It is truly an honor to be back on campus to lead the Office of
Alumni Relations. As past president of the SU Alumni Association
and a former member of the Universitys Board of Trustees,
I can assure you that the leadership at our Universityfrom
the Chancellor to the trustees, deans, faculty, and staffis
well aware of the value that alumni bring to the University. The
generosity and commitment of the thousands of alumni who came before
us have provided each of us with a unique SU experience. Today,
students at our alma mater continue to benefit from our support.
you to all who give in so many ways, be it through financial support,
participating in an alumni club, or volunteering as an SU mentor
or an admissions representative. As part of the Syracuse University
alumni family, I hope you show your SU pride every day and give
back to your University in whatever ways you can.
hope to meet many of you in the coming months. In the meantime,
if you have any questions or concerns or wish to contact me or the
staff at the Office of Alumni Relations, please visit our web site
or call us at 1-800-SUALUMS.
our continuing effort to keep you connected to the University, remember,
it is not too late to have your name forever etched in granite or
honor a friend or family member with our newest traditionthe
Orange Grove. For more information, visit orange grove.syr.edu or
call the Office of Alumni Relations. Orders received in the next
few weeks will be placed in the Orange Grove in time for Homecoming
Doug Yannucci 94 was in college, his friends dubbed
him Mr. Syracuse because of his boundless enthusiasm
for giving campus tours. Ten years after graduation, Yannucci
continues to spread his SU pride to prospective students
as an alumni representative for the Office of Admissions.
Choosing a college is one of the biggest decisions
a student can make, Yannucci says. Its
so rewarding to talk to them about SU. Yannucci and
his wife, Katherine Galindez Yannucci 95, reside in
Miami and represent SU at college night programs, admitted
student programs, and SU send-off parties. Like the Yannuccis,
Claire Pridmore Grimble 91 and husband, Thomas Grimble
90, of Boston enjoy meeting prospective students and
answering questions. Most students want to know why
they should choose SU, Claire Grimble says. I
bleed Orange, so I have lots to tell them.
Yannuccis and the Grimbles are among a network of more than
350 SU alumni representatives that stretches across 35 states,
Canada, Italy, and England. According to Dean of Admissions
Susan Donovan 66, G82, alumni reps attend more
than 200 college nights a year and generate approximately
9,000 inquiries to the admissions office that might not
have been received without their assistance. We cant
cover all the invitations that come in from around the country,
so our alumni reps serve that need by being where we cant,
Mitch Messinger 92, G93 of California, being
an alumni rep is a means of paying SU back for his positive
college experience. It also satisfies my craving for
SU news, says Messinger, who was named 2000 Young
Alumnus of the Year. It allows me to continue the
relationships Ive built with people at the University
over the years.
fall, the admissions office invites these volunteers back
to campus for Alumni Representative Weekend, where they
attend presentations and relax over an awards dinner and
a football game. Donovan says the weekend is a great way
to recognize the reps and acknowledge their service. Alumni
reps are loyal, enthusiastic partners of the admissions
office, Donovan says. Through their own successes,
they are living proof of the value of an SU education. We
are very grateful to them.
more information on how to become an alumni representative,
contact the Office of Admissions at 315-443-1594 or e-mail
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 www.syracuse.edu/alumni
and click on the appropriate link, or call 1-800-SUALUMS (782-5867)
of Tony Claps
Ralph James Traveling Lunch Car, known as the Dingleman
truck, was a campus icon for close to 30 years. At top
left is owner Vincent James Claps in one of the Dingleman
trucks. Above, Tony Claps serves hungry students.
been more than 50 years, but Tony Claps still remembers the lyrics
to The Dinglemans Convention, written and performed
by SU students in 1953 as a tribute to his now late father, Vincent
James Claps. Hear them tinkle, bells ring everywhere, its
the campus Dingleman
the campus Dingleman, Claps sings
with a grin. He reminisces about old times, when the Ralph James
Traveling Lunch Caraffectionately nicknamed the Dingleman
truck for the bells mounted on its sidewas a beloved fixture
on the Hill. In the 1950s, the SU campus bustled with hungry students,
many of whom had just returned from World War II, and a hot dog
or a bagel with cream cheese cost just 15 cents. My father
used to stack the cream cheese thick, Claps says. No
one ever walked away from the truck hungry. If you didnt have
the money, dont worry about it. We built a great rapport with
the studentsthats why we were around so many years.
