STAYING CONNECTED
Alumni Relations is all about connecting—keeping classmates connected with each other and alumni connected with SU. Such traditional methods as class reunions, club functions, and publications are an integral part of making that happen.
      Because we value you as alumni and want to make staying connected as easy as possible, we are proud to announce that this spring we will launch an online community, providing all alumni with access to a protected alumni directory site through a secure password. Once you have registered as a member of the community, you will be able to look up classmates and friends through a variety of search fields. We are pleased to provide this free service to you as a way of saying thank you for your continued support and involvement with SU.
      Additionally we’ll offer you permanent e-mail. We will provide an e-mail forwarding service, so if your e-mail address or
Internet provider changes, you will always be able to stay in touch, with a permanent address such as yourname@alum.syr.edu.
      Since you are an important part of the SU family, we value your involvement, loyalty, and support. We believe giving alumni the ability to connect online and stay in touch with each other will be invaluable and ultimately benefit our University.
      At the time of publication we did not yet have a launch date for the directory or e-mail forwarding service. We will announce specifics on our web site and urge you to refer to it for updated information. If you have questions, please e-mail Karen Merrill, our online community manager, at kjmerril@syr.edu.


Lil Breul O'Rourke '77
Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations



ALUMNI BAND ON THE MARCH

SU Alumni Band members Dan Baldinger '53, left, and Harvey Lebo '48 share a laugh during Homecoming 1999.
When Dan Baldinger ’53 played saxophone in the United States Marching Band, he stood alone in his enjoyment of it. “A total of 143 members were in the band; 142 hated it, but I loved it,” he says.
      Baldinger has taken that enthusiasm and focused it on reviving the SU Alumni Band. As former chair and now co-chair of the band, Baldinger is committed to its success. “It’s fun, and we want to continue to grow, “ he says.
      To grow, the band had to improve its communications to attract new members. That’s when Baldinger decided to help get the band back in step. “Last year, I contacted Brad Ethington, director of the SU Marching Band, and Erin Horner ’90, G’92,” he says. “We worked together, forming committees, planning, and compiling mailing lists. We are excited about the future.”
      Their perseverance paid off, and the band turned a corner during Homecoming ’99. Baldinger donated T-shirts for the event, and members suited up in the matching shirts, blue pants, and white sneakers. “A huge span of ages came back,” Horner says. “There were 45 of us who marched in the Dome. It was a phenomenal experience.”
      Horner’s drive, determination, and involvement led to her nomination as chair of the Alumni Band Association. “I really love this band; it is near and dear to my heart,” says Horner, who has been active with the alumni band since 1993.
      With the 100th anniversary of the SU Marching Band approaching later this year, Horner and her committee are planning special events to mark the occasion. In addition, they have an urgent message for former band members: get involved. “It is a monumental task trying to get people back,” Horner says.
      If you are a former band member looking for fun, friendship, and a renewal of old acquaintances, contact the alumni band at sualumniband@aol.com.

JOIN US
Mark the following dates on your calendar for this year's Reunion and Homecoming celebrations, and an educational retreat for alumni at the Minnowbrook Conference Center:
Reunion: June 2-4
Homecoming: Fall TBA
Minnowbrook: August 25-27


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