Syracuse University Magazine


Broadcast Journalist Charlie Rose (left) interviews former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker H’08 at a Syracuse University event in Manhattan on September 19. The event celebrated the establishment of the Paul Volcker Chair in Behavioral Economics at the Maxwell School. SU trustee emeritus Robert Menschel ’51, H’91 made the endowment gift in honor of Volcker, recognizing his exceptional accomplishments and years of influential service to the financial sector and the nation. Volcker is also a longtime member of the Maxwell School Advisory Board.

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The Crown family received the 2011 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, which is awarded every two years by the Carnegie Foundation to individuals and families in recognition of their exceptional and sustained records of philanthropic giving. Four Crown brothers, Henry, Irving, Edward, and Herman Crown, who grew up in poverty in Chicago, went on to build a substantial family enterprise that has always devoted a portion of its resources to worthwhile causes. Since the early '70s, Henry's son, Lester, and his wife, SU trustee emerita Renée Schine Crown '50, H'84, have given generously to the University, including providing naming gifts for the Hildegarde and J. Myer Schine Student Center and the Renée Crown University Honors Program.

ESPN sportscaster Mike Tirico '88 hosted The NFL: 1st and the Next 10, a symposium examining the future of professional football, at the Newhouse School in October. The event explored long-term issues facing the NFL through a series of interviews and panel discussions. Tirico was joined by several SU alumni, including colleagues from ESPN, and others whose work is associated with the NFL. For more on the event, go to

English professor Bruce Smith was a 2011 National Book Award finalist in the poetry category for his book Devotions (University of Chicago Press).

Newhouse magazine professor Harriet Brown was awarded the 2011 John F. Murray Prize in Strategic Communication for the Public Good by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of Iowa. The prize recognizes "a pioneering innovator who uses communications to ennoble the human spirit." In her book Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia (William Morrow), Brown recounts her family's efforts to help her oldest daughter recover from anorexia nervosa.

The University launched its first mobile application this fall. The free app delivers a range of information about SU, including news and events, mapping for campus navigation, and library offerings. It is available for iOS and Android devices, with a Blackberry version coming soon. To learn more, go to

Sports Notes

The SU men's and women's cross country teams placed 15th and 17th, respectively, at the NCAA Championships at Indiana State University on November 21. Pat Dupont '12 paced the Orange men, finishing 37th to earn All-America honors for the second straight year. Lauren Penney '12 led the Orange women with a 21st-place finish and was named an All-American. Both teams won the NCAA Northeast Regionals for the third straight season. Dupont led the men with a fourth-place finish, and Penney placed second to guide the SU women.

The SU field hockey team captured its second straight Big East tournament title, defeating top-seeded UConn, 3-2, in the championship game at Coyne Stadium. Forward Lauren Brooks '15 was named Most Outstanding Player. Coach Ange Bradley's Orange advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, completing the season with a 19-4 mark.