It's hard to put your finger on what makes retired law professor Robert Koretz unique. Like other professors you could name, he taught generations of students. Retiring after nearly 50 years with the University, he was a noted practitioner in the field of labor relations law. |
The unique part may well be the honor given by his students.
When Ben Ferrara G'73 heard last year that Koretz was retiring, he told Dean Daan Braveman, "I'd like to repay a personal debt of gratitude."
With gifts to endowment and to cover current expenses, Ferrara established the Robert F. Koretz Scholarship, given to students in their third year of study. Twenty other College of Law graduates subsequently joined Ferrara in supporting the fund.
Koretz qualifies as a Syracuse "institution" by any standard. A 1938 graduate of the College of Law, Koretz joined the National Labor Relations Board after graduation, and also served on the Advisory Council of New York Labor and Management Practice and the Enforcement Commission for the Wage Stabilization Board. He joined SU's faculty in 1948 and remained a prominent figure in labor arbitration for decades.
Naming an endowed scholarship for such a faculty member is, in many ways, the perfect tribute. Ferrara sees Koretz as the professor who not only taught him the love of his profession, but also helped him pursue his chosen career path. A scholarship in Koretz's name furthers the careers of future generations of students, giving them a financial and personal boost.
"I have been fortunate to progress in my career," says Ferrara, who went on to found and lead a Central New York law firm that concentrates on employment and labor relations law. "It's in no small way due to Professor Koretz.|
"The primary purposefor all of us who support thisis to do a nice thing for a wonderful man, to create something in perpetuity in his name. The second benefit-thinking about it often, and receiving so many calls and letters supporting this scholarshipis just a feeling of joy."
To support or establish a named scholarship, contact Vice President for Development Sid Micek at 315-443-2865.
Donor Ben Ferrara, left, with the man he helped honor through a scholarship, emeritus law professor Robert Koretz G'38.
They're calling you. They're writing you. And more and more, you like what they're saying.
Through direct mail and the student-staffed Telefund, the University gathers alumni support. And since 1993, there have been more ways for alumni to give.
"The inclusion of our college accounts has allowed alumni to easily select the purpose they want their gifts to support," says Bill O'Brien, executive director for annual giving programs. In the past, alumni had few choices about how to give, but now they can donate funds to specific colleges and their programs, or give unrestricted funds to the wider University. "More overall support is being obtained," says O'Brien. "Our participation rates haven't climbed significantly, but alumni appear to be more generous when offered an easy option to direct their gifts."
A good example of the shift from broad to specific giving is the School of Education. When the new program started in 1993, only 40 people gave directly to the school; this past fiscal year, nearly 800 provided support.
"We knew there was interest in giving to the school," says Dean Steven Bossert. "What unlocked the support was our communicating to alumni that there were opportunities to give directly to the school in areas of their immediate interest. Our school has a rich and diverse history of programs, so people want to know about specific initiatives they can support.
"The college-based giving program gives these people a way to directly participate in our success."