GEBBIE CLINIC CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
Bianca Wulff was out of school for 15 years before returning to hone the conflict resolution skills she'd acquired in the workplace, hoping eventually to work as a professor. "It was so difficult walking into grad school after being away so many years," says the third-year social science student.
Fortunately for Wulff, at least some of her worries were relieved by a Syracuse University Fellowship that paid for up to 30 credits during her first year and gave her a stipend for living expenses. "The fellowship program is fantastic," she says. "One of the things it's given me is the opportunity to do what I need to do to pursue my coursework and my studies in general. When you're operating on a minimal budget and have tremendous amounts of work, any kind of flexibility is really wonderful."
SU offers 101 fellowship packages, 63 of which are open for the coming year, says Kristin Sciortino, graduate awards coordinator. The packages are awarded in an annual competition of students nominated by all University academic departments. "This is the biggest awards program the Graduate School has," Sciortino says. "It's used largely to recruit the top students in the country, and those from other countries as well."
This year 203 candidates are vying for 63 spots. "They're 203 people the departments really want to recruit, or they're continuing students who departments want to help finish their programs," Sciortino says. Six committees, comprising faculty from a broad range of academic areas, determine winners in the fields of creative arts and communications; engineering; information studies and computer science; human services; humanities, natural science and mathematics; and social science and management. Criteria vary for each field.|
The Graduate School offers packages consisting of one or two years of fellowship support and at least one year of assistantship in the nominating department as a teaching, research, or administrative assistant. "In a fellowship year, they simply send you a check each month," Wulff says. "The idea is for you to devote all of your energy to your own studies. During an assistantship, you continue your studies; in addition to that, you spend an average of 20 hours a week teaching undergraduates. In the course I'm teaching now, we have about 130 students. They meet once a week for a lecture, which rotates among the six of us who teach the course. I then meet with a group of 15 students twice weeklyI'm responsible for them, so I come up with my own ideas and lesson plans and grade my group's papers."
Wulff, who also volunteered as a teaching assistant during her fellowship year, says the training and experience are invaluable. "I think I have a better chance of getting a job as a direct result of the opportunities I've had because of the fellowship," she says.
RETAIL ADVISORY BOARD BRINGS STUDENTS AND PROFESSIONALS TOGETHER
The College for Human Development's National Retail Industry Advisory Board works to ensure that today's retailing majors become tomorrow's top professionals. To accomplish this, the 13-member council of industry leadersincluding Jay Friedman '70, president of Claiborne for Men; Hal Kahn, CEO of Macy's East; and Burton Tansky, CEO of Neiman Marcus-provides internships, scholarships, facilities, and networking opportunities to students.
Dean Susan Crockett and Ken Mandelbaum '76, president of real estate for the Big M Corporation, created the board in 1995 and were joined by retailing professors Mike Olivette and Amanda Nicholson. "We prepare students for an industry that changes daily," Nicholson says. "We must keep our students in touch with these changes and educate them so that, come graduation, they hit the ground running."
Several SU graduates have already benefited from that mission. Nicole Kalberer '97 received a $2,500 scholarship from Kahn during her senior year, and now has a job at Macy's East. After winning a similar award from Friedman, senior Jill Lebnikoff interned at Claiborne for the vice president of sales.
The board is also working to provide technologically advanced and readily accessible facilities at the college. A $20,000 donation from Sears, for example, will help build a retail resource room in Slocum Hall that will serve as a student center, complete with computer carrels and retailing and fashion reference materials. The board hopes to be a greater asset to students and the community by building a technology lab with advanced retail computer software, hosting frequent field trips to corporations, and organizing an executive summer workshop program for national retailers. |
Retailing major Deanna Mensi '98 attests to the board's more prominent role. "When I was a sophomore and junior the board wasn't as visible as it is now," she says. "Now the members come to campus more often and they really support students and their career goals. It has a real impact."