expansion project will broaden student
opportunities and enhance expertise in new technologies
reputation of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
is a great source of pride for students, faculty, staff, alumni,
and friends of the University. Newhouse graduates can be found doing
the vital work of bringing news, information, and entertainment
to millions of people around the world via print, radio, television,
film, and the Internet. As fast as new media arrive on our desktops,
in our living rooms, and inside our pockets, Newhouse people are
there, putting these tools to work for an information-hungry society.
One of the reasons we attract so many talented students,
says Newhouse Dean David M. Rubin, is that they know, whatever
medium they choose to focus on, we have it. We are a full-service
school. Perhaps the full-service school
would be a more appropriate description. It is difficult to find
a survey of any kindacademic, professional, or in the popular
pressthat doesnt place Newhouse among the top communications
schools in the country and the world. In certain specialties, such
as broadcast journalism and public relations, Newhouse often rates
an enthusiastic number one.
SU Trustee Donald E. Newhouse 51, president of Advance
Publications Inc., announces a $15 million gift to the S.I.
Newhouse School of Public Communications.
On April 9, an important step in safeguarding that hard-won reputation
was taken by Donald E. Newhouse 51, president of Advance Publications
Inc. and a member of the SU Board of Trustees. Appearing with Rubin
and Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw in the atrium of the communications
center that bears his fathers name, Newhouse announced a $15
million grant from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation to be used
in the construction of a third building for the complex. It is among
the largest private gifts that Syracuse University has ever received,
matching the founding gift made by Samuel I. Newhouse in 1964. The
school has reached a point at which it must expand to fulfill its
mission, Newhouse told a packed house of students, faculty,
administrators, and the press. The ever-changing, ever-increasing
forms of public communication that new technologies engender have
greatly multiplied the areas of expertise needed by professionals.
expressing thanks, Chancellor Shaw said: The creation of Newhouse
III will allow the school to intensify its mission to educate the
next generation of professionals who aspire to careers in the media.
It will enable the school to expand into new areas of leadership
in education, research, and service.
latest act of extraordinary generosity on the part of the Newhouse
family will, of course, add welcomed classroom and office space
to the Syracuse campus. Moreover, it will improve the University
with new kinds of space specially suited to the multidisciplinary
needs of new communication media:
Student writers, designers, photographers, filmmakers, performers,
and others training to become part of contemporary public communications
teams will have the advantage of classrooms as well as informal
social spaces specifically designed to nurture interaction and collaborative
effort. Consider the two journalism classrooms planned for the building:
a modern newspaper newsroom that will also serve as a home to a
web-based news service; and a broadcast facility that will house
a student television news operation. The students will be able to
broadcast their news to the public on a channel provided by Time
Warner Cable of Syracuse.
Dean David M. Rubin, left, SU Trustee Donald E. Newhouse 51,
and Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw appear at a press conference
announcing plans for a third building in the Newhouse complex.
New composing and editing facilities will increase student and faculty
access to technology. This not only ensures every student adequate
time with equipment, but also allows the school to enhance its overall
mission by giving greater emphasis to research, sponsored projects,
and community service.
A 400-seat auditorium will be built to accommodate the many industry
leaders, scholars, and famed alumni who speak at the Newhouse School
every year. It will also be host to chamber music concerts and other
events that will broaden the education of Syracuse students.
The Newhouse brand of education, already a symbol of
reliability to the communications industry for undergraduate and
graduate training, will gain greater impact. Continuing education
courses, workshops, distance-learning degree programs, and international
training will be offered to alumni and other media professionals.
to Lynn Vanderhoek G89, the Newhouse Schools director
of external relations, The new building will provide a solid
foundation for the expansion of the schools mission and the
strengthening of its core values. Thomas Walsh G84,
SUs vice president for leadership gifts, agrees. For
the second time in less than 40 years, the Newhouse family has made
a breakthrough contribution to Syracuse University, he says.
This is an example of what can be done by people who understand
excellence not as a plateau to be reached, but as an ongoing process
requiring dynamic ideas as well as the means to implement them.