Past Orange Circle Recipients

The Orange Circle Award was introduced in 2009 to recognize altruistic members of the Syracuse University community who have done extraordinary things in the service of others. Since then, it has honored a number of individuals and groups that are making a difference on campus and in their communities.


Patricia H Mautino ’64, G’66
Throughout her life, Patricia Mautino has worked tirelessly for Syracuse University, for her community, and for libraries. She has served in a number of leadership roles with the Syracuse University Alumni Association and as co-chair of the iSchool Board of Advisors Development Committee, and now serves as a member of the Syracuse University board of trustees. Extremely involved in education, service, and philanthropy in the community, she has also served libraries in a wide range of elected and appointed offices, as well as through continuous advocacy and volunteerism.

Ruth Schlesinger Sherman ’73
Sherman is chair of The Friends of The Leadership and Public Service High School in New York City, which is affiliated with Syracuse University and offers programs of academic excellence to students from underserved populations, including the value of community and public service. 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
Style Lottery was founded in 2013 by Timi Komonibo G’15, a graduate student at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, with her team, Nieves Alvarez G’14 and Alexis Morris G’15. Style Lottery is a sustainable-fashion- and fashion-as-philanthropy-focused nonprofit that is allowing the three members to combine their love for fashion with a desire to empower young women from marginalized communities.


Thomas Blumer G’82
Over his 21 years on the advisory board at SU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, Blumer held leadership positions and was a trusted advisor to the college’s deans, faculty, and students. In addition, he and his wife, Barbara, are donors who have made provisions for SU with a significant gift from their estates.

Christopher Meek ’92
Christopher Meek is tirelessly dedicated to helping American troops and veterans take their next steps forward. SoldierSocks, the nonprofit he co-founded in 2009, focuses on identifying and filling gaps in the traditional systems supporting members of our military.

Mary Gilmore Smith ’29 G’38
When Mary Gilmore Smith passed away in January 2014 at the age of 106, Syracuse University lost one of the oldest, most dedicated members of its extended family. From her days as an English 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.


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 Schoolof 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.