HillRobert Hill, vice president for public relations, SU spokesman, and publisher of Syracuse University Magazine,retired June 30 after 21 years of service to the University.
      As vice president for public relations, Hill designed public information strategies for SU's biggest issues, including the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. As vice president for program development, he established several initiatives to reconnect alumni to SU, including the Coming Back Together triennial reunion for African American and Latino alumni. He also began the Our Time Has Come scholarship program, which has raised millions of dollars for African American and Latino student scholarships.
      Hill will continue to serve as a consultant to SU through June 2000 on development and public relations matters.

HillThe Rev. Thomas VanDyke Wolfe, chaplain of the University's interdenominational Protestant campus ministry, was selected to succeed Richard L. Phillips as dean of Hendricks Chapel. Phillips, who has served as dean since 1981, is scheduled to retire in January.
      Wolfe was appointed chaplain at SU by the United Methodist bishop in 1990. When he becomes dean, a new chaplain will be appointed. "For me, this is the best of both worlds," he says, "putting my work in the realms of religion and higher education together—to explore their interrelationship and to see how each serves the other and how they challenge each other."
      "Tom Wolfe has done an excellent job during his eight years as the University's interdenominational chaplain," says Eleanor Ware, vice president for human services and government relations. "He will be an even greater asset in his new leadership role as dean of Hendricks Chapel."

Applications for first-year admission to SU were up 14 percent over last year and reached a level unseen since the beginning of the decade. A total of 12,121 individuals applied for first-year admission for fall 1998; 6,959 were admitted. Last year 10,606 first-year applications were received and 6,392 students were accepted.
      David Smith, dean of admissions and financial aid, attributes the increase to the intense effort that has gone into realizing SU's vision to become the nation's leading student-centered research university. "It's a very engaging message for students and families who are considering a college choice," he says. "The University's reputation is on the rise, and we are clearly seeing significant tangible results."


Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw says Syracuse University accepts responsibility for the fact that certain SU nursing graduate students were allowed to participate in a family nurse practitioner (FNP) program that has yet to receive state approval. "We are working to see that each student affected has an appropriate resolution, and we are taking steps to ensure that such a situation, which has never before happened at SU, does not recur," the Chancellor says.
      Shaw recently received from Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Gershon Vincow a summary report of his review of the FNP situation.
      Main campus and distance-learning nursing graduate students were officially admitted by SU's Graduate School to pursue either a state-registered master's degree program or post-master's certificate program in one of two specialties—pediatric nurse practitioner or adult nurse practitioner—but for various reasons, students who wished to pursue the FNP specialty thought they could do so at SU.
      College of Nursing and Graduate School representatives have met with many of the affected students to discuss their needs and options.
      The University is working with students interested in transferring to other institutions where the family specialty is available. Students can receive tuition refunds for courses completed that are not applicable or transferable.
      Students interested in dual certification can complete their course work in one specialty at SU (pediatric or adult nurse practitioner) and then pursue an advanced certificate in the other specialty. SU will provide free tuition for the advanced certificate program leading to certification in the second specialty.
      To date, 27 of the students have decided to remain at SU to focus on the pediatric or adult nurse practitioner specialties. Twelve others have transferred to other educational institutions.
      Vice Chancellor Vincow called for several steps to be taken to ensure that a situation like that involving the FNP specialty does not recur in the future."
      The faculty and I are deeply committed to continuing our tradition of quality education in the College of Nursing," says Interim Dean Cecilia Mulvey. "That commitment includes meeting the academic needs of students who wish to pursue career opportunities in the expanding family nurse practitioner field."
      The Graduate School and College of Nursing will continue to work closely with New York State Education Department officials to secure registration of the FNP specialty.

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