Florence Center at the Villa Rosa is one of several international
sites that attracts students.
With four grandparents from Italy, Robert Infarinato 67 was
naturally attracted to the Division of International Programs Abroad
(DIPA) program in Florence. He traveled there in spring 1966 to
participate in what was then called the Semester in Italy, and has
returned many times to support the SU program that first introduced
him to the country he fell in love with. I was part of the
last group of students who took an ocean liner overseas instead
of flying, Infarinato recalls. We had our orientation
on the boat and got to know each other while attending lectures
and taking Italian lessons. The experience of studying abroad
had a profound effect on Infarinato, helping him clarify his goals
and directing him toward a career as a finance executive in international
business that spans three decades.
that an international experience holds increased significance for
todays students, Infarinato does all he can to support DIPA.
He volunteered to present a lecture and lead a panel discussion,
Corporate Performance and Responsibility, in Florence
last fall and guest lectured in several classes. He also delivered
an updated corporate governance lecture in Madrid in the spring.
In our global environment, it is more important than ever
to understand how to build a bridge to another cultureto understand
not only the differences, but also the similarities among people
everywhere, he says. Living with a family in another
country and being integrated into another society gives students
an open frame of reference and makes them eager to learn. Studying
abroad is a phenomenally important, life-altering experience.
enthusiasm for studying abroad is shared by Constance Canfield Foote
61, G63 and Knowlton C. Foote 61, G65, who
fund a DIPA scholarship for School of Education students. As an
alumni advisor for Delta Epsilon in the early 1990s, Knowlton Foote
strongly recommended overseas studies to fraternity members. He
believes the experience improves students language and communication
skills, matures them, encourages them to pursue further travel opportunities,
enriches their sense of compassion, and helps them develop an appreciation
of another culture. Students who study abroad are ambitious,
energetic, and adventuresome, says Foote, who earned a Ph.D.
from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 1975.
They come back more serious about their studies and with a
well-developed sense of global perspective.
Syracuse University, the tradition of international study dates
back to 1919. Today, more than 2,000 students study abroad through
DIPA each year, representing a broad range of academic majors; more
than half come from other U.S. universities. SU maintains academic
centers in China (Hong Kong), England, France, Italy, and Spain,
and collaborates with other universities to offer programs in Africa.
SU students can also study abroad through direct placement at universities
in other European and Asian countries.
Bistis 03, a French and inclusive and elementary education
major, was the first recipient of the Footes DIPA scholarship.
Going abroad taught me so much about the history and culture
of the places I lived in and visited, says Bistis, who lived
in Strasbourg, France. The experience allowed me to get to
know other people better and taught me a lot about myself.
Footes applaud the Universitys efforts to make study abroad
accessible to as many students as possible. I hope each of
our students spends a semester overseas, says Knowlton Foote.
It is an absolutely first-rate educational experience.
Infarinato, too, is impressed with SUs commitment to the program,
which is articulated in the Universitys Academic Plan. Syracuse
deserves recognition for the quality and longevity of its international
study programs, says Infarinato, who joined the Footes and
other alumni at the first meeting of the Friends of DIPA Advisory
Board in September. I feel very strongly about supporting
DIPA, which provides experiences that touch people to the point
of changing their lives.
school students work in the Nautica Design Studio as part
of a Summer College program on fashion design.
and textile designers often choose Syracuse University rather than
specialized art schools to take advantage of the wide range of course
offerings and interdisciplinary study opportunities. Yet even as
they opt to broaden the scope of their educations, these students
must also be confident of access to the facilities and resources
they need to prepare for this highly competitive field. In that
regard, the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Department
of Fashion Design and Technologies can point a reassuring finger
at its Nautica Design Studio.
Karen Bakke 67, G69 describes the Nautica facility as
a complete knit design studio with the latest technology in
computer-assisted embroidery machines and computer textile printing.
Located in Slocum Hall, it was created through the renovation of
existing classrooms with funds provided by Nautica Enterprises Inc.,
an internationally known, New York City-based designer, marketer,
and distributor of brand-name apparel and accessories that was recently
purchased by the VF Corporation, the worlds largest apparel
only one of its kind supported by Nautica in higher educationfeatures
140 oak lockers for students, personal storage cabinets for faculty,
a washer-dryer set, four sinks, and special equipment, including
a massive silk steamer. Infrastructure improvements include new
wiring to accommodate the tools of the trade, which range from sewing
machines to computers. Even the Nautica blue chairs
have been carefully chosen for ergonomic design. Those chairs
were nice to sit in during a three-hour studio class, and the lighting
was good, too, says VPA graduate Stefanie Pollock 03.
