1968
George Shafer Graduation Year: 1968 Major: Theater
Harpur College in the '60s was so much more than sex, drugs and the Grateful Dead. I transferred in as a literature major from a state university in rural Illinois. It was a Father-Knows-Best kind of place with a repeat-after-me classroom environment. Harpur, on the other hand, was about questioning social norms and searching for what really matters in the world...
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1967
Randy Ehrenberg Graduation Year: 1967 Major: English
I came to Harpur College as a sixteen year old freshman, and happened to see the 1966 yearbook and fell in love with a photo of the man who has now been my husband for 52 years. I got everything out of college that one could hope. I grew mentally, emotionally, and also found love.
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1971
Dr. Henry Flax Graduation Year: 1971 Major: History
One of the highlights of my time as a student was the unbelievable creativity on the campus.
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1973
John Visser Graduation Year: 1973 Major: Economics
My concern was, what is going to happen after four years when my deferment is up? I really was incapable of thinking much behind that. Is there life after school? Don' t know. Am I going to live in the United States or not? Don't know. Am I going to be alive? I don't know. It was that overwhelming.
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1962
Linda Geer Graduation Year: 1962 Major: German
I really felt that having graduated from college made me a better mother. I mean one of the first words our children learned was, I would say "Are you being facetious?" and our little boy in kindergarten said to the teacher "Are you being facetious?"
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1962
Dr. Neal Friedberg Graduation Year: 1962 Major: Biological Sciences
Several buses would drive down to Washington. And spend the weekend marching, both with people from school or the numerous other people that would show up.
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Dr. Eric D. Weitz Graduation Year: 1974 Major: English
At Binghamton it was the Trotskyist students, the young socially that was in the lead, organizing against the Vietnam war. But we were involved as well. We would organize buses to Washington for various anti-war rallies.
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Stephen N. Weiss Graduation Year: 1967 Major: Economics

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1962
Dr. Jim Geer Graduation Year: 1962 Major: Mathematical Sciences
The point was I was often challenged to solve problems, not just that a mathematician can appreciate but the engineers and whoever I was working for would be able to take it, understand it, and apply it to whatever problem they had. So it was a very interesting concept of learning: What do you mean by a solution to this problem?
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Dr. Leslie G. Ungerleider Graduation Year: 1966 Major: Psychology
I have no future, I mean, I think I am at the end of my career. The future is with the young people now entering the field. I feel like I've lived my life as a scientist, I've achieved my goals and it is time for me to pass that on to the younger people.
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1971
Dr. Henry Flax Graduation Year: 1971 Major: History

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Dr. Ruth Silverman Graduation Year: 1964 Major: Sociology

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Dr. Fred Peck Graduation Year: 1966 Major: Biological Sciences
Number one, it had a reputation as being a challenging school. I remember in AP Bio, my teacher said to me "You know if you go to Harpur you're going to work harder than if you go to Columbia." That's what he said. So me being the competitive sort that I am, that immediately intrigued me!
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1973
Janice Quinter Graduation Year: 1973 Major: Anthropology
I think that the Harpur students were absolutely extraordinary. That they are the most selfless group of people I've ever met. They had real higher aspirations to make a better society.
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Barry Polsky Graduation Year: 1967 Major: Mathematical Sciences

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Dr. John F. Spiegel Graduation Year: 1965 Major: Political Science
It was several years later after I graduated and I said "You know they worked our asses off there. What was going on?" Well, I found out that the education model was from the University of Chicago. And they decided they were going to export that model and bring it to Harpur.
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Nancy Cooper Graduation Year: 1966 Major: History
I thought the best thing that ever happened to me was that I went to Harpur, how lucky I was. I made friends, life long friends, I got a husband, I was exposed to the whole world, I had huge amounts of fun. It was just the best thing that ever happened to me.
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1973
John Visser Graduation Year: 1973 Major: Economics

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Lenore Greenberg Graduation Year: 1972 Major: English

