Syracuse University Magazine

Orange Wedding


Carrie Werbler ’10 (VPA) and Jacob “Coby” Kurosaki ’10 (WSM) gather with more than 40 Syracuse alumni who attended their wedding in September. They were married at Temple Emanu-El in Closter, New Jersey. They reside in Manhattan, where she works in advertising at GumGum and he works in investment banking at JP Morgan. 

Book Signing


Flose Boursiquot ’14 (A&S/NEW) autographs a copy of her poetry book, Close Your Eyes, Now Breathe (CreateSpace), at a release event in Brooklyn in February. The book is described as “defiant, pained, evocative, visceral, and emotionally vibrant.” Among those in attendance was Orange classmate Troy James ’14 (NEW), who designed the book cover.

Photo by Reece T. Williams

Honored for Dedication and Service


Susan DeMar ’02 (A&S), administrative assistant in the geography department at New Mexico State University (NMSU), receives the 2016 Stephen W. and Robert E. Roberts Memorial Staff Award in October for outstanding service and dedication from NMSU President Gary Carruthers (left) and geography professor John Wright. She also received the NMSU 2017 Community Engagement Staff Award. DeMar, who moved to Las Cruces 12 years ago from Syracuse, is president of the NMSU Women’s Club, where she established the Ruth Mary Webber Scholarship in honor of her late mother. DeMar also serves on the board of directors for the American Association of University Women organization as the NMSU liaison.

What's Brewing with The Lights Out

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Members of the band The Lights Out include (left to right) Jesse James Salucci ’03 (VPA), Matt King, Adam Ritchie ’03 (NEW), and Rishava Green. The Boston-based indie band collaborated with Aeronaut Brewing Co. to release an album on a beer can. T.R.I.P. is a sci-fi album exploring the idea that the observable universe is one of many, where everything possible exists somewhere. A beer by the same name was specially brewed to pair with the album, and includes instructions on its label to obtain a copy of the album by taking an action on social media. Salucci also invented the Color Machine, a wearable, synchronized LED light show to accompany the music on the album, which both helped write. Ritchie notes that he and Salucci didn’t know each other during their time at SU. “We didn’t meet until we joined this band with Rishava and Matt, and flipped out when we both noticed each other’s 315 area codes when we traded phone numbers,” he says.

Photo by Erin Genett

President's Award


Kelli Coughlin ’09 (A&S), senior labor relations attorney at Metro-North Railroad in New York City, accepts the 2016 Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro-North Railroad President’s Award, the agency’s highest honor. She is the first-ever recipient from the labor relations department and the most junior employee to receive the honor in its 30-year tradition, in recognition of her creativity, outstanding work, and dedication.

Connecticut Gala


Six Syracuse alumni from Connecticut recently gathered to support The Kennedy Center, one of largest rehabilitation nonprofits in Connecticut, during the center’s 52nd Annual Four Seasons Ball at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton. The popular gala contributed more than $106,000 in net proceeds to the center’s residential services for people with disabilities. For over 38 years, Martin D. Schwartz ’69, G’71 of Trumbull (second from right) has served as president and CEO of the center. He is pictured with his wife, Elaine Schwartz ’72 (third from right), and fellow alumni (left to right) Steve ’71 and Bonnie Smith ’73 of Shelton, who were honored at the ball, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti ’81, who was an SU men’s basketball graduate assistant from 1979-82, and Cara Schmid Mocarski ’80 of Shelton, whose public relations firm, Cutting Edge Communications, represents The Kennedy Center. Both the Smiths and Schwartzes met while students at SU.