Compiled from SU news reports


University Appointments

Douglas Biklen G’73 has been named dean of the School of Education. Biklen, a longtime professor in the school’s cultural foundations and teaching and leadership programs, is also coordinator of the inclusive education program. He assumed the office on August 1, taking over for Louise Wilkinson, who became special assistant to the vice chancellor for academic initiatives. 

Biklen, who holds a doctoral degree in social science and a master’s degree in regional planning, both from the Maxwell School, has devoted his academic career to giving voice to people with disabilities. He is perhaps best known for his research on autism.

Suzanne Elizabeth Thorin has been appointed University librarian and dean of libraries. Thorin, who served at Indiana University as the dean of university libraries and associate vice president for digital library development since 1996, assumed her post on October 1. She holds master’s degrees in library and information science and in music from the University of Michigan. From 1980 to 1996, Thorin worked at the Library of Congress, where she oversaw a number of initiatives, including the library’s digital programs.

Steve Sartori downtown

Volunteers from the University community joined an estimated 2,500 first-year students in “Exploring the Soul of Downtown Syracuse,” part of Syracuse Welcome 2005: A Slice of SU Life, the University’s new-student orientation program. The event included museum visits, live music, and a lighting display of The Warehouse, SU’s new downtown property. The display was created by New York-based artist Leni Schwendinger.

Haudenosaunee PROMISE
Members of the Syracuse University and Haudenosaunee communities announced in August the establishment of the Haudenosaunee Promise Scholarship Program, which will give qualified American Indian students the necessary financial resources to attend SU and earn bachelor’s degrees, beginning in fall 2006. The unique program will offer financial assistance equal to the cost of tuition, on-campus room and board, and mandatory University fees to all admitted first-year and transfer students who are certified current citizens of one of the six Haudenosaunee nations: Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora. “I am delighted that we will be building—and expanding—upon our historical relationship with the Haudenosaunee,” Chancellor Nancy Cantor says. “The benefits and opportunities to be created are truly exciting.”


Retiring 44
Some of Syracuse’s all-time great football players turned jersey number 44 into a legend. In honor of Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis ’62, Jim Brown ’57, and Floyd Little ’67, the fabled “44” will be retired in a special ceremony at halftime of the SU-South Florida football game on November 12 as part of Homecoming Weekend. “If there ever was a number that needed to be retired, it is 44,” SU athletic director Daryl Gross says.

Hurricane HELP
Syracuse University reached out to residents of the Gulf Coast region after it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The University, through its membership in the Association of American Universities, opened its doors to students and faculty from several affected institutions. In addition, the University community raised more than $72,000 for the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund, arranged housing for, and assisted with the needs of displaced students and faculty through support and donations from the Syracuse community. “Our hearts go out to those whose homes and lives have suffered the tragic effects of Hurricane Katrina,” Chancellor Nancy Cantor says. “We send them our deepest sympathy, we admire their heroism, and we are committed to helping them recover and rebuild.”

More than 170 undergraduate, graduate, and law students  representing Tulane, Loyola, and the University of New Orleans temporarily registered at SU through University College, the College of Law, and DIPA. Several faculty from Gulf Coast schools also accepted SU’s offer for research and grant application support. “The magnitude of the response from the Syracuse area has been outstanding and is a real testament to how a disaster miles from home can be taken personally and acted upon locally,” says Reverend Thomas V. Wolfe G’02, dean of Hendricks Chapel.  “We are grateful to everyone who has joined us in this effort.”
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