to Lead Alumni Relations
Donald C. Doerr 85, G88 has been named assistant vice
president for alumni relations at Syracuse University, beginning
February 1. Having benefited from a remarkable SU education
and overall experience, I am honored to lead the Office of Alumni
Relations, says Doerr, a graduate of the College of Arts and
Sciences and the College of Law. We have some of the best
alums in the world, and I am excited to develop positive relationships
between our alumni and our University. The future of SU, in many
ways, is truly dependent upon their commitment. I look forward to
the opportunity of serving our University and reaching out to as
many alumni as possible.
currently a partner in the Syracuse law firm of McDermott, Doerr
& Britt, PC, brings to the position 15 years of legal practice
experience and 12 years of volunteer activity with five different
SU alumni organizations. In 2003, Doerr was named president of the
SU Alumni Association and a member of the Universitys Board
of Trustees. He will leave both positions and his law practice to
assume his new job. Don Doerr is, indeed, a doer, Chancellor
Kenneth A. Shaw says. He has at numerous times and in numerous
ways showed his love for his University, and he will provide the
leadership that is needed in the years ahead.
addition to his roles on the Board of Trustees and with the Alumni
Association, Doerr has served on the SU College of Law Board of
Visitors since 1990 and has held leadership roles in the SU Law
Alumni Association and the SU Alumni Club of Central New York. Don
has been a dedicated supporter of the Alumni Association for years,
generously devoting his time and rising up to its presidency,
says Board of Trustees Chair Joe Lampe 53, G55. He
is a perfect fit for the position, and I am very confident in him.
resides in DeWitt, New York, with his wife, Maria, and has two stepsons.
Center Opens at Lubin House
40 years, Lubin House has served as a gathering place for
alumni in the New York City area. Now alumni can access
important SU information or just sit and relax in the new
Alumni Resource Center. Located on the second floor of Lubin
House, the center offers a computer with Internet hookup;
information on career services, alumni events, and development
opportunities; and complimentary coffee, tea, and cold drinks.
For more information, contact Jane Henn, director of metropolitan
alumni programs, at 212-826-6504..
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 contactís
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.
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 www.syracuse.edu/alumni
and click on the appropriate link, or call 1-800-SUALUMS (782-5867)
the Winter Blues
winter 1957, the City of Syracuse was blanketed with 143 inches
of snow, and the average temperature hovered in the low 20s. That
winter, Fred Scholl 58, G62 and his Sigma Nu fraternity
brothers spent weeks creating two snow penguins, which towered close
to 15 feet high over the lawn of their fraternity house. Its
a very involved process, Scholl says. You have to pack
the snow, ice it, sculpt it, and mix up large batches of food dye
to color it. According to Scholl, braving harsh weather conditions
to create the icy art was the in thing to do. Along
with the penguins, larger-than-life snow sculptures of gorillas,
whales, hippos, elephants, and bears adorned the SU campus.
snow sculpture contest, a student favorite among the traditions
in SUs Winter Carnival, brought members of fraternities, sororities,
and residence halls together in the spirit of friendly competition.
Winter Carnival created a great sense of community both within
the school and in the surrounding neighborhoods, says Scholl,
who remembers local residents driving around the University area
to admire the snow sculptures.
Winter Carnival began in 1933 as a brief celebration before the
onset of exams. Slated for late January or early February, it was
often postponedat times by up to three weeksdue to uncooperative
weather. Over the years, the carnival developed into a four-day
festival that included such activities as the snow sculpture contest;
ice skating; sledding; and downhill, slalom, and cross-country skiing.
In later years, a ski jump and an obstacle course for skiers and
skaters were added.
sculpture photos by Fred Scholl 58, G62
snow sculpture contest was a popular part of Winter
Carnival. At top: winter 1957 featured snow penguins
at the Sigma Nu fraternity house,(above) a rollercoaster
frozen in motion, and a life-sized snow carousel. At
right, Marty Glickman 39, left, and musician Tex
Beneke crown 1950 carnival queen Sylvia Fleishman Medalie
of SU Archives
the wintry fun available outside, the carnivals highlights
often occurred indoors. At the Stockingfoot Dance, or Sock Hop,
students checked their shoes at the door and kept warm with a night
of dancing and sing-a-longs. Each year we would get together
with friends and decorate our socks with ribbons, felt, or markers,
says Callie Stein Katz 58, whose dancing monkey design earned
her and then-beau Alan Katz 58 first place in a jungle-theme
sock contest in 1956.
