Steve Sartori

Tradition of Excellence

Among the strongest ties that bind our alumni together are the traditions we experienced while we attended Syracuse University. From my earliest memories as a first-year student at SU, I can remember learning of events, rituals, and legends that will forever live both on the Hill and within me.

As a student I quickly learned about the “Legend of 44” and other sports-related traditions. I wore orange to show my school pride when we played our then arch-rival Penn State and when we beat number-one ranked Nebraska in the Carrier Dome. I listened to the Crouse Chimes ring out our alma mater and marched in parades at Homecoming. These seemingly ordinary occurrences were, in fact, traditions that were started by students who had gone before me.

While some traditions on campus have changed, today we seek to embrace our old traditions with the reinvigorated Traditions Commission and cultivate such new traditions as the Orange Grove (see related article below), new student send-offs, and receptions for new SU graduates at local alumni chapters.

Our dedicated alumni are keeping these traditions alive. The torch is passed with each graduating class to the next group of new students, knowing they too have a little bit of SU history to carry on. This history of tradition makes up the core—or soul—of what it means to be an SU alum. It is these traditions that live inside us forever that help make up what has come to be the Soul of Syracuse. To give feedback and participate in the Chancellor’s year-long conversation: “University as Public Good: Exploring the Soul of Syracuse,” I would like to invite you all to visit, fill out the questionnaire, and share your experiences and thoughts.

Wishing you all a wonderful spring!

Donald C. Doerr ’85, G’88
Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations

Steve Sartori

The Orange Grove provides a restful spot on campus for passersby. Alumni, faculty, staff, and supporters of the University can dedicate a granite paver in the walkway to someone they would like to honor.


The newest tradition sprouting from the Quad has given alumni and friends of Syracuse University a chance to claim a bit of the campus for themselves. Dedicated during Homecoming 2003, the Orange Grove is a reflective spot on the south side of the Quad, encompassing a walkway, benches, and trees.

Created through the work of the Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations, the outdoor site celebrates alumni and those who have played a part in the success of the University. Alumni, faculty, staff, and other supporters are invited to purchase a paver, etched with their name or the name of someone they want to honor. After construction costs, the proceeds from the pavers are placed in an endowment fund for future alumni programs and projects.

“To have a paver in the ground and be able to come back with your children and grandchildren to see the spot is a wonderful feeling,” says University Trustee Joanne Fogel Alper ’72, president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Seeing the Orange Grove and the names and traditions marked in the stone walkway for the first time “took my breath away,” Alper says.

The project was conceived and established within two years. In 2001, director of design and construction Virginia Denton ’61, now retired, developed the concept following a brainstorming session with the Alumni Association board. Organizers also made it affordable for people to participate with different levels of giving. Last year, the Orange Grove, located in front of Bowne Hall, marked its first anniversary with more than 700 etched names at the site. “The response has been tremendous,” Alper says.

Donald C. Doerr ’85, G’88, assistant vice president of alumni relations, says, “Once someone’s name goes into the Orange Grove, they forever become a permanent part of this campus. We have found that being in the Orange Grove means a great deal to the friends and alumni of our University. Many have made special trips back to campus just to see their pavers in this very special place on the Quad. The Orange Grove is—in essence—a tribute to those who love this University and who have made SU what it is today.”

Walter J. Bobkiewicz G’89, Alumni Association vice president, says, “The Orange Grove brings together both alumni and friends of the University. Just because someone doesn’t have a degree from the University, doesn’t mean they can’t be a part of SU.”

One of SU’s newest members, Chancellor Nancy Cantor, along with her family, quickly embraced the idea and set in stone their words to the University community. Resting below the arched wall inscribed with SU’s alma mater, the family’s paver reads: “We celebrate the lives that blossom from this ground.”

orangegrove adHarbored by a low wall, the Orange Grove beckons passersby with granite benches, where students can often be found reclining on sunny afternoons and passing time between classes. “I’m excited about how students are using the space,” Alper says. “It’s becoming exactly what we wanted it to be: a gathering place.” Organizers envision continued development and enthusiasm for the Orange Grove. For example, the Class of 1953 donated funds to dedicate a wall in its honor. “There are so many different possibilities at the Orange Grove in terms of recognizing, honoring, or paying tribute to someone,” Doerr says. “The Orange Grove will be around for a long time, and we envision it growing even beyond its current footprint on the Quad.”

