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Falk College

David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics Syracuse University


Spring 2013

Lending a hand
Individuals, families, communities benefit from collaborative innovations

Falk College
David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics Syracuse University


Spring 2013






FEATURES 8 Responding to the needs of families and children Department of Child & Family Studies prepares students for Child Life Specialist certification

DEPARTMENTS 1 2 Dean’s Message College News

12 Community impact How Falk College faculty, students are lending a hand to solve global issues 20 Career-defining moments Public health internship paves path to health services administration 22 Endless possibilities Social work immersion program offers personal, professional perspective FRONT COVER: A student-teacher helps a past BMW program participant add his hand prints to create a new banner (Read more, page 3). Photo by Gabriela Z. Perez ’14.

20 Students 25 Faculty 32 Research 35 Alumni 40 Giving


Dear Alumni and Friends,
roudly I can point to example after example where students in the Falk College— and the faculty and staff teaching and mentoring them—are involved in research, scholarship and service that address some of today’s most critical global issues. From advocating for the rights of people with disabilities and addressing substance abuse in the military to leading collaborative work with the transgender population, our faculty is pioneering important solutions that are impacting individuals, families and communities—not to mention the world. In addition to these and other innovative projects on-going, the Falk College is committed to creating new academic programs offering promising career opportunities while meeting the needs of society. Case in point is our newest academic program in-the-works for graduate and undergraduate majors in food studies. Our students past, present and future will always be united with our alumni who share a commitment to our mission: to be socially responsible and engage social justice to make a difference in the places where we live and work. Consequently, our classrooms spill over with examples of action for change on local, national and global levels. In this edition, you will read about accounts of what social responsibility means to us—not just as students and local citizens but as future industry leaders and decision makers. We are truly grateful to our thoughtful supporters whose donations make the work we do possible. The Campaign for Syracuse surpassed its $1 billion fundraising goal in September 2012, with the generosity and vision of donors specifically to the Falk College representing $32 million. Thanks to this support, the Falk College is able to finally unite its faculty, staff and students under one roof. The Campaign for Syracuse has allowed the Falk College to provide scholarships for talented students and establish endowed professorships that bring the most exceptional faculty to our campus. (Read more about the campaign’s conclusion on p. 41). As you read this magazine, I hope you are as proud as I am of the innovative academic programs, explorations and unique course offerings, research projects, and hands-on learning opportunities that not only make a difference today but prepare leaders who will make a difference in the not so distant future as Syracuse University Falk College alumni. Sincerely,

MAGAZINE 2013 Edition

Falk College
Events and Alumni Manager
Kate Veley Diane Lyden Murphy, M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D.

Dean Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Eileen Lantier, Ph.D., R.N.

Joshua Berman ’14, Kim Desmond, Kathleen M. Haley ’92, Andres Moreira ’12, Naomi SmallRaia ’14.

Associate Dean of Research
Deborah Monahan, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Executive Art

Assistant Dean for Student Services
Renie Kehres, Ph.D., R.N.

Debra Z. Connolly, Alejandro Garcia, Sarah Peng ’13, Gabriela Perez ’14, Steve Sartori, Masha Snitkovsky ’13, Sports Travel Academy. The Falk College Magazine is published by the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University. It is distributed free to alumni, friends, partners, students, faculty, and staff. Direct correspondence to: Editor, Falk College Magazine The David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics Syracuse University 119 Euclid Avenue Syracuse, New York 13244 315.443.5555 falk.syr.edu falk@syr.edu We ask you to share and recycle this magazine.

Academic Department Chairs
Robert Moreno, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Child & Family Studies Thom deLara, M.S.W., M.B.A., Professor of Practice, Department of Marriage & Family Therapy Kay Stearns Bruening, R.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, Food Studies & Nutrition Carrie Jefferson Smith, M.S.W., D.S.W., Associate Professor, School of Social Work Michael D. Veley, M.P .S., Professor of Practice, Department of Sport Management

Assistant Dean for Advancement and External Affairs

Diane Lyden Murphy, Dean David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

David A. Salanger

Director of Communications, Executive Editor
Michele J. Barrett G’92




Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinic expand to Peck Hall
Peck Hall history
Peck Hall was erected 1895-96 and opened October, 1896 as the College of Medicine. In 1937 when the Medical College on Irving Avenue was constructed, Peck Hall became the School of Extension Teaching and Adult Education, later called University College. The building was renamed Jesse T. Peck Hall in March, 1958.


