Tradition of Giving
As Syracuse University alumni, we are fortunate to have fond memories
of our years together on campus and the many unforgettable traditions
that connect us to our alma mater. For every generation of SU students,
some old traditions end and new ones begin, changing to meet the
needs of our society and campus environment.
Gone are the
days of the Colgate University football rivalry, parades with elaborate
floats, and cars backed up along Greek Row as city residents motored
up to the Hill to view the ice sculpture competition. Yet other
traditions—such as listening to the Crouse College chimes on the
Quad, welcoming the first snowfall with a snowball fight in Walnut
Park, heading to the Varsity after a victorious football game to
upend the banner of the vanquished opponent, or celebrating at the
Commencement Eve Dinner Dance—live on and unite us all.
What is your
most cherished SU tradition? Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
and share your story. We will post some of your reflections on the
alumni web site at www.syracuse.edu/alumni
and periodically include one in this section of Syracuse University
I look forward
to hearing from you and learning more about the exciting traditions
that helped build our wonderful University.
Breul O’Rourke ’77
Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations
is the first in a series of stories about multigenerational
Liza Dalrymple ’83 feels virtually no separation between Syracuse
University and her family, which boasts three generations of SU
alumni—1900 to 1983.
Dalrymple’s grandfather, Hermon Horatio Downey—believed to be the
first person from his hometown of Akron, New York to attend college—chose
Syracuse University for his studies. He graduated with a bachelor’s
degree in 1900 and began a family tradition. “Twelve people in my
family followed my grandfather’s lead and attended SU,” Dalrymple
Downey, a Methodist minister who taught poetry at SU, had one child,
Vivian, who graduated from SU in 1922. After his first wife died,
Downey and his second wife, Mary Wyckoff, had three children, all
of whom graduated from SU: Beverly earned a bachelor’s degree in
1944 and a master’s degree in 1945; Joanne’s undergraduate degree
was conferred in 1948; and Bradford graduated in 1949.
Hermon Downey’s extended family also followed him to SU. His nephews,
Hermon and Wilfred Swift, earned SU degrees in the 1920s. Another
nephew, Paul William Downey, attended the University, but left to
fight in World War I. Unfortunately he contracted influenza and
died on his way home from the war.
On a brighter note, romance blossomed at Syracuse University for
two of Downey’s children. Bradford Downey met his wife, Gertrude
Roney ’50, on the Hill. Joanne Downey and Stanley Dalrymple ’52
met at SU and were married in a Hendricks Chapel ceremony performed
by Hermon Downey the day before he retired.
The Dalrymples’ daughters, Mary Jo Dalrymple Riley ’80, the first
woman to receive a crew scholarship to SU, and her sister Liza Dalrymple
’83, pledged Alpha Gamma Delta and were roommates in the same sorority
house they had visited as children. “After my grandfather, Hermon
Downey, died, my grandmother, Mary Wyckoff Downey, was Alpha Gamma
Delta’s house mother from 1958 until 1976, Liza Dalrymple
says. “When we visited her, we went to the sorority house. Every
year, 30 members of our family had Thanksgiving dinner at the house
and stayed the weekend. It’s like I grew up on campus. It’s home
As the latest generation of Downey’s family comes of age, Liza Dalrymple
looks to them to carry on the family tradition at Syracuse. “We
hope my sister’s daughter decides to go to SU,” she says. “That
would be great.”
Johnson Hurlburt ’61 and Sid Hurlburt ’61, center, of Reston,
Virginia, were honored during Homecoming Weekend 2001 for
their active support of Syracuse University. Offering congratulations
are Debbie Fritsche ’74, left, SU trustee and alumni association
president, and Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw. Other award recipients
included Leonard Elman ’52 and Alfred Cade G’65, outstanding
alumni; Susan Schwenderman ’87, outstanding young alumna;
and Jim Ridlon ’57, G’61, outstanding teacher.
the streets of Havana to Hemingway’s estate in San Francisco De
Paula, Lee Anthon ’56 was finally able to explore the historic sights
and culture of Cuba. Under a bright blue Caribbean sky in mid-February,
she joined a group of SU alumni and friends on a six-day trip to
Cuba, sponsored by the Syracuse University Alumni Association. “I
had an opportunity to visit Cuba three years ago, but my passport
expired, and I had to cancel my trip,” Anthon says. “I figured I
would go to Cuba eventually—I just didn’t think I’d be able to go
so soon after that.”
