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Familiar campus right place for grad student

Binghamton University was playing a major role in Morgan Appel’s life long before she enrolled for classes. The graduate student in student affairs administration, who already holds a degree in comparative literature from Binghamton, attended the Campus Pre-School at the University and also performed at the Anderson Center with her dance studio at a young age.

“I had always thought I would come to Binghamton,” says Appel, a Vestal native. “I was always exposed to the campus and I loved it. I knew that here I would be living in small communities but have the opportunity to feel like I was at a big school.”

At Binghamton, Appel’s campus pride and knowledge of the community were used in admissions, where she served as a tour guide and as the hiring coordinator for the guides. During the summers, Appel supervised the 25 guides working on campus.

Appel says she looked for tour guides who were well-rounded students with personal stories.

“The people who stand out have a story to tell,” she says. “It helps families get a connection in which they could see themselves coming here.”

Joe Tiesi, assistant director of undergraduate admissions and coordinator of campus visits, was impressed by Appel’s work.

“Morgan brought enthusiasm and professionalism to the tour guide program,” Tiesi says. “She was highly respected by the tour guide staff because of her leadership experience and attention to detail. As hiring coordinator, Morgan chose an outstanding group of dynamic and impressive Binghamton University students as tour guides.”

Appel also was active in other areas of campus as a resident assistant in Dickinson Community; a member of the Dance Team; and working with the Children’s Dance Theatre and Circle K.

Her experiences caused Appel to consider a career in higher education. Currently working as a program coordinator in the Dean of Students Office, she's also enrolled in Binghamton's master's program in student affairs administration.

“I’d have an absolute blast in everything I’ve done here, whether it’s performing here when I was young or sitting on the Anderson Center lawn when I was 3 to see Peter, Paul and Mary,” she says. “Every club or activity I’ve been involved with has been welcoming. It’s opened me up to a lot of different ideas.”

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Last Updated: 7/19/12