Steve Sartori

A Tradition of Giving

As a reader of this magazine you know that SU is a vibrant institution that gives thousands of students the same opportunity you had to obtain an excellent education. Many of our programs enjoy national rankings, our research facilities have the latest technology, and our campus grows more beautiful each year. None of this is possible without your support.

In the fall issue, I shared my perspective on Chancellor Shaw’s leadership role in bringing our University to the next level of excellence. Now I want to address you, our alumni, because your involvement and support are critical to our continued success. Clearly, we take pride in your accomplishments, but we also need your financial help. If you already give to SU, thank you. If not, please consider beginning a tradition of giving.

As a student, you benefited from the generosity of generations of SU alumni before you, either through a scholarship, the building that housed your school or college, or the endowed chair held by your professor. Now it’s your turn to give something back. Your financial support affects our national rankings, which are considered a key indicator of an institution’s health. So when your phone rings at dinnertime and an enthusiastic SU student asks for a gift, remember you were once that student—please say yes.

Call 1-800-SUALUMS (782-5867) or visit our web site at to learn about the many ways you can support SU.

Lil Breul O’Rourke ’77

Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations

New Special
Interest Clubs

Two new special interest alumni clubs have received charters—the Daily Orange Alumni Club and the Student Association/Student Government Association Alumni Organization.

Stephen Cohen ’99, an S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications graduate who reports on Wall Street for Bloomberg News, was instrumental in establishing the Daily Orange club. “Starting the Daily Orange Alumni Club has been talked about for years,” Cohen says. “There are thousands of people who got their professional start in journalism at the Daily Orange. We have an obligation to support the paper financially and professionally. This club is an opportunity to give something back and to relate to each other.”

Jonathan Taylor ’00, a graduate of the School of Architecture, and other former members of student government saw the need to establish their own special interest club. “We were shocked there wasn’t a student government club,” says Taylor, who was a representative in the student assembly for five years.

In 1997, many former members attended the student government’s 40th anniversary reunion. “After that event, we began thinking about our next reunion, which we hope to have in 2007,” Taylor says. “That was one of the reasons we decided to form the alumni club—to help coordinate the next reunion. We’d also like to get together once a year at Homecoming to keep up with how everyone is doing.”

SU encourages and assists those interested in creating special interest groups. SU graduates interested in starting alumni clubs can call the alumni office to receive all the help they will need to get their organization under way.


Steve Sartori

In Fond Remembrance
he New Filmmakers’ Showcase in SU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts was the brainchild of the late Carol North Schmuckler ’57, G’85, longtime alumni news editor of Syracuse University Magazine and former senior editor for SU’s publications office. When the competition marks its 12th anniversary next fall, it will be renamed the Carol North Schmuckler New Filmmakers’ Showcase in remembrance of Schmuckler, who died last November after a long illness. Professor Owen Shapiro, whose film students’ creative work is featured in the showcase, says a special award also will be established in Schmuckler’s name in honor of her many contributions to the field
of filmmaking.





Steve Sartori
U.S. Air Force colonel and NASA astronaut Eileen M. Collins ’78, right, presents SU Alumni Association president Deborah Fritsche ’74 with a Syracuse banner that Collins took with her on a Space Shuttle mission.

Join Your Local Alumni club!

We encourage you to get involved with your local alumni club. Clubs participate in a variety of activities, including game-watching events, networking opportunities, new student recruiting, and community service projects.

Check the Office of Alumni Relations web site at:

The Programs link on our home page will take you to the club pages. There you will find a complete listing of all our regional and specialty clubs, as well as the club contact’s name, phone number, and e-mail address. For information on the club nearest you, contact the person listed or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-782-5867.

Steve Sartori
Lee Blatt ’51 and Sydelle Schnall Blatt ’51 feel such a strong connection with the Hill that they brought their whole family back to campus for a weekend of festivities to celebrate two happy occasions—their 50th wedding anniversary and their 50th class reunion. The Blatts, who were married as seniors during the fall of 1950, were the first of many family members to attend SU. Other SU alumni include daughters Kathi Blatt Thonet ’73 and Randi Blatt Rossignol ’75; son-in-law John Thonet ’72, G’75; cousin Sondra Gerson Godfrey ’53; niece Stacey Greenberg ’92; and granddaughters Hannah Blatt Thonet ’03 and Rebecca Blatt Thonet ’05. Weekend activities included a football game on Coyne Field with the whole Blatt “team” (pictured above). Also appearing in the photo are Barbara Goodman Kern ’50, Sydelle’s college roommate, and SU professor Susan Wadley, who is married to Lee’s cousin, Richard Olanoff.

Retiring Club Presidents
wo alumni club presidents recently completed their terms of office. We thank them for their continuing commitment.
Long Island: Neil Gold ’70
Indianapolis: Wayne Bensley ’92


An Awesome Odyssey
Prudence Burg Hubbard ’39 and her friend, Amelia Greiner ’39, bought tickets for the Trans-Canada Rail Odyssey tour as soon as they read about it in the Syracuse University Alumni Association travel brochure. “We’ve traveled together before, and Amelia is a great companion,” says Hubbard. “We were excited about this trip.”

Courtesy of Mrs. Gary Law

The 10-day excursion, hosted by Ralph Ketcham, Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Citizenship and Public Affairs, originated in Syracuse with a flight to Toronto, then continued on to Vancouver, British Columbia, where participants toured the city and took a skyride up Grouse Mountain. The rail journey got under way the third day, when travelers climbed aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, a deluxe train complete with a glass-domed observation car.

From Vancouver the group rode the rails in style to Kamloops, British Columbia, then on to Banff, Alberta. “We were on the train for two days, traveling during daytime hours only,” Hubbard says. “The train goes through breathtaking scenery that changes all the time. We almost ran out of words to express how beautiful it was, and we kept thinking of new words that young people use now, like ‘cool’ and ‘awesome.’”

The tour included a trip to Banff National Park in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain, and a stop at shimmering, emerald-hued Lake Louise. Much of the territory covered by the tour is nearly untouched by civilization. “I asked the tour guide why there were no camps on any of the beautiful lakes that we passed,” says Hubbard, “and I was told they were too remote. There aren’t any towns nearby, and one would have to carry in supplies. Plus, the winters are very severe.”

In Jaspar, Alberta, the travelers boarded another train, The Canadian, for the journey back to Toronto. Hubbard was so pleased with the train odyssey that she has encouraged other friends to book the trip as soon as it is offered again, which will be in August 2002. “It was a wonderful time with a most congenial group,” she says. “I keep telling people, ‘Don’t wait until you’re so old that you have a hard time getting on and off the trains!’”


For information on alumni
travel opportunities, contact Tina Casella
in the Office of Alumni Relations at
1-800-SUALUMS or e-mail


Staying in Touch
If you want information on:
• Alumni events
• The SU Alumni Online Community
• The SU alumni club in your area
Visit the Office of Alumni Relations web site at and click on the appropriate link, or call 1-800-SUALUMS (782-5867).



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