Its a pleasant work environment. VPA student Patrick
Mele 06 agrees. The studio is on par with, or superior
to, any facility you can find in an art or design school,
Sanders, the former Nautica chairman, announced the companys
merger with the VF Corporation, he noted that it will create substantial
opportunities for our people and our brands over the long term.
VPA students could benefit from the merger too, as it may provide
more career-preparation opportunities for them in the field.
Bakke, the story behind the Nautica gift begins with the tale of
another act of generosity to the University. Since 1982, real estate
developer Leon Genet 53 has been funding the Sue Ann Genet
Lecture Series, named in honor of his late wife. The Genet lectures
bring internationally prominent figures from retailing, fashion,
costuming, and the decorative arts to campus each year. When
Harvey Sanders delivered a Genet lecture in 1999, he was impressed
by our program and by our students work, Bakke says.
He asked if there was a way he could help.
In 2001, Sanders
returned to the Hill to deliver a second Genet lectureand
to perform the ribbon-cutting ceremony on the Nautica Design Studio.
Sanders and Bakke both credit Leon Genet for personally fostering
the connection between Nautica and the University that opened the
door to this professional learning environment.
enjoyed speaking about Nautica and the fashion industry to the students.
I found the students questions stimulatingin some
ways better than the questions were asked by investment analysts,
he says. Providing this facility seemed like a great way to
help the University, the fashion design program, and the students.
honorary society Eta Pi Upsilon offers more than 15 scholarships
annually to female students pursuing part-time study at
SU through University College. Each scholarship covers the
cost of a three-credit course. We look for students
who are actively pursuing a degree program, says Nancy
Gere ONeil 48, president of the Eta Pi Upsilon
Alumnae Association. We also consider financial need
and their GPA.
Pi Upsilon was founded in 1898, and more than a century
later the organization still has a profound impact on womens
educational opportunities at SU. Eta Pi has always
been interested in the role of women in society and their
need to get an education, ONeil says. In
1996, we decided to really make an effort to raise funds,
and launched a three-year fund drive that proved very successful.
The Eta Pi endowment fund, initiated during the 1960s, has
grown to more than $300,000 and now benefits 15 to 20 female
students each year.
would an alumnae association for full-time students target
a scholarship fund for part-time students? We believe
women who are juggling work, parenting, and school deserve
assistance and consideration, ONeil says. Each
scholarship is named for an influential alumna, and some
families and businesses have endowed scholarships in memory
of Eta Pi alumnae.
Magill, a 2003 Mary Gilmore Smith scholarship recipient,
is pursuing a social work degree while raising a daughter,
working at a restaurant, and maintaining a 3.44 grade point
average. I never want my daughter to feel I sacrificed
her education for my own, Magill says. Thats
what part-time study does for me. Magill and other
scholarship recipients were invited to an annual recognition
luncheon and asked to speak to Eta Pi alumnae about how
the scholarships have enhanced their educational experiences.
Its really nice to be recognized by these women,
Magill adds. They take an interest in who we are,
what we do, and what we struggle with, and encourage us
to keep at it.
inspiring to hear these women share their goals and aspirations,
says ONeil, and it encourages the members to
be generous with their donations because they know the money
will be put to good use. We are proud of the financial support
Eta Pi alumnae have provided through the endowment fund,
and look forward to continuing to assist women who want
to begin or finish a degree through part-time study at University
models are an integral part of thesis projects. Yanel De
Angel G99 created this one for her presentation, which
earned her a Britton award.
A. Britton Sr. 25 loved architectureand he loved to
talk about it. After visits to Syracuse University, he would sit
down with his son, Jack, in their Massachusetts home and enthusiastically
recount the student thesis presentations he had observed. A 1980
recipient of the George Arents Pioneer Medal for his contributions
to the field of architecture, Britton frequented SU at thesis time
and often served as a guest juror. Dad would always say, They
work so hard on those projects. I wish there was a way to give those
students more recognition, says Jack Britton, who established
the James A. Britton Memorial Award in 1983 in memory of his late
fathers dedication and service to the SU community. The award
serves as a standard of excellence in the School of Architecture.
