'Cuse won the NCAA men's cross-country championship for the first time since 1951 and it did so thanks to three Orange runners who placed in the top 10 at the national finals in Louisville, Justyn Knight, Colin Bennie and Martin Hehir.
All three came through Portland last June on their way to Eugene when a small contingent from the club went to the airport to greet them. Read about that here. In addition, cross-country coach John Fox was named coach of the year for the achievement.
The field hockey team's 4 - 2 victory in the final game over North Carolina marked the first championship for a women's team in Syracuse University sports history. For head coach Ange Bradley it was the culmination of a 25-year quest, "I'm so proud of these women," she said.
The Stumptown Orange sends its heartiest congratulations to the champs!
Truth in sports reporting ... Monday also saw the firing of SU football coach Scott Shafer. After starting the season 3 - 0, the team has dropped its last eight games. Shafer will coach the season finale this Saturday at the Carrier Dome against Boston College.
What's old is new again...
Elections were held at our Oct. 10 game watch and annual meeting. Ken Kane ('75), who was the club's first president, is back in that role again. Elected with Ken were two new Vice-presidents, Lynda Bersani ('78) for Events and Rich Meneghello ('93) for Student Involvement. Howard Groopman ('72) was re-elected as Sports Coordinator.
We still have an opening for Communications Manager -- someone to maintain the club's Website, Facebook page and oversee e-mails. If you'd like to serve in this position, please contact Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.246.6462503.246.6462.
We're test-driving sports pubs
This school year we are going to "audition" a number of bars and sports pubs with the goal of eventually picking one or two to be our regular game watch locations. Those who attend a given watch party will have the chance to provide feedback on the venue following the event.
Join us for our next game watch, this time for the basketball game against Georgetown on Dec. 5 at 10am. See the Events page for more.
Holiday Ships event is Dec. 16
Our annual Holiday Ships Happy Hour will take place along the Willamette this year, on Dec. 16. Check out the Events page for details.
Blood drive yields 26 units for Portland
Thanks to everyone who came out for the game and the opportunity to help the Portland community on Sep. 12. For photos and details of the Do You BLEED Orange? event, clickhere.
Student Send-off combines info, food and fun
Thanks to all 27 participants in our Student Send-off on Aug. 8, but especially to our host Christie Martin ('99) (above, right). Like many of the other alumni who attended, she took time to meet the newest Orange, including Kennedy Johnson and her mother, Susannah. For more on the event, click here.
Orange Central/Homecoming/Reunion Weekend set
When our own George Gearn ('54) was a student on Piety Hill, one of his jobs was to fire the Archbold Stadium cannon whenever the Orange scored a touchdown.
Last fall, when George was back for his60th reunion, he found his old ordnance. What memories await you when you return to campus? Find out during Orange Central 2015 from Oct. 22 - 25. You can learn more about Homecoming activities by going to http://orangecentral.syr.edu/.
Have you renewed your annual club membership?
Show your Orangepride by flashing a little green! It's time to "re-up" your club membership through June 2016.
Your tax-deductible annual membership helps support the club's events, demonstrates your commitment to the Stumptown Orange, and even gets you price breaks on tickets for some club activities. To pay your annual membership online, just click here.
And while you're at it, please consider making a donation to the club's Student Grant Fund.