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Time of Transition

As many of you may know, Don Doerr ’85, G’88, our assistant vice president of alumni relations, stepped down in February to return to private law practice. Prior to assuming leadership of the Office of Alumni Relations in February 2004, Don was president of the SU Alumni Association and the alumni representative to the Board of Trustees. He also served on the College of Law Board of Visitors and held positions in the SU Law Alumni Association and the SU Alumni Club of Central New York. We are grateful to Don for his leadership, loyal service, and outreach to alumni and students, both as an alumni volunteer and University staff member.

While we conduct a search to replace Don, Andrea Latchem will serve as interim assistant vice president of alumni relations. For years, Andrea has been a highly regarded member of Syracuse University’s Office of Development. As the office’s senior philanthropic advisor, she has an extensive knowledge of our alumni constituency and an expansive network of connections. We are grateful to Andrea for accepting this challenge and for her hard work and leadership.

It is our goal to keep you, our alumni, connected to SU through substantive and engaging programs and opportunities to give back in a variety of ways. We look forward to you joining us as we move forward with our vision of engagement and excellence for your alma mater.

Lil Breul O’Rourke ’77

Vice President and Chief Development Officer

 

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Traditions

Patricia Cain Beyle ’56 begins her Reunion conversations with fellow classmates using the gusty slogan: “We’re rarin’ to go and ready to mix. We’re the Class of ’56.” The call to join in at Reunion 2006 gets a hearty response from alumni. As Beyle points out, “our class has always had that kind of enthusiasm.” Beyle, a member of her class’s entertainment committee for this June’s reunion, and fellow committee members Ken Sparks ’56 and Polly Reed Hollis ’56 are capitalizing on that energy with a variety show of alumni entertainers that will be among the Reunion weekend activities. “This will be the most outstanding show we’ve had,” says Ted Krawitz ’56, who has chaired the Class of 1956 Reunion committee since its first Reunion in 1961. “This is a highlight of our 50th Reunion.”

Every year, during one weekend in June, the Office of Alumni Relations combines planned activities, casual gatherings, and the gala Arents Award Dinner to draw back alumni to reminisce and meet up with friends for Reunion Weekend. Alumni take part in making the weekend’s events special for their classmates. “Since I’m involved in the planning, it gives me a great thrill to see how the event unfolds,” Krawitz says. “I get my reward seeing the smiles on people’s faces.” The Office of Alumni Relations makes the basic arrangements as far as setting the dates and organizing campus-wide events. The Reunion committee for each class decides on such things as locations, decorations, favors, a class gift, and a memory book, which are personal to the particular class. In the Class of 1955 memory book, one classmate brought back a flood of memories for others in his retelling of a 50-year-old story. A student was walking back to Skytop, feeling a little low, when a man stopped and gave him a ride. The man was very encouraging, and the student found out later the man was Chancellor William P. Tolley. For the Class of 1956 reunions, Krawitz created novelty awards to recognize individuals for such notable facts as who traveled the farthest, who has the most grandchildren, and who has had the most children graduate from SU.

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In the annals of Alumni News, parades and elaborate entertainment showcases marked Reunion, which was initially held the same weekend as Commencement. The August 1923 edition of Alumni News declares the Class of 1913 the headliner of the annual parade with its 10th Reunion delegates appearing in white sailor suits and middy blouses. The weekend culminated with the annual Kum-Bak Dinner, an entertainment gathering for all returning alumni. At a dinner in 1967, a cast of 20 drama students, alumni, and local residents participated in a musical comedy at Manley Field House for more than 1,500 returning alumni, according to the Alumni News. The performances chronicled Chancellor Tolley’s days as a student through his years as the head of the University. In 1990, the dinner was renamed the Arents Award Dinner to honor George Arents, a University Trustee who established the Pioneer Medal in 1939 recognizing outstanding alumni.

Reunion traditions may be ever changing, but the reasons for returning remain the same. “It’s about enjoying the wonderful relationships that you have developed and seeing how the University has changed and grown,” Krawitz says. Mary Ann Ellis Hardenbergh ’56, who was vice president of Women’s Student Government, has attended Reunion weekend for each five-year anniversary of her class since graduation. “So much of who we are as adults is connected to how we developed at SU,” she says. “It is important to acknowledge that connection.” Last year, Hardenbergh received the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Alumna Award. “The award forced me to rethink my experiences at SU and how they enabled me to develop leadership skills that carried on through life,” she says. Beyle also recognizes that the university years are when teenagers transition into adulthood. “That change in ourselves promoted friendships that last,” she says.           

