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Story Archive: 2020

A Journey of Self-Discovery

Be Orange By Mary Beth Horsington

A junior balances her passion for creativity with an aptitude for business as she finds her place in the world.

Designing With Purpose

By Lisa Maresca

Student sets sights on a career promoting accessibility with a dual degree in graphic design and information studies.

His Time Has Come

By Rob Enslin

From the foothills of Hollywood to the footlights of Syracuse Stage, a senior in musical theater readies for his next act.

A Winning Connection

By Sarah H. Griffin

Student-athlete and nutrition major studies the links between environmental and personal health.

Nursing Is in Her Blood

By Rob Enslin

Former volleyball star trades in her sneakers for a stethoscope, using teamwork to improve the lives of her patients.

Drawing Connections that Heal

By Sarah H. Griffin

New creative arts therapy department, affiliated with veterans resources, is defined by innovation, collaboration and service.


Asa Goldstock ’20, G’21 By Jay Cox

Student-athlete lauds her Syracuse University experience for its influential role in her life on and off the lacrosse field.

Reflection on Service

By Lisa Maresca

Two Syracuse University professors recall their time in the military and remember those who have served.

Live From Jazz Central

By Rob Enslin

Syracuse University partners with regional arts group to present free virtual concerts each Friday.

Covering the Distance

By Jay Cox

Former All-American joins elite class of marathon runners while juggling medical school and family life.

Stepping Up to the Challenge

By Sarah H. Griffin

Alumna reflects on how the qualities and skills she honed as a student-athlete set her up for success in her career.

Inspired by Architecture

By Betsey A. Brairton

Students use photography to explore local history, learn about design and build connections.

Wastewater Surveillance

By Jay Cox

Syracuse-based team of scientists targets novel coronavirus with an early warning system to help communities prepare for potential outbreaks.

The BioInspired Mind

By Rob Enslin

Biophysicist Alison Patteson is using a trio of grant awards to probe the mysteries of complex living systems.

Art for a Changing World

By Betsey A. Brairton

With a new name and expanded virtual programming, the Syracuse University Art Museum engages the campus community with unifying themes and innovative programs.

Following the Digital Trail

By Rob Enslin

Digital and computational forensics are transforming crime scene investigations, as experts collaborate across disciplines to provide skills for high-demand careers.

Astrophysics and Activism

By Mary Beth Horsington

First-year student’s passion for physics and social justice propel him to become a force of nature in tackling universal problems.

Inside the Engine Room

By Lisa Maresca

A former Syracuse University rower discusses competing for the Orange and training for the Olympics with the Great Britain Rowing Team.

’Cuse on the Couch

By Rob Enslin

Syracuse Athletics is elevating the fan experience with a new virtual second-screen show.

New Stadium Experience

By Keith Kobland

Syracuse football fans are about to witness the first event in the University’s renovated Stadium, which offers many improvements and some colossal construction statistics.

Patterns of Excellence

By Rob Enslin

The Orange’s star tackle uses “recognition and reaction” to succeed on and off the field.

A Poet-Activist in Motion

By Jay Cox

Alumna Flose LaPierre believes in healing and building community through the power of poetry and standing up for just causes.

Practice Makes Perfect

By Betsey A. Brairton

Nutrition dietetics program achieves a 100% internship match rate, preparing graduates for success in careers that are a perfect fit.

Moving Forward and Giving Back

By Mary Beth Horsington

Alumna pursues an online master’s degree to advance her career, be a role model for her son and help others enter the workforce.

Inspired Mentorship

By Rob Enslin

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke recognizes neuroscience professor for “inspiring and guiding” brain scientists.

A Syracuse Welcome Like No Other

By Jay Cox

As new students arrived on campus, the University offered new takes on orientation activities and traditions while emphasizing the importance of the community’s health and safety amid the pandemic.

Social Connection in an Online World

By Sarah H. Griffin

Professor of Practice Tracey Musarra Marchese trains the next generation of social workers to address challenges of online interaction, digital divide and social isolation.

Finding Her Calling in Central New York

By Brandon Dyer

Pursuing an art photography degree developed Genevieve Marshall’s listening and observation skills—and led to a career supporting Syracuse’s refugee community.

“The Eyes and Ears … of Free Citizens”

By Wendy S. Loughlin

With the Newhouse School’s future recently secured by a historic gift, we reflect on its enduring commitment to excellence in journalism and ensuring the highest quality education for public communications professionals.

Voices of Our National Pastime

By ​John Boccacino

From Boston to San Francisco and just about everywhere in between, Orange alumni are calling the plays in a hometown near you.

Then and Now: Campus Buildings Evolve

By Brandon Dyer

Syracuse University’s facilities plan advances innovation and accessibility to meet emerging demands and help shape the future of student life.

