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Steve Sartori
Wally Bobkiewicz G’89 (MAX)
President,  Syracuse University Alumni Association Inc.

Orange Grove Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

In 2001, the Alumni Association Board of Directors was searching for a way to create a special outdoor place on campus for alumni to call their own. The alumni board was also looking to build a permanent endowment to support the activities of the Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations. From these efforts, the Orange Grove was born.

Under the leadership of then Alumni Association President Deborah Fritsche ’74 and Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw, the 4,200-square-foot Orange Grove was created on the Quad in front of Bowne Hall and Carnegie Library, establishing a permanent tribute to the generations of alumni who have made such important contributions to the life of our communities, our nation, and the world. The Orange Grove allows alumni, friends, parents, faculty, and staff to honor others or be honored with their names etched into the grove’s granite pavers. 

In October 2003, the Orange Grove was dedicated and the first names of Syracuse faithful appeared on its pavers. In the five years since then, more than 1,000 individuals and groups have become a permanent presence on the Quad by their inclusion in the Orange Grove. In addition, gifts for pavers in the grove have not only paid for the cost of construction, but have contributed more than $250,000 toward a permanent endowment for alumni programs.

But what more has the Orange Grove become in the life of Syracuse University? It has become a place for relaxation, reflection, and even studying. It’s not unusual to see students reading or chatting with one another at the grove and, when the first signs of spring return to campus, entire classes are often spotted meeting on the benches that surround it. The grove has also become a gathering place for alumni during Homecoming+Reunion and before athletic events. Individuals will “visit” their pavers at the Orange Grove and look to see who else has joined since their last time on campus.

At the end of each school year, the Orange Grove becomes a focal point for graduating students. Three years ago, the Alumni Association held a contest for ideas to create a new tradition associated with the Orange Grove. Betsy Sherwood ’04 and Courtney Bell ’04 won with their proposal to have graduating students write their wishes for the future on orange ribbons and tie them to the treeguards in the Orange Grove. Now after Commencement, friends and family visit the Orange Grove and find a sea of orange ribbons. Good luck and prosperity have been reported ever since by new graduates who have left a ribbon.

The Orange Grove has become the special place that was first envisioned in 2001 and will continue to be a campus gathering spot cherished by alumni. To view photographs of the Orange Grove and to find out how to have your name, or the name of a family member, friend, or favorite professor included there, visit



Traditions »

Honored Alumni Shine at Arents Event

Photo by Steve Sartori
The Arents Award recipients appear together in September during the Homecoming+Reunion gala luncheon. From left are Dr. Daniel H. Present ’55, Edwin London ’49, Andrea Davis Pinkney ’85, and Barry Hyman, who accepted the award on behalf of his mother, Shirley Jackson ’40, who died in 1965.

Publishing executive and acclaimed children’s book author Andrea Davis Pinkney ’85 accepted the Arents Award at the Home-coming+Reunion gala luncheon in September and then broke into song. “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. … Here at Syracuse University I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.” The audience joined with Pinkney, filling Goldstein Auditorium with the gospel tune and capturing the inspiration Pinkney and the other Arents honorees described in speaking of their alma mater. “Thanks to Syracuse University and the Newhouse School, I’ve been given the gift of using words to serve. … I was given the opportunity to shine my light brightly,” said Pinkney, who has written more than 20 books highlighting African American culture and is vice president and editor at large for Scholastic Trade. “I was given the encouragement to use what I’ve learned in the hope that it could benefit others.”

Along with Pinkney, entertainment industry executive Edwin London ’49, internationally renowned gastroenterologist and researcher Dr. Daniel H. Present ’55, and acclaimed author Shirley Jackson ’40 were honored at the event. Jackson received the award posthumously; her son, Barry Hyman, accepted the award.

