Compiled from SU news reports

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs reclaimed sole possession of first place among public affairs schools in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of graduate schools. The rankings, announced in April, are part of the 2005 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

The last time U.S. News ranked public affairs schools, in 2001, Maxwell tied for first place with Harvard, which is now ranked second. It is the fourth consecutive time Maxwell received the top ranking in the poll, which is based on ratings by academic experts. It first received the distinction in 1995. “We are extremely proud and gratified by our selection as the number one graduate school of public affairs in the latest U.S. News poll,” says Maxwell Dean Mitchel Wallerstein G’72. “This outcome demonstrates once again that the Maxwell School sets the national standard for excellence in this area.”

Several Maxwell specialties under the public affairs umbrella received high rankings from the magazine: first in public finance and budgeting, and public management/administration; first in nonprofit management (tied with Indiana University); second in information and technology management; third in environmental policy and management; sixth in public policy analysis, and social policy; eighth in city management; and ninth in health policy and management (tied with Duke University and the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill).

For information on Wallerstein’s vision for the school’s future, go to www.maxwell.syr.edu/deans/dean_vision.asp.

Alex Koromilas

2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi of Iran spoke on “Islam, Democracy, and Human Rights” at Hendricks Chapel in May. A guest of the College of Law, she also received a Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement and met with law students and faculty during her visit to campus. “Whether we like it or not, the general phenomenon of globalization includes the globalization of war and peace,” said Ebadi, who spoke to the audience in Farsi, which was translated into English by political science professor Mehrzad Boroujerdi. “You need not be involved in a war to recognize suddenly that its repercussions affect you as well. Consequently, if we desire a peaceful world, we have to struggle for it, both in our own nations and elsewhere.” To read Ebadi’s address, go to sunews.syr.edu/fullstory.asp?id =5110402.


Steve Parker, SU Athletic Communications

The Syracuse University men’s lacrosse team is always a force to be reckoned with at NCAA tournament time. This year’s Orange squad proved true to tradition as it toppled Navy, 14-13, in the NCAA Division I championship at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Memorial Day. It is the Orange’s ninth NCAA title, and the third in six seasons for head coach John Desko ’79. En route to the title, the fourth-seeded Orange (15-2) advanced to its 22nd straight Final Four appearance, where it knocked off top-seeded Johns Hopkins, 15-9. Hopkins ousted SU in last year’s NCAA semifinals and defeated the Orange in the 2004 regular season

SU entered the final period of the title game trailing 12-11, but outscored Navy 3-1 in the final five minutes to capture the crown. Attackman Michael Powell ’05 registered a game-high six points on one goal and five assists, and received the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player Award for the second time in his career. The NCAA all-tournament team also included Orange attackman Brian Nee ’04, midfielders Sean Lindsay ’04 and Kevin Dougherty G’04, defenseman Dan DiPietro ’04, and goaltender Jay Pfeifer ’05, who made 15 saves against Navy.

Powell completed his collegiate career as the Orange’s leading scorer with 307 points (surpassing brothers Casey ’98 and Ryan ’00, who are tied with 287 points) and as one of college lacrosse’s all-time greats. He collected the Enners Award and his second Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation’s top player, his fourth straight Turnbull Award as attackman of the year, and was a first-team All-American for the fourth straight year. Powell, who was joined on the first team by Lindsay, is one of only four Division I players in lacrosse history to receive first-team All-America honors all four years.

New Look

Syracuse University has adopted a new logo for all of its athletic teams. The new look is the result of a collaborative effort between the University and Nike, SU’s official athletic apparel partner. All 21 of SU’s athletic teams will utilize the new mark—an interlocking SU—and the official orange color on uniforms and warm-ups and in print and electronic venues. Previously SU teams had multiple marks and logos. In addition, teams will now use the nickname Orange, replacing Orangemen and Orangewomen. “We are pleased to be moving forward as the Orange,” says SU Director of Athletics Jake Crouthamel. “We are unique in that we are the only college or university to have orange as its official color. This new look will showcase that.”

For more information, go to suathletics.com; under SU Center click on Jake’s Take, and see “SU’s Athletics Logo.”

High-Tech LAW

As New York State seeks to expand its high-tech and biotech industries and create jobs, it will turn to the College of Law for assistance. The state’s Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research (NYSTAR) has designated the law school as a Science and Technology Law Center, which carries $350,000 in funding and up to $1.05 million over three years. “This recognition is due to the many creative and innovative minds at work at the College of Law and throughout the University,” says College of Law Dean Hannah R. Arterian. “We thank NYSTAR for this opportunity and are excited to be part of Governor Pataki’s initiative to enhance economic development.”

Arterian cites the college’s longtime leadership in technology law as a reason for the selection. Since 1990, the college has housed the Law, Technology, and Management Program (LTM), founded by Professor Ted Hagelin, its director. The first law school program of its kind in the nation, LTM prepares students to practice in the fields of intellectual property management and technology commercialization. “Ted has a great deal of imagination and is always finding innovative ways to teach his students and promote growth in this important area of the law,” Arterian says. “The College of Law has also been fortunate to have the University’s continued support in the development and growth of this interdisciplinary program.”