he Falk College’s Department of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and its Couple and Family Therapy Center have expanded their presence in the Syracuse community at a new location at 601 E. Genesee Street, which is known throughout the community as Peck Hall. Situated on Syracuse University’s Connective Corridor, Peck Hall is a five-story, 30,000 squarefoot facility that houses MFT faculty and administrative offices, classrooms, Present-day Peck Hall a student lounge/ kitchen, and a seminar room. Other key features include a new children’s clinic and expanded counseling rooms for the Couple and Family Therapy Center, which serves clients referred from mental health and human service agencies

and school districts throughout the area. The facility is equipped with state-of the art technologies, including smart classrooms with video conferencing, and counseling rooms with digital video imaging for clinical training purposes. “The expansion of SU’s MFT program and Couple and Family Therapy Center to their new location in Peck Hall takes their capacity to make a difference to a whole new level,” says SU Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor. “The program and our regional ‘community of experts’ in counseling long have been deeply integrated, strengthening research and generating extraordinary professional practice educational opportunities for our students, while providing exceptional counseling services to Central New Yorkers. It’s so fitting that this vibrant, cross-sector professional community that built an exemplary two-way street of collaboration metaphorically now has a home physically on Syracuse’s signature two-way street, the Connective Corridor.” Later this spring, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center will occupy one full floor of the newly renovated building, serving as a collaborator in clinical mental health training for second-year students in Syracuse University’s MFT program. Peck Hall is situated adjacent to the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center, which will enhance collaborations specifically around issues of Campus, community members, including the Ryan family whose visionary child and family trauma. “With support created the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center, tour the new Peck Hall. Top photo (L-R): Pierce Ryan, Martha Ryan, MFT chair and these renovated facilities, our faculty member, Thom deLara, Dean Diane Lyden Murphy, senior associate growing partnership with St. dean, Eileen Lantier, Morey Ryan, and Kathy Ryan. Bottom photo (L-R): Joseph’s and McMahon/Ryan, Second-year MFT graduate students, including Michele Welch, Emelie our students have access to Santarlaski, Liz Franger, Marcy Kelkenberg and Kayla Ritenour. 2 Falk College Magazine | Spring 2013

Early Peck Hall (Photo: SU Archives)

a technologically advanced, interdisciplinary training environment working side-by-side with highly skilled and very dedicated mental health professionals,” said Falk College Dean Diane Lyden Murphy. “The Couple and Family Therapy Center, which is in a purposeful, accessible downtown location, expands the ability to meet a critical need for services in the community.” “Peck Hall further distinguishes SU’s program in marriage and family therapy from others across the country. As our growth continues, the additional space will facilitate more students who can treat more clients, allow for development of specialty clinical training tracks, and expand continuing education services to the practicing professionals in the community,” said Thom deLara, chair, Department of Marriage and Family Therapy.



BMW Lab School grand reopening

he Falk College celebrated the grand reopening of the Bernice M. Wright Child Development Lab School on November 30, showcasing its recently renovated and expanded facilities. As part of the celebration, guests were asked to bring a children’s book or CD. In return, each donor was given a book plate to place inside to mark their donation. The BMW Lab School in the Department of Child and Family Studies serves children of diverse backgrounds and abilities between the ages of two and five years old. Services to children with disabilities are provided through community collaboration with an early intervention provider. There are 80-100 children from the campus and local communities enrolled at the school. Approximately 20 to 25 undergraduate students serve as teachers, and 10 to 15 volunteers and student researchers participate in the school’s activities. The Syracuse University Nursery School was established in 1950 in the College of Home Economics, and was renamed the Bernice M. Wright (BMW) Cooperative Nursery School in 1973 in honor of Bernice Meredith Wright, dean of the College for Human Development from 1964 to 1973. Today, it’s known as the BMW Child Development Laboratory School led by director Daria Webber. The grand reopening celebration was enjoyed by friends and families and included creation of a new BMW banner with handprints from guests (also see magazine cover), including Falk College Dean, Diane Lyden Murphy, (far right photo).



Congratulations Class of 2012!
On May 12 at Manley Field House, the Falk College honored 393 degree candidates including 266 undergraduates and 122 master’s candidates at the Falk College Convocation for the Class of 2012. Five Ph.D. students from the Falk College received their hoods at the ceremony to symbolize the highest level of degree achievement in the academy. The degree candidates represented five academic schools and departments.