The Arents Award, established in the 1930s by SU Board of Trustees member George Arents, is the University’s highest honor for alumni achievement. The award was redesigned this year by Peter Yenawine ’69, a 1988 Arents recipient, who sculpted a crystal piece for the honorees. The Arents Award “exemplifies the value we have placed for 70 years on trailblazing thought in action,” Chancellor Nancy Cantor said. “Today we call it Scholarship in Action: using our intellectual capital to make a difference in the world, to pursue innovation that really matters, and educate students to be ready to jump right in and address the pressing issues of our day.”

Jackson, a best-selling author who forged new ground and influenced other writers, touched upon the everyday evils of American mores, exploring intolerance and oppression through her gothic tales. She gained much attention with her short story, “The Lottery,” first published in The New Yorker in 1948. Along with dozens of short stories, Jackson penned novels, plays, television scripts, children’s books, and memoirs before her death in 1965. In accepting the Arents Award on behalf of his mother, Hyman said, “I know my mother would have been very honored to receive this award.”

London, who earned degrees in journalism and management at SU, recently retired as managing partner of Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman, which specializes in providing financial services for creative artists. “I’m very proud to be connected to this University,” said London, a member of VPA’s Advisory Council. “The most important thing, of course, was I met my wife [Elaine ’50] here.”

A graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences and a clinical professor of medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Present is a pioneer and leading researcher in treating and searching for cures for such illnesses as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. At SU, Present was inspired by his professors and made lifelong friends, including his wife, Jane ’56. “We’ve done everything we wanted to do, gone everywhere we wanted to go, and we feel pretty certain that we are leaving this world a better place than we found it,” he said. “And much of this was due to Syracuse University.”

—Kathleen Haley

To nominate a candidate for the 2009 Arents Award, visit

Shalala Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Donna E. Shalala G’70, H’87 has been an honored scholar, teacher, and public service administrator for more than 30 years. In recognition of her contributions and accomplishments, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in June. “I am deeply honored by this special recognition,” said Shalala, one of six recipients honored at a White House ceremony. “Both as an educator and a public servant, I have always considered it a duty and a privilege to serve my country and to promote the rights and responsibilities of being an engaged citizen of a free nation.” Best known for serving as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Clinton administration, Shalala is currently president of the University of Miami. She has also served as president of Hunter College of the City University of New York and chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and worked as U.S. Secretary for Policy Development and Research for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Shalala has more than three-dozen honorary degrees, including an honorary doctor of laws degree from Syracuse University. She is a member of the advisory board of the Maxwell School, where she earned master’s and doctoral degrees in social science. In 1992, she received the National Public Service Award from the American Society for Public Administration and in 2005 was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News and World Report and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

In announcing the Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, the White House praised Shalala “as one of our nation’s most distinguished educators and public officials. She has worked tirelessly to ensure that all Americans can enjoy lives of hope, promise, and dignity.”


Alumni Travel »

Building Spirit in New York City

Photo courtesy of Harris Sokoloff

New York City IS a hub of activity and industry, and also a city rich with Syracuse University alumni. This year, for the first time in nearly a decade, SU alumni have a broad-spectrum alumni club: Big Apple Orange. Its addition will complement several specialty clubs in the city, including the SU Drama Organization and iMBA Alumni Club. “We are delighted that there will now be a club open to all alumni in New York City,” says Andrea Latchem, assistant vice president of alumni relations. “The Office of Alumni Relations has been working in partnership with the SU Alumni Association and New York City alumni to help get the new club off the ground.”

The earliest advocate for the new alumni club was Shari Diamond ’94, former vice president of the Alumni Association. “Everything we do to strengthen the SU name increases the value of our own degrees,” Diamond says. “But more than that, it’s the opportunity to reconnect with old friends, to make new ones, and to discover that the University still has plenty to offer each of us, long after we’ve left the SU Hill.” A preliminary meeting held last year to gauge interest attracted more than 100 alumni and resulted in the formation of a group led by interim officers to get the club under way. Big Apple Orange’s first formal meeting was June 25. Members of Big Apple Orange elected the club’s first full-term officers: Karen Au ’03, president; Joe Donovan ’04, first vice president; and Harris Sokoloff ’07, secretary. Several other officers were appointed, including Diamond as a member of the board of directors.

