A bequest and gift in memory of a beloved relative recently boosted the ability of the College for Human Development to serve its students. |
Together with other monies, Dean Susan Crockett used a bequest by Anna Fisher Rush '43 to start the Endowment for Student Learning, one of the college's priorities in the Commitment to Learning campaign.
Rush, who died in New Jersey in 1997, worked for many years as an editor for McCall's magazine, where she started in 1943. Rush was well known in her field, and in 1981 received the dean's citation from Human Development's then-dean Jane Lillestol."
She was a grand lady and a leader in her profession," says Dean Crockett. "She was proud of her role in teaching others, and we have used her bequest accordingly. The proceeds of the endowment will be used to enhance the student learning experience through field trips, student research, special projects, and travel."
The other major gift to the college is from Constance Willoughby Benoliel '53 for the Willis E. Schroeder Endowed Scholarship. A civic leader and philanthropist, Benoliel came to Syracuse on a scholarship and wants someone else with excellent academic credentials but meager resources to have the same opportunity.
Scholarship donor Constance Benoliel '53, right, with Human Development's Karen Bakke, chair of the Department of Environmental Arts, Consumer Studies and Retailing.
Benoliel named the scholarship for her aunt "Billie," who died in 1997 and "was a great influence in my life, a great friend whose sense of humor and personal companionship gave me much joy and happiness." Director of a fashion design shop on 7th Avenue in New York, her aunt "taught me how to walk correctly and project so I could get modeling jobs in the summers during college."
Benoliel has served on the college's advisory board and has been a longtime donor to the college and the University. She remembers Syracuse as the place and time that "gave me confidence in myself and opened up whole new vistas."
The Belfer Audio Laboratory and Archivelocated in the flat-roofed building just east of Bird Libraryrecently received a $270,000 grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. The funds will enable Belfer to catalog and provide World Wide Web access to its 180,000 pre-LP discs (dating from 1895 to 1950) and 22,000 cylinder recordings (dating from 1895 to 1929).
In addition, a select group of Belfer's cataloged records will be linked to corresponding digital sound and label/sleeve image files; by clicking on these options, web users will get a much fuller sense of the context and content of the recordings in question. Patrons can access this material through SUMMIT, the SU Library's public access catalog.
Eventually, more of Belfer's collection will be included in the Belfer database, which is designed to dovetail with recording cataloging efforts also under way at the U.S. Library of Congress and the National Library of Canada."
A century's worth of untapped social, cultural, artistic, and historical riches can be mined here," says Belfer curator Susan Stinson.
You can visit the Belfer site at: http://libwww.syr.edu/aboutsul/ depts/belfer/main.htm