Syracuse University Magazine


Barnes Leads Board of Trustees

Steven W. BarnesThe Syracuse University Board of Trustees has selected Trustee Steven W. Barnes ’82 to serve as its chairman. Barnes assumes the role from Richard L. Thompson G’67, H’15, who was named chairman emeritus and awarded an honorary degree following the conclusion of his four-year term (2011-15) in May.

Barnes, who joined the board in 2008, has served on the board’s executive committee and investment and endowment committee. He is a managing director with Bain Capital, a Boston-based global investment firm he has been associated with since 1988. He currently leads the firm’s North American Private Equity group.

Barnes, who earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Whitman School of Management, also serves as co-chairman of the University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families and is a longtime member of the Whitman Advisory Council. In 2010, Barnes endowed, as part of a gift, the Barnes Family Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities at the Whitman School. His gift also created the Barnes Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Whitman School. Also at the school, Barnes is a founding investor in the Orange Value Fund, a student-run portfolio.


Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost Liz Liddy G’77, G’88 announced recently the appointment of two deans: Teresa A. Dahlberg, who will head the College of Engineering and Computer Science; and David Seaman, who was named University librarian and dean of the Syracuse University Libraries.

Dahlberg comes to Syracuse from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, where she served as chief academic officer for the university and dean of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering.

Seaman arrives in Syracuse from Dartmouth College, where he was associate librarian for information management and joined the staff in 2006.


Terry Jones ’16, a film major, was one of 50 students selected nationwide as a Udall Scholar.


Tyler Smith ’16, a biochemistry major, was one of 260 students nationwide awarded a Goldwater Scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year. Alec Beaton ’16, a chemistry major, and Samantha Usman ’16, a double major in physics and mathematics, received honorable mention recognition from the foundation.


The Syracuse University Singers won the top Grand Prix de la Ville de Tours and the Prix du Ministere de la Culture et de la Communication at the 44 Florilège Vocal de Tours in Tours, France, in May. The 35-member group, the University’s premier touring ensemble, competed with choirs from Finland, Hungary, Macedonia, and Sweden, and was awarded nearly $5,000 in prize money. The win earned the ensemble an invitation to compete in next year’s European Grand Prix in Bulgaria.


Earth sciences professor Jeff Karson is the lead co-author of Discovering the Deep: A Photographic Atlas of the Seafloor and Ocean Crust (Cambridge University Press). The book contains more than 500 original illustrations and color photos, and a suite of online resources and exclusive videos.


The Society of Professional Journalists named Bellwethr, a tablet magazine developed by 2013-14 graduate students in the Newhouse School’s magazine, newspaper, and online journalism program, as the nation’s Best Digital-Only Student Publication. Bellwethr is available as an app and is posted online.