legacy spanned nearly three decades. But the Dingleman was a campus
icon almost from the start, when students hailed Claps and his father
in their converted truck as they returned home from serving food
to construction workers, who were building Quonset huts on campus
in 1945. It was Winter Carnival week, everyone was outside,
and they were hungry from working on the snow sculptures,
Claps says. So we came each day and sold to the kids. After
that they said to my father, Why dont you come up at
night? So we would arrive at 7 p.m., 7 days a week, and stay
until 1 or 2 in the morning.
a simple menu ranging from sandwiches and burgers to coffee, pastries,
and soda pop, the Dingleman catered to students
voracious appetites and nourished the lives of his many faithful
customers. In addition to Vincent James Claps, the Dingleman crew
consisted of Tony Claps, a teenager when the business began, and
Vincent Jamess son-in-law Ralph Tortora, from whom the Ralph
James name was derived. They work at putting on a show
every night, Chuck Laloggia 73 said in a 1972 article
in the Central New Yorker. When you order a cheesejaw
(a double cheeseburger on an Italian roll), you also get a story
about his wife or his life growing up. For Tony Claps, the
family business was more than just a way to earn a livingit
was a way of life, one that reflected his familys strong bond.
My mother, Isabel, was a big force behind the scenes,
Claps says. She used to prepare tuna fish and egg salad for
the sandwiches ahead of time. It was a lot of work, and everything
had to be the purest quality. That was our secret: good food at
a very reasonable price. If we made a nickel, it was a lot.
its humble beginnings out of the converted truck, the business expanded
into three larger trucks equipped with lights, refrigerators, and
grills, operated from different locations on the Hill by Vincent
James, Tony, and Ralph. (In later years a fourth truck, driven by
a family friend, was added.) The business ended when Vincent James
retired and sold the trucks in the mid 70s. But the Dinglemans
presence lived on in the memories of students long after the trucks
bells ceased to ring. Once, Vincent James loaned a student $20 to
take his girlfriend on a date, and agreed to be repaid at the rate
of $1 a week. [The Dingleman crew] became adoptive, surrogate
parents and mentors to every student in need of a friendly, adult
listener, says Henry Markiewicz 71, who worked part-time
on a Dingleman truck. They were always willing to provide
helpful advice. Any particular evening, we could be found trying
to solve major local problems or just talking about minor ones and
trivia. It was a great stress relief and a fun time.
1955 Syracuse Post-Standard article called the Dinglemans
attitude toward SU students one of tolerance, humor, and fatherly
insight. People dont realize, Vincent James Claps
said in the story, that theyre just young kids away
from home. Sometimes they get homesick, sometimes they get a little
wild. But most of them are good kids, and it keeps us young being
of Vantage Deluxe World Travel
stayed in Ávila, Spain, famous for the 11th-century
walls that surround the city.
INFORMATION ON ALUMNI TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES, contact Tina
Casella in the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-SUALUMS
the last night of the Alumni College in Spain trip, Lenore Levin
Piper 58 did something totally out of charactershe danced
on stage with a group of performers from the University of Salamanca.
They just pulled me out of the audience, she laughs.
It was the last thing I would have done voluntarily, but I
had a grand old time. The show, which featured traditional
Spanish songs and dances, capped off a seven-day tour sponsored
by the Syracuse University Alumni Association last August. Throughout
the week alumni explored the Castile region, known as the heart
of Spain, consisting of Madrid, Salamanca, Toledo, San Lorenzo
de El Escorial, Segovia, and Ávila.
