"The world I saw from space had no divisions of people... no artificial separations of human interests and human needs. All I saw was one fragile blue planet...a vulnerable homeland...its people...a family."

—U.S. Air Force colonel and NASA astronaut Eileen M. Collins ’78, in her Commencement address to the Class of 2001



University College—SU’s continuing education division—recently launched three innovative programs targeting workforce education and training to support the economic development of Central New York.
      Syrtis—SU Technology-enhanced Instructional Solutions—is a new business unit that provides education and training services for organizations by combining expert instructional design with customized content and leading delivery technologies, such as CD-ROM, the Internet, floppy disk, or a blend of high-tech and traditional instruction. Syrtis is a collaboration between the continuing education division (SUCE) and the School of Education’s instructional design, development, and evaluation department.
      SUCE also established the Leadership Institute on Applied Research in Change to help corporations and nonprofit organizations address business performance issues. One goal is to facilitate collaborations among the government, health care, education, and business sectors to assure the success of New York organizations and their employees.
      This fall, UC will offer four new, multidisciplinary Bachelor of Professional Studies degree programs designed for adult, part-time students.
      More information about these programs is available on the web at syrtis.syr.edu; www.suce.syr.edu; and www.YesU.syr.edu/BPS.


Following the recommendation of SU’s Trademark Licensing Advisory Board, Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw approved the University becoming an affiliate of the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), a nonprofit organization of universities, colleges, and labor experts that monitors factory conditions. The WRC assists in the enforcement of a code of conduct to ensure that factories producing goods with university or college logos respect their workers’ rights.
      “This is a complex global issue that will take continuous study and commitment of all parties,” Shaw says. “It will require collaboration among universities and colleges, licensees, labor and human rights organizations, the Fair Labor Association (FLA), and the Worker Rights Consortium. The University has been a member of the FLA and more recently the Collegiate Living Wage Association. Affiliation with the WRC is further testament of Syracuse University’s commitment to ensuring that SU-licensed items are produced under fair working conditions.”



The Hendricks Chapel Choir traveled to Eastern Europe last spring to give concerts in Poland and the Czech Republic. Under the direction of G. Burton Harbison, director of choral activities at SU and a voice professor, the choir performed in churches and Nchools in Warsaw, Czestochowa, Cracow, and Prague during the two-week tour.
      The program’s largely a cappella repertoire included three motets written by 15th- and 16th-century Polish Renaissance composers, and “Songs of Innocence,” a set of songs based on the poems of William Blake and composed by the late Earl George, a former SU music professor. A compact disc of the spring concert tour is available by calling Hendricks Chapel at 315-443-2901.
      Established almost 70 years ago, the Hendricks Chapel Choir is one of the University’s richest musical traditions, performing both on and off campus throughout the year. The 48-member group is composed of students from all academic disciplines.


  mike prinzo
The College of Arts and Sciences brought the power of poetry to the forefront of campus life with the 2001 Syracuse Symposium, “Poetry: Moving Language, Language Moving.” The two-month series of events celebrated the power and exuberance of poetry—from Homer to Hardy to hip hop and everything in between. The symposium featured presentations by several acclaimed poets, songwriters, and a hip hop artist; a poetry contest; a poetry slam; poetry readings; an exploration of text and music; and book signings.
      Poets who appeared included 2001 Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Dunn G’70; former U.S. Poet Laureate and 1987 Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove; former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky; and author, poet, and screenwriter Sherman Alexie.
      Winners of the poetry contest, sponsored by the Creative Writing Program, were: Sara Hogan ’01 for “The Lock” (undergraduate category); Sean Dougherty for “Told to the Time of a Falling Leaf" (graduate); Kathleen Tills for “Someone Working Late at the Funeral Home” (faculty/staff); and Virginia Morrisette for “The Alaskan Wife: Noorvik, 1934” (faculty/staff). Each received a $500 prize.


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