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Indian Administrative Service members participated in a Maxwell School collaborative training program last spring.

International Partnership

Maxwell Joins with Indian University to Train Elite Civil Servants

Maxwell faculty and staff members are traveling to the foothills of the Himalayas to take part in a collaboration that is setting new benchmarks while increasing Maxwell’s reach. The school’s Executive Education Programs (EEP) and the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB)—which have had an ongoing relationship for several years—were given a three-year, multimillion-dollar contract by the Indian government to provide public policy analysis training to senior officers in the elite Indian Administrative Service (IAS). The project, awarded to Maxwell through a global competition held by the Indian government, is the largest international training program conducted by Maxwell in its history and the largest contract with a foreign government in SU history. “This is an opportunity to demonstrate that Maxwell is relevant for India’s development,” says Steven Lux G’96, international programs director for EEP. “The program is not the end all of India’s development, but it’s a piece of it.”

According to EEP director William Sullivan, members of the IAS are highly educated, but typically receive only first-year training. “Indian government officials decided there should be other elements of education and training throughout the IAS members’ careers because of the complexity of their jobs and the increasing importance of leadership,” Sullivan says. “India has to be able to grow its economy, and the government wants to have better informed, more capable people in positions of authority making decisions.”

More than 100 IAS members joined the first cohort last spring at Lai Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie for training that includes a variety of elements of policy analysis and sector studies in agriculture, urban development, health, education, and social services. “During the course of their careers, these officers will most likely serve in all of those sectors,” says Daniel Nelson G’04, international project coordinator with EEP. “Maxwell continues to develop a program that assists IAS officers in improving their ability to analyze various policy options, regardless of the subject matter, so they can apply the skills in whatever area they serve.” The entire curriculum will be turned over to the Indian government to administer at the contract’s conclusion.

Participants also complete group capstone projects, which involve analyzing a current public policy question and creating policy alternatives. “Several groups produced papers that showed a lot of insight and sound background research,” says public administration professor Larry Schroeder, who worked with IIMB to implement the capstone. The faculty also learned from the civil servants. “The classroom interaction and personal conversations provided lots of interesting experiences and ideas concerning developing countries that I will take back to my classrooms to share,” Schroeder says.

The training program is the latest connection between Maxwell and the Indian government. In 1957, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru asked Maxwell Dean Paul Appleby to evaluate India’s civil service. Appleby’s recommendations still have impact, and many Indian government officials have earned Maxwell degrees. “We’ve made powerful connections with the people who will be running one of the most populous nations on Earth,” Sullivan says. “All this experience and knowledge helps us as a school, but more importantly we want to share these resources with others.”

Kathleen Haley


Corporate Partnership »

JPMorgan Chase and SU Plan ‘Pipeline’ to Financial Services Careers

Syracuse University and JPMorgan Chase are busily implementing their partnership in a new educational program that will prepare students for careers in the financial service industry’s burgeoning field of technology and infrastructure. JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s third largest banking corporation, has committed $30 million to the project during the next decade. Classes, scheduled to begin during the 2008-09 academic year, will extend the partnership’s educational impact beyond campus to college students across New York State via distance-learning technology. Plans call for JPMorgan Chase to build a new corporate technology center, where employees will collaborate with SU students and faculty on developing new software and training methods.

“We are integrating academic expertise with the on-the-ground expertise of JPMorgan Chase technologists to build a path-setting curriculum,” says Chancellor Nancy Cantor, noting that components of the interdisciplinary program include such traditional SU strengths as information studies, management, engineering and computer science, law, and public policy. “This partnership puts scholarship into action to solve real-world problems in global financial services technology.”

Frank J. Bisignano, chief administrative officer of JPMorgan Chase, predicted the center would become a “pipeline” for bringing new talent into the industry. “Syracuse University is a leader in applying scholarship and innovation in educational program development,” says Bisignano, whose many responsibilities at JPMorgan Chase include technology oversight. “Through this partnership, we can combine our knowledge and resources to create a diverse workforce focused on financial services technology and infrastructure in upstate New York.”

Graduate School Dean Ben R. Ware lauds JPMorgan Chase for its bold thinking in committing to the new program. “This close working partnership between a world-class company and a leading research university is an exciting new model for the design of a curriculum in an emerging field,” says Ware, vice president for research. “We believe that as we succeed with this venture we will demonstrate that this model can be applied elsewhere to a wide range of curricular reinventions.”

