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Transformative Support

Inviting Understanding and Prosperity

Photo courtesy of Jim O’Connor dubai group
Abdallah Yabroudi ’78, G’79 (above, second from left) welcomed a group from SU to Dubai in December to help develop an innovative internship program at the Dubai Contracting Company. The guests included Professor Samuel Clemence (left), Eric F. Spina, vice chancellor and provost, Shiu-Kai Chin ’75, G’78, G’86, interim dean of the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, and Jim O’Connor, senior director of global development (not pictured).


Building a Better Future

A leading international supporter of The Campaign for Syracuse University, Abdallah Yabroudi ’78, G’79 has helped to shape education and the lives of students at Syracuse University. Through a series of thoughtfully considered gifts, totaling some $7 million, he is directly responsible for the following:

•  an endowed professorship in civil engineering at the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science (LCS)
•  pioneering language instruction in Arabic
•  a breakthrough engineering internship program in Dubai
•  awards for student achievement in civil and environmental engineering
•  graduate and undergraduate prizes for essays promoting understanding of Middle East issues
•  endowed graduate and undergraduate scholarships in engineering, including scholarship aid to students of Arab-Palestinian heritage
•  laboratory support and equipment enhancement at LCS

When Rolex in Dubai decided to build a 63-story skyscraper overlooking the Arabian Gulf, the fabled Swiss watchmaker turned to Abdallah Yabroudi ’78, G’79, head of the Dubai Contracting Company (DCC). “The Rolex Tower is one of many big projects we have under way,” Yabroudi says. “The boom we are experiencing is unprecedented in this part of the world, and opportunities are outstanding for recent graduates and young professionals of every kind.” As a premier builder, Yabroudi is making significant contributions to the transformation of Dubai and other cities in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) into gleaming modern metropolises. As a Syracuse alumnus, he is making contributions that are transforming the study of his profession and his culture, as well as the lives of students.

Yabroudi’s support for the University has been imaginative, steadfast, and munificent, totaling close to $7 million. His many gifts to the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science (LCS), where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees, distinguish him as the most generous donor in the college’s history. They include a new faculty position funded by a $2.5 million endowment, an exciting first-of-its-kind internship program in Dubai, support for new and existing scholarships, and crucial equipment purchases. But his efforts on behalf of the future of his profession tell only part of the story of his commitment to education at Syracuse.

Last year, Yabroudi honored his late father, Hasan Abdallah Yabroudi, who founded DCC, by making a gift in his name to the Middle Eastern Studies Program. Professor Mehrzad Boroujerdi, the program’s director, sees the Yabroudi endowment as a pivotal event for the entire University. “At a time when global circumstances make study of the region essential, Mr. Yabroudi enabled us to hire the first professor of Arabic language and literature in our history,” he says. The program also established the annual Hasan A. Yabroudi prize, awarded each year to both an undergraduate and a graduate student for essays fostering understanding of the Middle East. “My father was a self-made man who dedicated his life to his family’s education and well-being,” Yabroudi says. “His love for education was beyond imagination. He would have been very satisfied to know of my support for SU bearing his name.”

Born in Jerusalem on the West Bank, Yabroudi has made a point of opening the door for others, contributing a million dollars to scholarships for engineering students of Arab-Palestinian heritage at all levels of study. He has expressed appreciation for his faculty mentors by contributing to the James Mandel prize fund, founded by a group of alumni in honor of the civil engineering professor, and by endowing the multimillion-dollar internship program at DCC in the name of professors Mandel and Samuel Clemence (with whom he studied soil foundations). The internship program offers engineering students from SU and U.A.E. universities opportunities to work together on real-world proj­­ects. Yabroudi has provided offices and living quarters for the interns, as well as opportunities for them to become familiar with the people and culture of the region. “We hope the internship program will inspire others in our industry to help the bright young minds that will lead the construction sector in the future,” Yabroudi says.

Vice Chancellor and Provost Eric F. Spina believes that Yabroudi has transformed civil engineering education at Syracuse in ways that have a tangible impact on the lives of students. “Abdallah Yabroudi is a consummate engineer, a business leader in the international construction industry, and a person with a deeply human spirit,” Spina says. “Look beyond his obvious achievements and you will find a man who expresses loyalty to those who have helped him, and who recognizes—and acts upon—the obligations he feels to others. Because of him, we have the means to produce graduates who are prepared for work, day one, at any company anywhere in the world.”