In 2004, organizers held a competition to create a tradition around the Orange Grove. The winning idea—from Courtney Bell ’04 and Betsy Sherwood ’04—is to write down a wish on an orange ribbon and tie it to an Orange Grove tree during graduation. The Office of Alumni Relations will present an orange ribbon to each senior the week leading up to Commencement. “We hope there will be a lot of orange ribbons fluttering in the Orange Grove in May,” Alper says. The idea is to connect graduating seniors with the Orange Grove, as they prepare to leave the University. “The tradition of the Orange Grove can touch on all generations of alumni as well as students, who are our future alumni,” Doerr says. “This is a project that crosses that border whether you were here 50 years ago, or 10 years ago. It is something everyone can relate to.”

Although alumni may be spread out all over the world, organizers say being part of the Orange Grove is a tangible connection to life at SU. “The most rewarding feeling is knowing my name is there even though I live 3,000 miles away,” says Bobkiewicz, chair of the Orange Grove committee. “I’ll always be a part of SU, and SU will always be a part of me.”

A Night Out

The Leadership Committee for the High School for Leadership & Public Service in New York City invites SU alumni and friends to a benefit to raise funds for the high school’s programs and projects. The cocktail party includes entertainment and a silent auction with such items as sports and entertainment memorabilia and unique gifts. The event will be held 6 to 9 p.m. May 4 at the Joseph I. Lubin House, 11 East 61st Street, New York City.

In 1993, the high school opened through a collaborative effort between SU and the New York City Department of Education. The University developed curriculum gives inner-city students the opportunity to hone their academic skills through courses on public policy, public affairs, and leadership. The Leadership Committee is a group of young SU alumni who live in the area and raise funds for the high school’s initiatives. Committee chair Adam Leitman Bailey G’95 says he is honored to assist the students. “These students are eager to make a positive impact on the world,” says Bailey, a College of Law graduate. “I am excited and eager to lead an energetic team of alumni to help the students’ dreams come true.”

Reservations and/or donations may be made by e-mailing Anne Auchincloss at or contacting her at 212-826-1449.



Recruiting RAs


Whether it’s receiving early morning calls to assist students in need, planning community-building events, or just hanging out with students in the lounge, resident advisors (RAs) share many of the same experiences. “Regardless of when RAs were on campus, there’s sort of a common understanding of what being an RA means,” says Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz, director of the Office of Residence Life (ORL). “They can all relate to getting that 2 a.m. crisis call or helping a resident deal with a difficult problem.”

In recognition of that common bond among RAs, ORL wants to reconnect them to the University and residence life. Since fall 2003, the office has been tracking down former advisors using archived records and staff rosters, some as far back as the 1930s. ORL has also spread the word through the Office of Alumni Relations e-newsletter and the residence life web site,, where former RAs can fill out the alumni information form. So far, more than 1,400 RA alumni have been contacted.

RAs serve as student leaders on their residence hall floors and advise and educate their peers on a variety of campus life issues.They build rapport among the hall community, respond to crises, and enforce policies. “It makes sense to stay connected with RA alumni, given the amount of time they spent as student leaders on campus,” says Anthony Buono, assistant director of residence life.

As part of its efforts, the office hosted activities for RA alumni during Homecoming Weekend in October, including a breakfast for former staff members and current advisors. Also in 2004, ORL put out its first edition of a newsletter for residence life staff and alumni. The office hopes to develop panel discussions and other activities with RA alumni. Groups of RA alumni—three or more advisors—who are coming back to campus, can contact ORL to arrange a tour of a residence hall and enjoy a breakfast provided by residence life.

