Steve Sartori

Signs of Spring

Every year, when those of us in Syracuse are wondering if spring will ever come, the anniversary of the University’s founding on March 24, 1870, arrives. This annual event gives us an opportunity to reflect on our heritage and display some well-deserved Orange pride.

Originally founded as Genesee College in Lima, New York, Syracuse University began as the hopeful dream of Methodist Episcopal Church leaders. A few years later it was relocated to Syracuse, which was considered a more suitable home for an emerging institution of higher learning with a national reputation.

As part of the Syracuse University alumni family, I hope you show your SU pride every day. I also hope that each year when the third week of March approaches—hopefully with the first signs of spring in upstate New York—you will pause and think about your beloved alma mater and your time on the Hill. Think about those who came before you and helped make our University great. Consider the students who are here today, benefiting from the commitment and generosity of thousands of alumni. Stop and think about what you can do to be a loyal alumnus, such as joining your local alumni club, giving to the academic program of your choice, or buying a paver in the Orange Grove. How you choose to express your gratitude and commitment to SU is a personal decision. I only ask that you make a decision and act on it.

Lil Breul OíRourke í77

Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations



SU Plates

New York State residents can show their Orange pride with Syracuse University custom license plates. The plates, available for vehicles registered in the state, are offered through an agreement between SU and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.

Individuals interested in ordering the plates can complete an application form found at the SU web site ( or provided by the University’s Office of Trademark Licensing (315-443-2838).









FOR INFORMATION ON ALUMNI TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES, contact Tina Casella in the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-SUALUMS or e-mail


Join The 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.

Visit 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 contactís 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.

Photos courtesy of SU Archives

Multicolored Cheers
When John Trever ’65 recalls the day the Syracuse University football team played Holy Cross during his junior year, it isn’t the game he remembers, but the action in the stands. Armed with a bullhorn, he stood on the field and directed fellow students in one of the University’s most colorful traditions: placard cheering. Signaling fans to hold up the correct colored placard at the precisely timed moment, Trever, along with classmates Diane Dusinberre ’65 and James Marshall ’65, helped orchestrate the simulated image of an arrow flying toward its target—the Holy Cross eagle mascot. “My first love was placard cheering,” said Trever, an editorial cartoonist at the Albuquerque (New Mexico) Journal. “It was fun to design those cheers and see my ideas come to reality.”

Courtesy of John Trevor ’65

Placard cheering was introduced by the University’s Traditions Commission in 1950 and remained popular for two decades.

Trever was a member of the Traditions Commission, a long-standing student-run group that organized freshman orientation activities and initiated and encouraged participation in countless campus traditions. The group introduced placard cheering at SU in 1950, adopting the practice from other schools. The commission also oversaw the “Goon Squad,” a group of sophomores who organized placard cheering as part of their overall duties to familiarize freshmen with college life.

As Trever recalls, before each football game in Archbold Stadium, Goons ushered freshmen (or “frosh,” as they were called) into the student section, presenting them with the tools for placard cheering: a “laundry slip” that listed the cheers planned for the game and indicated which color placard to hold up at a particular time, and three two-sided placards of blue, orange, yellow, red, white, or green. During the game, junior and senior Traditions Commission members called out cheers from the field, choosing from a repertoire that included a halftime salute to the band (placards depicted a yellow trumpet and the word BAND against a green backdrop), a recreation of the colorful NBC peacock for use during televised games, and the “taming” of the Penn State Nittany Lion (LION followed by PURR).

Pulling off these spirited feats required a tremendous amount of pregame planning. Trever remembers a labor-intensive process that involved tedious logistical coordination on the part of Traditions Commission members. They first designed the cheers on graph paper to determine which colors were needed to create the desired effect and where and when the placards should be displayed. Next, they assigned colors for each cheer to more than 1,000 seats in the stadium. “We sat around a long table in the Women’s Building, passed the laundry slips out, and marked them up individually with colored pencils,” Trever says with a laugh. “This was in the days before computers!”

Despite their best efforts the cheers rarely came off without a hitch. “Placard cheering provided a nice splash of color,” Trever says. “But there was always someone holding up the wrong card.” He says the best view of placard cheering went to the alumni who sat across the field. “I remember one cheer designed especially for them,” he says. “Imagine the word ‘ALUMS’ flashed against a sea of orange—the first four letters in white, and the final letter a green dollar sign.”

