Seven alumni received Dean's Outstanding Alumni Awards during Reunion weekend for the many contributions they've made to their colleges and fields.
  • College of Arts and Sciences: Renee Schine Crown '50 of Wilmette, Illinois, civic leader, philanthropist, and SU trustee; and Jay L. Halio '50 of Newark, Delaware, teacher and scholar.
  • School of Education: C. Joy Hathaway '96 of Liverpool, New York, special education teacher.
  • College for Human Development: Tiane (T.C.) Benson '74 of Washington, D.C., vice president of marketing and development for the National Trust for Historic Preservation; and Margaret Harrington '94 of Watertown, New York, author and lecturer.
  • College of Nursing: Patricia Paul Hernandez '57, G'67 of Albany, New York, nursing consultant for the New York State Health Department. Young Careerist Award: Mona Bahouth G'95 of Baltimore, adult nurse practitioner at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. Honorary Alumnus Awards: Robert '49 (School of Management) and Dorothy McCaffrey of Boston; and Grace N. Harris of Jenson Beach, Florida, retired nurse.
  • School of Social Work: Ann Stahl Badger G'69 of Liverpool, New York, retired deputy commissioner of the Onondaga County Department of Mental Health.


Think of hillsides bursting with incredible fall colors. Imagine the tangy scent of fresh apple cider. Picture the fun of returning to campus on a bustling, glorious fall weekend. Then remember Homecoming '99 and make plans to be part of it.
      The game against the Boston College Eagles promises to be a battle worthy of Coach Paul Pasqualoni's Orangemen. Just as absorbing will be the panoply of activities planned just for you, from visiting your home college to joining a festive parade.
      This year the Syracuse University Student Alumni Association (SUSA) is taking over some of the duties formerly carried out by the Traditions Commission, a student organization that's been shorthanded in recent years. One of those pleasant obligations is organizing the Friday evening parade and bonfire, a rite looked forward to by generations of alumni who participated in similar events as students. SUSA, a student volunteer organization sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations, serves as a link between students and the University's alumni.
      Homecoming also marks Reunion for the classes of 1984, 1989, and 1994, and class committees are planning a full schedule of activities.
      Lisa Vabolis '84, a senior investment accounting officer at PNC Bank in Wilmington, Delaware, can't wait for the event. She's helping organize activities for her class. "Homecoming is definitely a draw for my class," she says. "It's a way to relive your days at Syracuse. So many of us share memories of the good times we had at school. I belong to the Philadelphia Alumni Club, and when we get together we talk about the things we did at the University. People like to remember. It's a very strong bond."

Homecoming '99 promises to be one of the best ever, as alumni join with students to celebrate Syracuse.
      For Julie Loveland Comanici '89 of Syracuse, the attraction is getting together with friends. A stay-at-home mother with four children, Comanici says: "I've kept in touch with my sorority sisters from Alpha Phi, but Reunion at Homecoming will allow me to see others I knew and liked at school. People enjoy coming back to the places they knew as students. My sorority house and Marshall Street are big attractions."
      Lansing Dimon '94 of Mexico, New York, is working on Reunion plans for his class. Dimon, band director at Mexico High School, fondly remembers his experiences in Marching Band and the Sour Sitrus Society Pep Band. "Reunion allows us to see where we've gone in the past five years," he says. "By coming back to campus, you redefine the experience you had at SU and reflect on it."
      If your class is scheduled for Reunion during Homecoming, plan to join us. If not, just come back and enjoy all the things Syracuse has to offer.

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