Digest highlights the numerous campus initiatives
that support the Universitys core value
Its been a longstanding goal of Senior Vice President and
Dean of Student Affairs Barry L. Wells to provide the campus community
with a snapshot of the multitude of programs at Syracuse that support
the Universitys core value of diversity. That goal was realized
with the development and publication of Diversity Digest,
a collaboration of the divisions of Academic Affairs and Student
Affairs. The publication is one of the initiatives developed to
ensure that the campus community is aware of the efforts under way
to make SU an inclusive institution. The purpose of Diversity
Digest is to share information about the many activities that
support diversity on campus and to stimulate further discussion
and education on this important issue, Wells says. It
addresses a matter of great urgency: our responsibility to make
certain this is a diverse institution that encourages appreciation
of differences to maintain both unity and civility.
closely with Vice President for Undergraduate Studies Ronald R.
Cavanagh, Wells convened a committee of University administrators
in June 2002 to develop a publication and web site on diversity
initiatives at SU. The team was led by James K. Duah-Agyeman G99,
director of student support and diversity education/multicultural
affairs. Wells says the publication educates students, faculty,
and staff of all that SU does to support its core value of diversity.
It also serves as an educational resource to new members of
the Syracuse University community to help them learn more about
these initiatives, he says. The first issue was distributed
across campus last spring and is available online at diversity.syr.edu.
It highlights programs and activities that support racial and ethnic
diversity on campus, such as pre-college programs and awards, scholarship
support, and campus organizations dedicated to enhancing the experiences
of students of color. The second issue, to be published this spring,
focuses on internationalization at SU. Future issues will address
other relevant areas, including gender, sexual orientation, religious
belief, and disability.
says response to the publication has been very positive. I
heard from a number of people who were impressed with the wide array
of programs and events and the number of students who are served
by the various programs at SU, he says. The publication was
also shared with higher education professionals across the country,
in the hope that it might serve as a model. Our colleagues
at other universities and colleges say this is one of the best compilations
theyve seen, he says.
believes the publication can serve as a benchmark for diversity
initiatives at SU. Its very hard to figure out what
needs to be done next if you dont know what youre doing
now, he says. As we talk about diversity as an institutional
priority and think about how to improve the learning climate on
campus, it is important to do that from an informed basis. I hope
Diversity Digest helps facilitate discourse on this campus
when it comes to issues related to diversity.
is one of several models created by communications design
students to help visualize an exhibition planned for the
Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology in
Even amid the surge of interdisciplinary activity across
campus, communications design majors in the School of Art
and Design may have earned the right to say, It just
doesnt get any more interdisciplinary than this.
As evidence, consider that a group of communications design
students could be found attending physics lectures during
path across the Hill connecting art to science begins in
Professor Iris Magidsons Design Project Management
course, a requirement for communications design majors during
junior year. Its a project-based class,
says Magidson 64. Students work in teams on
one large, complex design project for the entire semester,
with sophomores acting as their assistants. We strive to
create a realistic client-designer situation. The content
of the project could be anything, just as in the profession.
2002, the class worked with the Thornden Park Neighborhood
Association to create designs for a nature center proposed
for the parks carriage house. An exhibition of the
designs caught the eye of physics professor Carl Rosenzweig,
who recruited Magidson and her class to help design Cosmic
Connections, an exhibition he proposed to the National Science
Foundation (NSF). Magidson created a syllabus based on the
design problems posed by the exhibition, including how to
make it interesting to junior high students, the primary
intended audience. The NSF subsequently funded the project,
which will be displayed at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum
of Science and Technology in Syracuse.
for the task, the students took a crash course in physicsattending
special evening sessions conducted by Rosenzweig and his
colleagues, including Mark Trodden, co-director of the NSF
project. Allison Dahl 04, who admits to doing absolutely
terrible in high school physics, was among the students
in Magidsons class. I think our relative lack
of knowledge about physics made us better designers,
she says. We could look at problems from the point
of view of the audience, while the physics professors were
so knowledgeable they sometimes communicated in ways that
cannot be grasped by the average person. We took the information
they wanted in the exhibition and communicated it in interesting
says the benefits of the collaboration were mutual. The
students were enthusiastic, and we were challenged by their
different perspectives in designing the exhibition,
he says. Magidson was pleased as well. We posed real
problems, and the students responded with real solutions,
she says. I hope other faculty members will contact
me when they face communications design problems.
