Syracuse University Magazine

Taishoff Leads SU Alumni Association


Dear Fellow SU Alumni,

I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as your new Syracuse University Alumni Association president. I am even more humbled to follow in the footsteps of our past president and my good friend, Brian Spector ’78. Our alumni association is a better organization because of his commitment of time, thoughtful guidance, and passion for the University. Brian is an advocate for all Syracuse alumni, and I want to thank him personally for his outstanding leadership.

Growing up 30 minutes from The Hill, I was able to explore the campus at a very young age. I am proud to say that I am a lifelong fan of SU. I enjoyed attending the last football game in Archbold Stadium, the last basketball game in Manley Field House, the first football and basketball games in the Carrier Dome, as well as many other sporting, entertainment, and educational events. 

When you think back to your days as a student, what comes to mind? Syracuse is so many things to so many people. It is Newhouse, Whitman, iSchool, Education, Maxwell, Arts and Sciences, Law, Visual and Performing Arts, and Engineering. It is the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Greek Life, SU Abroad, Coming Back Together, M Street, University Lectures, and the Quad. It is Bird Library, The Daily Orange, Hillel, Ernie Davis Hall, a Syracuse/Georgetown basketball game, and snow. It is Schine Student Center, meal plans, South Campus, Humanities Center, Hall of Languages, and club sports. While this is not a complete list, do any of these bring back fond memories from your days at SU? They do for me! Whatever your passion is for our alma mater, I encourage you to engage. Whether it’s joining your local alumni club or financially supporting your school or college or other areas of the University, your support can make a difference.

Our connection to Syracuse University never ends. Thank you for this opportunity. I am looking forward to the journey.


Laurie Taishoff ’84