Syracuse University Magazine

Proud and Passionate


These past few months have been exciting times for Syracuse University alumni. Across the country, we have been celebrating our inaugural year in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) through events and game-watch parties. As I traveled around the country to watch our athletic teams take on new competition, I was energized by all of our loyal alumni who joined me in cheering on our alma mater. Orange Nation is proud and passionate, and we are everywhere!

Back on campus, one of the highlights during these past few months had to be the “Ultimate Tailgate Party” held in the Schine Student Center prior to the Syracuse/Duke men’s basketball game. The event drew more than 600 alumni and friends to celebrate this new rivalry. Then, to cap off this historic day, Syracuse beat Duke, 91-89, in a dramatic overtime victory in front of a record-breaking crowd of 35,446! 

If you’re looking for an opportunity to connect or possibly even reconnect with Syracuse University, mark your calendars for this year’s Orange Central: October 9-12, 2014.  Beyond reuniting with friends and classmates during this Homecoming weekend, you will also have the opportunity to take advantage of faculty presentations, campus tours, a football game against the defending national champions, and much more. I hope you will be able to join us on campus!

I’m sure your time as a student brings back a lot of fond memories—it certainly does for me!  So now, I would like to challenge all alumni to support your local SU alumni clubs by becoming active members. These groups are a great way to remain engaged with the University. You say there’s not a local SU alumni club in your region? Well then, please reach out to the Office of Alumni Relations to see how we may be able to help you establish one.

Thank you for this opportunity to serve as your alumni association president. It is an honor and a privilege to represent such amazing alumni.

Go Orange!

Laurie Taishoff ’84
President, Syracuse University Alumni Association