Kantrowitz and Buono, who were resident advisors at their alma maters, understand the shared experiences among residence hall staff and the unique bond they create. “There was a certain comfort level immediately when RAs came back Homecoming Weekend, knowing in some way we connect because we share a commitment to students,” Kantrowitz says. “So, it makes this whole enterprise of reconnecting with RAs really fun.”

If you were an RA and would like to reconnect with the Office of Residence Life, complete the online information sheet at, or contact Anthony J. Buono, assistant director, at or 315-443-3637.

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The Greek island, Santorini, left, and the Turkish town of Ephesus, below, were both destinations on the seven-night alumni tour aboard the M.S. Andrea.

Every time Michael Lemonedes ’49 looks at the watercolor painting he bought in Santorini, scenes from the afternoon he spent on the beautiful Greek island flood his memory. Dozens of white houses with turquoise roofs were carved into the black cliffs that soared above the Aegean. “It is probably one of the most picturesque places in the world,” he says. “It’s the kind of thing you see on postcards.” Lemonedes and other alumni spent the afternoon exploring the sun-drenched village of Oia, where steep, narrow streets studded with shops and tiny churches formed the perfect scene for Lemonedes’s painting. “Every day of the trip was thrilling,” he says.

The seven-night tour, sponsored by the Syracuse University Alumni Association, introduced alumni to life in Ancient Greece as they cruised the Greek Isles aboard the M.S. Andrea. Alumni learned about the history and culture of the great civilization through a series of presentations by locals as they explored the islands of Santorini, Patmos, Delos, Mykonos, and Naxos; the city of Athens; and the Turkish town of Ephesus.

Leon Krakower ’50 remembers visiting the awe-inspiring ruins of Delos, the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis and an island central to Greek mythology. Alumni walked through an entire ancient city, dating from 700 B.C., which was buried under volcanic ash and is still being excavated. “You can’t imagine the temples and columns they’ve uncovered and reconstructed,” Krakower says. “It’s a whole village with little streets you can walk through and houses on both sides. It’s amazing that it’s all been dug out.”

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In Ephesus, once part of the Roman Empire, alumni saw the centuries-old 24,000-seat amphitheater where St. Paul preached, then stopped at the enormous Library of Celsus, dating to 117 A.D. Alumni bartered with locals in bustling open-air bazaars. Krakower bought a couple of Turkish rugs that were being knotted before his eyes. “Ephesus was an amazing excursion, one of the highlights of the trip,” he says.

Throughout the trip, alumni dined on simple Greek cuisine like grilled fish and fresh salads dressed with olive oil and lemons. When Lemonedes and his wife dined in Ideal, a restaurant in Athens, a server took them to a back room lined with barrels of fish in ice. “He told us to pick one and then dug out the ones we wanted,” he says. “It was really, really fresh.”

Lemonedes, a Greek American, returned from the trip with a greater appreciation for his heritage. “This trip made Ancient Greece come to life,” he says. “It’s the beginning of Western civilization, and it made me proud to know my family came from there.”


Alumni Happenings





1. SU Trustee Michael Dritz ’59, athletic director Daryl Gross, and Trustee Joyce Hergenhan ’63 enjoy the Orange Friendzy celebration at the Champs Sports Bowl in Florida in December.

2. A Syracuse University contingent celebrates at the wedding of Brooke Alper ’04 and Joshua Lipschitz ’99, G’01 at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., on November 13, 2004. Brooke is the daughter of Trustee and Alumni Association President Joanne Fogel Alper ’72.

3. Arizona Alumni Club members gather at an event in January. Pictured, left to right, are Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz ’69; Donald C. Doerr ’85, G’88, assistant vice president of alumni relations; Susan J. Platner; Keith H. Ebenholtz G’92; Christine D. Bartlett ’04; Joani Frankel ’68, club president; Teri Pace Kilgore ’95; and Lee C. Eisinberg ’82.

4. Trustee Emanuel Shemin ’52, left, and his wife, Rhoda Shemin ’53, take part in the Champs Sports Bowl pre-game celebration in Orlando, Florida, with Board of Trustees President John Couri ’63.

5. Local alumni and the Executive Board of the Alumni Association meet up at the home of Angeline and Antonio Lapi ’70 on Captiva Island, Florida, in January.

