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Orange Circle Award / Past Recipients

Past Recipients

The Orange Circle Award was introduced in 2009. Since then, it has honored a number of individuals and groups that are making a difference on campus and in their communities.



A student-run philanthropic organization that strives to raise awareness and funds for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital with an annual dance marathon. Funds raised help pay for expenses not covered by insurance, provide support services, and help the hospital stay up to date.

Tumay Tunur, Ph.D.

A professor and accomplished dancer who uses her skills to teach both the young and the elderly, with a special focus on people with Parkinson’s disease. She combines her research interests with her dance expertise by leading the Moving Through Possibilities program, which aims to engage the community in movement and promote healthy aging.

Matthew Zeller G’06

A former Army officer whose life was saved by his Afghan translator and, in response, created No One Left Behind, a nonprofit that assists translators as they pursue visas and long-term U.S. residency, and thus escape from the types of retribution that might be likely in their homelands.


Ruth Schlesinger Sherman ’73

Chair of The Friends of The Leadership and Public Service High School in New York City, a Syracuse University-affiliated school offering programs of academic excellence to students from underserved populations. The Friends’ work also includes the Syracuse University Mentor/Mentee Alliance, offering 10th- through 12th-grade students a relationship that aims to improve both academic and social skills.

Style Lottery Team

A sustainable-fashion- and fashion-as-philanthropy-focused nonprofit that combines a love for fashion with a desire to empower young women from marginalized communities, founded by graduate student Timi Komonibo G’15 and her team, Nieves Alvarez G’14 and Alexis Morris G’15.

Patricia Mautino ’64, G’66

A tireless supporter of Syracuse University; her community; and libraries on the local, regional, state, and national levels. In addition to serving in a number of leadership roles within the Syracuse University Alumni Association, the iSchool Board of Advisors, and the University’s board of trustees, she has served libraries in a wide range of elected and appointed offices, as well as through continuous advocacy and volunteerism.


Thomas Blumer G’82

Served on the advisory board at SU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science for 21 years, acting in leadership positions on the advisory board and as a trusted advisor to the college’s deans, faculty, and students. In addition, he and his wife, Barbara, have made provisions for SU with a significant gift from their estates.

e5m Advocacy Center Student Theater Troupe

An interactive student volunteer, peer theater troupe that develops and performs scenarios about sexual assault and relationship violence. During 2012-13, the troupe engaged more than 200 students in various classes, training sessions, and student organizations.

Christopher Meek ’92

As co-founder of the nonprofit SoldierSocks, Meek is tirelessly dedicated to helping American troops and veterans take their next steps forward by identifying and filling gaps in the traditional systems supporting members of our military.

Mary Gilmore Smith ’29 G’38 (posthumous)

At the time of her death at age 106, Gilmore Smith was one of the oldest, most dedicated members of Syracuse University’s extended family. From her days as a student during the 1920s to decades of counseling and service to others, she was a tireless advocate for women in higher education.


Richard Dulude ’54

Retired senior executive for Corning Inc. and a longtime SU volunteer and advisor. In addition, he established the Richard Dulude Endowed Scholarship for undergraduate engineering students.

Louise Phanstiel

Supporter of a number of Syracuse University initiatives, including the Phanstiel Scholars program, the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and the Community Folk Art Center.

Melvin T. Stith G’73, G’78 and Patricia L. Stith G’77

Melvin Stith, former dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, and Patricia Stith, the University’s assistant provost for equity and inclusion, are well known for their service and dedication to local, regional, and national organizations, including the Ph.D. Project, Vera House, and the United Way.


All Star C.A.S.T.

A program for Syracuse University drama students and people from the community who have special needs, all of whom share a love of acting and the desire to create theater.

Eric ’66, G’68 and Judith Mower ’66, G’73, G’80, G’84

Alumni whose belief in philanthropy extends not only to their businesses, their community and their alma mater, but to the next generation.

Angela Robinson ’78

Award-winning veteran broadcast journalist who volunteers her time to SU, both on campus and in her hometown of Atlanta, and has established a scholarship for minority students.


Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee

An organization of SU students committed to creating a more supportive, inclusive campus.

SU/ESF Chapter of Habitat for Humanity

One of the country’s top three campus chapters and the group behind five homes built in Syracuse.

Peter G. King ’77

Managing partner of King + King Architects and an innovator in green building design and construction.

Marc Klein ’03

The fraternity brother who established the James Lyons ’03 Sons and Daughters Memorial Scholarship Fund to benefit the cildren of fallen or disabled U.S. soldiers.


Fisher House Foundation

Donor of “Fisher Houses” to major military medical centers across the country, ensuring that wounded warriors have loved ones nearby during their times of greatest need.

Marshall M. Gelfand ’50

Tireless leader in the Alumni Club of Southern California, advocate on the SU Board of Trustees, and generous donor who laid the groundwork for SU in LA.

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities

Successful program that helps veterans rebuild their economic potential by giving them the skills needed to launch small businesses.

Students in Free Enterprise

Whitman School-based group that worked with the women weavers of Chumanzana, Guatemala, to create a successful thread supply store, helping to create sustainable incomes.

Winnick Hillel Center for Jewish Life at Syracuse University, Gift of Life Campaign

Program that registers potenital bone marrow donors and raises awareness for the need to maintain and grow bone marrow donor lists.


John A. ’63 and Elaine C. Couri

The driving force behind a number of community initiatives through the Couri Foundation Inc., including a summer camp for underprivileged children and senior centers.

Wesley C. Dias ’74

A mentor who not only helps high school students choose, apply to, and transition to college, but stays connected to ensure the students make the most of their college years.

Coordinators of the 2009 Senior Class Gift

Class Council President Samina S. Noorani ’09 and Emma S.Dovi ’09, who worked together with the members of the Class Council to re-establish the tradition of senior class giving at SU.

Jules R. Setnor, M.D. ’32, G’35

Together with his late wife, Rose ’33, the generous supporter of Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music and the Rose and Jules R. Setnor, M.D., and Stanford S. Setnor, M.D., Academic Building at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Syracuse University Sport Management Club

One of SU’s largest student-run organizations and a major force in raising more than $75,000 for local charities through an annual sports memorabilia auction.

Marilyn Costello Tickner ’03

A Syracuse University staff member who is a committed volunteer for such student events as Syracuse Welcome, Family Weekend, Orange Central, and Senior Celebration.