Syracuse University Magazine


SU Trustee Abdallah Yabroudi ’78, G’79 (left) and engineering professor Sam Clemence (second from right) pose with teaching assistants Thomas Maxner Jr. ’11 and Marieke Sparrow-Pepin ’11 at the fourth annual completion ceremony for the Dubai civil engineering internship program in June. Yabroudi, CEO of Dubai Contracting Company, hosts the program, which he named in honor of Clemence and James Mandel, two of his faculty mentors at SU. The program introduces SU interns to Middle East business practices and cultural activities. This year’s ceremony was attended by an SU delegation of trustees, administration leaders, and family members, as well as alumni from the Middle East. The University group also officially opened an SU information center in Dubai that was provided by Yabroudi, and attended an art exhibition on Islamic ornament and design created through a partnership between SU and the Dahesh Museum of Art in New York City.

News Makers

Chancellor Nancy Cantor was appointed co-chair of the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

Newhouse journalism professor Joel Kaplan was named ombudsman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in June. Kaplan, associate dean of professional graduate studies, will consider issues of objectivity, balance, fairness, and transparency within public media. 

A discovery about the visual process by a research team led by physics professor Kenneth Foster was the subject of a June 24 cover story in Chemistry and Biology. Foster’s team, which includes physics research professor Juree Saranak, demonstrated that an electronic coupling in chromophores (light-absorbing substances in retinal photoreceptor molecules) triggers the visual signal, upending a long-held scientific belief that a geometric change in the chromophores’ structure initiated the process.

SU and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have established the Institute for Veterans and Military Families. The first of its kind, the institute will serve as a national center in higher education focused on the social, economic, education, and policy issues impacting veterans and their families post-service. 

College of Law graduate Jessica Caterina L’11 was honored with a 2011 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing, which recognizes practitioners and law school students nationwide for using clear, concise language in their work. She was cited for “Glorious Bastards: The Legal and Civil Birthright of Adoptees to Access Their Medical Records in Search of Genetic Identity,” published in Syracuse Law Review.

Newhouse magazine journalism graduate Caitlin Dewey ’11 won The New York Times’ Modern Love College Essay Contest. Her essay, “Even in Real Life, There Were Screens Between Us,” chronicles a relationship she developed via the Internet. It was selected from among 1,400 entries representing 370 colleges and was published online in the Times.

Sports Notes

Four members of the SU men’s and women’s track and field teams were recognized as All-Americans by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association following their performances at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, in June. Tito Medrano ’12, the two-time Big East champion in the 10,000-meter run, placed 12th in the 10,000 final to earn second-team All-America honors. Katie Hursey ’11 also received second-team All-America recognition, finishing 14th overall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Kelsey Rubeor ’11, the Big East heptathlon champion, finished 19th overall in the seven-event national competition, earning honorable mention All-America status. Sprinter Flings Owusu-Agyapong ’11 also collected honorable mention accolades, placing 20th overall in the 100-meter dash. 

Pro Football Hall of Famer Floyd Little ’67 has returned to the University, serving as special assistant to athletic director Daryl Gross

Orange sports legend Jim Brown ’57 received the first Tewaaraton Legends Award, recognizing him for his achievements in college lacrosse. A two-time All-America midfielder, Brown was introduced at the ceremony in Washington, D.C., in June by his former teammate and longtime SU men’s lacrosse coach Roy Simmons Jr. ’59. Also honored at the event were 2011 Tewaaraton finalists midfielder Joel White ’11 and goalie John Galloway ’11.