The new Center for European Studies (CES), housed in
the Global Affairs Institute at the Maxwell School,
will coordinate campus-wide courses and activities relating
to an ever-changing Europe. Our goal is to deepen
and broaden the scope of European studies, says
political science professor Mitchell Orenstein, CES
director. We typically think only about Western
Europe, but the old Europe doesnt exist anymore.
We want to change the way we talk about Europe.
center, funded by a three-year, $1.6 million shared
grant from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to
SU and Cornell University, began hosting lectures by
ambassadors and visiting professors last fall. The center
expects to launch an outreach initiative through local
resettlement programs for Central and Eastern European
immigrants, and will organize a program to educate teachers
in local school districts about European studies.
addition, the center offered Polish and Turkish language
courses last semester through the College of Arts and
Sciences. I would love it if our students were
proficient in another language by the time they graduate,
says Krisan Evenson, CES assistant director. You
cant truly learn European studies to the best
of your abilities without knowing a second language.
To encourage intensive study of another language, the
CES offers students Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships,
administered by the DOE. The fellows design projects
that focus on language study and developing regional
semester, CES directors began distributing a list of
courses with a European component so students can see
how expansive the subject is. Plans are also under way
to create an undergraduate major in European studies.
The CES complements SUs European Union Center,
which is funded by a grant from the European Commission.
Our resources put SU in a unique position,
Orenstein says. The training and research the
CES provides will increase the Universitys profile
on a national level.
One rewarding aspect of being an education professional
is the reciprocal relationship that often develops between
teacher and student. David Shaw G03 realized this
as a student teacher in a New York City high school last
semester. It was a unique learning experience to have
people in my classroom from all over the world, Shaw
says. During a classroom discussion about culture,
some students taught me how to cook polenta and showed me
a dance from the Dominican Republic. The diversity is something
special, and it was amazing to see it working in a classroom
was one of six School of Education students who taught in
New York City last fall as part of A Bridge to the City,
a new partnership established by Gerald M. Mager, a Laura
J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence.
The program provides SU teacher candidates with a guided
student-teaching experience in a challenging urban environment,
while connecting New York City schools to the School of
Educations faculty, resources, and graduates. One
of the benefits of educating teachers is seeing the practices
we recommend instituted by our graduates in the many different
school districts where they take positions, Mager
says. The ideas central to our work here are shared
at many venues throughout the country. One of those venues
ought to be New York City.
New York City schools have been very welcoming, Mager says.
They value this connection with SU because of our
solid reputation in teacher education. Student response
has been equally enthusiastic. Our students are glowing
about what theyve seen, says Mager, who has
high hopes for the programs long-term success and
of Education Dean Louise Wilkinson believes the program
provides excellent opportunities for the students. They
are learning about effective teaching and individualized
learning in one of the most dynamic and challenging school
systems in the world, she says. Through these
experiences, guided by our own faculty as well as the staff
of the New York City schools, SU students build their knowledge
base and develop their own capacities to serve as effective
Lee Lyons, left, Sky Printup, and Charlie Huff,
all high school students from the Onondaga Nation,
shoot a movie as part of the Young Onondaga Filmmakers
Project at Newhouse.
everyone! And action! Outside the Newhouse School,
a lonely robot staggers in the chilly winds of autumn, stopping
to peek through a window. Inside, two slices of bread pop
up from a toaster, and the robot waves its arms in joy.
This simple, creative story was one of the works of 16 high
school students from the Onondaga Nation who participated
in the Young Onondaga Filmmakers Project at Newhouse. We
wanted to introduce these high school students to the filmmaking
process, from script to screen, and at the same time create
opportunities for interaction between the local Onondaga
Nation youths and Syracuse faculty and students, says
David Coryell, an adjunct professor who initiated the project.
American film has many voices, and there are lots
of cultural groups and groups from geographical regions
that make films to talk about their place, their culture,
and their people. Yet, there havent been many films
that depict Native culture or that were written, produced,
or directed by Indians.
fall, Newhouse undergraduates and television-radio-film
professors Coryell, Peter Moller 65, Richard Breyer,
Larry Elin 73, and Andrea Asimow taught students how
to tell stories, create dramatic tension, translate the
stories into screenplays, and finally shoot the films and
perform roles. Marcia Lyons, a 10th-grader who directed
a film, says the project was as much fun as it was educational.
