As associate vice president for Alumni Relations for nearly five
years, I have enjoyed meeting thousands of loyal alumni around the
world and working with an outstanding staff to provide the services
and programs that keep our alumni connected. Together, we have started
new alumni clubs, launched the Orange Grove, and expanded such offerings
as our online alumni directory and permanent e-mail forwarding.
have always welcomed new challenges and experiences, especially
when they pertain to furthering the Universitys mission. While
my time in the Office of Alumni Relations has been a very special
part of my 20 years in higher education advancement, the opportunity
to work for SUs College of Arts and Sciences was one I could
not pass up. As the colleges new associate dean of advancement,
I am very pleased to work with Dean Cathryn Newton and her staff.
And as an alumna of the College of Arts and Sciences, I look forward
to helping make the college even stronger by coordinating a strategic
plan that includes fund raising and outreach for alumni and students.
University remains committed to keeping its alumni a vibrant part
of campus life. Your status as alumni brings with it many privileges
and responsibilities, and I am personally counting on each of you
to stay involved, stay connected, and give back to the University
community. Thank you for your partnership in working toward the
betterment of SU.
Breul OíRourke í77
Associate Dean for Advancement
College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Vice President, Giving Programs
Division of Institutional Advancement
INFORMATION ON ALUMNI TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES, contact Tina
Casella in the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-SUALUMS
or e-mail email@example.com.
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.
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)
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Goon Squad has provided assistance to incoming students
at SU for more than 50 years. Pictured at left and
below, Goons help new students move in to their residence
halls on opening day.
Gatling 81, G87 will never forget the day he arrived
on campusor the way University Avenue looked with a mile-long
orange stripe running down its center. In the past, scores of freshmen
have been greeted by the sight, painted by members of the Goon Squad
the day before new students arrived. It was a path to campus
and a fun way to make sure no one would get lost, says Gatling,
a member of the student organization from 1975-81.
orange stripe is just one of many ways the Goon Squad has assisted
incoming students over the years. Created in 1944 by the Traditions
Commission, the squad is best known for helping freshmen move into
their residence halls. I remember the Goons charging up to
our car in their bright orange shirts, yelling Welcome, welcome,
when we pulled up to the dorm on my first day, says Lori Zisk
Rosner 76, G77, who later became known as Mama
Goon for her leading role in the organization. For Naomi Weinberg
03, being part of the Goon Squad was about meeting new people,
making friends, and giving back to the University community. I
was nervous and scared on my first day at SU, but the Goons made
me feel at home, she says. I wanted to get involved
and help others the same way.
addition to helping students move in, the group was originally intended
to enforce the wearing of freshman beanies, which enabled upperclassmen
to spot the newcomers and offer them help. Beanies became obsolete
in the 70s, but the Goons continued to spread school spirit
throughout campus during Opening Week and at football games, where
they led placard cheers. Members also performed in the annual Goon
Show, a parody of freshman year told through skits and original
student music. The Goon Show had a song or an act for almost
everything, from saying goodbye to your parents to doing laundry,
says Gatling, who composed many of the shows songs and directed
it for three years as an undergraduate student.
Goon Squad of today no longer produces a show, leads cheers, or
paints the road orange, but its mission is still the same: to welcome
incoming students to Syracuse University and to help them feel at
home. And the Goons are busier than ever. Membership has jumped
from approximately 200 in 2000 to more than 400 in 2003, the result
of increased involvement on the part of student organizations across
campus. In addition to assisting with the move-in process, this
year Goons helped with such Opening Week events as the Chancellors
Convocation, bus trips to the New York State Fair, Lunch on the
Turf in the Carrier Dome, Orangefest 2003, and Late Night at the
Gym. Members of the Goon Squad have a strong sense of Orange
pride, says Mariana Lebron, director of orientation and transitions
services. Their excitement and enthusiasm fosters school spirit
and a sense of belonging among new students.
According to Carrie Grogan G03, an assistant director in the
Office of Greek Life and Experiential Learning who coordinates the
Goon Squad, plans for increased involvement are under way. Were
evolving the role of the Goon Squad from a move-in crew to a year-long
presence, Grogan says. The Goon Squad will be there
to welcome and support you not just for your first few days, but
for your entire first year.
