Syracuse University Magazine

Coming Back Together 2014

More than 500 African American and Latino alumni returned to campus for four days in September for Coming Back Together (CBT) 2014 to celebrate their accomplishments, experience SU’s growth and change, and serve as important role models for students, including Our Time Has Come Scholarship recipients. The triennial event—co-chaired by Kimberly Blackwell ’92 and SU Trustee Rey Pascual ’85—marked the 11th gathering since CBT was founded in 1983 as the first reunion of its kind in the nation for African American and Latino alumni. This year’s reunion—with the theme of “Celebrate, Inspire, Empower”—featured numerous workshops and panel discussions on such topics as careers in entertainment, and turning your passion into a business. Among the other highlights were the gala dinner, art exhibitions, a talent show, and a dinner marking the 25th anniversary of La Lucha, a Latino student organization. “We want to celebrate our legacy and history, inspire current students by showing them successful alumni, and raise money for scholarships to empower our next generation,” says Larry Martin, vice president for program development, the office that organizes the event.  —Shi Shi


Chancellor Kent Syverud (left) meets with Chancellor’s Citation recipients Jaime Alicea G’88, public education leadership; Gisele Marcus ’89, global business management; Shawn Outler ’89, retailing and multicultural development; Kimberly Blackwell ’92, marketing and public relations; and Jesse Mejia ’97, corporate finance.


Former Orange basketball stars Billy Owens ’92 and Derrick Coleman ’90 participate in a panel on fatherhood.


Members of the Syracuse 8 gather with Syracuse 8 Scholarship recipient Anthony Herbert ’15.