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: Measure for Measure

Hello everyone,

Below is the latest message from the Chancellor. Enjoy!


Dear Orange Friends:

Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure is known as a “problem play” because it raises more questions than it answers and defies categories, including those of comedy and tragedy. Syracuse University Drama students, under the direction of Professor Celia Madeoy, are right now asking the questions and defying the categories in a production at the Loft Theater at Syracuse Stage. I saw the show Saturday. It is not to be missed.

I’d never been in the Loft space before. Nor had I seen Shakespeare in so intimate a setting, with no more than three rows between audience and performers, and the performance conducted all around you. Professor Madeoy set the play in 19th-century Vienna, and the themes of law, justice, religion, and temptation worked well, largely because of an outstanding cast that was clearly comfortable with ambiguity. This was a performance that included an array of outstanding and arresting music as well. If you want to see a play that makes you laugh, smile ruefully, think, worry, and see flashes of hypocrisy and enlightenment—as well as your own foibles—I urge you to go to the final performances this weekend.

Once again, as at most SU Drama performances, I had to remind myself at the conclusion that I was watching students, rather than professionals from the best companies. We are fortunate indeed to have SU Drama and Syracuse Stage in our community.


Kent Syverud
Chancellor Kent Syverud

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

2014 Holiday Party!

Join the B’more Orange gang for our third annual Holiday Party! This year we’ve stepped up our game a bit. We’ll be holding our event at the Frederick Douglass-Issac Meyers Maritime Museum.

This year we’ll be collecting donations for the Living Classrooms’ CARE program that provides gifts to needy children in the Baltimore area. A B’more Orange surprise gift will be handed out to all those that donate. We’ll also be awarding door prizes to a few lucky random guests. As usual, light appetizers will be provided. And, as a new perk, your ticket allows you access to our open bar.

Please purchase your tickets below and we hope to see you there!

B’more Fit!

Living Classrooms Foundation and Syracuse University to Host Taekwondo

Syracuse University and Living Classrooms Foundation will host a taekwondo workshop for 30 student participants at its Carmelo Anthony Youth Development
Center campus.

B’more Orange volunteers, Syracuse University Mid-Atlantic headquarters and Living Classrooms Foundation will host the third annual “Bhealthy.Bfit.Bmore” at Living Classrooms’ Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center in East Baltimore. This year will feature a taekwondo workshop with Team Yoo.

The “Bhealthy, Bfit, Bmore” partnership is designed to encourage a positive, healthy lifestyle for children from first to eighth grade who are enrolled in Living Classrooms’ CARE summer camp program. The children will learn taekwondo practices to follow a healthy lifestyle from a team of Syracuse University alumni and prominent community leaders. All ages are welcome and the workshop is limited to 30 participants. Students are asked to wear sneakers and comfortable clothing. Healthy snacks will be provided.

Notable participants include:

  • Master Jason Yoo – Sixth degree WTF Black Belt, U.S. National Champion, Former Team USA Junior National Coach, and Syracuse University Graduate, Class of 2000
  • Master Joy Yoo – Fifth degree WTF Black Belt, Former U.S. National Champion, Team Yoo National Coach, and Syracuse University Graduate, Class of 2009

About Living Classrooms Foundation and the Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center

Living Classrooms Foundation is a Baltimore-Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.” The Foundation’s Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center (CAYDC) responds to the community’s need for intervention that supports the academic and social development of disadvantaged youth. The children and youth served reside primarily in public housing and low-income neighborhoods and their communities lack many of the services found in more affluent areas. CAYDC provides services in five core areas: Education and Career Development, Character and Civic Development, Health and Life Skills, The Arts and Cultural Enrichment, and Sports and Recreation. In addition, the Center hosts a number of community events such as youth workshops and conferences, job and health fairs, family night activities, basketball tournaments, and a six-week summer camp.

CAYDC is open seven days a week. Currently, more than 200 East Baltimore youth participate in programming at the Center. CAYDC is a part of our Children’s Target Investment Zone (CTIZ) initiative that provides programs and services to residents of some of East Baltimore’s neediest neighborhoods, which include the Perkins Homes, Fayette Street corridor, and McElderry Park communities. The CTIZ initiative serves some of the community’s hardest-to-reach individuals and our Youth Centers in the Zone strengthen young people’s academic and life skills, and provide health and wellness education.