Hundreds of SUNY alumni gathered at Citi Field in Queens, New York last week for the second annual SUNY Alumni Day at the Ballpark. The event is part of a larger effort to support SUNY’s 3 million alumni from across 64 campuses in order to celebrate New York’s unique and powerful higher education movement.
With attendees from Binghamton University, the University at Buffalo, the University at Albany, Stony Brook University, SUNY Oneonta, Dutchess Community College, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Oswego, Maritime College, Suffolk Community College, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Geneseo, and Morrisville State College, to name a few, the evening fostered rich networking before the New York Mets took on the Milwaukee Brewers in a late-season game.
“We are thrilled to have had another successful SUNY Alumni event — an effort that contributes to creating a vibrant network of 3 million alums worldwide,” said SUNY Chancellor Zimpher. “The 64 campuses that make up The State University of New York have produced graduates in every field imaginable, and bringing them together to share experiences, discuss current issues, and make connections with their peers enhances support and advocacy for the Power of SUNY.”
Although the Mets lost to the Brewers 4-2 that game, the cool fall night was a spectacular experience for alumni and their family.
“Collaborating as system strengthens our resources and ability to connect with our Stony Brook Alumni, further enhancing their alumni experience and pride, not to mention increasing their access to a multi-million person network,” said Matthew Colson, Executive Director of Alumni Relations at Stony Brook University. “We look forward to more collaboration in our to continue reaching our over 155,000 Stony Brook Alumni world-wide,” he added.
University at Albany alumnus Paul Schaffer, Class of 1986, mirrored Colson’s excitement to attend. “The SUNY alumni celebration at Citi Field is a great opportunity to network and meet alumni from different SUNY universities and colleges who have used the resources provided by these wonderful educational facilities to attain successes in a diverse array of professions,” he said.
The networking that SUNY Alumni Day at the Ballpark promoted is one advantage of belonging to the extensive SUNY Alumni Network. Not only do alumni reside in nearly every country around the world, but are accessible through the SUNY LinkedIn group, are eligible for SUNY Perks, and represent some of society’s most critical game-changers.
In case you missed the game, you can look forward to joining your fellow alumni next year and, as always, be sure to connect with your own alma mater for local events!
Maxwell was a Coordinator of Digital Engagement for The State University of New York.