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Steve Sartori
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Consider the Opportunities

Many of you are aware of and applaud
Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s commitment to engagement with the world—locally, nationally, and globally—as part of SU’s Scholarship in Action initiative. She recognizes that through the University’s outreach, as demonstrated by the presence of its faculty, students, staff, and alumni around the world, Syracuse can contribute in small and large ways to resolve the issues of our day.

The Office of Alumni Relations is all about engagement—although not on such a grand scale—and we recognize that, to be truly effective, engagement must be a two-way street. Through alumni clubs, reunions, Orange Friendzy events, Mentor@SU, Homecoming, and many other activities, we reach out to you. When you reach back and engage with us—and your fellow alumni—we all benefit.

How can you engage with us? Join your area alumni club to network with other alumni and stay connected with SU. Take advantage of Mentor@SU to counsel our students as they consider their future careers. Attend an Orange Friendzy before a football or basketball game and cheer on the Orange. Join the University’s Admissions Representatives team. Seek guidance from our career services counselors if you are considering a new job or a career change. And, most of all, come back to campus to renew your ties with your alma mater.

There’s no better time for you to do that than at Homecoming 2007, which will mark a new Homecoming tradition—celebrating Reunion and Homecoming together for all alumni. For more on this exciting weekend, check out “Celebrating Two Traditions” on the facing page, or visit http://homecoming. syr.edu/.

If you didn’t make engaging or re-engaging with Syracuse one of your New Year’s resolutions, adopt it now—it will be rewarding for all of us. I look forward to seeing you somewhere, some time this year, on or off campus, as we reach out and connect with one another.
Best regards,

Andrea Latchem
Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations                                   

P.S. Contact us at sualumni@syr.edu or 1-800-782-5867 to find the engagement opportunity best for you.

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Members of the Boar’s
Head Dramatic Society
take the stage for the
1950 production of
The Bourgeois Gentleman
by Moliere.

 

 

Traditions »

Dramatic Society Finds New Stage on Internet

In Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Falstaff, Prince Hal, and their compatriots share in the high drama and revel in the camaraderie at London’s Boar’s Head Tavern. Appropriately, the name of the Eastcheap pub was adopted in 1906 by an SU student group of theater enthusiasts who formed two years before and were engaged in the entire theatrical production process—from on stage to box office—as a fellowship of close-knit friends. The Boar’s Head Dramatic Society developed a legacy of quality theater that lasted for decades and a long list of alumni dedicated to preserving its memory. “It didn’t take much time after an audition before the actors and crew became a family,” remembers Boar’s Head secretary Shirley Fenner Reidenbaugh ’54. “We were taught to be an ensemble; it had to work as a group or it didn’t work.”

With the assistance of faculty advisors, Boar’s Head put on more than 200 productions before fading in the early 1970s. Reidenbaugh joined in the early 1950s, landing the lead in Gigi her senior year. Presented in the Machinery Hall playhouse, the production boasted a vibrant set in the style of Toulouse-Lautrec. “The production came to life,” Reidenbaugh says. “I was even wearing Audrey Hepburn’s costumes from the Broadway production. Nothing was beyond the reach of Sawyer Falk.”

Falk was the director of dramatic activities from 1927 to 1961. Students had great affection for their teacher, whom they called “The Professor,” Reidenbaugh says. She remained connected to Boar’s Head after marrying Gerry Reidenbaugh—Falk’s successor as drama department director—in 1956. “Sawyer Falk was innovative and had a master ability to teach theater, with a special interest in helping students,” says Reidenbaugh, who later performed in the Famous Artists Country Playhouse, alongside such actors as Gloria Swanson and Basil Rathbone. Pat Schrack Hogeboom ’59, who appeared in The Boyfriend and Same Old Faces, will never forget Falk’s advice. “He told us emphatically, whatever we did with our lives, ‘tolerate no cheapness in your soul,’” she says. “That was the joy of Syracuse. The University gave us the best teachers and strove to bring out the best in its students.”