—Kathleen Haley

 


Honoring a Film Legend

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Filmmaker Albert Maysles ’49 has spent most of his illustrious career shunning the spotlight, preferring to let his camera do the talking for him. All that changed—if only for a few hours—on November 9 at Manhattan’s St. Regis Hotel, where Maysles was awarded Syracuse University’s highest alumni honor: the George Arents Pioneer Medal. More than 150 of his friends attended the celebration. “I’m kind of overwhelmed by all this praise and admiration,” Maysles said. “My life has been like the flight of a bird. It’s been graced with great, great good luck and uncertainty and adventure.”

Maysles, along with his late brother, David, forged a vast body of work in a style known as “Direct Cinema.” Devoid of scripts, sets, narration, and interviews, this kind of filmmaking strives to capture life exactly as it unfolds. Among the brothers’ masterpieces are Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens, and Salesman. Their iconic subjects include the Rolling Stones, Muhammad Ali, and Orson Welles. Maysles currently has several projects in the works, including documentaries on the Dalai Lama, Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Central Park Gates project, and the self-portrait, Handheld and from the Heart.

“If ever there was a reason to have a university, it’s to nurture what Albert Maysles has produced,” Chancellor Nancy Cantor told the audience. “His films cut through the questions about sincerity, trust, love, and humanity. We need to use his legacy to inspire the voice of the next generation.”

In addition to presentations by SU Alumni Association President Neil Gold ’70 and College of Arts and Sciences Dean Cathryn R. Newton, the evening included a screening of A Tribute to Al Maysles, directed by SU film professor John Craddock. A highlight of the evening was a tribute by filmmaker Martin Scorsese, who has known Maysles for more than four decades and attended the event. “It’s fitting that Al is receiving the George Arents Pioneer Medal,” Scorsese said. “Everyone knows he’s a ‘pioneer.’ He’s the genuine article.”

 

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Alumni traveled to Sicily where they visited ancient sites and enjoyed majestic scenery.

 

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As Sally Kinsey ’62, G’72 walked through the elegant, blooming public garden in the center of Taormina, Italy, she became absorbed with 19th-century culture and quickly remembered why she and her husband had returned to the small, hilly, historic town in the heart of Sicily for a third time. “The architecture and the ambiance are just beautiful,” Kinsey says. “There’s a little of everything for anyone who enjoys beautiful buildings and being immersed in an Italian hill town.” Situated atop Mount Tauro, overlooking the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, Taormina was just one of many breathtaking sites Kinsey and other Syracuse University alumni viewed during a 10-day tour of Italy sponsored by the SU Alumni Association. Sicily, known as the “island in a sea of light,” truly enchanted alumni. “It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world,” Kinsey says.

Alumni also explored ancient Greek temples and Roman mosaics in Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, journeyed to the volcanoes of Sicily and its islands, and, of course, visited Italy’s own Syracuse. Founded in 734 B.C., Syracuse was the most powerful of Greece’s colonies, rivaling Athens in splendor and power. “There are so many layers of civilization; it’s fascinating,” Betsey Snyder G’70 says. Snyder was most amazed by the physical magnificence of Sicily’s art and architecture. “My favorite site was the Temple of Hercules,” she says. “It was really quite amazing.”

Throughout the trip, alumni enjoyed many shopping excursions, including visits to Corso Umberto I, Taormina’s celebrated shopping street located near their hotel. Browsing through the endless shops, many alumni were captivated by the unique and intricate hand-made ceramics and other crafts. Snyder bought a white tablecloth with bright yellow appliqué lemons that she was delighted to show off to her Thanksgiving guests last November. Snyder strayed from her usual travel purchase of books to buy the tablecloth. “It’s beautiful, and it will always remind me of the trip,” she says. 