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of the trip included the capital city of Madrid, where alumni viewed
the works of Spanish artists Goya, El Greco, and Velazquez during
a private excursion through the Prado Museum. In San Lorenzo de
El Escorials Royal Monastery, alumni viewed paintings and
rare books and toured the mausoleum where many of Spains monarchs
are buried. Situated on a mountain slope, Segovia offered alumni
magnificent views and shopping in its unique pottery and craft shops.
The citys Roman aqueduct, one of the largest surviving Roman
structures in Spain, was built in the late first century A.D. and
still functions today. The aqueduct was amazing, says
Margery Sutherland Frantzen 63, who traveled with husband
Robert Frantzen 58. We viewed it from a fantastic spot,
where you can see how it slopes and levels out over the landscape,
returned each night to Ávila, declared a national landmark
by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization
for the well-preserved 11th-century walls that surround its cathedrals,
monasteries, shops, and parks. Outside the perimeter you can
see the new city thats grown around it, Frantzen says.
Parts of the walls, close to 30 feet high and just as wide, were
open to visitors. We would wander around on top of the walls
and take in all the sights, Frantzen says. It was lovely,
1. Katherine Fonte, 5, daughter of Mary
Jane MacGregor Fonte 85 and Michael Fonte 85,
cheered on SU with Otto last fall during a football
The Western New York Alumni Club got into the holiday
spirit with a party in December.
On a sunny November Saturday, more than 40 alumni from
past mens and womens rugby squads returned
to Syracuse to play against current teams in the 20th
annual alumni rugby match. The match drew alumni from
across the country, including several who have played
internationally. Among them was John Mauro G73,
one of the founders of the Syracuse University Rugby
Football Club in 1969. Pictured here are the current
mens team with the mens alumni team, following
their match, which the alumni team won, 19-15. See more
pictures and information at students.syr.edu/mensrugby.
Joanne Fogel Alper 72 (front row, second from
right), president of the SU Alumni Association Board
of Directors, joined fellow alums at the wedding of
Mark Starosielec 99 in Buffalo last August. Pictured,
left to right, are Josh Lipschitz 99, G01;
Dave Slattery 98; Brooke Alper 04; Claudia
Cappiello 98; Starosielec; Michael Alper 99;
Alper; Kimesha Best 99; Steve Doland 99;
and Rob Northway 99.
Chance meeting: Walking the Forgiveness Path on Spains
Camino de Santiago, Kara Curtis 95 (left) spotted
a familiar sight: an SU baseball cap, sported by Frances
Carducci 61, G82 (right), who was traveling
with Sanford Hersh 72 on an SU alumni tour.
courtesy of the Office of Alumni Relationss
It did not take
much prodding to get Marta Pienkowski 99 to talk about
one of her favorite clients.
He was unemployed,
emaciated, and sleeping on trains when
she met him. The staff had to physically pick him off the street
to bring him into the substance abuse clinic. Today, hes in
recovery and running a homeless shelter. We work with a really
low-functioning population, says Pienkowski, clinical supervisor
of the outpatient program at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan.
I hear stories that you would not believe. These people have
been through so much trauma.
Pienkowski is the programs youngest supervisor by nearly three
decades, andas a white woman not in recoveryshe is an
anomaly among the staff. As a Caucasian in an African American
and Hispanic treatment setting, she has to work especially hard,
says her supervisor, Elliot Driscoll. Among her responsibilities,
Pienkowski screens potential clients (many of whom are homeless,
unemployed, or former convicts), handles administrative, staffing,
and supervision issues, and does crisis intervention and group work.
from Syracuse University with a bachelors degree in social
work and then earned a masters degree in the same discipline
at Columbia University. Before coming to Beth Israel, she worked
as the Bronx division director for NRI Group LLC, a New York-based
organization that provides drug treatment and health-related services.
She attributes her zeal for helping people to her own background.
Born in Warsaw, Poland, she fled the countrys Communist regime
as a child with her family and they eventually settled in Endicott,
New York. The community gave her family clothing and furniture,
and helped her parents, who barely spoke English, find jobs.
such a personal ordeal herself, its easy to see why she beams
when she talks about her work. Its also clear that she feels
the joy and pain that surround recovery. The most fulfilling
part of the job is when clients say, I want to thank you so
much for some little thing that you dont remember doing
because its second nature to you, Pienkowski says. Yet
that small thing that you did or said meant the world to them and
changed the way they looked at their recovery.