Welcome Class of 2016!
In August 2012, the Falk College welcomed 350 first-year and transfer students. These students hail from 26 states in the U.S., 9 countries and 1 territory. At the Dean’s Convocation for New Students on August 24, Dean Murphy’s message highlighted the many opportunities available to new students in the Falk College and at Syracuse University. The Class of 2016 had a full weekend of activities, which included the traditional class photo in the Carrier Dome (pictured here).


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Book club formation leads to visit with nation’s leading expert on food, nutrition policy
around food and nutrition that must be addressed for a healthy and productive America and the world. Not too long ago she shared a podium with Prince Charles, who owns an organic farm in the United Kingdom,” said Bruening. In her welcome, Bruening proudly shared the University’s historically excellent academic programs in public policy and in food/nutrition. “All of us eat, and there is growing awareness about the source of our food, where and how it is produced, its safety, and the societal and health implications of those practices. We are fortunate that our university has brought such a well-known and engaging speaker, arguably the top national expert on food and nutrition policy, to our campus,” concluded Bruening. A consumer activist, nutritionist, award-winning author and academic who specializes in the politics of food and dietary choice, Marion Nestle’s research examines the scientific, economic and social influences on food choice, with an emphasis on food marketing. Nestle is the author of “Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health” (2002) and “What to Eat” (2006), which was named as one of Amazon.com’s top 10 books of 2006.


hen a group of nutrition students heard Dr. Marion Nestle would be speaking at SU, they formed a book club in preparation for her visit. They read her current book project, “Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics,” which explores issues such as the effects of food production on food safety, our environment, and access to food and nutrition. The students’ initiative and curiosity earned them the opportunity to personally meet Dr. Nestle, the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition and Public Health at New York University who is described as the nation’s leading expert on food and nutrition policy. These students, who are members of the Falk College’s Nutrition Education and Promotion Association (NEPA) student group, asked questions about the book and her work. They also presented Nestle with a collection of SU memorabilia. In return, Nestle signed her latest book for students and spoke one-on-one with them (pictured above).

The Falk College and its Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition was pleased to partner with the Office of University Lectures to bring Nestle to Syracuse University. The event filled Hendricks Chapel to capacity. Nestle was introduced by Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition Department chair and associate professor, Kay Stearns Bruening, R.D., Ph.D., colleague and personal friend of Dr. Nestle (pictured right). Bruening explained she first met Dr. Nestle upon entering the Ph.D. program in nutrition at NYU. Nestle had been recruited to the nutrition department to serve as chair, and had just completed her years of service as senior nutrition policy analyst to Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. C. Everett Koop. “Over the years, Dr. Nestle has made many public appearances for various groups, spreading the message about the pressing issues



Kate Veley named events and alumni manager
Veley will continue to support the Falk College’s Sport Management Advisory Board, as well as serve as co-advisor to the Sport Management Club where she has assisted students over the past eight years in raising close to $200,000 to date on behalf of local charities. She will also continue to co-advise the Women in Sports and Events (WISE) at Syracuse University student chapter of this national organization. She has also worked closely with sport management alumni since 2006 and looks forward to connecting with the thousands of alumni that comprise the Falk College family. In her new position, Veley will focus on broadening communication between alumni, the departments from which they graduated and Syracuse University, and will look to support and broaden the many events that take place annually throughout the Falk College. She can be reached via email at koveley@syr.edu or by telephone at 315-4439816. Bought Yankee Stadium, and Created a Sports Empire. Steiner is founder and chairman of Steiner Sports Marketing, the largest company of its kind in America. In 2003, he published his first book, The Business Playbook: Leadership Lessons from the World of Sports. Steiner’s latest book, which appears in many of the country’s top colleges’ syllabi, shares his journey and business lessons. “I will never forget my mother’s favorite phrase, ‘You gotta have balls,’ notes Steiner. His book teaches philosophies that have allowed him to become an industry leader, including: • Why being first to market is everything; • The importance of aligning people with their strengths; • Always ask “what else?” when working with clients to enhance relationships; • Don’t expand just to expand; do it within industries where your passion lies. As one of the first members of the Falk College’s Sport Management Advisory Board created in 2006, Steiner provided tremendous strategic insight to the Department of Sport Management, playing a major role in the sport management program’s success. In recognition of his service to benefit students and the Department of Sport Management, Steiner received the inaugural Champion Award from the Sport Management Advisory Board in 2011, honoring his initiative, commitment, guidance, philanthropy and exemplary service to the board. Today he leads the SPM Advisory Board as its newest chair.

