Tradition of Giving
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
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 www.syracuse.edu/alumni
to learn about the many ways you can support SU.
Breul O’Rourke ’77
Vice President for Alumni Relations
special interest alumni clubs have received charters—the Daily Orange
Alumni Club and the Student Association/Student Government Association
’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.”
’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.”
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
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
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.
Your Local Alumni club!
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.
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.
alumni club presidents recently completed their terms of office. We
thank them for their continuing commitment.
Neil Gold ’70
Indianapolis: Wayne Bensley ’92
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
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’
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!’”
information on alumni
travel opportunities, contact Tina Casella
in the Office of Alumni Relations at
1-800-SUALUMS or e-mail email@example.com.
If you want information on:
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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