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    Got Started at SU

    More than 50,000 people in the New York metro area can say they got their start at Syracuse University. Armed with their degrees and shaped by their experiences on and off the SU campus, these individuals are making a difference and finding success in NYC and beyond. Meet just a handful of them below!

    Dr. Michael Kurman

    Dr. Michael Kurman

    As an oncologist and entrepreneur, Dr. Michael Kurman ’73 views his relationship with Syracuse University as a close and rewarding one, firmly established during his days as an undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

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    Dr. Michael Kurman

    As an oncologist and entrepreneur, Dr. Michael Kurman ’73 views his relationship with Syracuse University as a close and rewarding one, firmly established during his days as an undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences.

    When he isn’t developing cutting-edge oncology products, the New Jersey resident may be found raising awareness of and support for Syracuse University’s Life Sciences Complex. “Syracuse University provided me with a special experience that has stayed with me my entire life,” says Kurman. “I want to make sure current students have this kind of opportunity, if not a better one.”

    Supporting his alma mater has been a priority for Kurman, a longtime member of Syracuse’s Biology Advisory Board. In this capacity, he advises the biology department’s leadership; facilitates professional and academic connections for students, faculty, and alumni; and advocates for the department and its activities, on and off campus.

    He names working on the Campaign for the Life Sciences—the largest capital project in University history—as one of his most satisfying experiences. “The Life Sciences Complex is a vital instructional facility, a major research center, and a training ground for future scientists,” says Kurman, whose company, Michael Kurman Consulting LLC, provides strategic drug development and consulting services in oncology, the branch of medicine dealing with cancer. “It’s a physical expression of the importance of the life sciences—biology, in particular—at Syracuse University.”

    Kurman has spent the past two decades as a consultant to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and health care industries. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and an M.D. from the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, he served as an investigator in several oncology clinical trials, before going to work for multiple pharmaceutical companies. “My primary interests are in early- and late-phase oncology clinical trial design and drug development, as well as strategic portfolio management,” says Kurman, who is board-certified in internal medicine and oncology.

    He traces his interest in oncology to Professor Thomas Arygis, a Syracuse biologist who instilled in him a passion for undergraduate research and with whom he published an article on cell growth and division. “He started me on my career path in oncology and my lifelong work in trying to help patients with cancer,” he says. “I came to Syracuse University as a kid with big dreams and quickly learned those dreams were possible. I found SU academically challenging and it put me on the right path for my medical school and post-medical school training, thus laying the foundation for a very satisfying career.”

    Lyss Stern

    Lyss Stern

    Meet the Mommy Whisperer!

    Over the past ten years, Lyss Stern – founder of DivaMoms – has become a leading source in the Mommy space, exposing her network of one million moms to the best in brands, products and services geared toward moms across the globe.

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    Lyss Stern

    Meet the Mommy Whisperer!

    Over the past ten years, Lyss Stern – founder of DivaMoms – has become a leading source in the Mommy space, exposing her network of one million moms to the best in brands, products and services geared toward moms across the globe.

    After the birth of her first son, Jackson, Lyss — a former style columnist for The New York Sun and correspondent for Cookie Magazine — saw a void in the marketplace for moms who had embraced the demands of parenting but refused to surrender their stilettos. Her mission: to help mothers, like herself, be the best they can be for their families without abandoning their own identities. In 2003, Lyss officially launched DivaMoms, a luxury lifestyle network geared toward bridging the gap between a glamorous pre-baby lifestyle and post-baby responsibilities.

    Nearly a decade later, Lyss has created a premier domain for both information-seeking moms and established commercial brands. Her website, which offers readers regular columns like The LYSST — a rundown of mommy must-haves, has grown to receive more than one million hits per month. DivaMoms has become an in-demand platform for Mommy-driven products and services, which Lyss has single-handedly built by organizing high-end events connecting luxury brands, such as Fendi and UPPABaby, Red Carpet Kids NY with an elite group of women and children.

    In addition to her work with DivaMoms, Lyss has co-authored best-selling book, “If You Give a Mom a Martini,” offering her expertise on Mommy Me-time to women everywhere. The book, which has recently been optioned to become a motion picture, features contributions from celebrity moms like Kelly Ripa, Christie Brinkley, Melissa Joan Hart and more. The Long Island-native, and mommy-of-three (sons Jackson, Oliver and baby sister Blake), is also the co-creator of the new NickMom short-form series “Story Time For Moms” as well as the co creator of the new Scripps Networks short-form series “Bad Moms In History”.

    Lyss can often be seen offering her parenting expertise to television audiences for networks like Fox News and on programs including NBC’s Today Show and CBS’ This Morning. Her commentary has also been featured in national publications such as Crain’s New York Business, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post. Lyss writes her LYSST which appears in New York Family Magazine and Social Life Magazine and FabULyssFinds in Manhattan Family Magazine.

     Lyss also prioritizes giving back to the community, which she focuses on through her involvement with a variety of organizations, including The Jewish Museum, The Hassenfeld Center and OCRF.

    Anthony Curlo

    Anthony Curlo

    Anthony Curlo '86 is an alumnus of the electrical engineering program and the University wrestling team. Today he is president and CEO of DaVinciTek, a company that provides IT infrastructure services and solutions to Global 2000 and emerging corporations.

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    Anthony Curlo

    Anthony Curlo ’86, an alumnus of the electrical engineering program and the University wrestling team, is president and CEO of DaVinciTek, a company that provides IT infrastructure services and solutions to Global 2000 and emerging corporations. DaVinciTek’s business is providing top-tier talent through its IT recruitment and staff augmentation practice while being a trusted advisor recognized throughout the trade.

    Although not a practicing electrical engineer, Curlo takes the skills that he learned at Syracuse University as an undergrad and continues to apply them to technology and entrepreneurship. “Engineering has given us the world in which we live in. It’s important that I maintain an engineering mindset. Everything I do is part of a proven process. I think technically and I always seek to optimize my products, processes, and relationships.”

    In the past 25 years, Curlo has had success with a number of startups, acquisitions, capital investments, and joint ventures. He’s played a key role in the development of new technologies that include advanced medical devices for heart transplant recipients and innovative next generation personal emergency response systems in ways that haven’t been done before.

    Curlo’s experiences at Syracuse were the beginning of a journey of innovation and entrepreneurship. Because of this, Curlo continues a strong relationship with the University and the College of Engineering and Computer Science. He is a member of the SU Alumni Association and returns to campus frequently to share the lessons he has learned with current students at special events such as the Invention and Creativity Competition. He emphasizes themes of continuous learning, success through action, and developing and maintaining strong relationships.

    In one presentation to students, he closes with some poignant words of advice, “Remember that life is just a string of experiences. Cherish each one. And, as a maker, create experiences that empower, amuse, and delight the people whose lives you touch. Be kind, stay curious, hungry and have fun.”

    Michael Gursha

    Michael Gursha

    Michael Gursha '10 is an Entrepreneur, Executive, Board Member & Startup Advisor.

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    Michael Gursha

    Michael Gursha '10 is an Entrepreneur, Executive, Board Member & Startup Advisor.

    Gursha is currently the Chairman & CEO of Rookie Road Inc., a digital media technology company focused on creating unique and engaging educational content. Gursha became CEO in 2016 after serving as a special advisor to the founder.

    Prior to Rookie Road, Inc., Gursha was appointed as the inaugural entrepreneur-in- residence at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, one of the nation’s top schools of communications. At Newhouse, Gursha worked with students, faculty & staff on entrepreneurship & innovation, lectured at Newhouse and other schools on Syracuse University's campus and helped administration/senior leadership with new strategic ideas around innovation. He also co-taught a course called New Ventures in Media.

    Before Newhouse, Gursha was the vice president of strategic initiatives at Curemark, LLC, a New York-based biotechnology company focused on the treatment of neurological disorders. Gursha was one of the initial team members at Curemark and, over the years, held various positions with the company, including director of business development.

    Earlier in his career, Gursha’s interest in technology led him to Google, where, at age 18, he spent two summers working in the new business development group at the Mountain View, California headquarters. During his time there, he assisted the team responsible for improving the Google Search Index and supported the director of business development on early-stage partnerships for Google Health. He also spent several months at Time Inc. Home Entertainment, working on new product development for major brands such as People, InStyle, Sports Illustrated & Time magazine.

    Gursha currently serves on various boards including New York On Tech, the Whitman School of Management & SXSW Accelerator. In 2015, Gursha won the Young Alumnus of the Year Award at the Whitman School. He also chairs the Young Whitman Advisory Council, where he was one of sixteen founding members.

    Gursha graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University with a dual degree in both the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications & the Martin J. Whitman School of Management.

    Shawn Outler

    Shawn Outler

    At retail giant Macy's Inc., Shawn R. Outler ’89 is group vice president of leased businesses and electronics, vendor collaboration, and multicultural business development.

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    Shawn Outler

    Shawn R. Outler ’89 was appointed group vice president of leased businesses and electronics, vendor collaboration, and multicultural business development for retail giant Macy's Inc. in July 2012.

    Outler oversees all of Macy’s leased partner businesses, including Sunglass Hut, Louis Vuitton, Finish Line, and LockerRoom by Lids, leveraging category experts to capitalize on white-space opportunities. In addition, she is responsible for driving business priorities for Macy’s top 25 vendors.

    A 20-plus-year veteran of the retail industry, Outler is a stalwart in her profession and her current role at Macy’s Inc. capitalizes on her wealth of knowledge and experience. In 2010, she was featured in the February issue of Black Enterprise, as well as the August issue of Upscale Magazine, highlighting her position and career achievements. In 2014, she participated on a panel discussion, entitled “How I Learned to Lead,” which was featured in the April issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.

    A native of Queens, New York, Outler a dual Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and transportation and distribution from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management.

    Graham Warner

    Graham Warner

    Graham Warner ’02, G’13 sits at the nexus of global banking and eCommerce, but his commitment to international finance began during his senior year at Syracuse while studying and working in Hong Kong. 

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    Graham Warner

    Graham Warner ’02, G’13 sits at the nexus of global banking and eCommerce, but his commitment to international finance began during his senior year at Syracuse while studying and working in Hong Kong. At Syracuse Graham found a passion for seeking out and solving market problems, which has been the hallmark of his career.

    At Deutsche Bank, Graham serves as the Director and Global Head of Online, Mobile & Desktop Products as well as Americas Regional Head of all Client Access Products. Worldwide, Graham leads a product management and marketing organization that provides electronic banking solutions to corporate and financial institution clients across Cash Management, Foreign Exchange, Trade Finance as well as Trust and Securities Services.

    Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Graham spent eight years at Citigroup as a Vice President in various roles within the Transaction Services, Commercial Banking and Private Wealth Management divisions based in the United States and abroad. He managed complex global products and operations focusing on strategic development and operational excellence.

    Graham holds a B.S. in Information Management & Technology and Speech Communication and a M.S. degree in Information Management from Syracuse University. Graham devotes time to mentoring and fundraising for organizations focused on assisting people with learning disabilities.

    Marty Whitman

    Marty Whitman

    The story of Martin J. Whitman ’49, founder and co-chief investment officer of Third Avenue Management, begins on the hills of Syracuse University.

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    Marty Whitman

    The story of Martin J. Whitman ’49, founder and co-chief investment officer of Third Avenue Management, begins on the hills of Syracuse University. After earning a BS in business administration from SU in 1949, Whitman worked for a string of investment firms in New York City and Philadelphia.

    He began his career as a security analyst at Shearson Hammill before working for the Rosenwald family, of Sears Roebuck fortune, where he was able to get his feet wet in investment banking. He earned a master’s degree in economics from The New School for Social Research (now New School University), in New York City.

    Whitman ventured out on his own in 1974 and founded M.J. Whitman LLC, a full-service broker-dealer. Ten years later, he participated in a takeover of Equity Strategies, an open-end investment company, and became its CEO and president. In 1990, Whitman started Third Avenue Value Fund. Today, Third Avenue Management manages more than $21 billion of assets for private and institutional clients. Whitman has served on the boards of numerous companies, including Nabors Industries Limited, the world’s largest land drilling oil service company. Whitman also shares his special brand of investing with the greater financial community in the industry classics The Aggressive Conservative Investor, which he co-authored with fellow Princeton classmate Martin Shubik, and Value Investing—A Balanced Approach.

    It’s been more than 50 years since Whitman walked the campus of the SU Hill as a student, yet he still finds his way back to the classroom to share his knowledge and expertise with budding businessmen and -women of the future. He has taught as an adjunct professor at the Yale University School of Management and at Syracuse University’s School of Management, which today proudly bears his name. The commitment of Whitman and his wife, Lois, reflects their conviction that the American Dream is the promise of opportunity and will be reflected in our graduates’ lives, careers, and contributions to society for as far as any of us can see.

    Whitman still holds a tremendous love and enthusiasm for his work and has yet to set a date for retirement. Like all Whitman School graduates, he has the intellect, ambition, and compassion for others that give him the ability to change the world.

    Allison Weingarten

    Allison Weingarten

    Just ten years ago, Allison Weingarten ’01 received a dual degree in marketing and management information systems from the Whitman School of Management. Today, she is vice president of commodities operations at Goldman Sachs.

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    Allison Weingarten

    Just ten years ago, Allison Weingarten ’01 received a dual degree in marketing and management information systems from the Whitman School of Management. Today, Weingarten is vice president of commodities operations at Goldman Sachs. As manager of Goldman Sachs’ settlements group, Weingarten oversees commodity transaction settlements. She is also the campus recruiting champion for New York Commodity Operations.

