Wired. Connected. Universities often use language from the computer age to talk about bringing the wider world into the classroom. It's easy to forget that students may benefit most from face-to-face contact.That's what the Ganders Lecture Series at the School of Education has always been about: bringing to campus prominent speakers to engage and challenge students with issues of the day. In place since 1987, the series has brought to campus U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala G'70, H'87, former New York State Department of Education Commissioner Thomas Sobol, and Michael Cohen, an education advisor to President Bill Clinton. Not only do these experts lecture, they visit classes and seminars, and spend time with students.
University of North Carolina President Molly Corbett Broad '62 will return to the SU campus this fall as part of the School of Education's Ganders Lecture Series.
On October 28, University of North Carolina President Molly Corbett Broad will address students and faculty. The 1999 Arents Pioneer Medal recipient is a 1962 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Advisory Board. As the first woman president of the oldest public university in the United States, Broad's name is writ large in the world of higher education.
"A full Syracuse education includes components you can't find in the classroom," says Steven Bossert, dean of the School of Education. "Lectures by outside experts, studies abroad, and internships round out what we provide. We're expanding our efforts to support the Ganders Lecture Series, and we hope alumni will recognize what a wonderful opportunity this series provides."
The late Harry S. Ganders revamped the School of Education and organized its graduate division during his time as dean, 1930-1952. He established the "All-University" approach, with professors dually assigned to the School of Education and other schools and colleges on campus.
Daughters Phyllis Ganders Seibel and Joan Ganders Glassey and their families endowed the lecture series in memory of Ganders and his wife, Elva. With about $70,000 currently in the endowment fund, the school hopes to raise another $60,000 to attract to campus the best speakers available.
Marion Meyer G'55, a former assistant dean of students in the School of Management, has long been a vocal advocate of the Ganders series, in part because Dean Ganders introduced her to her husband. "He did so much for the University," says Meyer. "How often do you get to thank people who meant so much in your life? He was a great person who deserves to be remembered through this fantastic program."
To give to the endowment for the Ganders Lecture Series, contact Lori Golden at 315-443-5257 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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