6. John Font ’53, left, and Donald Hornung ’53 stop by the Class of 1953 wall in the Orange Grove..

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Persistence and Prosperity

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University Trustee Daniel A. D’Aniello ’68 is a founding partner of the Carlyle Group, one of the world’s most successful private equity investment companies. On his way to becoming managing director of an enterprise whose assets are measured in the billions, he learned a few lessons counting pennies. The Butler, Pennsylvania, native was raised by a single parent, his mother, and grew up in hard times. “Our highest annual household income was no more than $6,000,” he says. “We had no money for college.” An appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy seemed to come as an answer to his prayers, until fate intervened. “When I took the final physical, they discovered a slight heart murmur and told me to take a year at a prep school while they decided if I could be admitted,” D’Aniello says. “I didn’t want that. I thank God I was offered an academic scholarship by Syracuse. I came to the University not knowing a soul, but found a very nurturing environment.”

The heart murmur proved harmless. D’Aniello was a member of the SU gymnastics team as well as a Dean’s List student in business administration during all four years he spent on the Hill. By his junior year, he was on full academic scholarship. He has especially fond memories of his freshman math professor. “I was struggling with the course and in danger of losing my scholarship,” he says. “She helped me so much. She taught me how to study and how to reason.”

Ironically, D’Aniello was drafted immediately after graduation and was able to use his draft physical to join the Navy, where he served as a supply officer. During the ’70s, he earned an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School as a Teagle Foundation Fellow and quickly proved himself in a succession of corporate financial positions, including vice president for finance and development at the Marriott Corporation. In 1987, he left Marriott to co-found the Carlyle Group. The company today manages investment funds of more than $20 billion in 14 countries, focusing on such areas as aerospace/defense, energy, health care, telecommunications, and real estate.

Elected a University Trustee in 2004, D’Aniello serves on the board’s Investment and Endowment Committee and is a member of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management’s Corporate Advisory Council. He sees two emerging areas in business education as providing paths for the school to move to the forefront. “I would like our high-quality accounting program to develop a financial executives program designed to prepare a new generation of CFOs,” he says. “There are also great opportunities in entrepreneurship, whether it’s in venture start-ups, private equity, or other alternative investment categories. That’s why I was motivated to establish opportunities for deserving students in this field.” The D’Aniello Endowed Fund for Entrepreneurship can be used for student scholarships as well as other needs of the Whitman School’s Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises program. “I’m proud of how Syracuse is attempting to expand its national footprint,” says D’Aniello, whose daughter Dana G’04 earned a master’s degree at the Newhouse School, “and I believe Chancellor Cantor will successfully lead us in achieving this ambitious vision.”

Art Appreciation

Robert Schoen

Hope Barkan ’61 turned her lifelong passion for fine arts into a career as an independent curator. She most recently co-curated From the Kilns of Denmark: Contemporary Danish Ceramics, which opened at the American Craft Museum in New York City, then toured four other museums in the United States, and finished with exhibitions in Paris and Berlin. “I never contemplated being a ceramist, but I have developed an appreciation for the feel of the artist’s hand on clay,” says Barkan, who earned an undergraduate degree in fine arts from the College of Arts and Sciences. “I am committed to contemporary sculptural ceramics. I want to help this wonderful art form achieve the same level of respect as painting and sculpture.”

Barkan’s first post-college venture into the world of fine arts was as a volunteer docent (educational aide) at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she gave talks to schoolchildren on Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Near-Eastern collections. After Barkan worked in her husband’s real estate management company for about 10 years, her husband and sons convinced her to follow her passion. She went back to school to earn a certificate in museum studies in 1993 and a master of arts degree in art history in 1995 from Tufts University. “The graduate school turned me down initially. I was accepted subsequently. If you knock on enough doors, some will open,” Barkan says.