    Involved with several groups in her business unit including Natural Gas and Electricity Logistics, Weingarten has scheduled the physical receipt and delivery of the commodities. She has also been a short term trader in the Texas Power region.

    After graduating from Syracuse University, Weingarten began her career in the operations infrastructure analyst program at Morgan Stanley, where she was placed as an analyst in the electricity operations group. She spent two years there and was responsible for middle office, settlements and commodity-related projects. From there, Allison went on to join Goldman Sachs’ Commodity Operations Client Services Team.

    Weingarten has served as a guest lecturer and supporter of the Whitman School. In April 2011, she hosted Whitman Women in Business (WWiB), which allowed 19 members of the student organization to visit Goldman Sachs in New York City where students learned about work at Goldman Sachs, met with women business leaders, and enjoyed a Whitman Alumnae networking lunch in the financial district.

    Jonathan Resnick

    Jonathan Resnick

    As president of real estate development and management company Jack Resnick & Sons, Jonathan D Resnick ’89 oversees the firm's portfolio of approximately six million square feet of commercial office and retail space.

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    Jonathan Resnick

    Jonathan D Resnick ’89 joined Jack Resnick & Sons, one of New York’s preeminent, family-owned real estate development and management companies, in 1996. Named the company’s president in 2007, Resnick oversees the firm’s portfolio of approximately six million square feet of commercial office and retail space, and approximately 1,000 rental apartments. He is directly involved with portfolio management, capital projects, leasing, and new development.

    Some of the firm’s recent projects include the new, 258-unit residential condominium at 200 Chambers Street; a $35 million redevelopment of the company’s 250 Hudson Street office building; a $12 million repositioning of the office building at 880 Third Avenue, which was built by the firm in 1968; and the ground-up construction of The Gershwin, a 550-unit rental apartment building at 250 West 50th Street.

    Resnick is a director of the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations, chairman of the Greater New York Construction User Council, a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, and a member of the Carnegie Hall Real Estate Council. He serves on the boards of the New York Building Congress, the East Midtown Partnership BID, and the Salvadori Center, and is a long-time supporter of the Campaign for the High Line. He holds a bachelor of science degree in communications from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

    Deryck Palmer

    Deryck Palmer

    Deryck A. Palmer ’78 is a partner in Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Specializing in financial restructuring, he concentrates in the representation of debtors and creditors under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.

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    Deryck Palmer

    Deryck A. Palmer ’78 is a partner in Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Specializing in financial restructuring, he concentrates in the representation of debtors and creditors under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, and has handled a wide range of workout, corporate restructuring, and bankruptcy matters.

    Palmer received his bachelor’s degree in political science in 1978 from the College of Arts and Sciences and in 1982 earned a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He has served as a member of Syracuse University’s Board of Trustees since 2004. He and his wife, Carmen J. Lawrence-Palmer, live in Maplewood, New Jersey.

    Kamesh Nagarajan

    Kamesh Nagarajan

    A senior vice president in the Global Wealth Management Division of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Kamesh Nagarajan L’96 helps corporate executives and other successful people face in manage their personal wealth.

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    Kamesh Nagarajan

    As a financial advisor, Kamesh Nagarajan L’96 is familiar with the challenges many successful people face in managing their personal wealth. They’re often immersed in their work lives and want to devote any free time they have to their families, leaving little time to master the intricacies of financial markets and ensuring their retirement plans and their children’s futures are on the right track.

    Nagarajan wants to be able to assure clients they are headed in the right direction with their financial futures. A senior vice president in the Global Wealth Management Division of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in New York City, Nagarajan leads The Fifth Avenue Group, which specializes in assisting corporate executives with concentrated stock planning and in advising physicians and entrepreneurs on comprehensive wealth management issues. He is also a senior investment management consultant and financial planning specialist.

    A native of Poughkeepsie, New York, Nagarajan is a first generation American. His parents immigrated to the United States from India in the ’60s, earned college degrees, and worked at IBM, instilling the idea of the “American Dream” in their children. Nagarajan received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Vassar College and a J.D. degree from the SU College of Law, concentrating in law, technology, and management. At SU, he was a member of the Justinian Honorary Law Society and served as an editor of The Syracuse Journal of Legislation and Policy.

    Nagarajan began his professional career in Rochester, New York, practicing law at Harris Beach LLP, before shifting his professional focus and joining Smith Barney’s office there. In 2006, he moved to the firm’s New York City offices. He shares his financial planning expertise as a nationally recognized speaker, a writer for numerous publications, and as a source for such media outlets as Forbes.com and Fox Business News.

    Throughout his career, Nagarajan has been honored for his professional achievements and dedication to helping others succeed, especially through his work with the Asian American business community. In 2002, the Rochester Business Journal presented him with a 40 Under 40 Award, which recognizes community members for their professional and civic impact. In 2010, he received a High-Impact Leaders Award from Ascend, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Pan-Asian voices in the business community.

    Nagarajan is a board member of Ascend’s New York chapter and of its Corporate Executive Initiative, and serves as a mentor. Earlier this year, he was a recipient of the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award from the Asian Business Development Center. He also is involved with several organizations that aim at improving life in India for children and others through education, mentoring, and social and economic change.

    In his free time, Nagarajan enjoys tennis, golf, and guitar, and he completed the 2010 New York City Marathon. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Ami, and their twins, Anya and Prem.

    Deborah Leone

    Deborah Leone

    Deborah Leone ’86, G’87 is the director of Internal Audit at Goldman Sachs, serves as an observer on a variety of Goldman Sachs committees, and co-chairs the Firmwide Women’s Network.

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    Deborah Leone

    Deborah Leone ’86, G’87 is the director of Internal Audit at Goldman Sachs. She has a dual reporting relationship to the board of directors through the audit committee and to the firm's general counsel. Leone serves as an observer on a variety of Goldman Sachs committees in addition to co-chairing the Firmwide Women’s Network.

    Leone joined Goldman Sachs as an analyst in the Controllers department in 1989. She was named managing director in 2003 and partner in 2008. She spent the past four years as controller for the Investment Management division before assuming her present role.

    Prior to joining the firm, Leone was a CPA at Price Waterhouse in the financial industry service group.

    A graduate of Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management, Leone holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA with a concentration in finance and accounting. She serves on the Whitman Advisory Council and represented Goldman Sachs Women’s Network as a guest speaker when the Whitman Women in Business (WWiB) visited the firm last Spring.

    Leone resides in Manhattan with her husband, Lou ’87, and children, Mark and Jessica.

    Jimmy Kuhn

    Jimmy Kuhn

    James D. Kuhn ’70, G’72 is president of Newmark Knight Frank, the fourth-largest global real estate brokerage firm in the world.

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    Jimmy Kuhn

    James D. Kuhn ’70, G’72 is president of Newmark Knight Frank, the fourth-largest global real estate brokerage firm in the world. During the course of his career, Kuhn has acted as advisor, broker or principal in over $3 billion in transactions for 25 million square feet of commercial and residential real estate.

    Before joining Newmark Knight Frank as principal and president in 1992, Kuhn spent 15 years with Bernard Mendik as owner/manager, where he acquired 11 million square feet of office space and 6,000 apartments. He also spent two years in partnership with Bear Stearns and Chuck Davidson of Steinhardt Partners, where he purchased distressed assets from the RTC, FDIC, and other financial institutions.

    An expert in the acquisition, leasing, management, repositioning and liquidation of major investments, Kuhn is also experienced in joint venture and equity financing. He has served roles as merchant banker, de facto advisor, partner and co-investor with such firms as Bear Stearns, Goldman Sachs & Co. Inc., The Equitable Life Assurance Society, J.E. Robert Companies, Lennar-Morgan Stanley and Steinhardt Partners, among others.

    In addition to his administrative duties at Newmark Knight Frank, Kuhn chairs the National Capital Markets and Property Management boards. He is a member and Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), and serves on the board of trustees and board of directors for the National Jewish Medical and Research Center.

    Over the past five years, Kuhn has developed a group specializing in advising hospitals, universities, and municipalities in the acquisition and disposition of real estate assets. Kuhn's clients include The Mount Sinai Medical Center, Brooklyn Hospital Center, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York University and Hudson Yards Development Corporation, NYC School Construction Authority, and CUNY.

    With a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s in real estate from the Whitman School of Management, Kuhn is among Syracuse University’s most generous supporters. He is a member of the board of trustees and its executive committee, as well as an advisory board member for the Whitman School.

    In 2006, the James D. Kuhn Real Estate Center at the Whitman School of Management was established with an endowment from Kuhn. The Kuhn Real Estate Center gives students the opportunity to integrate their education in finance with an exciting education in real estate. Success in the real estate industry now requires international networks, and the study of finance and real estate are merging to produce optimal results. Activities and scholarship of the Kuhn Real Estate Center help students understand how these two fields integrate, preparing them to become innovators in the profession.

    In 2012, Kuhn was a founding partner in the establishment of the Fisher Center, providing support as well as working closely with the University to find the best location for the space. Syracuse University’s flagship academic home in New York City, the Fisher Center provides classrooms and studios for such NYC-based immersion programs as the Tepper Semester, Syracuse Architecture NYC, and Newhouse in NYC, and will fuel SU’s growth in the city by accommodating new programs in all of SU’s schools and colleges. 

    Kuhn also established the Leo and Sunnie Kuhn Scholarship for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Whitman School of Management. The scholarship aids students interested in the studies of real estate.

    Kuhn’s generosity extends to other universities too. He serves on the board of trustees at Pratt Institute and established an endowment for the Leo J. Kuhn Lobby at Pratt’s School of Architecture. He chairs the New York University Real Estate Institute advisory board and funds its James and Marjorie Kuhn Program to Foster Diversity in Real Estate.

    Several organizations have honored Kuhn’s professional contributions. He received the NYU Real Estate Service Award of the Year in 1984 and the Young Man of the Year award from the Real Estate Board of New York in 1985. Kuhn received the National Jewish Humanitarian Award in 1994 and was guest of honor at the Real Estate & Construction Industries’ annual Winter’s Eve Ball, which benefited the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine.

    It might be hard to imagine someone as involved as Kuhn having time for a hobby, but fencing was close to his heart long before his illustrious career. As captain of the fencing team at Stuyvesant High School, from which he graduated in 1965, Kuhn placed second in the tri-state championship and was a member of the 1964 City Championship team.

    Kuhn went on to fence at SU, winning tri-state championships in 1968 and finishing 12th in the country. After a 25-year absence Kuhn returned to fence in the veterans division, where he eventually ranked seventh in the country.

    Although he retired from the veterans division in 2001, Kuhn remains passionate about the sport and ensuring future generations can experience it. He established the James Kuhn Fund for Fencing at Stuyvesant High School and the James Kuhn Fund for Underprivileged Children for the San Antonio Fencing Club.

    Meet the men behind the Fisher Center from Syracuse University News on Vimeo.

    Sharon Jacquet

    Sharon Jacquet

    Sharon H. Jacquet ’72, a vice chairman in the J.P. Morgan Private Bank, leads a specialized team that works with corporate executives and ultra-high-net-worth individuals.

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    Sharon Jacquet

    Sharon H. Jacquet ’72, a vice chairman in the J.P. Morgan Private Bank, leads a specialized team that works with corporate executives and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. From 1992 until late 1999, when she joined the Private Bank, Jacquet was an investment banker in the Equity Capital Markets Group of J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. Prior to that, she was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated, in various positions for more than 16 years. She spent the first nine years in Montreal, where she was responsible for Eurobond new issues for Canadian corporate and government entities.

    Jacquet is on the board of directors of City Harvest, a New York City food rescue not-for-profit, and a member of the Planned Giving Advisory Council of New York Presbyterian Hospital.  She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Syracuse University where she serves on the Executive Committee and the Investment and Endowment Committee.

    In 2009, Jacquet was recognized by Barron’s magazine as one of America’s Top Private Bankers and in 2007 was named one of the Top 20 Women Financial Advisers by Global Investor magazine (a Euromoney/Institutional Investor publication). In 2006, she was named one of the top Wealth Advisors in the Americas by Citywealth magazine and a Top 100 Women Financial Advisor by Barron’s magazine. In 2005, she was named a top 100 Wealth Advisor by Worth magazine.

    Jacquet holds a bachelor of science degree, magna cum laude, from SU’s School of Education and studied at I’Université de Poitiers, France.

    Yvette Hollingsworth

    Yvette Hollingsworth

    Yvette Hollingsworth G’94 has served as a senior compliance officer/risk manager for Barclay’s Capital, Citigroup, JP Morgan/Morgan Trust Company, and the Federal Reserve System.

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    Yvette Hollingsworth

    Yvette Hollingsworth G’94 has served as a senior compliance officer/risk manager for Barclay’s Capital, Citigroup, JP Morgan/Morgan Trust Company, and the Federal Reserve System. Beginning her career in 1994 with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, she progressed rapidly, and in 1997 was named officer in charge of risk reporting for the Proprietary Positioning Risk Analysis Area within the company. During this time, she successfully led a team in assessing, analyzing, and reporting the risk position of the proprietary trading and investment portfolios.

    Following that success, she became a supervisory financial analyst for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in 1999. In 2002, she was promoted to senior bank examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco to direct the establishment of an effective supervisory strategy for a high-risk large complex banking organization. During that time, she was also chosen as a member of the USA PATRIOT Act Working Group to draft the Bank Secrecy Act Examination Manual.

    In 2004, Hollingsworth joined Citigroup as director of Global Anti-Money Laundering, Compliance Monitoring, and Surveillance. She was given full accountability to design and launch the company’s Global Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Risk Management Compliance Monitoring and Testing process across more than 100 countries. In 2007, she was promoted to director and regional head of Markets and Banking (M&B) North America Anti-Money Laundering and then to managing director in 2008 with full oversight for AML initiatives across the M&B business.