David Marc



MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Retired astronaut Eileen Collins ’78, H’01 talks about the NASA space program during a visit to campus on September 19. The former space shuttle commander presented Rebecca Rought ’08, an aerospace engineering major in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, with a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. Rought is one of 19 students nationwide to receive the annual award. “These scholarships are a way for myself and my fellow astronauts to give back to a country that provided us with an extraordinary opportunity,” Collins says. “Rebecca will be one of the many future leaders who will keep the United States at the edge of breakthrough technology, and I consider it an honor to be presenting her with this check.”

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Students from a Central New York school watch a rocket launch as part of a lesson plan connected to a NASA-funded initiative involving SU, Cornell, and several area school districts.

Collaborative Virtual Learning

NASA-Funded Project Enhances Technology Use in Classrooms

For School of Education professor Tiffany A. Koszalka, virtual learning is integral to the middle school classroom. Studying topography takes students beyond paper maps to the Internet, where they analyze NASA satellite images of Earth’s surface to answer such queries as, “How does the Grand Canyon compare to Watkins Glen?”

Classroom situations like this evolved from Koszalka’s research on familiarizing teachers with educational technology through a virtual learning environment called the Advanced Interactive Discovery Environment (AIDE) for Engineering Education. The NASA-funded interdisciplinary collaboration involves Syracuse and Cornell universities and includes a middle school outreach component for local school districts. “Our hypothesis is that if we can get teachers to plan and to work with lessons while using technology, they will be much more likely to bring technology into their classrooms,” says Koszalka, who specializes in instructional technology integration.

Through the Middle School-High School AIDE, teachers in six rural Central New York school districts created more than 100 classroom-tested and revised lesson plans (http://okyale.syr.edu/mshsaide) with links to interactive web sites and NASA online materials covering basic concepts in science, engineering, geography, astronomy, and math. “AIDE helps the teachers to think about using computers as tools to help kids think, problem-solve, hypothesize, test, represent their knowledge, and manipulate information in active learning approaches,” Koszalka says.

AIDE was launched in 2001 as a collaborative engineering design course that brought together teams of senior engineering students from SU and Cornell in distance-learning classrooms. Led by mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Barry Davidson of the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, AIDE challenged the students to work together on a project from different locations, communicating through advanced information technologies, including message boards, instant messaging, and multimedia presentations. “They are working on relevant real-world topics, like reusable launch vehicles for space exploration,” Davidson says. “At the same time, they are learning about the latest design, analysis, and computing technologies that are used by present-day engineers.”

Davidson linked his students to Koszalka’s outreach program by having them serve as consultants to the teachers. “If teachers had a question or needed lesson plan ideas, the students would help with engineering concepts,” says Celestia Ohrazda, a doctoral student working with Koszalka. “Science is more interesting when you learn it from NASA’s perspective.”

Koszalka is now analyzing six years of data on technology integration and student interest in science careers.  “The NASA project engages kids, making them eager to learn the math and science they need for their projects,” she says. “Teachers design these activities to meet curriculum requirements while incorporating exciting resources.”

Davidson also sees positive results from the project. “I’ve received more e-mails and phone calls from AIDE students than from any other course I’ve ever taught, telling me how valuable it was and how what they learned was exactly in sync with where their companies wanted to go,” Davidson says. “For me, that’s the real proof.”

Student Affairs

Class Councils Build Campus and Community Connections

On a campus with more than 250 student organizations, it’s hard for a new club to make its mark quickly. But the class councils of 2009 and 2010 have done just that in less than two years. Sponsored by the Office of Orientation and Off-Campus Programs (OOCP), the councils bring together teams of committed student leaders who kindle school spirit, provide opportunities for civic engagement, and promote class unity. “Our mission is to encourage strong leadership, build friendships, and foster memorable experiences,” says Samina Noorani, a junior political science and psychology major, and co-president of Class Council 2009 (CC ’09). “We want everyone to feel like they have a place and a say.”

CC ’09 started in spring 2006, when Noorani and classmate Blake Paradis, an international relations major, expressed interest in getting involved in activities as first-year students. “The idea took off from there,” says Carrie Grogan Abbott G’03, OOCP assistant director. “Class Council 2009 was established to connect students with each other and to provide a sounding board for ideas and programs within the first-year experience.”

Within just a few months, CC ’09 set up a web site, wrote a mission statement, and participated in SU’s Winter Carnival. Last fall, a second class council was established by the Class of 2010, emphasizing service to the campus and community. According to sophomore Kelly Flynn, a history and education major and CC ’10 board member, the group raised more than $1,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, a 24-hour walkathon-style fund-raiser held nationwide. Members also volunteered for a cleanup of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse and spent time with city schoolchildren at the Cannon Street Community Center’s after-school program. “Our first year was about finding what we as a group were interested in,” Flynn says. “Together, we realized that we enjoy volunteering, showing our school spirit, and planning events for our class.”