The presentation of the Britton awards is a tradition within
the school and a way to recognize the exceptional work of our students,
says Arthur McDonald, the schools interim dean.
spring, architecture faculty select approximately 12 undergraduate
and graduate students to compete for the awards based on their thesis
presentations. An awards juryconsisting of SU faculty, visiting
academics, and professionalsthen selects the top three thesis
projects. Each winner receives a medal and a $2,000 award, and all
the competitors are presented with the Deans Citation. For
Yanel De Angel G99, a designer at Ayers Saint Gross Architects
in Baltimore, winning the prestigious best thesis award opened doors
in her career. The recognition from SU was a testament to
my work ethic, she says. It helped me earn opportunities
process of selecting award recipients is about more than just competition.
The awards jury promotes an interesting forum for students,
guests, and faculty to discuss current issues, discourses, and cultural
values within the field, McDonald says. The thesis project
is also a model for how students will operate professionally. They
learn how to prepare research materials, argue their design proposals,
and gravitate toward an area of the discipline with which they feel
Damiani 90, whose project on urban design and architecture
led him to open Studio DArc Architects in Pittsburgh, keeps
the Britton medal in his office. Its a nice memory of
past achievements, he says. The award symbolizes the
excellence of SU and the importance of treating everything you do
in a professional manner. It gives you self-confidence to know your
work can make a difference.
Marvin Druger estimates that a quarter of a million new science
and math teachers will have to be prepared for the classroom during
the next decade to meet the needs of American education. Despite
that tremendous demand, there just isnt enough support for
students who want to teach in the sciences, says Druger, chair
of the Department of Science Teaching and a professor of biology
in the College of Arts and Sciences. Thats why the Bristol-Myers
Squibb Good Chemistry Award is so important to us.
1988, the Syracuse facility of Bristol-Myers Squibb, a diversified
international drug company, has made an annual gift of $10,000 to
SU, which is awarded to students preparing for careers in science
teaching. The money can be divided among as many deserving
students as we name, says Druger, who selects the recipients
with his colleagues on the science teaching faculty. Of course,
the awards help students with their most immediate financial problems.
But they have also become our way of saying to students, Hey,
youre doing something important and heres some support
to back that up.
gift is presented each year at the tip-off of an SU home basketball
game, bearing the name of a team member who exemplifies good
chemistry in success at both academics and athletics. Craig
Forth 05 received that honor for the second time last year.
The player gets a plaqueand I get the $10,000 check
for the students, Druger says.
biology major Jodi Barber 00, G03, who decided to seek
an M.S. degree in science teaching, the award made a real difference.
Im a single mother and I suddenly lost my day care provider
when my annual income was judged $8 over the eligibility limit,
she says. The Bristol-Myers Squibb money allowed me to pay
for day care for the entire semester and to finish my degree.
Barber is now teaching biology in the Fort Bend, Texas, public school
Lendrum G03, who holds B.S. and M.P.S. degrees from the SUNY
College of Environmental Science and Forestry, says the award provided
her with some much needed encouragement in finishing the M.S. degree
program at the School of Education. Most importantly, the
money allowed me to completely dedicate myself to 12 weeks of student
teaching, says Lendrum, now a doctoral candidate studying
college science teaching. Without it, I would have had to
find other employment.
Squibb spokeswoman Pam Brunet sees the Good Chemistry Award as a
natural extension of the companys interests. We are
a scientific business and we know its just as important to
have great science teachers as it is to have great scientists,
she says. In fact, you cant have one without the other.
Thats why its important to make sure students interested
in teaching science are helped as much as possible. We are getting
a big bang for the buck in our support for SU.
S. Liu G66 will never forget his days as a graduate student
at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. At that time,
the native of China worked 60 hours a week as a restaurant waiter
to support his studies. It was extremely hard to keep up with
schoolwork while laboring that many hours, says Liu, now president
and CEO of New York-based Multicultural Radio Broadcasting Inc.
But I needed that income. This experience prompted Liu
to establish the $500,000 Liu Multicultural Scholarships at Newhouse
last spring to fund graduate students. Through the scholarships,
I hope to enable students to focus on their schoolwork, he
a gift from the Liu Foundation, which Liu and his wife, Yvonne,
established, the $10,000 scholarships will be awarded annually to
between 5 and 10 Newhouse graduate students. The scholarships will
help pay tuition costs for students interested in cross-cultural
communication. The Liu gift is the first major influx of scholarship
money at the graduate level at Newhouse and will help attract students
with top academic credentials.