    She was selected to represent Citigroup as a member of the AML Metrics Working Team for the Wolfsberg Group, an association of 12 global banks charged with developing financial services standards and products for Know Your Customer, Anti-Money Laundering, and Counter Terrorist Financing policies. She was also chosen as a panel speaker for the 2006 ABA Conference on “Risk Assessment/Exam Procedures and Expectations—a Frank Discussion with Bankers and Regulators” for institutions with over $5B in assets, and for the 2007 ABA Conference on “How to Implement Corrective Actions.”

    In 2008, she was recruited as the managing director/global head of Financial Crime by Barclays Capital to implement a global Anti-Money Laundering, Sanctions, and Anti-Bribery and Corruption compliance and risk management program. Hollingsworth holds a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in financial institutions and markets from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in finance from State University of New York, Institute of Technology.

    Suzanne Hogan

    Suzanne Hogan

    When it comes to establishing corporate identities and brand image strategies, Suzanne (Bauschard) Hogan ’72 has a wealth of experience. For more than three decades, she has honed her expertise as a senior brand strategy consultant.

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    Suzanne Hogan

    When it comes to establishing corporate identities and brand image strategies, Suzanne (Bauschard) Hogan ’72 has a wealth of experience. For more than three decades, she has honed her expertise as a senior brand strategy consultant, with experience that spans global brand management; brand positioning and image; merger, acquisition, and spin-off brand strategies; as well as communications planning and customer experience alignment programs.

    As the chief operating officer of Lippincott, she leads the day-to-day management of one of the world’s leading brand strategy and design consultancies. Founded in 1943 as Lippincott & Margulies, the firm has a rich history—one of its co-founders coined the term “corporate identity” and it became known for designing classic identities for the likes of RCA, Betty Crocker, and FTD, and creating such iconic images as the Campbell’s soup can and the sweeping swirl for Coca-Cola.

    A graduate of the College for Human Development (now the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics), where she majored in retailing, Hogan also holds an M.B.A. degree in marketing from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining Lippincott, she was vice president of marketing and research at a consultancy that focused on identity and image programs for such consumer product companies as General Foods and Procter & Gamble. During that time, she developed a unique specialization in design research.

    At Lippincott, she has worked with clients in an array of industries, ranging from 3M, AT&T, and CBS to Citigroup, Dell, HP, and Samsung, among others. Hogan, who serves on the Syracuse University Marketing Committee, is also a renowned speaker on brand-related topics and has delivered talks to a number of institutions and organizations, including Columbia and Harvard business schools, the Public Relations Society of America, and the Magazine Publishers Association. In 2008, she was inducted into the YWCA New York City Academy of Women Leaders.

    Winston Fisher

    Winston Fisher

    Winston C. Fisher ’96 is among the most active of the young alumni who are shaping the future of Syracuse University.

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    Winston Fisher

    Winston C. Fisher ’96 is among the most active of the young alumni who are shaping Syracuse University’s future. A partner in Fisher Brothers—a family-owned real estate firm whose portfolio includes millions of square feet of prime Manhattan office space, hotels in 11 U.S. states and Mexico, and an expansion of Washington, D.C.’s Union Station complex—he was a driving force behind SU's new academic home in New York City, the Fisher Center.

    Elected to the SU Board of Trustees in 2008, Fisher serves on the academic affairs and facilities committees. He has also been a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors since 2003. “Syracuse is an exciting place, with an atmosphere full of energy that encourages alumni to be active participants in the life of the University,” he says.

    A strong believer in both the utility and personal benefits of a well-rounded education, Fisher funds and actively participates in an annual five-day spring break experience for undergraduates, based at his company’s Park Avenue offices. The Winston Fisher Seminar is designed to demonstrate to students how the skills they acquire in pursuit of a liberal arts degree prepare them for successful careers in the business world.

    In 2013, Fisher’s lead gift supported the establishment of the Fisher Center. This 20,000 square feet of purpose-built space in the heart of Manhattan provides classrooms and studios for such NYC-based immersion programs as the Tepper Semester, Syracuse Architecture NYC, and Newhouse in NYC, and will fuel SU’s growth in the city by accommodating new programs in all of SU’s schools and colleges.

    “My father advised me to choose a major that excites me,” says Fisher, whose choice was philosophy. “He told me that a college education is a chance to learn to think critically and to articulate passions, and that those abilities will be helpful in any profession you choose.” Fisher’s early work experiences, at Chase Securities and Heller Financial, bore out his father’s advice. “I had learned to reason and I was able to make clear, concise arguments,” he says. “Those abilities have been more beneficial to me than number-crunching.”

    As partner in one of the nation’s leading real estate firms, Fisher is charged with primary responsibilities in finance, acquisitions, and new development opportunities. Nonetheless, he manages to give his time, energy, and abilities to serving the needs of the University and other philanthropic, cultural, and community-minded organizations.

    A member of the board of the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, he chairs the Intrepid Relief Fund and is executive vice chair of the Fisher House Foundation, which has donated one or more “Fisher Houses” to major military medical centers across the country to ensure that veterans and active personnel can have loved ones nearby during their times of greatest need. “You have to contribute back,” he says. “That’s something I learned growing up and something I personally believe. To be a citizen, you need to do more than just business.”

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    Hal Fetner

    Hal Fetner

    One of Hal Fetner’s favorite colors is green. President and CEO of Durst Fetner Residential, a real estate development and management company, Fetner ’83 has been instrumental in promoting sustainability and “green” initiatives in the buildings his firm constructs and manages.

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    Hal Fetner

    One of Hal Fetner’s favorite colors is green. President and CEO of Durst Fetner Residential, a real estate development and management company, Fetner ’83 has been instrumental in promoting sustainability and “green” initiatives in the buildings his firm constructs and manages.

    He has been interested in building green for more than a decade, long before such concepts were in vogue. “Even before green construction started to become affordable, I jumped at the opportunity to introduce sustainability in our buildings,” he said. “We decided to make a strong effort to make sure everything we built had some component of sustainability.”

    One of his company’s buildings, The Epic, achieved Gold LEED certified status without what Fetner calls “all the bells and whistles” that can be included in an LEED structure. The LEED certification system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is a program for rating the design, construction, and operation of green buildings. The graduate of the Whitman School of Management, who earned a juris doctor degree from New York Law School, is also enthusiastic about all things Orange—and sees many connections between what his company is doing and the green initiatives at Syracuse University.

    “We care about social responsibility and setting a good example,” said Fetner. “The real important issue today is reducing your carbon footprint. I admire SU for what it has done to build in a sustainable manner, such as Ernie Davis Hall and the Center of Excellence building. It’s fantastic.”

    He and his wife, Nina, have established The Fetner Sustainability Series, which brings guest speakers to campus, and The Fetner Prize in Sustainable Enterprise. The award is given to the finalist entry in the Whitman School’s Panasci Business Plan Competition which has the greatest potential for positive impact on society and the natural environment, and best recognizes the interconnectedness of economic, environmental, and social considerations.

    The Fetners have also established the Sidney I. Fetner Scholarship at their synagogue for those who cannot afford a Jewish education. Active in numerous civic, professional and philanthropic organizations, Fetner is a governor of the Real Estate Board of New York, a director of the Realty Foundation of New York, and a passionate supporter of the American Cancer Society.

    Fetner also gives his time and expertise to classes of Syracuse University students who visit his offices to meet with him, even to the point of giving them his e-mail address, should they have any additional questions. He responds to every e-mail they send. “I love talking to the students,” he said. “I tell them that as graduates of the Whitman School, they will have a strong foundation in business. But also coming from SU, they have a strong foundation in social responsibility. My advice to them is not to be afraid to take a chance. Trust your instincts and you’ll do fine.”

    Dennis Crowley

    Dennis Crowley

    Dennis Crowley ’98 is co-founder and CEO of Foursquare, a service that blends social, locational, and gaming elements in a mobile application, allowing users to “check in” at various locations via their cell phones and let their friends know where they are.

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    Dennis Crowley

    In summer 1994, Dennis Crowley ’98 had just graduated from high school and was preparing to start his first year at SU. He spent his days reading about a new phenomenon known as the World Wide Web. He was fascinated, and carried that interest with him through his years at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, experimenting with emerging technologies and imagining what the future of media would hold. Now, it is clear that Crowley not only envisioned the future, but also had a hand in shaping it.

    Crowley is co-founder and CEO of Foursquare, a service that blends social, locational, and gaming elements in a mobile application, allowing users to “check in” at various locations via their cell phones and let their friends know where they are. Regarded by many as one of the hottest innovations in the field, Foursquare now boasts more than 10 million users. In spring 2010, it landed $20 million in venture funding, placing it at $95 million pre-money valuation.

    Crowley’s entrepreneurial streak was evident early on. He entered Newhouse as an advertising major because, he says, “the most progressive stuff happening on the Internet at that time was in advertising. I liked the idea of targeting. I thought about what the future of interactive television would look like. I gravitated toward emerging technology—what would people be doing five years from now? I wanted to be involved with ‘the next big thing’ early on.”

    Crowley’s “next big thing,” of course, was Foursquare, which he created with Naveen Selvadurai and launched in 2009. But Foursquare had its origins in another Crowley creation: Dodgeball, which he co-founded in 2000 and sold to Google in 2005. It was one of the first mobile services in the United States and one of the earliest examples of social media—long before Facebook, Twitter, or even MySpace. “My friends and I were grad students living in New York City, trying to develop solutions for real problems,” Crowley says. “And it was really Friendster [an early social networking site] that opened our eyes. We looked at it and thought, we could make this more interesting. We could make social media work for people once they turn their computers off and are out in the real world.”

    Crowley maintains close ties with his alma mater. He and his brother, fellow Newhouse alumnus Jonathan Crowley ’02, partnered with SU to help develop its Foursquare presence after a student tweeted Crowley asking for assistance. He participated in Newhouse’s Monetizing Online Business (M.O.B.) Conference last spring and recently partnered with MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer ’96 to record a personalized video greeting for Newhouse’s incoming first-year students. Meanwhile, Foursquare continues to grow.

    And the next big thing? “I’m still fascinated with Internet + social + TV and how you combine interests,” Crowley says. “All through school you do the same thing—take stuff from one class and apply it to another and find interesting ideas and figure out if they’re worth pursuing. Take one or more things you’re interested in and see where they overlap—that’s how innovation happens.”

    Marty Bandier

    Marty Bandier

    Martin N. Bandier ’62 is chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, overseeing the company’s global music publishing activities, from day-to-day operations to the development of long-term strategic initiatives.

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    Marty Bandier

    Martin N. Bandier ’62 is chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, a position he has held since 2007. Bandier oversees Sony/ATV’s global music publishing activities, including talent and copyright acquisitions, day-to-day operations, and the development and implementation of the company’s long-term strategic initiatives.

    Bandier’s move to Sony/ATV matched one of the most renowned music-publishing executives in the industry with the company that controls some of its most valuable catalogue assets and boasts a stellar roster of the most active and popular current artists and writers. The Sony/ATV catalogues include some of the biggest names in music, such as the Beatles, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Wyclef Jean, Joni Mitchell, Graham Nash, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Sade, Richie Sambora and Hank Williams, as well as some of the industry’s leading songwriters and producers, including RedOne, Linda Perry, J.R. Rotem and John Shanks. Its growing current roster of chart-topping artists include Taylor Swift, Lady GaGa, Akon, Enrique Iglesias, Sara Bareilles, Colbie Caillat, Kenny Chesney, Fall Out Boy, Flo Rida, Jessie J, John Mayer, Mike Posner, Shakira and Rascal Flatts.

    Within months of joining Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Bandier negotiated the acquisition of the Famous Music catalogue from Viacom, which is widely considered one of the world’s largest and most sought-after music catalogues. It comprises 125,000 songs, including scores from films such as The Godfather, Braveheart, and Mission Impossible. He also oversaw the acquisition of the Lieber Stoller catalogue, which includes one of the world’s best known songs, “Stand By Me,” as well as more than 20 of the greatest songs ever recorded by Elvis Presley, including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” and “Treat Me Nice.”

    Prior to joining Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Bandier ran EMI Music Publishing for more than 16 years. Under his leadership, it became the world’s largest and most successful music publishing company, as he acquired the rights to some of the most famous songs ever written and signed many top songwriters and artists.

    His involvement in the music industry dates to 1975, when he, Sam LeFrak, and Charles Koppelman formed the Entertainment Company, where he achieved hits with a number of best-selling songs. He went on to co-found the Entertainment Music Company and SBK Entertainment World, where he modernized music publishing by expanding the use of the catalogue in commercials, films, sound recordings and stage productions. He also set up an advanced collection system for SBK’s vast copyright holdings. SBK sold its music publishing interests to Thorn EMI in 1989, and Bandier was appointed head of the combined music publishing division, EMI Music Publishing. He catapulted the company to new heights with the purchase of a number of major catalogue acquisitions, taking it from the fourth largest music publishing business to the number one ranking.

    Bandier’s many civic and industry commitments include membership on the boards of the City of Hope, ASCAP, the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and the NMPA, where he is vice president of the board of directors. He also serves as a trustee of the T.J. Martell Foundation. In September 2008, The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Foundation, the affiliated charities of The Recording Academy, announced that their respective boards had elected Bandier to be a MusiCares Director.