Iron Fork Syracuse
The Department of Public Health, Food Studies, and Nutrition hosted the first Iron Fork Syracuse competition, spearheaded by chef instructor Mary Ann Kiernan. Chef Kiernan has been the faculty leader for the Restaurant Operations course completed by all nutrition and hospitality management students. This day-long event was a professional cooking competition between regional CNY chefs, with proceeds benefiting the Syracuse Rescue Mission. A very special part of the event was participation by Anne Burrell, Food Network celebrity chef, author, and host of the television series “Secrets of a Restaurant Chef.” She and Channel 9 News’ Carrie Lazarus, and Syracuse PostStandard food writer Don Cazentre, served as judges. Following the Iron Fork competition, Anne gave a guest lecture on studying and cooking in Italy, and a book signing for her book, Cook Like a Rock Star. Anne Burrell is the sister of NSD instructor, Jane Burrell Uzcategui. The Iron Fork event sold out, drew many people from the community, and raised $4,027 for the Rescue Mission.

With a renewed effort towards communicating with our alumni, and an everincreasing number of events taking place throughout each department annually, Kate Veley has been promoted to events and alumni manager. Veley has been with the Falk College since the inception of the Sport Management Department in 2006, where as an administrative assistant and later as the manager of the career center, she focused her talents in these two areas, and will now utilize that expertise on behalf of the Falk College. Prior to joining the University, her experience included advertising, marketing, public relations and special events on behalf of advertising agencies both in Syracuse, and in her hometown of Buffalo, New York.

SPM Advisory Board Chair publishes new book
Sport Management Advisory Board Chair and SU alumnus Brandon Steiner recently published You Gotta Have Balls: How a Kid from Brooklyn Started From Scratch,


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Educational Foundation, “Dr. Charters is an inspiration and has earned the respect and admiration of the Syracuse literacy community.” and Syracuse University, the exhibit will share the sights and stories of the young residents of the Near West Side.

“The Near West Side– A Fresh Set of Eyes”
Mary Kish, Child and Family Studies internship coordinator, received a grant from Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life to develop, “The Near West Side—A Fresh Set of Eyes.” This course/project encourages significant campuscommunity collaborations around a relevant issue and further disciplinary and public knowledge. The project, a collaboration between the CFS Department and La Casita Cultural Center in progress during Spring 2013, will include documenting perspectives of young people in the Near West Side of Syracuse and sparking conversation among children and CFS students. Images captured will be accompanied by text written by the children. An exhibit highlighting the art work of the children will be hosted by La Casita Cultural Center. Open to members of the local community

Advocating for Social Security
Professor of social work, Eric Kingson, has been published in and interviewed extensively by the national media on issues of Social Security advocacy, including Business Week, Christian Science Monitor, FOX Business News, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. He is the founding co-director of Social Security Works, an organization that launched and staffs the Strengthen Social Security Campaign. Kingson’s scholarship examines the politics and economics of population aging, Social Security policy, Baby Boomers and crossgenerational obligations. His research also examines the distributional effects of changes in retirement age. A founding board member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, he is pastchair of the Social Research, Policy and Practice section of the Gerontological Society of America and a member of the board of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. He is a distinguished fellow of SU’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families and faculty affiliate of the university’s Aging Studies Institute.

Kim Liu ’13, Margery Wong ’12, and Moria Petchel ‘12 greet Chef Anne Burrell after her lecture on studying in Italy.

Falk College congratulates Margaret Charters
Professor emerita Margaret A. Charters was honored by the Syracuse City School District Educational Foundation with a 2012 Educational Foundation Award for her support to students in the Syracuse City School District. In 1995 upon retiring as professor and director of the consumer studies program at Syracuse University, Dr. Charters began volunteering as a classroom reader and has spent nearly two decades improving the literacy skills of young readers at

Dr. King Elementary School. She has successfully brought together more than 30 volunteers from her church and area organizations to read to students two days each week. According to Gregory Ronneburger, board of directors’ chair for the Syracuse City School District



Responding to the needs of families and children
1. To become more familiar with medical technology 2. To understand the importance of collaboration with the entire healthcare team. 3. To create individualized strategies that support family and child stress.
Sophia Hornick and Rachel Hannon look through tools, such as medical books geared towards children, typically used by Child Life Specialists.


