Jay Benet '74 spoke to current students on Friday afternoon about how success in business is achieved through the right combination of money, information and people. Benet, chief financial officer and vice chairman of Travelers Insurance, discussed what has made his company successful and enabled it to stand the test of time since its founding in 1864.
"The tone at the top is one of trying to do the right thing for shareholders and employees," he said. "One of our mantras is 'spend money like it's your own.' We tell people that all the time. You have a fiduciary duty to do the right thing."
Donald Nieman, dean of Harpur College, introduced Benet and said the mathematics major is a shining example of a liberal arts graduate.
Students met with members of the Alumni Association's Board of Directors at the Reception to Honor Student Leaders on Friday afternoon at Mohawk Hall. The networking reception brought tomorrow's leaders together with those of today. Arlene Barnard '90 and Monique Hacker '00 (pictured) were just two of the board members who met with students.
More than 40 students, alumni and faculty members attended the geology department's seminar, at which professors discussed modern-day discoveries, problems and solutions. After the seminar, many gathered together for Friday afternoon "tea," where alumni connected with old faculty and current students. "I came back for this kind of reception with the alumni," said Pete Haff '84. "We talk with students and we tell them what we currently do, see if they are interested in asking us questions, then we have the seminar - very interesting - and now we have tea. It's great." Tulin Aldas '04 and Lou Gibia '03 say the seminar and "tea" is one of their favorite stops each year they attend Homecoming. "I would come back for anything if they wanted me to," Aldas said. "We had such a great time as undergrads, and our whole existence is from here, so we are really rooted in the school."
The Alumni Association held a ceremony on Friday afternoon to remember Chuck Dickson, director of the alumni office 1995-2002, who died earlier this year after a battle with cancer. A plaque bearing his name is now a permanent part of the Memorial Courtyard at the center of the Fine Arts Building.
On Friday evening, members of the Class of 1969 met for dinner at Sharkey's in Binghamton. It was a great opportunity for roommates and hallmates to catch up with each other. (Pictured are Richard Alpern '69 and Sandra Alpern '70, member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.) While the University has changed a great deal since the good old days of Harpur College, Sharkey's has basically remained much the same – the bowling game is still there!
Alumni who attended the Decker School of Nursing's dessert reception on Friday night said they were fascinated by the changes occurring at the university since their time as undergrads. Nancy Wolf '90, MS '93, said the reception was a perfect opportunity to meet new faculty members of the Decker school, while catching up with old ones. "It feels great to be here, to talk to people, see what the school is doing now and how it has progressed," said Wolf.
EOP alumni had an opportunity to gather and meet the program's new director, Randall Edouard, at a Friday evening reception at the West Gym. Edouard said strong support from the EOP alumni makes the program a success today. Jennifer Seary '00 said, "It is important for me to support the upcoming EOP students and let them know there are alumni out here and we are happy to network and interact with them." Dr. Leo Wilton '93 recognizes the hard work the staff puts into EOP, which has grown significantly over the past few years. "I really believe in the work the EOP staff does very strongly," Wilton said. "They work very hard with the students, and I like to support that effort." Many of the alumni who attended the reception headed to the BSU's annual fashion show, also held at West Gym.
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Last Updated: 11/12/09