The filmmaking process interests me, she says.
Ive learned a great deal about how to direct
and use cameras.
project was a rewarding experience for Newhouse faculty
and students as well. The Onondaga students showed
incredible imagination and a willingness to learn new skills,
Moller says. Storytelling is how we transmit and preserve
the deepest values of our culture, and the project opened
up communication and sharing of cultures between the Onondaga
Nation community and Syracuse University. Newhouse
student Carl Finer 04 says, Its easy to
get wrapped up in things when Im in a class myself.
It was great just to take a step back and watch how they
says the project received generous institutional and financial
support from Pamela Kirwin Heintz 91, director of
the Universitys Center for Public and Community Service,
and Newhouse Dean David M. Rubin. Having received positive
feedback, Coryell feels motivated to organize a more advanced
program. We are treating this first project as a pilot
program, and because of its success, we hope to continue
working on the films theyve already shot or get into
something slightly more ambitious and more sophisticated,
he says. Our intention is to give the Onondaga students
a sense of their own filmmaking potential.
Tina Soumahoro, a participant in SUs Research
Experience for Undergraduates program, does research
on a chemistry-related project.
Stephen Okaine 05 had already spent 10 weeks studying
proteins and purifying DNA samples before walking into his
first biochemistry class last fall. I had a jump-start
on the semester, says Okaine, a participant in the
Syracuse University Research Experience for Undergraduates
program (REU). Learning how to use the lab equipment
and conduct a scientific study in the REU program gave me
a much deeper understanding of the material.
is one of 60 institutions across the country to offer the
10-week, research-intensive REU program. Sponsored by the
National Science Foundation with a three-year grant totaling
close to $190,000, as well as an additional $50,000 annual
commitment from SU, the program is designed for undergraduates
with serious and demonstrated skills in chemistry. Many
students are uncertain about what to do after college,
says chemistry professor Michael Sponsler, program co-director.
The REU program exposes them to career choices and
offers a chance to conduct graduate-level research and to
help them make that decision.
is competitive, and participants are accepted based on merit,
a personal essay, and recommendations. They receive a $3,200
summer scholarship, travel and conference reimbursement,
and University housing. Under the guidance of a faculty
advisor and graduate students, the students formulate research
projects within such fields as inorganic chemistry, physical
chemistry, biochemistry, solid state science, and organic
chemistry. Its very rewarding, says chemistry
professor Karin Ruhlandt-Senge, who wrote the original NSF
funding proposals and directed the program for three years
before teaming up with Sponsler this year. These students
are committed to challenging themselves through chemistry
REU program continues to attract scholars from across the
nation and the globe. While some participants are SU students,
others travel from as far away as Russia and Turkey. Many
come from small colleges where they may not have access
to lab facilities like ours or one-on-one training,
Ruhlandt-Senge says. The valuable research experience isnt
the only benefit. The program fosters an incredible
sense of friendship, companionship, and togetherness among
these talented students, she says. The energy
and motivation they bring to the department are amazing.
It makes the summers truly exciting.
Place Like Home
Follow the yellow brick road! is a familiar
phrase in the village of Chittenango, New York, which
draws thousands of people each June for OzFest, an annual
celebration that pays tribute to Chittenango native
L. Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz. But
as students in the School of Architectures Community
Design Center (CDC) class discovered last fall, the
towns yellow brick road (a painted
brick sidewalk) is only part of Chittenangos appeal.
Throughout the semester, the students designed plans
to revitalize the town and enhance its most attractive
assets. The buzz in the community over the project
has been unbelievable, village mayor Bob Freunscht
says. Everyone is thrilled with their work.
As a result of the collaboration, New York State awarded
the village a $600,000 grant to enact some of the plans.
studying Chittenangos zoning laws, parks, vegetation,
and history, students designed ways to unify the town
by linking its outlying areas with downtown, using sidewalks,
street signs, bike paths, and walking trails. Chittenango
residents want something they can show off that says,
We take care of our town and our community,
says Laura Steele 06, who plotted the downtown
placement of trees, lampposts, and benches.
to CDC director and architecture professor Liz Kamell,
communication was an integral part of the project. It
taught the students about understanding their work in
the context of a social and political environment and
about building mutual respect, she says. Throughout
the semester, students met with Freunscht, the Chittenango
planning board and village departments, community residents,
business owners, and representatives of the Erie Canal
Museum and the L. Frank Baum-Oz Museum to assess their
needs and take suggestions. Most people are not
concerned with the concepts behind a building,
says Adam Sheraden 06. They want to know
where they can park, how much it will cost, and how
easily they can keep the roads clear of snow.
