CLASS OF 1951 REUNION GIFT
In honor of its 50th reunion, the Class of 1951 funded a gift of museum-quality exhibit cases to display, preserve, and protect SU Library’s vast collection of valuable materials. These exhibit cases will preserve printed and manuscript materials from ultra-violet light and extreme fluctuations of heat and moisture.
      The class gift was formally presented to the Library and University Librarian Peter S. Graham on June 1. The cases have been placed in the main lobby and on the sixth floor of Bird Library, with exhibits rotating throughout the year.

CANAL CRUISE
More than 20 years ago Winsor Lott ’54, G’63 read a book about the Panama Canal and became so captivated by the “Eighth Wonder of the World” that he was determined to see it for himself someday. He fulfilled that dream last March, when he and wife Carolyn Byrne joined a group of SU alumni aboard the cruise ship Crystal Harmony on a 10-day trip that included passage through the Panama Canal. “I was excited to see all the things I’d read about,” he says.
      During the cruise, which was sponsored by the SU Alumni Association and hosted by Robert McClure, senior associate dean of SU’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, alumni learned about the history of the canal from a Panamanian gentleman aboard ship. “He told us about the development of the canal and pointed out interesting features as we navigated our way through the locks to the Pacific Ocean,” Lott says. “It was a fantastic experience.”
      Lott and fellow travelers also enjoyed stops in sun-drenched Cozumel, Mexico, where they viewed Mayan ruins; the lush Cayman Islands, formerly known as the Tortugas because of their large turtle population; and the beautiful island of Aruba bedecked with windmills.
      After the ship docked at Costa Rica, its final port-of-call, Lott discovered his adventure wasn’t over. “The bus ride to the airport provided some of the most breathtaking moments of the journey,” he says. “The road zigzagged over high ridges and along the edge of deep ravines—with no guard rails! That was quite a thrill.”

For information on alumni
travel opportunities, contact Tina Casella in the Office of Alumni Relations at
1-800-SUALUMS or e-mail cscasell@syr.edu

COLLEGE: THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF MY LIFE

By Craig Wilson

I remember the day as if it were yesterday. It was one of those glorious early September days in upstate New York, when it’s still sunny and clear and the sky is a brilliant blue, but there’s something in the air that tells you autumn is not far away.
      It was the day my parents took me to college at Syracuse University, and it was one of the happiest days of my life. It was also one of the saddest. I’ve never been divorced, but I think there are certain similarities.
      We drove the three hours to college, the trunk of my dad’s car filled with clothes that I would not wear once I got there. While it was still the era of preppy back-to-campus clothes—crew neck sweater, Bass Weejuns—it soon became the era of bell-bottoms and tie-dyed T-shirts. The transition happened overnight my freshman year, 1967.
      Also making the journey was a stereo (with detachable speakers!), a desk lamp, a blotter, a brand-new dictionary, and a corduroy bedspread that matched a corduroy pillow with arms my mother thought would be good back support when I sat on my bed and studied. Her heart was in the right place.
      I remember the chaos when we pulled in front of the dorm. Cars were lined up for what seemed like miles, and upperclassmen were scurrying around, helping the freshmen move in. It was a Syracuse tradition. I would do it the following fall. They were carrying everything from luggage to lamps, stereos to surfboards. I don’t have a clue what someone does with a surfboard in Central New York, but there it was.
      Before I knew it, all my worldly possessions were piled on the dorm room floor, and my mother began making the twin bed with the sheets we’d brought from home. They matched the bedspread and the pillow. Pale orange.
      I remember being overwhelmed and exhilarated. There I was, 17, about to embark on an amazing adventure. I was thrilled and scared and maybe a little bit homesick, even though I had left home but a few hours before.
      The experience was made harder because I actually liked my parents. We got along. For three years, I was an only child after my brother went to college.
      That is not to say I wanted to live with them the rest of my life. I wasn’t that big a nerd. And, of course, they embarrassed me, as all parents are supposed to do. But they were good company, and I didn’t mind going out with them on a Friday night for a fish fry, something my older brother would never have been caught dead doing, even if he had nothing else to do.
      My parents hung around for a while. We went to a place off campus for lunch, where I remember we sat for the most part in silence. They asked if I needed to go to the bookstore to buy anything we might have forgotten. I said I didn’t. They were stalling.
      When the car finally pulled up in front of the dorm, I quickly kissed them goodbye, jumped out, and walked away, never looking back.
      Did they sit there and watch me walk out of their daily lives? Or did they pull away immediately? I never knew.
      I went up to my room and sat on the corduroy-covered bed my mother had just made. And yes, I cried.
      Craig Wilson ’71 is a columnist for USA Today, where this column first appeared. It is reprinted here by permission of Craig Wilson and USA Today.

 

COME BACK TO SU IN 2002

Reunion 2002
May 31 - June 2
Honoring the classes of 1927, 1932, 1937, 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957, and 1962
Homecoming 2002
(TBA)
Honoring the classes of 1972, 1977,
1982, and 1992

WELCOME HOME
Homecoming Weekend:
November 9-11, 2001


Yes friends, Homecoming Weekend 2001 fast approaches, which means it will soon be time to don your favorite SU sweatshirts and sweaters and make your way back to campus.
      Homecoming 2001 features an array of activities, including exhibitions, campus tours, classroom programs, sporting events, mini-reunions, dean’s receptions, and alumni parties you’ll talk about for months. Plus, this year we welcome back the classes of 1971, ’76, ’81, and ’91—all of which are celebrating special anniversaries. If you are a member of one of these honored classes, be sure to check your special web site at www.syracuse.edu/alumni and become part of our expanded fall Reunion Weekend.
      And don’t forget about the big game: SU vs. West Virginia! We’ve reserved seats in a special alumni section in the Carrier Dome, with discount tickets available only to SU alumni. Details can be found on the Homecoming registration form below, on our web site, or by phoning 1-800-SUALUMS (782-5867).
      Concerned about travel? Don’t be—SU has arranged special airline rates through USAirways and discount train rates through Amtrak. Wondering where to stay? Complete lodging and travel details can also be found at the alumni web site or by calling the number above.
      So be sure to mark the weekend of November 9-11 on your calendar, fill out and mail the registration form, and get ready to reconnect with the people and places that meant so much to you during your years on the Hill.

 

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