For the past three years, members of the Alumni Club of Connecticut have manned the phones in support of the Public Broadcasting Service’s annual spring pledge drive as part of their National Orange Day activities. “We work the telethon on days as close to National Orange Day as possible,” says Robert Rosenthal ’53, club president. “They appreciate our help, and we’re glad to have a public way of assisting the community.”
      In 1999, club members began exploring additional community service opportunities. Eventually they chose a project that would get them off their telethon chairs and into their track shoes: the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
      A nationwide fund-raiser, Relay for Life is a marathon track meet of sorts, with teams of participants taking turns walking, jogging, or running in a 24-hour relay event to raise funds for cancer research. Matt Henretta ’96 coordinated the June event. “My job was to put together an alumni team with people willing to run in 2-hour shifts for 24 straight hours,” says Henretta.
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      Before the relay began, runners sought sponsorship pledges to support the work of the American Cancer Society. At the conclusion of Relay for Life, the Connecticut club had collected more than $6,500.
      “I’m really pleased with the success of this new service project,” Rosenthal says. “And once our runners recover from the experience, I’m sure they’ll be pleased too.”


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Alumni travelers were dazzled by the brilliant display of millions of flowers at Keukenhof Gardens in Holland.
Holland in Full Bloom

Whirling windmills, quaint canals, brightly painted wooden shoesÑthese are the storybook images of Holland. Yet, as Dorothy Beckley des Granges '40 discovered, there is more to Holland than Hans Brinker and his silver skates.
      Last spring des Granges and her husband, Des, traveled the waterways of Holland and Belgium with a group of SU alumni and friends on a 12-day river cruise sponsored by the Syracuse University Alumni Association. “The breathtaking beauty of Holland at tulip time was more than we expected,” says des Granges. “We were particularly delighted with the Keukenhof Gardens, where more than seven million flowers were on display.” But more than the splendor of Holland in full bloom impressed des Granges on her excursion through the lowlands. “This was my first trip to Holland, and I didn’t realize a large portion of the country is below sea level,” she says. “I was amazed to learn that almost half of the land is reclaimed from the sea by a series of intricate dikes and canals. It’s an engineering marvel.”
      The group was also surprised to learn that the city of Rotterdam, which is the largest seaport in the world, was destroyed during World War II. A panoramic tour of the rebuilt city showed that it has gone on to become an international trendsetter in modern architecture.
      Other highlights of the trip included a memorable visit to the Eise Eisinga Planetarium in the Lake District, a workshop on diamond cutting, and a stopover at Delft, where world-renowned blue-and-white porcelain is made. Some members of the group visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and attended lectures aboard ship on Van Gogh, the Dutch Resistance, and the devastating World War II battles that took place in and around Holland.
      The elegant MS River Navigator, which carried the group to ports along the Amstel and Rhine rivers, was so new at the time of the cruise it had yet to be named. “Floating leisurely along the river was such a gracious way to travel,” says des Granges. “Our hotel room floated right along with us so we didn’t have to pack and unpack!”

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