In celebration of the 100th anniversary in 2004 and the Class of 1954 Reunion, a society reunion was held and included an exhibition of Boar’s Head memorabilia from the SU Archives collection and a revival of a 1954 Boar’s Head musical revue, Up in Lights. A year earlier in celebration of its 50th  Reunion, the Class of 1953 staged White Bucks and Tales Revisited, a revival of a 1953 Boar’s Head production. Continued alumni interest fostered an idea to showcase the society’s collection on a web site. University archivist Ed Galvin, who worked on the 100th anniversary exhibition, suggested the idea to the Digital Library Advisory Group, which embraced it. Reidenbaugh raised funds from alumni, allowing archives to hire a graduate student to create the site (http://archives.syr.edu/archives/ collections/ boars_head/) and work with SU Library on documenting and digitizing the playbills, one of the library’s digital collections. “The project capitalizes on the expertise of the library and archives staffs to produce new digital content and an attractive and informative web site,” says Pamela McLaughlin, director of digital library development.

Organizers are now raising funds to digitize 1,100 negatives from the collection of SU photographer George Chaput, who photographed Boar’s Head productions from the 1940s through the 1960s. “The web site gives alumni an opportunity to reminisce,” Galvin says. “For those still in the profession, it highlights some of their earlier efforts.” The content is also useful to students majoring in theater set design. “These materials have been available to SU students and faculty,” Galvin says, “and now they are available to people all around the world.”

To learn more about the Boar’s Head web site project, contact Ed Galvin at 315-443-9760 or 222 Waverly Avenue, Suite 600, Syracuse NY 13244-2010.


   Homecoming 2007 »

Celebrating Two Traditions

The brilliance of fall colors, the bounding energy of a student-filled campus, and the thrill of meeting long-missed friends will blend together the weekend of October 11-14 for Homecoming 2007, the inaugural event combining Homecoming and Reunion. The Office of Alumni Relations decided to merge both events after hearing comments from alumni who attended the June Reunions. “They missed seeing the campus alive with students the way they remembered it,” says Andrea Latchem, assistant vice president for alumni relations. “Now they can interact with students and get a sense of what campus life is like today.”

A special event marking the start of the weekend is planned for Thursday, and educational and cultural programming will be offered Friday. “Alumni can attend lectures and panel discussions, featuring faculty members speaking on issues of the day,” Latchem says. Homecoming attendees can join students in the revelry of the Homecoming parade and pep rally on the Quad Friday. Orange Friendzy will be held Saturday before the football game against Rutgers, and a farewell brunch is planned for alumni Sunday morning.

In keeping with traditional Reunion events, the Half-Century Dinner featuring the Melvin A. Eggers Senior Alumni Award will be held, along with other events specific to the 50th-anniversary class. However, the Arents Awards, a usual part of Reunion Weekend, will be celebrated on a separate date.

Latchem encourages alumni to engage with their alma mater at such events as Homecoming. “We like to see alumni return and enjoy the campus,” she says. “It’s fun to see them reconnect and recall their favorite memories.”

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Alumni roamed the Great Wall of China as part of a 20-day tour that showcased both ancient and modern times.

 

 

For information on alumni travel opportunities,
contact Tina Casella
in the Office of
Alumni Relations
at 1-800-SUALUMS
or cscasell@syr.edu.

Alumni Travel »

Exploring a Country in Transition

In the coastal Chinese city of Shanghai, small fishing boats rocked gently in a harbor after a day at sea, while the city’s elegant skyscrapers glowed in the night sky. For Lynn Deyo ’60, this image of Shanghai served as an ideal example of the distinct contrasts between ancient and modern ways that exist in this rapidly developing nation. “It is so interesting to see the combination of old and new,” says Deyo, who explored Shanghai with other alumni on an SU Alumni Association-sponsored trip to China. “The people make such an effort to hold onto their culture and heritage while adapting to new advances.”