weekend culminated with the Snow Ball, a formal dance featuring
the crowning of a carnival queen. Candidates for the title were
nominated by their sorority or the Independent Womens Association,
and a panel of professors and administrators selected finalists
based on a personal interview. Students then voted for the queen
at the ball. I remember it like it was yesterday, says
Sylvia Fleishman Medalie 51, the 1950 carnival queen. According
to Medalie, Winter Carnival was a perfect remedy for the winter
blues, which often occurred during the long stretch between
the holidays and the spring thaw. Students need social interaction,
entertainment, and creative activity to divest their anxieties over
the weather, their schoolwork, and exams, she says.
more than 30 years, Winter Carnival continued to provide fun and
merriment for students before it fell by the wayside in 1969. The
carnival reappeared briefly in the 1980s, only to fade againuntil
last winter, when students, faculty, and staff across the University
joined together to resurrect the much-missed celebration. Winter
Carnival is a great opportunity for students to get involved, to
learn, and to be active in campus programming, says Ellen
King, director of student events, who worked with members of the
Residence Hall Association (RHA) and the Interfraternity Council
to coordinate the carnival. Last years festivities included
a snow sculpture contest, wacky winter olympics like
snow volleyball and football, and horse and carriage rides around
campus. In addition, the Tennity Ice Skating Pavilion offered figure
skating, hockey, and other special events, and members of DanceWorks
put on a show in the Schine Student Center. Winter Carnival
is definitely something we want to see continue again throughout
the years, says Chad Bender 05, last years director
of social programming for RHA. Wed like to bring back
the traditional events on campus for a new generation. According
to King, plans are under way for Winter Carnival 2004. Winter
Carnival is a part of the Universitys rich heritage,
she says. Its important to uphold the events that contribute
to our students college experience.
of Vantage Deluxe World Travel
walked among the geysers in Namaskard, Iceland, during
an 11-day Legends and Landscapes tour.
lava fields, volcanic pillars, majestic glaciers, and thundering
waterfalls are common sights in Iceland. Walking around the
landscape is like being on the moon, says Lee Katz G61,
who traveled last June with alumni and friends of SU on the 11-day
Legends and Landscapes tour sponsored by the Syracuse University
Alumni Association. Its mysterious, awesome, and forbidding
all at once.
INFORMATION ON ALUMNI TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES, contact Tina
Casella in the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-SUALUMS
tour began in Reykjavik, the capital and the worlds northernmost
city. Approximately 108,000 of the countrys 170,000 inhabitants
make their home in the city, and the majority of them speak English.
Alumni chatted with locals as they explored the Arbaer Open Air
Museum, which featured restored buildings illustrating Reykjaviks
storied past. They toured the Hallgrimskirkja church and City Hall,
and shopped in Laugavegur, a downtown area of contemporary art galleries
and boutiques, offering such products as silver replicas of Viking-era
jewelry and hand-woven wool sweaters. At the glass-domed Pearl,
a revolving restaurant situated at the citys highest point,
alumni feasted on the countrys celebrated gourmet seafood,
including smoked salmon, arctic trout, haddock, cod, and even shark.
The food itself was an adventure, Katz says.
adventure was found in the town of Akureyri, where alumni went rock
climbing and hiking amid dazzling views of snow-tipped granite mountains.
Located just 60 miles from the Arctic Circle, Akureyri boasts summer
temperatures in the 60s, ironically making it Icelands warmest
spot. For Thora Sheldon VanHorn 60, the Akureyri landscape
was awe-inspiring. Its a study in contrast, she
says. Theres black sand and tiny polished pebbles, surf
crashing against rock cliffs, lava fields covered in gray moss,
and beautiful waterfalls. Following an excursion to Godafoss
(fall of the gods), alumni traveled to Lake Myvatn and
marveled at puffins and eagles nesting among natural lava sculptures.
Day trips to Dimmuborgir, a 2,000-year-old field of contorted volcanic
pillars, and Namaskard, a town of steam jets, boiling sulfur pits,
and geysers, rounded out the groups stay.
its natural beauty, Iceland is a country steeped in history and
legend. At Pingvellir National Park, the only legally declared sacred
place in the country, alumni learned of Icelands early settlers,
who formed the first national assembly in 930 A.D. Following visits
to Skaholt, Icelands cradle of Christianity, and Selfoss,
the center of Icelands dairy industry, alumni arrived at the
village of Vik, which faces the ocean from a huge, wave-shaped gap
in the cliffs. The Reynisdrangar Rockswhich rise more than
200 feet above sea level at their highest pointstand just
outside the small village. According to legend, the rocks were formed
when two trolls tried to drag a ship to land and turned to stone
when daylight broke. The sagas are fascinating, VanHorn
says. Its easy to see that Icelanders are loyal to and
proud of their heritage in the way they pass down their legends
over the years.