Professor Murali Venkatesh and the graduate students who work with him at the Center for Active Learning (CAL) have ambitious plans. With continuing corporate support and the encouragement of School of Information Studies Dean Raymond von Dran, those plans are being realized.
      CAL, housed in the Center for Science and Technology, links students to a wide array of nonprofit organizations in the Syracuse area. The vision for the center began in 1991 in a class Venkatesh taught. Students earned one-third of their grade through community service, providing information technology consulting services—in teams—to community organizations.
      In 1997, funds and support from Bell Atlantic (formerly NYNEX), Xerox, and Cigna created CAL, a means for more students to participate in community-centered projects—nearly 200 were involved in the spring semester alone—and for Venkatesh to expand the vision's scope.
      "Cigna and other companies are committed to giving us 1,000 computers," says Venkatesh. "Through our Computer Reuse (CORE) program, students are performing diagnostic and inventory operations on those computers, then giving information to our clients about how to use the hardware, what upgrades are needed, using the hardware in the network. Students are performing a value-added service. The project goal is '1000 (computers distributed) by 2000.'"
      Computer technology is more vital than ever in the nonprofit sector, as Syracuse organizations are being linked electronically through a program called MetroNet. MetroNet, established through a fund administered by New York State, aims at giving technological access to people otherwise cut off from the flow of electronic information. CAL planned and designed the MetroNet technology infrastructure in consultation with Bell Atlantic.
School of Information Studies professor Murali Venkatesh, founder-director of the Center for Active Learning (CAL), is flanked by Ron Hart,left, systems administrator for Project CORE and administrator of CAL's Business Applications Experimental Lab, and Wayne Miner, right, CAL's special projects development manager. Both Hart and Miner are IST graduate students.

      "Our corporate donors could give this money directly to community agencies," says Venkatesh. "But by giving to CAL, they benefit the student community and the nonprofit community. The more they give to us, the more we can do, and we're helping transform Syracuse."

A good courtroom lawyer is always prepared, never surprised.
      Surprise! The College of Law surpassed its campaign fund-raising goal more thantwo years ahead of schedule. With the addition of an $850,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation, campaign gifts and pledges climbed past the original goal of $7.5 million.
      During the remaining years of the campaign, Dean Daan Braveman hopes to bring in more money to support scholarships and the school's academic programs."
      We never dreamed we would reach our initial goal so quickly," Braveman says. "Our success shows that we deserve the kind of investment Kresge made and that our alumni support the aims of this college."
      The success was made possible in large part by supporters whose gifts and pledges are naming the College of Law's new addition, Winifred MacNaughton Hall, and its spaces, and new scholarships. In addition to the Kresge gift, major gifts of $50,000 and more have come from:
Family of Donald S. '39, G'48 & Winifred MacNaughton, Building
H. Douglas G'61 and Sara Barclay, Classroom
W. Carroll Coyne '54, G'57, Classroom
Joseph O. '53, G'55 and Shawn Lampe, Dining Hall, Moot Court Room, and Scholarship
Bond, Schoeneck & King, Courtroom
Estate of Geraldine Doyle Koch '25, Courtyard
Robert N. Endries G'65, Classroom
Tracy Ferguson '31, Seminar Room
Family of Robert G'24 and Carolyn Bareham G'32 Dineen, Scholarship
Bernard '53, G'55 and Carol '53 Kossar, Classroom and Scholarship
Joshua H. G'69 and Pamela '91 Heintz, Seminar Room and Scholarship
William J. '65, G'68 and Joan '67, G'68 Brodsky, Reading Room and Scholarship
Edward S. Green '47, G'60 with Green & Seifter, PC, Classroom
Benjamin Ferrara G'73, Scholarship
Peter H. Heerwagen, G'72, Scholarship

As of this spring, the Our Time Has Come campaign for scholarships benefiting African American and Latino undergraduates is halfway to its fund-raising goal. The plan at the start of the campaign's second phase was to lift endowment from $1 million to $3.2 million. More than $1.1 million new endowment dollars have been pledged.
      "The key to our success has been our diverse support," says Larry Martin, executive director of the Office of Program Development, which manages the scholarships. "Substantial gifts from both inside and outside the African American and Latino constituencies say to us that these scholarships mean a great deal to a broad range of alumni."
      This next academic year, the scholarship fund will give out more than $100,000 to talented and needy students—all thanks to the strengthened endowment.

To receive a free copy of Commitments,Syracuse University's newsletter about the Commitment to Learning campaign, please write or call Cheri Johnson at 820 Comstock Avenue, Room 100, Syracuse, NY 13244-5040. Telephone: 315-443-2865. Those interested in making a gift should contact Sid Micek, vice president for development and director of the campaign, at the same address and phone number.

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