The Office of Alumni Relations now has an online alumni photo album and would love to add your photos of alumni activities to the site ( Mail photos to Karen Merrill, Syracuse University, Office of Alumni Relations, 401 University Place, Syracuse, NY 13244, or send by e-mail to kjmerril@syr.eduInclude the name of the event, date, location, and, if available, names of those in the photo (names will not be published on the web page). Photos will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Lynn Siskind Ahrens ’70, center, lyricist for the musical Ragtime, received a 1999 Arents Pioneer Medal in an event last fall at the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City. Celebrating the award with her are SU Trustee Wendy Cohen ’70, left, and Diane Friedman Mones ’70.

When the Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center officially opened in October 1997, it was seen as a home for returning alumni and a place where the University community could interact. Today it lives up to those expectations, serving as a multipurpose center complete with dining services, meeting/reception rooms, lounge, and terrace. “It is the best place on campus to eat, but it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that the center is much more than a dining facility,” says SU Trustee Wendy Cohen ’70. “It is important as a place of interaction among students, staff, faculty, and alumni, and as a priority facility for alumni and faculty events.”
      After an initial gift from Trustee Dick ’50 and Sarah Pietrafesa, Cohen championed the project, and her parents, Trustee Alfred R. Goldstein H’85 and Ann Lubin Goldstein ’48, provided a naming gift. The center also received funding through many alumni contributions. The refurbished three-story Colonial Georgian building, located on University Place, formerly housed the Faculty Center, and, before that, Delta Kappa Epsilon. In the building’s new configuration, its uses have been greatly expanded. It features plenty of space for dining, events, and meetings, and houses the Office of Alumni Relations on the third floor. Alumni visitors are welcomed at the Alumni Lounge, where they can have a cup of coffee and plan their campus visits.
      Brad Strait ’58, G’60, G’65, dean emeritus of the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, found the idea of such a facility appealing from the beginning. “I knew it was going to be fantastic,” he says. “It’s something we sorely needed.”
      Strait, a former member of the center’s advisory board, considers it an ideal gathering place for a group of retired faculty he meets with regularly. “We are happy to meet there once a month for lunch,” he says. “It is such a classy place.”
      Strait also looks forward to future gatherings at the center. “I can’t wait to have receptions on that front porch,” he says.
      Providing meals to alumni, faculty, staff, and students is just one of the many responsibilities of Lisa Maffiore ’90, general manager of the center. During lunch hours the center bustles with business. Under her direction, the center also caters luncheon meetings, banquets, and alumni gatherings. “We have a lot of repeat customers,” she says.
      So what does the future hold for the center? “This summer we are planning to have new columns installed outside the building, as well as some new signage,” Cohen says. “We’re also planning some exciting programming to attract more students and alumni.”
      Reflecting on her family’s involvement with the center, Cohen is pleased with the progress that has been made. “It is a great center, and SU is doing a wonderful job with it,” she says. “We now have a focal point when we come home.”

The Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center has become a focal point for alumni events and other activities.

One alumni club president recently completed her term of office. We thank her for her continuing commitment.

Judy Popky ’92 .........Georgia

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