    His many industry achievements include numerous and consecutive years as Publisher of the Year by performing rights organizations ASCAP and BMI, and in 2007, Sony/ATV won Nashville’s “Triple Crown,” an unprecedented and historic achievement in music publishing with ASCAP, BMI and SESAC each naming Sony/ATV Publisher of the Year. Since Bandier joined in 2007, Sony/ATV has won both of the industry’s top awards, the ASCAP Pop Publisher of the Year (2009) and BMI Pop Publisher of the Year (2011).

    In June 2003, Bandier was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame as a Patron of the Arts. He is a trustee of Syracuse University and a 1994 recipient of the Arents Award, the University’s highest alumni honor. A graduate of the University’s College of Arts and Sciences, he founded The Bandier Program for Music and Entertainment Industries, a music and entertainment industry degree program at SU.

    Randi Wolfson

    Randi Wolfson

    Randi Wolfson ’07, a graduate of the School of Education, teaches pre-kindergarten at the Rodeph Sholom School in New York City and is working on her master’s degree.

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    Randi Wolfson

    Randi Wolfson ’07, a graduate of the School of Education (SOE), teaches pre-kindergarten at the Rodeph Sholom School in New York City and is working on her master’s degree.

    “The teaching experiences I gained as a student at Syracuse University will be in my mind for the rest of my life,” she says. “The School of Education professors are some of the most renowned educators this country has to offer, and I realize how lucky I was to be exposed to their progressive ideas, which are being used in the New York City classrooms today.”  Wolfson is enthusiastic about her career choice, finding life in the classroom an exciting challenge. “I love teaching because no two days are the same,” she says. “The impact made on my students is life-changing, and the influence of loving to learn is a powerful tool I get to imprint on others.”

    A member of the Board of Visitors and co-chair of the SOE’s Young Alumni Board, Wolfson encourages other young education alumni to maintain close ties with the School. “We are so important to the mission of the School’s advancement strategies because if we don’t get involved, stay involved, and keep in touch with the School, it will lose our vision and lessons from life,” she says. “Time has quickly passed since I graduated, but staying involved with the School of Education has allowed me to continue growing the bond I have so deeply appreciated and respected.”

    Rawan Jabaji

    Rawan Jabaji

    Growing up in Syracuse, Rawan Jabaji ’05 always felt like SU was a part of her life. Today the 2005 graduate is a producer and correspondent in New York City.

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    Rawan Jabaji

    Growing up in Syracuse, Rawan Jabaji ’05 always felt like SU was a part of her life. “I remember driving by SU and staring at the Hall of Languages in awe. I remember being glued to the TV watching SU basketball with my family. And I remember almost all of my cousins going to SU,” Jabaji says. “When it came time for me to pick a college, there was no question where I wanted to go. I see SU as home, as a family tradition, and as my first act in adulthood.”

    As a college student who admittedly studied more than she socialized, Jabaji was exposed to new ideas, cultures, and philosophies at SU. “I still remember the thrill of leaving class excited by what I had scribbled in my notebook,” she says. “Nerdy, I know. But through this process of learning, I grew from being a teenager into an adult. Those ideas, cultures and philosophies shaped me and led me to pursue a career in journalism.”

    Although Jabaji received dual degrees in psychology and political science from The College of Arts and Sciences, her heart was in storytelling. After pursuing her masters at New York University, Jabaji worked as a multimedia producer for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

    Today the 2005 graduate is a producer and correspondent in New York City. There, Jabaji’s efforts were most recently focused on a new one-hour television special titled Culture Shock. The special, which premiered in July on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), follows three young filmmakers exploring relationships and marriage around the world, from a lavish wedding among Moscow’s nouveau riche to the life of an on-the-go Indian matchmaker to a mistress village in China where wealthy businessmen support secret second families.

    “The inspiration behind Culture Shock was to make a film of intimate portraits of people around the world seen through our eyes, the filmmakers. I was contacted by a great Brooklyn-based production company, part2 pictures, to get involved with this adventure, and I immediately said yes!” Jabaji recalls. “Culture Shock allowed me to travel and see how other people live in different parts of the world. Having traveled quite a bit growing up, this was the perfect fit.”

    Reflecting on her present career, Jabaji credits a handful of SU professors who inspired and pushed her to always do her best. “One particular professor, Laurence Thomas, always told me to ‘be brilliant,’ and I’ve carried that message along with me in the real world,” she says. “Whenever I have a moment of insecurity, when I’m not sure what to do or which direction to take, I remember ‘be brilliant.’ Things always seem clearer.”

    While the future of Culture Shock remains to be seen—Jabaji is waiting to see if the pilot gets picked up as a full series—she’s already finding new ways to “be brilliant.” “Right now, I’m producing on CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront. It’s fast-paced, live, daily news,” she says. “It’s exciting, because it’s a totally different experience from what I was doing before!”

    No matter where Jabaji goes in pursuit of new cultures and philosophies, she’ll always consider SU to be home. “My alma mater is a part of me for life! I get excited when I meet other grads and love reminiscing about sunny days on the quad, classes, Marshall Street, and SU basketball,” she says. “Being involved with my alma mater allows me to share those happy memories and encourage prospective students to go to SU and make it their own. My time at SU was special, and I want to pass that experience along to others.

    William Cass

    William Cass

    Will Cass ’08 is a Vice President at Needham & Company, a full-service investment bank serving emerging growth companies.

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    William Cass

    Will Cass ’08 is a Vice President at Needham & Company, a full-service investment bank serving emerging growth companies. He is responsible for the origination and execution of public and private financings and mergers and acquisitions for technology companies with a specific focus on software and cloud computing. While at Needham & Company, he has completed more than 35 transactions totaling $15 billion for clients such as Intel, EMC, 3D Systems, Cvent, Cornerstone OnDemand and Eloqua.

    Cass attends numerous speaking engagements each year to offer current students a perspective on the finance industry for those seeking careers on Wall Street. Since 2012, he has been a member of the Syracuse University Mentor Mentee Alliance (S.U.M.M.A), a one-on-one mentoring program that pairs high schools students at the Leadership and Public Service High School with Syracuse University graduates living in New York City. He also serves as co-chair of the Metro New York Leadership Council, an SU alumni group focused on engaging New York City alums with the University.

    Cass graduated magna cum laude and Beta Gamma Sigma with degrees in finance and broadcast journalism. Additionally, he was a Stuart Frankel Scholar and a member of the Whitman School’s Orange Value Fund.

    Lee Goldberg

    Lee Goldberg

    Lee Goldberg ’06 is the co-founder and president of New York City-based interactive agency Vector Media Group, and has been a noted Internet marketing thought leader since 2001.

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    Lee Goldberg

    Lee Goldberg ’06 is the co-founder and president of New York City-based interactive agency Vector Media Group, and has been a noted Internet marketing thought leader since 2001. Having worked with firms ranging from high-growth startups to Fortune 100 companies, he specializes in organic search engine optimization (SEO), web analytics consulting, conversion rate optimization, and paid search management.

    Goldberg is also a Google Adwords Qualified Partner, a Google Analytics Certified Partner, and a Microsoft adExcellence Member, and is a published author and frequent columnist on several leading industry websites.

    A summa cum laude graduate of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management with a dual degree in marketing management and entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises, he is a frequent guest lecturer on venture financing, closed-loop Internet marketing, and search engine marketing.

    Eric Gleason

    Eric Gleason

    Eric Gleason ’05 may have had his mind set on a career in politics when he arrived at Syracuse University in 2001, but by the time he graduated, his heart had led him into the world of art. Today, he is known as one of the most influential rising stars among New York City art dealers.

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    Eric Gleason

    Eric Gleason ’05 may have had his mind set on a career in politics when he arrived at Syracuse University in 2001, but by the time he graduated, his heart had led him into the world of art. Today, he is known as one of the most influential rising stars among New York City art dealers.

    A native of West Springfield, Massachusetts, Gleason attributes his shift in focus to the influence of a number of life-changing classes, experiences, and professors on the Hill. As a political science and art history major in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), Gleason worked at the Everson Museum of Art and as a monitor on the installation of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s The Gates in Central Park, which was the subject of his thesis.

    Following graduation, he landed a job in New York City with the Marlborough Gallery, one of the world’s leading art dealers, and became sales director at Marlborough Chelsea in 2007. Since that time, he has worked extensively with a number of artists, coordinating exhibitions and placing works in private and public collections around the globe.

    He has curated solo exhibitions by sculptors Seung Jung (2009) and Sora Sims (2010) at the Brain Factory in Seoul, South Korea, as well as several thematic exhibitions.  Recognized for discovering innovative new artists, Gleason returned to campus in 2010 and collaborated with SUArt Galleries on the exhibition Run and Tell That! New Work from New York, which featured works in a variety of media by 21 young New York City artists who reflected conceptual and aesthetic trends in contemporary art.

    Gleason, who is a member of the A&S Board of Visitors, currently works at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York CIty.

    Jake Duneier

    Jake Duneier

    It took Jake Duneier ’10 only a year after graduating from the Whitman School of Management to transform his family’s century-old importing and distribution business.

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    Jake Duneier

    It took Jake Duneier ’10 only a year after graduating from the Whitman School of Management to transform his family’s century-old business.

    Founded by Duneier’s great-grandfather in 1910, Clyde Duneier Incorporated traditionally imported and distributed generic merchandise for U.S. department stores, specialty jewelry chains, wholesale clubs, and TV shopping channels. But as retailers began working directly with manufacturers, wholesalers such as Clyde Duneier Inc. found their roles diminished.

    To refocus the business, Duneier looked to brands licensed by highly recognizable celebrities and entertainers as a way to breathe new life into his company. He has positioned the business in such a way that retailers wanting to carry the licensed brands have to deal with his company, not directly with the manufacturers.

    Duneier’s company now holds the license to more than seven brands and is recognized as a licensing leader in the jewelry and watch industries. Duneier, who spends most of his time at the company’s corporate headquarters in mid-town Manhattan, also travels to India, Thailand, Hong Kong, and China to work with his manufacturing partners.

    Sam Clarvit

    Sam Clarvit

    School of Information Studies graduate Sam Clarvit ’10 is a technology analyst in the corporate development program of JPMorgan Chase & Co., working in the Worldwide Securities Services division.

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    Sam Clarvit

    School of Information Studies graduate Sam Clarvit ’10 is a technology analyst in the corporate development program of JPMorgan Chase & Co., working in the Worldwide Securities Services division.

    Clarvit, who earned a bachelor’s degree in information management and technology, with a minor in global enterprise technology, has been elected to serve on the board of the SU Alumni Association. While a student, he was a member of the committee behind the 2010 Senior Class Giving campaign, which raised $11,000 for various schools, colleges, and programs at SU.

    Matt Brigham

    Matt Brigham

    Matthew G. Brigham L’06 joined the tax practice group of Paul Hastings LLP, where he focuses his practice primarily on tax planning and structuring in domestic and international business transactions.

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    Matt Brigham

    Matthew G. Brigham L’06 earned a juris doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law, and received an LL.M. in taxation from the New York University School of Law in 2007.

    He joined the tax practice group of Paul Hastings LLP, where he focuses his practice primarily on tax planning and structuring in domestic and international business transactions. He provides tax structuring advice with respect to the formation of and investment in private equity and other investment funds on behalf of fund sponsors and tax exempt and foreign investors. He also advises on the tax aspects of strategic joint ventures and capital market transactions, public and private real estate investment trusts, mergers and acquisitions, and cross-border structuring.

    Bob Mankoff

    Bob Mankoff

    Robert Mankoff ’66, cartoon editor of The New Yorker and president of The Cartoon Bank, is one of the nation’s leading commentators on the role of humor in American politics, business, and life.

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    Bob Mankoff

    Robert Mankoff ’66, cartoon editor of The New Yorker and president of The Cartoon Bank, is one of the nation’s leading commentators on the role of humor in American politics, business, and life. Mankoff appears frequently on network talk shows such as This Week with George Stephanopoulos, CBS Sunday Morning, Nightline, Today, and Good Morning America; cable TV networks such as Discovery Health, CNN and CNBC; and syndicated radio programs. Read the interview with Mankoff from the summer 2014 issue of Syracuse University Magazine.

    Mankoff edited the best-selling coffee table book The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker, featuring all 68,647 cartoons published in The New Yorker since its debut in 1925. In addition, he has edited dozens of cartoon books, published four of his own, and is an accomplished cartoonist. More than 900 of his cartoons have been published in The New Yorker over the past 20 years, including the best-selling New Yorker cartoon of all time (the harried businessman at his desk with a phone to his ear, reviewing his calendar and saying: “No, Thursday’s out, how about never. Is never good for you?”). He is the author of The Naked Cartoonist, a book on the creative process behind developing magazine-style cartoons.

    He is partnering with the University of Michigan to conduct a wide range of social science experiments to better understand the role of humor in such areas as psychology, economics, and sociology. A successful entrepreneur, he started The Cartoon Bank, a business devoted to licensing cartoons for use in newsletters, textbooks, magazines and other media, in 1991. The Cartoon Bank initially licensed material that was not published by The New Yorker. In 1997, The New Yorker purchased The Cartoon Bank from Mankoff, giving The Cartoon Bank access to all cartoons published in the magazine over the past eight decades. That same year, Mankoff was named cartoon editor of The New Yorker.

    Mankoff graduated from Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences, then entered the doctoral program at City University of New York to pursue a degree in experimental psychology. At age 30, just short of completing his dissertation, Mankoff decided to use his know-how as a cartoonist.

    Steve Kroft

    Steve Kroft

    Steve Kroft ’67 joined the 60 Minutes television news magazine in May 1989 and delivered his first report that September.

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    Steve Kroft

    Steve Kroft ’67 joined the 60 Minutes television news magazine in May 1989 and delivered his first report that September. The 2011-12 season is his 23rd on the broadcast. Kroft reported one of the biggest news stories of 2011, getting the only interview of President Barack Obama on the killing of Osama bin Laden.

