on the Quad
Orange Grove will honor generations of alumni and
serve as a contemplative space on campus
thriving university is a living organism. When visiting the Hill,
alumni often expect physical growth. There is reassurance in seeing
new buildings rise on campus. However, many of the thousands of
people who have come to this campus for oneand usually moreof
lifes pivotal experiences expect a sense of continuity as
well, when they visit. This campus needs an outside spot that
alumni can call their own, says Lil ORourke 77,
associate vice president for alumni relations, and were
happy to announce that theyre going to give themselves quite
a beautiful one, which we are calling the Orange Grove.
concept and design approval from Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw, the
SU Alumni Association plans to break ground on the project in May,
hoping to see completion in time for a dedication ceremony at Homecoming
2003. Intended as a permanent tribute to the generations of alumni
who have made the University such an active force in so many areas
of regional, national, and international life, the Orange Grove
will stand adjacent to the Quad, in front of Bowne Hall and Carnegie
Library. Featuring a copse of trees bordered by berms of grass and
low walls, the new 4,200 square-foot outdoor space will serve as
a setting for sculptures, with benches placed within to create a
contemplative oasis at the heart of campus.
If youre interested in learning
more about the Orange Grove, call the Office of Alumni Relations
at 1-800-SUALUMS (782-5867), e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
or visit the offices web site at www.syracuse.edu/alumni.
spiritual and emotional nexus of the Orange Grove will be a pathway
lined by foot-square paving stones cut from a naturally orange-hewn
granite. Each stone provides as many as six spaces for engraved
names. Alumni, faculty, staff, and other supporters of the University
are invited to purchase the pavers in their own names or their family
names, or to honor professors, classmates, or others who have made
a difference for the University. Campus organizations will also
have the opportunity to venerate esteemed members. Rules about
who will want to etch whose name in stone are, well, not etched
in stone, ORourke says.
Alumni Association president Debbie Fritsche 74 can hardly
contain her excitement about the initiative. The Orange Grove
is on a par with the Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center as among
the most important projects ever undertaken by alumni, for
alumni, she says. The money raised by the Orange Grove
will be dedicated to alumni relations programs. This represents
a major commitment by Chancellor Shaw and the administration to
provide this long-needed support and, at the same time, give the
campus a visible connection to the students of the past. All of
us want to help the University, and while not everybody can name
a building, the Orange Grove offers each of us a little piece of
the Quad, where our names can become a permanent part of the campus
for friends, family, and future generations to see. We are creating
a building without walls, a living, growing part of SUs history.
of SchleicherSoper Architects
Orange Grove, pictured in this architectural drawing, will
be an outdoor gathering place for alumni.
Ruby Silverstone 65, a member of the executive committee of
the Alumni Association board of directors, anticipates the Orange
Grove as a special place for her family. A second-generation graduate,
she met her husband (Edwin 63) at SU, and saw her daughter
(Laura 93) carry on the tradition. I remember my years
at Syracuse vividly and always enjoy returning, Silverstone
says. I have fond memories of walking through Archbold Gymnasium
and finding pictures of my father [Raymond Ruby 32] with the
lacrosse team. I loved taking my daughter there and having her connect
with her heritage. The Orange Grove will give us a permanent place
where we can celebrate both our family and our Syracuse legacies.
Barr Vaughan 54, also a member of the alumni boards
executive committee, agrees. My parents [Clara 21 and
Culver 21] met at SU just as World War I began and were active
alumni all their lives, she says. I followed, and was,
in turn, followed by my brother [Culver 57]. SU is a proud
part of our family history, and the Orange Grove creates a tangible
spot to express that tradition right at the center of the place
we hold so dear.
Renée Schine Crown 50, H84, left,
and Mary Ann Shaw share a moment at the Crown dinner.
universities greatly depend on the love, loyalty, and generosity
of their alumni. Renée Schine Crown 50, H84
of Wilmette, Illinois, has made all these things abundantly
available to Syracuse University, adding further measures
of wisdom and vision to her contributions. In April, Crown
was honored by family, friends, and members of the University
community at a dinner in Chicago, where she received the Chancellors
Medal for Outstanding Achievement. In presenting the award,
Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw said, Renée Crown
is the kind of alumna any university would be proud to claim.
Her steadfast commitment to the best for all our students
has truly helped shape Syracuse University. I am personally
deeply grateful to her and look forward to relying on her
in the years ahead.
a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences who received
the George Arents Pioneer Medal in 2000 for her civic leadership,
served on the Board of Trustees for 32 years, and was designated
as a trustee emeritus this spring. The fruits of her extraordinary
generosity are visible all over the Hill. They include the
Hildegarde and J. Myer Schine Student Center, for which she
provided the naming gift in honor of her parents; and the
Melvin A. Eggers Hall, home of the Maxwell School, a building
project she helped guide.
at Crowns contributions to SU, as well as medical, civic,
and academic institutions across the country, Chancellor Shaw
was moved to cite scripture from the Book of Proverbs: Who
can find a virtuous woman, for her price is far above rubies.
Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice
in time to come.
Association board member Don McPherson 87 is an Orange Grove
enthusiast who holds a unique place in Syracuse history. As quarterback
of the undefeated 1987 Orangemen football squad, he has fond memories
of his years on the Hilland he also helped create special
memories for his classmates, as well as tens of thousands of Syracuse
alumni and fans around the country. I see the Orange Grove
as an appropriate reflection of the relationship of this University
to its alumni, McPherson says. A grove is a garden space,
a place where life, in all its varieties, is nurtured for harmony
and growth. This campus has been just that for many of us.
Bobkiewicz G89, who is an alumni board member, hopes to see
the names of many of his fellow SU graduate school alumni in the
Orange Grove. It will be a focal point for all generations
of Syracuse alumni, he says. I urge everyone to join
us in creating this special place.
Shaw says the Orange Grove will accomplish many things at onceall
of them good. It will beautify the campus while creating a
central meeting spot for the University community, he says.
It will pay tribute to all the Alumni Associations good
work, while creating the opportunity for everyone to experience
the special pride of naming a piece of the Hill.
Orange! Fritsche says. And go directly to the Orange