Autumn evokes vivid memories of returning to school, along with
all of the excitement and anxious moments that are part of that
experience. In grade school, we looked forward to buying school
supplies and making new friends. But in college, the beginning of
the school year often evoked feelings of nervousness and bewilderment
as we found our way around campus and navigated a sea of red tape.
to the generosity of alumni around the country, many students coming
to Syracuse University wont feel as apprehensive as we may
have when we arrived. This past summer, more than 30 alumni clubs
hosted New Student Send-offs for incoming students and their parents,
connecting with more than 500 new students in the process. These
informal gatherings gave students from the same geographic areas
opportunities to meet before their arrival on campus, ensuring that
they see familiar faces from home those first few days at school.
Also, knowledgeable volunteers from the offices of admissions and
alumni relations were on hand to answer questions to help allay
parents concerns. Clearly these send-offs ease the transition
from home life to campus life for parents and students alike.
are grateful to our many alumni clubs from Boston to Albuquerque,
which in their own special way make sure our newest students feel
part of the SU family.
Breul OíRourke í77
Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations
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alumni across the country celebrated National Orange Day in March
in honor of SUs 132nd birthday, members of the Syracuse University
Alumni Club of Arizona (SUACA) hosted an Orange Day party for low-income
families and homeless people associated with the Society of St.
Vincent de Paul. Sporting SU T-shirts and hats, club members served
more than 700 meals and donated clothing to needy residents of the
Phoenix area. We cut danishes, set out chairs, served food,
and cleaned tables, says club president Dawn Forrest Armstrong
88. As anyone who has worked in a restaurant knows,
we worked very hard that morning. But we were rewarded with many
smiles, thank-yous, and interesting conversation. The event
was so successful, the club plans to host meals at St. Vincent de
Paul on a quarterly basis.
says SUACA is a great way to meet interesting people and network.
Ive become friends with many generations of SU alumni,
who, like me, wish to stay connected to an important part of their
past while contributing to the future of the University, Armstrong
says. Through the club, we are able to give something back
to the University by way of community relations, student recruiting,
addition to holding student send-off parties for entering freshmen,
the club sponsors a Snow Lottery, which is an annual scholarship
fund-raiser in which participants pledge $1 or more for every inch
of snow that falls in Syracuse. And throughout the year club members
gather at Phoenix-area taverns to cheer on the Orange teams competing
in televised athletic events. For more information on SUACA, visit
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C. Hubbard, second from left, U.S. ambassador to the Republic
of Korea, delivered the Universitys Second Annual
Ambassador Pyo Wook Han Lecture on Korean/U.S. Affairs on
March 22. With Ambassador Hubbard are, from left, Jongwoo
Han G87, Maxwell School professor of political science;
Ambassador Han; Vice Chancellor and Provost Deborah A. Freund;
and Myung Gun Choo G70, president of the SU-Korean
Alumni Association. The lectures are coordinated by Professor
Han of Maxwells Information and Computing Technology
Group (ICT). Professor Stuart Thorson, ICT director, developed
the Han Lecture concept.
following alumni club presidents recently completed their terms
of office. We thank them for their continuing commitment.
Scott Tharler 92Southern California,
David Belkowitz G71Central Virginia
A few fortunate alumni had a remarkable opportunity to be among
the last to see the Three Gorges region of China. Beginning in 2003,
this majestic landscape will be changed forever with the completion
of the worlds largest hydroelectric dam, creating a massive
artificial lake that will engulf much of the area. Realizing that
time was short, the SU Alumni Association sponsored a three-week
tour of China last spring. The region was more spectacular
than I imagined, says Mary Dailey Metzger 61, who traveled
with her husband, Chuck. The entire trip was first class.
tour, led by SU Trustee Lee Blatt 51 and his wife Sydelle
51, began with five nights in Beijing, including side trips
to the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven.
While in Beijing, the Metzgers were eager to experience the day-to-day
lives of residents, so they borrowed bicycles from their hotel and
cycled through the city every morning before breakfast. Beijings
public parks teemed with people exercising, playing musical instruments,
and balancing swords. In the midst of this activity,
Metzger says, ancient imperial architecture rose above the
trees, making the parks an unforgettable scene.