Building on their success, the councils launched a mentor program this fall to help entering students establish a 2011 council. In addition, the Office of Alumni Relations began working in an advisory role with class councils. “We were thrilled to hear about the emergence of the new councils and immediately reached out to the students to offer our assistance,” says Ellen King, executive director of on-campus programs. “The work they are doing is a natural fit for Alumni Relations, as part of our mission is to engage students and create a lifelong connection to the University.”

According to Abbott, OOCP continues to advise and provide administrative support to the class councils. “We’re excited that the class council idea is thriving at Syracuse University, and we hope the tradition will continue for years to come,” she says.

 
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SUmmer Studies
New York City high school students listen to a lecture as part of SUmmer College in the City. The initiative, a partnership between SU and the New York City Department of Education, builds on SU’s Summer College program and offers six credits of college-level instruction to well-qualified students entering their senior year. Taught by faculty from the School of Education and College of Arts and Sciences, the offerings included an intensive reading and writing program and a concentration on media, schooling, and literacy. The program, held in Manhattan at the High School for Leadership and Public Service, also featured a focus on career awareness and support by the Friends of Leadership SU Alumni Club.

Human Rights

Interactive Web Site Monitors Crimes Against Humanity

David M. Crane G’80, Distinguished Professor of Practice in the College of Law, poses this scenario: “Imagine if Anne Frank—stuck in an attic in Holland, hiding from the Nazis—had a computer and typed, ‘They’re searching for us and killing us all….’” Envisioning the powerful potential of applying information technology to such a situation, Crane created Impunity Watch, an interactive online law review designed to raise awareness of human rights violations throughout the world. Launched this fall, the web site (www.impunitywatch.net/) features the first blog of its kind—one that providesan open forum for victims of terror and oppression and casts light on inhumane acts that might otherwise go unnoticed and, therefore, unaddressed. “The whole world will instantly know that this happened in a particular place, which will allow policy makers and others to react,” says Crane, also a faculty member of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, a joint venture of the College of Law and the Maxwell School. “They have no excuse to look the other way.”

Crane developed the concept of Impunity Watch while serving as chief prosecutor of the international war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone, a post he was appointed to by the secretary general of the United Nations. In that position, he brought cases against individuals who committed crimes against humanity during the country’s civil war in the 1990s. “One of my biggest challenges was indifference,” he says. “A lot of it was people telling me, ‘Had I only known about this, maybe I would have done something.’”

A team of law students serves as editors for the site’s blog, researching and expanding on victims’ initial reports to foster greater awareness They will also publish articles by academic, professional, and student authors exploring related issues. This connection between the victims and the editors distinguishes Impunity Watch from traditional law reviews, according to Crane. “I think it is the wave of the future—the concept of information sharing and scholarship as well as awareness,” he says. “I’m trying to take that capability and shape it into a positive force to face down the beast of impunity.”

Third-year law student Amy Glasrud, Impunity Watch’s editor in chief, sees the project as a meaningful way to make a difference. Although she recognizes the blog’s editors can’t necessarily end the atrocities they report, she believes it is valuable to heighten awareness. “The thing we do have the capacity to change is knowledge,” she says. “Even if it’s just one person who knows his story’s been heard, we will have been a success.”

 

Athletics

Gait Returns to Head Orange Women’s Lacrosse

For Lacrosse legend Gary Gait ’90, it was a Full-circle move. In 1986, Gait and his twin brother Paul arrived in Syracuse from British Columbia and proceeded to revolutionize the game with their indomitable flair, leading the Orange to three straight NCAA championships (1988-90). In August, after years of achieving incomparable playing and coaching success around the world, Gary Gait returned to the University as head coach of the women’s lacrosse program. “Gary has proven that he is one of the best,” Director of Athletics Daryl Gross said, announcing Gait’s appointment. “His being a huge part of seven NCAA titles as a coach at Maryland is remarkable and speaks volumes for his credentials. To have the greatest player to play the game, who has had success at every level of coaching, leading our program is extraordinary. We are beyond thrilled to welcome Gary and his wonderful family back to Syracuse.”

As a midfielder at SU, Gait was named an All-American four times, 1990 NCAA Tournament MVP, and twice national player of the year and midfielder of the year. He built on that success in the professional and international ranks as a leading player on National Lacrosse League (NLL), Major League Lacrosse (MLL), and world championship teams.

An accomplished coach, Gait served nine years as an assistant to the University of Maryland women’s team, helping guide the Terps to four undefeated seasons and seven consecutive NCAA championships (1995-2001). He spent the last two seasons as head coach of the NLL’s Colorado Mammoth, leading the team to the 2006 league title. During four seasons as player-coach of the Baltimore Bayhawks, he collected MLL titles in 2002 and 2005. Last May, he coached Team Canada to the 2007 World Indoor Championship.