Photo by C.A. Scholz
Lake M
University of Rhode Island graduate student Meghan Paulson recovers a 50,000-year-old lake sediment core aboard the drilling barge Viphya, during the Lake Malawi Drilling Project in 2005. In the background are the Livingstone Mountains.

Explorations »

Researchers Link ‘Out of Africa’ Migration to Climate Change

An international team of scientists has uncovered evidence of a drastic change in the climate of tropical Africa that may have significantly driven human migration. Studying sediment cores from Lake Malawi, at the southern end of East Africa’s Rift Valley, the researchers discovered indications of a major climate transition some 70,000 years ago. The area’s previously unstable climate, characterized by cycles of severe droughts and replenishment, became wetter and stabilized, allowing lake levels to rise dramatically and providing consistent support for animal and plant populations. Once that happened, human populations grew rapidly and were able to migrate elsewhere. “Our research suggests that the population expansion and subsequent spreading of ‘out of Africa’ colonizers may have been aided by the newly stabilized climate,” says Earth sciences professor Christopher A. Scholz, lead investigator of the Lake Malawi Drilling Project ( “Previously, it was thought that the migrations and population changes of early modern humans were driven by the growth and collapse of high-latitude ice sheets. Our research suggests that instead, prior to 70,000 years ago, wet-dry cycles in Africa were driven by shifts in the Earth’s orbit around the sun.”

The findings—part of a multi-year, multi-institutional project funded by the National Science Foundation and the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program—appeared in Early Edition, a publication of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. According to University of Arizona geosciences professor Andrew S. Cohen, the findings from this project and similar ones may change our understanding of Earth’s climate history and its effects on ecosystems. “This study shows what a rich record of surprises in climate change can be learned from deep and ancient lakes like Malawi,” Cohen says.

More than five million years old and 2,300 feet deep, Malawi is among the world’s oldest and deepest lakes. Exploring it posed a major operational challenge to the 26-member research team. In 2005, the team spent six weeks aboard a converted fuel barge, drilling almost 2,000 feet into the lake bottom. “Drilling in Lake Malawi presented many of the most difficult aspects of both continental and ocean scientific drilling,” Scholz says. “It’s a very remote location lacking infrastructure, and required very deep, ‘blue water’ drilling operations. Although it’s a lake, the operating conditions for us were comparable to those found on the open ocean.”

Photos courtesy of School of Architecture


As part of their coursework, architecture students meet with visiting critics to discuss options for renovating and developing aging buildings on Syracuse’s Near West Side.

Community Partnership »

A Model for Progressive Urban Design

A plan to restore the vitality of a neighborhood at the edge of downtown Syracuse is providing architecture students with an invaluable learning laboratory. Near West Side Initiative Inc., a nonprofit organization, hopes to transform the district into “The Syracuse Arts, Technology, and Design Quarter” by renovating underused and abandoned buildings into residences, artists’ lofts, and commercial properties, and adding several new structures as well. With the project still in preliminary planning, SU is already reaping instructional and intellectual benefits from its partnership in the initiative, according to Mark Robbins G’81, dean of the School of Architecture. “The Near West Side is a model for the most progressive type of urban revitalization,” he says. “Students have the chance to exercise their professional roles as architects in the broadest possible ways while testing the intellectual framework of their education.”

The Seinfeld Visiting Critic Studio, a program established by SU Trustee Judith Seinfeld ’56 that brings guest architects to the school to work with students, has already capitalized  on learning opportunities. Julie Eizenberg of Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Santa Monica, a specialist in residential and commercial work, explored possibilities for the area as a study site. William Alfredo Villalobos Fernandez, a graduate student from Caracas, Venezuela, interviewed neighbors and documented conditions. “During our final review presentations, we addressed the concerns of the community,” he says. “The exercise was a great opportunity to understand everyday issues and problems, and the impact of design to resolve them.”

