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Beth Gross had a powerful insight at Syracuse's Ronald McDonald House last winter. Gross '00, a child and family studies major in the College for Human Development, visited the house as part of her coursework. "While I was there, I saw many children with cancer wearing hats because their hair had fallen out from chemotherapy," Gross says. "It dawned on me that, for so many of these kids, their hats are a huge part of their identity."
      Knowing that donations are vital to such an agency, Gross organized a hat drive called "Caps for Cancer," and collected hats for Ronald McDonald House, Crouse Hospital, and the American Cancer Society.
      Many campus offices and organizations donated either hats or money to purchase them. Schine Student Center staff offered Gross a display wall in the University Bookstore. There, she set up about 70 hats on Plexiglas shelves along with information about the project and empty shelves labeled "Your Donation Here."
      Gross then expanded the hat drive off campus and received donations from several local businesses. Ward Sales Company, a wholesale hat manufacturer in Syracuse, donated 300 hats.
      Gross, a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, was recognized for her work at the annual Greek awards, where she received the Harold M. Dwyer Award for Outstanding Leadership and Academic Achievement.
      She hopes to continue and expand the project this fall.

A refurbished Kimmel computer cluster, a new commuter lounge, larger career advising interview rooms, and a video projection/sound system for the alcohol-free Perc Place club in the Schine Student Center are among $625,000 worth of student-centered projects funded by Syracuse University's proceeds from the 1999 FedEx Orange Bowl.
      SU's net revenue from the matchup with the University of Florida totals about $1.8 million. A little more
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than one-third of the funds has been designated for various on-campus projects.
      The remaining amount is allocated to the Athletics Department. A substantial part of the funding was used to balance the department's 1998-99 budget. The rest will be applied to future Athletics Department projects.
      The on-campus projects fall into three categories: classroom, library, and computer room enhancement ($446,000); space enhancement for student services and activities ($93,000); and programmatic enhancements ($86,000).
      "We can make some substantial improvements in a number of academic and student services areas," says Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw. "For that, I am very pleased."

School of Education professor Sari Knopp Biklen and L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science professor Barry Davidson have been named the 1999 Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professors of Teaching Excellence. The professorships recognize and reward outstanding teaching at Syracuse University.
      "These professors stand for all the excellent educators at Syracuse University," says Associate Vice Chancellor Michael Flusche.
      Biklen is director of the Cultural Foundations of Education Program. Davidson is a member of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Manufacturing Engineering.
      Made possible by a bequest from the estate of L. Douglas Meredith '26, each Meredith Professorship is made up of an annual $20,000 supplemental salary award and an annual $5,000 grant for professional development. Professors are nominated by their deans for consideration by the Meredith Committee. Meredith Professors serve a three-year term, during which they work to better the quality of education at Syracuse University.

Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw describes his new book, The Successful President: 'BuzzWords' on Leadership(American Council on Education/Oryx Press, 1999), as a practical, "how-to" book for today's leaders.
Book       The book focuses on leadership in higher education, containing information and advice based on his more than 22 years of serving as chancellor or president of both public and private universities. "I felt that my experience over the years gave me some observations about skills people need to be successful in this job, and decided now was as good a time as any to write the book," he says.
      Although the Chancellor wrote the book with higher education in mind, many of the principles and practical suggestions could be used by corporate presidents, political leaders, and others. Look for more on The Successful Presidentin the Winter 1999-2000 issue.

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