United States of Orange

August 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

‘Cuse is everywhere!

From The Commons in Boston to the streets of LA. From the beaches of Aruba to the Chicago Loop. From Fisherman’s Wharf to the Mall in Washington. From Independence Mall in Philly to Rodeo Drive. And, of course, all over Upstate New York. And let’s not forget the almost 1,200 alumni and friends displaying their orange pride at the first SU Day at the Yankees on June 26th. These are just a few of the many places where a block “S,” a ‘Cuse logo, a friendly (or mean Otto) or an Orange shirt, hat, license plate, bumper sticker or the like have been spotted. I don’t know about you, but every time I see an SU logo, I take pride in knowing that I am among the over 200,000 alumni nationwide (and worldwide) who were lucky to call it their home away from home.

Yes, we are everywhere and our presence and visual displays serve as a constant reminder of the breadth and influence of SU alumni – a connection among the past, present and future – helping one another and even sometimes just reminiscing and sharing common bonds.

One of the most important ways that alumni “connect” is through the many, vibrant alumni clubs throughout the U.S. and the world. The following is a small sampling of some of the recent activities of these clubs:

SUccess in the CityCongratulations to Atlanta, Windy City (Chicago), Central NY, SUPAC (Philly), Big Apple Orange and DC, among others, for hosting very successful SUccess in the City events welcoming new and recent graduates to their areas for networking and providing them with helpful information.

Send-offs in style:  Many of the clubs welcomed new student by hosting send-off, including Stumptown (Portland) Orange, Windy City (Chicago) Orange, Central New Jersey (attended by yours truly), Rochester, Capital District (Albany) Charlotte, and SUPAC (Philly – also attended by yours truly who left with some Tastycakes and a tray of pretzels).

Sports of all sorts:   The newly formed Northeast Ohio Club recently attended a Cleveland Indians game. The DC Club took in a Nationals v. Mets game, enjoyed a Potomac River cruise and played in the Capital Alumni Network Softball Tournament. The Rochester Club had its Annual Sports Banquet and saw a Rochester Red Wings game. The Central NY Club hosted its 16thAnnual Golf Scholarship Tournament and raised $7,000 for scholarships. SUPAC (Philly) had a sold-out “Welcome Back” event at the Phillies. Windy City (Chicago) Orange raised over $400 by playing in a charity-based kickball league. Stumptown (Portland) Orange held it first Orange Ball Golf Tournament.

Giving the business:  Many clubs had business and networking events, including the Northern New Jersey, Arizona, and Stumptown (Portland) clubs.

Special kudos to all those clubs who did community service work for National Orange Day or otherwise, including NNJ (Deirdre’s House) and Whitman NYC (“Day in the Dirt”). It was also great to hear from the Northern California Club and its upcoming plans.

For more information regarding the club nearest you and its activities, click www.syr.edu/alumni/whereyoulive/clubs/.

In addition to these clubs, SU is fortunate to have alumni centers in New York City (Lubin House), Washington, D.C. (Greenberg House) and Los Angeles (in the process of moving to a bigger and better office in Sherman Oaks), which “branches” of the University are involved in programming, admissions, development and career services.

As part of the final stages of its Capital Campaign, SU has recognized its local strengths and opportunities and completed successful regional campaigns in Boston, LA and Washington, and has additional ones planned for New York City beginning in October, Chicago beginning in December and San Francisco beginning in February, all with the hope and expectation of achieving, by next fall, the Capital Campaign goal and ensuring opportunities for future generations of SU students.

Reminders:  Don’t forget Senior Alumni Weekend on September 9-11, 2011 (www.syr.edu/alumni/events/senior-alumni-weekend.html), CBT X (Coming Back Together) on September 22-25, 2011 (www.syr.edu/alumni/progdev/cbt/), and Orange Central on November 10-13, 2011(www.syr.edu/alumni/events/orangecentral/). I hope to see you during one of these exciting weekends. And, the SU football home opener against Wake Forest on September 1, 2011 is only three weeks away.

Finally, thank you for your good wishes and suggestions on my new blog. I hope you continue to enjoy it and that it provides you with useful information about all things Orange.

Go Orange!

Brian 

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