The club has attracted approximately 1,300 alumni of all ages and has sponsored more than 15 events in the city, including monthly happy hour social gatherings; volunteering for Hands on New York Cares Day, an annual event to revitalize landscapes and establishments around the city; a museum tour of the New York Historical Society; book club meetings; game watching; and an event at Lubin House for recent SU graduates moving to New York City. “Big Apple Orange has enabled me to remember and appreciate the University that much more, and it has allowed me to network socially and professionally,” Au says.

Both Au and Sokoloff emphasize the University’s immense support for the club and note that such interaction with SU is what prompted them to become involved. “I joined the club to share my love of SU,” Sokoloff says. “I am looking forward to promoting the SU spirit in New York City.”

For those who are interested in Big Apple Orange and would like to be put on its mailing list, visit

Topic of Conversation

Alumni in the New York City area can explore the diversity of SU’s people and programs without stepping foot on campus. Joseph I. Lubin House, SU’s home in the city, has become the site for Second Wednesdays at Lubin: Conversations, Insights, and Entertainment Featuring Syracuse University Alumni, Faculty, and Friends. Now in its sixth season, Second Wednesdays cultivates connections between the University and metropolitan area alumni through presentations exhibiting SU’s resources and programs. “Second Wednesdays at Lubin House give us the opportunity to regularly present a variety of interesting topics and acknowledge our talented faculty and alumni,” says Patti Dombrowski ’79, executive director of Lubin House. “At the same time, we showcase the University’s beautiful Manhattan home.”

The fall season opened in September with a presentation on “Treasures of Syracuse University Library” by Suzanne Thorin, University librarian and dean of libraries. Thorin brought to life the context of such items as a letter written by Malcolm X, an illuminated manuscript, and a handwritten first draft of work by Lord Byron.

Topics and presenters last spring included “American Politics in a New Media Era” with Danny Hayes, SU political science professor and senior research associate for the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at the Maxwell School; Patrice Adcroft  ’76 of Discover magazine, and Jason Stahl ’00, who discussed the book they co-authored, Discover’s 20 Things You Didn’t Know about Everything: Duct Tape, Airport Security, Your Body, Sex in Space … and More!; and a panel discussion, “The Impact of Sports on Youth, Education, Culture and the Economy.” Panelists included David Falk ’72, founder and CEO of F.A.M.E.; Roger Goodell, commissioner of the NFL; Professor Michael Veley, director of SU’s sport management department; Raquel McNabb ’98, former standout student-athlete for SU; and Raj Saha ’97, director of guest services at the Prudential Center. Jon Frankel ’86 of HBO’s Real Sports moderated the event.

All Second Wednesdays at Lubin programs are
free to metro area alumni, but seating is limited.
For more information, visit the Lubin House web site at For an invitation, call
212-826-1449 or e-mail


“The depth of the University’s resources—both alumni and faculty from throughout the University’s schools and colleges—allows us to offer a rich array of programs for Second Wednesdays,” Dombrowski says. —From Staff Reports


Alumni Happenings »

reunion Alumni gather for an SU reunion at the Kendal Crosslands Retirement Community in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, last spring. In the front row (from left) are Mary Jo Clark G’56, Ivar Christensen ’48, Barbara Moore Graves ’32, and Barbie Yeoman Verdiani ’39. In the back row are Jane Jackson Murray ’51, Herbert Houston, Sally Quimby Christensen ’51, Sarah Lee Beard Houston ’51, Erik Hemmingsen (faculty, 1947-87), Louise Hemmingsen G’57, Edith Windels Illick ’42, Charles Reed (faculty, 1957-64), and Gertrude Scholl Reed G’63.


SU alumni meet up at the SUccess in the City event at the Legal Sea Foods’ Exchange Conference Center on the Boston Fish Pier. More than 100 alumni career hosts, new graduates, current students, local sponsors, and SU sponsors attended the June event, organized by the SU Alumni Club of Boston, in conjunction with the offices of Alumni Relations and Career Services. The regional events are held to acquaint recent graduates with their new home city and fellow alumni. From left are Scott Langdon ’85, Kavitha Veigas G’05, Rachelle Prantil-Baun ’00, Michelle Garren ’07, and Mark Sahady ’98.




