Compiled from SU news reports
Vice Chancellor and Provost Deborah A. Freund appointed new deans
to head University College, the College of Human Services and Health
Professions (HSHP), and the Graduate School.
K. Barletta G73 was named dean of University College,
SUs continuing education division, after serving as
interim dean since 1999. Barletta joined University College
in 1987 as assistant dean of programs and marketing, and
was promoted to associate dean in 1991. He holds a masters
degree from the School of Education and earned a Ph.D. in
higher education administration from Michigan State University.
W. Lagay was selected to lead HSHP, where he had been
interim dean since July 2002. He came to Syracuse in 1998
as associate dean of the School of Social Work, and later
served as the schools interim dean. When the school
became part of HSHP in 2001, Lagay was named the schools
director. He holds a master of social work degree from Rutgers
University and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University.
Mercer was appointed dean of the Graduate School. A
professor of geography in the College of Arts and Sciences
and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs,
Mercer had been acting dean of the Graduate School since
January 2002. He was associate dean of the Graduate School
from 1998 to 2000. Mercer joined the SU geography department
faculty in 1980 and served as the departments director
of graduate studies (1981-89), chair (1990-95 and 1997-2000),
and director of undergraduate studies (1995-97). Mercer
received both masters and doctoral degrees from McMaster
University in Canada.
three bleed orangethat is, they are very adept at
finding the best solutions for the University as a whole,
Freund says. They are creative doers who are very
skillful with people and in their own fields.
Award-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks readily admits
that her success wasnt immediate. I was not
good at writing plays for a long time, says Parks,
author of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Topdog/Underdog.
You have to keep going, though, because you love writing
more than anything.
who was on campus to deliver the keynote address for the
Universitys 18th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
in January, gave a free seminar in Maxwell Auditorium that
attracted about 100 people. During the hour-long event,
she read excerpts from her 1990 novel, The Death of the
Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, and answered
questions from the audience. Parks, who heads the A.S.K.
Theater Projects Writing for Performance Program at the
California Institute of the Arts, also spoke about the influence
of her work on black culture. Its important for writers
to balance positive and negative stories to present a realistic
representation of that culture, or any culture, she says.
If a story is made in the right spirit, it can bring
all of us, as a culture, to a better place.
As part of an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA), Syracuse University is conducting a comprehensive
environmental audit of the Main Campus, the Joseph I. Lubin
House in New York City, and the Minnowbrook Conference Center
in Blue Mountain Lake, New York.
agreement, the first of its kind with a private college
or university, continues the EPAs national initiative
to help institutions of higher learning comply with environmental
regulations. Both the EPA and Syracuse get something
very positive out of this agreement, says Jane M.
Kenny, EPA regional administrator. It helps the University
protect human health and the environment; it helps the University
to more effectively discover and fix violations; it reduces
or eliminates financial penalties; and it conserves EPA
undertake comprehensive environmental audits, self-report
violations, correct deficiencies in its environmental management,
and take steps to prevent recurrence of violations. The
EPA will waive penalties for self-disclosed violations.
This agreement allows both the EPA and Syracuse University
to better do their jobs, says Chancellor Kenneth A.
President Bill Clinton has accepted the Universitys
invitation to be Commencement speaker. Clinton will address the
Class of 2003 in the Carrier Dome on May 11.
After a 13-year
tenure as dean of the School of Management, George Burman
will step down from his position in June. After a sabbatical, he
will return to the school as a professor of entrepreneurial management.
was appointed director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office,
which provides Congress with information needed for making economic
and budget decisions. Holtz-Eakin is on leave from the Maxwell School,
where he is Trustee Professor of Economics.
Burgess, chair of the Department of Child and Family Studies
in the College of Human Services and Health Professions, was named
the 2002 recipient of the Marie Peters Award by the National Council
on Family Relations. The award recognizes scholars and researchers
who have made significant contributions in the area of ethnic minority
Wiecek, Congdon Professor of Public Law and Legislation at the
College of Law, won the prestigious Hughes Gossett Literary Award
for outstanding scholarship in articles published in the Journal
of Supreme Court History. Wieceks article was titled Felix
Frankfurter, Incorporation, and the Willie Francis Case. U.S.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer presented Wiecek the award.
DAlessandro 72, H99, an SU trustee emeritus,
was named to The Sporting News 2002 list of the 100
Most Powerful People in Sports for the eighth straight year.
DAlessandro is chairman and CEO of John Hancock Financial
Services, and chief architect of the companys highly successful
Its hard to miss the big, floppy, bright orange hat
donned by Chancellor Kenneth A. Buzz Shaw at Commencement
and other official SU ceremonies. The hat has become even
more prominent now that its the star of the new childrens
picture book Buzz the Big Orange Hat.
was created by Michael Bevivino 03, Maria Malagisi 04,
Lindsay Pendergast 04, and Nadine Aut 03 for the
SU Literacy Corps, a tutoring program that sends student volunteers
into the community to work with children.
Shaw appears in the book as the King, who is heartbroken when
the wind blows Buzz the Hat off his head during a walk. The
book is a great idea, a perfect project for students involved
in helping children with their reading, the Chancellor
was printed by Syracuse University Printing Services, and
is available for $9.99 through the SU Bookstore (www.syr.edu/bkst/).
Proceeds support the SU Literacy Corps.
Syracuse University was one of 38 institutions of
higher education that submitted a friend of the court
brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of affirmative
action in collegiate admissions.
brief was submitted to the court in support of the
University of Michigans position on affirmative
action, which is being tested in two cases: Grutter
v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger. The Supreme Court
is scheduled to hear the cases in April. Given
that one of our core values is diversity, the courts
decision will directly affect our ability to achieve
the kind of environment that provides the best education
for all our members, Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw
The School of Nursing will close by the end of the 2005-06
academic year, according to University officials. The Board
of Trustees Executive Committee, acting on behalf of the entire
board, voted in December to close the school. Before rendering
its decision, the committee reviewed a closure proposal from
Vice Chancellor and Provost Deborah A. Freund and accompanying
recommendations from the University Senate, the Board of Trustees
Academic Affairs Committee, and Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw.
SU has a long history of nursing education, and our
alumni and current students and faculty work hard at a proud
profession, Shaw says. This decision is not one
that they welcome, nor one that we are happy to make. But
given present and future programmatic needs, it is the right
undergraduate and graduate programs will be phased out gradually,
and provisions are being made to ensure that nursing students
will complete their degree work prior to the closing. Tenured
nursing faculty will be offered positions in other SU academic
units. The Universitys Office of Human Resources will
work with the schools staff to assist them with the
transition to other positions.