Entrepreneurial Honor

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management’s Program in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises was cited as one of the nation’s top 13 programs of its kind by Entrepreneur magazine. Last year, the magazine ranked the program in the top 24. “We are proud of our program’s progress over the past 11 years, and are humbled to be mentioned among the best,” says Professor Michael Morris, Witting Chair in Entrepreneurship. “We see our program as an entrepreneurial venture.”

The magazine’s study examined more than 825 programs, and rankings were based on more than 70 criteria, including course offerings, teaching and research faculty, and business-community outreach. “The challenge for us now,” Morris says, “is to continue to raise the bar and to never stop innovating.”

Brown v. Board

Steve Sartori

Linda Brown Thompson stood before a packed crowd in Hendricks Chapel and recalled walking across town to the all-black school in Topeka, Kansas, nearly a half-century ago. Her experience prompted her father, Oliver Brown, and 13 other parents to file a lawsuit that ultimately led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, a decision that ended segregation in public schools. “My family and I never knew how far-reaching this suit would become,” Thompson said. “When my father stepped off of the witness stand, he stepped into the pages of history.”

In commemoration of the final arguments of Brown v. Board, SU hosted Brown Through the Ages: A 50-Year Commemoration of Brown v. Board of Education (1954-2004). The day-long, community-wide event featured a keynote address by Thompson and her sister, Cheryl Brown Henderson (pictured above), and included discussions about the case’s significance and its impact on education, and a dramatization of the Supreme Court hearing.

Thompson and Henderson cautioned students that there is still work to be done to end all forms of segregation and social injustice in the United States. “Brown placed race on the national agenda, but there is still unfinished business,” Henderson said

Brown v. Board of Education and the 40th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act were the focus of Defining US: Civil Rights and the Press, a two-day symposium at the Newhouse School. A number of prominent journalists who covered the civil rights movement participated in panel discussions, and civil rights issues of today were also addressed. Among the participants were Hodding Carter III, now president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Earl Caldwell, who was The New York Times’ first African American national correspondent; and photojournalist Charles Moore. U.S. Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, a leader of the civil rights movement, also spoke at the event. “Without the media, the civil rights movement would have been like a bird without wings,” Lewis told the audience.


John A. Couri ’63 was elected chair of the SU Board of Trustees in May. He takes over for Joseph O. Lampe ’53, G’55, H’04, who received a chair emeritus designation from the board. The board also bestowed a University Professorship and Chancellor Emeritus status upon Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw, and named six new trustees to four-year terms: Lew F. Allyn ’62, Daniel A. D’Aniello ’68, Allan Gerry, Kenneth E. Goodman ’70, Deryck A. Palmer ’82 (alumni trustee), and H. John Riley Jr. ’61.

Julie McBride ’04 capped off her collegiate career by becoming the Orange women’s basketball team’s all-time leading scorer, with 1,605 points.

April Coughlin, a Newhouse School graduate student, finished seventh in the women’s wheelchair division of the 2004 Boston Marathon.

College of Visual and Performing Arts professor Tom Sherman received the 2003 Bell Canada Award from the Canada Council for the Arts. The prestigious award recognizes his contributions to the field of video art.

Actor Taye Diggs ’93 and classmate Jay Harrington returned to campus last semester and conducted a lab for drama students on auditioning for film.

Jeanette Goldstein graduated from the College of Law in May at age 83. She was featured in The New York Times and plans to take bar exams in New York and New Jersey.

English professor Gregg Lambert served as coordinator for the annual meeting of the International Association of Philosophy and Literature, held on campus in May.

Engineering professor Jeremy Gilbert was elected a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

SU was ranked 40th among the “Most Unwired College Campuses” in a survey conducted by Intel on wireless access.

SU was named 2004 School of the Year by the North East Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls. The award recognizes the University’s Residence Hall Association for its outstanding achievements and ongoing contributions.

Jerome Witkin: Site & Insight, a major exhibition of the College of Visual and Performing Arts professor’s work, is being held at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, through August 31. The exhibition features recent and select paintings and drawings, including the enormous six-panel exploration of Dachau’s 1945 liberation (Entering Darkness), the culmination of a 20-year series that Witkin produced on the Holocaust; 9/11; and Keep Me In Your Heart For A While (pictured above).

The inaugural Syracuse International Film and Video Festival kicked off in April, lighting up the darkness with 140 films from 21 countries during more than three days of ferocious round-the-clock screenings. “The idea for the festival grew out of my experience showing my own work,” says Professor Owen Shapiro, director of the film program at the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the festival’s director. “I saw how much film festivals could mean to cities, and I wanted that for Syracuse.”

An estimated 5,000 people packed venues around the city to view independent features, documentaries, animated works, and short subjects. The festival was organized by Point of Contact, an international arts organization based at SU, and drew support from private sponsors as well as the Syracuse Cultural Resources Council and SU. Among alumni in attendance as speakers and jurors were Korean director Sang-In Lee ’96, screenwriter Rob Edwards ’85, animator and director Henry Selick ’74, Lucas Digital president Jim Morris ’77, G’78, and Hollywood actor Peter Weller G’04. “It was a great way of getting people from campus and the community involved in a project that benefited everyone,” Shapiro says. “I’d love to see more alumni show their work at next year’s festival.”

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