AFRICAN AMERICAN FELLOWSHIPS AID STUDENTS IN RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY WORK
Eric Hunn came to SU to earn dual degrees in law and public administration, with plans to put what he's learning to use as a city manager in his native California. But the third-year graduate student isn't waiting to enter municipal government to put those skills to workhe's using his expertise now as president of the Graduate Student Organization (GSO).
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Eric Hunn heads the Graduate Student Organization.
Hunn was executive officer of the Maxwell Public Administration Student Government last year when he decided to run for the GSO presidency. Because his studies focus on government administration, he feels his management skills will be a great asset to the organization. "It fits in nicely with my program of study at the Maxwell School," he says. "I don't have any direct experience with the GSO, other than having representatives from the Maxwell student government to the GSO. But I felt I did a good job as executive officer at Maxwell, and managed with integrity. I think that same model can apply to the GSO, even though the GSO is a larger organization. The principles of management still apply."
The GSO represents and promotes the interests of the graduate student community. "The nature of graduate study is such that graduate students tend to be a forgotten voice," says Michael Elmore, director of the Student Activities Office and GSO advisor. "People in master's and doctoral programs have a number of things in commonfinancial issues, delay in careers to pursue graduate educationbut there's no real forum to talk about that. The GSO at its best can serve as that forum."
Hunn and his officers have outlined their plans for the GSO. "I'm trying to change the focus of the GSO from dealing with programmatic issues," Hunn says. "Rather than focus on implementing programs and put the cart before the horse when we don't have our administrative structure in order, I'm going to focus on administrative reformand that means our financial affairs."
Except for those in the College of Law and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, all graduate students pay a $36 graduate student fee. The GSO disburses those funds to student organizations. "We're really the caretakers of a good deal of money," Hunn says. "So our number-one responsibility is to deal with that money with integrity. We sponsor a good portion of the student legal services on campus. We also sponsor the Inn Completea graduate student pub on South Campusand various student organizations. We have quite a bit of money in reserve for special programming, so we need to allocate it in a way that will benefit the University community as a whole."
STUDENT DESIGNERS MAKE THEIR FASHION STATEMENT IN ANNUAL SHOW
The lights went down as the first strains of Tina Turner's Goldeneyebegan to play. Smoke rolled silently across the catwalk as models glided into view. In the audience, menswear designer Henry Grethel '54 was watchingas were Joel Shapiro of Mr. Shop and Jet Black, and Howard Silver of JASCO Fabrics.
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The annual fashion show gives seniors the opportunity to create a range of designs.
The setting was not Paris, not Milanbut Syracuse. Namely, it was the Schine Student Center's Goldstein Auditorium, and the audience was packed with students, parents, faculty, and staff. The event was the College for Human Development Fashion Show, an annual, student-run production that showcases the creativity, education, and hard work of students in the college's Fashion Design Program.
Last spring's show, titled "Profiles," featured some 250 original student designs. A green-and-blue tiered bustier gown; a draped lavender chiffon dress; a beaded-silk painted halter dress; a velvet embroidered cocoon; an "ice princess dress"; a coat, hat, and muff made entirely of bubble wrapthese were just a few of the designs exhibited in such categories as evening wear, art-to-wear, and carnival. The eclectic gathering of garments was presented during the first half of the show, known as the "juried portion" because each piece had first been judged by a jury of fashion design faculty and professionals.
The heart of the show came after intermission, when each of the program's 21 seniors debuted an original, six-piece collection. For many senior designers, these collections represent not just a year of intense work and four years' worth of education, but also a life's dream realized.
One of those seniors was Sondra Mastrelli, who had worked since last summer on her collection of women's career wear. She has aspired to fashion design since her early teens. "This sounds funny," she says, "but it all started with House of Styleon MTV. That showthe way I was drawn to itmade me realize what a passion I had for fashion," she says. "I began to see that I could use that passion to guide my academic and career goals."
Mastrelli came to SU because she liked the balance between fashion design and liberal arts. She believes the show, and all the planning it requires, is excellent preparation for the post-graduation world. "Students are responsible for every imaginable detail of the show," she says. "The experience gives us a real understanding of the design field. When we leave the University and get out there, we will know what to do."
WENDY S. LOUGHLIN
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