    Kroft’s work on the program has earned numerous awards, including the 2010 Paul White Award by the Radio, Television and Digital News Association, the highest honor from the industry’s peer association. Kroft is the only 60 Minutes correspondent to win two Peabody Awards in the same year, bringing his total number of Peabody awards to five. He received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his joint investigation with The Washington Post on the forensic science of bullet lead analysis; the Sigma Delta Chi Award for the same story; and the coveted Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University silver baton for his investigation into the disappearance of $500 million from the Iraq treasury. He has won Quinnipiac University’s Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, as well as 11 Emmy awards. In 2003, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy for his considerable body of work.

    Before joining 60 Minutes, Kroft was a principal correspondent on the CBS News magazine West 57th. He served as a correspondent for CBS News, based in London, where he covered international terrorism in Europe and the Middle East. Prior to his assignment in London, he was a correspondent in the CBS News Miami bureau and traveled extensively in Latin America and the Caribbean. During that time, he covered the civil war in El Salvador and the U.S. invasion of Grenada. Kroft joined CBS News in January 1980 as a reporter in the Northeast bureau in New York. He was named a correspondent in May 1981 and worked out of the Dallas bureau until 1983. Before joining CBS News, Kroft was a reporter for WPLG-TV Miami, WJXT-TV Jacksonville, Florida, and WSYR-TV Syracuse, New York. He served with the United States Army in Vietnam as a correspondent and photographer for Pacific Stars and Stripes.

    A graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Kroft was honored by SU in 1992 with the Arents Award, the University’s highest alumni honor. He earned a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Indiana University. He is a member of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees.

    Jeff Glor

    Jeff Glor

    Jeff Glor ’97 is a familiar face to many people around the world. As news anchor of The Early Show on CBS, Glor guides morning viewers through the news of the day.

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    Jeff Glor

    Jeff Glor ’97 is a familiar face to many people around the world. As news anchor of The Early Show on CBS, Glor guides morning viewers through the news of the day. For Syracuse area news junkies, Glor’s rise at CBS News should come as no surprise. They may remember him from his early days at WSTM-TV, where he worked while still studying at SU.

    A native of Tonawanda, New York, Glor graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University, earning dual undergraduate degrees in broadcast journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and in economics from the College of Arts and Sciences. At WSTM in 1997, he moved from news writer to morning news anchor and later co-anchored the station’s evening newscast while handling reporting duties as well. In 2003, he joined WHDH-TV in Boston, serving as a reporter and weekend evening news anchor. He covered a number of major news events for the station, including the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and the death of Pope John Paul II in 2005.

    In April 2007, Glor became a national correspondent for The Early Show. Within two years, he was a CBS News national correspondent and anchor of the Saturday edition of CBS Evening News. Now in his fifth year at the network, Glor has covered some of the most significant U.S. and international stories during his tenure. He was embedded with U.S. soldiers in Iraq, and was one of the first journalists to report from Haiti following the tragic earthquake there in January 2009. He also covered the Beijing Summer Olympics (2008) and the Vancouver Winter Olympics (2010) and served as The Early Show’s primary campaign correspondent during the 2008 presidential election.

    Among his most recent accolades, Glor was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in journalism from Suffolk University in Boston, where he delivered the commencement address last spring. He and his wife, Nicole ’99, live in New York City with their son, Jack.

    Bob Costas

    Bob Costas

    Bob Costas ’74 is perhaps the most decorated sportscaster in television. Costas has been with NBC Sports since 1979 and has covered nearly every major sport, though he might be most identified with the Olympics and baseball.

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    Bob Costas

    Bob Costas ’74 is perhaps the most decorated sportscaster in television. Costas has been with NBC Sports since 1979 and has covered nearly every major sport, though he might be most identified with the Olympics and baseball.

    Costas anchored NBC’s primetime coverage of the last five summer Olympics—Barcelona, Spain 1992; Atlanta 1996; Sydney, Australia 2000; Athens, Greece 2004; and Beijing, China 2008. He also hosted the winter games in Salt Lake City 2002; Torino, Italy 2006; and Vancouver, Canada 2010. Costas is scheduled to host the 2012 summer games in London.

    From 1983 through 1989, Costas teamed with Tony Kubek on NBC’s Baseball Game of the Week telecasts. He returned to baseball in the mid ’90s, handling play-by-play for NBC’s All-Star, Playoff and World Series coverage. Costas first teamed with Bob Uecker and Joe Morgan, then with Morgan alone. His book, Fair Ball, A Fan’s Case for Baseball was published in 2000, earning excellent reviews and remaining on The New York Times best seller list for several weeks. Costas has been involved in the NBC coverage of 10 League Championship Series and seven World Series.

    In early 2009, Costas signed a long-term contract to join the new MLB Network. As part of this deal, Costas left HBO where he hosted the critically acclaimed Costas Now and had previously hosted Inside the NFL for six seasons. At MLBN, he has returned to play-by-play on selected game telecasts and inaugurated the popular Studio 42 interview series. Costas also narrates “MLB Remembers” historical pieces for the network.

    A fixture of NBC’s NBA and NFL coverage in the ’80s and ’90s, Costas now hosts the network’s Football Night in America. With his hosting of Super Bowl XLIII, between Pittsburgh and Arizona, Costas has anchored five Super Bowls for NBC. He has also hosted, or called play-by-play, on 10 NBA Finals.

    Costas has won 22 Emmy awards—18 for outstanding sports host or play-by-play, two for writing, one for his late-night interview show on NBC, Later…with Bob Costas, and one for feature reporting. Uniquely, he has been nominated for Emmys in five different categories: play-by-play, hosting, writing, interviewing, and journalism.

    Admiration for Costas among his broadcast peers is undeniable, since they named him “National Sportscaster of the Year” an unprecedented eight times—in 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1997, and 2000.

    Costas began his professional career in 1973, at WSYR TV and radio in Syracuse, while still completing his communications degree at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. After graduating in 1974, he joined KMOX radio in St. Louis.

    Syracuse University honored Costas with the George Arents Award, SU’s highest alumni honor, for excellence in sports broadcasting in 2001.

    Costas often returns to his alma mater as a speaker and contributor at the Newhouse School In 2009, he participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Newhouse School, titled “When Rights Collide: Sports Coverage vs. Branding.” The panel explored the free speech rights of sports journalists compared to the contract and property rights of networks, teams, and universities.

    Costas is a native of Queens, New York, and grew up on Long Island.

    Ken Auletta

    Ken Auletta

    A pioneer of contemporary media criticism, Ken Auletta G’65, H’98 has reached a wider audience with thoughtful, informative reportage and analysis than perhaps any other critic working in the field.

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    Ken Auletta

    A pioneer of contemporary media criticism, Ken Auletta G’65, H’98 has reached a wider audience with thoughtful, informative reportage and analysis than perhaps any other critic working in the field.

    The author of 11 books, five of them best-sellers, he has covered every seismic shift in the communications world, from the end of broadcasting primacy (Three Blind: How The TV Networks Lost Their Way, 1991) to the availability of information on demand (Googled: The End of the World as We Know It, 2009). A regular contributor to The New Yorker for almost two decades, Auletta has written penetrating profiles of such game changers as Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, Gerald Levin ’51, Sumner Redstone, and Ted Turner. The Columbia Journalism Review confirmed what many scholars and many more general readers already took for granted when it ranked Auletta as the top media critic in the country.

    Born and raised in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, Auletta attended Abraham Lincoln High School and SUNY Oswego, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history. A growing interest in politics led him to pursue studies in Syracuse at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, where he earned a master’s degree. While at the University, he wrote a weekly column for The Daily Orange; edited The Sword of Damocles, a literary satire magazine; and worked in a program training Peace Corps volunteers.

    Auletta left graduate school in 1965 to work in the primary campaign of Howard Samuels, a Democratic Party gubernatorial hopeful. The candidate lost, but Auletta found himself wanting more of politics and public service. During the next several years, he was appointed special assistant to the undersecretary of commerce in the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration, worked in the presidential campaign of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, served as campaign manager of Samuels’s second unsuccessful bid for governor, and became inaugural director of the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation.

    In the mid-1970s, Auletta shifted career paths, redirecting his energies to journalism. An insider’s knowledge of politics and government, coupled with a blossoming talent for the kind of writing that allows editors to spend more time with their families, put Auletta on the short list for some of the most desired jobs in New York City journalism. After stints as chief political correspondent of the New York Post, reporter-commentator for The Village Voice, and contributing editor at New York magazine, Auletta settled in at the New York Daily News, where his weekly column ran from 1977 to 1993. He became a familiar face on television, serving as a political commentator for the city’s NBC and CBS stations, and appearing on such nationally aired programs as ABC’s Nightline with Ted Koppel ’60, H’83 and on PBS’s NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

    Auletta has taken on a variety of subjects, writing with passion about poverty (The Underclass, 1999), with prescience about greed (Greed and Glory on Wall Street: The Fall of the House of Lehman, 2001), and with clarity about anything that merits his interest. But an ability to cogently describe the spiraling interactions of technology, commerce, and consciousness that continuously remake the communications environment—and American society—gives special value to Auletta’s work when he covers an event like the Microsoft antitrust trial (World War 3.0: Microsoft and its Enemies, 2001) or explores the personalities of media titans (The Highwaymen, 1997).

    Auletta has served as a juror for the Pulitzer and Livingston journalism prizes. Among his many interests and civic engagements, he is a trustee of PEN, an international literary and human rights organization; a member of the New York Public Library’s Emergency Committee for the Research Libraries; and a member of the Committee to Protect Journalists. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.

    Rich Granoff

    Rich Granoff

    Rich Granoff ’84, AIA, LEED AP, is the founder and managing principal of Granoff Architects, the leading architectural firm in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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    Rich Granoff
    Rich Granoff ’84, AIA, LEED AP, is the founder and managing principal of Granoff Architects, the leading architectural firm in Greenwich, Connecticut. Granoff is a registered architect in the states of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. He is also a LEED-accredited professional, focused on sustainable building practices and green design. Since its inception in 1989, the company has grown into a thriving design studio with nearly 25 professionals. Today, Granoff Architects offers services throughout the Northeast in four distinct areas: residential, commercial, landscape architecture, and interior design.

    Granoff’s accomplishments have been widely recognized. He has appeared in the national media on such programs such as Good Morning America, High Net Worth, and MTV Cribs. His work has also been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Fine Homebuilding, Veranda, Modern Estate, Country Club Quarterly, At Home, Hamptons Magazine, Westchester Home, and Greenwich Magazine. Outside of his practice, Granoff has lectured on sustainable design and taught courses in home design and renovation. He is also an active real estate developer.

    Granoff started his career with noted architect David Rockwell in New York City, working on many large restaurant and residential design projects. Subsequently, he worked with interior designer Gerald Luss, managing commercial design projects. Afterward, he moved to Marigold Real Estate in Greenwich, Conn., where he designed and managed the development and construction of many luxury homes. The experience that Granoff gained while working in these diverse spheres provided him with the knowledge and experience to establish Granoff Architects. 

    Active in community affairs, Granoff currently serves on the boards of Kids in Crisis, the Arch Street Teen Center, ONS Foundation, and Steve’s Camp. He has also served on the boards of the American Red Cross, Greenwich Chamber of Commerce, the Rock Ridge Association, and the Whitby School, the oldest and largest Montessori school in the nation.  He recently received the “Light a Fire” Award from Greenwich Magazine for his local philanthropic endeavors. As an alum, Granoff recently established the Richard S. Granoff Endowed Scholarship Fund at Syracuse University School of Architecture.

    Granoff Architects deeply values its place in the Greenwich community and is committed to providing pro bono design services for local organizations. Projects have included the Greenwich Adult Daycare Center, The United Way, The Greenwich Chapter of the American Red Cross, Neighbor to Neighbor, Putnam Indian Field School, and the Chabad Center for Living Judaism.

    Granoff married his high school sweetheart and has two teenage sons. The Granoffs live in Greenwich in a home he designed and built. He is an avid skier, golfer, and wine connoisseur, and never passes up the opportunity to travel.                                     

    Richard Gluckman

    Richard Gluckman

    Richard Gluckman ’70, G’71, a principal of Gluckman Mayner Architects, has closely aligned his work with the world of art and design, creating distinctive spaces for numerous art galleries and museums.

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    Richard Gluckman

    Richard Gluckman ’70, G’71, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), is a principal of Gluckman Mayner Architects, based in New York City. Since establishing his architectural practice in 1977, Gluckman has closely aligned his work with the world of art and design, creating distinctive spaces for numerous art galleries and museums.

    Projects include the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museo Picasso Malaga, Mori Arts Center, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the Andy Warhol Museum, Vassar College’s Kenyon Hall, the new expansion of the Georgia Museum of Art on the Athens campus of the University of Georgia, and The Warehouse, Syracuse University’s multipurpose facility in downtown Syracuse.

    Gluckman has been a visiting critic and lecturer at universities including Harvard, Yale, Penn, Parsons, and SU, and is a recipient of the National Design Award, as well as honor and merit awards from the AIA at the national, state and local chapter levels. A graduate of Syracuse University’s School of Architecture with bachelor’s and master’s degrees, he has received the Arents Award, SU’s highest alumni honor. He is chair of the School of Architecture’s Alumni Advisory Board.

