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Even in the
most brutal and unrelenting of winters, I often find myself optimistic
about life in Central New York. This past winterif weve
even escaped it yetsurely broke a few spirits as winters do
every year, but theres always a refreshing aspect to surviving
the season. Sub-zero temperatures make the 20s feel like a heat
wave. When the lake-effect machine dumps three feet of snow in one
local community, I feel as if Ive won the lottery when I step
outside and see only a dusting on my car. And when all other reasoning
fails, there is always the prospect of spring.
many of you have endured worse winters in less hospitable places,
while others havent seen the likes of a Syracuse winter since
they left the Hill years ago. But, like any of the thousands of
alumni whove called Central New York home for part of their
lives, you also know that this area has the charm of four seasons.
As a native Central New Yorker, Ive always been captivated
by the rolling green hills; the shimmering lakes, rivers, and streams;
the vivid colors bursting from blooming trees and flowers; and crisp
air and autumn leaves. Even the slow muggy days of summer and the
dreary gray days of winter hold their own gifts.
Beyond the shifting
seasons and weather, Central New York has a vigorous personality
thats hard to ignore. It has a rich history thats full
of characters and innovative contributions to society. Theres
a pleasant mix of urban, suburban, and rural environments. There
are plenty of educational, recreational, and cultural activities,
and few of us ever spend half the day stuck in our cars on a treacherous
commute. As Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw, whos completing a
13-year tenure leading the University, told associate editor Amy
Speach Shires during an interview, Theres something
very appealing about Syracuse that reminds me of the Midwest. The
people are friendly, they work hard, love their families, and love
the institutions they work for. This comment reminded me of
a conversation I had with the Chancellor several years ago about
Central New York and how much he liked it here. Its
a beautiful area, he said.
Now, in reflecting
on the hard work and guidance the Chancellor and Mary Ann Shaw have
given this University and the community, we should celebrate the
fact that they consider Syracuse their home. Its nice to know
they enjoy it here and plan to continue contributing to SU and Central
New York. For they have served as role models, showing us the possibilities
of what can be accomplished when we work together toward common
goals. Their commitment to SU and the community should be applauded;
its a sure bet that, even in retirement, they
will remain active forces.
always influence life here, sharing its lessons of unpredictability
and persistence. It teaches us to take one day at a time, stay positive,
and remember that spring lies ahead. Likewise, the Shaws have taught
us that, with the right mindset, SU and Central New York can weather
just about anything and, like spring, eternally emerge with a robust
sense of purpose.