Experiencing China’s many personalities was a central theme of this 20-day tour. Participants immersed themselves in the millennia-old nation, learning about the past and admiring its aggressive drive into the future. The tour began in Beijing, the political and cultural capital of China and home to many famous historic landmarks. Events of the past came to life as alumni walked the streets of the Forbidden City, taking in its palaces, courtyards, and gardens; stood in Tiananmen Square, the backdrop of historic anti-government protests; and strolled along the largest man-made structure in the world—the Great Wall of China. “It was surreal to visit places I had only seen in picture books,” Deyo says. “China’s cities date back thousands of years; you feel like you’re standing in history.”

The trip highlighted Chinese culture with traditional meals, museum visits, and boat tours of the vivid landscape. The travelers journeyed to nine cities and cruised down the Yangtze River. Alumni took advantage of extraordinary opportunities to interact with local residents. While in Hangzhau, they were welcomed into a farmer’s home for lunch. Communicating through translators, they chatted with the family and learned more about their livelihood of cultivating tea. By experiencing local life, visitors gained a personal perspective on today’s China. “It was interesting to see how average people lived day to day and to interact with them,” Douglas Richards ’53 says. “In some ways they are more modern than we are in the United States, but, at the same time, they engage in activities that have been in existence for thousands of years.”

 

 

PHOTOGALLERY

Alumni Happenings »

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Above, Richard Gluckman ’71, principal of Gluckman Mayner Architects, gathers with SU officials after receiving the George Arents Pioneer Medal last fall at Sotheby’s New York. The Arents medal is the highest award given to Syracuse alumni in recognition of outstanding professional achievement. From left to right: Gluckman; Chancellor Nancy Cantor; Mark Robbins G’81, dean of the School of Architecture; and Neil Gold ’70, president of the SU Alumni Association and a member of the University’s Board of Trustees. mcclurg Left, College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) senior Corinne Wedlake chats with actress Edie McClurg G’70 during Behind the Scenes of the Entertainment Industry, an SU event held in January in Beverly Hills, California. Wedlake was part of a group of VPA students who visited Los Angeles for Sorkin Week, a weeklong immersion program in the entertainment industry supported by writer and producer Aaron Sorkin ’83. The event was also attended by a group of Newhouse graduate students taking part in the L.A. Industry Seminar and a group of Newhouse seniors who met with alumni in the entertainment industry through an annual trip organized by the Office of Program Development.
  Rifkin Left, Ned Rifkin ’72, under secretary for art at the Smithsonian Institution, joins colleagues and SU officials following an Arents Pioneer Medal ceremony in his honor at the Meridian House in Washington, D.C., last fall. From left to right: Edward Hirsh, president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; Rifkin; Chancellor Nancy Cantor; Neil Gold ’70, president of the SU Alumni Association and a member of the University’s Board of Trustees; Cathryn Newton, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and Glenn D. Lowry, director of The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Diane Weathers ’71 »

Publicly Engaged

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Diane Weathers has earned a place among the nation’s leading publicly engaged writers. As editor in chief of Essence, a leading periodical for women of color, she energized the magazine with coverage of such hot-button issues as HIV infection among African American women and the misogynist messages often found in rap music. Weathers left the helm at Essence in 2005, but apparently not to rest on any laurels. “I’m working on a novel and on a nonfiction book, and I’m putting together a documentary film on gun violence,” says Weathers, an SU trustee and board member of the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence. “I’m freelancing right now.”

Weathers began her career as a reporter for Black Enterprise, moving to Newsweek in 1978, where she covered the fashion, lifestyle, and religion beats before gaining a spot in the weekly’s high-powered Washington bureau. Her editorial work includes stints at Consumer Reports and Redbook, and her freelance byline has appeared in a range of publications that includes The New York Times, Family Circle, and The Financial Times. For much of the ’80s she served as a Rome-based press liaison for the UN World Food Program, a job that took her to many of the world’s impoverished countries.