On their final excursion, the group took a cruise across the strait from Messina to Reggio di Calabria, the city perched on the “toe” of Italy’s “boot.” They visited the city’s National Museum, renowned for an exceptional collection of archaeological artifacts, paintings, and the famed bronze statues Warriors of Riace, two of the greatest works of Greek sculpture. “We had seen them before, but it’s inspiring each time to stand before them,” Kinsey says.

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Alumni Happenings

1.Otto and Samantha Aitken, daughter of SU Alumni Association Board vice president David Aitken ’94, G’97, share a moment during the Homecoming 2005 football game in the Carrier Dome.

2. SU fans meet up at the Orange Friendzy event in Chicago before the SU-Notre Dame football game on November 19.

3. Class of 1988 graduates Scott and Karen Brenner check out their paver in the Orange Grove during Homecoming Weekend 2005.

4. Jean Dougherty ’48, Susan “Suzie” Zimdahl ’68, Jerry Kelly ’65, Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Walter “Tex” Zimdahl ’68, and 400 alumni attend the Orange Friendzy event before the SU-Notre Dame football game.

5. SU alumni come together at the Big East Conference Networking Reception held at the Hotel Washington in Washington, D.C., in November.

6. SU alumni cheerleaders gather at Homecoming 2005 during the SU-South Florida football game November 12.

7. Alumni celebrate their SU ties at the Orange Friendzy in Chicago.

Photos courtesy of the Office of Alumni Relations
For more photos, go to alumni.syr.edu/photoalb.htm.

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Frankel
Taking the Initiative

With his Oldsmobile 88 and anagreement with a Marshall Street dry cleaner, enterprising sophomore Stuart Frankel ’61 turned a unique idea into a lucrative business: a pick-up and delivery laundry and dry cleaning service for students. The concept came to him while noticing students trudging up and down SU’s snowy hills burdened by piles of laundry. He arranged for student representatives from every Greek house and residence hall to collect the laundry for him in exchange for free cleaning. “That was my first experience at being an entrepreneur,” says Frankel, an SU Board of Trustees member. “The business enabled me to buy an engagement ring for my future wife.”

His financial experience and initiative continued to grow after graduation. He worked in the bond department at Hirsch & Company, and later at Loeb Rhoades & Company, where he became the youngest partner outside the Loeb family. In 1973, Frankel and his wife, Sharyn, founded Stuart Frankel & Company, the first Wall Street firm to deal directly with institutional clients from the stock exchange floor. “In theory, you get a much better execution,” he says. “You buy and sell, and reduce costs because you’re not going through a chain of people.” Frankel’s sons, Jeffrey and Andrew, now operate the company, and his daughter, Hilary, owns part of the business. Frankel keeps active as “the coach.”

While building a successful career, Frankel relied on the values his parents taught him for his foundation. He writes of those values in From One Generation to Another, a work he published with his wife to share their history with their grandchildren. In the book, Frankel notes the rules he lives by, including “give back to society and be charitable.” In 2001, Stuart Frankel & Company donated one day’s commissions—$711,002—to The New York Times’s 9/11 Neediest Fund. “I felt that everyone in businesses, large and small, should do something,” he says. Frankel also gives of his time on the boards of the Roggison Institute, which conducts groundbreaking medical research; the Phoenix Symphony; and the Jewish Center of the Hamptons.

Along with his trustee position at SU, Frankel is a member of the Whitman School of Management Corporate Advisory Board. He provides for students through the Adrian Frankel and Henry Dickman Endowed Scholarship Fund, named for his father and his wife’s father, and the Stuart Frankel & Company NYSE Scholars Program. The program sends three students each year to Wall Street for three days to meet with financial professionals. “I hope  we’ve opened their eyes to something new, or maybe they are going to look at Wall Street in a different way,” Frankel says.

Visionary Skills

Last fall, Dr. Alicia M. Carroll ’88, a plastic surgeonwhose practice is devoted to the human eye and the surrounding area, opened the first independent ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery center ever established in North Carolina. Previously, patients had to travel more than 100 miles to receive some of the services Carroll now provides at her practice in Hickory, about 50 miles north of Charlotte. “I knew by age 6 that I wanted a career in medicine, but I didn’t know much about ophthalmology until I did a rotation in it at medical school,” Carroll says. “I was attracted by the precision it requires and how it complements my other major interest, plastic surgery.”


