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Why I Gave

Read what some of our Boston-area alumni have to say about their Syracuse University experiences and the reasons they’re giving back to SU.

“I am 81 years old…my beginning was at Syracuse with a full four-year scholarship in the arts. I would not have ever had the means to go to college were it not for Syracuse’s scholarship.”
– Aldo Tambellini ’54

“Syracuse University provided me with the foundation, confidence, and springboard for a successful career and lifelong friendships, most particularly, with my wife.”
– Mark Ryan ’75

“I had a wonderful experience at Syracuse University and I want to provide support to SU so others are able to have the same great experience.”
– Lindsey Gil ’07

“Syracuse University offered me many work and tuition opportunities so I could earn my master’s degree.”
– Rita Campanella ’67

“I owe my professional accomplishments to the education I received at Syracuse. I had a wonderful four years there.”
– Alicia Blaisdell-Bannon ’74

“It’s a great school.”
– C. True-Frost G’01, L’01

“I am very thankful for the wonderful education I received at SU, and for the common bond I share with others. My time on the Hill shaped who I am today and I am tremendously proud to be an SU alum.”
– Lawrence Merrill ’87

“I had four great years at SU and made lifelong friends. I want to help students experience what I did.”
– Howard Sholkin ’72

“My time at Syracuse is the cornerstone of who I am today. The educational experience has helped me build a successful, rewarding career, while the friendships I made have stood the test of time. Most important, I met my husband at SU and together we have introduced our children to a place that has great meaning to us. We continue to visit campus annually and are impressed by how much has changed, and how much has stayed the same.”
– Kelly Comfort Sheridan ’92

“I would not have my current career success without the experience I gained at Newhouse.”
–Len Mead ’96

“Through my SU experience, I learned about being part of an active community and about pride. I learned to try new things, meet new people, and pursue many different opportunities to find my place, whether it was the Newhouse School, the residence halls, WAER, working in the cafeteria, or being part of the Sour Sitrus Society. Speaking from personal experience, there is no better place than SU to learn about yourself, learn about life, grow up, and pursue academic excellence. Whether you call it giving back or investing in the future, we owe to it to future students to have those opportunities.”
– Gerri Slater ’78

“Our son has received a quality education at Syracuse University, along with generous financial aid.”
– Eric Andrew ’87

“Attending SU is the most important thing I have done. It put me on the path that I am on today. Without my SU experience, I know there is no chance I would be the person I am today or achieved what I have in my career.”
– Joe Bator ’93

“We might be 300 miles from SU, but it is part of our growing up and part of our genome. Together, we can demonstrate that Boston loves Syracuse, and be a material force in The Campaign for Syracuse University.”
– Mike Thonis ’72