"SYRAQS" cleverly proclaims the license plate of Ronald J. Wood '89 of East Petersburg, Pennsylvania, top. Juri A. Tults '80 of Indianapolis boasts a short but meaningful "CUSE."
Perched on a picturesque, treed hillside in Jamesville, New York, The Nottingham retirement community is a state-of-the-art facility that serves as hearth and home for more than 270 Central New York retirees, including close to 40 Syracuse University alumni, friends, and emeriti faculty members.
Because these residents feel such strong ties to SU, the Office of Alumni Relations teamed with Jenney Samuelson, director of lifestyles at The Nottingham, to create the Syracuse University Initiative at The Nottingham, a program that fosters engaging activities for residents.
Introduced last fall, the initiative includes humanistic studies courses taught by SU faculty, University-sponsored Institute for Retired Professionals meetings, musical performances by SU students, and such special events as an alumni reception and cooking demonstration. Residents also are encouraged to visit the SU campus, where they have attended concerts at Hendricks Chapel and a luncheon at the Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center.
"Our goal is to stimulate interaction between residents and the communities they have been involved with all their lives, and to encourage continued cognitive growth and development," Samuelson says. "Thanks to SU, this initiative is helping us accomplish both."
In 1998, SUs Capital District Alumni Club in Albany, New York, teamed with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York to help organize a fund-raising event. Three years later, the two organizations continue working side by side to assist the regions hungry and homeless.
"The Regional Food Bank is an amazing organization," says Patricia Hernandez 57, president of the capital district club. "It serves 23 counties in northeastern New York, collecting and distributing food to more than 825 charitable agencies. So when the food bank contacted us to help with a fund-raiser, we agreed to do all we could."
That fund-raiser became Party for a Plate, an annual event that is part fund-raiser, part alumni get-together. Today more than 15 alumni associations are involved in the event, each inviting its members and friends to purchase a $25 ticket and participate in an evening of food tasting (food is supplied by local restaurants), live music, auctions, and drawings. The SU club remains the largest alumni group involved in the event.
"Last year the Food Bank provided 14 million pounds of food to soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries, rehabilitation programs, senior and day care centers, and many other places," Hernandez says. "The fund-raiser helps the Food Banks efforts, but we dont stop there. Our members make their own donations of food and personal care items, and we help stock and sort items for distribution."
Other clubs interested in learning more about Party for a Plate can contact Patricia Hernandez at 518-862-0916.
This past spring the Office of Alumni Relations launched an online community exclusively for SU alumni. The community, free of charge, features an all-inclusive alumni directory so you can keep in touch with your friends from Syracuse. Once registered online with a protected password, you can edit your own information and receive a permanent e-mail forwarding address that will follow you wherever you go. This will allow you to receive the latest information about alumni events from alumni relations. You can visit the web site at www.syracuse.edu/alumni for more details.
Also, be sure to update your contact information, including your e-mail address, by calling 800-SUALUMS or 315-443-3258; e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org; or visiting the online community web site.