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Story Archive: 2020

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

When Orange Calls You Home

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.

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

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