The tradition of placard cheering remained popular with SU students for two decades, until the Traditions Commission decided to end it in 1970. At that time, the group reorganized its activities in response to the changing mood on campus, a reflection of the increasing political, social, and cultural upheaval across the nation. Although placard cheering fell by the wayside, the commission continued to carry on such SU traditions as planning orientation activities for incoming freshmen. “You expected these kinds of traditions and looked forward to them,” says Trever. “It was an important part of the University experience.”

—Lindsay Beller


  Courtesy of The Great Lakes Cruise Company
Courtesy of Tom Gaughan

Great Lakes tour co-host
Thomas Gaughan (center) and
SU alumni gather aboard the MV
during their trip last fall.

A Grand Time on the Great Lakes
The ships that once transported people and freight throughout the Great Lakes region were retired during the 1920s and ’30s. However, in recent years the grand tradition of cruising on the lakes has returned, and a group of SU alumni took advantage of this fantastic adventure last fall. “We really enjoyed ourselves,” says Thomas Gaughan, director of gift and estate planning in SU’s Division of Institutional Advancement. Gaughan co-hosted the tour with his wife Karen, senior director of development in the College of Human Services and Health Professions.

Alumni spent the first day and night of the tour in Port Huron, Michigan, Thomas Edison’s birthplace. “The whole city of Port Huron is devoted to Edison,” says Gaughan, who spent a night at the Thomas Edison Inn. “A movie recounting Edison’s life, starring Mickey Rooney, is played regularly at the town’s theater, and two museums feature Edison’s inventions.”

The next day the passengers were comfortably settled on board the MV Columbus, a 6-deck, 472-foot cruise ship built in 1997 that boasts such amenities as a library, an exercise room with a sauna, two restaurants, two bars, a swimming pool, boutique, hair salon, and photo lab. The ship began its journey heading north on Lake Huron into Georgian Bay, then traveled to Lake Superior and Lake Michigan before returning to Port Huron. The vessel sailed at night, arriving at its given destination at dawn. Once docked, passengers could disembark and see the sights at their own pace, or join such daily shoreline excursions as visiting museums, shopping, and exploring the coastal cities. “The cruise ship is absolutely beautiful,” Gaughan says. “Some members of our group didn’t want to leave the boat.”

At the ship’s first stop at Manitoulin Island, Ontario, alumni took a trail hike around Little Current, the island’s largest city; viewed a Native art exhibition; and watched an Indian dance and drum event. From there, they traveled through the narrow North Channel—only 20 miles across at its widest point—and landed at Sault Ste. Marie, where they enjoyed a train ride through dense forests and imposing granite bluffs into Agawa Canyon. Next, the ship made a loop into Lake Superior and headed south back to Michigan, making its last stop at Mackinac Island, where members of the tour group visited the world-renowned Grand Hotel. “We were amazed by the beauty of the hotel and grounds,” Gaughan says. “We were impressed with everything—the whole cruise was absolutely delightful.”

—Lisa Miles










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)

Alumni Happenings

1. The SU Jersey Shore Alumni Club helped Habitat for Humanity build a new home. Pictured left to right: Peter Bass ’57, Glen Kruman ’74, Arlene Bluestone ’55, Larry Kaplan ’92, Melissa Peck ’77, and Shawn Jacobowitz ’94. 2. Debbie Fritsche ’74, president of the SU Alumni Association Board of Directors, and Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw present David Marut ’88 with the 2002 Young Alumni Award during 2002 Homecoming Weekend. Also pictured are Marut’s wife, Carol, and daughter Lauren.
3. The SU Alumni Club of Long Island honored the Alumni of the Year at the Seventh Annual Alumni Scholarship Dinner last October. Pictured left to right: Scott Setek ’90, G’92, Office of Alumni Relations; Don McPherson ’87, SU Alumni Association board member; Jane Henn, Lubin House; Neil Gold ’70, award recipient and executive member of the SU Alumni Association board; Lil O’Rourke ’77, associate vice president for alumni relations; and Jim Douglas ’85, G’88, president of the SU Alumni Club of Long Island. 4. Students and alumni enjoy 2002 Homecoming Weekend on the patio of the Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center. 5. Alumni gathered at a pregame party at the Annual Donor Recognition Tailgate last October at Goldstein Auditorium, Schine Student Center. Pictured left to right: Leslie W. Vielbig ’57, Rosemarie Nelson ’90, and her husband, Timothy A. Nelson ’72.
Photos courtesy of the Office of Alumni Relations.

Steve Sartori




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