December, CDC students concluded the project by attending
a public hearing in Chittenango, during which they presented
their designs and suggested how to allocate the villages
grant money. Mayor Freunscht hopes to begin putting
some of the plans, like the bike and walking trails,
into effect during 2004. Ive lived in this
community my entire life, he says. Sometimes
something can be right in front of my eyes, and I dont
see it because Im here so much. The students brought
a totally different perspective. Theyve accomplished
so much, and theyve done a phenomenal job.
Many of our nations environmental policies are
currently based on the notion that a dollar value
can be assigned to human life. That idea is
insane, says law professor David Driesen, who
organized the Economic Dynamics of Environmental Law
and Static Efficiency Conference last fall to question
current environmental policies. I wanted to
challenge the role of cost-benefit analysis in environmental
decisions. Cost-benefit analysis weighs the
costs of a reform against the benefits of that change.
Environmental benefits are not quantifiable,
and the costs are unstable, he says. Once
you write the regulation, the costs drop because theres
a market created and people compete to find the cheapest
way of complying.
argued his points to other conference participants,
including top legal scholars, scientists, engineers,
economists, political scientists, students, and some
environmental activists from the Syracuse community.
We had some really good discussions because
everybody had different perspectives, often reflecting
their particular training, Driesen says. The
conference, sponsored by the College of Law and the
New York State Center of Excellence in Environmental
Systems, provided a forum for interdisciplinary dialogue
on issues that are particularly timely and relevant.
quality and depth of discussions at the conference
impressed College of Law student Jeff Philp 99,
G04. As a graduate of SUs undergraduate
policy studies program, I really enjoyed how the economic
and public policy perspectives complemented the legal
analyses of the environmental issues, he says.
who entered law school interested in labor law, became
involved in environmental issues as Driesens
research assistant. He helped Driesen draft a Supreme
Court brief in support of a California public health
law that requires owners of fleets to buy low-emission
vehicles. The research and assistance I have
provided for Professor Driesens work on the
brief has been my most rewarding experience in law
school, Philp says. The increasing population
is taking its toll on available land, the environment,
and water rights. Through my work for Professor Driesen,
I have found an area I thoroughly enjoy and in which
I hope to practice.
At Syracuse University, the childrens summer rhyme of
No more teachers, no more books has gone the way
of the dinosaur. Last summer, each of the Universitys
schools and colleges, as well as the Honors Program, began
the Shared Reading Program, a series of summer readings that
first-year students are required to complete before the fall
semester. The program is part of the Universitys initiative
for first-year students, Syracuse Welcome 2003: A Slice of
SU Life, which aims to enhance the freshman experience. The
Shared Reading Program gives students the opportunity to have
a common educational experience before they arrive and encourages
an immediate exchange of ideas, says Vice Chancellor
and Provost Deborah A. Freund.
assigned a book to its incoming freshmenfrom George
Orwells classic 1984 to Christopher Phillipss
more contemporary Socrates Caféin hopes
that the common reading would establish a bond among the students.
Sandra N. Hurd G75, interim dean of the Martin J. Whitman
School of Management and a College of Law graduate, chose
NUTS!, which chronicles the rise of Southwest Airlines,
so first-year students with different backgrounds could communicate
on a familiar management topic. It offers the opportunity
to keep coming back to a common example that all students
know about, and thats interesting, Hurd says.
Additionally, NUTS! illustrates many concepts and themes
covered in the schools first-year courses.
G00, interim executive director of the Honors Program,
assigned Simon Winchesters Krakatoa: The Day the
World Exploded: August 27, 1883, a book about a volcano
eruption in Indonesia that devastated the lives of thousands
and had a global impact. She chose Krakatoa because
she believes students relate to the subject, regardless of
their disciplines. She also selected the book because Winchester
agreed to lecture on campus. His visit was an excellent
follow-up to the book, says honors student Caitlin Hart
07. It gave us more insight into his work.
Jane Present, chair of the Friends of HSL&PS,
visits with a student at the New York City
A decade ago, SU established a unique partnership
with a New York City public school to create the High
School for Leadership & Public Service (HSL&PS).
