From the Chancellor: Our Thoughts are with Paris

Dear Orange Friends:

Nearly 27 years ago, terrorism struck the Syracuse University community and changed our world forever. Because of Pan Am Flight 103, this great University long ago experienced the searing pain of terrorism. Each day since then, we have paid respect to those victims and learned how to reassert and fight for our values of good in the face of evil.

Today, our hearts ache for our friends in France and for all the men, women, and children affected by yesterday’s terror attacks. It’s a feeling all too familiar for the Syracuse University community.

Today, we pray for the lives lost. We send our support to the family and friends of those who perished. And, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to the military and police for their quick response and their ongoing efforts to keep the people of France safe.

This evening, to show our support for those impacted, the Hall of Languages will be lit in the colors of the French flag.

As you know, Syracuse University is a global institution with eight overseas centers. Those centers host thousands of students studying abroad each year. The SU Abroad staff has been in touch with all their overseas directors and partners, all of whom are currently conducting welfare checks to confirm the safety and well-being of the University’s students, faculty and staff traveling in Paris and Europe.

SU Abroad will continue to monitor the situation and will provide regular updates on the SU Abroad home page.


Kent Syverud
Chancellor Kent Syverud

From the Chancellor: A Privilege to Teach

Dear Orange Friends:

I have been teaching negotiation this semester with Maxwell doctoral candidate Hengel Reina, most recently in the format of a one-credit course offered for nine hours on a Saturday and four hours on a Sunday during the same weekend. The students come from almost all the schools and colleges of the University (with a plurality of law students). We have them negotiate and draft several agreements (a simple sales contract, an employment contract, a settlement of a dispute between a doctor, hospital, and patient). We compare the results of the simulations, review recordings of the students negotiating, and discuss ways to improve as an ethical negotiator.

We had 98 students from the Maxwell Public Administration and International Affairs master’s program in a short version of this course in early October. Our course in mid-October had another 65 students from around the University. I have taught this course at many universities, including Michigan, Penn, Cornell, Vanderbilt, Washington University, and Universidade Catholica in Lisbon.

Syracuse students were spectacular in the course—and they performed better on the exercises than all but one of the more than 25 other classes of students I have taught elsewhere. They are prepared, observant, savvy, and at times brilliant. They also are incredibly diverse in their backgrounds and experience, and they bring that to bear in all they do. It is such a privilege to teach here, and good to know our students stand up so well.


Kent Syverud
Chancellor Kent Syverud

From the Chancellor: A Great Learning Opportunity

Dear Orange Friends:

A lot happens on the Syracuse campus on a typical day, and it is hard to take it all in. We have great faculty and a strong academic community, and that means a lot of people come here for visits, including from other universities. Sometimes our students, faculty, and community have an opportunity to see and interact with many of the best scholars in the world on a salient set of issues. That happens again this weekend, when our philosophy department hosts the Third Annual Workshop for Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy. The schedule of events is very impressive.

The conference includes ten workshops by renowned philosophers on compelling issues in government, politics, and democracy. One of the keynotes is by my former colleague Elizabeth Anderson of the University of Michigan, who will address equality issues, and who has had a transformative impact on the discipline. Other scholars come from Oxford, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Australian National University, Cornell University, the University of Warwick, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Syracuse University, UCLA, Rice University, and Washington University in St. Louis, among others.

I encourage students, faculty, and friends to take advantage of this great learning opportunity.


Kent Syverud
Chancellor Kent Syverud

From the Chancellor: Classroom Visits

Dear Orange Friends:

Last week I sat in at the back of a lot of classes, including Introduction to Managerial Accounting (Whitman); Race, Gender, and the Media (Newhouse); Principles of Instruction and Learning (Education); and Introduction to Family Development (Falk). I will be sitting in on other classes in all colleges over the course of the semester, and teaching my own course in negotiation to students from many schools.

It is asking a lot of a teacher to have the Chancellor (sometimes accompanied by the Dean) sit in the back of the class. I do this each year to remind myself forcefully of what a university is all about, and also because I learn a lot. I am deeply grateful to the students and to Professors Joyce Zadzilka, Charisse L’Pree, Tiffany Koszalka, and Matthew Mulvaney for welcoming me.

In each class, I saw an excellent and rigorous teacher who cares about the students. I saw teachers who worked hard to embody best practices—and those most effective in enabling learning—in what they do. Each class was both hard work and enjoyable.

It was also salutary for me to see how exhausting it can be to rush between four or five classes in one day. This entails a lot of travel as well as trying to keep track of multiple assignments, quizzes, texts, participation rules, and papers—as well as a host of Syracuse opportunities for extra activities (public lectures, symposia, concerts, films, student groups, etc.) that complement the subject of each course. Often when I am responsible for one course, I can forget sometimes that my students are juggling so much more.