    A monograph of Gluckman Mayner Architects’ work, Framework: Gluckman Mayner Architects, was published in 2009 by Monacelli Press; an earlier monograph, Space Framed: Richard Gluckman Architect, was published by Monacelli Press in 2000. Gluckman Mayner Architects is working on projects which include the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City, the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, museums in Hangzhou and Shanghai, China, and Dineen Hall, the new home of Syracuse University’s College of Law.

    Bruce Fowle

    Bruce Fowle

    Bruce S. Fowle ’60 is a founding principal at FXFOWLE Architects, an architectural, planning, interior design, and sustainability firm with offices in New York, Washington D.C., and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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    Bruce Fowle

    Bruce S. Fowle ’60 is a founding principal at FXFOWLE Architects, an architectural, planning, interior design, and sustainability firm with offices in New York, Washington D.C., and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. FXFOWLE’s work covers a broad spectrum of typologies, from renowned cultural and educational institutions to large-scale commercial, residential, planning and infrastructure projects around the world.

    In the 33 years since FXFOWLE’s beginning, Fowle has guided the firm to international recognition for excellence in design, pioneering socially and environmentally responsible architecture and planning. His work has earned the firm a number of major design awards, including National AIA Honor Awards for the Condé Nast Building at 4 Times Square, the first green skyscraper in the United States, and the New York Times Building (with Renzo Piano).

    Fowle’s recent projects include the renovation and expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (in association with Epstein), a new carbon-neutral museum in Pittsfield, Mass., that celebrates the historic Housatonic River, and a LEED Platinum headquarters expansion in Newtown Square, Pa., for SAP Americas.

    Numerous awards and honors have recognized Fowle’s dedication and contributions to the architectural industry. In 1985, he was elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, and in 1991 he was named an Academician of the National Academy of Design. In 1994, Fowle received the AIA/New York Chapter’s Harry B. Rutkins Award for contributions to planning and zoning initiatives in New York City—a role he considers essential if architects are to have influence over the broader context, quality and sustainability of cities. In 2004, the AIA/New York Chapter recognized Fowle with its President’s Award, the organization’s highest honor, and he received the Chapter’s Harry B. Rutkins Award again in 2010 for his many professional contributions. FXFOWLE Architects also received the New York State AIA’s Firm of the Year Award in 2010.

    Throughout his career, Fowle has been committed to creating a more meaningful and effective role for the architectural profession in shaping and sustaining our society. He is a member of the National AIA Committees on Design and the Environment, a Fellow of the Institute for Urban Design, and an advisor for the Design Trust for Public Space. A former vice president of the AIA/New York Chapter, Fowle founded its Planning and Urban Design Committee and chaired it for 10 years. In 2011 he was elected president of the Board of Governors of the NATIONAL ACADEMY Museum and School, a 185-year-old institution for American art and architecture. Fowle helped revitalize the School while overseeing its building’s renovation, completed in September 2011.

    Fowle was a founder and chairman of the New York Chapter of Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility, an advocacy group for social justice and environmental responsibility. He has served on the Advisory Board of the New York City Ballet and is currently on the Advisory Panel for the Lincoln Center Institute’s Imagination Award. Fowle also served on the board of the Graham-Windham Childcare Agency, New York’s largest organization helping abused and abandoned children, and the New School’s Eugene Lang College. Following the September 11 World Trade Center attacks, Fowle helped found and mobilize New York New Visions, a coalition of organizations to help shape the planning and design response to the destruction. He continues to give guidance to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. 

    Before forming his own firm, Fowle was an associate in the firm of Edward Larrabee Barnes, the posthumous winner of the 2007 AIA Gold Medal. Prior to that, he worked for Brown Daltas Associates; Myller, Snibbe and Tafel Architects; and William B. Tabler Associates.

    A 1960 graduate of the Syracuse University School of Architecture, Fowle was a founder of the school’s Advisory Board and served as chair for over 25 years. In 1996, he was honored with the school’s Sargent Professorship, and in 2001 he received the University’s prestigious George Arents Award, SU’s highest alumni honor, for excellence in architecture. He is a frequent lecturer at professional conferences and academic institutions, and regularly serves on juries for student and professional design awards.

    Fowle is married to Marcia Taylor Fowle, an environmental administrator, author, editor, and past president of New York City Audubon. Each of their three daughters is involved in conservation or environmental planning and design.

    Rick Cook

    Rick Cook

    Rick Cook ’83 is a partner at Cook+Fox Architects, a firm devoted to creating environmentally responsible, high-performance buildings.

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    Rick Cook

    Rick Cook ’83 is a partner at Cook+Fox Architects, a firm devoted to creating environmentally responsible, high-performance buildings. Over the past 25 years as a New York City architect, he has built a reputation for innovative, award-winning architectural design. As the founder of Richard Cook & Associates, Cook cultivated a broad portfolio ranging from master planning to various commercial and residential projects. With special expertise in working in historic Landmarks districts, the firm received numerous honors and awards for integrating contemporary design with sensitive, contextual architecture.

    In 2003, Cook combined his firm with Bob Fox to form Cook+Fox Architects; its work includes three LEED Platinum projects in New York City: the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, Skanska USA’s office in the Empire State Building, and Cook+Fox’s own office interior. Cook+Fox is also the design architect for the first LEED-certified Broadway theater, an award-winning neighborhood redevelopment in the South Street Seaport Historic District, and a visitor’s center at the Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia, which received awards from the Boston Society of Architects and the AIA-New York. The firm was named a winner of “From the Ground Up,” a competition to design green, affordable homes, and won an international competition to design a 3.3 million square foot, mixed-use development at Government Center in Boston.

    In 2006, Cook and Fox joined Bill Browning and Chris Garvin to form Terrapin Bright Green LLC, a strategic consulting firm that crafts high-performance environmental strategies for large-scale developments, corporations, and governments.

    Cook’s work has been showcased at the National Building Museum, in The New Yorker, and on PBS, the Discovery Channel, and National Geographic. He speaks frequently on sustainable design and urbanism, including presentations at the UN and for The Economist.

    Cook earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude in architecture from Syracuse University's School of Architecture, where he was named a Hull Scholar and a Gillette Scholar and was awarded the Norman J. Wiedersom Traveling Fellowship to study in Florence. As an undergraduate student, he won the Soling Competition for his design of a Midtown skyscraper, and now serves as a member of the School of Architecture’s Advisory Board.

    Lea Ciavarra

    Lea Ciavarra

    Lea Ciavarra G’95, principal of Lubrano Ciavarra Architects PLLC, is a licensed architect in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont, and a LEED Accredited Professional.

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    Lea Ciavarra

    Lea Ciavarra G’95, principal of Lubrano Ciavarra Architects PLLC, is a licensed architect in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont, and a LEED Accredited Professional. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, with a minor in art and art history, from Colgate University and a master’s degree in architecture at the Syracuse University School of Architecture. Ciavarra teaches design studios at New York Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Syracuse University School of Architecture.

    She served as a full-time faculty member of the SU School of Architecture from 1995–1997, one year of which was in Florence, Italy as director of the SUSoA Pre-Architecture Program. After several years practicing in New York City, she co-founded the firm Lubrano Ciavarra Architects with Anne Marie Lubrano. The firm’s work has been published in Travel + Leisure, Interior Design, Architectural Digest, and Architectural Record, among other publications, and the principals have lectured at Florida International University School of Architecture, Colgate University, Dalhousie University, and Packer Collegiate Institute. The firm holds a Women-Owned Business Enterprise certification in New York City and New York State.

    Since winning Phase One of the Chicago Public Schools Design Competition, the firm has been involved in many school design, renovation, and construction projects, including independent schools, public or NYC School Construction Authority schools, and charter schools. A list of school or education-related clients includes East New York Preparatory Charter School, The Plymouth Church School, The International School of Brooklyn, and The Equity Project Charter School. Ciavarra’s involvement with start-up charter schools led to an invitation to her from Mayor Bloomberg’s New York City Center for Charter School Excellence to collaborate on creating the manual Facilities Planning Guide: Outlining Public & Private Solutions for Your Facilities Needs.

    Lubrano Ciavarra Architects does high-end boutique hotel work, as well as large-scale affordable-housing renovation work. Projects include the Mondrian South Beach Hotel Residences in Miami, the Hudson Hotel in NYC, and the federally-funded HUD housing complex, Taino Towers, in East Harlem.

    Lou Reed

    Lou Reed

    Perhaps best known as a rock singer-songwriter and a founding member of the legendary Velvet Underground, Lou Reed ’64 was also an American Master, a playwright, a poet, and a photographer whose photos have been exhibited worldwide.

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    Lou Reed

    Perhaps best known as a rock singer-songwriter and a founding member of the legendary Velvet Underground, Lou Reed ’64 was also an American Master, a playwright, a poet, and a photographer whose photos have been exhibited worldwide.

    After earning a degree in English from the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University, Reed launched an illustrious career that earned him distinction in each of his artistic specialties.

    With the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed created music that ranked him among the Beatles and Bob Dylan in terms of both importance and influence. According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which inducted the group in 1996, "The influence of the Velvet Underground on rock greatly exceeds their sales figures and chart numbers. They are one of the most important rock and roll bands of all time, laying the groundwork in the Sixties for many tangents rock music would take in ensuing decades." 

    in 1970, Reed left the Velvet Underground and began a solo career that lasted for more than four decades and included projects both daring and experimental. In 2006, he premiered the live staging of his masterwork, Berlin, at St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York and, in 2007, released his first suite of electronic meditation music, Hudson River Wind Meditations, on the Sounds True label. The following year, he released a new album of live electronic music called Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio: The Creation of The Universe. The album inspired two extremely well received performances by the MM3 Trio in New York in April of 2009.

    In 2009 Reed also released his third photography book, titled Romanticism. Other work included collaboration with artist Lorenzo Mattioti, who created a graphic novel based on Reed’s album, The Raven. Reed also acted in and composed music for films, and co-hosted a weekly show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio called The New York Shuffle with friend and distinguished producer Hal Willner.

    Reed was the recipient of the Chevalier Commander of Arts and Letters from the French government and numerous other awards. In 2007, Syracuse University honored him with the prestigious George Arents Award, SU’s highest alumni honor, for excellence in writing and the arts.

    In October 2013, Reed died at his home in Southampton, New York, at the age of 71. In October 2014, he was named as one of the nominees for the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this time, as an individual artist.

    Vanessa Williams

    Vanessa Williams

    Vanessa Williams ’85 has sold over 15 million albums worldwide and achieved critical acclaim as an actress on stage, in film, and on television.

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    Vanessa Williams

    Vanessa Williams ’85 has sold over 15 million albums worldwide and achieved critical acclaim as an actress on stage, in film, and on television. Her albums The Right Stuff, The Comfort Zone, and The Sweetest Days earned multiple Grammy nominations and include such hits as “Save the Best For Last,” “Dreamin,” “Work To Do,” and “Love Is,” and the Academy Award-winning single “Colors of the Wind,” from Disney’s Pocahontas, among many others.

    Her recordings also include Vanessa Williams Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years, Everlasting Love, and two holiday albums, Star Bright, and Silver & Gold. Her album The Real Thing debuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz Charts in June 2009, and she received an NAACP nomination for “Outstanding Jazz Artist.”

    In 1994, Williams replaced Chita Rivera in Kiss of the Spider Woman, to critical acclaim. She garnered rave reviews and was nominated for a Tony Award for the 2002 revival of Into the Woods. She also headlined a limited special engagement of the classic, Carmen Jones, at the Kennedy Center and starred in the Encore! Series staged concert production of St. Louis Woman. She performed to rave reviews in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Broadway musical Sondheim on Sondheim.

    After making her film debut in 1986 in Under the Gun, Williams has starred in such features as Eraser, Hoodlum, Soul Food, Dance with Me, Light It Up, Shaft, Johnson Family Vacation, My Brother, and Somebody Like You, and co-starred in Disney’s feature film Hannah Montana: The Movie.

    On television, Williams has starred in such movies and mini-series as Stompin’ at the Savoy; The Boy Who Loved Christmas; The Jacksons: An American Dream; ABC’s revival of Bye, Bye Birdie; Nothing Lasts Forever; The Odyssey; Don Quixote; and Keep the Faith, Baby. She executive produced and starred in Lifetime’s The Courage to Love and the VH1 original movie, A Diva’s Christmas Carol.

    Williams starred in ABC’s critically acclaimed hit series, Ugly Betty, earning three Emmy nominations, in addition to numerous individual and ensemble awards and nominations, including Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe and NAACP Image awards. The International Press Academy honored her with their prestigious Mary Pickford Award for her career achievements and contributions to the entertainment industry over the past 27 years. In 2010, she moved to Wisteria Lane as the newest resident on ABC’s Desperate Housewives.

    An alumna of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Williams achieved a career pinnacle in 2007 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her charitable endeavors include the support of such organizations as Special Olympics and many others.

    Arielle Tepper Madover

    Arielle Tepper Madover

    Arielle Tepper Madover ’94, a Tony Award-winning producer, has produced theater on and off Broadway since 1998. She will be presenting ANNIE in a Nederlander theater on Broadway in the Fall of 2012.

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    Arielle Tepper Madover

    Arielle Tepper Madover ’94, a Tony Award-winning producer, has produced theater on and off Broadway since 1998. She will be presenting ANNIE in a Nederlander theater on Broadway in the Fall of 2012.

    Madover’s Broadway credits include an impressive list of Tony Award-winning productions. Among them are Red, the six-time Tony winner and Best Play of 2010, starring Alfred Molina and directed by Michael Grandage; Hair; Frost/Nixon; Monty Python’s Spamalot; A Raisin in the Sun; James Joyce’s The Dead; and Hollywood Arms, written by Carol Burnett and her daughter, Carrie Hamilton, and directed by Harold Prince. Her other Broadway productions include: Hamlet, starring Tony-nominated Jude Law; Mary Stuart, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and starring Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter; Equus; The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh; Democracy; The Royal National Theater’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Jumpers; A Class Act; John Leguizamo’s Freak; and Sandra Bernhard’s I’m Still Here…Damn It.

