Syracuse University Magazine


Vice Chancellor and Provost Eric F. Spina announced the appointment of two new deans following nationwide searches: Michael A. Speaks was named dean of the School of Architecture, and Kenneth A. Kavajecz was appointed dean of the Whitman School of Management. Speaks is currently dean of the College of Design at the University of Kentucky. Kavajecz is chair of the finance department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

English professor George Saunders G’88 has been selected to receive the 2013 PEN/Malamud Award, which recognizes a body of work that demonstrates excellence in the art of short fiction. Saunders was also named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He was profiled earlier this year in The New York Times Magazine. The article lauded his fourth and latest short story collection,Tenth of December (Random House). 

Newhouse student Alex Kline ’16 was named to Forbes’ “30 under 30” list for sports. The teenage basketball recruiting analyst founded The Recruit Scoop.

African American studies professor Micere Githae Mugo was honored with the Flora Nwapa Award for excellence in African literature. Presented by the African Literature Association, the award recognizes Mugo for her outstanding contributions as a poet, playwright, essayist, critic, and teacher of literature and orature.

Walter D. Broadnax G’75, Distinguished Professor at the Maxwell School, was appointed to a panel leading an independent review of a plan to revive the U.S. Postal Service through public-private partnership. 

Sports Notes

Carmelo Anthony and No. 15 jersey retired

Former Orange basketball star Carmelo Anthony had his No. 15 jersey retired during halftime of the SU-Georgetown game on February 23 in the Carrier Dome. 

SU women’s basketball center Kayla Alexander ’13 was selected by the San Antonio Silver Stars as the eighth pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft. Alexander, who received All-America honorable mention accolades from the Associated Press, completed her four-year career as the Orange women’s all-time leading scorer with 2,024 points. She helped guide the team to an NCAA appearance and a 24-8 record.

The SU men’s and women’s cross country teams were honored as U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic teams for the fourth straight year. Sarah Pagano ’13, Griff Graves ’12, G’13, and Martin Hehir ’15 received individual All-Academic honors from the association. It was Pagano’s second straight USTFCCCA honor.

Three members of the 2012-13 SU football team were selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. Offensive tackle Justin Pugh ’13 was the first-round pick (19th overall) of the New York Giants. Pugh will be joined in New York by quarterback Ryan Nassib ’12, who was picked in the fourth round (110th overall) by the Giants. Safety Shamarko Thomas ’13 followed Nassib off the draft board, going to the Pittsburgh Steelers as the 111th overall selection.