What did they need? Money for new computers and new software for the Retail and Fashion Institute (RFI) in the College for Human Development.|
What did they get?
Support to the tune of $150,000 from Macy's East and its parent company, Federated Department Stores Inc.
"Most of retail merchandising is computer-based," says Professor Amanda Nicholson, programs director for the Department of Environmental Arts, Consumer Studies, and Retailing. "And fashion design students need software for pattern-making and sizing. Employers want to hire people familiar with the most current programs, so providing the best hardware and software is important for our students' success in the field."
Macy's East knows about Syracuse University students. In addition to recruiting College for Human Development students, Macy's has twice given an annual $2,500 "Outstanding Student Award." Key to the Macy's connection is Hal Kahn, CEO of Macy's East and a member of the college's National Retail Industry Advisory Board. "The reason we're making this gift is because of the wonderful work of Syracuse alumni for Macy's," says Kahn, whose company has hired SU graduates. "This is our way of saying thanks."
Building support for the Retail and Fashion Institute is a campaign priority for the college. An umbrella for such initiatives as the annual fashion show, the Sue Ann Genet Lecture Series, and educational trips for students and faculty, RFI aims to "become an internationally recognized leader in providing the marketplace with well-educated, highly effective retail executives and successful entrepreneurs," Nicholson says.|
And Syracuse is well situated for such high aims, geographically and historically. "We're very fortunate to be this close to New York City, the heart of the U.S. fashion industry," Nicholson says. "Our connections with industry, built up over years through informal channels and internships, give us a unique advantage."
Jennifer Spaulding, left, winner of Macy's Outstanding Student Award, poses with College for Human Development Dean Susan J. Crockett and Hal Kahn, CEO of Macy's East and a member of the college's National Retail Industry Advisory Board.
DONOR HONORED Joan Brodsky '67, G'68 accepts a Chancellor's Council plaque for herself and husband William Brodsky '65, G'68 from Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw. The plaque is awarded to donors who give more than $100,000 to Syracuse. During the Commitment to Learning campaign, the Brodskys have supported the Helen and Irwin Brodsky Scholarship (named for Bill's parents), the Digital Learning Center at the School of Information Studies, and the Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center. Bill Brodsky has served as an SU trustee since 1987.
Two issues ago, we told you about the William Fleming Educational Unitrust: More than $1 million from the trust, established by Fleming, an emeritus professor of fine arts, funds a tenure-track position in his former department in The College of Arts and Sciences. Now, a second gift from the Unitrust, again more than $1 million, funds another music history position in the department. Plans call for the new position to be filled as early as this fall.
"This remarkable support is all the more important in the current climate of budget constraints," says Dean Robert Jensen of The College of Arts and Sciences. "The college's long tradition of excellence in the fine arts faces a strong future thanks to this gift."