CHICAGO ALUMNI CLUB
Members of the SU Alumni Association Board of Directors take a break from their Homecoming Weekend meeting and enjoy a sunny day on the front steps of the Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center. Board members include (front row, left to right): Ellen Ruby Silverstone ’65, Beverly Barr Vaughan ’54, Sherry Landrum Coble ’64, Ellen Baker Baltz ’73, Michael Somich ’73, G’73; second row: Joanne Fogel Alper ’72, Wendy Cohen ’70, June Grant ’87, Lil Breul O’Rourke ’77; third row: Leslie Lehr Bucher ’80, Robert Woodruff ’73, Roberta Chamberlain Schofield ’57, G’77, Gerald Kelly G’65; fourth row: John Trop ’84, Mike Elefante ’65, Jeffrey Weinstein ’67, Michael Vadala ’83; fifth row: Barry Weiss ’83, Miguel Sapp ’82, G’88, G’89, Darlene Tarris Deremer ’77, G’79, Debbie Fritsche ’74; sixth row: Dan Kaseman ’80, Mona Malkin Heck ’83, G’88, Dee Dahlman Hatch ’57, David McFarlane ’52, Greg Loh ’87, Don Doerr ’85, G’88.
Alison Muench Hough ’95 was recently honored as the 1999 Alumni Club Officer of the Year for her work in revitalizing the Chicago Alumni Club. As club president, Hough, who works for the Chicago Office of Tourism, has attracted new members to the club and set up a calendar of events. The club’s membership had dwindled the past several years, but Hough recruited other recent graduates to serve on the club’s board—and her energy and enthusiasm have proven contagious. “I returned to Chicago after graduation and started investigating alumni activities to continue my connection with the University,” she says. “I discovered the club was basically inactive. I talked to some friends and within a month we created a board of four officers and began to plan events.”
The club also has embraced the new council concept by getting other SU alumni organizations in the area involved, particularly alumni representatives. These alumni often volunteer through the Office of Admissions to attend college fairs and help recruit New students to the University. David Marut ’88, a member of the alumni representative program, now serves on the club’s board. “We help recruit alumni to volunteer at college fairs,” Hough says. “Working with the reps also provides us with information about the University’s student recruitment process and what’s new at SU.”
With no Big East schools in the area, SU sports teams rarely play there, so the club works hard at organizing events to attract alumni of all ages. During the past year, the club hosted a New Student Send-off party, an alumni dinner, a networking event, a Halloween party, and TV game-watching events. The club also launched its new web site (www.windycityorange.org) in January. The site features a special section for members, and a listing of club activities, and allows people to join the club online.
In the future, the club hopes to expand its membership base by attracting more alumni in the area. “Through building relationships and continued communication, we have created a strong alumni database with more than 200 contacts,” Hough says. “We are trying to sponsor a good mix of activities to attract alumni from a variety of backgrounds and class years. Our main goal is to keep in touch with each other and the University. That’s a connection none of us wants to lose.”
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI HONORED
Three SU alumni will be honored in June as the latest recipients of the George Arents Pioneer Medal, the University’s highest award to alumni.
Renée Schine Crown ’50 of Wilmette, Illinois, has pursued a life of public service and civic leadership. An integral member of SU’s Board of Trustees, in the 1980s she spearheaded the effort to establish the Schine Student Center. She also is a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors, and served as board chair in 1997-98. Þn Illinois, she works with a variety of medical, social, and educational organizations, including the Chicago Boys and Girls Club, the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
For close to 50 years, Antje Lemke G’56 has served Syracuse University as an educator, scholar, and librarian. As a world-renowned expert on Albert Schweitzer, she has been the driving force behind SU’s prominent Schweitzer collection. She has donated much of her family’s Schweitzer memorabilia to SU, and has been instrumental in helping the University obtain thousands of Schweitzer materials from his family, the Schweitzer Center, and other sources. A former Guggenheim Fellow, Lemke served on the School of Information Studies faculty from 1952 through 1986, and is now a professor emerita of the school. She has served on the SU Library Associates Board for many years, and was president of the board from 1988 to 1992. During her career, Lemke has written several books; contributed to numerous journals, encyclopedias, and anthologies; and lectured worldwide. She is an active board member, officer, and consultant to a variety of educational, professional, and civic organizations.
Currently a member of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Advisory Board, Charles V. Willie G’57 has been an ambassador for Maxwell and Syracuse University for many years. He has more than 40 years of service in higher education. In 1950, Willie joined the Maxwell faculty as a sociology professor and was named chair of the sociology department in 1967. In 1972, he became the vice president for student affairs, a post he held for two years before moving on to the Harvard University Graduate School of Education as a Professor of education and urban studies. A noted civil rights advocate and sociologist, Willie is a council member and vice president of the American Sociological Association, and has published widely in the fields of education, health, race relations, urban studies, and family relations.
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