Xi'an, alumni marveled at the vast terra-cotta army of Emperor Qin,
visited the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and explored the Shaanxi Provincial
Museum. Boarding the cruise ship M.S. Victoria in the port
city of Wuhan, they began a relaxing journey down the Yangtze River
through the Three Gorges region, with sojourns to ancient villages
along the way. Entire towns had been relocated, and we saw
old dwellings in the process of being removed, says Chuck
Metzger, a geologist. Water markers lined the river, indicating
the waterline of the reservoir that would soon submerge several
construction of the dam will change the regions natural beauty
forever, Mary Metzger foresees positive outcomes. Its
controversial, she says. Some older people are unhappy
about relocating, but among the younger generations, which have
never had access to dry, comfortable living environments or modern
conveniences, this is an opportunity to move into more material
trip ended with three nights in Shanghai, where alumni toured the
citys ancient silk industry, neighborhoods, and beautiful
gardens. In Shanghai, the Metzgers continued their early morning
interaction with local life. Their encounter with a group of street
dancers was most memorable. It was a thrill when a local man
and I jitterbugged together, Metzger says. My husband
and I found the people very friendly.
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the Yangtze River aboard the M.S. Victoria gave SU
alumni a last chance to experience the natural beauty of the
fabled Three Gorges region of China.
WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET INVOLVED with
your local alumni club. Clubs participate in a variety of
activities, including game-watching events, networking opportunities,
new student recruiting, and community service projects.
Visit the Office of Alumni Relations web site at:
The Programs link on our home page will take you to the
club pages. There you will find a complete listing of all
our regional and specialty clubs, as well as the club contactís
name, phone number, and e-mail address. For information
on the club nearest you, contact the person listed or call
the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-782-5867.
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Syracuse University alumni and their spouses reunited last
winter for a fun-filled schooner trip out of Key West, Florida.
Pictured aboard the schooner, front row, left to right:
Walt Simendinger 55, Ron Summers 52, Marcia
Summers 58, Mary Ann Babikian 52, and Marion
Belinski. Second row, left to right: Jane Murray, Bill Murray
53, George Babikian 53, JoAnn Simendinger 58,
and Ed Belinski 50. The five men are Sigma Chi fraternity
This is the second in a series of stories about multigenerational
Smallwood familys roots run deep with Orange pride. Between
1865 and 1993, 24 family members have attended Syracuse University,
earning degrees in everything from law to interior design. This
five-generation legacy began in 1865 when John Beedon Smallwood
graduated from Genesee College (Genesee College, established by
the Methodist Episcopal Church in Lima, New York, was moved to Syracuse
to become Syracuse University in 1870). Frances Ann Smallwood (1866),
William Waltrous Smallwood (1872), and William Martin Smallwood
(1896), who headed the SU biology department and donated the Smallwood
Collection of Natural History books to the SU library, followed
him. Our loyalty is to Syracuse, says Shereth Landrum
Coble 64, who was married to the late Stephen Smallwood 61
for 32 years. Im lucky because I married into the SU
tradition, and Im very proud of it.
met Stephen Smallwood, her first husband, while they were both students
at SU. When they met, he was a senior on a lacrosse scholarship,
and she was a freshman cheerleader. To Coble, Syracuse was exactly
what she was looking for in a university. SU is just the right
size and has a healthy balance of people from all over the world.
Two of their three children, Todd Smallwood 88 and Trevor
Smallwood 93, carried on their parents legacy. It
just goes on and on and on, Coble says of the Smallwood familys
history with SU. When the family gets together at my home
in Florida, I hang up my orange SU flagwe wave it proudly.
it is not automatically assumed that every Smallwood will attend
SU, graduates of the University talk enthusiastically about SU so
often that younger members of the family are easily swayed to follow
in their footsteps. The Smallwood family line is between generations
right now, so no one is currently attending SU, Coble says.
But I hope that will change soon so we can keep the tradition
If you want information on:
The SU Alumni Online Community
The SU alumni club in your area
Visit the Office of Alumni Relations web site at www.syracuse.edu/alumni
and click on the appropriate link, or call 1-800-SUALUMS (782-5867).
alumni gathered last spring to celebrate the 17th annual
WJPZ Radio Birthday Banquet at the Sheraton Syracuse University
Hotel & Conference Center. Legendary radio programmer
Lee Abrams, currently chief programming officer at XM Satellite
Radio, delivered the keynote address. The event was hosted
by the Alumni Association of WJPZ, the student-owned and
-operated radio station at SU. The association has more
than 700 members working in media, entertainment, and marketing.
Homecoming Weekend 2002 will be here
soon, so mark your calendar, call your friends, and meet
on campus October 4-6.
Celebrate with the reunion classes of 1972, 1977,
1982, and 1992.
Enjoy Friday activities that include a campus art
walking tour, an apple festival, class parties, and a movie
on the Quad.
Meet at a pregame party Saturday before cheering
on the Orangemen in their football game against Pittsburgh.
