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Rising to a Community Vision

Enhancements to the Syracuse University campus create a vibrant and welcoming community atmosphere.

View of campus from above, with fall foliage.

If you haven’t been on the Syracuse University campus in a while, check out these exciting, recent improvements:

Barnes Center at The Arch

Three people climbing the climbing wall, one watching from the ground.

Barnes Center at The Arch features more than 115 pieces of cardio equipment, 10 metric tons of free weights, fitness classes, two pools and a rock climbing wall.

The University’s new state-of-the-art health, wellness and recreation complex opened in 2019. In addition to recreational fitness and personal training, students find health clinics, nutritional advice, meditation resources, mental health counseling and other services. The center was made possible through a gift from Board of Trustees Chairman Emeritus Steven W. Barnes ’82 and his wife, Deborah. There’s even a rock climbing wall, an indoor track and an esports room!

Carnegie Library

View from above of interior of Carnegie Library, with rows of desks.

The many updates and renovations to Carnegie Library included the renovation of the iconic reading room and construction of a new full-size elevator.

Students walking into Carnegie Library.

For many years, you could often pick out first-year students by watching them try to open the long-locked main doors of Carnegie Library. The library’s renovated reading room opened in 2014—and, for first time since the mid-1970s, so did the three sets of wooden doors that connect the lobby to the reading room, which includes more individualized study space. The library first opened in 1907 and is one of only two college campus libraries started by Andrew Carnegie that are still used as libraries today.

Dick Clark Studios

Interior of the Dick Clark Studios at Newhouse.

The Newhouse School's renovated studio facilities provide cutting-edge equipment and production environment.

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications’ renovated studio facilities—named for legendary alumnus Dick Clark ’51—were dedicated in 2014. Oprah Winfrey helped unveil the world-class studios, which feature high-definition production capabilities and a full soundstage, rivaling many Hollywood studios and serving as a training ground for the next generation of broadcasting greats.

Dineen Hall

Interior view of Dineen Hall auditorium.

Once housed in two separate buildings, the entire College of Law is now located in Dineen Hall.

The College of Law celebrated the opening of Dineen Hall in 2014. Named one of the “Most Impressive Law School Buildings in the World” by Best Choice Schools, Dineen Hall was a gift from the Dineen family to honor the legacy of their parents, Carolyn Bareham Dineen L’32 and Robert Emmet Dineen Sr. L’24. The LEED-certified building is full of natural light and includes a ceremonial courtroom that is visible from both inside and outside the building—an intentional feature of Dineen’s design.

Einhorn Family Walk

View down Einhorn Family Walk on a sunny day with students walking and flowers growing.

The Einhorn Family Walk eliminated traffic in a busy section of campus and now provides several sitting and conversation terraces for lounging, and greater ADA accessibility.

The Einhorn Family Walk is a pedestrian-friendly promenade developed to enhance the student experience, create more connectedness and build a sense of “One University.” Completed in 2016 and dedicated in 2017, the walk stretches from the Newhouse Communications Complex to Bird Library—it replaced part of University Place and eliminated traffic in a central section of campus. It was supported by a gift from University Trustee Steven ’64, G’67, and Sherry Einhorn ’65.

Marshall Street

Image of intersecting street signs that say Louis Marshall Way, Marshall Street, and University Ave.

Marshall Street features several legendary business forever implanted in the memories of Syracuse University graduates.

How many changes can you spot on Marshall Street? That depends on the last time you visited! It’s always fun to stroll down “M Street” and note the new restaurants and shops, along with the longstanding tenants!

Mt. Olympus Stairs

View of Mt Olympus stairs from the street below.

Students can enjoy some beautiful artwork by their talented peers while walking up the Mount stairs—and get a leg work out!

You’ll need something to look at if you’re hiking up to the Mount on the enclosed staircase, which connects Flint and Day residence halls and Graham Dining Center with Sims Drive. Madelyn Minicozzi ’18 came up with the idea of adding artwork. Her project, “Mural on the Mount,” was one of 13 chosen in a 2014 competition as part of the celebration of Chancellor Kent Syverud’s inauguration. The goal was to recognize and fund innovative student projects. Now anyone who lives on or visits the Mount can enjoy the view on their climb.

National Veterans Resource Center

View of the National Veterans Resource Center from the outside, with the glass windows reflecting the sky.

The National Veterans Resource Center is a one-stop shop serving military-connected students, alumni, staff and faculty. It’s home to the Institute of Veteran and Military Families, Office of Veteran Success, Veteran Career Services, Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC.

The Daniel and Gayle D’Aniello Building, home to the National Veterans Resource Center, is the center of veteran life on campus, in the local community and across Central New York. The dozens of local, regional and national organizations based at the center will to serve over 40,000 veterans and their families every year. The building will be formally dedicated on November 3, 2021, which will mark the 10-year anniversary of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families—the nation’s first interdisciplinary academic institute focused on advancing the lives of the nation’s military veterans and their families.

Schine Student Center

View of interior of Schine Student Center, with hanging sculpture composed of many circles.

The Schine Student Center renovation was planned with input from the campus community and includes new gathering spaces, eateries and accessible features.

View of interior of a dining space at the Schine Student Center.

The renovated dining area in the Schine Student Center includes several “booth boxes” surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows.

Transformed by an abundance of natural light, warm Syracuse Orange colors and a new vibrant spirit, the reimagined Hildegarde and J. Myer Schine Student Center officially opened in February 2021. It features centrally located and highly visible student-facing services, including the Intercultural Collective; the Campus Store; and an additional 8,600 square feet of student activity space.

Stadium Roof

View of stadium roof from above, under blue sky.

Approximately 4,000 tons of steel was used to construct the new stadium roof and nearly three acres of fabric was used for the center portion of the roof.

Goodbye, air-pressured roof and hello air conditioning! You’ll certainly notice the significant change to Syracuse’s skyline with the renovated stadium roof. It’s made of 8 million pounds of steel, uses nearly 3 acres of fabric in the center portion and is designed to hold 7,700 tons of snow. The stadium is impressive from the outside and inside with extensive new stadium experiences, accessibility improvements, a center-hung scoreboard (62.5 feet tall by 20 feet wide), plus new sound and lighting. Student-athletes first experienced the new stadium atmosphere during Syracuse football’s home opener in September 2020.

Celebrating Orange Central 2021

The Syracuse University Alumni Association is excited to safely welcome alumni and their families back home to Syracuse University for Orange Central 2021, Oct. 28-31.

Kim Infanti

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