Syracuse University

2015 Orange Circle Recipients

The Orange Circle Award recognizes altruistic members of the Syracuse University community who have done extraordinary things in the service of others. In 2015, the Orange Circle Award honored five SU alumni who are making a difference on and off the SU campus. Learn more about them below.

Ruth Schlesinger Sherman ’73
Style Lottery Team
Patricia H. Mautino

Past Orange Circle Award recipients

Ruth Schlesinger Sherman ’73Ruth Schlesinger Sherman ’73

Ruth Schlesinger Sherman ’73 is chair of The Friends of The Leadership and Public Service High School in New York City, which is affiliated with Syracuse University.

The school offers programs of academic excellence to students from underserved populations, including the value of community and public service. The Friends’ work includes the Syracuse University Mentor/Mentee Alliance (SUMMA), offering 10th- through 12th-grade students a relationship that aims to improve both academic and social skills.

Sherman earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences and a juris doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law. In 1988, she was honored by Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.

Style Lottery TeamTimi Komonibo G’15

Style Lottery was founded in 2013 by Timi Komonibo G’15, a graduate student studying public diplomacy 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. The project was a winner in Syracuse University’s inaugural Fast Forward Student Competition in 2014.

Before attending Syracuse University, Komonibo taught middle school reading, math enrichment, and technology as a Teach for America 2011 Houston Corps member. Alvarez is a graduate of the Newhouse School and Morris is a graduate student in the Maxwell School.

Patricia H Mautino ’64, G’66Patricia H Mautino ’64, G’66

Throughout her life, Patricia Mautino has worked tirelessly for Syracuse University, for her community, and for libraries on the local, regional, state, and national levels.

For Syracuse University, 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, where she chairs the board's Advancement and External Affairs committee.

In addition, Pat and her husband, Louis ’61, G’62, have established a number of endowed scholarships and have made estate provisions for Syracuse University Athletics, the iSchool, the School of Education, and Syracuse University Libraries. Most recently, they named the Football Recruiting Lounge for Louis’s former teammates, artists Jim Ridlon and the late Ferdie Kuczala.

Extremely involved in education, service, and philanthropy in the community, Mautino has also served libraries in a wide range of elected and appointed offices, as well as through continuous advocacy and volunteerism. She has served as president of the New York Library Association, as a member of the Council of the American Library Association, as vice chairperson of New York Governor Mario Cuomo’s Governor’s Conference on Libraries and Information Services, and as delegate and New York State co-chairperson for the White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services.

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