Choose between a photography workshop or a seminar
on images of power presented by Professor Laurinda Dixon
(if youre not attending the football game).
online at www.syracuse.edu/
alumni. The web site also features travel information,
which will be updated regularly. If youre interested
in helping to coordinate activities during Homecoming Weekend,
contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-SUALUMS
SU Alumni Association Board of Directors
David M. Aitken 94, G97 (EDU) Syracuse, N.Y.
Joanne Fogel Alper 72 (A&S) Arlington, Va.
Ellen Baker 73 (VPA) Center Valley, Pa.
Arlene Graff Bluestone 55 (A&S) Atlantic Highlands, N.J.
Walter Bobkiewicz G89 (MAX) Novato, Calif.
Shereth Landrum Coble 64 (VPA) Neptune Beach, Fla.
Patricia A. David G97 (SW) Cortland, N.Y.
Shari L. Diamond 94 (NEW) New York, N.Y.
Donald Doerr 85 (A&S), G88 (LAW) DeWitt, N.Y.
Gregg W. Doherty 55 (A&S) San Diego, Calif.
Christopher J. Fallon G73 (LAW) Swarthmore, Pa.
Deborah J. Fritsche 74 (A&S) Houston, Texas
Bradley S. Glazer 76 (MAN) Beechwood, Ohio
Neil Gold 70 (A&S) Dix Hills, N.Y.
Benjamin I. Green 85 (A&S) East Orange, N.J.
Jamal J. James 02 (VPA) Bloomfield, Conn.
Daniel Kaseman 80 (MAN) Hamilton, Va.
Peter Koval 72 (ECS), 74 (ESF) Syracuse, N.Y.
Heather McCumber Landesman 95 (HD) Melville, N.Y.
Louis G. Marcoccia 68, G69 (MAN) Syracuse, N.Y.
Brian McLane 69 (SDA) Rensselaer, N.Y.
Donald McPherson 87 (A&S) West Hempstead, N.Y.
Lil Breul ORourke 77 (A&S) Syracuse, N.Y.
Gizelle Ortiz-Velazquez 84 (A&S) Miami, Fla.
Lori Zisk Rosner 75, G77 (EDU) Teaneck, N.J.
Edward L. Short 68 (MAN) (October 1) Pittsford, N.Y.
Ellen Ruby Silverstone 65 (EDU) Milford, Pa.
Beverly Barr Vaughan 54 (A&S) Penfield, N.Y.
Louis R. Walker Jr. 75 (A&S/EDU) Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Eleanor Ware G85 (MAN) Syracuse, N.Y.
Gregory Wilson 80 (A&S) Houston, Texas
James Winschel Jr. 71, G73 (MAN) Sudbury, Mass.
Robert Woodruff 73 (A&S) Berkeley Heights, N.J.
Arents Award recipients from left to right: Walter H. Diamond
34, Roberta Chamberlain Schofield 57, G 77,
Warren L. Kimble 57, and Roger Berkowitz 74.
to the 2002 George Arents Pioneer Medal recipients, who received
their medals at the Arents Award Dinner during Reunion Weekend.
The Arents Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in a
field of endeavor, is the highest honor bestowed upon alumni. The
following alumni were recognized:
74, food service management;
Walter H. Diamond
34, international taxation
Warren L. Kimble
Schofield 57, G77,
human services; and
Tennity 42, philanthropy, who received her Arents medal in
California in April.
to the Melvin A. Eggers Senior Alumni Award recipients, who were
honored at the Half-Century Dinner at Reunion 2002. Established
in 1988 by former SU Chancellor William Pearson Tolley in honor
of then-Chancellor Melvin A. Eggers, the award recognizes senior
alumni for loyalty and service to their alma mater. The recipients
Janet Gustafson 46
H. Clayton Holbrook 36
William Phipps 47, G55, G70
Ruth Sager 47
Flora Workman 46
On Oscar night, Hollywood performers werent the only ones
eagerly anticipating the announcement of the Academy Award winners.
Members of the SU Drama Organization (SUDO), New York alumni chapter,
gathered at the Bulls Head Tavern in Manhattan for their third
annual Oscar Party. The people at the Bulls Head totally
catered to us, says Andrea Marshall Money 87, the events
host and co-president of the organization. We had the whole
place to ourselves.
people attended the event, which lasted until 1 a.m. On arrival,
guests were given a ballot of the award nominees and asked to choose
the winners. Megan Schneid 91, who correctly picked 14 of
the 26 categories, won the contest. She received a pair of tickets
to a Broadway performance of Urinetown: The Musical. The
tickets were donated by show producers Mike Rego 90 and Hank
Unger 90 of the Araca Group, an independent production company.
all in fun, as long as you brought a happy attitude, Money
says. I hope more alumni attend in the future.
SUDO hosts its
annual reunion at Lubin House in October.
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