Syracuse University Press has taken on the monumental task of producing the first comprehensive, scholarly encyclopedia covering prominent persons, businesses, parks, and communities that make up the historical and contemporary fabric of New York. When completed in 2001, the single-volume Encyclopedia of New York Statewill contain more than 3,000 entries and 1,200 pages. The project is being launched with $220,000 in state funding secured by Republican state Senator John DeFrancisco of Syracuse.
      The total cost of producing the encyclopedia has been budgeted at $1.65 million. SU Press is contributing $490,000 and will seek subsidies from private and corporate sources for another $500,000. The publication's planners are hopeful that the state will continue its support with additional allocations of $220,000 over the second and third years of the project.
      "I am pleased that we will be able to offer an encyclopedia that can focus attention on New York's history as a whole, and help readers better understand what it means and what it has meant to be a New Yorker," says SU Press Director Robert Mandel.
      The publication will be distributed both nationally and internationally as a means of promoting New York State. In addition to retail sales, discounted copies will be available to public libraries and every school library in the state will be given a copy of the encyclopedia to help educate schoolchildren about the state's storied history.

Earlier this year the School of Information Studies' Center for Active Learning (CAL) hosted its first demonstration of the latest technology that will enable Central New York nonprofit organizations to access inexpensive videoconferencing capabilities over the Internet.
tvman      Representatives from more than 30 nonprofit agencies, schools, libraries, and government offices in Onondaga County were invited to the demonstration at SU's Center for Science and Technology. The demonstration was the culmination of months of work by 12 information studies undergraduate and graduate students led by Thoreau Chu and Wayne Minor, master's degree students in telecommunications and network management.
      The videoconferencing research project is part of a larger community effort to give schools, libraries, agencies, and other not-for-profit organizations in Central New York access to an inexpensive, high-speed, multimedia computer network called the Syracuse MetroNet.
      "CAL was established to address the information technology needs of the nonprofit sector," says Murali Venkatesh, professor of information studies, CAL director, and chairman of the MetroNet Technology Committee. "This project is consistent with that ideal in that we are testing products, strategies, and equipment that the community will be able to adopt."

December marks the 10th year since the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 claimed the lives of 35 Syracuse University students returning home from abroad. In commemoration of the tragedy, Syracuse University is hosting an ongoing series of lectures, exhibits, and panel discussions focusing on the Lockerbie, Scotland, air disaster.
      The commemoration began this summer with a series of lectures on "Global Terrorism: Lockerbie 10 Years Later," presented by Syracuse University Continuing Education and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Among the speakers were representatives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London and Scotland; the U.S. State Department; the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications; and the American Coalition for Middle East Dialogue.
      October 19 through 23 will be this year's Remembrance Week, which pays tribute to the victims of Pan Am 103 and honors the University's newest Remembrance Scholars— 35 outstanding students who receive scholarships to support their senior year of study. Remembrance Scholarships are the University's most prestigious academic honor. Remembrance Scholars themselves plan the week, which includes lectures, exhibits, and panel discussions. On the final day of Remembrance Week, there will be a convocation in Hendricks Chapel hosted by Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw.
      From December 12 through 21, SU will observe 10 Days of Remembrance by sponsoring lectures, exhibits, and panel discussions focusing on the Lockerbie air disaster, culminating with a Service of Commemoration in Hendricks Chapel. This service will be held jointly with services in Lockerbie and at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

      For more information on these events or the Remembrance Scholarships, contact Judith O'Rourke, 304 Tolley Administration Building, Syracuse, NY 13244-1100, phone: 315-443-1899, e-mail: jlorourke@syr.edu.

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