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Looking out across the Bay of Naples to the lovely old town of Sorrento, Jerry Estes ’51, G’70 vowed one day to return. Estes made that promise in 1944 from the deck of a U.S. Navy destroyer. More than half a century later, he returned to Sorrento with his wife, June Krause Estes ’94, to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. “I wanted to show Junie the Isle of Capri,” says Estes. “It’s by far the most beautiful island in the Mediterranean.”
      Last summer the couple attended Alumni College in Sorrento, located in Italy’s sun-drenched province of Campania. Daily excursions throughout the southern region of Italy and informative educational programs led by SU history professor Kenneth Pennington were part of the nine-day trip sponsored by the Syracuse University Alumni Association. “Each day had a different educational focus,” says Jerry Estes. “Before heading to the excavated city of Pompeii, we discussed the volcanic destruction of the city in 79 A.D. and knew just what to look for as we walked through the ancient ruins.”
      Ether highlights included a walking tour of Sorrento with its romantic cafes and lush lemon groves, a visit to the world-renowned Archeological Museum in Naples, a tour of the lavish 18th-century Royal Palace of Caserta, and a drive along the spectacular Amalfi coast. Scanning the coastal cliffs of Positano, the Esteses marveled at the colorful villas clinging to steep slopes with clusters of bougainvillea cascading down to the sea. “The bougainvillea blossoms are bright pink and magenta, and the sea is a deep shade of crystal-clear blue,” says June Estes. “I can see why this magnificent coastline has inspired poets and playwrights for centuries.”
      The Esteses agree their wedding anniversary trip to Sorrento was first class all the way. And even though it took more than five decades to return, Jerry Estes says he’s glad he followed the call of that old familiar song, ‘Come Back to Sorrento.’ “Or as they say in southern Italy,” adds June, “Torna a Surriento.”

John Mikolasko '50 of Naples, Florida, shows his support for "SYRCUSE" with this Sunshine State plate. JD. Tessier '75, G'78, of DeWitt, New York, is director of the University's Housing and Food Services Maintenance Zone and proud owner of a "GO QUSE" plate, complete with an SU license frame. Kristi Druebert Schmidt '89 of Long Beach, California, displays her pride in her alma mater with this "EX CUSE" plate and SU alumni license frame.

Great art, good friends, and Italian cuisine took center stage at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Florence program sponsored by the Division of International Programs Abroad (DIPA). The festivities, held last spring at the Villa Rossa in Florence, Italy, reunited former students, faculty, program directors, and host families in a four-day event that culminated a nine-month series of anniversary celebrations held in Syracuse, New York City, and San Francisco. Thirty-five Florence alumni shared four decades of memories, enjoyed gourmet picnics in the courtyard garden, took part in tours and lectures on art and architecture, and visited local art studios as part of the reunion activities.
      Locating Florence alumni after so many years was a daunting task for DIPA staff. “We searched the Internet, used old student records to contact parents, and relied on good-old-fashioned word of mouth to find as many former students as possible,” says Sue Shane, assistant to the director of DIPA. “After months of work, we had updated more than 1,800 addresses of former Florence participants.”
      Anniversary celebrations for other DIPA sites are now in the planning stages, including the 25th anniversary of the London program in 2003. If you would like to help organize events; search for friends, faculty, and host families; or simply add your name to the mailing list, contact SueEllen Wilson-Gorman by telephone at 315-443-9416, via e-mail at, or visit the DIPA web site at

For information on future alumni travel opportunities, contact Tina Casella in the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-SUALUMS or e-mail

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