Back by popular demand: a summer weekend at SU's Minnowbrook Conference Center on Blue Mountain Lake in New York's Adirondack Mountains. From July 23 to 25 you can listen to two experts discuss "The Anatomy of a Storm." Award-winning geography professor Mark Monmonier and economics professor emeritus James Price will approach the subject from two different directions. There will be walking tours, socializing, and great meals, all in a spectacular setting. The weekend is sponsored by the SU Alumni Club of Central New York, Syracuse University Alumnae Club, and Office of Alumni Relations. For more information, call Tina Casella at 800-SUALUMS (782-5867) or 315-443-9202; Ellie Ludwig at 315-682-9863; or Allene Ayling at 315-457-0363.
COMING FULL CIRCLE
Several years ago the Houston alumni club was searching for an activity with a sense of purpose and service to the University. According to past president Debbie Fritsche '74, they found it by supporting the Alumni Representative Program.
The program, organized by SU's Office of Admissions, enlists alumni to attend college fairs in their hometowns, disseminate information about Syracuse, and gather prospective students' names.
Former men's lacrosse coach Roy Simmons Jr. '59 (third from right) was honored at the annual Washington, D.C. , area SU Sports Night. He was joined by master of ceremonies and football and lacrosse alumnus Jim Ridlon '57 (third from left) and (left to right) head football coach Paul Pasqualoni, women's basketball coach Marianna Freeman, men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim '66, women's lacrosse coach Lisa Miller, and men's lacrosse coach John Desko '79.
"We decided to make attending college nights the center of our club's activities," says Fritsche, who coordinates the effort. "In each of the last three years we've gone to 20 to 25 fairs and sent in more than 1,000 contact cards. We can see the effect in the increased number of acceptances from the Houston area."
Club members follow up with an annual New Student Send-Off, to which they also invite returning students and give scholarships for textbooks in the form of TexBucks to several juniors and seniors. When students graduate from the University and come back to Houston, the club gives them a year's free membership.
Aaron Wische '97, a news producer at Fox affiliate KRIV-TV who received one of those awards, has come full circle. He attends college nights in Houston as an alumni representative. "I like being an alumni rep," he says. "I'm proud of Syracuse and it's good for high school students to talk to someone close to their age. I can answer questions about the campus and life at Syracuse now."|
Fritsche adds: "Our participation demonstrates some of the University's most important core values. We care and we give back to the University. It shows prospective students what Syracuse is all about."
Recently 16 alumni club presidents completed their terms of office (for some, several terms!). Over the years they have provided our clubs around the country with exceptional leadership and inspiration. We thank them for their unfailing commitment.
Boston Claire Grimble '91
Central Virginia Carolyn
Chicago Jeff Levitt '81
Dallas Jackie Britt '44
Houston Barry White Jr. '91
Indianapolis Juri Tults '80
Las Vegas Rob Kessler '73
Long Island Mary Berhang '74
Minneapolis Melissa Knoll
New Jersey, Northern Russell
New York City Fred
North Carolina Lauren
Northern California Jean
Philadelphia Bill Gehrman '92
TampaKeith Ebenholtz G'92
Washington, D.C. Dina