The University-developed curriculum gives students
the opportunity to hone their academic skills through
courses on public policy, public affairs, and leadership.
The program is about leveling the playing field
for inner-city kids, says Jane Werner Present
56, chair of the Friends of HSL&PS, a group
that raises funds for the schools academic programs
and extracurricular activities. When the students
graduate, we want to see them go to college.
hopes are not unrealistic. Forty HSL&PS graduates
are attending or have graduated from SU, and others
have gone on to attend such universities as Yale and
Duke. With one decade behind them, the Friends of
HSL&PS hope the students will achieve their educational
goals for years to come. We want to continue
to enrich the school, Present says, so
that our students have the same benefits and enrichment
programs the kids at any other school have.
Services & Health Professions
A new health magazine provides information to help Syracuse University
students achieve a balanced lifestyle and promote a healthy campus
community. Healthy You @ SU, a student-to-student publication,
debuted in spring 2003 and is a collaboration of the College of
Human Services and Health Professions and the Universitys
Division of Student Affairs. Our goal is to promote health-seeking
behavior among college-aged students, says Luvenia Cowart,
the colleges assistant dean of student affairs and special
projects, and the publications editorial director. We
believe that in a healthy environment, students will be more successful
in their academic work and experiences.
with Dessa Bergen-Cico 86, G88, G92, the Universitys
associate dean of students, Cowart assembled an editorial board
of student representatives from across campus. The board manages
the magazines content, design, and distribution. Kelly Pettingill,
administrative assistant for the colleges Office of Student
Affairs and Special Projects, functions as the magazines production
coordinator. Newhouse student Christine Vo 05 is the chief
editor and art director. Vos involvement in this project has
provided her with an experiential learning opportunity and valuable
professional preparation. Our students come in with an array
of knowledge, experience, and interests, Cowart says. That
variety lends a nice flavor to the magazines content and fosters
work major Sarah Young 04 says working on the magazine allows
her to combine classroom lessons with a personal interest in health
issues. For the Spring 2003 issue, she wrote an article about her
weight-loss experiences and stressed the importance of balance and
nutrition when dieting. Writing about my personal experiences
with dieting was therapeutic for me, says Young, who collaborated
with her mother to write an article about sexuality for the magazines
most recent issue. I felt free to take my articles in the
direction I wanted them to go.
magazines articles cover a range of topics that focus on physical,
emotional, and spiritual wellness. The Fall 2003 issue included
stories on sleep deprivation, exercise, relationships, and the effective
use of multivitamins. Distributed once a semester, the magazine
is available at the Schine Student Center, Health Services, the
colleges Office of Student Affairs and Special Projects, and
online at hshp.syr.edu/current/student/
Bruce Lagay considers the magazine a valuable tool for executing
the colleges goal of educating students regarding health issues.
It is essential that students understand how critical health
promotion and literacy are in achieving positive health-seeking
behaviors, he says. Healthy You @ SU is a hands-on
opportunity for them to do that. The lessons they take away from
this experience will serve them well as health and human services
and Amy Speach Shires
At 4 p.m. on a Friday, school is the last place most middle-school
students want to beexcept for a group of seventh- and eighth-graders
at the Huntington School in Syracuse. As participants in Balancing
the Books, a mentoring program developed by the Martin J. Whitman
School of Management (WSM) and the Center for Public and Community
Service (CPCS), the students meet with WSM mentors to develop their
skills in financial literacy, language, and mathematics. Supported
by a grant from the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, the program was
started in 1999 to encourage at-risk middle-schoolers in the Syracuse
City School District to continue their education after high school.
