Syracuse University Magazine

Gaithersburg Gathering


Several alumni who reside at Asbury Methodist Village, a wellness retirement community in Gaithersburg, Maryland, gather in September for a luncheon hosted by the University. Those in attendance included Jean Young ’44 (WSM), Sally Duncan ’45 (A&S), Joan Dunlop ’51 (A&S), Janet Garman G’73 (EDU), George Huson ’50 (E&CS), Peggy-Ruth Lawrence ’49 (VPA), and Lois Lord G’49 (EDU).

Spirit of Hope Award


Retired U.S. Coast Guard Commander Michael J. Smith G’86 (NEW) was presented the annual Spirit of Hope Award by the Department of Defense at a Pentagon ceremony in Washington, D.C., in September. The award is presented to individuals or organizations who embody the core value of legendary entertainer Bob Hope: duty, honor, courage, loyalty, commitment, integrity, and selfless dedication. Smith was nominated for the award by the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan and supported by the commandant’s office.

Monday Night Football


Alumni (from left) Joseph M. Hanna G’14 (MAX), Goldberg Segalla partner and chair of its sports and entertainment practice group; Zabrina Jenkins G’97 (EDU), L’00 (LAW), managing director, litigation, Starbucks; and Gregg G. Brandon L’01 (LAW), vice president and general counsel, Buffalo Bills, enjoy time on the field during the Bills vs. Seahawks game on November 7 in Seattle.

Rallying with the Vice President

BidenReffue2016.jpgVice President Joe Biden L’68 (LAW) and Dr. Jill Biden meet with John Reffue G’92 (VPA) and his daughter, Jessie Reffue, at a get-out-the-vote rally at Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg, Florida, on November 7. Reffue is the senior faculty member in communication at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, where he has been on the faculty since 1995. Jessie is a seventh-grader at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Tampa.