Guardian of Justice

By Lisa Maresca

College of Law alumna Tahanie Aboushi is running for Manhattan DA in pursuit of justice, mercy and truth.

Listening to the Elephants

By Sarah H. Griffin

Doctoral candidate Colin Swider studies the acoustic communication of African forest elephants, seeking a deeper understanding of this unique species, the ecology of the Congo Basin, and best practices to prevent poaching.

A Team Leader Finds Her Voice

By Brandon Dyer

Ella Saada hopes to lead the return of the Syracuse University women’s volleyball team to the NCAA tournament in 2020.

Developing Skills for Real-World STEM Careers

By Rob Enslin

The BioInspired Institute’s new microcredentialing program gives graduate students and postdocs valuable communication and management skills for success in competitive job markets.

Taking Teletherapy Mainstream

By Rob Enslin

Falk College’s Marriage and Family Therapy graduate programs are pushing telehealth to the forefront in a quest to serve an increasingly diverse clientele.

Waking the Tiger

By Rob Enslin

English professors Mona Awad, Jonathan Dee, George Saunders and Dana Spiotta discuss the surge in fiction sales during COVID-19.

Grappling with Cyber Threats

By Jay Cox

Through its online master’s program in cybersecurity, the College of Engineering and Computer Science prepares students to thwart the dangers of the digital world.

Reporting the News During a Pandemic

By Keith Kobland

In a recent Q&A, broadcast and digital journalism professor discusses best practices and some of the issues journalists are facing while covering events during the coronavirus pandemic.

Determination and Success

By Olivia Stomski

NFL executive and television analyst Scott Pioli G’05 discusses his journey to earning a master’s degree in a conversation with Olivia Stomski, director of the Newhouse Sports Media Center.

The Family Tradition of Orange

By Brandon Dyer

Kevin Belbey is a former team manager of the Syracuse University men’s basketball team and is now general manager of Boeheim’s Army.

Goal-Minded Focus

By Jay Cox

All-American lacrosse players Stephen Rehfuss and Jamie Trimboli put their post-college plans on hold to return to Syracuse and pursue a national championship.

ROTC Alumnus Will Join the U.S. Space Force

By Brandon Dyer

After commissioning into the U.S. Air Force through Syracuse University’s Reserve Officer Training Program, 2nd Lt. Daniel Egert is putting satellites and people into orbit.

Mastering the Challenges of STEM

By Jay Cox

ROTC cadet Isabella Lee is a physics and neuroscience major who perseveres through difficult work and then enjoys sharing what she’s learned with other students.

Remembering Jerry Stiller

By Brandon Dyer

The WWII veteran and accomplished actor graduated from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.

A Musical Education

Be Orange By Jay Cox

Amanda Zall’s love for music is apparent, whether she’s teaching schoolchildren, performing or leading the Syracuse University Marching Band.

Finding Community and Fueling Discovery

Be Orange By Shaina M. Hill

Motivated by a desire to make the most of opportunities that are scarce in his home country, Konstantinos Chrysoulas is realizing his full potential thanks to Syracuse University’s research resources.

Masking the Problem

By Rob Enslin

Epidemiologist David Larsen explains the science behind public masking recommendations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Designing Welcoming Spaces, Virtually

By Lisa Maresca

Architecture student Aaron Cass finds remote learning success and a creative vision for downtown Syracuse with support from professors and classmates.

Critical Virtual Infrastructure Depends on Syracuse Alumnus

Karthick Jayaraman G’11 By Brandon Dyer

Karthick Jayaraman G’11 works on the Seattle-based Physical Network team. Many of the Microsoft online services people are using while working remotely, like Azure, Bing, Microsoft 365, Teams, and Xbox, fall under his responsibility. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way the Syracuse University community communicates. Ever since residential classes were canceled in March, the […]

A Lesson in Courage, Creativity and Humility

Bill Harris ’65, G’79 By Rob Enslin

Beloved music instructor, trombonist and volunteer firefighter William “Bill” Harris reflects on decades of commitment to his alma mater and the Syracuse community.

Real-World Learning in a Time of Pandemic

By Sarah H. Griffin

For Syracuse London instructor Becca Farnum and students abroad, COVID-19 provides unique insights on classroom topics and positive remote learning opportunities.

The Power of Music in Times of Crisis

By Rob Enslin

Music educators at Syracuse University help students learn, perform and sustain meaningful connections in the digital realm to ease the “pandemic of separation.”

Liz Richey Petrone Blogs from the Heart

Liz Richey Petrone ’02 By Mary Beth Horsington

Everybody needs some inspiration during these challenging days of social distancing. To that end, we’re happy to share the post Bravery in a Time of Coronavirus by a celebrated blogger and Syracuse University alumna.