An internship at the Boston Athenaeum proved to be a key to Barkan’s future curatorial success. As an intern, she completed an assessment of the restoration needs of the museum’s sculpture collection and later was invited to curate exhibitions of contemporary ceramics and also drawing. Soon art galleries began asking her to create ceramics shows. Now, as an independent curator, she is the one who brings exhibition ideas to the museums. “I was fortunate that the curator of the Boston Athenaeum was a risk-taker and had a good instinct about me,” Barkan says. “I don’t know what my next exhibition will be, but I’m always thinking.”


Spiritual Quest


As a student choir director at SU’s Hendricks Chapel, Katherine Wachter Engel ’83 was unsure how she could combine her love of spirituality, people, and travel with a bachelor’s degree in music education from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. In search of an answer she traversed the North American continent, living in Michigan, Alaska, Virginia, and Florida before settling in Minnesota. “I lived in many places, taking jobs at different churches as choir director and acting in local performance troupes,” says Engel, who later earned a master’s degree in voice performance from Eastern Michigan University. “I was living the starving artist life.”

After making her way to Minneapolis, Engel took a new direction in life. In three years, she witnessed five close friends and family members die. Dealing with her losses transformed her, and the need to explore her personal spirituality became stronger. She researched her options, and discovered an interfaith program at All Faiths Seminary International in New York City. “I always had an interest in going to a seminary,” she says. “A friend convinced me to go. I completed the accelerated program and was ordained.”

Engel is now the choir director of Spirit United Interfaith Church in Minneapolis, and the founder of an adult performance group, InnerVoice. Through concerts, plays, and poetry centered around a common theme, the members of InnerVoice aim to promote healing and encourage inner peace. “We consider a concert successful if we have reached someone—encouraged someone to pause, reflect, consider a position, smile, laugh, cry, or in any way feel a little more deeply and be aware of those feelings and the world around them,” she says.

As a minister, Engel offers interfaith services for weddings, commitments, funerals, memorials, baptisms, and namings; gives spiritual counseling; and blesses homes and offices. “I am happy and fulfilled because I’m doing everything I love,” she says, crediting her success to years of performing and exploring, and to her time at SU. “Those were good years for me,” she says. “I loved being there. It was the foundation that helped build who I am today.”

Voice of a People


Rami Khouri ’70, G’98, executive editor of the English-language, Beirut-based Middle East regional newspaper, The Daily Star, is one of the few Arab voices heard regularly in the American media. His commentaries and opinions are featured on National Public Radio and CNN, and in many newspapers and magazines. A member of the Brookings Institution Task Force on U.S. Policies Toward the Islamic World, Khouri is in demand on the lecture circuit. “I want Americans to do more thinking and probing about the Middle East,” he says. “All of us—Arabs, Israelis, Americans—are being ravaged by a cycle of violence that is not solving any of the fundamental problems. The way to begin to find our way out is to analyze things more clearly.”

A Palestinian Jordanian who was born in New York while his father was working at the United Nations, Khouri earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at SU and got his first taste of newspaper work as a reporter for The Daily Orange during the ’60s. A member of the Arab Student Society, he found the atmosphere on campus open to a wide range of opinion. “The country was polarized on the Vietnam War then, and everyone had an opinion. But when it came to the Middle East, there was very little interest and almost no knowledge of the Palestinians,” he says. “With 9/11, U.S. troops in Iraq, and many Americans feeling threatened by terrorism, that has changed.”

After graduation, Khouri completed coursework for a master’s degree in magazine journalism, but took a job before finishing his thesis. More than 25 years later, at the urging of Newhouse Dean David Rubin, Khouri rectified the situation. “David told me that because I had written several books, run a publishing house, been editor of a newspaper, and written for quality publications around the world, I might petition to submit a thesis about these experiences,” Khouri says. His degree was conferred in 1998.

Well aware of the widespread support that Israeli policy enjoys in the United States, Khouri is a tireless spokesman for Palestinian and Arab points of view. “I don’t necessarily speak with the idea that I can change minds,” he says, “but rather with the hope that I can help people understand the perspective I’m offering.”