A visit to campus directly inspired at least one of Weathers’s current projects. “I’m collaborating on a book about the Syracuse Eight,” she says. “It’s a story about my classmates and friends that must be told, and a chance for me to revisit that period and put it in perspective.” Weathers was a senior in 1970, when African American members of the SU football team refused to play rather than accept conditions relegating them to second-class status. Last fall, Chancellor Nancy Cantor invited them to campus and apologized at a highly emotional reconciliation, which Weathers attended. “Syracuse was a hard place for students of color back then,” Weathers says. “To see those men now, vindicated and honored…to see the kind of men they have become  makes me so proud, I can hardly express it. It took tremendous courage for the Chancellor to do this, and she has given us a great opportunity to explore our history and learn the importance of history.”

Weathers is bringing her humane sense of purpose to her duties as a trustee. “What more can we do to mentor students, beyond helping them with internships and career leads?” she asks. “I know I wish I had people to seek guidance from on issues confronting me during my student days. It’s just an idea right now—but I’m working on it.”

Sue Lory G’05 »

Connecting with Classmates

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As an iMBA student at the Whitman School of Management, Sue Lory experienced something she hadn’t known as an undergraduate commuter at Grand Valley State University in Michigan: a real connection to her school. “Syracuse was an opportunity to have an on-campus experience,” Lory says. “I’ve never had a bond with a university or, quite frankly, with any other students.”

It’s a remarkable statement from the Nashville resident, who spent just one week each semester on the Syracuse campus while pursuing a graduate degree. Classes in the selective iMBA program are taken online, but students are required to attend residencies, which are held at SU and internationally, at the beginning of every semester, when they meet their professors, form groups for collaborative assignments, and attend lectures. “You’re not on campus most of the time, but you’re still engaged in conference calls two to three times a week and posting on online discussion boards,” says Lory, a district manager for Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Pediatrics who leads a team of pharmaceutical sales representatives responsible for Tennessee and northern Mississippi. “You’re talking to other students from across the globe all the time. You develop lifelong relationships.”

Lory, who is an avid runner and travel buff, keeps those relationships alive as first vice president and co-chair of philanthropy of the recently formed iMBA Alumni Club. And last year she ensured a lasting relationship with the University when she created a scholarship for iMBA students. The Shirley Rosita Henderson Endowed Scholarship is named for Lory’s mother, who returned to college as an adult, but died of breast cancer before earning a bachelor’s degree. “She was always pressing my three sisters and me to go to college,” Lory says.  “She felt that academics were so important.”

Lory sees the scholarship as a way of fulfilling her personal philosophy “to serve and to leave things better than when I found them.” While Lory was reimbursed by her company for her tuition and books, she knows a scholarship would help other students who don’t have the same good fortune. “The scholarship was a great opportunity for me to help others offset the cost of tuition, books, and travel expenses,” she says. “My mom would be proud.”

Peter Hebert ’99 »

Big on Small

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Anyone doubting the value of taking electives at a liberal arts university needs to meet Peter Hebert, co-founder and managing partner of Lux Capital Management, a Manhattan-based venture capital firm specializing in next-wave technologies. “Growing up, I wanted to be a sports journalist, so naturally I was attracted to Syracuse,” says the Stamford, Connecticut, native. A Chancellor’s Scholar, he studied journalism at Newhouse and covered sports for The Daily Orange. But while venturing through the University curriculum, he was spurred to a self-discovery that changed his major—and his life. Hebert had what he calls his “‘Eureka!’ moment” while taking Professor David Wilemon’s introductory course in entrepreneurship. “I switched my Newhouse major to public relations because of its business applications and declared a minor in management,” he says. Unable to restrict his enthusiasm to the classroom, he co-founded SU’s first student-entrepreneur organization, a forerunner to today’s hugely popular E-Club.

