Syracuse University Magazine

Celebrating with Alumni


Orange Central Weekend, which combined Homecoming and Reunion activities, was a glorious celebration of our University and alumni. It provided an effective way to coordinate multiple events, allowing alums numerous opportunities to reconnect with the University: award recognitions, affinity reunions, class reunions, building dedications, specific school events, and special events like the lecture by Arents Award recipient and author Joyce Carol Oates ’60, H’00 and the Ted Koppel ’60/Frank Langella ’59 interview. Our Orange Central co-hosts, MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer ’96, Professor Marvin Druger, and Arents Award winner Don McPherson ’87, were engaged throughout the weekend, actively contributing to an experience that gets better every year.  This year the number of alums registering for the weekend tripled.

We love to celebrate the accomplishments of our alums. Syracuse University excels in the pursuit of knowledge, but Chancellor Nancy Cantor reminds us that this is not enough: We are preparing people to change the world. Our five Arents Award recipients exemplify “Scholarship in Action” and reflect the diversity that is SU. The new Orange Circle Awards recognized the philanthropic activities of alumni and students, including the Class of 2009, which reintroduced the concept of a class gift. Gregg Doherty ’55, longtime San Diego club member and Alumni Board member, received the Melvin Eggers Senior Alumni Award. This year’s LetterWinners of Distinction dinner honored the 1959 national championship football team and featured Bob Costas ’74 providing commentary throughout the evening. Speaking of sports, some of us found time to attend the dedication of Ernie Davis Hall and the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center.

Are you disappointed you could not attend Orange Central Weekend? Well, there are still plenty of ways to connect with your alma mater: check out your local club, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and look for regional Syracuse University events. Call the Office of Alumni Relations (800-782-5867) if you need help connecting.

You may not realize this, but I know where you live. You will soon receive a letter from me about the University’s Annual Giving Campaign. This may be followed by a call from a student. We are forced to make difficult charitable-giving decisions in this economy, but what could be more important than education and your alma mater? Please be generous.

Larry Bashe ’66, G’68

President, Syracuse University Alumni Association