This spring, Brad Lynch of Brininstool + Lynch in Chicago, an architect with expertise in reuse and renovation, helped students develop ideas for the Case Supply Warehouse. The work included transforming the structure into artists’ lofts, a cafe, a green technology research lab, and exhibition and performing arts space. Later in the semester, Professor Julia Czerniak, the director of UPSTATE: (the School of Architecture’s interdisciplinary design, research, and real estate center), collaborated with noted Los Angeles architect and urbanist Roger Sherman to offer the center’s inaugural design studio on sustainable urban landscape and infrastructure. Students worked on a master plan, focusing on how sound planning can ameliorate common urban issues, such as traffic, noise, and accessibility problems. As preparation for the studio, Czerniak and Sherman traveled with students to the Netherlands to consider some of the world’s most progressive urban design models and meet the architects, landscape architects, and city officials responsible for them. These models and ideas were translated into the particular context of Syracuse as a post-industrial American city.

Funding for redevelopment comes from a variety of sources, including reinvestment of $13.8 million owed by SU to New York State for past campus construction. The first university in the state to take advantage of this innovative opportunity for debt restructure, SU has designated funding to the UPSTATE: center for securing the services of nationally recognized experts for the project and to the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems for adding green technology features to the buildings.

Robbins believes the initiative’s educational opportunities illustrate the advantages of the Scholarship in Action approach to learning. “In these studios, students learn to address critical issues of sustainability, material and formal experimentation, and programmatic invention,” he says. “The Chancellor has established a climate in which the University can truly excel as an intellectual enterprise. Enhancing the built environment through our engagement with the Near West Side is just one form that this takes.”

— David Marc

Photos courtesy of Mary Giehl
Kim Waale G’89, above, holds up a “speech bubble” she created during an artists’ residency in Ecuador. Artists used natural resources to make sculptures, such as the piece at left, and other artworks.

International Collaboration

Sculptors Forge Friendships through Art

siloWhen Mary Giehl G’92 and Kim Waale G’89 embarked on an eight-day artists’ residency on Isla Santay in Ecuador last August, they had just one qualm: How would they communicate with the Spanish-speaking islanders? As it turned out, they needn’t have worried. Their art did all the talking.

The residency, Solo Con Natura—Isla Santay 2007, was created to draw attention to the sparsely populated island as part of a government initiative to develop it into a nature preserve and tourist destination. Giehl, a College of Visual and Performing Arts sculpture professor, and Waale, a sculpture professor at Cazenovia College, participated with five Ecuadorian artists at the invitation of another former SU colleague, Larissa Marangoni G’93, whose Ecuadorian organization, Aprofe, co-sponsored the event. The artists’ task: collaborate with native islanders in creating sculptures solely from natural resources and other materials at hand.

For her project, Waale used rusted wire retrieved from a fire pit and wood from palm and behuco de agua trees to create “speech bubbles.” An international symbol for communication, the speech bubbles were installed at three sites on the island—along the shoreline, in a public grove, and in a schoolyard. “My Spanish language skills were useless when it came to having a meaningful conversation about opinions, feelings, and subtleties, which is what two people need to discuss when making art together,” Waale says of her collaboration with a local fisherman. “These collaborators were not artists, and they did not speak English. And yet, somehow, we produced art together.”

Giehl used paper that she made from island grass to create a “sculptural dress.” Her collaborator was so taken with the idea that he fashioned a smaller, matching dress for his niece. Giehl and the youngster modeled the dresses and handmade seed jewelry on the last day of the residency. “I was proud of the way everyone worked together and helped each other,” Giehl says. “It really was a community project. And the kids just migrated to us.”

Over the course of the eight days, Giehl says, the residency drew scores of visitors and government officials, and substantial media attention to Isla Santay, located on the Guayas River. Once occupied by two plantations, the island today has about 200 residents—descendants of the plantation workers—and few modern amenities. During their stay, the artists lived as the islanders live—in huts without electricity, telephones, or running water. For Giehl and Waale, the opportunity to work under such rustic conditions was one of the residency’s main attractions. The greatest rewards, they say, were the friendships they developed with the islanders. Waale says she was “overwhelmed with emotion” when her collaborator asked her to be godmother to his infant son, who was born during the residency.

Giehl found the islanders’ generosity to be the most meaningful part of the trip. “It was an unbelievable experience,” she says. “Normally when I go on vacation, I count the days until I come home. This was the first time I never had to count days. I felt like I could stay there forever.”


