Syracuse University Magazine

Kristen Krikorian '99

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Staying Orange

Kristen Krikorian knows Syracuse pride lasts forever. Now in her third year as president of Boston Orange, the greater Boston area’s Syracuse University alumni club, Krikorian brings an energetic diligence to uniting, entertaining, and fostering career improvement for local alumni. “I enjoy working with the club,” says Krikorian, a Whitman School of Management graduate. “I love Syracuse. I bleed Orange, as they say.”

Krikorian updates nearly 1,200 Massachusetts Bay-area alumni via e-mail, the club web site (bostonorange.org), and an annual newsletter. She organizes club events, including bimonthly career networking gatherings with alumni and ’Cuse Thursdays, once-a-month social networking at a local bar managed by a club member. Krikorian also arranges discounted group outings to Celtics and Bruins games and collaborates with the Arts Council of Boston (ACB), a group of SU alumni engaged in the arts, to increase alumni participation at the council’s events. 

Originally from New Jersey, Krikorian moved to Boston in 2004 to work as a compliance officer for State Street Bank, where she oversees regulatory compliance in the finance and global treasury departments. Interested in making friends and exploring her new home, Krikorian got involved with the alumni club. When the former president stepped down, Krikorian took over, determined to organize more events and increase alumni turnout. In April, Krikorian and the ACB put on an evening at Fenway Park with head football coach Doug Marrone ’91 and ESPN sportscaster and the former voice of the Red Sox Sean McDonough ’84. Alumni asked questions about the upcoming football season and a few lucky alumni even tried on McDonough’s 2004 World Series ring, given to him by the Red Sox. In June, Krikorian hosted Boston Orange’s third annual SUccess in the City night, where more than 250 alumni spanning 57 class years gathered to offer helpful career insights to recent graduates new to the area. “It was our biggest event of the year,” Krikorian says. “It just goes to show what Syracuse is trying to do and what the club is trying to do by helping grads network and meet new people, and how alumni come together to help each other out.”

In coming years, Krikorian hopes to welcome new members and integrate more community service into club events. Her favorite event is the New Student Send-Off in August, because it welcomes incoming first-year students, helps them meet fellow classmates, and eases their anxiety about entering college. With this event and all the Boston Orange activities, the best part for Krikorian is seeing how much others enjoy and appreciate her efforts. “It’s great to get the e-mails or have people tell me as they leave, ‘This was a great event,’ or ‘Thank you, this really helped me,’” she says. 

In addition to helping others, the alumni club has helped Krikorian meet people in Boston and reconnect with old acquaintances. This fall, she returned to campus for Orange Central Weekend to celebrate her 10-year class reunion with college friends—some of whom she met at her own student send-off, 14 years ago. “My friends from school are scattered all over the country—from California to Pennsylvania to New York and New Jersey and everywhere in between,” Krikorian says. “I couldn’t wait for us to all be back at SU together again.” — Courtney Egelston