During a 1975
trip to Israel, SU Trustee Emanuel Shemin 52 took special
note of the countrys agriculture.
Shemin, left, discusses Israeli agriculture with Israeli
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Drawing on his
decades of experience as president of Shemin Nurseries, he questioned
why labor and water-intensive crops were grown on a landscape that
is more conducive to high-tech, high-skills agriculture.
The visit prompted
him to get involved in helping to develop Israels agricultural
industry. He teamed with prominent Israeli horticulturalist Isaac
Nir (whose son, Gilaad Nir 07, is a student at the College
of Visual and Performing Arts) to establish a plant propagation
industry in the country, as well as an agribusiness course at Hebrew
University in Jerusalem. In 1993, they co-founded Genesis Seeds,
now a leader in the international organic seed industry. Since 2000,
the company has grown only organic seeds, which have become popular
in recent years among people seeking more natural and environmentally
friendly products, Shemin says.
Their work caught
the attention of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Last June
Nir and Shemin met for an hour with Sharon, at the prime ministers
request, to discuss Israeli agriculture and the role government
can play in its advancement. I told him that if Israel is
going to have an agricultural presence, it needs to be in a high-tech
niche, Shemin says. Israel cannot compete in commodities;
there is simply not enough water or cheap labor. Israel can, though,
provide the skills required to grow seeds. He is proud of
the work that has been accomplished so far, believing it will lead
Israel to greater self-sufficiency. By developing an export
industry, Israel will be able to do more on its own, he says.
continues to contribute to Syracuse University in many ways. He
has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the past 15
years and a member of the Boards Executive Committee for the
past seven years. He currently serves on the Boards Academic
Affairs and Facilities Committee. He is also a member of the Corporate
Advisory Board of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, and
has donated 1,000 daffodil bulbs each year for
the past decade for planting around the University. He and his wife,
Rhoda Zisman Shemin 53, donated the funds to build Shemin
Auditorium in the Shaffer Art Building, and Shemin recently dedicated
a student lounge, in his wifes honor, in the Winnick Hillel
Center for Jewish Life.
The Shemin family
tradition spans four generations at SU. William 24 (State
University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry),
his father, played football and lacrosse for SU. Two sisters, Elsie
Shemin Roth 51 (Utica College) and Ina Shemin Bass 53
(College for Human Development), as well as daughter Leslie Shemin
Lester 84 (College of Visual and Performing Arts), are graduates.
Granddaughter Rachel Katz is a junior majoring in fashion design,
and grandson William Cass was recently accepted into the Class of
2008 to study in the Newhouse School.
it is important to give back to the University that provided him
the foundation for professional excellence. Without the opportunities
I received at Syracuse, that would not have happened, he says.
He sees his generosity as a way to thank SU for the opportunities
that he, his wife, and his family have received. We have had
four generations go through SU, he says. It is appropriate
for us to give back.
A Rockers Return
In May 1996,
Pete Yorn left Syracuse University with a bachelors
degree in speech communication in his hand, several hundred songs
in his head, and a dream of becoming a professional musician in
This fall, Yorn
returned to campus for the first time. His performance in Goldstein
Auditorium was attended by thousands of enthusiastic fans, many
chanting his name and singing along to his songs. Thanks everyone
for showing up at my old school, said the Columbia Records
artist during his October concert. Its crazy for me
to be back here playing.
first album, musicforthemorningafter, sold a half-million
copies. His second album, Day I Forgot, was released last
April and looks to do equally well. His songs have been featured
in Spiderman, and Me, Myself and Irene, and on television
shows and in commercials. Long gone are the days of the self-proclaimed
shoe-gazer who used to throw up before big concerts.