Not many Americans have been as fortunate as Anthon. Because Cuba
is a communist country, the U.S. government has placed restrictions
on Americans spending travel money there. However, a cultural or
educational tour, such as the SU alumni tour, is exempt from those
SU tour host Gary Livent, senior director of external relations
in the Maxwell School, says there were plenty of opportunities during
the trip to stroll the streets of Havana and interact with Cuban
citizens. “We found the Cuban people to be quite friendly,” says
Livent. “We didn’t pick up any anti-American feelings at all, and
no animosity was directed toward us.”
Group members, including SU Board of Trustees Chairman Joseph Lampe
’53, G’55 and his wife Shawn, attended a lecture presented by U.S.
State Department representatives, who discussed America’s political
relationship with Cuba. Each morning the group attended lectures
on Cuban culture, covering such topics as art, agriculture, and
architecture. “The lectures gave us background information so we
could appreciate and understand what we were going to see later
on that day,” Livent says. “Following the lecture on architecture,
we toured buildings in Havana dating back to the 17th century.”
For Anthon, one of the trip’s highlights was a visit to the Colon
Cemetery, which holds the remains of great figures in Cuban history.
She was impressed with the cemetery’s decorative marble and tombstones
and fascinated by the stories of the people buried there. “It is
the most beautiful cemetery,” says Anthon, who is already planning
another trip to Cuba. “The trip was fantastic and really worthwhile.
I’m glad I had the opportunity to go.”
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Cuban artisan weaves hats in Havanas Cathedral Square.
Green ’86, G’94, right, former SU head football coach Dick
MacPherson, and former NFL quarterback Steve Young celebrate
Green’s and Young’s inductions into the College Football
Hall of Fame at a ceremony held at the Waldorf Astoria in
New York City last winter.
Your Local Alumni club!
WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET INVOLVED with
your local alumni club. Clubs participate in a variety of activities,
including game-watching events, networking opportunities, new student
recruiting, and community service projects.
Visit the Office of Alumni Relations web site at:
The Programs link on our home page will take you to the club pages.
There you will find a complete listing of all our regional and specialty
clubs, as well as the club contact’s name, phone number, and e-mail
address. For information on the club nearest you, contact the person
listed or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-782-5867.
Sorkin, a 1983 graduate of the Department of Drama in the
College of Visual and Performing Arts, received the George
Arents Pioneer Medal, Syracuse Universitys highest
alumni honor. Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw, Mary Ann Shaw,
and the SU Alumni Association presented the award to Sorkin
last fall at an event held at the Museum of Television and
Radio in Beverly Hills, California, in recognition of his
accomplishments in the field of dramatic writing. Sorkin
is the creator, writer, and executive producer of the Emmy
Award-winning NBC drama The West Wing. His playwriting and
screenwriting credits include A Few Good Men, Malice, and
The American President.
Office of Alumni Relations held a contest to name SU’s pregame events—and
the winner is: “Orange Friendzy.” The office is now in the process
of selecting a location to hold the Orange Friendzy events two hours
before kickoff of every home football game next season. All Orange
Pack members, SU alumni, patrons, and friends are encouraged to
stop by. Don’t forget Homecoming Weekend, October 4-6, 2002.
Orange Friendzies are also planned for five of SU’s away football
games—Brigham Young, Auburn, Temple, Central Florida, and Boston
College. All Orange Friendzy events will be co-sponsored by Orange
Pack and the Office of Alumni Relations. Event details will be posted
on the alumni relations web site (www.syracuse.edu/alumni)
as soon as they are available.
you are 18 years old and about to leave family, friends, and warm
Atlanta winters behind to travel 1,000 miles north to attend Syracuse
University. Starting to get cold feet? That’s when Rick Stockfield
’92, G’94 and the SU Alumni Club of Atlanta come to the rescue.
Stockfield and his wife, Mindy ’93, resurrected the former SU Alumni
Club of Georgia to bring together alumni who can help break the
ice and ease the transition for incoming freshmen from the Atlanta
area. The group, now called the SU Alumni Club of Atlanta, sponsors
a send-off party in the home of an alumnus every August to prepare
rookie students for the SU experience. “There’s a comfort factor
in the program,” says Mindy Stockfield. “Incoming freshmen meet
with SU alumni and current students to swap stories. It’s run as
a question-and-answer session, and people offer honest responses.”
