Compiled from SU news reports
has been 15 years since the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight
103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killed 270 people, including
35 SU students returning from studying abroad. In memory of
those students, the University established Remembrance Scholarships,
which are awarded annually to 35 seniors. The University also
created the Lockerbie-Syracuse Scholarships, which bring two
Lockerbie Academy students to campus for a year of study.
The scholarships are supported by generous gifts from C. Jean
Thompson 66 and SU Trustee Richard L. Thompson G67,
the Fred L. Emerson Foundation, and many other contributors.
November, the scholars host Remembrance Week, which culminates
in a convocation at Hendricks Chapel and a rose-laying ceremony
at the Place of Remembrance in front of the Hall of Languages.
Among this years events were a community dialogue about
the effects of terrorism, the annual distribution of 1,000
carnations, and the posting of photos of each of the 35 victims
in buildings around campus. Scholars also volunteered at a
soup kitchen and the Living Room, a home for people with HIV.
We have a wonderfully diverse group, says Remembrance
Scholar SarahKate Kirk 04. I think we do a good
job representing the University.
200 students apply to become Remembrance Scholars each year,
says Judith ORourke 75, assistant to the vice
president for undergraduate studies and a member of the selection
committee. Their duty to the campus is to remind us
how much individuals can affect others, ORourke
says. Remembrance Scholar Robert Fiato 04 says all the
work is worth it. I dont think theres a
greater honor than to represent the [Pan Am] students,
more information on the Remembrance Scholarship Endowment
Fund, call the Office of Donor Relations at 315-443-1215.
Alumni and other members of the University community
view names etched into granite pavers in the Orange
Grove, a gathering place for alumni and other SU
supporters that was unveiled during Homecoming in
October. An initiative of the SU Alumni Association,
the Orange Grove is located adjacent to the Quad.
Physics professor Peter Saulson was named SUs 2003 Methodist
Scholar/Teacher of the Year. Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw announced
the award during his annual address to the University community,
citing Saulsons contributions to physics and teaching.
He is a master at lacing his lectures with real-world
examples, at being available to students for their many questions
and concerns, and above all, at communicating his passion
for his subject, Shaw says. He is also a sought-after
mentor for graduate students, who praise him for his ability
to teach them to become active and considerate members of
the scientific community.
this year, Saulsonan expert on gravitational physicswas
elected by several hundred of his peers as spokesman for the
LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory)
Scientific Collaboration. This $500 million National Science
Foundation-funded initiative involves more than 44 academic
institutions around the globe and holds the potential to help
answer fundamental questions about the dynamics, origin, and
structure of the universe.
The University has upgraded its 43-acre Hookway property near
South Campus, creating new playing fields for use by the Department
of Recreation Services and the Department of Athletics. The
$1.5 million project was completed this fall, and the fields
will be open for action this spring.
site now features five athletic fields for practices, scrimmages,
and sports camps, and one large multi-use field for club and
intramural sports. The five new Upper Hookway Fields, which
jointly cover 13.6 acres, are regulation-size, grass game
fields, and two of them are lighted. The Lower Hookway Field
will be used for such Recreation Services activities as cricket,
rugby, lacrosse, field hockey, and softball.
fields will provide extremely valuable practice and summer
camp space in a self-contained and concentrated landscaped
area, says athletic director Jake Crouthamel. Our
field sport coaches are thrilled because they now have all
the space they need to conduct their programs.
Trustee H. Douglas Barclay 61, H98 was
appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as U.S. ambassador
to El Salvador. In October, as part of the confirmation process,
the former New York State senator testified before the U.S.
Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere,
Peace Corps, and Narcotics Affairs.
Bogucz, dean of the L.C. Smith College of Engineering
and Computer Science, has been named executive director of
the New York State Center of Excellence in Environmental Systems.
Bogucz has been the coordinator of the Center of Excellence
since its inception in June 2002, while simultaneously serving
of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) student Erin Williams
05 was crowned Miss Delaware and competed in the
Miss America pageant.
Loiero 04, a VPA music industry major, imitated
country music star Shania Twain in the FOX television show,
She finished fourth in the episode,
singing Twains Man! I Feel Like a Woman.
running back Walter Reyes 05 established a Carrier
Dome single-game SU rushing record with 241 yards in the Orangemens
38-14 victory over Central Florida. The previous mark of 239
yards was set by Dee Brown 00 against Rutgers in 2000.
In 2000, renowned folk artist
Warren Kimble 57 combined the two things
he knows bestSyracuse University and artto
create the Syracuse Snowman. The image of a
snowman sporting an SU top hat and banner, accompanied
by the slogan, THINK SNOW, has sold
nearly 1,000 prints, as well as T-shirts, cards,
and flags. Profits from the prints, which were
donated by Kimbles publisher, Wild Apple
Graphics, have benefited the SU cheerleading
squad, helping to pay for travel, summer camps,
the former cheerleading squad captain is showing
his school spirit again by auctioning off the
original snowman painting and donating all proceeds
to the squad. The cheerleaders are not
funded like the football team, says Kimble,
a 2002 recipient of the George Arents Pioneer
Medal, SUs highest alumni honor. My
objective is to get the most money we can to
support the cheerleaders.
painting will be auctioned on eBay, beginning
January 1. For information, check the Office
of Alumni Relations web site at www.syracuse.edu/alumni.
The outside world always seems
to be piling on Syracuse for its weather, but
that didnt stop Sports Illustrated
On Campus from bestowing a number 10 ranking
on the Salt City in an article on the Best
College Sports Towns.
the dead of winter in Central New York there
isnt much more to do than cheer for the
home team, which students and non-students do
with flair despite the bone-jarring cold,
the article says. Unlike most, Syracuse
is the rare city that is identified by outsiders
first as a university.
More than five
decades ago, acclaimed music professor Arthur Poister had a unique
organ with 3,823 pipes constructed and installed in SUs Crouse
College Auditorium, now the Rose and Jules R. Setnor Auditorium.
organ is making music again after being restored to its original
quality by Kerner and Merchant Pipe Organ Builders of East Syracuse,
which is headed by Ben Merchant G78. This is my favorite
organ, Merchant says. I built organs while I was an
SU graduate student, and it means a lot to me to restore this one
so students can enjoy it in its original form for the next 50 years.
the restoration, the University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by
James R. Tapia, rededicated the Crouse organ in September in a performance
of Camille Saint-Saënss Symphony No. 3 for Orchestra
and Organ, featuring University organist Christopher Marks. Symphony
No. 3 is the great piece for organ music, says Professor Joseph
Downing, director of the Setnor School of Music. It had not
been performed with a live organ in Syracuse for more than 30 years.
The Crouse organ
is designated a historic instrument by the Organ Historical Society.
This organ has its own musical personality, says Will
Headlee, professor emeritus. Organists love this organ the
way violinists may love a particular Stradivarius. Its really
a piece of art, and one of Syracuse Universitys most precious