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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. This year, the presentation of the award is one of the highlights of Philanthropy Week at SU.

On March 26, 2015, the Orange Circle Award honored four 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

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.

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