Compiled from SU news reports
Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of the Harlem
Childrens Zone and author of Fist, Stick,
Knife, Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America,
delivers the keynote address at the Universitys
19th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in
January at the Carrier Dome. Among the Unsung Heroes
Awards recipients honored at the celebration were
SUs Regina Jones, program coordinator for
the Office of Multicultural Affairs; and Joy Mutare,
an M.B.A. student at the Martin J. Whitman School
of Management (see Passion
headquarters for the New York State Center of Excellence
in Environmental Systems (CoE-ES) will be constructed
on the site of the former Midtown Plaza building in
site, located about a mile north of the Main Campus,
will feature administrative offices and laboratories
for creating new technologies that improve environmental
quality and energy efficiency in buildings and urban
communities. Our vision is that the entire building
itself will be an experimental apparatus that our researchers
and corporate partners will use to evaluate and demonstrate
new technologies for environmental control and energy
generation, says CoE-ES executive director Edward
Bogucz, an SU faculty member and former dean of the
L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science.
The building also will include one-of-a-kind laboratories
that will earn recognition worldwide for their unique
CoE-ES includes collaborative research and development,
education, and economic development programs involving
12 academic and research institutions, including SU,
and 19 firms and organizations. To date, the center
has secured awards and commitments of more than $40
million from New York State and nearly $11 million from
Chancellor and Provost Deborah A. Freund has appointed
Eric F. Spina as the Douglas D. Danforth Dean of the
L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science
(ECS) and Mark Robbins G81 as dean of the School
who has been a faculty member for 15 years and associate
dean of ECS since 2000, became dean in December. The
position is endowed by Pittsburgh civic leader and ECS
alumnus Douglas D. Danforth 47, H99. Spina
succeeds Edward Bogucz, who was named executive director
of the New York State Center of Excellence in Environmental
Systems. Eric served as ECS associate dean with
great distinction, Freund says. In addition,
he has ably served on a number of important University-wide
committees. I have every confidence that he will do
an absolutely outstanding job.
chaired ECSs Department of Mechanical, Aerospace,
and Manufacturing Engineering from 1995-98 and headed
the Division of Mechanical, Civil, and Chemical Systems
from 1996-2000. He holds masters and doctoral
degrees from Princeton University.
currently a visiting critic at the Graduate School of
Design at Harvard, will begin his deanship in the fall.
He will take over for Professor Arthur McDonald, who
has acted as interim dean. Mark will bring to
SU the invaluable experience of his years as an architect,
an artist, an educator, and a nationally recognized
administrator, Freund says. The School of
Architecture will benefit greatly from his presence.
Robbins, who holds a masters degree from the School
of Architecture, started his own practice in 1986. He
previously taught at the Knowlton School of Architecture
at the Ohio State University, served as curator of architecture
at the Wexner Center for the Arts, and was director
of design at the National Endowment for the Arts.
Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw has approved a plan by the
Department of Public Safety (DPS) to train selected
DPS officers to become commissioned as peace officers.
We see the peace officer status as a positive
move that will significantly enhance our partnerships
and services for the community, says DPS director
plan will be implemented over a three-year period and
will involve training 47 DPS personnel and acquiring
new equipment, including sidearms, vehicle lights, and
sirens, Hall says. Among their capabilities, peace officers
can enforce protection orders related to domestic violence,
issue tickets for court appearances and vehicle and
traffic violations, and investigate traffic accidents.
George E. Pataki approved legislation last year granting
peace officer status to properly trained and approved
DPS officers. Since then, the issue has been discussed
on campus in public forums and other venues.
Members of the SU student band Roast
perform in the Schine Underground as part of the Bandersnatch
Music Series, a new division of the University Union
Concerts. The student-organized series seeks to revive
the musical spirit of the Jabberwocky nightclub, which
once brought such performers as James Taylor, Cyndi
Lauper, and the Talking Heads to the Hill.
For years, Syracuse University has been one of roughly 30
schools in the nation with a self-supporting athletic program,
thanks to the revenues produced by mens basketball and
football. That situation will change in the next fiscal year
as the athletic department projects a $2.5 million budget
shortfall, due in part to the Big East Conference shake-up
and the possibility of lost television revenues (see Big
East: The Sequel ).
help athletics overcome the deficit, Chancellor Kenneth A.
Shaw has proposed a tuition increase of 6.4 percent for next
year, rather than an expected increase of 6 percent (undergraduate
tuition is currently $24,172 per year). The additional 0.4
percent increase will provide athletics about $450,000 and
also support other budget costs. The remainder of the athletics
shortfall may be covered through a variety of ways, including
increasing the size of the incoming freshman class to add
tuition revenue, increasing average ticket prices, and doing
more to improve average attendance for football and mens
basketball games. There are solutions to this problem,
Shaw says. The alternative, however, is to watch a program
with a proud tradition twist in the wind, and in a relatively
short period of time have even greater budgetary problems.
more information, visit sunews.syr.edu/athletics/index.html.
Phylicia Rashad will speak at SUs 150th Commencement
on May 9 in the Carrier Dome.
OLeary G88, a professor of public administration
and political science at the Maxwell School and the College
of Arts and Sciences, was appointed to NASAs Aerospace
Safety Advisory Panel.
Smith, professor of instructional design, development,
and evaluation at the School of Education, is serving as president
of the American Evaluation Association.
Levitsky, professor of international relations and public
administration at the Maxwell School and the College of Arts
and Sciences and a distinguished fellow of the Global Affairs
Institute, was elected to the International Narcotics Control
Board by members of the United Nations Economic and Social
Mitsui 04, an advertising major at the S.I. Newhouse
School of Public Communications, and Anthony Alvarez 04,
whos majoring in advertising at Newhouse and sociology
at the College of Arts and Sciences, were among 32 finalists
nationwide selected by the American Advertising Federation
(AAF) to participate in the Most Promising Minority Students
program. The AAF sent the finalists, all college seniors,
to New York City in February to meet with executives from
leading agencies, advertisers, and media companies, and to
interview with top advertising industry companies.
For six days, Max Garcia G04 trailed retired general and presidential
candidate Wesley Clark around New Hampshire. He filed five stories
on the Arkansas resident for The Daily Citizen in Searcy,
Arkansas. Reporting on the New Hampshire primary was a great
experience, says Garcia, a graduate student in the magazine,
newspaper, and online journalism program at the S.I. Newhouse School
of Public Communications. The politicians were receptive to
the young reporters, and we had a positive response from other media
Garcia was one
of 17 Newhouse students who journeyed to New Hampshire to cover
its Democratic Party presidential primary for newspapers and radio
stations in several states. Students reported for such newspapers
as the Republican-American in Waterbury, Connecticut, The
Pilot in Southern Pines, North Carolina, and the Syracuse Post-Standard.
Additionally, five broadcast journalism students conducted live
reports for WATD, a Boston-area radio station, and WVIA-FM, a National
Public Radio station in Pittston, Pennsylvania.
a superb opportunity for the students to get real-world experience
and to see democracy in action, says Professor Charlotte Grimes,
Knight Chair in Political Reporting.
Mary Morin G04,
a graduate broadcast journalism student, covered candidate Howard
Dean for WATD. It was an incredible opportunity for me to
put the skills I learned at Newhouse into practice, as well as to
meet big-time reporters I respect, Morin says.