Though I had long recognized Syracuse University’s reputation of excellence in academics, athletics and alumni engagement through my work in higher education, it wasn’t until seven years ago that I came to fully realize the magnificence of this institution.
My daughter had considered a few universities to pursue her collegiate dreams, but it didn’t take long for the lure of Syracuse University to persuade her. She arrived on campus in August of 2010 as a freshman and member of the women’s rowing team. Syracuse University became a frequent and favorite destination for me—not only to see my daughter but also to experience the warmth, diversity and vibrancy of the people.
When I learned of the opportunity in Alumni Relations at Whitman, I did not hesitate to apply. I had always found the Orange bond palpable. Being a part of that was very enticing and the timing was right in my career.
This position gave me proximity to my daughter during her last year at SU and the chance to work at a place rooted in alumni success and support. Many of you know that my husband, Jim Seward, is a member of the finance faculty at Whitman. Jim and I were immediately embraced by many and have enjoyed making Syracuse our home and forging new friendships.
It has been my pleasure working with Whitman alumni. Your enthusiasm is contagious. I have been continuously energized by your passion for and loyalty to your alma mater. You enrich the Whitman experience for students through your gifts of time and talent, your generous financial support and your unwavering commitment to this place that is so very easy to love…and so very hard to leave. I am sad to share with you that the time has come for me to step away from my position at Whitman to fully focus on my family.
The last three years have been busy and, I believe, very fruitful. I have loved playing a role in the growth of the Whitman alumni family. It has been so gratifying to know that I could rely on many of you to step up no matter what I may ask—mentoring, hosting students, networking, hiring students and alums, visiting campus to lecture, etc. I feel fully confident that when I leave, you will continue to step up when you are asked, as you know that is what it means to be Orange—giving back and being involved.
Friday, September 8, will be my last day at Whitman. While the process to bring on a new director of alumni relations plays out, Alison Kessler, our alumni publications and outreach manager, will be here for you. Alison has worked with me for the past two years. Many of you have met Alison at alumni functions, communicated with her through the mentorship program or recognize her name as editor of the Whitman alumni magazine. She is committed to you during this time of transition. You can reach Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-440-4622.
On September 8, I will discontinue using my Twitter account and my Cindie Syracuse Whitman Facebook account for Whitman and SU posts. I encourage you to begin following Whitman Alumni on Twitter and Facebook, as well as our existing Whitman Alumni at SU Instagram account. And the Whitman School of Management LinkedIn group will continue to be a great resource and place for connections, updates and information.
The most rewarding part of my time at Whitman has been getting to know so many of you. Though the paths our alumni take after leaving Whitman may vary, the desire to stay connected and contribute to the continued success of students and the school binds you all. That desire has made for many meaningful relationships for me. For those of you who would like to remain in touch, please send me a LinkedIn request, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to me between now and September 8 at email@example.com. I would love to hear from you!
I’d like to close by extending my sincere gratitude to all of you for a wonderful three years and share my best wishes for good health, happiness and success in all that you do.
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