    An equally extensive list of West End and Off-Broadway credits includes productions like Piaf; Monty Python’s Spamalot; Frost/Nixon; Mary Stuart; A Voyage Round My Father; Sunday in the Park with George; Guys & Dolls, directed by Michael Grandage; the long-running De La Guarda “Villa Villa;” The Last Five Years, written by Jason Robert Brown and directed by Daisy Prince and Olivier; and the award-winning Goodnight Children Everywhere by Richard Nelson, originally produced at The Royal Shakespeare Company. Madover produced the US National Tour of Frost/Nixon and the US National tour and Vegas productions of Monty Python’s Spamalot. She also produced Bounce, by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, and directed by Harold Prince at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

    A design/tech theatre graduate of Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA), Madover is passionate about promoting theater education. In 2001 she created the Tepper Center for Careers in Theatre, a unique program of SU's VPA Department of Drama that connects undergraduate students in advanced levels of acting, musical theater, design, and stage management while providing the opportunity to network with industry professionals. Through The Tepper Semester in New York, the program provides enables college seniors to develop specific strategies for pursuing their career goals in the entertainment industry.

    In 2005 Madover formed “The Living Room for Artists,” a not-for-profit organization to sustain and support the Summer Play Festival (SPF) which was first presented in 2004. SPF formed an alliance with The Public Theater and had a relationship with the Donmar Warehouse through its creation of the Playwright Residency Program. The same year, Madover initiated a theatre program for second and third graders at The Dalton School.

    Madover is an executive committee member and the head of the commercial projects committee on the board of trustees at The Public Theater. She is a member emeritus of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees and a past board member of The Dalton School. Madover is also a member of the Juilliard Drama Council and The League of American Theaters and Producers. She has been listed in Crain’s 40 under 40 and was one of Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless Females.

    Mike Rego

    Mike Rego

    Mike Rego ’90, one of the co-founders of The Araca Group, describes himself and his business partners as “three guys with a dream.” That dream—to produce theatre in New York City.

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    Mike Rego

    Mike Rego ’90 describes himself and his business partners as “three guys with a dream.” That dream—to produce theatre in New York City—came true in 1997 when Rego, his brother Matthew Rego, and classmate Hank Unger ’90, founded The Araca Group. What started in a one-room, windowless Times Square office grew into a renowned theatrical production, screen printing, and merchandise company with over 250 dedicated employees and operations worldwide.

    With a degree in drama from the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) at Syracuse University, and a unique perspective of retail operations from working in a family supermarket business, Rego launched The Araca Group with a simple purpose: to produce the work of emerging playwrights off and off-off-Broadway.

    He and his partners quickly established The Araca Group’s reputation as a leading theatrical production company. Its inaugural Broadway undertaking, the critically acclaimed Urinetown: The Musical, received dozens of major awards including three Tonys.

    Next came the hit Broadway premiere of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starring Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci. Subsequently Rego and his partners co-produced the blockbuster new musical Wicked, with continuing productions on Broadway, across the nation and around the world.

    Recent Broadway producing credits include productions of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge, starring Liev Schrieber and Scarlett Johansson, Lend Me a Tenor, starring Anthony LaPaglia and Tony Shalhoub, and the '80s rock musical Rock of Ages.

    As theatrical producers, Rego and his partners aim to create entertainment that is artistically compelling to audiences and financially successful to investors.  By vertically integrating the theatrical production company to provide marketing, general management and accounting services, the partners also gained their niche as live entertainment producers, merchandisers and screen printers. With this specialty, their mission is to design and manufacture singular, fashionable products that generate profit for clients while supporting marketing strategies.

    The Araca Group is now the largest screen printing and merchandising company on Broadway, and through it Rego strives to transform the live entertainment experience with innovative apparel, souvenirs and licensed products. Incorporating design, manufacturing, warehousing, and in-venue and online retail operations, Rego’s company sets the new benchmark in entertainment merchandise.

    Rego is a generous VPA supporter and often returns to campus as a guest lecturer. The Araca Group's latest partnership with VPA's Department of Drama, is a new initiative—The Araca Project—which gives selected SU theater artists the opportunity to take on the full artistic and fiscal responsibilities of producing their work off-Broadway.

    Andrea Davis Pinkney

    Andrea Davis Pinkney

    Publishing executive Andrea Davis Pinkney ’85 has worn many hats throughout her career. As vice president, executive editor for Scholastic, Pinkney has acquired and edited a robust mix of titles.

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    Andrea Davis Pinkney

    Publishing executive Andrea Davis Pinkney ’85 has worn many hats throughout her career. As vice president, executive editor for Scholastic, Pinkney has acquired and edited a robust mix of titles.

    They include the Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Award winner Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis; Drawing from Memory by Caldecott medalist Allen Say; Odetta, a picture book created with the late folk singer; The Cruisers series by Newbery Honor author and National Book Award finalist Walter Dean Myers; and March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Christine King Farris, the sister of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    In addition to her work as a publisher, Pinkney is The New York Times best-selling and award-winning author of many books for children and young adults, including picture books, novels, works of historical fiction and non-fiction. Her novels include With the Might of Angels, a book in the Dear America series, and Bird in a Box. Her picture books include Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down, a Parenting Publication Gold Medal winner, winner of the Jane Addams Book Award, the Carter G. Woodson Award for historical works for young people, the Anne Izard Storyteller’s Award, and the Flora G. Stieglitz Strauss Award for Nonfiction; Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, which also won the Carter G. Woodson Award; and Duke Ellington, a Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor Book.

    Pinkney began her editorial career at Essence magazine as senior editor, Contemporary Living, then went on to pursue a career in children’s book publishing. At Simon & Schuster, she served as an acquisitions editor, then served as editorial director at Disney Publishing’s Hyperion Books for Children. During her tenure at Disney, she was the founder of Jump at the Sun, the first African American children’s book imprint at a major publishing company. She launched the best-selling series, The Cheetah Girls, and created the Shanna Show book series, now a Disney Channel animated selection.

    After Disney, she joined the Children’s Division of Houghton Mifflin as vice president and publisher. While there, she served as the chief architect of the children’s trade editorial program and oversaw the expansion of the company’s key franchises including the Curious George publishing program and the media tie-in program for the best-selling children’s classic The Polar Express. She acquired and edited many award-winning books, among them Toni Morrison’s Remember: The Journey to School Integration and A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson. She also published the teen book Serving from the Hip by tennis pros Venus and Serena Williams, which was featured in a two-part special on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

    Pinkney was named one of the “25 Most Influential Black Women in Business” by The Network Journal, a publication for black professionals, and was listed among “The 25 Most Influential People in Our Children’s Lives” by Children’s Health Magazine. She earned a bachelor of science degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and in 2008 received the Arents Award, Syracuse University’s highest alumni honor.

    Joyce Carol Oates

    Joyce Carol Oates

    Joyce Carol Oates ’60, H’00 is one of America’s most prolific and versatile writers, and has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time.

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    Joyce Carol Oates

    Joyce Carol Oates ’60, H’00 is one of America’s most prolific and versatile writers. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. She has also penned volumes of poetry, plays, innumerable essays and book reviews, and nonfiction works on literary subjects ranging from the poetry of Emily Dickinson to studies of the Gothic and horror genres.

    Growing up in upstate New York, Oates displayed a precocious interest in books and writing. While attending Syracuse University on scholarship, she won the “college short story” contest sponsored by Mademoiselle magazine. Oates graduated in 1960 as class valedictorian with a degree in English from the College of Arts and Sciences and, following graduate school, taught at the University of Detroit, where she witnessed the social turmoil engulfing America’s cities in the 1960s. These violent realities influenced much of her early fiction, including her first novel, With Shuddering Fall, published when she was just 28.

    In the following decade, Oates published new books at the extraordinary rate of two or three per year while teaching full time at the University of Windsor. In the early 1980s, she surprised critics and readers with a series of novels, beginning with Bellefleur, in which she used the conventions of Gothic fiction to reimagine stretches of American history. Just as suddenly, she returned to her realistic style with a series of ambitious family chronicles, including You Must Remember This, that creates a fictional world that mirrors the ambiguity and real-world experience of our time.

    Oates is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, the 2004 Fairfax Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Literary Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the O’Henry Prize for Continued Achievement in the Short Story. In 2003 she received the Common Wealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature, and in 2006 she received the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1999, she was nominated for the Nobel Prize for the third time.  In 2009, she received Syracuse University's George Arents Award for excellence in letters.

    Today, Oates continues to live and write in Princeton, New Jersey, where she is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Princeton University. She has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

    Ed London

    Ed London

    Early in his career, Edwin London ’50 exhibited the business acumen for which he would become known. In 1956, he founded Fotoshop Lexington, Inc., which grew to several stores in New York City, plus a graphic arts supply distribution business.

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    Ed London

    Early in his career, Edwin London ’50 exhibited the business acumen for which he would become known. In 1956, after positions at radio station WSAY and Bausch & Lomb, he founded Fotoshop Lexington, Inc., which grew to encompass several stores in New York City plus a graphic arts supply distribution business in Connecticut.

    London later became president and chairman of Photographic Research Organization, Inc., a cooperatively-owned purchasing agent for photographic equipment retailers, and served as president of Photo Marketing Association International, the global trade association for the photographic industry.

    During that time, London was also a strategic planning consultant. After selling his stores, he affiliated with Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman, helping to expand the firm’s services for an elite clientele in the creative and performing arts. London rose to the top of his profession when he became a managing partner of the firm and gained respect in the entertainment industry for his management of such high-profile clients as George Benson, James Taylor, and Billy Joel.

    Throughout the years, London has supported his alma mater with his time, talent, and personal resources. He has used his considerable influence and contacts to bring leaders from all facets of the entertainment industry to campus to present lectures and meet with students. He was instrumental in securing a major contribution to the College of Visual and Performing Arts from Billy Joel, and in 2006, he made it possible for Billy Joel to give the commencement address in front of thousands of cheering Syracuse University graduates.

    London graduated from Syracuse University with a dual bachelor of science degree in management and journalism from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. He has served on several volunteer boards, including the Syracuse University Alumni Association Board of Directors and the College of Visual and Performing Arts Advisory Counsel, and is a recipient of the George Arents Award, SU’s highest alumni honor. He and his wife, Elaine Marcus London ‘50, have been involved in student recruiting as area interviewers, chaired The Fund for Syracuse campaign, and were involved in organizing the Westchester Alumni Club.

    Frank Langella

    Frank Langella

    Frank Langella ’59 is considered among America’s greatest stage and film actors, known for his powerful onstage presence and extreme versatility.

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    Frank Langella

    Frank Langella ’59 is considered among America’s greatest stage and film actors. Known for his powerful onstage presence and extreme versatility, his performances range from Strindberg’s drama The Father to Noel Coward’s comedy, Present Laughter. During his long and distinguished career, he has won international acclaim with well over two dozen nominations and awards, including Tonys, Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, Cable ACE Awards, Obies, and various critics’ awards.

    Not long after graduating from Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts with a degree in theater arts, Langella made his New York stage debut as the lead in an off-Broadway revival of The Immoralist. During the next decade, he won three Obie Awards for his work off-Broadway and a Drama Desk Award for his work in A Cry of Players by William Gibson. In 1974, he made his Broadway debut in Edward Albee’s Seascape, for which he won another Drama Desk Award and the first of three Tony Awards.

    Langella made his film debut in 1970 in Diary of a Mad Housewife. While appearing regularly in films and on television, he continued to be in great demand as a stage actor. In 1977, his outstanding performance as the bloodthirsty count in the Broadway revival of Dracula earned Langella his second Tony nomination. He reprised his performance for the film version of Dracula in 1979.

    Continuing to work steadily on Broadway, Langella won a second Tony Award for Fortune’s Fool in 2003 and a third for Frost/Nixon in 2007. His success in film continued with his critically acclaimed portrayal of William S. Paley in Good Night, and Good Luck and his co-starring role in the 2006 summer blockbuster Superman Returns. In 2008, he was honored with a Best Actor Academy Award nomination, as well as Golden Globe and SAG nominations, for his portrayal of former president Richard Nixon in the film adaptation of Frost/Nixon.

    Langella was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2003.  In 2009, he was recognized by Syracuse University with an Arents Award for excellence in the performing arts.

    Morton L. Janklow

    Morton L. Janklow

    In the world of publishing, Morton L. Janklow ’50 is a legend. Since the ’70s, he has been one of the country’s most powerful literary agents, representing presidents, poets, pundits, and even a pope.

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    Morton L. Janklow

    In the world of publishing, Morton L. Janklow ’50 is a legend. Since the ’70s, he has been one of the country’s most powerful literary agents, representing best-selling authors, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winners, celebrities, scholars, scientists, journalists, presidents, poets, pundits, and even a pope.

    Renowned for his negotiating prowess, he regularly nets seven-figure advances for his clients. Among some of the prominent authors who’ve had Janklow grapple with publishing houses are Danielle Steel, Sidney Sheldon, Anne Rice, Richard Price, Thomas Harris, David McCullough, Barbara Walters, Malcolm Gladwell, and Michael Moore.

    As a political science major in the College of Arts and Sciences in the late ’40s, Janklow probably didn’t envision negotiating blockbuster deals for top-selling wordsmiths. A Queens native, he supported himself at Syracuse by playing poker and working at a freight company, then went on to earn a J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law.