Seeing a growing need for trained professionals to help children cope with trauma, the Department of Child and Family Studies created a new academic track to prepare students who want to become child life specialists


hose were three goals CFS major Sophia Hornick ‘12 set for herself to gain a good foundation of the child life specialist (CLS) profession as an intern at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. She met those goals, gaining tremendous field experience and so much more. During her internship, Hornick observed several procedures and tests that are typically performed on pediatric patients in the Emergency Department. These observations allowed her to gain a basic understanding of what many young patients experience in the hospi-

tal and understand how a CLS can best prepare and support them and their families for these procedures. “I had many firsts at Golisano: I experienced my first trauma, spinal tap and burn dressing change. I also experienced child life interventions within all these situations. I soon learned to recognize the needs of children and families and how to respond to them,” says Hornick. Child life specialist Rachel Hannon, who was Hornick’s supervisor at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, wanted her to experience how a CLS interacts and works with a multidisciplinary team in the


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Pediatric Emergency Department and to see the value a CLS provides. “She gained a first-hand look at the stressors that children and families face when coming to the Emergency Department and could relate some of the theories and child life principles she learned in class to a real-life experience working with children and families,” says Hannon. Hornick explained before the internship she envisioned the role of a CLS as a “mixture of psychology, therapy, teaching and play all within a medical setting. Doing my practicum solidified my hunch that this was what I wanted to do,” she notes. And her experience was complemented with an outstanding supervisormentor relationship. “I feel very lucky to have been placed with Rachel Hannon. She was a wonderful role model and mentor in addition to an available, knowledgeable and personable supervisor. She knew how to best work with different types of children and families and adjusted her approach accordingly. Observing and working with her was a wonderful experience,” says Hornick.

Sophia Hornick in her role as an intern at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Hannon herself had a strong mentor when she began as a CLS at Upstate Golisano: Colleen Baish-Cameron, CFS internship coordinator who worked as a CLS at Upstate prior to her current role. “Colleen has a great appreciation for what her students are seeing and doing while in the Emergency Department be-

cause she has worked there as a Child Life Specialist herself and knows what patients and families are facing. She has high expectations of her students and I know that I can expect the same while they are with me at the hospital during their practicum,” notes Hannon.


n response to a growing need for trained professionals to help children cope with life stressors, including trauma, illness and hospitalization, the Falk College announced a new academic track that prepares students to become Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS). A Child Life Specialist plays many important roles in a child’s life, from offering support for non-medical tests, surgeries, and other medical procedures to facilitating therapeutic medical play with special dolls, stuffed animals and medical equipment. Child Life Specialists promote effective coping of difficult issues through play, preparation, education, and selfexpression activities. The main goal of a Child Life Specialist is to encourage optimum development of a child facing a broad range of challenges, in particular, those related to healthcare and hospitalization.

Falk College prepares students for Child Life Specialist certification

The undergraduate major in child and family studies, and its corresponding Child Life Specialist track, includes a 180hour practicum that allows students to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom within a specific working context of the child life field. Current and past students have been placed in organizations such as the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Site locally, as well as children’s hospitals and service agencies across the country. Students work as members of an interdisciplinary team that may include physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists, counselors, teachers and parents and others. To learn more about this new program, contact the Department of Child and Family Studies at 315-443-1715.





Hospitality Gala 2012 raises funds for CNY Ronald McDonald House
s part of the Hospitality Management Program’s senior class gala held last spring, seniors, along with faculty, staff and other HPM students, raised $4,293.58 to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY. Nearly 100 guests attended the gala, including friends and family of the students, SU faculty and staff, local business owners and community members. According to HPM’s Regan Horacek ’12, general manager for the event, the class wanted to choose a local charity that would truly use the entire donation to help its beneficiaries. “We chose the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York because it is close to campus and despite its national title, it supports itself. The CNY Ronald McDonald House does something we really believe in: it keeps families together during tough times.” The Senior Class Gala, which had a Mardi Gras theme, was managed by students. “It was our responsibility and really required us to work together to make sure that we got everything done,” says Horacek. “While planning and executing the Gala, numerous things came up that despite our classroom and work experience training, we were doing for the first time. I think that all of those firsts furthered our abilities to actively problem solve and prepared us for the future,” she says. The 10th Annual Hospitality Management Senior Class Gala will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013. All net proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength, No Kid Hungry, a national effort to end childhood hunger.

