Compiled from SU news reports
E. Yu, a December graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences,
has been named a Rhodes Scholar—the second in SU history. “I was
surprised,” says Yu, of Montrose, California, who majored in political
science and history. “I went through the application process last
year, so I was painfully familiar with the intense competition,
and I knew it was a crapshoot. I’m still very, very surprised.”
personifies the spirit of embracing the rich opportunities of a
liberal education with gusto, energy, and commitment,” says Cathryn
Newton, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “We are thrilled
for her. She will surely inspire other fine students to set their
own intellectual sights high.”
Yu was involved in research and campus activities at SU and received
several awards, including being named a 2001 University Scholar,
the highest honor given to an SU undergraduate. She will use the
Rhodes Scholarship to pursue a doctorate in Japanese studies at
England’s Oxford University beginning in the fall. The scholarship
pays for two years of study with the possibility of renewal for
a third year. “I want to explore how the Japanese saw their wars,”
Lebrón, SU assistant director of residence life and leadership
initiatives, carries the Olympic flame during the Olympic
Torch Relay’s journey through Syracuse in December. SU sophomore
Courtney Bell carried the flame in Kittery, Maine, representing
her hometown of Belmont, New Hampshire. At the White House,
President George W. Bush was handed the torch by Elizabeth
Howell, the wife of the late Brady Howell G’00, a Maxwell
School graduate who was killed in the September 11 attack
on the Pentagon.
of SU Athletics
SU basketball coach Jim Boeheim ’66, G’73 has won more than 300
games on the Carrier Dome court—and now he can call it his own.
In a February ceremony prior to the Orangemen’s game against Big
East rival Georgetown, the University honored Boeheim by naming
the Dome hardwood Jim Boeheim Court. “I am delighted for Jim and
delighted that literally thousands of people have helped show their
appreciation for his achievements,” says Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw.
“It is a well-deserved honor.”
The dedication honors Boeheim for his 30 years as a full-time member
of the SU coaching staff, and his four years as a student-athlete
(1962-66). Boeheim, who also served as an SU graduate assistant
coach, is now in his 26th year as head coach.
SU Board of Trustees Chairman Joseph O. Lampe ’53, G’55, and Trustee
Joyce Hergenhan ’63 led a committee that worked on the naming campaign.
What do a former presidential candidate, a
network CEO, a noted historian, and a controversial author have
in common? They’re all part of the University Lectures on campus
the prominent guests are Susan Taylor, senior vice president of
Essence Communications; Barry Diller, chairman and CEO of USA Networks;
David McCullough, best-selling author, historian, and biographer;
Mort Zuckerman, publisher and editor-in-chief of U.S. News &
World Report; noted author Salman Rushdie; and acclaimed designer
Paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey spoke April 1 while former U.S.
senator and 1972 presidential candidate George McGovern and former
U.S. Poet Laureate and environmentalist Robert Hass will share a
discussion on April 10 from 7:30-8:50 p.m. in the College of Law’s
Grant Auditorium. The lectures are free and open to the public.
The University Lectures, a cross-disciplinary series funded by SU
Trustee Robert B. Menschel ’51, feature world-renowned individuals
from the areas of architecture and design; the humanities and the
sciences; and public policy, management, and communications. The
series supports the University’s Academic Plan by providing opportunities
for students to enhance their learning experiences.
Reaching the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City required a ride
on a highway featuring geofoam, an expanded polystyrene foam that
is gaining popularity due to pioneering research conducted by Dawit
Negussey, a professor of civil and environmental engineering in
the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science.
Negussey, director of the SU Geofoam Research Center and one of
the nation’s leading geofoam experts, gave a presentation to Utah
transportation officials and contractors on the feasibility of using
geofoam in critical sections of Interstate 15 (I-15), a heavily
traveled, north-south highway that runs through Salt Lake City.
They decided to use the material, making the project the largest
geofoam undertaking to date. “The I-15 reconstruction took place
in a highly developed area, and they needed to get the project done
fast so the road would be available as soon as possible,” Negussey
says. “Adding to the design challenge was the fact that the freeway
is built over a network of utility lines on a former lake bed. Because
geofoam is so light and bulky, it was installed quickly.”
professor Jay B. Wright G’77, one of the nation’s foremost First
Amendment scholars, was selected as Syracuse University’s 2001 Scholar/Teacher
of the Year, an award sponsored by the United Methodist Church.
Wright, a professor in the newspaper department, has taught at the
University for more than 30 years. He has written two of the nation’s
leading texts on communications law and The Legal Handbook for
New York State Journalists.
O’Keefe G’78, the former Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business
and Government Policy at the Maxwell School, was appointed head
of NASA by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Previously, O’Keefe served as deputy director of the Office of Management
School of Architecture Dean Bruce Abbey will step down from
his position in July. Abbey, who joined the University as dean in
1990, plans to take a sabbatical and then return to teaching at
Lia Miller ’99, a public administration student in the Maxwell
School, was selected by the U.S. Department of State as a Thomas
R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellow. The prestigious fellowship
provides graduate funding to students preparing to enter the Foreign
Service. As an SU undergraduate, Miller earned a dual degree in
social work and African American studies.
The SU cheerleading team, Otto the Orange, and campus scenes were
featured in video clips that aired on a “College Cooking” episode
of Emeril Live. The SU Office of Electronic Media Communications
shot the footage for the show.
School of Information Studies professor Barbara Kwasnik received
the 2001 Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award from the
American Society of Information Science and Technology.
Stuart I. Bretschneider, professor of public administration
and director of the Center for Technology and Information Policy
in the Maxwell School, was named the 2001 recipient of the Award
for Excellence in Teaching by the National Association of Schools
of Public Affairs and Administration.
football defensive end Dwight Freeney ’02 piled up nearly
as many post-season honors as he did sacks during the season. Freeney
was a 2001 consensus All-American and a finalist for the Bednarik,
Lombardi, and Nagurski awards, which recognize the nation’s top
defensive players. He registered 17.5 sacks during the regular season
to set NCAA, Big East, and SU single-season records. He also established
an NCAA single-season record for total fumbles (combining forced
and recovered ones), with 11.
Graduate School Dean Howard C. Johnson has been named executive
vice provost for academic affairs.
a nationally known graduate administrator and scholar in the field
of mathematics education, is working on portions of the University’s
Academic Plan that deal with diversity, and on fund raising as it
pertains to the Graduate School and the Academic Plan.
Vice Chancellor Deborah A. Freund appointed John Mercer, professor
of geography in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell
School, and associate dean of the Graduate School, as acting dean
of the Graduate School.
Hall is the new director of the SU Department of Public Safety.
Hall was selected following a nationwide search that began last
was formerly deputy chief of the LaVergne, Tennessee, Police Department
and headed the Crime Prevention Division of Vanderbilt University
and Medical Center in Nashville.
Jaehnig has been selected as the first director of SU’s Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered (LGBT) Resource Center.
an eight-year employee of the Office of Residence Life (ORL), served
as staff advisor to PRIDE Union, an undergraduate LGBT organization,
and Rainbow Alliance, an organization of LGBT ORL staff. The center,
which opened last semester and serves students, faculty, and staff,
is located in new facilities on Ostrom Avenue.
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