Renewing Hope

Susan Kahn

Triumphant over her own turbulent childhood, Tabitha Moore G’03 is driven by a desire to help others overcome similar traumatic pasts. While growing up, she witnessed domestic abuse and experienced racial discrimination. Now a therapist with Syracuse’s Violence Intervention Prevention Program (VIPP), she dedicates her life to healing the emotional wounds of her clients, most of whom are young black men at risk for gang violence. “I don’t give up on my clients,” she says. “I let them know I will always be there for them.” Moore meets her clients wherever and whenever they need her: She holds therapy sessions in jails, accompanies clients to court, and answers their phone calls long after office hours end. “I see myself in every one of them,” says Moore, who earned a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the College of Human Services and Health Professions. “I try to bring out their buried internal voices that say they are good.”

Moore works with just one other therapist in assisting 180 clients, and admits that the work is riddled with challenges. In October, a funding cut extinguished the possibility of hiring additional therapists. Moreover, her youth causes clients to view her inappropriately as a peer, or attorneys to occasionally mistake her for an accused offender. The home-based therapy Moore practices also requires more travel than clinical therapy, and she visits as many as five homes a day. Still, Moore finds reward in renewing hope in her clients. “Tabitha cares a great deal about the people we serve,” says Pedro Abreu, assistant director at VIPP.

Outside work, Moore volunteers as a Spanish teacher and plays on a volleyball team, but she most treasures spending time with her daughter, Reese. “She’s my inspiration,” Moore says. “When I see Reese playing with other children at the park, it reminds me that I don’t want her to feel like a victim of violence in the world. I want to do something about it.”

Conscience and Consequence


A lot of people who don’t finish college on the first try go back and earn diplomas later in life. But Irving Feiner’s first try was somewhat unusual. Attending high school in the Bronx, he dropped out to join the military after Pearl Harbor. “I served in Europe and came to Syracuse on the G.I. Bill,” says Feiner ’84, who lives in Nyack, New York. “I took correspondence courses in the Army for an equivalency diploma. But when I showed up for registration, they told me it wasn’t enough.” A 23-year-old cigar-smoking war veteran who had lived for six months in liberated Paris, Feiner had to take morning classes at Syracuse Central High School before he could matriculate in the spring semester.

But that’s not the unusual part.

Feiner was active in the SU chapter of the Young Progressive Alliance (YPA). In 1949, the YPA took up the cause of six men, African Americans, who had been convicted under suspicious circumstances of killing a grocer in Trenton, New Jersey. “Just think: six men sentenced to the electric chair—and hardly a word about it in the newspapers,” Feiner says. The YPA planned a Syracuse rally for the Trenton Six, featuring defense attorney O. John Rogge and folksinger Pete Seeger. But at the last minute, Mayor Frank Costello revoked the group’s permit to use a public school auditorium. Undaunted, the group rented a ballroom at the Hotel Syracuse and drove around town with a loudspeaker, letting everyone know where the rally would be held.
Now comes the unusual part.

At the corner of Harrison and McBride streets, Feiner made a speech in which he expressed his opinions concerning the mayor, President Harry S. Truman, and a variety of topical issues. The police arrived 20 minutes later and arrested him for disorderly conduct. “You can read all about it in The D.O.—March 10, 1949,” Feiner says. “The case ultimately went to the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision was upheld, and I went to jail for 30 days. When I was released, I got a telegram ‘separating’ me from the University. I was also ‘unselected’ for entrance into two law schools.”

The case became a precedent for anti-free speech court decisions for years to come. “I once got a call from Jackson, Mississippi, from an old friend, a Harvard Law grad, who was working in the civil rights movement,” Feiner recalls. “He said, ‘Irv, you did it again! They banned our march based on ‘the Feiner decision!’”

Feiner returned to the Hill later in life and earned a bachelor’s degree at the College of Arts and Sciences in 1984. “When I first went to college, fear pervaded every intellectual pursuit, but now things were different,” he says. “As for the Trenton Six, we were successful in forcing a second trial, resulting in acquittal for four. Of the remaining two, one died in jail and the other was eventually exonerated and freed.” Feiner, who retired after running a successful marine and tropical fish import business, is currently considering another application to law school.

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