July 24, 2024
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10 Alumni Who Found Their Home at Binghamton

There are numerous faculty responsible for the success of Binghamton as a highly-ranked academic institution, and many staff members working at the University today are proud graduates themselves – using their lived experiences on campus to make a difference for generations of students to come. Some have even earned up to three degrees!

From student affairs to library services, here are just 10 accomplished alumni who have found their home studying and working at Binghamton.

Johann Fiore-Conte, MS '83

Fiore-Conte studied family nursing at Binghamton. She is associate vice president for student affairs and the chief health and wellness officer, chairing the Healthy Campus Initiative. Fiore-Conte oversees several different areas of campus, such as Campus Recreational Services and the Office of Student Conduct. She also helps guide the strategic development of policies and programs to enhance Binghamton’s environment, improving health, well-being and success within the community.

Fiore-Conte’s favorite memory as a student at the Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences was the personal and professional growth she encountered during her graduate education, which she attributes to many amazing faculty members.

Andre Mathis '09, MPA '12

After earning his bachelor of arts in political science in 2009, Mathis continued to study at Binghamton for his master of public administration. He now works with the University Libraries as the Bartle Library services manager, supervising both professional and student staff at the circulation desk. One of his favorite memories was watching the men’s basketball team win the American East Championship in 2009.

“I found out the game was going to be played in the Events Center. I remember standing in line for five hours to get a ticket for the game,” he said. “When they won the championship game, what a rush it was to have the student section storm the court and celebrate with the team.”

Caroline Antalek '16

At Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, Antalek majored in Spanish language and literature while minoring in education. As the University’s source project program coordinator at the Department of External Scholarships and Undergraduate Research Center, she assists with planning campus-wide student poster sessions during Research Days. Like the majority of Binghamton students, Antalek enjoyed experiencing Springhamton on campus.
“As a student, I always looked forward to studying outside or lounging in the grass between classes,” she said.

Robin Alpaugh '90, MA '96

Alpaugh is the University’s business advisor with the Small Business Development Center at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator in downtown Binghamton, specializing in business and government relations, project management and community engagement.

Alpaugh, who studied political science and government, credits his success to Professor Harold Nieburg, who encouraged him to keep pushing through coursework and was always available to help.

Michael Coyle '19, MS '23

Coyle is a technology licensing associate with the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships, where he helps life science professors develop and patent new technologies. He is also a research technician at the Research Foundation for SUNY, where he studies and analyzes animal behavior and wet labs.

While he was double-majoring in integrative neuroscience and biochemistry, Coyle was involved in several hands-on research projects in labs across campus, including his honors senior thesis under Professor Christopher Bishop on reducing drug-induced side effects when treating Parkinson’s disease. Coyle still works with Bishop and his biotech company to this day. He also enjoyed taking OUT 122: Skiing and Snowboarding and practicing his skills at Greek Peak, a ski resort located near Cortland, N.Y.

Yongabi Ngoh, MPA '18

As a graduate student working toward his master’s in public administration, Ngoh became increasingly passionate about nonprofit management and leadership. He is now the assistant director of graduate school operations, helping support students reach their goals of academic success and professional development.

Ngoh’s favorite memory on campus was fundraising for local and international organizations as part of his public administration classes.

Barbara Blake '18

Blake works as a resource-sharing assistant for the University Libraries, where she manages borrowing requests across all Binghamton locations.

As an English literature and general rhetoric major with an education minor, Blake enjoyed taking ENG 245: Shakespeare with Professor Alvin Vos and working with the English Language Institute, which provides tutoring and mentoring services to non-native English-speaking students.

Bernard Fleming, MS '22

Fleming works as a mental health site supervisor for Binghamton University Community Schools, where he provides non-clinical supervision to social work interns who assist students from preschool to 12th grade. The division, which consists of over a dozen local school districts, helps “build bridges between community resources, placing the school at the core of the community, to support youth, families and neighborhoods within and beyond the doors of the classroom.”

Fleming said his favorite part about studying at Binghamton for his master’s in student affairs administration was the support he received from his professors, who wanted him to succeed professionally as well as academically.

Ada Robinson-Perez, PhD '19

Robinson-Perez received her PhD in community research and action from the College of Community and Public Affairs in 2019. She is now the executive director and affirmative action officer of the University’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, which aims “to foster an inclusive and equitable environment welcoming all students, faculty, staff and the local community.”

One of Robinson-Perez’s favorite memories was being able to defend her dissertation with her family, friends and colleagues in attendance during her final year as a student, a feat that requires hours of work and preparation.

Alison Twang '11, MPA '13, PhD '22

Twang is director of the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), developing connections between the University and community through student participation in civic culture and engagement. During her time at the CCE, Twang has helped increase student voter registration and turnout rates. She received her bachelor’s in political science, master’s in public administration, and PhD in community and public affairs all from Binghamton.

As a student, Twang loved living in Hinman College with her suitemates and hanging out in the dining hall, which recently completed renovations in 2021.

Whether you’re a first-year undergraduate student or longtime alumnus, you can always find opportunities at Binghamton University through volunteer work, internships and employment.

If you’re a recent Binghamton grad and are interested in working on campus, consider joining programs like MentorMatch and GreenMachine to connect with other alumni and stay up to date with the latest networking events.

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