Dean David M. Rubin says the scholarships will play an important
role in promoting mutual understanding among people from different
countries with diverse cultural backgrounds. The media are
increasingly global in scholarship and in their audience,
Rubin says. We want to enhance our global perspective by bringing
more international students here who are interested in cross-cultural
communication, and the Liu scholarships will help us do that.
Scholar Zheng Qi G04, a TV-radio-film major, has already begun
to accumulate experiences in cross-cultural communication. She earned
a B.A. degree in international journalism at Shanghai (China) International
Studies University in 1999 and then worked as a reporter for the
English-language Shanghai Daily before coming to the United
States. The scholarship eased my financial worries and now
I can concentrate on my studies, Zheng says. Having
worked for a newspaper that is committed to introducing China to
the outside world, I fully understand the significance of promoting
cross-cultural communication to help people from different countries
learn about each other.
a successful ethnic media entrepreneur, Liu recognizes the responsibilities
and influence of media in the free worlda knowledge he credits
to his Newhouse education. His multi-language company now owns 3
cable networks, more than 30 radio stations, and a weekly publication
in the United States. The world becomes smaller each and every
day, he says. To promote peace on Earth, we must gain
a better understanding of different peoples and their cultures,
and media are the catalysts of that change.
late Alfred Wohl 34, an All-America lacrosse player and an
honors graduate in management, held particularly fond memories of
his experiences at Syracuse University and passed on his school
pride to his family. Each year, the Wohl family made a trip to campus
for Homecoming Weekend, during which Wohl and his wife, Sheila 34,
would reconnect with college friends and give tours of their alma
mater to their children. I remember taking the trainI
think it was called the Syracuse Specialfrom Long Island to
Syracuse, says Michael Wohl, who graduated from the College
of Arts and Sciences in 1972 and the College of Law in 1975. Wed
watch the football game or go to the mound at Coyne Field to watch
Alfred Wohl died in 1986, his family knew how to commemorate his
life. He loved Syracuse University more than anything, and
we wanted to focus on doing some things that were reflective of
his interests, Michael Wohl says. My father was a businessman
as well as a lawyer, so we decided to fund scholarships in the colleges
of law and management. Its a little bit of immortality for
him, and also helps attract better students and elevate the academic
status of the University. Wohl donated money to name the lacrosse
practice field after his father as well.
scholarships have supported dozens of students who have gone on
to accomplished careers. A few recipients became state judges,
and we receive letters from previous Wohl Scholars periodically
with updates on how theyre doing, Wohl says. Although
my father was a very modest man and never named anything after himself,
I think hed be happy. Education was important to him.
M. Cole G04 decided to come to SUs law school because
of the diversity and strength of its classes and also because she
received a Chancellors Scholarship. For the past two years,
she was named an Alfred Wohl Scholar for her superior performance
in the classroom. The scholarship has helped to alleviate
some of the debt I am incurring during law school, says Cole,
who intends on working as a prosecutor in New York City. For
that I am very grateful to the Wohl family.
Services & Health Professions
of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra perform for children
from the Bernice M. Wright Child Development Laboratory
Spark for Kids
the past two years, children from SUs Bernice M. Wright Child
Development Laboratory School explored the world beyond the walls
of the school building. They visited museums, worked with an artist,
and attended a concert with members of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.
The field trips and other projects were made possible through the
generosity of Joanne Kerbs Mudd 69, who donated $25,000 to
the College of Human Services and Health Professions to establish
the Joanne K. Mudd Cultural Development Fund.
a child therapist from Springfield, Virginia, says several ideas
were presented to her when she expressed an interest in making a
donation, including one focused on the arts and cultural enrichment.
It was easy for me to get excited at the thought of the children
visiting museums, hearing music from around the world, and having
fun in the process, she says. Daria Webber, the schools
director, says the funding allowed the school to expand the childrens
everyday classroom experiences in art, music, and movement. One
of our goals as early childhood educators is to provide children
with activities that help develop an aesthetic awareness and appreciation
of the world around them, she says.
through the colleges Department of Child and Family Studies,
the Wright School involves 20 to 25 undergraduate student teachers
each semester in the education of 80 to 100 community children and
year, Mudds grant provided visits to such Syracuse-area places
as the Everson Museum of Art, the Museum of Science and Technology,
the Center of Ballet and Dance Arts, and the Open Hand Puppet Theater.
