There was love amongst the Erlenmeyer flasks on Saturday, Feb. 2, when
Nick Spanoyiannis (BSc 2000) sprang a surprise marriage proposal on Nicole
Nigro (BSc 1997).
Spanoyiannis popped the question in a chemistry lab on the 10th floor
of the Hall Building, site of the couples first meeting on Jan.
Nigro and Spanoyiannis met completely by chance during an analytical chemistry
course. Finding herself without a lab partner on the first day, Nigro
called across the room to the only other straggler and they were
dating before midterms.
Nigro admits she had been expecting a proposal two days earlier,
on the six-year anniversary of the day they met. Disappointment, however,
would soon give way to excitement.
I was not expecting this! she said, noting that she hadnt
returned to the campus since graduation. Spanoyiannis tricked her into
visiting the lab by claiming they were meeting friends on campus before
going to dinner.
When the friends failed to show, he suggested they walk around for old
times sake. A security guard who just happened to be
near the lab unlocked the door for the lovebirds . . . and soon enough
Spanoyiannis was on bended knee.
Actually, the security guards presence was the result of weeks of
behind-the scenes planning. Spanoyiannis had sought assistance with his
plan from the universitys Public Affairs Department. An arrangement
was made with Security to unlock the lab and a CTR photographer
was lurking in the hallway awaiting his cue.
The happy couple have yet to set a date for their wedding.