Roberta Gillen, CPCS assistant director and Balancing the Books
coordinator, says the program is a win-win situation. The
SU students get to see what an inner-city public school is like
and, more importantly, touch the lives of the children they work
with, she says. The mentees at Huntington receive the
one-on-one attention students that age crave. Its a chance
for them to learn from role models who prove getting to college
management students are required to spend 35 hours per year on community
service, but between activity planning and visits to the Huntington
School every other Friday, Balancing the Books mentors far exceed
that requirement. For mentor Julie Abrams 04, the program
is well worth the time commitment. Working with the same student
for a full year allows you to really develop a relationship and
see progress, says Abrams, who has volunteered for the past
three years. As this years JP Morgan Chase leadership intern,
Abrams took on the additional responsibility of recruiting mentors,
coordinating school visits, and leading mentor meetings. During
these meetings, mentors plan lessons that cover everything from
budgeting and learning about the stock market to filling out job
applications. At the end of the school year, Huntington students
spend a day at SU, where they have lunch with mentors in the dining
hall, tour the campus, visit the Carrier Dome, and meet Whitman
School faculty and staff.
guidance counselor Mary Anne Minsterman says the most important
benefit of Balancing the Books is the motivation the students develop
when they know they matter. Our kids aspire to be like their
mentors, says Minsterman. The fact that SU students
really want to be there to spend time with them is something they
pick up on. Its wonderful to hear them say, I want to
make my mentor proud.
& Computer Science
SU and Tohoku University representatives dedicate a liaison
office in Link Hall. Seated: Professor Ed Bogucz, former
ECS dean, left, and Professor Toshiaki Ikohagi, director
of the Institute of Fluid Science. Standing (left to right):
professors Shigenao Maruyama, Hiroshi Higuchi, Toshiyuki
Hayase, Alan Levy, and Fumio Saito.
years ago the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science
(ECS) and Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, established an academic
exchange to bring together students and scholars to collaborate
on research. Last semester this venture in international collaboration
was reinforced when administrators from Tohoku Universitys
renowned Institute of Fluid Science and its International Center
of Excellence of Flow Dynamics visited Syracuse to dedicate a liaison
office in Link Hall. The office will provide a home base for Tohoku
students and faculty who come to SU to study, teach, and perform
research. The office enables the seamless exchange of scholars
and students between SU and Tohoku and serves as a reminder of the
important linkage between our two schools, says ECS Dean Eric
Spina, who will dedicate a liaison office this spring in Japan.
professor Hiroshi Higuchi served on the faculty at the Institute
of Fluid Science from 1999-2001 and was instrumental in establishing
the collaboration. With the liaison office, ECS is poised
to help cultivate and train leaders in future international flow
dynamics research projects, Higuchi says. The institute conducts
both academic and applied research on thermodynamics, heat transfer,
and fluid mechanics. Some current institute projects seek to control
substances causing global warming, and advance supersonic flight
and space propulsion technology. The institute has established similar
liaison offices with universities in Australia, France, Korea, Russia,
and ECS professor Mark Glauser traveled to Japan last semester to
explore opportunities between the two universities. We were
impressed by Tohokus unique facility and research capabilities,
Higuchi says. We look forward to working on projects with
them. Takumi Iwata, the first graduate student sponsored by
Tohoku, arrived at SU in December to work on the concept of a reusable
rocket-powered launch vehicle.
its visit, the Tohoku delegation also attended the Third Annual
Symposium on Advanced Fluid Information, co-chaired by Higuchi and
Tohoku professor Toshiyuki Hayase, at Lubin House in New York City.
The strong relationship we are building is extremely beneficial
for both of us, Spina says. International collaboration,
especially with universities with strong technical programs, is
important as we seek to resolve highly complex research problems
and expose our students to other cultures and technical approaches.
Kelly Homan Rodoski
University Continuing Education Leadership Institute was founded
in 2001 to create world-class educational solutions for the workforce
by providing University outreach to academic, business, and nonprofit
organizations. Three years later, the institute is gaining recognition
for its programs, including a 2003 Award for Excellence from the
Mid-Atlantic Region of the University Continuing Education Association.
The Leadership Institute develops web-based programs, corporate
training systems, and related services to assist human resource
departments in gaining return on their investments, says
Dana Brooks Hart G73, G81, the institutes director.
Our goal is workforce development, and our commitment is
to serving our partners, their clients, and the community with
dedication and friendship.
partners with community colleges and organizations to create learning
communities and manages more than $400,000 in workforce development
projects. It has taken the lead locally in obtaining more than
$500,000 in partnership grants. Services range from design and
implementation of customized training programs to establishing
corporate universities within companies. The institutes
current focus is in New York State, but programs will eventually
be extended to global partners.
claim to fame right now is the Leadership Excellence program,
Hart says. The award-winning initiative is based on research conducted
by the institute to determine effective leadership practices.
