steve sartori
The word “portal” brings to mind images of a ship’s window looking out onto exotic worlds. Through a portal, we view and experience new things.
     In my last column I shared with you news about a portal to the Internet available to SU alumni and friends. From your desktop portal at our recently launched web site, you can access the latest news about the University, link to the most popular SU sites, and surf the Internet with ease.
      At you can create a desktop environment that blends your interest in SU with such other interests as the local weather, your stock portfolio, and news. Our portal offers you a gateway to some of the best e-commerce sites.
      We have formed a partnership with and 90 other educational institutions, bringing together a constituency of more than 19 million alumni, students, and faculty. When you access the Internet through the Alumni Relations Endowment Fund benefits from your online browsing and shopping.
      The Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to be part of the communications revolution by offering the SU portal to our alumni and friends. I urge you to visit our web site at If you have any questions, contact us at or call 1-800-782-5867.

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

                                                    mike prinzo

The Syracuse Area Rowing Association (SARA) aids, supports, and promotes the sport of rowing at Syracuse University. “We encourage alumni to stay involved with the program, to contribute by buying shells and oars for the team, and to help fund scholarships,” says John Nicholson ’68, the group’s president and a visiting professor of broadcast journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. “We work closely with the University’s athletics department to make sure that what we do is allowed under NCAA guidelines.”
      When founded in 1955 by Bruce Chamberlain ’41, SARA focused mainly on promoting rowing in Central New York. In recent years it has expanded its membership to include alumni from across the country. “About three years ago, we decided to make a concerted effort to get alumni from outside Central New York more involved,” Nicholson says. “Rick Holland ’83, who lives in Boston and served two terms as president, did a lot to get alumni from different parts of the country to come to gatherings, meet each other, and support the team.”
     According to Barry Weiss ’83, secretary of SARA and a former coxswain and crew manager, the association currently offers three scholarships, and plans to increase that number. In cooperation with the rowing association, SU’s athletics department recently launched a fund-raising effort, Campaign for Crew, with a goal of $2 million. As of January 1, more than $850,000 had been raised.

School of Information Studies professor Elizabeth Liddy G'77, G'88, left, receives an Outstanding Alumni award from Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw and SU Alumni Association president Deborah Fritsche '74 at the Carrier Dome before the SU-Miami football game.
Last fall’s Homecoming Weekend brought together hundreds of alumni from all over the country to enjoy a range of educational and recreational activities. Guided campus tours, lectures, exhibitions, tailgate parties, and brunches were all part of the weekend festivities. Sports enthusiasts were treated to a men’s Slub hockey game at the new Tennity Ice Skating Pavilion and the SU-Miami football game at the Carrier Dome. In addition, a distinguished teacher and five alumni were honored for their contributions to Syracuse University.
      Named Outstanding Teacher of the Year was Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs professor Richard G. Braungart. Honored as Outstanding Alumni were natural resources and energy consultant Richard M. Klingaman ’57, G’60 (SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry); and School of Information Studies professor Elizabeth D. Liddy G’77, G’88.
      Named Outstanding Young Alumni were John M. Mandyck ’89, G’92 of West Hartford, Connecticut; Mitchell C. Messinger ’92, G’93 of Calabasas, California; and Eva Toth G’99 of New York City.
      The honorees were recognized for their accomplishments at the Outstanding Alumni Reception at the Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center and at a special ceremony in the Carrier Dome before the start of the game.

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