Coming Back Together at Whitman


During the 12th Coming Back Together (CBT) campus-wide celebration for Syracuse University African American and Latino alumni, more than 80 Whitman/SU alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends gathered for a networking luncheon that was filled with optimism and enthusiasm.

Recently appointed Whitman Dean Gene Anderson shared his early impressions as well as future aspirations for the School, emphasizing the importance of diversity and inclusion in realizing goals for excellence, prominence and leadership.

Whitman’s CBT alumni chair and recipient of the Chancellor’s Citation, Michael Blackshear ’91, led guests through a survey and personal sharing exercise designed to create an open dialogue and explore ideas for continued engagement. Students shared their career aspirations, while alumni imparted advice for achieving success. The event concluded with time for networking before guests moved on to the next event on their CBT itinerary.

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Michael Blackshear, who serves as North America chief compliance officer for Chubb Insurance Co., for his time, efforts and enthusiasm in chairing the Whitman CBT luncheon, and we congratulate him on his receipt of the Chancellor’s Citation. Michael and Whitman alumnus Constance “Connie” Orlando ’89, head of programming, Black Entertainment Television, were among five Syracuse University alumni honored with the Citation during CBT 2017. We are so proud and grateful to have Michael and Connie represent our School.

Though we will certainly continue ongoing efforts to engage with our Coming Back Together alumni, we are already planning ways to make the 13th CBT event at Whitman bigger and better!

Alison Kessler

Alison Kessler is the alumni publications and outreach manager at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. She has amassed more than 20 years of experience in integrated marketing communications in the corporate, agency, not-for-profit, higher education and government sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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  1. I am a 1973 graduate. I had a 38 year career in management. The last 7 years I have volunteered in my community in Central New York. Now, I am running for the US Senate for 2018 as a Republican.
    If there is an opportunity for me to speak sometime at my alma mater I would love to. Our country needs a lot of things for our Government to get done.
    Thank you@

  2. Whitman School wasn’t around in 1954, and the Korean war was winding down, but still on. I was a member of a student faculty team in the business school back then. Then again the University has grown and I left for military service right after graduation in 1954 with the Air Force. I spent the next five years flying around the world, got out and went with Texas Instruments in Dallas in 1959 and grew with them in levels of management. In between still flying in the reserve. I kept track of the University and retired first from Air Force as a Colonel and with the City of Dallas FEMA office with 30 years, and the Texas Instruments with 39 years in management positions in 1998. I glad to see Whitman has grown to be recognized school in the East. I wish some of the athletic teams would do better, like some of the Texas Universities my grandchildren have attended. Best wishes, Cliff Way ’54

    • Thank you for your comment, Cliff, and for your service! I hope you are enjoying your retirement from both the military and corporate career. We are so happy you continue to keep in touch with Whitman. There is much of which to be proud! Here’s to a great season for our women’s and men’s Orange basketball teams! Take care! Go Orange!

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