The fund also supports the schools biweekly Toddlers
Tango, which integrates world music and instruments into a
movement program. In addition, children participated in a Symphony
Kids concert, and worked with a visiting artist to construct
a fountain for the schools entranceway. We have a diverse
group of children, Webber says. These experiences provide
them with opportunities to enhance their artistic and creative development,
while becoming aware of the many ways in which people choose to
display their creativity, and to appreciate and celebrate differences.
Palmer retired last spring after 15 years as dean of the Maxwell
School, John White G64, G69, former deputy secretary
of the U.S. Department of Defense and former chair of the Maxwell
School Advisory Board, wanted to do something special to mark
the occasion. What emerged was the John L. Palmer Student Excellence
Fund. Advisory board members were among the first to contribute.
I hoped they would be generous, and, by George, they were,
to Palmer, who will take up a position at Maxwell as a University
Professor, the advisory boards efforts to develop the fund
served as a positive means of buffering the transition between
deans. Im both touched and honored by the establishment
of the fund, and Im pleased that the school and my successor
will have these resources to work with, he says.
The fund raised
$1.2 million that will go toward scholarships to attract the most
sought-after graduate students in the social sciences. Recipients
will be known as Palmer Scholars. Dean Mitchel Wallerstein G72,
Palmers successor, will manage the fund and can also use
it to support programs and other initiatives. Our intention
is to give flexibility to Dean Wallerstein, so that he may play
out his own vision of how best to lead the school, says
Professor Robert McClure, who retired as Maxwells senior
associate dean last June. The Palmer fund also pays appropriate
tribute to a dean who, in my view, has given not only the second-longest
service to this school, but also the highest quality leadership.
tenure, Maxwell completed a $50 million fund-raising campaign,
won a contract to host the National Security Studies Program,
gained a new building that more than tripled its space, established
an array of interdisciplinary institutes, and was ranked the nations
number-one graduate school of public affairs three times by U.S.
News & World Report. Through the Palmer fund, the advisory
board seeks to demonstrate its support for the schools continued
success. We wanted to honor John Palmer for his great service
and also show his successor that we energetically support the
Maxwell School and its scholars, says Maxwell advisory board
chair S. Ford Rowan G97, chairman of Rowan & Blewitt
Inc. in Washington, D.C. Its a vote of confidence
not just for past achievements, but for the future of Maxwell.
Moritz and Kate Gaetano
Raja Velu is
quite familiar with the expression, If at first you dont
succeed, try, try again. A professor in the Martin J. Whitman
School of Management, Velu is experienced in the process of developing
research proposals and applying for sponsorship. Its
extremely difficult to obtain funding, says Velu, who secured
a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture last year to analyze
the food pyramid guide using a new methodology he created. There
is an intense competition for a limited pool of money, which makes
it very hard for researchersespecially first-time applicantsto
receive funding. The entire process can be discouraging, but you
have to keep trying.
where the Bridge-Fund Award Program can help. Offered for the first
time this year, the award is funded by the schools H.H. Franklin
Center for Supply Chain Management. According to operations management
professor Scott Webster, who is co-director of the Franklin Center,
the award assists two faculty members who submitted proposals related
to supply chain managementthe pipeline of information and
materials involving an organization, suppliers, buyers, and othersfor
outside sponsorship to competitive programs and were rejected. Each
$15,000 award is intended to aid the professor in continued research
through student support, travel, or research-related expenses. The
award literally acts as a bridge to help the researcher develop
his or her work until it becomes strong enough to receive outside
funding, Webster says. Its an incentive for faculty
to submit proposals to outside agencies, as well as an opportunity
for them to develop stronger research in the future. It may
also provide the needed time and support to better articulate deserving
projects for would-be sponsors.
areas related to supply chain management are currently being considered
for the award, which is open to full-time, tenure-track SU faculty.
The area of supply chain management is broad enough to offer
opportunities for faculty well beyond the Whitman School,
Webster says. Researchers in such fields as computer science,
economics, engineering, information systems, mathematics, and statistics
fosters the Franklin Centers mission of becoming a recognized
leader in supply chain management education and research, Webster
says. We expect the award to increase the Universitys
visibility nationally and internationally as a result of the research
it will promote.