Photo courtesy of the Whitman School
Entrepreneurship professor George Burman (center) talks with participants in the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities.

Entrepreneurial Initiative

Veterans Return to Bootcamp, Whitman-Style

As a Marine corporal serving a second tour in Iraq, Justin Bajema often thought about returning home to Grand Rapids, Michigan, and starting his own business. But an improvised explosive device halted his plans. It detonated during an ambush and left Bajema with severe shrapnel injuries to his legs. Realizing that more than 35,000 wounded U.S. veterans are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with uncertain futures, entrepreneurship professor Mike Haynie and his Whitman School colleagues launched the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) as a way to help soldiers like Bajema rebuild their lives. Bajema, who strived to recover from his wounds and later began to explore a business in real estate, found EBV fit perfectly into his plans. “I didn’t have a grand business plan,” he says. “Syracuse helped me pull it all together by getting it structured with achievable goals and a roadmap to what I want to accomplish.”

Bajema joined 19 other veterans last summer for the first EBV class. Sponsored by the Department of Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises, the program offers intensive training in the skills necessary to create and grow a small business. “Studies show people with physical disabilities are twice as likely to be self-employed as the average person,” says Haynie, a former U.S. Air Force major.

Organizers raised $300,000 in mostly private funding to cover the veterans’ costs. For the program’s first phase, the veterans worked online, interacting with each other and developing their concepts. During a nine-day campus residency, they immersed themselves in coursework, seminars given by entrepreneurs and business leaders, and preparations for final presentations. SU’s Burton Blatt Institute provided expertise on disability issues and public benefits programs. During the final phase, which continues for a year after the residency, participants seek resources and ask questions through the EBV web site.

Former Marine corporal John Raftery of Waxahachie, Texas, appreciated the information about marketing strategies, leveraging resources, and the importance of non-traditional thinking. Raftery, who served in Iraq and suffered hearing loss, co-founded Patriot Material Handling, which sells material handling and industrial equipment. “When I returned to Texas, I had a real clear mind as to how to move forward,” he says.

Bajema found answers to many of his legal and accounting questions about starting his business, Adaptive Needs Housing, which provides housing to people with special needs. The entrepreneurship program also helped build confidence. “So many times guys come back home from the military and they kind of feel at a loss with their lives,” he says. “This program gives them the freedom to have more control of their lives.”

The innovative program garnered nationwide attention, which led to the establishment of the EBV Consortium of Schools, with UCLA, Texas A&M, and Florida State. SU maintains the consortium’s curriculum, but each school funds its own campus program. Organizers are now seeking a corporate sponsor to make a multi-year commitment to the initiative. “I want the veterans to do well, and I want other people to see there are things they can give,” Haynie says. “The idea of growing this program and having others step up is probably the most gratifying part to me.”

Photo courtesy of Richard Breyer
Documentary film and history students Rachel Ross (left to right), Dawson Grau, Alexa Harris, and Ben Bahl, and Professor Richard Breyer toured film production companies in New York City in December. Here, they visit Local Productions, where they were hosted by filmmaker Tom Mason ’01.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Documenting History in the Digital Age

Rachel Ross G’08 has long been concerned with the international community’s role in defining and dealing with genocide. A graduate student in the interdisciplinary Program in Documentary Film and History (DFH), Ross looks to the past to create a better vision of the future. She hopes to see her research on the Holocaust and genocide in Armenia, Rwanda, and the Darfur region of Sudan gain impact on-screen. “I’m interested in Darfur and why so many people are unaware of it,” Ross says.

A collaboration of the Newhouse and Maxwell schools leading to a master’s degree, the DFH program provides students with the skills and techniques necessary for researching and producing documentary films on historical subjects, as well as the savvy to finance and distribute the films. The core curriculum includes proposal writing, film production, and historiography. “The culminating project in most cases is a film,“ says Professor Richard Breyer, a documentary filmmaker and the program’s co-director. “Some students may write a text, others might design a distribution system that depends on new media.”

The rise of cable television, the Internet, and digital media, as well as advances in production technology, enables historians, educators, and filmmakers with small budgets to create professional-quality documentaries. “These changes provide more opportunities to connect with viewers and, of course, it is much cheaper to make and distribute a documentary than a feature film,” says Breyer, whose most recent film, Freedom’s Call (2006), concerns the U.S. civil rights movement during the 1960s.

