Compiled from SU news reports
New York Governor George E. Pataki faces the media after
announcing the establishment of the Center of Excellence
in Environmental Systems at SU.
University is now the home of the Center of Excellence in Environmental
Systems (CoE-ES). In a June visit to campus, New York Governor George
E. Pataki announced that the state awarded $37 million in funding
to a consortium led by SU to help create the center. Our new
Center of Excellence in Environmental Systems will attract new companies,
generate millions of dollars in new investments, and bring new high-paying
jobs to Syracuse and Central New York, Pataki said in making
the announcement. Central New York has the academic power
and the corporate strength to become a worldwide leader in environmental
systems engineering, and this new initiative will place the entire
region in the forefront of technology-based job creation and economic
growth in the 21st century.
a regional partnership headquartered at SU, the center will coordinate
and channel the research, development, and production of environmental
systems solutions. It will focus on the areas of built environmental
systems (indoor air quality, comfort, lighting, acoustics, energy
efficiency, and intelligent control systems) and urban ecosystems
(renewable resources, ambient air quality, water resource management,
waste management, and sustainable development).
date, the CoE-ES has generated more than $170 million in public
and private support from a consortium of university, research, corporate,
and economic development partners, and from New York State and the
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications was the national
winner of the intercollegiate broadcast news competition
of the 2001-02 Hearst Journalism Awards Program. In the
past five years the Newhouse School has won the competition
three times and finished second twice. No other program
in the country can match our success year in and year out,
says Newhouse Dean David Rubin. The performance of
our students is a reflection of the high standards set by
our broadcast journalism faculty, and of the outstanding
talent enrolled at the Newhouse School. We prepare students
for the profession, and it shows in this competition.
had 4 students among the 10 finalists in the individual
championships for broadcast news: Adam Chodak 03 and
Bolton Minnick 02 (radio); and Megan Coleman 02
and Michael Riecke 02 (television). The four competed
in their respective sections at the national championships
in San Francisco, where they participated in rigorous spot
assignments for awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.
Riecke won the TV news competition and received $5,000.
Chodak was awarded $4,000 for a second-place showing in
the radio news category, and Minnick received a $1,000 prize
for best use of natural sound in a radio news report.
called the Pulitzers of college journalism,
the Hearst program holds yearlong competitions in writing,
photography, and broadcast news. In each competition, students
earn points for submitted works. The journalism schools
whose students accumulated the most points were designated
winners. SU was awarded $10,000 for tallying the most points
in the broadcast news category.
One Year Later, a series of events designed to provide coordinated
and integrated reflective learning experiences for SU students a
year after the events of September 11, 2001, will be held on campus
September 10-15. In the wake of September 11, the University
sponsored many outstanding forums that explored our head
knowledge of how a tragic event like this could occur, says
Rev. Thomas V. Wolfe G02, dean of Hendricks Chapel. One
Year Later will focus on how our lives have changed since September
The series is
designed to draw the SU community together for reflection and to
contribute insights on the changing nature of economic, political,
religious, social, and interpersonal relationships. For more information
on the series, visit http://sunews.syr.edu/.
a proposal announced by Vice Chancellor and Provost Deborah
A. Freund, Syracuse University would phase out the School
of Nursing by the end of the 2005-06 academic year. Freund
cited declining enrollment figures and the strategic reinvestment
of resources to areas of institutional strengthcalled
for in the Universitys Academic Planas primary
reasons for her recommendation. This was not an easy
decision, Freund says. Nursing at Syracuse University
has a proud history dating back to World War II. The school
has offered a solid program of instruction and has graduated
thousands of well-trained nursing professionals.
the current economic climate, Freund says its difficult
for a private university like SU to compete with other universities,
including many public institutions, that offer similar nursing
programs at a lower cost to students. SU is one of more than
40 institutions in New York State offering a four-year bachelors
degree-granting nursing program; nearly half are state universities
or colleges. Unfortunately, SU lacks the financial resources
to support all of our academic endeavors at the level we would
like, the vice chancellor says, so we have to
make tough choices and reallocate our resources to those areas
where we believe excellence can truly be achieved.
Senate will review the proposal in September and will then
be asked to make a recommendation to Chancellor Kenneth A.
Shaw and the Board of Trustees. If the Senate recommends closure
and the board approves, the University will begin the process
of phasing out the school.
Class of 2002 members Justin Silverman and Emily Kulkus won
first place in the third annual Syracuse University Entrepreneurial
Competition for their newspaper, Hermes, which covers
SU fraternities and sororities.
newspaper earned several awards from the New York Press Association
and the Society of Professional Journalists. Hermes,
which was established last summer, was selected as one of
the top three non-daily student newspapers in the Northeast,
and its web site (OnlineHermes.com)
was named one of the 12 best newspaper sites in the country.
Hermes also won four awards for exemplary reporting.
the top finishers in the SU competition, Silverman and Kulkus,
who were both newspaper and political science majors in the
Newhouse School and the College of Arts and Sciences, received
$25,000 to fund their already existing business. The second-place
finisher, Trident Productions, created by School of Management
and Newhouse School student Robert Schmidt 04, is eligible
to receive $15,000 once the business incorporates. Schmidt
plans to offer production services for business clients for
use in promotions.
particularly excited about Hermes, says Gary
Lim, managing director of the School of Managements
Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises Program, which hosts
the competition. This prize ensures that these two graduates
will be able to stay in the Syracuse area to continue their
Brinch Hansen, Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science, was honored with the 2002 Computer Pioneer
Award from the Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers. The organization cited Hansens work
for influencing most operating systems and concurrent/parallel programming
languages developed during the past 25 years.
of Public Safety Corporal Dan LeBron received the Robert
Bunker Award for Outstanding Performance from the Northeast Colleges
and Universities Security Association. The award recognizes an individual
who risked personal life or safety, or who performed a life-saving
action requiring the highest professional conduct.
was honored for his action in dealing with a distraught students
suicide attempt last fall. The student, who had ingested an overdose
of medication, attempted to stab LeBron with a kitchen knife. Though
LeBron was cut on a finger, he successfully disarmed the student
and restrained her for her own protection. She was then taken to
a local hospital for examination and treatment.
board of trustees of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City named
SU Trustee Robert B. Menschel 51, H91 as its
new president. Menschel, a museum trustee since 1989, is an avid
photography collector and supporter of the visual arts, culture,
and education (see related
Trustee G. William Billy Hunter 65, who
is the executive director of the NBA Players Association, was cited
by Savoy magazine in its June/July issue as one of the Savoy
100 Powers That Be. Joining Hunter on the powerbroker list
was Suzanne De Passe 68, chair and CEO of De Passe
of Freedom, a feature film directed by College of Visual and
Performing Arts professor Owen Shapiro, was selected to be
shown at several film festivals, including ones in Georgia, New
York City, and Los Angeles. The documentary-style film is about
a World War II refugee center in Oswego, New York.
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