& Computer Science
Wightman 02 was struggling to make ends meet as a graduate
student in computer science at the Technical University of Dresden
in Germany when he heard about a new scholarship-for-service program
at Syracuse University. Funded by the National Science Foundation,
the 4-year, $2.5 million program provides 3 groups of 10 masters
students at SU with 2-year scholarships that cover tuition, room
and board, books, and a stipend of $12,000. I could have stayed
in Germany and spent about $600 a month on living expenses, or I
could earn a masters degree and live for free at Syracuse,
and get a stipend on top of that, says Wightman, who opted
to become a graduate student in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering
and Computer Science (ECS). Plus, Im pretty much guaranteed
a job after graduation.
a recipient of a Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service
award, Wightman will be required to work one year for the federal
government for each year of scholarship benefits. The program, modeled
after the Reserve Officers Training Corps, aims to develop cyber
corps professionals to fill a shortage of key personnel identified
in the U.S. Presidents National Plan for Information Systems
Protection. After fulfilling the service requirement, program participants
can work in the private sector or remain within the federal government.
recipients at Syracuse must be U.S. citizens and enrolled in one
of three affiliated Certificate of Advanced Study programs: systems
assurance; information technology, policy, and management; or information
security management. These three programs are offered by ECS, the
Maxwell School, and the School of Information Studies and bring
together students from these disciplines to work on projects housed
within the Systems Assurance Institute (SAI). This multidisciplinary
institute helped SU be designated as a Center of Academic Excellence
in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency,
which was necessary to receive the grant.
seek out these kind of scholarships to help pay for graduate studies,
so the scholarships are a nice way to attract highly qualified students,
says SAI education director Susan Older, a professor of electrical
engineering and computer science and one of the grants principal
investigators. They are also a good way to get a more interesting
mix of students by attracting American students to some programs
that currently contain mostly international students. So much of
our countrys critical infrastructure is dependent upon computers
and the Internet, and this program will help ensure that we have
adequate numbers of people who understand the principles of information
assurance and security to protect that infrastructure.
this technologically advanced era, a teachers tools for providing
a vibrant education must evolve at a rapid rate. The School of Education
is addressing this challenge head-on with the development of a technology
suite on the ground floor of Huntington Hall. Were taking
a very active, systematic approach to helping faculty and students
enhance their capacity for technology applications, says Scott
Shablak, assistant dean for professional development. Its
part of what we have to do to educate students who will be leaders
in the field, and who can teach under any conditions.
improvements include hardware and software upgrades in the PC lab,
installation of multimedia videoconferencing capabilities in the
conference room, and the transformation of a storage space into
a digital design studio.
videoconferencing room, which is equipped with a SmartBoardan
interactive, electronic white boardsupports distance education,
initially for science education in rural New York schools, and then
for professional and academic programs nationally and internationally.
The SmartBoard can hook up to a laptop and projector, allowing a
teacher or student to write on the projected image in all the ways
an ordinary classroom blackboard might be used. The room provides
a setting for collaborative seminars with students and teachers
in remote locations, interactive sessions for campus-based audiences,
and meetings that require access to distant resources. The
room increases our capacity for transmitting education to people
outside the University and allows for communication with people
all over the world, Shablak says. It also enhances a
students ability to use multimedia equipment.
digital design studio supports students and faculty in developing
various digital resources, providing equipment to create videos,
transfer digital video to DVD, edit clips, or add audio. Workstations
are available for creating, recording, and editing sound. The suite
will also feature a multipurpose technology enhancement center with
access to state-of-the-art multimedia workstations and a variety
of assisted technologies, including speech synthesizers and voice
recognition systems, for students with special needs.
for the technology enhancements comes from a variety of sources,
including grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, and the New York State Education Department,
as well as a gift from Marion W. Meyer G55, a graduate of
the Universitys Student Dean Program and a friend of the School
of Education. Plans call for continued improvements as funding support
allows. Its not just about the rooms, Shablak
says. Our faculty members are very much in tune with technology
enrichment. Everything weve done in terms of getting the equipment
and software assists them in moving forward, enhancing their technological
capacity and that of our students.
G93 is a great believer in multidisciplinary thinking. Nothing
is really silo-ed anymore, says the head of BearingPoint
Inc.s Oracle consulting practice in Boston. Everything
out there is in the mix, and the key to success in education, career,
and even personal life is the ability to create the optimal combinations.
