Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw meets with Maria Malagisi 04,
left, Michael Bevivino 03, Lindsay Pendergast 04,
and Nadine Aut 03, the authors of Buzz the Big
Orange Hat. They created the childrens book as
a fund-raising project for the SU Literacy Corps. For more
information on the book, see page 5.
involved in community service youll read about in this issue
of Syracuse University Magazine are doing far more than meeting
an immediate need. They are fulfilling one of this institutions
core values, forging stronger links between the University and the
wider community, and, best of all, helping themselves become better
students, citizens, and adults.
commitment to its core value of service is abundantly evident in
more than 500,000 hours of volunteering contributed each year by
faculty, staff, and students. Students, in particular, are volunteering
in greater numbers, thanks in part to campus initiatives like Students
Offering Service, which is a Hendricks Chapel program, and the Universitys
Center for Public and Community Service, which serves as both a
clearinghouse for service opportunities and a promoter of such activities.
And an increasing number of students670 in 2001-02actually
earn academic credit through courses designed with a service-learning
to service touches the community in countless beneficial ways. Our
efforts range from an entirely student-built house through Habitat
for Humanity and plans for a city park designed by student architects,
to legal representation in the courts by our law students and literacy-building
by University students in the most disadvantaged city schools. The
recipients of these servicesboth those in need and those who
manage the various social service agenciesare universal in
their praise of our students efforts.
students who serve have different reasons for doing so, all of them
benefit from the experience. Research on the subject points to gains
in many areas among student volunteers: higher grade point averages;
stronger leadership, conflict resolution, and social skills; greater
support for a clean, healthy environment; more acceptance of people
who are different from themselves; and a deeper empathy for those
in need. Better still, students who serve remain involved citizenspeople
who care about their communities, vote regularly, and continue to
volunteer throughout their lives.
To me, thats
a great return on a relatively modest investment of time and energy.
Kenneth A. Shaw
Chancellor and President