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Deborah Volkell Weinstein Graduation Year: 1969 Major: English
I think there really is a reason to have a liberal arts education. And it gives you a breadth of view that puts you in good standing all your life. But there are so many opportunities on a college campus to learn all kinds things that you never were exposed to before and people should take advantage of those.
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Lenore Greenberg Graduation Year: 1972 Major: English
Learning about new things, learning about new subjects, topics that I hadn't known about. I mean as a kid I didn't know about them. What I got out of a lot of it was not only new thoughts, but ways to think of things. Not necessarily in the ways I had thought of them before.
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1967
Dr. Andrew Grant Graduation Year: 1967 Major: Political Science

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1967
Dr. Harold Magalnick Graduation Year: 1967 Major: Biological Sciences
There was a lot of differences that existed in Binghamton at the time. And it was the beginning of the radical movement so there was a lot of political things going on in Binghamton at the time... The whole Vietnam War was becoming a major issue, so there were lots of things going on that was producing a lot of turmoil on campus.
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Sue A. Castaldo Graduation Year: 1963 Major: Sociology
We did a lot of folk singing, there were a lot of guitars on campus... We did folk dancing in gym. That was all new to me.
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Dr. Ronald Bayer Graduation Year: 1964 Major: Political Science

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Dr. Eric D. Weitz Graduation Year: 1974 Major: English

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Barry Polsky Graduation Year: 1967 Major: Mathematical Sciences
When I got there it was Harpur College and it had 1600 students. When I left it was State University of New York at Binghamton and it had 6,000 students. There was mud and construction everywhere all during those four years. It was really an explosion.
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Geoffrey H. Strauss Graduation Year: N/A Major: Accounting

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Philip S. Nachman Graduation Year: 1973 Major: History
Probably not so much when I was an undergraduate but later on I decided I wanted to save the world. It's a modest goal. So I wound up studying public health, cause if you want to save the world you want to have a big impact, wholesale.
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1970
Steve M. Weiss Graduation Year: 1970 Major: English
The college was very small by today's standards. There were either just south or just north of two thousand students there over the course of a year. If you didn't know, personally, everybody on campus, you recognized everyone on campus. It was that intimate.
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Dr. Harold Magalnick Graduation Year: 1967 Major: Biological Sciences

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Paula Baxter Graduation Year: 1975 Major: Art

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Dr. Paul Ginsburg Graduation Year: 1965 Major: Economics

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Janice Quinter Graduation Year: 1973 Major: Anthropology

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Deborah Volkell Weinstein Graduation Year: 1969 Major: English

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Stephen N. Weiss Graduation Year: 1967 Major: Economics
There were two financial programs that made the college free for me. I don't know if they still exist. One you had to take a test for, it was called the Regents Scholarship, and if you were a resident of the State of New York and if you took the test, a certain grade gave you the scholarship. So I got that and then there was another program called the Scholar Incentive Award and that was given to all the residents of the State of New York. And if you had both then basically you went to college for free.
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Nancy Cooper Graduation Year: 1966 Major: History

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Lynne H. Federman Graduation Year: 1974 Major: Psychology

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Dr. Fred Peck Graduation Year: 1966 Major: Biological Sciences

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Philip S. Nachman Graduation Year: 1973 Major: History

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1965
Claudia Marie Wilson Graduation Year: 1965 Major: English
I had a friend who lived in Johnson City and everytime I went over there, one of the girls who lived on the floor, played Johnny Mathis' Wonderful Wonderful 24 hours a day. Next door to me in O'Connor was a girl who played Joan Baez's House of the Rising Sun 24 hours a day. That was sort of what it was like. We had very distinct groups. We didn't call them hippies... We called them sickies.
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1968
Janice L. Strauss Graduation Year: 1968 Major: Spanish