You need to be broad-minded in every way. You cant be all
work or all study or all play. You cant be all business or
all technology or all marketing. If you limit yourself to a box,
youll never be able to think out of the box.
She also believes
in putting ideas into practice. Last summer Parker-Johnson announced
her intention to make a major gift to the School of Information
Studies, where she earned an M.S. degree in information management.
The gift is specifically earmarked to help shape the aesthetic environment
of the schools new home, which will be created through the
renovation of Hinds Hall. I want learning to take place in
a physical environment that is worthy of the schools intellectual
and technical creativity, she says.
The funds will
be used in a variety of ways to accomplish this goal. A committee
with broad school and University representation will be established
to commission a new work of art for the student lounge. Special
security and environmental systems will be built into the new Hinds
Hall, allowing for the exhibition of some of the University Art
Collections treasures. A high-tech electronic message board
will offer running updates on school news and events. Even that
old standby of college buildings, the student bulletin board, will
be subject to revolutionary new design proposals.
associate director of the University Art Collection, is pleased
that Parker-Johnson has chosen to highlight works of art by facilitating
their seamless incorporation into campus life. Its a
wonderful way of educating and stimulating students and the entire
University community, he says. We are particularly lucky
to have a donor with the vision to make these improvements a part
of the general renovation project at Hinds Hall. Too often, art
is treated as an afterthought in the planning of new facilities.
has a great fondness for the University and particularly for the
School of Information Studies, which she feels provided her with
perspectives that have helped her in the business world and elsewhere.
Despite the demands of running a $200 million global consulting
practice, the Syracuse area native has enjoyed participating in
alumni events in both Boston and New York City. Last spring she
spoke on campus, addressing the student group Women in Information
As plans progress
toward the schools move to its new location, she is excited
about the opportunity to get involved in shaping the buildings
character. Its necessary to give some thought to the
aesthetic environment of a place where a lot of technical thinking
is going on, she says. One of the reasons people go
to Syracuse University is to get a liberal arts educationand
that means a well-rounded education. We should never lose sight
of the fact that you can get only so far in businessor in
lifeon your technical skills and knowledge.
is committed to creating a campus community that is not only free
from discrimination, but also moves beyond tolerance to celebrate
the diversity of its members. The ability to appreciate others
for their differences and similarities allows us to see each other
as individuals with unique gifts and flaws, says Regina Jones,
program coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. It
also helps us realize that, more often than not, others have values
and aspirations that are remarkably similar to our own.
One way SU supports
diversity is through the Chancellors Feinstone Grants for
Multicultural Initiatives, which Jones coordinates. Each fall, SU
faculty, students, and staff are invited to propose projects aimed
at building alliances across ethnic identities at the University.
Individual or group proposals are each eligible for up to $1,000
of support. Now in its eighth year, the program is named for Sol
Feinstone, a 1916 graduate of what is now the SUNY College of Environmental
Science and Forestry. Feinstone is a widely known historian and
author whose 1968 gift funds the grants. Originally available only
to one undergraduate and one graduate student group annually, it
has evolved to encompass faculty and staff initiatives.
Mia Hong 04,
a student in the College of Human Services and Health Professions
who works in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, served as co-chair
of the ethnically diverse committee that reviewed a record 25 proposals
in 2002-03 and funded 12. The program allows people to be
creative and provides funding to faculty, staff, and students to
make their ideas a reality, Hong says. Also, the implemented
projects allow a larger and more diverse audience to have a multicultural
experience that might otherwise reach only a few people.
grant recipients are invited to a luncheon at the Chancellors
residence, where their efforts are recognized by James K. Duah-Agyeman
G99, director of student support and diversity education/multicultural
affairs. By building a community that values diversity, students
are enriched, he says. They learn from and come to value
the contributions made by the entire campus community.
Paul Buckley is a past recipient of two Feinstone grants: One project
examined racism and provided tools for being actively anti-racist;
the other challenged the notion of students of color
as a homogenized block. The Feinstone grants present a wonderful
incentive for any member of the SU community to take up the issue
of multiculturalism in his or her own way, Buckley says.
year since its inception, the Feinstone program has grown both in
the number of proposals submitted annually and in the scope of diversity-focused
programs it supports, says Barry L. Wells, senior vice president
and dean of student affairs. We continue to be impressed with
the caliber of programming applicants propose, and hear consistent
feedback that these grants address varied and numerous campus needs
that benefit our University community.
Amy Speach Shires