Kent Syverud
Chancellor Kent Syverud

From the Chancellor: Campus Improvements

Dear Orange Friends:

I am deeply grateful to a large group of Syracuse people who, over the course of the summer, worked hard to improve the physical infrastructure of our campus. There were times this summer when it was difficult to walk ten feet without dodging a construction project, but the results are impressive.

I encourage you, in particular, to check out:

  • The new courtyard and landscaping at Watson Hall, which is a much more interesting and pleasant place to be. Last year’s residents of Watson helped with the design ideas, inspiring an outdoor space that includes a paver patio area, plantings, sidewalks and a gas fire pit. Tables, chairs and benches are coming soon.
  • The Mount Olympus stair landing. As part of the two-year Sims Drive reconstruction project, spanning from Comstock Avenue to Forestry Drive, the previously covered bottom portion of the Mount Olympus stairs has been replaced with a new open landing. The new landing features granite steps, brick paver landings and a teak bench seating area. Heating in the steps, landings and sidewalks will ensure snow- and ice-free passage in winter, and a new covering structure over the main landing will be installed in September.
  • The dramatic new entrance to Shaw Hall on Euclid Avenue. This marks the completion of four summers of renovation. The entrance creates better flow and allows residents access to a new lounge, central recreation space and laundry. The ground level also includes a meeting room for the STEM Learning Community and team rooms for small group work or collaborative study. Shaw’s original elevator has been modernized to stop at all levels, and two new elevators were added as part of this project.
  • Sadler Hall’s student rooms, lounges and public areas. In all student rooms the built-ins, furniture and room doors have been replaced. All finishes have been upgraded throughout the residence hall with new flooring and fresh paint schemes. The lobby and main lounge have been completely renovated and the card access entry process is more straightforward.
  • Huntington Beard Crouse Hall’s lower level improvements. This comprehensive improvement project included an expansion and renovation of the Kittredge Auditorium, construction of accessible restrooms and a lactation room on the lower level, addition of a second single-occupancy restroom at the Gifford Auditorium Lobby and a fire sprinkler installation and fire alarm upgrade. Provisions were also made to add an elevator stop at the Gifford Auditorium level next summer.

Vice President and Chief Campus Facilities Officer Pete Sala, who recently completed service as interim athletic director, has worked with great teams in the Office of Campus Planning, Design and Construction, Physical Plant and the Grounds Department, along with Housing and the Office of Residence Life, to make this all happen. Thanks to everyone who played a role in getting our campus off to a great start this year.

Kent Syverud
Chancellor Kent Syverud

From the Chancellor: Project Advance

Dear Orange Friends:

On Ostrom Avenue, tucked into the upper floor of a building across the street from Thornden Park, is a Syracuse University program that teaches 10,000 students a year and that few know about. It is called Project Advance, which offers University classes to seniors at more than 200 high schools around the country and world. I visited the Project Advance offices during the doldrums of the summer and things there were really hopping as the dedicated staff geared up for record enrollments and new curricula for the coming academic year.

For more than 40 years, Project Advance has been an innovator in delivering high quality courses to talented high school students around the nation. Each year, more than 800 high school teachers, trained by Syracuse University faculty, teach courses to qualified high-school seniors who receive University credit for their work. The courses, which are rigorous and intellectually challenging, help prepare students for the transition from high school to college. Project Advance also contributes to the professional development of teachers and strengthens the quality of teaching in all of these schools.

So when people now ask me how many students Syracuse University has, I will remember that we have many kinds of students—including 10,000 Project Advance students—and that they all matter to our school.


Kent Syverud
Chancellor Kent Syverud

The Chancellor collaborates with the S.U. Community

B’more Orange wanted to ensure that you all saw the VERY well written article below on Chancellor Syverud from yesterday’s D.O. While not everyone has the same unfettered access to the Chancellor that many of the alumni leaders do, this gives the S.U. community a bit more insight into the Chancellor as both a person and leader of our University.

Check out the article:

Kent Syverud listens to, collaborates with Syracuse University community to make decisions 1 year after inauguration

From the Chancellor: The Tireless Pursuit

Hello Everyone,

Please enjoy the most recent E-Newsletter from Chancellor Kent Syverud.

Dear Orange Friends:

Last week I was fortunate to attend a symposium to celebrate the work and legacy of Professor Mĩcere Gĩthae Mũgo. Tributes honoring Professor Mũgo as she prepares to retire from Syracuse have streamed in from around the world. Among the attendees at Friday’s event was the Honorable Willy Mutunga, the Chief Justice of Kenya, Professor Mũgo’s native country.

The symposium, titled “The Tireless Pursuit,” was a fitting tribute to such a richly multifaceted life. Community activists, artists, and colleagues from around the world celebrated Professor Mũgo’s impact through lectures, panel discussions, music, poetry, and stories.

