Syracuse University Magazine

Celebrate Your Orange Spirit

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Do you remember the excitement of arriving on the Syracuse University campus as a first-year student? For me, as someone who grew up in a homogenous suburb of Chicago, it was the opportunity to experience the diversity of a large university.  I'm happy to say SU becomes more diverse with each passing year. In fact, our newest group of first-year students is the largest, most diverse incoming class in SU's history.  

These students will experience the same kind of excitement and anticipation we felt when we started our journey on the Hill. If you would like to relive some of your own fond memories, please join us for Orange Central this fall. The weekend of October 14-17 will feature class reunions, a homecoming football game with SU's traditional rival Pittsburgh, meetings with individual schools and colleges, alumni award ceremonies, various affinity group get-togethers, and much more. 

This year the Orange Central experience will be enhanced with four themes that will resonate throughout the weekend.

> Celebrate the 60th anniversary of Hillel at SU with tours of the Winnick Center and lively panel discussions that will explore Hillel's rich tradition and service to the Jewish community, on and off campus.

> Learn about the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, which continues SU's tradition of welcoming those who serve our country, from the World War II veterans who attended SU on the GI Bill to today's veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. 

> Commemorate the 20th anniversary of passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act with informative presentations from the School of Education, the new Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education, and the nationally recognized Burton Blatt Institute.  

> Join us as we show our support of the arts in the City of Syracuse, with special recognition of video artist Bill Viola '73, H'95 and his use of image and sound to create an artistic experience.  

We look forward to warmly welcoming our first-year students, and all SU alumni who come back to campus for Orange Central 2010. See you in October!

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