Before taking to the Goldstein stage last fall, Yorn spent a few
hours visiting his favorite college hangouts, including Flint Hall
and Cosmos on M Street. I wish I could stay here for
a while, he said during his half-day visit. While on campus,
Yorn and fellow band member Joe Kennedy 94 participated in
an open forum sponsored by SUs Music and Entertainment Industry
Students Association. The two musicians fielded questions covering
everything from their musical influences to Napster and life on
the road. We had no idea how hard it was to get signed,
Yorn said. Even after you get a record deal, its not
all cut and dried.
to be a musician halfway through his junior year at Syracuse. The
weather here was so horrible that it kept me in my room writing
songs, he says. He describes the songwriting process as mysterious,
although he generally begins with the drums. Rhythm inspires
the melody, says Yorn, who has hundreds of yet-to-be-released
songs stashed away. The way those melodies make me feel is
how I start to write the lyrics.
the Montville, New Jersey, native moved to Los Angeles to launch
his music career, and eventually his performances at clubs attracted
the attention of Columbia Records. Hes been gaining popularity
ever since. Yorn hopes to produce a new album this summer and has
begun his own record label, Trampoline Records (www.trampolinerecords.com),
with Wallflowers keyboardist Rami Jaffee and Jukebox Junkies singer/songwriter
Marc Dauer to help young, talented musicians break into the business.
Its a fun thing to do, he says of the label.
this advice to aspiring musiciansor anyone chasing a dream:
Dont worry about job security, he says. Worry
about where your passion lies.
As dean of New
York Universitys Tisch School of the Arts, Mary Schmidt
Campbell G73, G80, G82 wields a great deal
But for this
gifted scholar, author, and teacher, the source of power rests not
in fierce ambition, but in compassion, spirit, and authenticity.
A good leader has a great deal of integrity, and communicates
clearly and honestly with the people around her, says Campbell,
who studied art history and the humanities and earned M.A., M.F.A.,
and Ph.D. degrees at the College of Arts and Sciences.
New York City cultural affairs commissioner, Campbell joined the
Tisch School in 1991 and now heads up the distinguished center of
the arts, overseeing 10 professional training programs and two academic
programs. In addition to her duties as dean, she continues to teach,
publish books and articles, and lecture. Speaking and publishing
on serious topics give me opportunities to continue to probe the
underlying ideas and first principles of leading an art schoolto
ask, What does it mean to train as an artist?
she says. We pay a lot of attention to understanding the elements
of craft, the tools of voice and movement. But once you have mastered
that, in any art form, you should then ask, For what purpose
am I doing this? What role does this art form play in society?
back on her years at SU as a wonderful time, both academically and
personally. I was able to deepen my training in art history
and enjoy active involvement with the University and Syracuse communities,
she says. My husband [George W. Campbell Jr. G77, H03,
president of Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art]
was also at Syracuse, and we started our family there. Campbell
has been honored with the Arents Pioneer Medal, a Chancellors
Citation, and the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished
Alumni Award. My time at SU was rich with opportunities to
involve myself at many levels, she says. I had wonderful
relationships with faculty who were excellent personal mentors.
They gave me a great deal of their time, attention, and care.
At the Tisch
School, Campbell is equally attentive to the needs and capabilities
of the people around her. I believe that everyone wants to
do a good job, she says. A good leader shapes and molds
a job around peoples strengths. Not only does this result
in optimal performance, Campbell says, but it also allows each person
doing a job to know he is making a difference. It creates
a sense of community, and a feeling of were all in this
together, she says. That helps all of us to achieve
Last January, the renowned Syracuse Snowman painting created
by folk artist Warren Kimble 57 was auctioned on eBay
and purchased by a loyal alum for $8,650. Profits from the
sale will benefit the SU cheerleading squad, which Kimble
once captained. Im so pleased to be able to
enhance the cheering program and assist the squad with travel
and equipment expenses, Kimble says. I couldnt
be happier with the sale.
image has evolved into a Syracuse icon since it began appearing
on T-shirts, cards, and flags in 2000. Printshand-signed
by Kimble and donated by his publisher, Wild Apple Graphicsare
on sale for $15 at the Office of Alumni Relations. For more
information or to purchase a print, call 1-800-SUALUMS (782-5867)
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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