Syracuse University Magazine


Orange Central 2016

Reminisce and Reconnect

This year’s edition of Orange Central, Syracuse University’s homecoming and reunion, invites alumni to “Come Back to Your Happy Place.” Set for September 15-18, Orange Central features a wide array of experiences—from the conferring of the University’s highest alumni honor, the Arents Award, to the football game pitting the Syracuse Orange against the University of South Florida Bulls.  

“Orange Central offers an incredible opportunity for us to welcome our alumni home to the place where they made so many happy memories,” says Sue Ballard, associate vice president of alumni engagement. “It’s also a wonderful chance for them to connect with fellow alumni, students, and faculty members, and experience today’s Syracuse University. We’ve added some exciting new programming to this year’s schedule, and we’re thrilled about those offerings.”

Happy PlaceNew this year, all alumni are invited to the family-friendly ’Cuse Cookout on the Quad on Friday evening, featuring great food and entertainment. Following that event, alumni celebrating class reunions or belonging to affinity groups—including marching band, the Ottos, spirit team, veterans, Remembrance Scholars, and Hendricks Chapel Choir—will come together for Always Orange, a special celebration of their strong ties to Syracuse University.

Members of the Class of 1966 will celebrate their 50th reunion at a gala dinner Saturday night in the Milton Atrium of the Life Sciences Complex. Members of the Class of 1956 will also gather for dinner and entertainment Saturday night in celebration of their 60th reunion. Senior alumni who have already celebrated their 50th anniversary will be special guests at the Eggers Award luncheon held in the Persian Terrace of the former Hotel Syracuse, renamed the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, and now restored to its original glory. Generation Orange alumni—those who have graduated in the last 10 years—are invited to a celebration honoring the winner of the Gen O award.  

Other happenings include get-togethers for former student-athletes, the Homecoming Tailgate on the Quad before Saturday’s game, tours of Crouse Chimes, stargazing in Holden Observatory, and panel discussions showcasing faculty members.

“Without a doubt, Syracuse University was—and continues to be—my happy place,” says Mark Verone ’95, president of the Syracuse University Alumni Association. “I look forward to visiting campus with my family during Orange Central, and invite my fellow alumni to join us this fall. We can’t wait to see everyone for this wonderful celebration of Orange pride.” —Paula Meseroll

Be sure to check frequently for updates as new events are added.