In addition to the annual send-off party, the club gathers at a
local brewery to cheer on the Orangemen during televised football
and basketball games; brings in campus speakers to address some
of the 2,000 Atlanta-area alumni on a variety of topics; hosts a
networking night in February; and holds an annual dinner each spring.
Through its activities and special fund-raising drives, the club
supports an annual scholarship for an SU upperclassman.
As its slogan suggests, the club invites all Atlanta-area alumni
to “Come Share in Something Familiar” and reconnect with a vibrant
part of their past. For more information, visit www.suacoa.com.
Louis Orr ’80, former SU basketball star and assistant coach and
current head basketball coach at Seton Hall University, was honored
with the Syracuse University New York City Sports Hall of Fame Award.
The award was presented to Orr by Joseph Lampe ’53, G’55, chair
of SU’s Board of Trustees, at an event held at the New York Athletic
Club in Manhattan. More than 300 SU alumni were welcomed to the
event by former SU quarterback Don McPherson ’87. The master of
ceremonies for the evening was sportscaster Ian Eagle ’90.
The SU Alumni Association Board of Directors
met for its spring meeting at Greenberg House in Washington,
D.C. Front row, left to right: Don Doerr ’85, G’88, Arlene
Bluestone ’55, Ellen Baker Baltz ’73, Lori Zisk Rosner
’76, Joanne Fogel Alper ’72, Debbie Fritsche ’74, Shereth
Landrum Coble ’64, Brad Glazer G’76, Lil Breul O'Rourke
’77; middle row: Donald McPherson ’87, Jonathan Hoster
’02, Heather McCumber Landesman ’95, Neil Gold ’70, Walter
Bobkiewicz G’89, Greg Wilson ’80, Jim Winschel ’71, G’73;
back row: David Aitken ’94, Lou Walker ’75, G’82, Dan
Kaseman ’80, Robert Woodruff ’73, Ben Green ’85.
Alumni Club of the Year: Alumni Club of Chicago.
2001 Alumni Club Program of the Year: Alumni Club of the Capital
District for its involvement in Party for a Plate to support the
regional food bank in Albany, New York.
2001 Alumni Club Officer of the Year: Dawn Armstrong of the Alumni
Club of Arizona.
2001 Alumni Club Community Service Award: Alumni Club of Western
New York for its work with the Akron Relay for Life kickoff breakfast.
of Sotira Yiacoumi
Eight L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science
alumni met in Seoul,
South Korea, last year. Standing, left to right, are: Chang-Upp
Choo G’93, professor at Hansung University; Yongwon Jung
G’91, professor and department chair at Inha University;
Joong S. Noh G’89, vice president of LG-Caltex Oil Corp.;
and Jongheop Yi G’91, professor at Seoul National University.
Seated, left ot right, are: Hge-Bong Kim; Sotira Yiacoumi
G’87, G’92, professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology;
Costas Tsouris G’88, G’92, researcher at Oak Ridge National
Laboratory; Jae-Heum Bae G’85, G’89, dean of engineering
at the University of Suwon; and Tai J. Kim G’86, professor
at the University of Suwon and president of Biotel Company.
alumni club presidents, Christopher Root of Washington, D.C., and
Alison Nathan of Cleveland, recently completed their terms of office.
We thank them for their continuing commitment.
Vice Chancellor and Provost Deborah A. Freund talks with
Bill Archbold ’50, left, and Chris Fallon G’72 following an event
sponsored by the Philadelphia Alumni Club to update alumni on
the University’s Academic Plan.
information on alumni
travel opportunities, contact Tina Casella
in the Office of Alumni Relations at
1-800-SUALUMS or e-mail email@example.com.
Let Us Know
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your updated personal information for the new Syracuse University
Alumni Directory which will be available in December. Please
complete and return the personal data form as soon as possible to
ensure that your alumni directory information is accurate. For more
information, contact Harris Publishers at 1-800-877-6554 or
If you want information on:
The SU Alumni Online Community
The SU alumni club in your area
Visit the Office of Alumni Relations web site at
and click on the appropriate link, or call 1-800-SUALUMS (782-5867).
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