Syracuse University Magazine

A Culture of Philanthropy


Orange Central was a celebration of everything that’s good about our alma mater. It was a time to renew friendships, applaud the accomplishments of fellow alumni, and acknowledge SU’s growing culture of philanthropy. On one end of the spectrum, the Orange Circle awards recognized alumni who have made their mark through philanthropic activities, and on the other, the Class of 2011 began its philanthropic journey by launching the Senior Class Giving Campaign. 

The tradition of the Senior Class Gift was revived in 2009, and last year, the Class of 2010 raised $11,845 through 150 individual donations. This year, the seniors are emphasizing even greater participation. Anyone on the Quad that Saturday morning before the SU-Pittsburgh game saw seniors Beth Anne Kieft, Marc Heintzman, and Jon Barnhart out there promoting gifts of $20.11. In return, contributors received an “I’m a Class Act” game day rally towel. All who wish to join their effort can make an online gift at  Contributors will receive an official “I’m a Class Act” pin and recognition in the “Registrar of Graduates.”  

The spirit of philanthropy is flourishing on campus in other ways, too. Louise and Howard Phanstiel ’70, G’71 gave one of the largest gifts ever made to Syracuse, designating it for middle-class scholarships (see page 30). And Helene Kahn ’10, an associate in SU’s development office, has organized a group of students to help create a campus-wide philanthropic culture by giving back in ways that will improve the world around us. Kudos to Jessica Cunnington ’11, Chelsea Damberg ’12, Erik Bortz ’12, Mollie Beach ’11, Melissa Vargas ’11, Matt Cohen ’11, Zach Fisher ’11, Luis Romo ’10, G’12, Russel DeRemer ’14, Nykeba Corinaldi ’11, Jonathan Leon ’11, and Merin Pasternak ’13 for their participation in this worthy effort. 

These exciting initiatives should serve as an inspiration to all SU alums, who can give back by supporting the Annual Giving and Capital campaigns, joining their local alumni club, mentoring a student, or attending student send-offs. As our students have so aptly demonstrated, giving back—no matter what form it takes—is vitally important to our University.

Larry Bashe ’66, G’68

President, Syracuse University Alumni Association