Diversity Beyond Campus
I just finished reading the Ithaca College Quarterly 2002/2
issue. The article "Race on Campus" was of special interest to
me. I am a graduate of 1963, and even though the diversity of the
campus may have been less than desired then, I became lifelong
friends with two schoolmates of very different backgrounds from
Halligan and Bynum
Halligan and Endoh
I am of German heritage, born and raised in Pennsylvania Dutch
country near Reading, Pennsylvania. Valerie Collymore Bynum '63,
an African American woman from the Bronx, became my roommate and
friend. During our second year at Ithaca we became friends with
Mieko Kawagoe Endoh '64, who was from Kyushu, the southern island
of Japan. I think Mieko was the first Japanese citizen to graduate
from Ithaca College. Mieko and I traveled to Europe with Professor
Joseph Tague when we were undergraduates, as a part of the Ithaca
College study-abroad program. We attended classes at the University
of Edinburgh in Scotland and at the Mozarteum in Austria. We also
had tickets to many music festival performances throughout Europe.
We have remained lifelong friends, visiting each other over the
years as our families were growing and always keeping in touch.
Valerie went on to graduate school at the School of the Arts in
New York and now lives in Chester, New York. She married an Ithaca
classmate, Louis Bynum '63, who died in 1997. Mieko lives on the
southern island of Japan in Miyazaki City and her daughters, Yuiko
and Maiko, live in Tokyo. Mieko was the director of a sister-city
program for 12 years and traveled frequently between Miyazaki City
and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Three friends at reunion
The three of us are all now widows and have regular reunions.
Our diversity always seems to attract others to talk to us and
find out more about our background. Our most recent reunion was
in October 2001 in Boston. Mieko insisted that we get tickets to
the Boston Symphony, with Seiji Ozawa conducting his last season
there. As always, we had a wonderful time. We are hoping to travel
to Nova Scotia during the upcoming summer or fall.
My education at Ithaca College has served me well, and it is impossible
to put any kind of value on the lifelong friendships I made there.
My life has been tremendously enriched.
Helen Engle Halligan '63
Rochester, New York
My 50th reunion in 2002 was one of the best things I've done in
a long time. All you do is talk! If you question the idea of attending,
think again. Reuniting with all your friends makes you feel great!
It's a wonderful thing to do. Go, and be happy!
Bob Bunnell '52
I was very pleased to see in the most recent issue of the Ithaca
College Quarterly (2002/4) that Ithaca College was rated
as one of the best colleges in the country for LGBT students
to attend. That's wonderful news. I was one of the original members
of the gay and lesbian student club that began, if memory serves,
around 1982 or 1983. It's great to see the direction the College
has taken concerning this issue, and of course many other issues.
Suzanne Johnson '83
Oakdale, New York
Singers Are Musicians
In the most recent issue of the Ithaca College Quarterly (2002/4), on
page 14 you titled the music school report "Musicians Perform in
Global 9/11 Remembrance." But the caption for the picture on page
15 reads, "Ithaca singers and musicians . . .". It may be
news to some, but singers are musicians. There should be
no distinction made unless you wish to categorize by vocal and
instrumental, and even then you are on shaky ground. We [singers]
play instruments that can't be seen, purchased, or upgraded and
that are gifts received at birth. They require no less knowledge,
technique, practice, or TLC than the outside variety.
A little respect, please, for those who must see the notes and
make them happen just by the action of their brains -- with no
help from correctly placed fingers!
Barbara R. Wickham '65, M.M. '77
Stamford, New York
Savishinsky on Retirement
Bringing recognition to the College, his students,
and the issues of aging: Savishinsky (foreground)
The article on Professor Joel Savishinsky ("A
Passion for Silver," Ithaca
College Quarterly, 2002/3) was special and wonderful.
Professor Savishinsky's new book, Breaking the Watch: The Meaning
of Retirement in America, is one of the most significant
works published in the United States on this important stage
in people's lives. I suggest to all who read the excellent Ithaca
College Quarterly: pick up a paperback copy and start reading
Jules D. Burgevin
(retired IC psychology professor)
Trumansburg, New York
Thank You, Coach Butterfield
The death of Jim Butterfield brought me deep sadness. Obviously,
I did not know him like his family did, or his friends, or his
colleagues. Or even as well as his players. I knew him only because
I was a member of the student media and a fan of the football program.
It was enough to be affected.
The word "legend" is overused,
but for Coach Butterfield, no one was more deserving of the distinction.
was a brilliant football
coach -- a hall of famer -- and a true leader of men. He did his
work with the utmost in integrity, pride, and class. Regardless
of what you think about the importance of athletics at an academic
institution, having Jim Butterfield represent Ithaca College for
27 years is something everyone could be proud of. He was the embodiment
of all that is right about college athletics.
The highlight in my four years of student media was hosting The
Gridiron Report, the long-running weekly coach's show recapping "the
week that was" in Ithaca football. Every Sunday evening Jim Butterfield
would faithfully scoot up the hill, dealing with the gamut of
different student personalities over the years. But he was never
disrespectful, never condescending; in fact, he went out of his
way to make you feel comfortable.
Unfortunately, that didn't always
work. To this day, I have never been more intimidated of an interview
guest than I was of Jim Butterfield
at first. That steely jaw, the booming New England–accented voice,
the eyes that could cut through you. The mere presence. It was
intimidating, but more so, you just didn't want to let this man
down. I imagine that's the way his players felt, too. I stumbled
my way through the first few shows, unable to relax. But I was
able to calm down and steadily improve as the year went on, just
like the team. We then capped off the year together -- with a nice
little national championship trophy sitting by our side.
There are a lot of schools in
the United States. Somewhere, there are other authority figures
that meant as much
to their students
and schools as Jim Butterfield meant to Ithaca. But it's hard to
imagine. His players used to speak of "Bomber pride." But you didn't
have to be a player to be proud of having Jim Butterfield as coach
of the school's football team. He helped make me proud to be a
Bomber everywhere I go. For that, I will miss him.
Adam Wodon '92
Editor's note: See article on Jim Butterfield:
Farewell to a Legendary Coach. Also, Randy Garrett '73
wrote a poem in honor of Coach Butterfield, which
you can read online: Tribute
to Coach Butterfield
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