YOUNG ALUMNI COUNCIL|
The first years after graduation are filled with changes. But that doesn't have to mean saying goodbye to SUat least not completely. To help recent graduates maintain their University connections, the Office of Alumni Relations created the Young Alumni Council. "It's a tumultuous, challenging, and exciting time," says Gwen Moran '88, who represents the council on the Alumni Board. "Once you leave the University, it's easy to lose touch. Yet in many ways, Commencement is the beginning of a whole new relationship with SU."
"The council's aim is to expand opportunities for young alumni in the life of SU, and to increase communication between the University and its young alumni population," says Scott Setek of the Office of Alumni Relations. "It also gives alumni an opportunity to serve the University by recruiting potential students and performing community service."
Rob Luzzi '89 says the council can serve as a stepping stone for younger alumni. By targeting this age group, the University keeps recent graduates involved with the campus during the transitional years instead of having to reconnect later. "They are busy trying to establish themselves, but I think it is important to target these alumni," Luzzi says.
Jeff Quebec '94 is convinced that younger alumni are eager to stay involved. "They want to do something," he says, "but they often can't contribute in a financial way, at least not with what they consider to be a sizable donation. This is a way for them to remain strong in their school spirit."
Homecoming brings members of many SU organizations together once again. Alumni cheerleaders, led by Warren "Cookie" Kimble '57, kneeling at the far right of the front row, look forward to cheering on SU, as they did at last year's event.
Council members apply their talents through a number of committees: advancement, admissions, career advancement, marketing, programming, and young alumnisix key areas in which recent graduates can help SU. "It is another way for the University to get the word out there," Luzzi says.
Quebec, a member of the Boston Area Alumni Club, chairs the admissions committee. He enjoys sharing his SU experiences with prospective students. "It makes a big difference when kids can talk to someone who has actually been there," he says. "They can get a better idea of what it is like."
Members of the Young Alumni Council are always on the lookout for new recruits, a difficult task when career changes often keep recent graduates on the move. "We're looking for anyone who's out there," Quebec says. "I think the Young Alumni Council is an organization the University is rightfully putting a lot of emphasis on."
Moran says this focus will continue. A council newsletter is in the works, and recent mailings have been successful in generating interest. "A relationship with Syracuse is a living, breathing thing," she says. "We need to communicate that."
For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-SUALUMS.
HOMECOMING '99 OCTOBER 29-31
This year Homecoming Weekend comes a little earlier than usual, and the Office of Alumni Relations promises another fun-filled schedule of events. Of course football will top the agenda, with the Orangemen taking on Boston College at the Carrier Dome. Last year's exciting Homecoming game ended with a touchdown pass in the final seconds.
The classes of 1984, 1989, and 1994 will celebrate their Reunions during this year's Homecoming, following the successful format implemented last year. Come back to campus and enjoy a lecture, or make plans to meet classmates and old friends. Don't miss out on a fabulous weekend! Anyone wishing to help with any of the Homecoming Reunion events is encouraged to get involved. Your suggestions are always welcome at the Office of Alumni Relations. Call 1-800-SUALUMS, or visit our web page at http://www.syracuse. edu/alumni/whatsnew.html
For those anxious to fill out their calendars, keep June 2-4, 2000 in mind. That's when Reunion Weekend 2000 will bring people back to campus. We'll keep you posted through the Internet and Syracuse University Magazine. Volunteers are needed. Call 1-800-SUALUMS (782-5867) or 315-443-3258; e-mail: