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Members of the Phi Iota Alpha fraternity help students from McKinley-Brighton Elementary School sharpen their computer skills during the school's Extended Day program.

Christopher Gary finds an article on the Internet about crayfish for his sixth-grade science project on wetland biomes, but needs help transferring the information from the web site to the computer he is using—a task more easily said than done. To accomplish the task, Gary turns to School of Management student Christian Jaramillo ’01.
      Jaramillo and his Phi Iota Alpha fraternity brothers are working with students in McKinley-Brighton Elementary School’s Extended Day program as part of the fraternity’s ongoing efforts to reach out to children growing up in Syracuse’s impoverished neighborhoods. At McKinley-Brighton, the SU students help children hone their computer skills. In the process, they hope to become mentors for the kids.
      “Most of our fraternity members grew up in New York City,” says German Luciano ’01, a School of Information Studies student. “We understand where these kids are coming from. This project gives us a chance to be role models for them.”
      Last winter the fraternity hosted about 15 children at SU and taught them how to create their own web sites. Fraternity brothers also kept in touch with the children over the winter break via e-mail.

In a study published by the prestigious Ecological Society of America, the Department of Biology’s ecology, evolution, and animal behavior program in the College of Arts and Sciences was recognized as one of the best in the nation. The study ranked the program second in overall quality of scientific research published by faculty, and eighth in scientific productivity per faculty member.
      The rankings were based on an analysis of data compiled by the National Research Council on research productivity and quality. The study focused on the top 63 ecology/evolution programs at major U.S. universities, including Cornell, Yale, Duke, the University of California at Berkeley, and Syracuse.

Jay Graves, a nationally renowned authority on lower back skeletal-muscular development, is Syracuse University’s 1999-2000 Scholar/Teacher of the Year. A professor and chair of the Department of Exercise Science in the School of Education, Graves is known for his teaching acumen and research endeavors.
Graves      School of Education Dean Steven Bossert credits Graves with involving students in his research laboratories and in real-world applications that advance their learning, professional skills, confidence, and community service. “His enthusiasm, high standards, and caring make his courses among the most highly rated by students in our exercise science program, as well as by students from other SU colleges who minor in this field,” Bossert says.

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First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, running for a U.S. Senate seat in New York, made an appearance at SU to discuss education reform.

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