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been 50 years since the cast of White Bucks and Tales
went Walking out Late, but classmates and castmates
did it all again during Reunion Weekend in June. They returned
to campus for White Bucks and Tales: Revisited, a
50th anniversary production of the popular, student-written
and -produced musical first staged in April 1953. Longtime
friends and former cast members Jerry Leider 53, Bill
Angelos 54, Don Hornung 53, Lan OKun 54,
and Don Rosenblit 53 began organizing the Reunion
production a year ago, and were soon joined by 22 other
former cast members from around the country.
driving force behind the original White Bucks and Tales
(WBT) came from Leider, who proposed the idea of a senior
musical to college roommates Rosenblit and Bill Persky 53.
Persky and Rosenblit wrote the showabout a group of
college students traveling from campus to Hollywoodand
OKun and Angelos composed the music and lyrics to
16 original songs. (A 50th Reunion CD of the original soundtrack
was created for the 2003 show.) Leider directed the show,
and the WBT cast and crew members admiringly recall
his dedication to the project and his joking words: Theres
only one excuse for missing a rehearsal and thats
a death in the family. Yours.
it debuted at Syracuses Astor Theater, White Bucks
and Tales won popular acclaim from crowds and critics.
The shows success launched dozens of personal and
professional triumphs. Hornung, 53 president and now
co- chairman of the 50th Reunion Committee, recalls watching
his roommates and classmates develop the show. Looking
at the crew, you just knew it was a group of people who
would all do well when they got out of school, he
was right. Leider went on to New York City and then Hollywood
for a career as a producer and executive in the television
and film business. WBT choreographer Julian Tomchin
53 became a leading fashion designer and consultant
in New York City. OKun wrote musical compositions
and more than 1,300 television scripts, including ones for
the Shari Lewis Show and The Love Boat. Perksy
received five Emmy Awards for his screenwriting. Stage manager
Gil Cates 55, G65winner of the George
Arents Pioneer Medalproduced 11 Academy Award ceremonies
and earned 76 Emmy nominations and 17 Emmy Awards. The
shows performers were so talented to begin with,
says Joan Tesnow Litke, 54, G65, one of the
WBT featured dancers. We were lucky to have
everyone together again.
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at top, Dodie Summa Boyle 53 performs in White
Bucks and Tales. Many original cast members
returned in June for White Bucks and Tales: Revisited,
including, left to right: Shirley Fenner Reidenbaugh
54, Dodie Summa Boyle 53, Vicki Ellen
Herman Friedman 55, and Joan Tesnow Litke
of Gohagan & Company
walked among the cobbled streets of Rye, England,
during the Village Life in Canterbury tour.
Clarke 46 had visited England several times before
last spring, but had never stayed in a hotel with a history
dating back to the 12th century. It was so squeaky
we had to laughyou couldnt take a step without
making noise, says Clarke, who participated in the
seven-day Village Life in Canterbury tour sponsored by the
Syracuse University Alumni Association. With its 12th-century
cellars and 15th-century timbers, the historic County Hotel
in Canterbury was just one of many places that helped SU
alumni and friends experience the authentic character and
culture of the English countryside.
Canterbury-based tour guided alumni through the narrow lanes
and cobblestone streets of Englands ecclesiastical
capital, where they marveled at Canterbury CathedralEnglands
oldest cathedraland learned of writers like Geoffrey
Chaucer, Christopher Marlowe, Joseph Conrad, and T.S. Eliot,
who contributed to the citys rich literary heritage.
Alumni also traveled on daily excursions to surrounding
towns in the County of Kent. During bus rides each day,
guide Andrew Thompson, a professor of history at the University
of Kent, gave the group an intimate perspective on the regions
culture and history. We really felt the history of
each place, says Linda Bennett G80, assistant
vice president of SUs Office of Advancement Services.
To walk where Anne Boleyn (Henry VIIIs wife)
had once walked was an amazing experience.
Castle, Boleyns birthplace, alumni viewed the rich
16th-century restored interior and lush surrounding gardens,
which included a yew maze, topiaries, and a 35-acre lake.
