Syracuse University Magazine

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An important way our alma mater stays connected with us is through various alumni clubs around the world. Currently there are more than 80 U.S. and international clubs engaged in a variety of activities that include social and business networking, charitable commitments, education programs, enjoyment of the arts, and following our sports teams. The Office of Alumni Relations is an integral part of the University's new Division of Advancement and External Affairs. The challenge for University staff and the Alumni Association Board of Directors is to create an environment in which these clubs can be active in matters important to them and you. The interests and activities of our clubs are as diverse as our University. Some of us connect better through a club that reflects a specialty interest: drama, the band, the Varsity Club, the Latino Alumni Network, and the schools or colleges we attended, such as Whitman, Maxwell, and Newhouse. Are you interested? Well, join us. Come to our newly redesigned web site, and click on "Alumni and Friends" to access a list of alumni clubs and contacts. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. During graduation week in May, the alumni board and staff will be on campus providing information about clubs for graduating seniors. In these difficult economic times, many graduating seniors are interested in the networking opportunities presented by our alumni clubs.

Stewardship is another way we connect with our alma mater. All of us have choices regarding how to support charitable causes important to us, and we appreciate how many of our alumni choose to support Syracuse University. This leads me to the good news I'd like to share with you about The Campaign for Syracuse University. Trustees and campaign co-chairs Howard Phanstiel '70, G'71, Melanie Gray L'81, and Deryck Palmer '78 have led the effort to meet our ambitious $1 billion goal. After a productive December, the campaign has reached the lofty total of $700,468,000. This effort is particularly important to our University. Historically, Syracuse University has done well in its Annual Giving Program, but has not been as successful in building an endowment. It looks like we are well on our way to correcting that situation, thanks to Howie, Melanie, and Deryck. Are these large contribution numbers intimidating? Don't be intimidated. Some of us have reached a stage in life when we can afford to "give back" in large numbers. Gifts within more limited means are also appreciated. We have more than 230,000 alumni around the world. Even small gifts add up when we achieve full participation. Please join us by contributing to our Annual Fund as well as The Campaign for Syracuse University. Your gifts support one of the finest higher education institutions in the world-our alma mater, Syracuse University. 

Larry Bashe '66, G'68
President, Syracuse University Alumni Association