Hebert combined his communications skills and growing business acumen to map a fast track to the investment world. While working on Wall Street in 2000, he collaborated with like-minded souls to found Lux Capital, an investment firm dedicated to spotting promising commercial technologies at the lab door. Interviewing leading thinkers at campuses across the country, the Lux partners identified a blue-chip opportunity in nanotech-nology—the production of materials measurable by the nanometer (one billionth of a meter). “There had been massive overfunding of a few sectors, such as telecom, optical networking, and Internet retailing, but no one seemed interested in the materials sector,” Hebert says. “So we resolved to carve out a niche and become a leading venture capital firm by focusing on advanced materials and nanotechnology.” According to Hebert, nanomaterials have enormous application potential in dozens of vital areas. In medicine, for example, researchers are already testing nanoparticles designed to identify cancer cells in their earliest stages. In electronics manufacturing, nanoscale semiconductor crystals, capable of conducting electricity and storing memory, have already been generated.

Among Lux Capital’s first projects was the creation of Angstrom Publishing, which, in partnership with business publishing giant Forbes, produces a newsletter, The Forbes/Wolfe Nanotech Report, to keep an eye on nanotech developments for investors. In 2003, Hebert became CEO of another spin-off, Lux Research, overseeing the listing of the first publicly traded nanotech fund, Lux Nanotech Index (LUXN on the American Stock Exchange), and launching the PowerShares Lux Nanotech Portfolio (PXN), which now has assets exceeding $130 million. If Hebert’s rise in the venture capital world seems meteoric, it may be difficult to describe the pace of growth he anticipates as the promises of nanotech are realized. “I think it’s only a matter of time before manufacturing products becomes as cheap as copying files,”
he says.

—David Marc

 

 

Sharon Haines Jacquet ’72 »

Wealth of Advice

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Sharon Haines Jacquet considers being a teacher an awesome responsibility—one she didn’t believe she was mature enough to take on as a young college graduate. Instead, she relied on her math abilities to pursue a career as a financial analyst, investment banker, and private high net worth financial advisor. Now a managing director at the JPMorgan Private Bank, Jacquet is part of a team that advises corporate executives and affluent individuals in developing specialized wealth management plans. “I am fortunate to work with people who have created or inherited great wealth, teaching them to manage it in ways that allow them to leave a personally meaningful legacy,” says Jacquet, who was recently named to Barron’s inaugural list of the “Top 100 Women Financial Advisors” in the United States. “This role encompasses much of what I learned as an education student. It is work I’m good at and enjoy. And it is a way of helping people.”

Jacquet also uses her financial skills to benefit others in her role as treasurer of City Harvest, a nonprofit food rescue organization in New York City that collects excess food from restaurants, grocery stores, and other businesses, and distributes it to soup kitchens and other agencies that feed hungry people. City Harvest also provides education about health and nutrition to the working poor. “I don’t deliver the food, but I am involved on the financial side, to make sure we can do what we’ve committed to,” Jacquet says. “I’m very proud of that work.” She is also proud of her family: daughter Jennifer, a music therapist in New York City; daughter Julie, a college sophomore; and husband Jacques, a French-born interior designer whose projects have included hospitality consulting, theater sets, and a center for abused children.

School of Education Dean Douglas Biklen G’73 has worked extensively this year with Jacquet, who is a member of the school’s Board of Visitors and chair of its development committee. “Sharon cares deeply about education,” Biklen says. “She is inquisitive, full of energy, and impatient to make the world a better place. The School of Education is lucky to have her on its side.”

Jacquet believes her success in the financial field and respect for teachers allows her to bring a unique perspective to her advisory role with the school. “I am thrilled to work with the School of Education and to help it grow in visibility. It’s a fabulous place,” she says. “I believe educators are the most important people in our society, yet they are paid the least of any service provider. I think that is a shame, and I’d like to work to change it.”

