 2024
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Our 23 Favorite Photos from 2023

With the year drawing to a close, it’s always worth looking through the thousands of photos captured by Binghamton’s photographers and reflecting on all we experienced over the past 12 months. Between student events, new facilities and departments, developments in research, faculty achievements and the overall beauty of campus, there are plenty of people and places begging to be digitally immortalized. Here are 23 photos that capture life at Binghamton University in 2023.

Pure Campus Beauty

Beautiful, aerial shot of campus in Fall 2023

Binghamton’s architecture surrounded by the rolling hills of rich fall leaves is almost Hogwarts-esque.

Giancarlo Esposito’s trip to Bing

Actor Giancarlo Esposito visits Binghamton

This photo captures renowned actor Giancarlo Esposito’s spirit in his presentation and Q&A for students at Binghamton. In addition to his roles as Gustavo Fring in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, as well as Moff Gideon in The Mandalorian, he is now known by students as an inspiration to invest in their passions.

60 years of spreading knowledge

Zoja Pavlovskis-Petit receives a plaque for 60 years of service at Binghamton University

At age 87, Comparative Literature Professor Zoja Pavlovskis-Petit is still teaching her students and enjoying every moment! This year, the University honored her for 60 years of service.

Rich the Kid brings the Madness

Rich The Kid headlines ONEBinghamton Madness

You can feel the excitement and energy in this photo as rapper Rich the Kid kick-starts the Bearcats basketball season with a free concert for #ONEBinghamton Madness.

Competing in community

Co-Rec Games ensue!

Campus communities went head to head in Residential Life’s Bearcat Co-Rec Challenge. These two Hinman students shared some competitive spirit during trivia.

Celebrating spring in every color

Students celebrate Holi.

The Hindu Student Council and Delta Epsilon Psi hosted a campus celebration of Holi, a traditional Hindu holiday celebrating spring with more than a few splashes of color. The event served as a fundraiser for the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation.

Nobel Peace Prize winner receives commemorative prize

2021 Nobel Peace Prize Winner receives award

This image features Maria Ressa, center, receiving the inaugural Nadia Rubaii prize from Binghamton University’s Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP). Ressa, a Filipino-American journalist, received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2021 for her unabating work defending human rights, freedom of the press, and democracy. The prize was developed in honor of Rubaii’s legacy as an accomplished scholar, beloved teacher, and founder of I-GMAP after she died in 2022.

The cheesiest entrepreneurs

Two Binghamton alums start their own cheese shop

Binghamton graduates Sarah and Matthew Simiele started their own cheese shop in Syracuse in 2022. Sarah was considering medical school when she helped start up Binghamton’s Cheese Club and realized she could make it into a career.

Two days of cultural embrace

Haudenosaunee Festival at Binghamton

This beautiful shot of the first Haudenosaunee Festival held on campus features members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Vestal Museum, and the University collaborating to celebrate Indigenous culture with dance, music, food, storytelling, and much more.

Foliage galore at sunset

Beautiful Autumn Sunrise

We couldn’t help but include this stunning shot of the Health Sciences and Pharmacy buildings in Johnson City framed by golden leaves and a hazy sunset.

A game to be remembered

Student sings national anthem before Rumble Ponies game

In September, pharmacy student Ashante Concepcion sang the national anthem at a special Binghamton Rumble Ponies game. It highlighted the unveiling of a “Freedom Trail” historical marker for Bud Fowler, an African-American baseball player predating Jackie Robinson. The Freedom Trail project is a result of Governor Kathy Hochul’s $400,000 grant to the Harriet Tubman Center for Freedom and Equity at Binghamton University.

Dreaming in the rain

2023 Luma Festival

International projection artists always outdo themselves every year at LUMA Projection Arts Festival in downtown Binghamton! It was a rainy weekend, but that didn’t stop people from coming out to see streets full of dreamlike displays.

Men's club hockey wins national championships

The men's club hockey team receives the President's Medal

It was an exciting day when the Men’s Club Ice Hockey team won the Division II national championship this year with an amazing 23-5-1 record, completing a great redemption story after finishing in second place last season. The team presented the trophy to President Stenger, a former ice hockey player himself.

Shenanigans in the Lanes

Students bowling in The Lanes

Don’t knock this student’s bowling form until you try it. The Lanes, a bowling alley located in the Union, is a popular destination for carefree hours of cheap, reliable fun.

Learning using the best tools

Students at new lab in Decker

The new Anatomy and Physiology Lab hosts engaging and responsive models for students. Using the best technology is essential to provide the best care.

Sharing a moment of sheer joy

Student speaker joyful at Harpur Commencement 2023

Commencement is one of the most meaningful and emotional events every year at Binghamton. Whether you are a student, alum, parent, or otherwise, you can’t resist the urge to put your hands up and embrace the best parts of achievement and the college experience.

Connecting with nature through movement

Students participate in a Taekwondo class outside.

It’s always a sight to catch a Taekwondo class in action on a beautiful day like this one.

Expanding our dining options

New food trucks on campus

Binghamton expanded its many food options this year with two new food trucks: Global Taco and Caribbean Connection!

A lifetime of service to students

Celebration at EOP for retired senior counselor

A standing ovation for Westley Van Dunk ’74, a retired senior counselor for the Educational Opportunity Program who served in the Binghamton community for over 40 years. The Homecoming event honored him and his colleague Vanessa Young ’78, each of whom played longstanding, critical roles in helping students reach their academic and career goals.

A toast to be remembered

Soon-to-be-graduates celebrate a toast at Pres Send Off 2023

President Stenger and Student Association President Nia Johnson toasted graduating students as they set off on their journeys beyond Binghamton.

Colorful and collaborative expression

Ballet Mecanique Performance

In “Ballet Mécanique,” students from dance, music, and cinema classes collaborated on compositions using specialized film and animation techniques combined with physical performances.

The Class of 2027’s “Flying B”

The Class of 2027 forms the 2023 Flying B Photo!

The class of 2027 helped form this year’s “Flying B” in the sports complex. What better way to symbolize the collective efforts of students giving life and vibrancy to their university?

Once in a super blue moon

Super blue moon sunset behind Binghamton University's campus

Occurring only once a decade, the “super blue moon” made an appearance this year on the Binghamton horizon.

Stephen Folkerts is an intern for the Office of Public Media and Relations, and a senior majoring in English. He hopes to work in ministry and publishing. In his spare time, he enjoys jazz drumming, poetry and basketball.

Jonathan Cohen has been Binghamton University’s official campus photographer since 2005.

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