The next day, they strolled among 500 acres of gardens,
a hedge maze, and an aviary of more than 100 species of
birds during an early morning tour of Leeds Castle, dubbed
the loveliest castle in the world by prominent
Anglo-Irish nobleman Lord Conway. Lime trees, roses, azaleas,
and rhododendrons surrounded the estate at Goodnestone Park,
where current owner Lady Fitzwalter escorted alumni on a
private afternoon tour of her 18th-century Palladian mansion.
village of Rye, with its vaulted cellars, secret tunnels,
and hidden passages, was a smugglers haunt in the
18th century. Today it houses rows of small shops, where
Janet Thresh 53 and her husband Eric were delighted
to find the famed Canterbury Tales pottery they had read
about before the trip. We searched the entire village
that day to find it, she says. The pottery is
my prized piece from the tour. In addition to exploring
the countryside, alumni also sampled such English cuisine
as fish and chips, shepherds pie, English crème
tea, Yorkshire pudding, and bangers and mash (sausages and
mashed potatoes with gravy).
highlights of the trip included visits to Chartwell, Winston
Churchills home for 40 years; Rochester, the home
of Charles Dickens; and Dover, where Henry II planned the
evacuation of Dunkirk from his fortress headquarters. We
visited Dover on a very clear day, says Dona Schuman
95, 00, associate director of information systems
in SUs Office of Advancement Services. You could
see across the English Channel all the way to France. It
Trustees John Couri 63, far left, and Chancellor Shaw,
far right, congratulate 2003 Arents Award recipients during
Reunion Weekend last June. Left to right: Gil Cates 55,
G65, television production; SU Board of Trustees Chairman
Joseph O. Lampe 53, G55, business and service;
Nina V. Fedoroff 66, scientific research; and Ralph
Ketcham G56, H99, education.
gathered to celebrate the 18th Annual WJPZ Radio Birthday
Banquet at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference
Center last March.
Lavigna 34 was full of Orange pride at his home in Cohoes,
New York, during the NCAA basketball tournament. His enthusiasm
drew media attention from local newpapers and radio and television
and friends of SU toured the waterways of Holland and Belgium
Edward Smith 51 (left) and the Reverend Robert Fletcher
Smith 50 cheered on the Orangemen in Myrtle Beach, South
enjoyed a hilltop view in Tuscany, Italy, last May during
an Alumni Association trip.
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is the interdisciplinary nature of the human services and health
professions more evidentand more relevantthan for those
who work with people who are terminally ill.
In his role
as manager of spiritual care and bereavement services for Visiting
Nurse Service of New York Hospice Care, Vincent Corso G96
is part of a team that includes medical care professionals, social
workers, and spiritual care providersall working together
to help people who are dying to do so in comfort and with dignity.
Hospice offers terminally ill people choices at the end of
life, Corso says. We help our patients feel at home
with themselves, with their illness, and with the uncertainty and
unfamiliarity that accompanies the process of dying. We help facilitate
A former Catholic
priest who received a master of social work degree from SU, Corso
is responsible for the training and clinical supervision of eight
full-time staff members, including chaplains who provide spiritual
care for people who are dying, and bereavement counselors who offer
emotional support for grieving families. We may help patients
reconnect with their spiritual selves, provide counseling, or serve
as a resource for tackling such existential questions as Why
is this happening to me? he says.
Corso must also
be aware of the emotional toll that such work can have on the staff.
Because of this, he meets regularly with staff members, watching
for signs of needed support. Its especially important
for people in this field to celebrate, he says. We need
a source of replenishment, something beautiful, whether we find
it in relationships, the arts, or in nature. Its important
to have a life outside our worka source of joy.
Corso, now married
to School of Education alumna Christine Maloof Corso G96 and
the father of two young children, says his family provides him with
a sense of delight that helps him avoid the burnout that can result
from hospice work. I love this work, and I wish more people
were aware of it, he says. Spirituality in hospice care
is about journeying with patients and family members, helping them
to recognize their capacity for transcendence, and cultivating their
awareness that we all are part of a spiritual reality within and
Amy Speach Shires
82 is not one of those people who spends a lifetime searching
for a calling. She knew she wanted to teach while she was still
career started when I was a paid tutor in a peer tutoring program
at Bay Ridge High School in Brooklyn, says Barnes, an associate
professor of literacy education at Adelphi University in Garden
City, New York. Of course, the wonderful teachers I had at
school and church also influenced me.
to Syracuse under the Universitys early admission program
on the advice of a guidance counselor. I was a little intimidated
and had to adjust socially to a private, predominantly white institution,
she says. But I survived with support from my professors and
other minority students. While studying for a B.A. degree
in English education and psychology at SU, she worked as a volunteer
reading tutor and as a student teacher at Syracuse public schools.
