The Japan Alumni Association and guests from Syracuse gathered in December at the Tokyo American Club.
COLOR=black>The Japan Alumni Association held a gathering and business meeting in December at the Tokyo American Club. More than 150 alumni, friends, and their guests attended the event, which featured School of Management Dean George Burman and Associate Dean Peter Koveos, Trustee William J. Smith ’50, and SU professors Tej Bhatia of the College of Arts and Sciences and Hiroshi Higuchi of the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science.
      Burman updated the group on the latest happenings at SU and the School of Management, and Koveos discussed Syracuse’s programs in China and Japan and relations between the United States and the two countries. The gathering was also addressed by Bhadia, who is at Tokyo University for a year doing research, and Higuchi, who is working on research at Tohoko University.
      Smith shared greetings from Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw and the Board of Trustees, and presented Akira Ohtomo ’52, head of the Japan Alumni Association, with a gift for all he has done on behalf of SU. Smith, who has been visiting Japan for more than 25 years and still serves as an advisor and director to Japanese companies, noted that in the 21st century the world economy would become even more global and called for closer relationships between the University and alumni in the Far East, especially Japan.
      "It’s rewarding to know that SU’s mission is important to our alumni and friends located so far from here,” says Lil O’Rourke, associate vice president for alumni relations. “We’re happy to know they feel connected not only to SU but to each other, because of their common bond.”



This 1931 portrait of Louis Kaufman was among the works featured in the Milton Avery Revisited exhibition at Lubin House last year.
Lubin House celebrated the opening of its newly renovated art gallery with a gala October reception for Milton Avery Revisited: Works from the Louis and Annette Kaufman Collection,an exhibition of rarely shown paintings and works on paper, most of them not seen in New York for more than 50 years.
      Among those attending were Annette Kaufman, a Los Angeles-based friend of the University who agreed to lend the works in the show to SU for two years; March Avery Cavanaugh, the artist’s daughter; Chancellor Kenneth A. and Mary Ann Shaw; Kitty Carlisle Hart H’97 and art collector Roy Neuberger; and architect Richard S. Hayden ’60, who oversaw the gallery’s renovation.
      The exhibition, which was on view through late November, was the best attended in Lubin House’s history, drawing more than 2,000 visitors. Milton Avery Revisited will be shown in Lowe Art Gallery on campus September 17 to October 20.


Todd Caso '65 and Carol Jantz Caso '66
For Carol Jantz Caso ’66 and Todd Caso ’65, Syracuse University has been woven into the fabric of their lives for more than 30 years. “We are an SU family,” Todd says.
      The couple married last summer at Hendricks Chapel after a 10-year courtship and a friendship that began on campus in the sixties. They met as undergraduates while working at campus radio station WAER. After graduation, they went their separate ways, but “never really forgot each other,” says Todd.
      With the publication of the Alumni Directory in 1988, Todd noticed Carol’s name and realized she lived just 15 miles from his suburban New York home. After meeting for lunch, they discovered time had done little to erase their feelings for each other.
      Their marriage ceremony on July 24, 1999, was a celebration of their life together at SU. The Rev. Thomas Wolfe, dean of Hendricks Chapel, presided over the ceremony, as did Bernard J. Quinn ’65, a lay priest in Maryland and Todd’s classmate.
      The couple reside in Pomona, New York. Carol is employed in administration at Union Carbide, and Todd is a producer/archivist at NBA Entertainment. Despite busy schedules, they return to campus often to visit friends and family. Two of Carol’s daughters—Caitlin ’00 and Meghan ’03—attend SU; a third, Elizabeth, graduated in 1993.

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