 

Augusta Cecconi-Bates ’56, G’60 »

Augusta’s Aria

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While many people march to the beat of their own drum, Augusta Cecconi-Bates takes it a step further—she writes the tune. With more than 300 musical compositions performed in New York City, Italy, Austria, and Canada to her credit, Cecconi-Bates has made a lot of noise in the composing business—and it’s music to her “years.” In 2002, she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in music for “Essences of the North Country.” She has done commissioned work for Norman Rockwell and is currently working on a deal with Cirque du Soleil. “I guess if you live long enough, you can succeed,” she says with a laugh.

It has been a long road for Cecconi-Bates, who grew up in an opera-loving family of Italian immigrants on Syracuse’s North Side. She had a desire to make music before most children learn to add and subtract, and her fervor for composing took shape at SU, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in humanities and a master’s degree in music history. “My education expanded my horizons beyond description,” she says. “That is a very defining moment in anyone’s life.”

After several years of teaching elementary school music in Syracuse city schools and elsewhere, she decided to move from writing operas for her kindergartners to advancing her growing list of compositions on the world stage. “It was like I was beating my head against a stone wall,” she says. “Art is long and life is short, and publishers want to wait till you’re dead.” She even walked away from it all in 1998, but a personal renaissance of ambition reclaimed her. In the end, echoes of her childhood beckoned her back to the piano bench. “The call to write music is just too strong,” says Cecconi-Bates, who lives in Cape Vincent, New York. “It gnaws at you.”

A life a cappella could never suit her—not then, not now. Today, she is involved in another ongoing project—developing her opera, Molly Brant, the story of an influential Mohawk loyal to the British crown. College of Visual and Performing Arts professor and soprano Eileen Strempel, who performed in the opera’s title role last summer, describes Cecconi-Bates as a woman of “relentless energy.”

And it seems the energy of that little 6-year-old at the piano still propels her. “If you have a gift, you have to use it,” Cecconi-Bates says. “It’s a good thing I’ve lived long enough to appreciate it a second time.”

 

Michael Singletary ’72 »

Multimedia, Multitalented

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Michael Singletary is an artist with more than 200 exhibitions to his credit (michaelsingletary.com). His paintings have been shown at the Whitney, auctioned at Sotheby’s, and collected by the Library of Congress. Best known for his many portraits of jazz greats, Singletary recently created Katrina Jazz Suite, a series of portraits of New Orleans musicians, with portions of the proceeds going to survivors of the catastrophic hurricane. Singletary is also a radio producer for CBS, with thousands of broadcast hours to his credit, including programs featuring such well-known personalities as Mike Wallace, Martha Stewart, and John Madden. Unusual? Not for an SU painting student who took courses at the Newhouse School.

“I knew art was in me since childhood,” Singletary says. “I started weekend art classes in the third grade and went to the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan.” With a deeply “tracked” education already behind him, Singletary turned down offers from several A-list art schools. “I chose Syracuse because I wanted to grow,” he says. “My courses opened me to the possibilities of photography, drama, film, and broadcast production. I couldn’t get enough of new things.” As a junior, he won a Damrosch Scholarship to the École des Beaux-Arts in Fontainebleau, France, which he counts among the most enriching experiences of his life. “It changed me,” he says. “I learned new ways to think about art and discovered how fully art is integrated into everyday life. I’d wake up and feel like I was jumping into a canvas.”

While achieving a level of success most painters might envy, Singletary pursued a full-time career in broadcasting with equally impressive results. Working first in television, he held key production positions with The CBS Evening News and The NFL Today. When the whirlwind demands of television began to interfere with painting, Singletary moved over to radio, where he produces many of the most popular features for CBS all-news stations. “Not only are the hours better, but radio is a more intimate, imaginative medium,” he says.

Does Singletary consider his dual career in the most visual and least visual of media unconventional? “Not really,” he says. “In addition to painting and radio, I’ve acted on stage and done every kind of job on a film set. It all comes down to this: production is production.”

 

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