Syracuse University Magazine

Strolling the Campus

It was a classic fall day: a warm southwest breeze stirred the leaves in their autumnal blaze beneath a blue sky; a few faculty members gathered their classes in shady spots on the Shaw Quad; students strolled campus in summer gear; and a couple guys tossed a rugby ball back and forth on the athletic field outside the Women’s Building. It was one of those Central New York days where you wanted to find an uninhabited patch of grass, plunk down, and soak up as much sun as possible, casting aside those inevitable thoughts of the winter ahead.

I enjoy wandering campus and on this day, like many since the semester’s start, the University’s newest addition—a promenade along University Place known as the Einhorn Family Walk—was bustling. There was a steady stream of students on the move, while others relaxed on benches, talking with one another, working on their laptops, or texting. Admittedly, after years of descending the slope in front of the Hall of Languages to the Schine Student Center, I found that old habits are tough to shake. I still couldn’t help but glance left, then right before stepping out onto the brick-paved walkway. There was no longer a need to worry about passing cars or delivery trucks, but I did notice bikes rolling through, so I wasn’t totally inattentive.

As you’ll read in this issue of the magazine, the Einhorn Family Walk is one of the first visible steps in the University’s Campus Framework, a draft plan designed to transform the campus over the next couple decades in concert with the Academic Strategic Plan. Among the summer’s multitude of renovation and construction projects, numerous classroom enhancements and accessibility improvements were made. Most striking ahead are the construction of the National Veterans Resource Complex, a bold transformation proposed for Archbold Gymnasium, and a much-anticipated renovation of the Carrier Dome.

I often hear from alumni who haven’t returned to campus in years. For some, it’s been so long they haven’t seen the Schine Student Center. I tell them they’d be amazed at how the campus landscape has changed, just thinking of the additions over the past decade—from Newhouse 3, Dineen Hall, and Ernie Davis Hall to the Life Sciences Complex, the Melo Center, and the Ensley Athletic Center. With the Campus Framework, the University will build on its impressive history, rich in architecture and opportunities that flourish within the buildings.

Jay Cox