Syracuse University Magazine



U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton responds to a question from Maxwell School Dean James Steinberg, who served as deputy secretary of state  before coming to SU. During a visit to campus in April, Clinton met with students and participated in a wide-ranging discussion with Steinberg in Hendricks Chapel, addressing such topics as democracy and human rights, the Arab Spring, the environment, politics, and public service. "We've always been a pretty realistic people," she said. "We have a lot of disagreements, but we not only need to set the standard for democracy, we need to set the standard for the kind of reasoning that should underlie any kind of democratic enterprise."  

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Mary Karr, Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of Literature in the College of Arts and Sciences, celebrated poet, and bestselling memoirist, can now add songwriter to her credits. Karr collaborated with Grammy Award-winning songwriter Rodney Crowell on the album Kin (Vanguard Records). Among the vocalists appearing on the album are Norah Jones, Kris Kristofferson, and Emmylou Harris.

Legendary journalist Ted Koppel ’60 was honored as the inaugural inductee of the new WAER Hall of Fame. The FM radio station, marking its 65th anniversary, opened the hall of fame at its headquarters on campus. Koppel received a hall of fame trophy at a formal induction ceremony in May at Greenberg House in Washington, D.C.   

Larry Kramer ’72, an SU trustee and chair of the Newhouse School advisory board, was named president and publisher of USA TODAY in May. Kramer, an adjunct professor in Newhouse’s new media management program, has a long and distinguished media career that traverses from traditional print reporting to online entrepreneurial ventures, including founding and serving as executive editor of the San Francisco Examiner.

Chancellor Nancy Cantor was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Colgate University, which cited her for advancing the “role of universities as a public good responsible for serving the needs of society” and as an “advocate for the status of women in the academy, racial justice, and diversity.”

Chandra Talpade Mohanty, an internationally recognized scholar of postcolonial and transnational feminist theory and Dean’s Professor of the Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences, received an honorary doctor of humanities degree from the College of Wooster (Ohio) in May. She also addressed the college’s graduating class.

Don Mitchell, Maxwell Distinguished Professor of Geography, received the Anders Retzius Medal in Gold from His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, on Vega Day, which celebrates geography and exploration. 

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian Suzanne E. Thorin was nominated to the National Museum and Library Services Board by President Obama.

Rosemary Mild has published a second memoir devoted to her daughter, Miriam Luby Wolfe, who was one of the 35 SU students killed in the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am 103. In Miriam’s World—and Mine (Magic Island Literary Works), Mild recounts her journey from the grief of losing her only child to the courage she gained through inspiration from her daughter’s legacy of love, humor, and idealism. The book features stories, poems, and essays written by Miriam and includes information on the role SU and alumni have played in honoring the students’ legacies.  

Sports Notes

London Calling: Several SU alumni are competing in the London Olympics. SU women’s rower Natalie Mastracci ’11 is a member of the Canadian women’s eight Olympic team.  Mike Gennaro11 is an alternate on the U.S. men’s rowing team. For the third Olympics in a row, former Orange hoop star Carmelo Anthony is playing for the USA mens basketball team, while Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim ’66, G’73 is making his second appearance as an assistant coach for the defending gold medalists. Former Orange All-America field hockey player Shannon Taylor ’08 is a member of Team USA and the first SU player to participate in the Olympics in that sport. Former two-time Big East heptathlon champion Ohunoma Osazuwa ’10 is competing in that event for Nigeria.

Three members of the SU men’s basketball team were selected in the NBA Draft in June. Leading the way was guard Dion Waiters ’14, who was the fourth overall pick, going to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Boston Celtics chose center Fab Melo ’14 (22nd pick in first round) and forward Kris Joseph ’12 (51st overall). 

Orange track star Jarret Eaton ’12, who finished sixth in the 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, was named a United States Track & Field and Coaches Association First Team All-American. Eaton also collected indoor All-America honors after capturing the national title in the 60-meter hurdles.

The SU women’s softball team advanced to the championship game of the NCAA Tournament’s Tempe Regional before falling to Arizona State, 4-0. The Orange women completed their season with a 43-16 record, the second most wins in program history and the furthest they have reached in the NCAA tourney. Pitcher Jenna Caira ’12 was 27-9 on the mound this season and completed her four-year career with 97 victories and three no-hitters. She also became the first player in Big East history to register 1,000 strikeouts. Caira was named a 2012 Easton Fastpitch Second Team All-American.