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.
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.”
information on alumni
travel opportunities, contact Tina Casella in the
Office of Alumni Relations at
1-800-SUALUMS or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF MY LIFE
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
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
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
BACK TO SU IN 2002
May 31 - June 2
Honoring the classes of 1927, 1932, 1937, 1942, 1947,
1952, 1957, and 1962
Honoring the classes of 1972, 1977,
1982, and 1992
November 9-11, 2001
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.