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BU Athletic Department holds Alumni Panel

Five alums meet with senior student-athletes to share experience since graduation

October 14, 2013


BU Athletic Department holds Alumni Panel

Senior Mikala King talks with Rachel Laws-Myers after the panel

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VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton Athletic Department’s Homecoming Weekend began on a different note this year. Before the excitement of the games and other activities, five Binghamton alumni athletes took part in a panel on Friday afternoon in the TAU Room of the Events Center.

Representing the alumni were Taryn Ferrara (Swimming, Class of 2010), Brian Lindsay (Baseball, Class of 1995), Brad Manchester (Swimming, Class of 1986), Rachel Laws-Myers (Women’s Basketball, Class of 2006) and Jose Moreira (Wrestling, Class of 2000).

The event was attended Binghamton’s current senior student-athletes. The purpose of the panel was for the alumni to share their experiences since each of them graduated from Binghamton. They gave the seniors practical advice for transitioning to a career after college. From interview tips to job searching and applying to graduate school, each of the alumni discussed their backgrounds and took questions from the senior student-athletes.

Laws-Myers earned her Ph. D in African-American studies at Michigan State in 2011. Today, she is an English teacher in Connecticut. Ferrara currently works for Atlantic Health Systems as a Sports Health Coordinator. Moreira works in the technology and operations side of locally-owned Cleaner’s Supply Company. Manchester, who is the First Vice President of the Johnson City Wells Fargo Financial Advisors Office, once worked as a research analyst for NBC. Lindsay, meanwhile, works for Lockheed Martin.

“Being a part of this panel meant a lot to me because my time as a student-athlete at Binghamton had so much to do with where I’m at in my career,” Ferrara said. “I’m proud that the education and athletic training I received at Binghamton resulted in such an important foundation for my career.”

“I was extremely excited and honored to be a part of the BU Alumni Panel,” Lindsay said. “Being a former student athlete provided me invaluable tools such as leadership qualities, dedication and time management to compete in the workforce immediately and has shaped my career path to this day.

Since this was the first time the Binghamton Athletic Department held such an event, the senior student-athletes went into the evening not knowing what to expect. They came away from it, however, better prepared to face life after graduation.

“I have had internships and interviews before but hearing what (the panelists) had to say will definitely influence how I go into my next interview,” senior track athlete Jason Bensaull said. “They gave interview advice and told about how being an athlete helped them out a lot and said we should build that into our interviews. It was a great experience for us to be here and I hope Binghamton keeps doing this.”

“This was a great opportunity,” senior softball player Mikala King said. “I think that it was great that each of the five people on the panel offered something a little bit different. They came from totally different backgrounds and they played different sports. As seniors, we are starting to get a little nervous so what they said was exactly what we needed to hear.”

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