Members of the Pool family enjoy the spirit of Homecoming+Reunion during the parade on campus September 19. The family—Barry Pool ’78 and Emer McGuire-Pool, and their children, Thomas and Ciara—rode on the alumni tractor.

Melvin A. Eggers Senior Alumni Award >>


Wally Bobkiewicz G’89, left, president of the Syracuse University Alumni Association, presents the Melvin A. Eggers Senior Alumni Award to Sanford Dornbusch ’48, with his wife, Barbara ’50. Dornbusch, who earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the College of Arts and Sciences and a master’s degree and Ph.D. degree from the University of Chicago, joined Stanford University’s faculty in 1959. He founded Stanford’s sociology department, its program in human biology, and its curriculum on children and society; sociology is now the second most popular major at Stanford. The Reed-Hodgson Professor of Human Biology and professor emeritus of sociology and education at Stanford, Dornbusch chairs the advisory board of the newly established Stanford Center on Adolescence. The Eggers Award recognized Dornbusch for his distinguished career and his advocacy on behalf of children.


Judy Freudberg ’71 »

Not Just Kid Stuff

When Sesame Street’s popular “Elmo’s World” was first tested on preschoolers at a daycare center more than 10 years ago, head writer Judy Freudberg  was among those anxiously awaiting their reactions. “It was very painful, and humbling,” recalls Freudberg, a Sesame Street writer since 1975 and one of the segment’s six creators and developers. Before the now familiar “la la la la” theme music began, “kids were all over the place. They were playing with each other, throwing things, running around,” she says. “But slowly the noise stopped. It took them about three minutes to realize something new was happening, and they got totally involved in the program. They were hooked! From the start, kids just loved Elmo. And they still do.” 

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Freudberg earned a bachelor’s degree in speech and dramatic arts at Syracuse, and was interested in a career in television and film. In fall 1971, not long after graduating, she got a foot in the door as a “go-fer” at what was then the Children’s Television Workshop, and moved up to a production assistant position before becoming a writer. “I was the new kid ‘on the block,’ and kind of starry-eyed about the whole thing,” she says. “It was fun and exciting to work with such talented people. It really was a workshop. If you showed any initiative and had some smarts about you, they were more than happy to promote you. It was a very supportive place, and the people were wonderful.”

Freudberg later collaborated with Tony Geiss on a feature film, Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird, as well as An American Tail and The Land Before Time, two feature animation films for Steven Spielberg. “I had always wanted to work in the movies in some capacity,” she says. “I fell in love with the movies when I took a Development of Cinema Art course at Syracuse. It gave me a whole new perspective on film as an art form and as entertainment.” Freudberg’s writing successes allowed her to achieve another lifelong goal. “I was one of those little girls who loved horses and always wanted one,” she says. “So about three years ago, I fulfilled my childhood dream by getting a place upstate where I could have a horse. I’m so lucky to have had good, steady writing work that gave me the opportunity to do this.”

Currently collaborating with Molly Boylan on new scripts for Sesame Street’s 40th season, Freudberg still loves what she does. “You’ve got to have fun with these characters, or it shows up on the screen,” she says. “The show was created to appeal to both adults and children, so parents will watch with their kids. So, if we have fun and laugh while we’re writing, we figure our audience will be laughing, and learning, too. That, to me, is what Sesame Street is all about.”

 —Amy Speach



James V. Breuer ’72 »

Building Community Ties


James V. Breuer ’72 is a big fan of Syracuse, and not just when it comes to sports. He grew up in the area and knows it’s a great environment for raising a family. He and his wife, Catherine Cragg Breuer ’73, brought up their three children here. Breuer also thinks Syracuse is a terrific place to get an education. The third generation of his family to attend the University, he earned a bachelor’s degree at both SU and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. As president and a member of the fifth generation of the family-owned Hueber-Breuer Construction Co. Inc., he believes Syracuse is the perfect community in which to build a business, make a living, and establish deep, long-lasting roots. For Breuer, serving on SU’s Board of Trustees is a measure of his commitment and gratitude to the University as well as the city. “Cathy and I both feel that our educational experiences at SU and the friendships we made there have influenced our lives in many ways,” he says. “We also appreciate the positive impact the University has had on our community. So we like to give back to SU in whatever ways we can.”

