When Susan Crockett, Kristi Andersen, and Astrid Merget proposed a campus-wide conference on women's issues, their goal was to create far more than just a daylong series of lectures and panel discussions.
      Crockett, dean of the College for Human Development; Andersen, chair of the political science department at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; and Merget, Maxwell associate dean and chair of public administration, envisioned an event with lasting impact. "If we take a collaborative approach to planning speaker events, and if we find effective ways of weaving these events into our academic agenda, we can improve learning outcomes," Crockett says.
      The result of that vision was "The Politics of Women, Children, and Families," a daylong campus conference in April that attracted nearly 300 participants. Carolyn Becraft, assistant secretary to the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, gave the keynote address. Her speech was followed by sessions covering women's health, welfare reform, and infant mortality.
      A planning committee had worked since September to involve the University community in the conference. Graduate assistants identified relevant conference issues, then worked with professors to develop course materials related to those topics. "Students took an active part in the learning process before and after the event," says Susan Holsapple, a graduate student and committee member. The cross-disciplinary approach also increased the conference's effectiveness, she says. "By studying issues related to their courses, students gained a better understanding of the big picture."
      Crockett says such collaboration is important to teaching and learning. "One of SU's unique strengths is its academic diversity," she says. "But we seldom bring students together to discuss issues of common interest. In an institution that values diversity, collaboration is key."

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Adam Mankuta of Dix Hills, New York, was thrilled to learn he would be entering Syracuse University this fall. Mankuta was so excited, in fact, that he decided to do a little pre-University bragging by mounting personalized license plates on his car that boast GO'N2CUSE.


After four years of dazzling performances, Syracuse University quarterback Donovan McNabb '98 was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles as the second overall pick in this spring's National Football League (NFL) draft. It was the highest an SU player has been picked since Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis was the top choice of the 1962 NFL draft.
      Although a group of Philadelphia fans at the draft was clamoring for Heisman winner Ricky Williams of Texas, they should know that McNabb may give them plenty of reasons to cheer. At SU, the four-year starter guided the Orange to three straight BIG EAST Conference titles and four bowl appearances. The three-time BIG EAST offensive player of the year set numerous SU and BIG EAST career records, including most touchdown passes (77). "I'm going to work to be the starter," McNabb told the media. "If I'm rewarded with the starting position, I'm going to work for higher goals."
      Two of McNabb's teammates were drafted in the second round. Wide receiver/kick returner Kevin Johnson '99 was taken by the Cleveland Browns as the first pick of the second round (32nd overall), and fullback Rob Konrad '99 was chosen by the Miami Dolphins (43rd overall).


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Borer Professor Philip Borer, right, lab manager Debbie Kerwood, and instructional support specialist Dave Kiemle work in the Jahn Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Research Facility.
The new Jahn Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Research Facility will enable researchers from SU, the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), and the SUNY Health Science Center (HSC) to gain new insights into the workings of molecules.
      Located in the new Edwin C. Jahn Laboratory at ESF, the NMR facility marks what area scientists hope will be a major expansion of collaborative research among the institutions. The highlight of the new center is a high-powered nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer—the first of its kind in Central New York. It will allow scientists to determine three-dimensional molecular structures, which can then be manipulated to develop new things, such as drugs and vaccines.
      "This collaboration allows us to share knowledge and ideas," says SU chemistry professor Philip Borer, "and to generate new resources that will enable us to make scientific breakthroughs."

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