Syracuse University Alumni Association Presidents Column
Syracuse University Magazine Fall/Winter 2015
Thank you to all of you who joined us on campus for Orange Central Homecoming in October. The weekend was an extraordinary celebration of the more than 250,000 members of our Orange family. On behalf of all alumni, I would like to extend my congratulations to Eggers Award recipients Molly Corbett Broad ’62, H’09 and Harriette Line Thompson ’47; Arents Award recipients Erica Branch-Ridley ’87, Eric Mower ’66, G’68, Donna Shalala G’70, H’87, and Brandon Steiner ’81; and Generation Orange Award recipient Muss Akram ’10.
I enjoyed meeting so many of you! If you were not able to make it to campus, perhaps you participated on social media. By likingSyracuse University Alumni on Facebook, following @SUAlumson Twitter and Instagram, or joining the Syracuse University Alumni Network Group on LinkedIn, you’ll stay connected to campus even when you’re hundreds or thousands of miles away.
I am constantly reminded of the power of our Orange alumni network. One 2014 graduate recently shared a story of how, when she moved to a new country, she used LinkedIn to connect with a 1980 SU graduate. They met for lunch—3,600 miles from the campus that created their bond. The shared Syracuse University experience unites us all.
During my term as president of the Syracuse University Alumni Association (SUAA), the board will focus on uncovering and sharing more of these stories, as well as on increasing the percentage of alumni who contribute to Syracuse University. Tuition and fees cover only about 85 percent of the cost of a Syracuse University education. Your contributions help to close that gap. As you consider giving, I encourage you to reflect on your years at SU. What are you most passionate about?
Additionally, our board will focus on connecting with SU’s incredible students—our future alumni—through campus speaking engagements, immersion experiences, internship opportunities, and more.
All of you can count on the SUAA to support the best interests and traditions of our beloved alma mater. We will continue to work closely with the Office of Alumni Engagement, the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and administrators as we help you to remain Forever Orange.
Mark Verone ’95
President, Syracuse University Alumni Association