Founded in 1880, Breuer’s company recently celebrated 125 years of providing construction services to Central New York. The company is responsible for several SU facilities, including Maxwell Hall, Eggers Hall, the new Whitman School of Management building, the Winnick Hillel Center for Jewish Life, Goldstein Student Center, the Place of Remembrance, and the Orange Grove. Other local landmarks constructed by Hueber-Breuer include hospitals, assisted living residences, educational facilities, churches, firehouses, and hotels. Breuer is also an investor in many area commercial office buildings, distribution facilities, and the Syracuse Crunch professional hockey team. “You have to have an interest in creating something to succeed in this business,” says Breuer, whose sons Andy and Charlie are now involved in the company. “I drive by a project we’ve constructed and feel a certain ownership. It is rewarding to see our clients succeed in their new facilities. That’s what keeps me going.”

A four-year member of SU’s crew team, Breuer was named a LetterWinner of Distinction in 1995. His professional and civic interests have led him to serve on the board of the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency and as chair of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, and to involvement with St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center; Loretto, a nonprofit provider of eldercare in Central New York; and Syracuse Stage, among other organizations. “To me, Syracuse is a unique area,” he says. “My family and I feel fortunate to be part of this community, and it’s important to us to share our experience and get involved in ways that have a positive impact.” 

Linda Dulye ’77 »

Her Message is Clear


What do organizations as diverse as Lockheed Martin, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Tyco, Progress Energy, Bobcat, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport have in common? They are among dozens of major employers who have sought the expertise of Linda Dulye  to increase productivity through improved workplace communication and collaboration. “With more reliance on texting, IMing, and e-mailing, business people are limiting themselves to inadequate, impersonal communication,” says Dulye, who founded L.M. Dulye & Co. in 2008, following a career as a leading communications officer for such blue-chip mainstays as General Electric, Allied Signal, and Grey Advertising. “We help them master the full spectrum of communication, which includes the visual and the vocal—body posture, animation, intonation—as well as the verbal. We help people get beyond ‘reporting’ to each other and teach them to have conversations and tap into feedback. Our goal is what we call a ‘Spectator-Free Workplace.™’” Earlier this year, Dulye brought her trademarked 2-Way Communications program to Rolls-Royce Engine Services-Oakland. The result moved the International Association of Business Communicators to honor the collaboration with its Gold Quill Award.

With an SU family legacy that includes her father, Raymond ’31, and brother, Raymond ’71, Dulye claims she had chosen SU by age 6. An English major whose ideas and skills are highly valued in the corporate world, she is passionate about liberal arts education. “I never saw my major as restricting me to anything, but rather as a door opener,” she says. Last spring, she put that belief into action on behalf of Syracuse students at the first Dulye Leadership Experience, a three-day seminar in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts designed to help juniors and seniors look beyond academic categories. “When the students arrived, they thought of themselves as history or engineering majors,” says Dulye, who helped choose 12 participants from campus-wide applications. “When they left, they were conscious of their specific skills and experiences. They took away an understanding of the wide range of career opportunities they can pursue.”

An activist by nature, Dulye has a love for animals that she expresses in her work as a Berkshire Humane Society board member and supporter of Winslow Therapeutic Riding Unlimited, a riding academy that brings animals into the lives of children with severe disabilities, to mutual benefit. Here, as elsewhere, she insists on contributing more than funding. Recently, Dulye and her family adopted a retired Winslow horse and mule in need of homes, and built a barn for the equine pair on their Hudson Valley property. “Just writing a check isn’t enough for me. I want to go beyond that and be part of the change or the challenge it will fund,” she says. “I am fortunate to have been raised in a family business, where we all knew we had to actively participate to make things work and progress. I credit my parents for teaching us the power of doing and giving back. It’s personally empowering to really make a difference.”

