Orange Central 2013
October 9, 2013 § 3 Comments
I know…I promised Part Two of “All Aboard,” but after being on campus this past weekend for Orange Central, I really wanted to write about Homecoming. Yes, the football team lost big time to #3 Clemson, but, there was a near-sellout crowd of 48,961 on hand for our first ever ACC football game. So, while the outcome was not what we had all hoped for, we can be proud of the fact that so many of our fantastic alumni turned out to cheer on our beloved Orange.
My weekend was sooooo busy that the university assigned me a handler. And yes, I really needed one! A big shout out goes to the Interim Director of the Office of Alumni Relations, Deb Armstrong, who kept me on schedule, supplied me with carmel creams and granola bars, organized all of my speaking scripts and accompanied me from one end of the campus to the other.
One of the highlights of Orange Central was the Arents Award Luncheon which recognized five outstanding alumni: Taye Diggs, Carole Swid Eisner, Henry Grethel, Sid Lerner and George Saunders. Since 1939, more than 200 distinguished and talented alumni have been honored with this award. Being at this event made me so proud to be an SU alum. Oh…did I mention that I got my picture taken with Taye Diggs? BOOM!
On Saturday morning we had a combined SU Alumni Association Board and SU Alumni Club Presidents meeting. Chancellor-designate Kent Syverud and his wife, Dr. Ruth Chen, stopped by to introduce themselves. Everyone has been joking with the new chancellor about being a Georgetown grad, so he wanted to set the record straight. He explained that he was a student at Georgetown before the Big East Conference was formed, and before the rivalry was established. Decked out in his orange sweater, the Upstate New York native emphatically assured our group that he will root for Syracuse…much to the delight and relief of everyone in the room!
Also on Saturday, the combined groups participated in an ice breaker where we were asked what musical instrument best describes your individual personality: piano, trumpet, bass or violin. I chose piano. And for all of you who know Northern New Jersey Alumni Club President Ira Berkowitz, does it surprise you at all that he chose trumpet? Of course it doesn’t! And I’m sure it doesn’t surprise you much either that he was chosen leader of the trumpets to make the group presentation…
As I close out this blog, I would like to leave you with these words that were written in 1893. Take your time reading them…reflect on your time as a student on The Hill. Whether you are Generation Orange or you just celebrated your 50th reunion, Syracuse University is our common bond, our alma mater…
Where the vale of Onondaga
Meets the eastern sky
Proudly stands our Alma Mater
On her hilltop high.
Flag we love! Orange! Float for aye-
Old Syracuse, o’er thee,
Loyal be thy sons and daughters
To thy memory.