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All Day Meetin'—Dinner on the Ground (1934) by Malvin Gray Johnson was one of the featured works in Spirit of the Renaissance: The Art of William H. Johnson and Malvin Gray Johnson, a recent exhibition at the Community Folk Art Gallery. The paintings were on loan from the Hampton University Museum.

The University's administrative face will change somewhat this year: College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robert G. Jensen and College of Nursing Interim Dean Cecilia Mulvey are retiring and being replaced by interim deans. In addition, the retirement last year of Thomas F. Cummings, former vice president for enrollment and continuing education, led to promotions for longtime admissions administrators David C. Smith and Susan E. Donovan.
      Smith, who had served as dean of admissions and financial aid since 1985, was appointed vice president for enrollment management. Donovan, who had been associate dean of admissions and financial aid and director of admissions since 1992, was named dean of admissions.
      Jensen will retire July 1 after 36 years with SU. He was appointed dean of Arts and Sciences in July 1994, after a year as interim dean. He previously served as dean (1990-93) and interim dean of the Graduate School (1989). He joined SU as an assistant geography professor in 1964, moving on to become an associate professor in 1969 and a full professor in 1974. He served as chair of the geography department from 1973 to 1990, and director of SU's Soviet and East European Studies Program from 1968 to 1975.
      Cathryn Newton, professor and chair of the Department of Earth Sciences, will serve as interim dean of the college while a national search is conducted.
      Mulvey, who came out of retirement to be interim dean in 1998 when Dean Grace Chickadonz resigned to begin a study leave, will be replaced by Kay Wiggins G'83. Wiggins, who had retired from SU in 1995 after serving on the nursing faculty since 1964, will guide the College of Nursing until its merger with the School of Social Work and College for Human Development is completed.

Add another crown to the SU men’s lacrosse dynasty. The Orangemen collected their seventh NCAA Division I title with a 13-7 victory against Princeton on Memorial Day in College Park, Maryland. It was SU’s first championship since 1995 and the first for second-year head coach John Desko ’79.

Sophomore Liam Banks was voted the tournament’s most outstanding player following a six-goal, one-assist performance in the final. Senior Ryan Powell scored three goals and two assists. Powell’s final assist, with 18 seconds left in the game, gave him 287 career points to tie his older brother Casey ’98 as SU’s all-time leading scorer.

The Orangemen, who have now played in 18 straight NCAA Final Fours, completed the season with a 15-1 record. They placed 10 players on the All-America team, including Powell and senior Marshall Abrams, who were named to the first team.


This spring marked the inaugural season of the Syracuse University women’s softball team. "Building a program from the ground up involves finding the right pieces and fitting them together to make a unit," says head coach Mary Jo Firnbach. "It is a complex puzzle and every piece is just as important as the other."

The Orangewomen registered their first win with a 6-2 victory against Louisiana Tech at the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Mardi Gras Classic in February. Tara DiMaggio ’03 was the winning pitcher. DiMaggio, who finished the season with a 14-11 record, threw a no-hitter in an 11-0 win against Buffalo on April 25.

The Orangewomen, who played their home games at the new Softball Stadium at Skytop, finished with a record of 24-23-1.

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