It blends online and classroom components to teach 12 key leadership
competencies, including assessment, strategic planning, and project
Healthcare Companies of Syracuse chose the institute to create
a leadership program for its 300 managers and to provide 2,500
e-learning courses for its 7,000 employees. The institute
understands our needs and provides the platform for success,
says Donna McManmon, corporate vice president of education, training,
to continue developing a strong learning community in Central
New York and beyond, Hart says. Powerful synergies
are created when we provide business solutions that are supported
by the Universitys knowledge and resources.
Literacy today involves much more than the ability to read and write,
but few people can tell you exactly what much more is.
The Center for Digital Literacy (CDL) is dedicated to answering
that question and offering new opportunities to enhance education
through the mastery of information technology. Digital literacy
really incorporates four types of abilities, says Ruth V.
Small 64, G77, G85, professor of information studies
and CDLs founding director. Firstand still foremostis
basic literacy, which includes reading, writing, and
speaking. Technical literacy is the ability to use computers
to find the information you need; information literacy
is the ability to manage and make use of what you find; and media
literacy is the ability to interpret the symbols and texts
in public media, which includes everything from TV and radio to
billboards and T-shirts.
Founded in 2003,
CDL is a collaborative project of the School of Information Studies,
the Newhouse School, and the School of Education. The center engages
in research and development projects designed to define and promote
digital literacy among SU students as well as the public, and to
develop techniques for its inclusion in primary and secondary school
curricula, as well as adult education and training.
The center has
already embarked on several projects. The Central New York Community
Foundation awarded funding to CDLs Enhancing Literacy through
Information Technology (E*LIT) project, in which graduate students
from all three participating SU colleges work with local schools.
E*LIT includes a contest for elementary and middle-school classes,
which submit digital projects, such as videos or PowerPoint presentations,
concerning an assigned author. Classes that produce winning projects
are brought to campus to attend a reading by the author, which will
be webcast to all participants.
of Museum and Library Services provided funds to expand CDLs
Preparing Librarians for Urban Schools (PLUS) program to Syracuse,
Binghamton, and Rochester schools via a distance-learning program
offered by the School of Information Studies. The PLUS grant will
fund 22 graduate students in library and information science and
six certificate candidates in their completion of New York State
requirements to become school library media specialists.
skills are basic to all disciplines, Small would like faculty from
across campus to participate in CDL projects. We want to have
experts from every field helping to define quality materials so
that access to information becomes an asset to everyone, she
Admissions coordinator Colleen Fitzgerald talks with Rinken
Patel, a graduate student worker, in the Graduate Enrollment
The Graduate Enrollment Management Center (GEMC) may only be a couple
of years old, but it is already making a difference in enhancing
graduate education at Syracuse. The center has revamped the application
system for Graduate School candidates, opening up new lines of communication
and making the process more responsive. Turnaround times on several
key actions have been vastly improved. For example, in 2001-02,
it took the University an average of six weeks to process an application
and send it to the appropriate academic unit for professional evaluation.
In 2002-03, that period dropped to an average of less than five
days, even though the number of completed graduate applications
to SU almost doubled. There was a need to change the system
and make it much better, says Donald Saleh, associate vice
president for enrollment and dean of graduate enrollment.
arrived on campus in 2001 and went right to work, tapping the expertise
of the Enterprise Process Support group, SUs team of internal
consultants that streamlines the business and functional processes
of University offices. Consultations were held with graduate admissions
staff members to review admissions procedures and pinpoint particular
problems. A lot of things werent working, says
Kathleen Kelly, manager of graduate admissions customer service
and data quality. For instance, our software was not being
used to its full potential.
process maps were created to implement improvements, Saleh and David
Smith 66, vice president for enrollment management, designed
the GEMC to perform a variety of administrative functions formerly
handled by the Graduate School, including recruitment initiatives
and direct communication with applicants. Saleh then established
the Graduate Council to guide the GEMC in these matters. The council
consists of faculty or administrative representatives from each
of SUs schools and colleges and meets throughout the academic
GEMC is giving SU the recruitment, marketing, and admissions tools
it needs to create a growing pool of top-caliber graduate students.
This, in turn, is helping to further elevate the Universitys
position as a research institution, a priority of the Academic Plan.
We have an organization and a process that works and, as in
any good operation, we will continue to make it better, Saleh
Byrnes and David Marc