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David Graubard Graduation Year: 1966 Major: History
I wouldn't say it was a party school, but you know. In Geology there was always a trip, a field trip, and that was always a joke because guys were buying beer and you know. That was always looked at as a fun thing to do as a opposed to an educational trip.
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1968
Gail Ginsberg Graduation Year: 1968 Major: Spanish
I interviewed to be a secretary because you remember in those days they used to have two lines at employment offices. The men went the executive route and the women went the secretarial. In my interview the woman said "You're not going to be happy being a secretary" and I wound up designing circuit boards.
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Dr. Ronald Bayer Graduation Year: 1964 Major: Political Science
I was a political scientist, I took Political Theory classes at Binghamton. That's why I went on to graduate school in the University of Chicago. I remember feeling that I came to Chicago from a place that was pretty unknown in those years. I had classmates from Harvard and Yale and Princeton, and I never felt like oh I have a lot of catching up to do. And that was a great gift.
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David S. Hammer Graduation Year: 1968 Major: English
Because I have a tendency to withdraw and isolate myself, I think the lesson is that in fact the opposite approach of engaging in stuff, even if you're not super talented and you're not going be preeminent, is a much surer way to satisfaction and fulfillment than withdrawing.
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1968
Janice L. Strauss Graduation Year: 1968 Major: Spanish
There were times I wasn't sure that was going to happen (graduation), when I saw a 91 was a C+. But, you know that I made it. That sticks out more than anything else. And my father coming to me and telling me that I was the first person in his family to graduate from college.
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Dr. Paul Ginsburg Graduation Year: 1965 Major: Economics
As being a top student going to Harvard, they would've thought oh he'll be a famous professor. And that's not the career I did.
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Janet Muir Graduation Year: N/A Major: English

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1974
Lynne H. Federman Graduation Year: 1974 Major: Psychology
It was the love of rock and roll! It was positive, there was none of this kind of negativity that we have now in public discourse. So, in my mind it was much much more positive. It was fun, I remember we had so much fun.
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1971
Jesse Masyr Graduation Year: 1971 Major: History
In my senior year I was involved in something called the College Volunteer Program to combat drug abuse. And was a founder of something called high hopes and set up a drug clinic. I spent my senior year going around Broome County talking about the evils of drugs.
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1971
Jesse Masyr Graduation Year: 1971 Major: History

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Wayne Coffey Graduation Year: 1976 Major: Philosophy
Right away my experiences in the classroom were tremendous. I had an english professor, English Lit 101, he was a tremendous teacher. He never said much, very quiet guy but a very kindly man. Very encouraging. He was really just what I needed. He worked with me on my writing and my analysis... He was a real gentle soul who shepherded me through this transition into college life.
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Dr. John F. Spiegel Graduation Year: 1965 Major: Political Science

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Dr. Neal Friedberg Graduation Year: 1962 Major: Biological Sciences

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David Graubard Graduation Year: 1966 Major: History

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Claudia Marie Wilson Graduation Year: 1965 Major: English

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David Muir Graduation Year: 1967 Major: Philosophy

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1969
M. Jacqueline Visser Graduation Year: 1969 Major: Sociology
When you're talking about changing roles of women, we were one of the first families where, you know, I was the main career person and John was the person who was keeping the family together and raising the family.
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Wayne Coffey Graduation Year: 1976 Major: Philosophy

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1962
Linda Geer Graduation Year: 1962 Major: German

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Barbara Kriegsman Espenschied Graduation Year: 1966 Major: English

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Geoffrey H. Strauss Graduation Year: N/A Major: Accounting
I think my attitude toward women has changed dramatically. I was brought up in a time where women did what they were told. Wives did what they were told, they were subservient to their husbands. [My wife] Jane disposed of that very quickly (laughs). And obviously it was for the good.
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1969
M. Jacqueline Visser Graduation Year: 1969 Major: Sociology