    A specialist in corporate and finance law, he established his own law firm, but in 1972 all that changed when he launched his career as a literary agent by chance. William Safire ’51, H’78, who had worked in the Nixon administration, turned to Janklow, a longtime friend from their SU days together, to represent him in a book deal. After initial protests, Janklow obliged, schooled himself on the publishing industry, and went to work for his old friend, negotiating a contract for Safire’s book about his experiences working for Nixon. After the Watergate scandal broke, however, the original publisher tried to back out of the contract. By the time the dust settled, Janklow had shaken up the publishing industry. He took the case to arbitration, won back Safire’s advance and the rights to the book, and struck a deal with another publisher. Before the Fall became a best-seller.

    Within a couple of years, Janklow established his own literary agency, and today he is a senior partner of Janklow & Nesbit Associates, which was founded in 1989. Not only a presence in New York literary circles, Janklow has served on numerous corporate boards and philanthropic organizations. Most notably, he has maintained a strong commitment to the arts and to education. At Columbia, he founded the Morton L. Janklow Program for Advocacy in the Arts and established the Morton L. Janklow Professorship of Literary and Artistic Property Law. At SU, he serves on the College of Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors and recently founded the Morton L. Janklow Arts Leadership Program. The new, interdisciplinary graduate program is scheduled to launch in summer 2012.

    Henry Grethel

    Henry Grethel

    Henry Grethel ’54 is a celebrated American designer whose collections deftly combine the casual modern essence of American sportswear with sophisticated colors and fine fabrics.

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    Henry Grethel

    Henry Grethel ’54 is a celebrated American designer whose collections are elegant, understated, and intelligent. Known for deftly combining the casual modern essence of American sportswear with sophisticated colors and fine fabrics, Grethel is a vital creative force designing for the rapidly evolving lifestyles and priorities of today’s consumer. Grethel believes that men and women want clothes that are good-looking, comfortable, and versatile—“just beautiful clothes”—is how he describes his design sensibility.

    The youngest of five children, Grethel was born and raised in Syracuse and graduated from Syracuse University in 1954 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Whitman School of Management. During his years at SU, Grethel was selected as an “outstanding student” in the field of marketing, served as social chairman of Sigma Chi Fraternity, and treasurer of the American Marketing Association. He worked his way through college with a sales job at Wells & Coverly, a stylish men’s clothing store in downtown Syracuse.

    While in college, Grethel interviewed with C. P. Hathaway Company, a designer and manufacturer of men’s shirts. However, he decided to accept a more “practical” position with Recordak Corp., a subsidiary of Eastman Kodak Co. in New York City, where he spent two-and-a-half years “microfilming” records. Hathaway recognized Grethel’s talent and continued to offer him employment, which he finally accepted in 1957. His first position at Hathaway was in sales; however, he soon moved on to become the company’s chief designer and marketing director.

    Grethel’s marketing education and business experience have made him an entrepreneurial concept creator and product designer. Prior to launching his own men’s and women’s designer collections, Grethel designed menswear for Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, and Lanvin. He originated and developed the John Henry brand in men’s and women’s wear. Grethel’s fully integrated collection of apparel and accessories under the Henry Grethel label artfully blends business and casual looks that meet the demands of today’s business environment as well as active social lives. His modern styling, color palette, and richly textured fabrics appeal to savvy men and women of all ages.

    Lola Goldring

    Lola Goldring

    Lola Goldring ’51, a member of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees, sponsored the development of the Goldring Arts Journalism program at SU.

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    Lola Goldring

    Lola Goldring ’51, a member of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees, sponsored the development of the Goldring Arts Journalism program at SU.

    She is managing director of the Goldring Family Charitable Foundation, and a philanthropic participant in cultural and scientific endeavors, including an endowed professorship in cardiology and a clinical research scholar's fund at the New York University School of Medicine. The fund also supports postdoctoral scientists at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island, New York. A supporter of the New York City Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera, she has been actively involved with the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York from its inception in 1977.

    Goldring earned a master’s degree in speech education from Columbia University's Teachers College in 1953 and taught in the Great Neck High School system. She is married to Allen, and has three children, Laurie ’76, Jamie, and David, and seven grandchildren. Followed by her daughter and granddaughter, she is the first of three generations to attend Syracuse University.

    Thom Filicia

    Thom Filicia

    Thom Filicia ’93 is the host and driving force behind the highly acclaimed Style Network’s Tacky House and Dress My Nest, and appears in a variety of shows on the HGTV network.

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    Thom Filicia

    Thom Filicia ’93 is the host and driving force behind the highly acclaimed Style Network’s Tacky House and Dress My Nest, and appears in a variety of shows on the HGTV network. Before he came into the public eye with his first television role as the design expert on the groundbreaking series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, he was an emerging superstar of interior design with a New York City practice, Thom Filicia Inc. (TFI).

    Founded in 1998, TFI clients include celebrities, international luxury hotel chains, and clientele in the fashion, entertainment, media, real estate, and finance industries. His design portfolio includes interiors for Tina Fey, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, multiple W Hotels, dressing rooms at The View, windows at Christie’s, and an eco-friendly apartment for Riverhouse, Manhattan’s first premium (LEED certified) “green” luxury condo, which received a merit award by Interior Design Magazine for “Best Eco-Residential Design Interior.” His retail home collection “Thom Filicia Home” is available in the United States and internationally and includes furniture, fabrics, rugs, broadloom, wall art, lighting, and more.

    Among his many honors include an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Art Direction for Queer Eye, recognition by Barbara Walters in her “The Top 10 Most Fascinating People” show, and being named among OUT 100’s “Most Influential People.” Listed as one of House Beautiful’s “Top 100 Designers,” and among Elle Decor’s “Top 25 A-List Designers,” he is a recipient of House & Garden’s coveted “International Tastemaker” designation. He completed a series of home makeovers for the Oprah Winfrey Show and has appeared on numerous TV programs. In addition, his projects and expertise have been featured in Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Country Living, Us Weekly, People, Entertainment Weekly, O At Home, Domino, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, The New York Times, USA Today, InStyle, and Teen Vogue.

    Filicia published his first design book, Thom Filicia Style (Atria/ Simon & Schuster) in 2008, and his second book will be published by Clarkson Potter in 2012.

    An environmentally conscious designer for the past 10 years, Filicia earned a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the College of Visual and Performing Arts and has worked at the most venerable firms in New York City, including Parish-Hadley, Robert Metzger, and Jeffrey Bilhuber. He was a contributing author to The New York Times’ best-selling book, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab 5's Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better, has appeared in national advertising campaigns, and partnered with some of the world’s best-known brands, including American Express, Audi, Amana, Anderson Windows, Bosch, Electrolux, Lumber Liquidators, Proctor & Gamble, Viking, and Xerox.

    Emme

    Emme

    Emme ’85 is a supermodel, actress, television personality, author, lecturer, the creative director of her clothing line, and a nationally recognized advocate for a positive body image among women.

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    Emme

    Emme ’85 is a supermodel, actress, television personality, author, lecturer, the creative director of her clothing line, and a nationally recognized advocate for a positive body image among women. Her newest business venture, EmmeNation.com, is an interactive lifestyle resource forum for women, and she is a spokesperson for Kemin Health’s FloraGLO brand lutein.

    The first full-figured model to become a spokesperson for a major cosmetics company, Emme was also the first such model to have a high-fashion collectible doll sculpted in her likeness. She was named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” and one of the “Most Important Women in America” by Ladies’ Home Journal. Glamour magazine named her “Woman of the Year” and Biography magazine listed her among the “25 Most Influential Women.”

    A graduate of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Emme has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Early Show, American Morning, 20/20, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, and served as a frequent guest host on WOR Radio’s Joan Hamburg Show. In May 2011, she joined the cast of Nora and Dalia Ephron’s off-Broadway play, Love, Loss and What I Wore. She has served as the host of the dating competition series More to Love and E! Entertainment Television’s Fashion Emergency.

    A cancer survivor and vocal advocate of a healthy lifestyle, Emme was the first model to speak about women’s body issues before a congressional sub-committee. A past chair of the Ambassador’s Council of the National Eating Disorders Association, she is on the advisory boards of Ophelia’s Place, a Syracuse eating disorder resource, and Hearts of Gold, which serves underprivileged women and children in New York City. A sought-after keynote speaker, she has addressed numerous national business workshops, conferences and seminars, and presented at colleges and universities, including Syracuse University, Yale, Harvard, and NYU.

    Her first book, True Beauty, chronicled her successful career. In her second book, Life’s Little Emergencies, Emme wrote of her perspective on life. With her then-husband, Philip Aronson, she explored their struggle with his depression in the book Morning Has Broken: A Couple’s Journey Through Depression. Her latest release is a book for children titled What Are You Hungry For? Her columns and blogs have been featured in MODE lifestyle magazine, on The Huffington Post, and at iVillage.

    Emme attended Syracuse University on a full athletic scholarship, excelling academically and as a member of the crew team. She was inducted into the University’s Orange Plus Hall of Fame and honored as a Letterwinner of Distinction. After graduation, she worked as a reporter and morning anchor for the NBC affiliate KNAZ-TV in Flagstaff, Arizona.

    Ed Bleier

    Ed Bleier

    Edward Bleier’s long career has encompassed many innovations in television and electronic media, including playing important roles in “new media” for Warner Bros., Warner Communications, and Time Warner.

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    Ed Bleier

    Edward Bleier’s long career has encompassed many innovations in television and electronic media. He held important roles in “new media” for Warner Bros., Warner Communications, and Time Warner; and has served as a board member of RealNetworks, foremost in Internet media streaming; CKX Inc., content aggregator of American Idol, among other programs; and a challenge candidate for Blockbuster Inc. He was president of Warner Bros. Domestic Pay-TV, Cable & Network Features, and in charge of the company’s network programming and sales. He served as a senior advisor from 2002 through 2005.

    As president of Warner Bros. Animation, Bleier oversaw more than 100 variations of Looney Tunes programming on 10 cable and broadcast networks, and commissioned five movies and 15 TV specials featuring the classic characters. His knowledge of director Steven Spielberg’s affection for the Looney Tunes characters led to Warner Animation’s collaboration with Spielberg on three series: Tiny Toons, Pinky and the Brain, and Animaniacs.

    An alumnus of Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (class of ’51, but officially graduated in 1994), he endowed the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. The center adds academic scope and study to the aesthetics, social impact, and popularity of TV and both new and traditional media.

    Bleier has held such posts as chairman of the Center for Communication, president of the International Radio & Television Society, vice chairman of the International Television Council, chairman of the Academy of the Arts of East Hampton’s Guild Hall, board member of the Keystone Center for Science and Environment and the Martha Graham Dance Company, and participated in two United Nations World TV Forums.

    The recipient of the Steven J. Ross Humanitarian Award, Bleier co-chaired the Entertainment/Media & Communications division of the UJA Federation for seven years; and now serves on The Media Council of The Paley Center for Media, as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and as a trustee of the Charles A. Dana Foundation.

    In 2003, Bleier wrote The Thanksgiving Ceremony: New Traditions for America’s Family Feast, a New York Times bestseller. The book reflected his first-generation celebration of America’s most universal, non-denominational holiday, including an original ceremony for the Thanksgiving feast.

    Lynn Ahrens

    Lynn Ahrens

    Lynn Ahrens ’70 began her musical career fresh out of college, when she became one of the principal songwriters and singers for Schoolhouse Rock. Since then, she has written extensively for theater, film, and television.

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    Lynn Ahrens

    Lynn Ahrens ’70 began her musical career fresh out of college, when she became one of the principal songwriters and singers for the animated television series Schoolhouse Rock.

    Since then, she has written extensively for theater, film, and television, winning theater’s triple crown: the 1998 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for the lyrics of the acclaimed Broadway musical, Ragtime. In the same year, she received two Academy Award nominations and two Golden Globe nominations for Twentieth Century Fox’s animated feature film Anastasia.

    With her longtime collaborator, composer Stephen Flaherty, other credits include Once On This Island, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, My Favorite Year, Lucky Stiff, A Man of No Importance, Dessa Rose, The Glorious Ones, and Seussical. For the recording of Songs from Ragtime, and the original Broadway cast recordings of Ragtime and Seussical, she received three Grammy nominations.

    In 1994, Ahrens embarked on a large-scale “musical spectacular” stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, in collaboration with composer Alan Menken and director Mike Ockrent. The show starred a series of notable Scrooges, including Frank Langella ’59, Roddy McDowell, Roger Daltry, Tim Curry, and Jim Dale. Ahrens subsequently wrote its screenplay adaptation for the NBC/ Hallmark Entertainment Special starring Kelsey Grammar.

    For her extensive work in television, she has received the Emmy Award and four Emmy nominations. She also contributed songs for the IFC feature film Camp and the documentary After the Storm, among others.

    Her work has been performed by such diverse artists as Aretha Franklin, Bryn Terfel, Audra McDonald, Donny Osmond and Aaliyah. The song “At the Beginning,” from Anastasia, sung by Richard Marx and Donna Lewis, went to number one, and the soundtrack from that film earned a gold record.

    Her short stories and personal essays have appeared nationally in such publications as The Kenyon Review, Narrative Magazine, Calyx, Glimmer Train Stories, and Tallgrass, and have been nominated for Best American Essays and the Pushcart Anthology.

    Ahrens is a member of ASCAP, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. She is a lifetime member of Council of the Dramatists Guild of America, where she co-founded the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program for emerging writers of musical theater. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and in English from the College of Arts and Sciences. A 1999 recipient of the Arents Award, Syracuse University’s highest alumni honor, Ahrens lives in New York with her husband, Neil Costa.