Said Cohen ’49 »

Enterprising Adventure


Said Cohen is an engineer by design and a successful entrepreneur through determination. In the 1960s, he heard about the growing potential of printed circuit boards for different electric instruments and electronic equipment at various companies. “It was a new product coming on the market,” Cohen says. “I thought it would have a good future.”

Cohen, who had a business designing and installing air conditioning systems in Manhattan offices, moved his family to California in 1962. In 1967, he and an assistant started up a circuit board manufacturing business, Cosmotronic Company, in Irvine. “The first year was a very rough year,” he says. “The second year was better. We had developed some good contacts and the business started to build.”

The technology continued to become more sophisticated with multilayer circuit boards, and Cosmotronic kept pace. Working with such companies as Hughes Aircraft and McDonnell Douglas, Cosmotronic prepared boards for military fighter planes and tanks. Cohen spent 30 years in the business, which grew to 90 employees, before he retired in 1998.

Originally from Tehran, Iran, Cohen traveled to the United States in 1945 on a student visa. The 41-day trip aboard a cargo ship through the Suez Canal, Mediterranean Sea, and Atlantic Ocean was truly an adventure for the 21-year-old who had never been far from home. Once in the United States, Cohen learned English at the American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. In fall 1946, he arrived at SU, where he took up engineering. “Ever since I was a youngster, I had always wanted to go into engineering,” he says. An enthusiastic SU fan, Cohen attended his first football game at SU. “My friends had to explain what was going on,” he says. “After a couple of games, I started to enjoy it.” Cohen spent summers at SU, staying at a fraternity house and hanging out on the shores of Onondaga Lake. He also remembers receiving kind phone calls from the provost inquiring about his progress.

Cohen, whose brother, Albert, followed in his footsteps and graduated in 1957, remains connected to the University and is happy to support future SU generations. “I have a very good feeling about the University,” Cohen says. “It gave me my education, so I’d like to see other people also have the chance to study at the University and become good citizens and help the country.”



Brooke Crittendon ’03 »

True to Life

If Brooke Crittendon appeared on MTV’s True Life, the episode might be called “I’m Living the Dream.” As associate producer of the award-winning documentary series, the Newhouse alumna helps tell the real-life, first-person stories of young people, offering revealing glimpses of their diverse subcultures. Subjects have included gay marriage activists, Southern belles, teen outcasts, and women whose husbands are serving in Iraq. “This experience is everything I could ask for,” Crittendon says. “I get to work at an amazing job with all these cool people in an office overlooking Times Square.”

She joined MTV in fall 2004 as an assistant to Dave Sirulnick, executive producer of True Life and “about a million” other MTV programs. “He produces pretty much everything, so as his assistant I was at the center of the wheel,” Crittendon says. “I became part of the MTV machine, which afforded me lots of learning opportunities and allowed me to get to know a lot of the producers.”

In June 2007, she was promoted to her job with the True Life series. Her duties include researching new topics, coordinating production, providing creative feedback, and supervising a staff of six interns. She also manages a series blog that features behind-the-scenes footage, photos, and commentary. “A lot of people’s jobs are about just one thing, and they sort of lose their personal lives and their humanity,” she says. “My work requires me to look at other people’s lives. We do many shows on many different topics, so part of my job is to become a better person and a more understanding listener. It is very rewarding to work here.” 

Appreciative of her SU education and the connections it provides, Crittendon, who was a television-radio-film major, offers students in her field the same valuable advice she received from alumni: Stay focused, take advantage of the resources available at Newhouse, and do as much networking as possible. “SU alumni are everywhere, and we love to help other SU people,” she says. Looking ahead, Crittendon is considering law school, and hopes to one day have her own production company. For now, she’s enjoying every minute of the job of her dreams. “I’m just doing the whole New York City thing,” she says, “and I love it!” 



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