Program co-director and history professor Scott Strickland says students come to the program from all different angles, bringing individual interests. “Your background is not relevant, but you should come with an undergraduate degree,” he says. “The film side is picked up once you’re here.” Student research projects span a wide spectrum of cultural staples, from international relations to such domestic social issues as education, racism, and music. “Some students are documenting the history of women’s rights, while others are focusing on the transmission of Irish music to the U.S.,” Strickland says.

While her DFH peers have myriad interests in film production and historical research, Ross one day hopes to teach history. “I do think that education and film can be intertwined,” she says. The students share a goal of creating informative, entertaining film, often using modern observation and montage techniques to comment on critical social conditions. “We take history electives that allow us to focus on specific eras of importance to our research projects,” Ross says. “I think most of us are open to exploring different eras.”     

Breyer believes filmmakers and historians with solid interdisciplinary backgrounds will be well equipped to produce films that show life as it really is. “I see our students prepared for a wide range of careers, from filmmaker to academic to distributor and other positions in the media,” he says.



Pedal Power »

Industrial design student Shayna Bentkover ’09 demonstrates how a bicycle generator can be used to provide lighting at Greenbuild 2007, an international exposition of the green building industry, held last fall in Chicago. In collaboration with the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, fourth-year industrial design students, led by Professor Don Carr, created a sustainability exhibition for the exposition. Along with the bicycle generator, the students designed furniture made of recycled T-shirts and biodegradable composite board, and walls made from die-cut cards, which doubled as printed “takeaway” marketing materials.



Educational Collaboration »

Robotic Maneuvers Gear Up Students

According to the National Science Foundation, if you want to get kids energized about science and technology, ask them to build a robot. School of Information Studies professor Martha Garcia-Murillo did just that. Working with students from the iSchool’s Black and Latino Information Studies Support organization, she facilitated a robotics module for high school students in Syracuse last year. “Robots are very satisfying because there is a tangible element to them, so students get short-term rewards for their hard work,” she says. “On a personal level, I find it can even be very addictive. You just feel you have to go on. You have to learn how to make it work!”   

Working with Parallax Boe-Bot robots, Garcia-Murillo provided Fowler High School pre-engineering students with step-by-step instructions for constructing and programming them. At the last class, students competed for prizes by maneuvering their robots through a maze taped onto the floor. “The kids start out with a bunch of pieces and parts—wheels, screws, a computer chip—that don’t look anything like a robot,” she says. “As the robot takes shape, there are many things you can add, like whiskers and sensors to navigate with, lights, and a speaker to make a little tune.” The robots can be programmed to follow a line, solve a maze, follow light, or even communicate with other robots. “It is very different from a lot of computer learning, which just involves sitting in front of a monitor,” Garcia-Murillo says.

Teaching the module at Fowler again this spring, she has also worked with fellows in the iSchool’s leadership program to develop lesson plans that allow teachers to integrate the robotics module into their own classrooms. Her long-term goals for the project include working with the manufacturer to simplify the project and make it more accessible. “There is a lot of work to be done, and that takes time,” she says. “But if robots get kids more excited about science and technology—and my personal experience indicates that this is true—then it is all worthwhile.”


Academic Appointments »

New Deans Will Lead Information Studies, Newhouse, and VPA

Vice Chancellor and Provost Eric F. Spina has announced the appointment of three new deans at Syracuse University. “We are three times fortunate to have found these extraordinary individuals whose talents and goals dovetail so well with the University’s traditions of excellence and innovation,” he says.

Spina expressed confidence that these appointments ensure new progress in realizing the potentials of Scholarship in Action:

Lorraine Branham, director of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, becomes dean of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications when David M. Rubin, who has held the post since 1990, steps down this summer. Branham had a distinguished 25-year career as a newspaper reporter, editor, and editorial writer at major dailies before joining the Texas faculty. Her academic background includes teaching at Temple University, her alma mater; the University of California, Berkeley; and the University of Missouri. Branham was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford and twice served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prize awards.

