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BU Athletic Department to hold alumni panel and networking mixer

Laws-Myers, Ferrara, Manchester, Lindsay and Moreira to take part in Homecoming Event

October 10, 2013

BU Athletic Department to hold alumni panel and networking mixer

Brian Lindsay is a 2005 graduate

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton Athletic Department will welcome back five of its alumni to take part in a panel and networking session with current senior student-athletes as part of Homecoming Weekend. The event will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday in the Events Center TAU Bearcat Room.

Representing the alumni will be 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).

Laws-Myers earned her Ph. D in African-American studies at Michigan State in 2011. Today, she is an English teacher in Connecticut and credits her time at Binghamton with who she is today.

“Binghamton shaped my life in the best way possible and coming back for this event means a lot to me,” she said. “Not only was I surrounded by talented student-athletes and coaches, but also by other eager students and great professors in the classroom. Binghamton introduced me to so many different genres and fields of study and I fell in love with learning…so much so that I made it my goal to become a teacher.”

Ferrara currently works for Atlantic Health System in New Jersey as a Sports Health Coordinator.  Since May 2013, she has been responsible for planning numerous specialized events as well as community outreach projects.

“I’m looking forward to this weekend because being a student-athlete at Binghamton had so much to do with where I’m at in my career,” she said. “I’m proud that the education and athletic training I received at Binghamton resulted in such an important foundation for my career.”

Moreira, meanwhile, has stayed involved with the university as a former member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and as a current member of the Binghamton University Athletic Club Board of Directors. Professionally, he has enjoyed a 13-year career in the technology and operations side of the distribution industry—all of it working for locally-owned Cleaner’s Supply Inc.

“Everything influences who you are, and my experience at Binghamton helped me to become successful,” he said in a 2011 article on the Binghamton Alumni Association website. “I want to see student-athletes have the same experiences that I had.”

Manchester’s post-graduate endeavors have led to positions such as a partner at Levene, Gouldin & Thompson LLP, a research analyst for NBC Television in New York City, and the President of Manchester Marketing Services in Binghamton.  Currently, he works for serves as the First Vice President – Investment Officer for Wells Fargo Financial Advisors in Johnson City.

“Being a Binghamton native has given me a unique opportunity to watch Binghamton University grow from the ‘Colonial’ days of Harper College and SUNY Binghamton into one of the Best Public University’s in the Nation,” he said. “When I was enrolled I was considered a ‘townie.’  Now the town and the University are melting into one community that is offering the student body more and more opportunities for internships and career choices

A year after graduating from Binghamton, Lindsay earned his Masters of Business Administration degree from St. Bonaventure. In 2006, he joined Lockheed Martin full time and was accepted into the company’s Finance Leadership Development Program (FLDP) in 2010. 

“I am extremely excited and honored to be a part of the BU Alumni Panel,” he 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.

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