Syracuse University Magazine

Dear fellow alumni,

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This will be the final letter I write to you as president of the Syracuse University Alumni Association (SUAA). On June 30, my term as SUAA president will come to an end.  The message I bring to you really is quite simple and comes straight from the heart: I love my alma mater. For the past two years it has been an immense honor and a privilege to serve as your president, and I would like to thank you for your friendship and support. 

As I prepare to step down as president, I can assure you that the future of the Syracuse University Alumni Association is in great hands with incoming president Mark Verone ’95. I would like to wish him great success as he leads the SUAA during these next two years. I am also so grateful to have served with such a remarkable group of alumni on the national board. Your dedication and passion are truly exemplary, and I appreciate each and every one of you. 

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Matt Manfra, assistant vice president of alumni engagement, as well as the entire Office of Alumni Engagement for all of their efforts. Thank you for your tireless commitment and devotion to Syracuse University and for sharing this incredible journey with me. 

A really big thank you also goes to my family. You have made these last two years possible for me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. 

Finally...to you, our more than 250,000 Syracuse University alumni worldwide, you have been my inspiration. As I have traveled around this great country and met some of you, I can say without a doubt that we have THE BEST alumni! I encourage all of you to remain engaged with our alma mater—join your local alumni club, philanthropically support your school or college, attend an SU Athletics game, or come back to campus this fall for Homecoming. Whatever you choose to do will make an impact for Syracuse University and for future generations of alumni and students. 

Where the vale of Onondaga
Meets the eastern sky
Proudly stands our Alma Mater
On her hilltop high.
Flag we love! Orange! Float for aye—
Old Syracuse, o’er thee,
Loyal be thy sons and daughters
To thy memory.

Forever Orange...

Laurie Taishoff ’84

President, Syracuse University Alumni Association