Some individualists do it by themselves. William Dodds '60 of Wilmington, Delaware, has a plate that declares "FORSU," while wife Joan Fellows Dodds '64 chimes in with "FOR SU2."|
Do you have a license plate that brags about your SU affiliation? Send a clear photo of it to Lil O'Rourke at the Office of Alumni Relations.
NEW STUDENTS SEND-OFFS
Ask Bridgett Wines, Class of 2002, what she thinks about the New Student Send-Off party last summer given by the Houston alumni club, and you'll hear an enthusiastic response. "It was terrific, really helpful," she says. "Alumni gave me a lot of insight by telling me about their experiences at the University. I also enjoyed meeting upperclass students who told me what it was like to come to Syracuse from Texas. The whole event made me feel more comfortable about coming to SU."
Our area alumni clubs know there's nothing like a good send-off to inspire enthusiasm among new SU students. This year 27 alumni clubs hosted send-off parties for new students and their parents, often at informal picnics or barbecues. Some clubs awarded scholarships and others distributed SU Bookstore gift certificates.
New students appreciate the opportunity to meet others from their hometowns to compare residence hall assignments and class schedulesand to arrange rides home during vacations.
Houston club president Greg Wilson presents Annette Saubon with a $150 gift certificate from the club's Tex Bucks Scholarship fund.
The Houston club hosted a successful party with nearly 40 people attending, according to Barry White '91, past president. "Many returning students attended, happy to share their own first-year experiences with this year's crop of newcomers," he says. "Returning students spoke eloquently and new students were impressed when they heard these young women and men talk about internships with businesses and broadcast stations that they'd secured through the University. It was a terrific way to start the college experience."|
Parents of new students also appreciate the send-off events. They learn about the University and have a chance to meet other parents.
NATIONAL ORANGE DAY
It's coming sooner than you think! National Orange Day is March 24, commemorating the University's official founding. Many clubs participate in philanthropic activities on that day and members dress in orange clothing. You can participate, on your own, however. Make your own plans to do something worthwhile on March 24, and wear orange to mark your SU affiliation. If you can't do something special, wear orange anywayand tell people why!
Several awards were given during Homecoming '98.
Outstanding Alumni Awards
Two alumni received the Outstanding Alumni Award, which recognizes service to the University.
Henry Grethel '54, president and CEO of Henry Grethel Apparel in New York City, is an avid supporter of the College for Human Development's Genet Lecture Series. Over the years he has provided many student internship positions as well as financial support. He now serves on the college's Retail Advisory Board.
Homecoming is one of the most festive weekends of the year, as both alumni and students will attest.
Professor Gilbert R. Herer '53, G'54, chair of the Department of Hearing and Speech at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., is one of the leading authorities on newborn infant hearing screening programs. He is committed to the School of Education's program in communication sciences and disorders, presenting seminars and spearheading a development campaign for the program.
Outstanding Young Alumni Awards
Two alumni received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, which honors those who have graduated within the past 15 years and distinguished themselves either professionally or through service to the University. Carla M. Fischer '87 of Norwalk, Conn., is manager of the Information Management Leadership Program at General Electric. She devotes many hours to GE's recruitment team for SU, is an alumni representative who helps the University recruit students, and is active in the Newhouse alumni association.
Benjamin I. Green III '85 of East Orange, N.J., works in programming at WBGO radio. His extensive career in communications has included positions at radio stations in the New York City area. He is involved with SU's mentoring program for African American students and participates in the Friends of Syracuse alumni club.
Outstanding Teacher Award
The Outstanding Teacher Award went to Professor Susan Bonzi, director of the undergraduate program in the School of Information Studies, who considers the school's 400-plus majors her personal charge. She teaches the introductory freshman course in information technology, ensuring that new students become proficient with these important tools.