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Ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery includes both medically necessary and cosmetic procedures. “If visual obstruction is involved, the procedure is considered medically necessary; if not, cosmetic,” Carroll says. “I see patients for conditions causing changes to the periocular [eye] region. Some have cancers. Others are trauma patients who may have been in automobile accidents or received gunshot wounds. I perform pediatric surgery on children with congenital problems, such as eyelids that don’t function. I also insert prosthetic eyes for patients with blind eyes.”

A rising star in a rare medical specialty, Carroll has always distinguished herself through achievement. A biology major at Syracuse, she was selected Class Marshal by the College of Arts and Sciences. While in medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, she was named a Robert Wood Johnson scholar and engaged in research at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Earning a medical degree in 1995, she was appointed chief administrative resident in ophthalmology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, and honored as Resident of the Year by Kings County Hospital.

In 1999, Carroll was one of 12 physicians selected internationally by the American Society of Ophthalmic and Plastic Reconstructive Surgeons for its two-year fellowship program in oculoplastics (plastic surgery of the eye) at the University of Toronto. “I was advised to practice general ophthalmology rather than just oculoplastics,” she says. “But during my fellowship, I decided I wanted to practice ophthalmic plastic surgery exclusively, right out of the gate, which is just what I’ve done.”

Despite a full schedule, Carroll is active in community affairs, serving on the boards of the Hickory Community Theater and Lenoir-Rhyne College. While attending the Coming Back Together (CBT) reunion last fall, she moderated a panel, Life in the Medical Profession, and was honored as recipient of the Chancellor’s Citation in Medicine. “I was very happy to receive this honor, and especially so now, as I am embarking on my new role as sole proprietor of my own practice,” she says.

 

Centered on Education

Gruber Tara Guber ’65, left, founder of Education First!, leads a yoga class during a visit to SU to highlight the Yoga Ed course.

Tara Guber ’65 has been working toimprove American education for most of her life. A former elementary school teacher, Guber founded the nonprofit organization Education First! to raise awareness of what she calls “the ongoing crises in public education: low teacher salaries, severe discipline problems, and lack of adequate books and supplies.” Wanting to do more than talk about negatives, she joined the board of The Accelerated School (TAS), a K-8 public charter school in South Central Los Angeles, and brokered the gift of a $6.5 million factory property that was renovated into a school building for TAS. Classes were previously conducted in a church community room. Guber, who has practiced yoga since the 1970s, is also responsible for introducing yoga courses into the TAS curriculum. Hoping to see schools across the country do the same, she created Yoga Ed, a 36-week study course for K-12 students.

Guber arrived on the Hill in 1961 as Lynda Gellis, a somewhat unfocused freshman who chose Syracuse to follow in the footsteps of her brother, Henry ’62. Once enrolled, she quickly found her calling, majoring in education with a minor concentration in fine arts. “I discovered that teaching was among the most rewarding things a person can do,” she says. After completing her undergraduate work in just seven semesters, she married her college sweetheart, Peter Guber ’64, who has since become a successful Hollywood producer.

Guber discovered yoga soon after moving to Los Angeles from New York City, and became convinced of its educational benefits, especially for children with attention and behavior problems. “We teach stretching, exercise, and what we call ‘time in,’ which is a non-religious form of meditation,” she says. “If kids are disruptive, we don’t yell or try to make them feel ashamed. We say, ‘Take time in to relax.’ Or ‘Take time in to shift.’ The physical, mental, and emotional experience of yoga provides a strong foundation for concentration and wellness.” Although no formal studies have been made, many teachers find solid evidence of yoga’s positive effects on the self-esteem, behavior, physical fitness, and academic performance of students. A skeptical visitor to a Yoga Ed class commented, “Watching a group of 9-year-olds find grace and calm doing their yoga poses was one of the surprise pleasures of my recent tour of TAS.”

Guber returned to the University to speak about her work. Her talk in 2004 was instrumental in establishing a yoga instruction course at the School of Education. “I’m glad to see Yoga Ed available for teachers, so they can graduate with this resource,” she says. “Bringing yoga to public schools in Syracuse is a great way to engage this community.”

 


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