Gait succeeds Lisa Miller, who resigned to take over the Harvard program. In 2007, the Orange women posted the best season in their history, winning the inaugural Big East tournament and advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time. “I’m going to take all of my experience and all of the things that I’ve done over the past years—bring it to the University, bring it to the athletic department, but most importantly, bring it to the women’s lacrosse team,” Gait said at a press conference. “I’m thrilled to be here and I’m truly thrilled to have this opportunity.”

 

   
 

News Makers

Ferdoroff
White House photo of Nina V. Fedoroff
by Joyce N. Boghosian

Nina V. Fedoroff ’66 was named science and technology advisor to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The Verne M. Willaman Chair in Life Sciences and Evan Pugh Professor at Penn State, Fedoroff was nominated for the position by the National Academy of Sciences. She was also one of eight scientists who received the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest award for lifetime achievement in scientific research, from President George W. Bush. Fedoroff, a 2003 Arents Pioneer Medalist, earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry summa cum laude from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Maxwell School public administration professor Arthur Brooks has been appointed to the Bantle Chair in Business and Government Policy. Brooks was also appointed to the Whitman School of Management faculty, allowing him to bridge the two schools at the policy nexus linking business and government.

David Wilemon, the Earl and Josephine Snyder Professor of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at the Whitman School, was ranked among the world’s top 20 scholars in the field in an article published in The Journal of Product Innovation Management. Joining Wilemon on the list was Whitman alumna Gloria Barczak G’87, a marketing professor at Northeastern University.

John D. Caputo, Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Humanities and professor of philosophy, was selected by the American Academy of Religion as a 2007 recipient of its Award for Excellence in Religion: Constructive-Reflective Studies for his book, The Weakness of God: A Theology of the Event.

A group of magazine, newspaper, and online journalism graduate students at the Newhouse School plans to take its summer capstone project to the next level. The students produced a prototype of Envi, an environmental magazine for Central New York. Editor Khris Dodson G’07, who hatched the idea with the support of classmates, is now working to put the publication on newstands. See it online at envimagazineonline.com

Ted Koppel ’60, H’82, former longtime host of ABC’s Nightline and now managing editor of the Discovery Channel and senior news analyst at NPR, received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 28th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards in September.

Jan Cohen-Cruz has been named director of Imagining America (IA), an SU-based national consortium whose mission is to strengthen the public role and democratic purposes of the humanities, arts, and design. Cohen-Cruz, formerly a drama professor at New York University, was also appointed University Professor. IA held its seventh national conference on campus in September, exploring the theme “Citizenship for a Just World: Activating Knowledge, Cultivating Engagement.”

The number 88 jersey of former Orange football great and NFL Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey ’62 was retired during a halftime ceremony at the SU-Illinois football game in the Carrier Dome.

The Maxwell School received a $5 million endowment from the New York City-based Leon Levy Foundation to establish the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Chair in Public Policy, in honor of the late University Professor and former U.S. senator from New York.

The Newhouse School is celebrating the First Amendment with a yearlong series of events, which kicked off with the Newhouse III dedication. One of those events, “Student Protests and the Right to Peaceably Assemble,” scheduled for February 19, will be held in memory of the late David Ifshin ’70, the former SU student body president who led the 1970 anti-war demonstrations on campus. Organizers invite alumni from that era to share their memories and other materials, which may be incorporated into the event. To learn more, contact Newhouse professor Larry Elin ’73 at lpelin@syr.edu. For a schedule of other upcoming events in the series, go to newhouse.syr.edu/nh3/first_amendment.cfm.

Timothy Bond has been appointed producing artistic director of Syracuse Stage and the SU Department of Drama. He formerly served as associate artistic director at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

The National Association of College & University Food Services recognized Syracuse University Food Services (SUFS) with a 2007 Loyal E. Horton Dining Award in the category of Residence Hall Dining—Single Stand Alone Concept/Outlet. SUFS received gold recognition, the association’s highest honor for excellence among large schools, as well as the grand prize among all gold winners for overall best entry in its category

 

 
      Class of 2011 Profile

Number of First-Year Students: 3,100

Number of Applicants: 21,200

Gender: 57% female, 43% male

Traditionally Underrepresented Students: 29%

Students from Outside of New York State: 60%

Average GPA: 3.6

Most Popular Names: Sarah, Michael

Largest Entering Class in a Professional School
(College of Visual and Performing Arts): 475

Number of States Represented: 45

Number of Countries Represented: 26

Number of International Students: 137

Number of Students with Alumni Relatives: 250


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