Elyse Fournier

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College of Arts & Sciences

What attracted you to Syracuse University?
I was initially drawn to Syracuse University because of its well-rounded college environment: combining academics, extracurriculars, and school spirit on a beautiful campus. As a student, I’ve confirmed that SU was the right school for me because of our “Bleed Orange” mentality and incredible alumni network.

What organizations are you involved with on-campus?
On-campus, I am extremely passionate about my involvement with Telefund, a division of The Fund for Syracuse, where I have the opportunity to engage with alumni and parents of current students while encouraging gifts to college and extracurricular designations. As a mentor within the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Team, I have been able to assist new and matriculating students, as well as interact with SU applicants and their families. Additionally, my involvement in the Treatment Research in Academic Competence Psychology Lab has presented me with the privilege of engaging with the Syracuse City School District's third-grade students and implement reading and writing probes with them each week. These experiences, amongst many others, lead me towards understanding my purpose at Syracuse University and grow intellectually and personally throughout my time here.

How has your time at Syracuse shaped you?
Attending Syracuse University has presented me with various opportunities to grow and succeed academically, as well as to become more informed on the community and world around me. Aside from my coursework, I have had the privilege of engaging with the greater Syracuse area and cultivating a passion for service through my research and volunteer endeavors.

What motivates you to give back to Syracuse?
As my undergraduate career at Syracuse comes to a close, I reflect on the many ways alumni, advisors, and faculty have encouraged me and my endeavors. The encouragement I have felt propels me to understand my responsibility to further give back and ensure current and future students feel that same support.

What has been your favorite Syracuse experience so far?
My favorite Syracuse experience, to date, was attending the Duke v. Syracuse basketball game in 2017. John Gillon's buzzer-beater sparked reverberating energy over the Dome and it remains my favorite memory of our unmatched school spirit.

Why do you think alumni should support SU?
I believe alumni should support Syracuse University as a way to remain connected with the school, reminisce on what they gained from their college experience, and “pay it forward” so other students can reap the same benefits and opportunities they have.

If you had a chance to thank a donor right now, what would you say?
Thank you for your contribution towards making the Syracuse University experience such a memorable one for current students like myself! I’m positive your gift will make a meaningful impact on campus and present valuable opportunities to fellow Orange family members.

Why are you proud to be a part of the Orange family?
I am grateful to be a part of the Orange family because of the immeasurable camaraderie amongst alumni no matter the age, profession, or location. From graduation day forward, our Orange pride is the connecting factor that binds us all together.