Syracuse University Magazine

Fond Memories


During the fall, many alumni become particularly nostalgic for Syracuse University. As president of the SU Alumni Association, I had the opportunity to attend many exciting events back on campus, like Homecoming, Coming Back Together, and the dedication of the new studios at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. And, as I returned to our alma mater, I was reminded of all the great times I had while attending SU.  For me, one of my fondest memories was spending the fall semester of my junior year with SU Abroad in London. The courses I took, the friendships I made, and the opportunities to explore Europe were all such an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience!

When you think back to your days as a student at Syracuse University, what comes to mind? Is it classes, the Quad, Greek Life, the Hall of Languages, or snow? Perhaps it’s a basketball game, May Fest, South Campus, M Street, or finals. I asked some other alumni to join me in reminiscing about their days as students on “The Hill” by sharing some of their fondest memories. Some of these names you may recognize, some may be new to you.  But…the one thing we all have in common is that we are one, big SU family, who LOVE our alma mater and Bleed ORANGE!

Baye Moussa Keita ’14: Beating Georgetown in our last Big East Tournament. 

Kevin Michael Richardson ’88: Running outside of Booth Hall at 2 a.m. to catch the Wimpy Wagon. 

Megan Stull ’00: Toasted Honey Bun Sundaes at Cosmos (R.I.P.).

Vanessa Williams ’85: Singing with Bob Hope in the Carrier Dome for his NBC special shortly after I won Miss America. The roar of the crowd, being a hometown girl, and the Pride of the Orange were unforgettable.

Andrew Laver ’01: November 14, 1998, when Donovan McNabb led the Orange down the field for a dramatic, come-from-behind victory over Virginia Tech, and the students stormed the field.

Floyd Little ’67: Outside of my sports life, it was when I was voted Class Marshal and led my class during graduation. I was very honored. 

Candida Taylor ’81: In the winter, taking trays from my dining hall and sliding down the hill in front of Crouse College with my friends. 

Gary Gait ’91: Putting on the Syracuse lacrosse uniform and playing in my first game. We played in the Dome, and I scored my first career goal—beating UNC. It was the beginning of an amazing experience at Syracuse University.

Brian Spector ’78: Serving as a University senator.

While these are just a few of the memories your fellow alumni shared, I would love to hear some of yours! Please feel free to visit the Syracuse University Alumni Facebook page, @sualums Twitter account, or drop us a line at

Loyal be thy sons and daughters to thy memory…

Laurie Taishoff ’84

President, Syracuse University Alumni Association