The accolades are well deserved. A Meredith Professor in the Department of African American Studies, Professor Mũgo represents that which makes Syracuse special. She is a world-renowned poet, playwright, scholar, activist, and teacher, and her impact has been extraordinary. She has elevated understanding of Africa’s past and appreciation for its present, and used knowledge as a tool for justice. She has taught the power of the spoken word and the arts to foster understanding and drive change. She has lived a remarkable, courageous life.

Professor Mũgo has made Syracuse a better place. Her legacy will live on through her students and her colleagues. It was a wonderful celebration of a glorious career. I am thankful to have had the chance to participate.

Chancellor Kent Syverud

S.U. is coming to Baltimore!

As part of National Orange Day this year the Alumni office of the university is planning a road trip! They will be visiting 30 cities within 3 days and calling the trip #Celebrate SU.
It is a very quick stop in each city to ask alumni to meet University representatives and tell them how SU impacted their life. It is very informal. It will be held at DogWatch Tavern in Fells Point. If you’d like to attend, you can RSVP on our FB event page or simply show up! Hope to see you there!

We need your Vote!

Though it isn’t November, our B’more Orange Board elections are here and we want to know what you think.

Simply fill out the form below and make your voice heard!

Cara Gardner

Class of 2000, Board of Directors Nominee

Cara Gardner, the PR Coordinator at GEA Process Engineering, spends her days planning conferences across the U.S. and designing ads for the glamorous industry of stainless steel processing systems. She has also done event planning for a law firm and a sports event company.

A natural leader and organizer, Cara readily steps up and takes charge when planning is involved. With over 15 years of retail experience (5 years in retail management), she truly understands the importance of listening to and meeting the needs of clients.

In her time off, she’ll be the first to tell you she doesn’t let the grass grow beneath her feet. She discovered running as a hobby in 2010, and ran her first marathon in 2011. Since then, Cara has also run seven mud obstacle races (Tough Mudders and Spartans) in 4 different states. One highlight in her experiences at Syracuse was that she did the pilot episode of Who Wants to be a Millionaire with Regis Philbin.

Cara graduated from Syracuse University in 2000 with a B.F.A in Advertising Design (V.P.A) and a minor in Communications Photography (Newhouse). Since joining the Club, she has acted as the Club’s Social Director organizing many of the B’more Orange events.

Davis Maloy

Class of 1992, Board of Directors Nominee

Davis is a Program Manager for Microsoft’s National Security Group. He graduated Syracuse with a degree in Speech Communication (now Communication and Rhetorical Studies) and was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. An avid sports fan, you could always find him somewhere in the Dome on game day.

When he’s am not busy working (which is rare), he love spending time with my family, usually reading books together. Davis is excited with the number of Orange fans we have in the Baltimore area, and the momentum we are gaining in increasing involvement in the Alumni Association. Davis has been an integral part of the Club as the Assistant Secretary for the past year.

Kaitlin Brennan

Class of 2009, Board of Directors Nominee

Born and raised in Baltimore, Kaitlin ventured up I-83 without a clue as to what “lake effect” meant. She quickly learned. While at Syracuse, Kaitlin earned a dual Policy Studies and History degree from the Maxwell School.

After moving back to Baltimore in 2009, Kaitlin has worked in research and the non-profit sector. She recently started working for the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative as a Community Outreach and Education Coordinator. Kaitlin is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore.

After meeting fellow Alumni living in Baltimore, Kaitlin started working with the Club and has been a dedicated Bmore Orange ever since. She’s helped to organize many of the service/charitable events in her role as Community Outreach Director.

Sarah Nelson-Balonis

Class of 2005, Board of Directors Nominee

When she was growing up, she wanted to be tall. However, Sarah’s stature is in no way representative of the big ideas she brings to the table.

Born and raised in Rochester, only 65 miles from Syracuse, Sarah earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Communication Design in 2005. She was a member of the goon squad helping to move Freshmen into the dorms, and was also a tour guide for the School of Art & Design.

Since moving to Baltimore in 2005, Sarah has worked at numerous different creative firms and agencies in the area. Currently, she is a Senior Designer and Project Manager at Novak Birch just south of Federal Hill in Baltimore. Sarah has been working with the alumni club for over a year as the Communications Director sending out eNewsletters, eMail blasts, and building the new website.

Lauren Seelbach

Class of 2010, Membership Coordinator Nominee

While at Syracuse, Lauren studied Civil Engineering with a minor in Strategic Management. She was involved in the student chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon. She was also a member of Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity. She graduated in 2010.

Presently, Lauren is a project engineer at URS Corporation in Annapolis Junction, Maryland. She is also active on the Young Alumni Board for SU’s College of Engineering. She’s excited about the great strides the Baltimore SU alumni chapter has made recently, and looks forward to being considered for the position of Membership Coordinator.

Please feel free to contact us through our contact page. We welcome anyone that would like to be more involved.

Thank you in advance for your vote!