Every year on Halloween, Charlie Brown opens his bag to find a rock. But what if that rock were a rare element? Wouldn't that be a treat?
Donors to the Department of Chemistry will see their names appear in this periodic table displaywhere each element is represented by an object containing the element.
Outside the offices of the chemistry department in the Center for Science and Technology, donors who make a campaign-level gift to the department can have their names permanently associated with the element of their choice. One wall has been turned into a giant periodic table display, with all the elements represented by items in which they're commonly found.
Several donors have already staked claims to elements, and subsequent donors may choose from those remaining. With 103 elements currently in the periodic table, the department's goal of lining up a donor for each would bring a handsome sum of money to meet department priorities.
The "Elements of Success" displaya collaborative effort between the chemistry department and The College of Arts and Sciences' development officeseemed like the perfect solution to attract former students and interested corporations. "The periodic table of the elements is arguably one of the most significant achievements in science, and it often has a special meaning to chemists and others who recall memories of early struggles with learning element names and symbols," says Department of Chemistry chair Laurence Nafie.
"We're offering alumni and friends a unique opportunity to own a favorite element, to have their names be part of our display, to be linked on our web site, and to invest in the research education of our undergraduate and graduate students in chemistry. We are hoping to generate an endowment that will enable us to supplement and support various research projects for our students."
"This initiative will greatly increase our research opportunities for studentsboth undergraduate and graduate," says Dean Robert G. Jensen. "I am particularly pleased to see the Department of Chemistry reaching out to its many successful alumni by giving them a chance to support the work of current students."To buy an element, contact Laurence Nafie at 315-443-4109 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Mike Messitt at 315-443-3403 or
Of the 700 seats in the newly refurbished Rose and Jules R. Setnor Auditorium in Crouse College, the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) has "sold" 200 to donors. The name of the donor or the donor's designee will be affixed to each chair in the restored room.|
Emily Corbato '62 donated enough for four chairsfor herself, her husband, and her two sons. A concert pianist with a largely contemporary American repertoire, Corbato says the request to support the auditorium's renovation "hit me right in the gut."
Corbato came to Syracuse with a gift for music, but unsure of her calling. She began studying liberal arts, then switched to the music program.
"When you're an undergraduate," Corbato says, "it's so hard to find the thing you love and want to do. Maybe it's more difficult for artists. It was at Syracuse that music became permanent in my life, and playing my first formal Crouse concert&$0151as an undergraduate-was a decisive moment."
Four years ago, Corbato returned to Crouse to play a program that included works by her former teacher, the late VPA dean and renowned American composer Ernst Bacon. "Coming back was very thrilling," Corbato says. "Remembering the feeling of being happy at music school, in that building, in that beautiful hall, it gave me a strong connection to where I had been and the importance of it.
"Later in life, when you're comfortable and look back at what you've done, you say, 'I remember that time and place. That was something special.'"
VPA hopes more alumni will feel the emotional tug and consider lending their names to the historic performance space.
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