Compiled from SU news reports
Steve Sartori
Activist Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone and author of Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America, delivers the keynote address at the University’s 19th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in January at the Carrier Dome. Among the Unsung Heroes Awards recipients honored at the celebration were SU’s 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 for Africa”).



The 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 downtown Syracuse.

The 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 capabilities.”

The 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 federal sources.


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Eric Spina

Vice 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 G’81 as dean of the School of Architecture.

Spina, 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, H’99. 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.”

Spina chaired ECS’s 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 master’s and doctoral degrees from Princeton University.

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Mark Robbins

Robbins, 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 master’s 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 Publi