Syracuse University Magazine


Acclaimed interior designer Thom Filicia ’93 visited with interior design students at The Warehouse in January. Filicia gave a lecture and also met with students to critique their work. Watch a video about Filicia below.

English professors Dana Spiotta and Bruce Smith were finalists for the National Book Critics Circle awards. Spiotta was nominated in the fiction category for Stone Arabia (Scribner); Smith in the poetry category for Devotions (University of Chicago Press).

School of Architecture Dean Mark Robbins G’81 has been named executive director of the International Center of Photography in New York City. Robbins, who has served as dean since 2004, will begin his new position on July 1.

Illustration professor John Thompson created original paintings for “Dogs at Work,” a new set of four 65-cent U.S. postage stamps issued to celebrate working canines.

Biology professor William Starmer was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the largest general scientific society worldwide, for his outstanding contributions to science and technology.

Literacy pioneer Ruth Colvin ’59, H’84 chronicles her life of world travel in Off the Beaten Path: Stories of People Around the World, published by Syracuse University Press.

Bob Costas ’74, the Emmy Award-winning sportscaster who has spent more than three decades at NBC Sports, was elected to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association’s Hall of Fame. He will host the network’s primetime coverage of the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

Alex Pines ’11 collected third place for “Our Coast,” in the narrative multimedia storytelling features category of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program. She received a $1,500 prize.

Sports Notes


SU center Baye Keita ’14 grabs a rebound against Ohio State in the East Regional final of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston on March 24. The top-seeded Orange registered tournament wins against UNC Asheville, Kansas State, and Wisconsin before falling to the Buckeyes, 77-70, in the Elite Eight showdown. Led by seniors Scoop Jardine and Kris Joseph, the Orange cast aside off-the-court controversies and produced a record-breaking season to remember. Coach Jim Boeheim ’66, G’73 guided the team to a 34-3 mark, the best record in program history. Along the way, the Orange reeled off 20 straight wins for its best start ever, captured the Big East regular season title with a record 17 conference victories, and remained among the top-ranked teams in the national polls all season. “They’ve been great,” Boeheim said of Jardine and Joseph, following the season finale. “They’ve won more games in these four years than anybody in a senior class we’ve ever had. These last two years they’ve been great starting, and they’ve been good leaders. They’ve really done everything you could ask from them.”

Photo courtesy of SU Athletics

Tom Coughlin ’68, G’69 collected his second Super Bowl trophy as the head coach of the New York Giants when they defeated the New England Patriots, 21-17, in Indianapolis in February. Coughlin is now among an elite group of 13 head coaches who’ve won multiple Super Bowl titles. It was also Coughlin’s second Super Bowl victory over the Patriots, complementing the stunning 17-14 win in Super Bowl XLII (2008). Celebrating with Coughlin was fellow Orange football alum Markus Paul ’89, assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Giants.

Orange defensive end Chandler Jones ’12 was the 21st overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, chosen by the New England Patriots. He is the first Syracuse player to be chosen in the first round since defensive end Dwight Freeney 02 was the 11th overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 2002. Offensive tackle Andrew Tiller ’12 was the ninth pick in the sixth round (179th overall) selected by the New Orleans Saints.

Orange women’s soccer midfielder Alyscha Mottershead’13 played for Team Canada in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver. The Canadian team finished second behind the United States, securing a spot in the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

The SU men’s and women’s cross country teams earned All-Academic team honors from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for the third straight year. Individual USTFCCCA All-Academic honors went to Orange women Lauren Penney ’12 and Sarah Pagano ’13, and Orange men Pat Dupont ’12, and Sean Keefe ’14.

Jace Lowry ’15 won the junior men’s race at the 2012 USA Cross Country Championships in St. Louis in February.

Syracuse field hockey players Liz McInerney ’12, Heather Susek ’12, and Kelsey Millman ’13 were honored as Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I All-Americans. McInerney was named to the first team, while Susek and Millman were named to the second and third teams, respectively.