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David Muir Graduation Year: 1967 Major: Philosophy
I had the ideal senior schedule, no class before noon.
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Paula Baxter Graduation Year: 1975 Major: Art
To this day I will quote lines from Shakespeare. I have to say to this day that Shakespeare class gave us an, unknown at the time, a lasting connection.
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Adrienne Y. Weissman Graduation Year: 1964 Major: Classical Studies
What I remember most is the disparity between what the boys were allowed to do and what the girls were allowed to do. The girls had a 10:30 curfew during the week and the boys did not. The boys could live off campus after their sophomore year, the girls could never live off campus.
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1969
Dr. Michael F. McGoff Graduation Year: 1969 Major: English
Harpur...it was just filled with all this stuff to learn. I took a lot of different courses, I studied a lot of different things. I loved language so I was involved with the folks of the English department.
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1964
Dr. Amy S. Weintraub Graduation Year: 1964 Major: Sociology
It was a beautiful campus, the Susquehanna river flows right to the bottom of the campus. So I remember every morning walking to my classes and being able to see the river. And I was very impressed by that. In the Spring time [we] went hiking in the mountains behind the campus and that was a lot of fun.
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1967
Dr. Andrew Grant Graduation Year: 1967 Major: Political Science
If you looked at an aerial photograph of the campus, there is a kidney-shaped drive that goes around in the middle, that's all there was. In those days that kidney-shaped drive that went around a number of the buildings, that was the entire campus.
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Dr. Michael F. McGoff Graduation Year: 1969 Major: English

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Sue A. Castaldo Graduation Year: 1963 Major: Sociology

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Art Cooper Graduation Year: 1963 Major: English

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Barbara Kriegsman Espenschied Graduation Year: 1966 Major: English
On campus, at some point a bunch of us would get together and buy a car. We'd chip in about 10 or 20 dollars a piece, and buy an old car. And if there was a girl in the group she'd get the insurance cause it was cheaper. And we would share the car, until it totally died. Then maybe we'd get another one, it worked great.
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David S. Hammer Graduation Year: 1968 Major: English

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Gail Ginsberg Graduation Year: 1968 Major: Spanish

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Dr. Amy S. Weintraub Graduation Year: 1964 Major: Sociology

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Janet Muir Graduation Year: N/A Major: English
When I decided to start going back to school and start taking classes, I took music appreciation because at Harpur. I'd been in a music appreciation class, and it introduced me to opera. I loved Aida, all this music I never was exposed to in my family...and that was what I went back to.
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Carol Reisner Graduation Year: 1966 Major: History
You change. You are not who you are when you're twenty. You do grow, you do gain wisdom. So you learn, therefore, to not be so judgmental. Sometimes through adversity you realize what is really important and maybe not the small stuff. You have to experience it yourself. The only thing that is taking me a long time to learn but I am much better is that you can't really give advice unless someone truly wants it.
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Steve M. Weiss Graduation Year: 1970 Major: English

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Dr. Leslie G. Ungerleider Graduation Year: 1966 Major: Psychology

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Dr. Ruth Silverman Graduation Year: 1964 Major: Sociology
As important as the academic part is, one of the things you should be open to is getting involved in groups and issues that are not tied completely to what your doing. There should be a connection, some kind of cause or group because in fact often it's through these type of connections that you make, not completely in the academic world, that can you lead you into very very interesting places.
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Adrienne Y. Weissman Graduation Year: 1964 Major: Classical Studies

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Carol Reisner Graduation Year: 1966 Major: History

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Barry Schneider Graduation Year: 1964 Major: Economics

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Barry Schneider Graduation Year: 1964 Major: Economics
I loved it. There was all this political, civil rights stuff going on. Hippies. Beats. Beatniks. And you know, dressing differently. I remember the fun we used to have.
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Art Cooper Graduation Year: 1963 Major: English
My friend found a college that had no gym requirement, which was Harpur, and we both immediately went to Harpur College. They didn't have a requirement because they didn't have a gym, by the time we got there, there was a requirement.
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