Compiled from SU news reports

Steve Sartori remembrance

The 2004-05 Remembrance Scholars gather for a moment of reflection during a rose-laying ceremony at the Place of Remembrance. The October 22 ceremony was part of Remembrance Week, which is held annually in memory of the 270 people, including 35 SU students, who were killed in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. The ceremony was one of several activities the scholars undertook during Remembrance Week in October.

The College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of African American Studies, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this fall, is expanding its horizons, both geographically and academically.

Beginning next fall, the department will offer a master’s degree in Pan African studies. The new degree will build upon the existing departmental focus on the study of African American, African, and African Caribbean peoples by offering students a more comprehensive understanding of the global African experience. The multidisciplinary courses and field experiences will involve the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The program will also require students to complete an internship, research, or a practical education project at an international site. “What we are offering is unique,” says Professor Micere Githae Mugo, director of the department’s graduate studies. “In terms of innovation, it is substantially different from any program offered in either New York State or the nation at large.”

Crouthamel RETIRING

Years ago, Jake Crouthamel aspired to be an athletic director at a place like Syracuse. He got that opportunity in 1978 and guided SU athletics for nearly 27 years. At a November press conference, he announced his plans to retire on June 30, 2005. A national search is under way for his successor. “I will leave the University with very mixed emotions,” Crouthamel said. “I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish, but with the understanding that we could have done more. As I have said before, we are not finished yet.”

He credited the “exceptional staff” he has worked with through the years and cited their ability to take on challenges and capitalize on opportunities. During his tenure, Crouthamel transformed SU athletics, expanding and improving facilities, including the construction of the Carrier Dome, and playing a key role in the founding and development of the Big East. The Orange has enjoyed great success as well, winning a national title in men’s basketball and nine in men’s lacrosse, appearing in 14 football bowl games, and capturing 22 overall Big East championships.

“Jake’s efforts have touched the lives of thousands of Syracuse University student-athletes who have grown and prospered both as competitors and as individuals,” Chancellor Nancy Cantor said. “He has left an indelible mark of long-term success on SU athletics. His devotion to the program and to the University is unquestioned and will be long remembered.”

Acclaimed poet and author Maya Angelou delivered the keynote address for the Division of Student Affairs’ 2004 Women’s Leadership Program in November.

College of Arts and Sciences student Yomaris Nuñez ’06 received a prestigious Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Newhouse student Jason Horowitz ’05 and alum Anish Shroff ’04 were among four finalists on ESPN’s reality TV series, Dream Job. Also appearing in a reality series this fall was Eliza Orlins ’05, a College of Arts and Sciences student who tested her mettle on Survivor: Vanuatu.

Syracuse University Ambulance was named Emergency Medical Services Agency of the Year by the New York State EMS Council.

Anyone looking for a good laugh on campus this semester didn’t have to search far. Between the humor-themed Syracuse Symposium, the University Lectures series, and various other University- and student organization-sponsored events, audiences feasted on a buffet of one-liners from the likes of Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau, filmmaker Michael Moore, political satirist P.J. O’Rourke, comic Shazia Mirza, New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff ’66, and comedienne Wanda Sykes.

Along with the gut-busting performances and lectures, there were several exhibitions, including the University Art Collection’s “Ho, My Lad! Seen Anything of a Wild Rabbit?”, the SU Library’s Draw Your Own Conclusions: Political Cartooning Then and ?, and a Doonesbury retrospective. The political cartooning exhibition, which can be viewed online at scrc.syr.edu, runs through January 27 at the library.

Plenty of wit also surfaced in the Syracuse Symposium’s cartoon-caption contest. Mankoff, the contest judge, weeded through more than 1,200 entries. To see the winners he selected, go to symposium.syr.edu.


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