Alumna Tracks the COVID-19 Outbreak

Rebekah Jones ’12 By Jay Cox

Geospatial scientist Rebekah Jones discovered a love for geography at Syracuse University and now she’s helping the state of Florida with its emergency response to the pandemic.

Biomedical Ethics Helps in a Crisis

By Rob Enslin

Philosophers can serve as a bridge between policy and science as decision-makers face difficult health care choices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Designing Smart Grids with People in Mind

By Sarah H. Griffin

Doctoral candidate Ehsan Sabaghian is a big-picture thinker and passionate advocate of collaboration. He knows that when people bring diverse perspectives to work toward a common goal, they solve real-world problems.

A Passion for Truth and a Gift for Leadership

By Mary Beth Horsington

Pich Chet will enter Syracuse University in fall 2020 equipped with the media skills she gained in high school and the tenacity she learned from her mother while growing up in Cambodia.

The Key to Our Success

By Lisa Maresca

Three entrepreneurial Syracuse University alumni reflect on lessons learned and businesses they have built since graduation.

From Small Town to Global Arena

By Brandon Dyer

International relations graduate student Nick Rogers has gained confidence and opportunity as he pushes beyond his comfort zone. Now he’s set his sights on a career with the U.S. Department of Energy.

It’s an Orange Nation, Coast to Coast

By Sarah H. Griffin

With immersion programs in major cities like Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York, students have access to experiential learning opportunities that can give them an edge in their chosen career paths.

A Poetic Journey

By Jay Cox

Through the Narratio Fellowship program, local refugee students discover the power of storytelling.

Classmates Collaborate to Commemorate Lady Liberty

By Lisa Maresca

The third floor of Flint Hall at Syracuse University brought Doug Phelps ’81 and Frank Salerno ’81 together. Now, more than three decades later, they’re not only still friends but business partners who just completed an iconic project.  

Embracing the Power and Potential of Women

By Mary Beth Horsington

Whitman senior Jamie Vinick founded The Women’s Network at Syracuse University to promote inclusion and opportunity for women on campus and in the workforce.

Menschel Award Empowers Students

By Betsey A. Brairton

Living the mission that inspires the Robert B. Menschel Public Service Award, Janaisa Walker ’20 has embraced the opportunity to uplift minority communities and gain experience that aligns with her career goals.

Supporting the Orange Experience for All

By Shaina M. Hill

Through InclusiveU, students with intellectual and developmental disabilities can be part of a strong community, taking advantage of opportunities across campus while learning to be independent.

A Pioneer in Comics Publishing

By Sarah H. Griffin

In a time when comics did not hold cultural cachet in the United States, Terry Nantiers ’79 pursued his passion for the medium. Today his company, NBM, is a premier publisher of literary comics.

With a Song in Their Hearts

By Jen Maser

Students trained at the Setnor School of Music enter the world of professional musicianship with an extraordinary foundation that emphasizes theory, inspires creativity and embraces diverse musical traditions.

Major Focus

By Jay Cox

Throughout its 150-year history, Syracuse University has created programs of study that provide a strong academic foundation with an eye toward the future.

From Rwanda to Festival Fringe

By Mary Beth Horsington

Undergraduate grants from The SOURCE empower students to bring their research and creative visions to life. Application deadlines for summer and 2020-21 grants are fast approaching.

Maxwell School Speakers Through the Years

By Dana Cooke

For nearly a century, VIPs of government and policy have shared their insights with public-minded students and an engaged campus community at Syracuse University.

When Orange Calls You Home

By None

Jim and Linda Balducci love showing their Syracuse University pride. Now they hope their gifts will provide opportunities for future students and strengthen the University that they believe is the “backbone” of the city.

Technology Wrapped in Tradition

Be Orange By Jay Cox

Syracuse University student entrepreneurs Nikita Chatterjee and Brianna Howard seek to reduce waterborne illnesses in India through an innovative filtration system that incorporates a customary practice.

Taking On the Advertising World

By Lisa Maresca

With unbridled enthusiasm for art and business, alumnus is using his Syracuse education to achieve his advertising dreams.

Transforming Health in Higher Education

By Joyce LaLonde

The Barnes Center at The Arch positions Syracuse University as a leader in health and wellness in higher education. All under one roof, services from recreation to health care work together to care for and empower the whole student.

A Dream Meets a Legacy

By None

Raised in the Bronx, memorial scholar John Jankovic pursues a future built on his love of people, community and politics.

An Empowered Community Says Yes to Education

By Mary Beth Horsington

Syracuse University’s participation in a unique communitywide partnership opens doors of opportunity to local students, reinforcing the power of innovation in education.