I discovered that about a third of my junior high school students
could not proficiently read or write. I had to become a reading
specialist, she says. Following graduation, she earned an
M.A. degree in reading education at George Washington University.
the next decade teaching in the Washington, D.C., area, though,
she says, I was shocked to discover how little teaching paid.
Despite this, her interest in education continued to grow. In 1995,
she received a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her dissertation, Against
All Odds: The Natural History of an Alternative-Adult High School,
drew on her teaching experience with former high school dropouts.
Since that time,
Barnes has waged a lifelong battle against illiteracy and subliteracy
as a teacher of teachers. She served as director of the reading
clinic at the University of Northern Iowa, where she was a professor
of curriculum and instruction. A member of the International Reading
Associations board of directors, she has published widely
in her field and recently broadened the scope of her writing with
two books: Life Narratives of African Americans in Iowa (Arcadia,
2001) and Iowas Black Legacy (co-authored with Floyd
Bumpers, Arcadia, 2000).
Named a 2002-03
Fulbright Scholar in residence at the University of the West Indies,
Barbados, Barnes offered a course that was attended by teachers
from several Caribbean nations. The course examined the African,
Asian, and European influences on the regions language and
culture, with a focus on implications for contemporary teachers.
She was also honored by her election to the board of directors of
the International Reading Association, a professional organization
that promotes literacy throughout the world.
experienced teachers are leaving the field because of poor work
conditions and public backlash, she says. We, as a society,
need to continue to identify, recognize, and empower veteran teachers,
as well as new ones, so they can be there for the students. I hope
I can assist teachers by means of networking, collaboration, and
intellectual vitalitythe same things I have found in my professional
Commitment to Giving
Dan Mezzalingua 60 is the kind of alumnus most schools dream
him the Deans Citation for Exceptional Service in 2002 from
the School of Management, Dean George Burman said, Danny has
known success in every business arena he has entered. All the while,
his career has been guided by a commitment to old-fashioned honesty
and social responsibility. He personifies the values of entrepreneurship
and has shone
in a global, corporate environment. Where service to the community
is concerned, he must surely rank in the 99th percentile.
The record justifies
such high praise on both accounts. When Mezzalingua became president
of Production Products Company (PPC), a Syracuse-based manufacturer
of coaxial cable connectors for the cable television industry, PPC
had 30 employees. When he retired from the position nearly two decades
later, its labor force had grown to 1,000, with offices and distribution
centers in California, Canada, and overseas locations on four continents.
Now an acquisitions
analyst for FTO, a venture capital company, Mezzalingua and his
wife Kathleen Damico 62 make their home in Central New York.
They have six children and two grandchildren. During the years he
was building PPC into an international industrial force, he gave
generously of his time and energy to many Central New York community
institutions. He is past president of the board of trustees of the
Manlius (N.Y.) Pebble Hill School, and a board member of the Community
General Hospital Foundation, the Manufacturing Association of Central
New York, and the Metropolitan Development Association. He serves
on the parish council of St. Anns Roman Catholic Church in
Manlius, and has headed the Parent Association of St. Lawrence University.
on behalf of Syracuse University include the Society of Fellows,
the Chancellors Council, and the School of Management Advisory
Council. He was elected to the Universitys Board of Trustees
in 1999. A political science major who earned a B.A. degree from
the College of Arts and Sciences, Mezzalingua speaks with an evident
affection for his days on the Hill. I took a lot of classes
in speech and was active in the debate club because I was fascinated
by the structuring of thought, which is necessary for effective
public speaking, he says. I got creamed in some of those
debates, but I developed a skill thats been helpful to me
ever since. I also had a lot of fun in college. I was a member of
Sigma Phi Epsilon, which gave me some great lifelong friendships.
currently serves on the search committee to replace Dean Burman,
who announced his retirement last spring. The new management
building is just fantastic, and Im hoping its completion will
provide the new dean with an opportunity to focus efforts on an
overall strengthening of the schools M.B.A. program,
As a University
trustee, Mezzalingua was elected vice chair of the board in 2002
and his committee assignments include chairing the Board Nominating
Committee, which is charged with recruiting new members. Buzz
Shaw has done a fabulous job and we are competing handsomely in
many areas, he says. Now we want to build on that by
bringing in trustees who can challenge a new Chancellor to continue
to raise the University. Im looking for younger-than-me
candidates. Youth is the key; its the lifeblood of any institution.
The same can be said of alumni like Dan Mezzalinguaat any
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