Ann Clarke, associate dean at the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA), succeeds Carol Brzozowski ’81 as dean of VPA. Clarke is an accomplished artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and abroad, and is a primary creator of the University’s new Center for Multidisciplinary Design. Since joining the Syracuse faculty in 1998, she has held several administrative positions and collaborated on numerous community engagement projects, including the Dreamworks program for children with learning disabilities. Clarke studied painting and printmaking at the University of Michigan and earned an M.F.A. degree in textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Elizabeth D. Liddy G’77, G’88, who served as interim dean of the School of Information Studies, now permanently occupies the position held by the late Raymond F. von Dran. Liddy, a Trustee Professor, is founding director of SU’s Center for Natural Language Processing and holds seven U.S. patents in the field. She has completed some 65 grant-funded projects at the iSchool. Her many honors include the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Tibbetts Award and the Enterprise Award for Technology from the Upstate New York Technology Business Forum. A graduate of Daemen College in suburban Buffalo, she earned a master of library science degree and a doctorate in information transfer at Syracuse.  


International Studies »

SU Opens Gateway to Latin America

George Williams’s life was turned upside down this semester—literally. The New Jersey native set out in January to study in South America, where beach-goers head to the seashores in winter and skiers hit the slopes in June. But Williams wasn’t as worried about the radical reversal of seasons as he was the switch in languages. “I still don’t feel confident using my Spanish regularly,” the sophomore broadcast journalism major said before heading south. “I honestly can’t even imagine having to write a five-page paper in Spanish right now, but I’ll probably have to.”

The SU Abroad program ( was designed to help students become proficient in Spanish as they venture into full cultural and academic immersion in Latin America. Williams and his peers spent their first four weeks in Cuenca, Ecuador, undergoing intensive Spanish language instruction at the CEDEI (Centers for Interamerican Studies) Language Institute. During that time, they advanced their language skills among the mostly indigenous people of this city high in the Andes Mountains. Afterwards, the group traveled to Santiago, Chile’s capital, for a semester of classes alongside local and international students at the prestigious University of Chile.

The Chile program is one of several SU Abroad recently launched in a continuing effort to offer diverse options for international education. A Beijing center was introduced in 2006, and partnerships were established in Santiago de los Caballeros (Dominican Republic), Istanbul, Berlin, and other locations last year. Overall, the University offers opportunities in more than 30 countries around the world. “Our efforts are aimed at encouraging students from diverse backgrounds and across disciplines,” says Suzanne Shane ’76, G’81, director of programs at SU Abroad. “One way we do that is by offering opportunities in the places that are most relevant to them.”

Through the Chile program’s two-site living experience, SU Abroad seeks to provide an expansive overview of the region’s cultural, ethnic, geographic, and linguistic diversity. Promoted as a “Gateway to Latin America,” the semester also features an 11-day field study seminar, and stays with host families in Chile and Ecuador. Languages, literature, and linguistics professor Gail Bulman helped SU Abroad develop the program. “Whether a student’s purpose is to understand the poetry of Chile’s Nobel laureates, the impact of international trade agreements, or the politics of Hugo Chávez, this program opens doors for students to explore contrasting cultures and worldviews in the Southern Hemisphere,” Bulman says.

And Williams is the kind of student who will benefit. He’s inquisitive, open-minded, and ready to roll with the challenges of life in another culture. “Part of the reason I’m taking this program is to get away from the whole American and Western ideology,” he says. “I wanted to expand my horizons by meeting new people and forming new friendships. I had no idea what to expect and that’s OK. That’s the adventure of it.”


Academic Affairs »

College Name Change Reflects Program Diversity

The College of Human Services and Health Professions has changed its name to the College of Human Ecology to better reflect the diversity of its programs. “It is my hope that our new name will signal renewed efforts to seek commonalities across the areas of study represented in the college and the education, outreach, and research we provide,” says Dean Diane Lyden Murphy ’67, G’76, G’78, G’83.

The college includes the departments of child and family studies, health and wellness, hospitality management, marriage and family therapy, nutrition science and dietetics, and sport management, as well as the School of Social Work. Each department focuses on the human being—as an individual in a family, in a group, or in the community—and the promotion of physical, emotional, and social well-being through personal development, social relationships, work, and leisure. The new name also exemplifies the unique contributions of each academic unit and the relationships that exist among them.



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