In Fairfield, Connecticut, they know it, every time they pass Ted Meyer's office. All across the United States they know it, whenever they hear Carol Auerbach Saline give a speech. These two people wear their Orange with pride.
"I've got my furry Otto the Orange right on my door," says Meyer '95, project leader in corporate media relations for General Electric. He received a dual bachelor's degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the School of Management. "Whenever there's a big game, or SU is in the playoffs, I show up wearing my bright orange tie."
Meyer is not alone among GE employees; Trustee Joyce Hergenhan '63 and Carla Fischer '87 often join him in an informal cheering section. What's more, he and Fischer return to campus four or five times a year to recruit for GE.
"I'm proud of my education at Syracuse," says Meyer, who was Newhouse's Class Marshal at his Commencement. "I received a great education that got me the best job possible. I want everyone to know I went to Syracuse."
Saline, who received a dual English and journalism degree in 1961, is senior writer at Philadelphia magazine, author of six books-two of them best-sellers-and a popular national lecturer.
"I've just completed Best Friends, part of a trilogy of photo essay collaborations, and speak often about books, sisters, mothers and daughters, and women's relationships," she says. "Whenever I'm introduced, my hosts always say I graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University. I like being identified with SU. I take pride in it."
Showing your pride in Syracuse is easy to do. Tell people you graduated from the University. Decorate your work space with SU memorabilia. Wear an SU sweatshirt or T-shirt to casual activities, and outfit your children and grandchildren in them. Sport a Syracuse umbrellayou'll be amazed at who comes up and introduces themselves, whether you're on Main Street, Fifth Avenue, or the Champs-Elysees. At professional appointments, carry a notebook with the SU seal. And whatever you do, don't forget that orange scarf or tie!
INSIDER'S LOOK AT SU|
Curious about SU's past? If you're retired, have a few free hours a week, or are just looking for a fascinating inside glimpse at the people and events that shaped Syracuse University, the people in University Archives have a project for you.
Archives needs volunteers to help organize more than 15,000 boxes of historical records, 500,000 visual images, 2,500 films and videotapes, 75 file drawers of clippings, and other SU-related material.
SU travelers to Russia marveled at the Church of the Transfiguration on Kizhi Island, which was built entirely without nails by, or so legend says, one man using only an ax. It contains 30,000 shingles on 22 separate cupolas.
Projects include planning and mounting exhibits, cataloging photographs, doing research on former SU buildings, sorting posters and architectural drawings, and entering computer data. Archives personnel can plan the tasks around your schedule; you can work long term or on a project-by-project basis.
To find out more contact Ed Galvin, University Archivist, at 315-443-9760 or e-mail
TRAVELS WITH SU
Almost no one speaks English and all the signs are in Cyrillic. There's no Ticketmaster, so you must know the local system to get museum or theater tickets. Once you venture outside the main cities, finding accommodations-even transportation-isn't easy.
"Going to Russia isn't a vacation, it's an adventure," says Peter Gray, associate director of SU's Center for Support of Teaching and Learning. Gray, who's made several trips to Russia and frequently entertains Russian students at SU, helped lead SU travelers on last summer's Journey of the Czars, a two-week exploration on the waterways of Russia.
The alumni joined several other university and professional groups aboard the intimate 302-passenger Novikov Priboy. "This was an educational tour with lectures and demonstrations aboard ship, so we all had a lot in common," Gray says. "It was a most congenial group."
Their adventure started in St. Petersburg, where travelers were treated to a private performance by the Kirov Ballet. "The program was arranged by our guides, who were extraordinarily knowledgeable and well connected," Gray says. "It took place in Catherine the Great's theater in the Hermitage."|
After travelers explored the city, their ship wound its way to Lake Ladoga and through a series of locks in the Russian countryside. As they voyaged down the Volga River and then the Moscow River, travelers visited Kizhi Island, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, and Uglich, passing small villages where they stopped to visit historic sites.
"This is territory many Russians never see because it's so difficult to reach," Gray says. "Transportation here is almost nonexistent and there is no place to stay. But on a cruise, you have your hotel with you."
In the village of Irma, for instance, voyagers found one enterprising woman who had set up a small breakfast cafe. "We had sweet cakes, tea, and a shot of vodka," Gray laughs. "Everyone gave her a couple of American dollarsa lot of money for a Russian."
The differences in Moscow in just a few years astonished Gray. "Tverskaya Street is unbelievable, with beautiful store facades like those you see in Paris and London," he says. "Our guides showed us all the sights. Most powerful is the famous Red Square, where we saw St. Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's Tomb, and the Kremlin. Underneath the square is an incredible shopping center. It's pure capitalism within this bastion of communism."
Jim G'41 and Gerry Sundquist of Arlington, Virginia, found the trip exotic. "We saw something beyond the usual tourist sights," he says. "When we got home, everyone asked us if the food was edible. It was. Even the meals we had off the ship were good. There's lots of entrepreneurship in the restaurant business."
Sundquist and his wife have switched over to traveling with alumni groups. "We don't want to make our own arrangements," he explains. "With a group your luggage is handled from beginning to end, your meals are arranged, and the company is good. You don't have to do anything except show up. It's a great way to see the world."
For further information on SU travel, contact Tina Casella at the Office of Alumni Relations, 800-SUALUMS (782-5867); or 315-443-9202; or visit the web site at http://sumweb.syr.edu/ alumni/tours.html
Jim G'41 and Gerry Sundquist of Arlington, Virginia, decided to have breakfast at this unexpected home cafe in Irma.