Compiled from SU news reports
Management Building
Steve Sartori

Building UP
The Martin J. Whitman School of Management Building is well on its way to opening its doors for classes this spring. The 160,000-square-foot building on University Avenue is three times as large as the school’s current home in the Crouse-Hinds Building and will feature a number of educational technologies that will allow for multimedia presentations and interactions, as well as support high-speed wireless and wired networks. Among the showcase spaces will be an expanded Ballentine Investment Institute, a technology classroom with computers at every seat, two computer labs, and a videoconferencing center and studio. For a webcam view of the building, visit emc2.syr.edu/webcam/constcam.htm.

As construction of the Whitman School building progresses, plans for a third Newhouse School building are shaping up. In a June presentation, Polshek Partnership Architects unveiled preliminary designs for Newhouse III that feature glass walls and ceilings, community spaces, and a 400-seat auditorium. The addition is supported by a $15 million commitment from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation. The school has raised an additional $3 million for the 70,000-square-foot building, which is expected to cost about $27 million. Groundbreaking is set for March and construction should be completed by December 2006.


Nancy Cantor will be inaugurated as the University’s 11th Chancellor and President during a formal installation ceremony on November 5 in the Carrier Dome. “Many people on campus have suggested that we use the opportunity of the inauguration to go beyond the installation,” she says. “I hope we can use the coming year as a chance to collaborate, to forge new relationships, to spotlight our University, and to explore new opportunities.”

The event—designed around the inaugural year theme of “University as Public Good: Exploring the Soul of Syracuse”—will feature an academic procession and a keynote address by Cantor. Other highlights include art exhibitions and a symposium, “Universities and Moral Responsibility: Respecting Humanity at Home and Abroad.” The symposium will bring together a distinguished group of artists, journalists, and social thinkers in Goldstein Auditorium for a series of panel discussions about racism at home and genocide abroad, and the role of universities as knowledge brokers in a world where knowledge is power. Among the scheduled participants as of press time are CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, University of North Carolina president Molly Corbett Broad ’62, artist Sol LeWitt ’49, New York Times columnist William Safire ’51, H’78, writer/producer Aaron Sorkin ’83, poet Martín Espada, and David Crane G’80, chief prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

For more information on inaugural year activities, visit soulofsyracuse.syr.edu.

Corbally DIES
John E. Corbally, the eighth Chancellor of Syracuse University, died of brain cancer on July 23 at his home in suburban Seattle, according to news reports. Corbally served as Chancellor from 1969 to 1971. He left SU to head the University of Illinois system, where he was president from 1971 to 1979. Corbally then became the first president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that is known for awarding “genius” grants to creative people. Corbally headed the foundation for a decade and later served as its board chairman.

Safety AWARD
Syracuse University received the 2004 Jeanne Clery Campus Safety Award, presented annually by Howard and Connie Clery, founders of Security on Campus Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving campus safety and supporting victims’ rights. Rowan University in New Jersey also received the award.

According to Connie Clery, SU was honored “for maintaining a caring and committed sworn police force patrolling not only the campus, but also the surrounding police district, and for demonstrating the highest commitment to its students’ well-being.”


StilthMelvin T. Stith G’73, G’78, dean of the College of Business at Florida State University (FSU), has been appointed dean of the Whitman School of Management by Vice Chancellor and Provost Deborah A. Freund. “To attract someone of Mel Stith’s character, values, and accomplishments represents a true coup for Syracuse,” Freund says. “That he is also a valued alumnus truly is special. His return at a time when the new building is opening should bring unprecedented momentum to the Whitman School.”

Stith will assume the deanship in January, taking over for interim dean Sandra N. Hurd G’75. He earned an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in marketing from the Whitman School, and once served as director of the school’s graduate programs. He joined the FSU College of Business faculty in 1985 as chair of the marketing department and became the college’s dean in 1991. Under Stith’s leadership, the college has been consistently ranked among the country’s top 50 undergraduate business schools by U.S. News & World Report.

“It is a very special honor when your alma mater extends an invitation to become dean of one of the nation’s leading schools of management at one of the world’s best universities,” says Stith, whose wife, Patricia L. Stith G’77, will join the University as associate dean of the Graduate School. “When I was a student in the School of Management, I never dreamed that I would ever return as dean.”

Covering ART

Syracuse University has established the Goldring Arts Journalism Program, the first master’s degree program of its kind to focus exclusively on writing about the arts. The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications will administer the program in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the School of Architecture. The program was created with a generous gift from arts patron and SU Trustee Lola Goldring ’51 and her husband Allen Goldring. “This is an important step down the two-way street between the arts and higher education,” Chancellor Nancy Cantor says. “Universities nurture culture and the creative process, while the arts help us create contexts of exchange between people and ideas.”

Newhouse professor Johanna Keller will direct the program (artsjournalism.syr.edu), which begins next July and aims to deepen arts journalists’ knowledge of specific art forms and build writing and journalism skills. “The arts are the embodiment of a society’s values, anxieties, and aspirations,” Newhouse Dean David Rubin says. “By writing about the arts, a journalist can address concerns that are aesthetic, historical, economic, social, and political in nature. Arts writing includes some of the most important and pertinent journalism today.”

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell appointed F. William Smullen G’74 to the Department of State Advisory Committee on Cultural Diplomacy. Smullen is director of Maxwell’s National Security Studies program and a Newhouse professor.


The U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment of Justice Sandra L. Townes G’76 to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Townes is a graduate of the College of Law and a member of its Board of Visitors.


Matt Park ’97 was named “Voice of the Orange.” He assumes play-by-play broadcasting duties for football and men’s basketball on the Syracuse/ISP Radio Network.


If you’re a fan of New Yorker cartoons, here’s your chance to test your wit and win an SU-sponsored contest. Write a caption for the above cartoon, created by Bob Mankoff ’66, the magazine’s cartoon editor, and you may win prize money, and a copy of The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker, autographed by Mankoff. The contest features four categories: SU students; SU faculty and staff; SU alumni; and the general public. First ($300) and second ($75) prizes will be awarded in each category. The rules for entry are as follows: The caption must be funny, original, a single sentence of no more than 25 words, and must complete the image in such a way that the final product would make a good New Yorker cartoon. To enter, submit your caption online at symposium.syr.edu, or mail it to Cartoon Contest, 329 Hall of Languages, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY 13244-1170. Include your name, telephone number, and e-mail address. Deadline is October 22.

The contest is part of the Syracuse Symposium, which has humor as its theme this year. The symposium, hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences, is an intellectual festival celebrating interdisciplinary thinking, imagining, and creating. For information on guest speakers, events, and exhibitions, go to symposium.syr.edu.

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