Sarah Costello ’13 named 2012-13 Remembrance Scholar
Sport management and psychology double major Sarah Costello was named a Remembrance Scholar for 2012-13. The Remembrance Scholarships, among the most prestigious scholarships awarded by Syracuse University, were founded as a tribute to the 270 people, including 35 students studying abroad through Syracuse University, who were killed in the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The scholarships are funded through an endowment supported by gifts from alumni, friends, parents and corporations. Costello, from Haverhill, MA, previously served as vice president of SU’s collegiate chapter of Women in Sports and Events (WISE) and continues her current membership in this student organization. She is also a member of the Sport Management Club. “I am very excited to be representing the Falk College and the Sport Management program as a 2012-2013 Remembrance Scholar,” says Costello. “I am honored to have received this scholarship and I will work diligently as a Remembrance Scholar to ensure I represent this program in the best possible light!”



the Playing Field

WISE hosts first annual symposium


he SU collegiate chapter of Women in Sports and Events (WISE) welcomed 300 people to its first annual women in sport educational symposium, “A Word to the WISE: Leveling the Playing Field.” The April 10, 2012 event, held on campus, tackled common issues students may face upon entering the industry. The symposium was moderated by SU alumna, Laurie Orlando, senior vice president of talent and

development at ESPN and SPM Advisory Board member. Panelists included: • Michelle Berg, executive vice president, Team Epic; • Jessica Gelman, vice president, customer marketing & strategy, Kraft Sports Group; • Donna Lopiano, president, founder, Sports Management Resources; • Julie Nemeroff, SU alumna, NBA hospitality coordinator for global marketing partnership;

• Sage Steele, Sports Center co-host, ESPN, and; • John Walsh, executive vice president, executive editor, ESPN. The second annual symposium will take place on April 9. For more information, contact koveley@syr.edu.

Syracuse University announces new interdisciplinary M.S. in Sport Venue & Event Management
n response to a strong career outlook in the fields of facility and event management and a growing need for professionals trained specifically in this area, Syracuse University announced a new interdisciplinary Master of Science degree in Sport Venue and Event Management. This diversified degree is housed in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics and welcomed its first class in Fall 2012. The program includes faculty and practitioners from the Falk College’s Department of Sport Management, as well as SU’s School of Information Studies (iSchool), S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. Unlike any other master’s program, this 36-credit hour graduate degree is focused on educational knowledge and skill development, leveraging experiential opportunities in the SU Carrier Dome, the only multi-purpose domed sports facility on a college campus. The degree will prepare students for managerial careers in professional and recreational sports and entertainment, including stadium and arena facilities management; production and programming of events; technological operations management; and middle-level management, marketing and planning in the sports and entertainment industries.

The inaugural sport venue and event management graduate class pictured here during a Facilities Management class taught by Professor John Wolohan, who directed the graduate program in sport management in its first year.



The research, scholarship and service of Falk College faculty examining society’s most pressing issues has local, global reach and implications. Communities near and far benefit from these innovative and collaborative explorations.

ties to learn the perspective of the disability community, which she describes upon completing the course, “as often silenced or suppressed.” Her accessibility assessment focused on the New York City transit system, which is a common way for many people with disabilities to access critical facilities related to health promotion and healthcare. She was surprised and dismayed to find how challenging and unwelcoming it is for persons with disabilities. “I regularly use the trains and buses in New York City, and had never considered what it might be like for, say, someone with a mobility, hearing or sensory impairment. This project framed the issue of transportation for me in an entirely new way,” she says. “I think everyone should be encouraged to take a class on disability studies at the undergraduate level,” she suggests.  During the course’s debut, McDonald had students majoring in public health, education and law. “I loved the diversity of the students’ professional interests because they brought so many different perspectives to the classroom. By the end of the semester, I knew they understood this population in a way they never did before.” In June, 2012, McDonald received the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’ (AAIDD) 2012 Early Career Award for her achievements and many contributions to the field of developmental disabilities and was named a Fellow by this organization in February 2013. Her current research examines the inclusion of persons with developmental disabilities in research, participation in online communities and its relationship to autistic adults’ social connectedness and well-being, health disparities experienced by autistic adults, and community participation among persons with disabilities. (See related NIH grant story on page 33).


Helping students understand, advocate for the rights of

illing a national void found in public health education programs where topics of disability are often overlooked, Katherine McDonald, Ph.D., created HTW 669—Disability and Health. Designed initially for students in the Falk College’s newly launched M.S. in Child and Family Health in the Global Community program, this course was offered for the first time during the Fall 2011 semester. The course is expected to be offered during spring semesters for graduate students, with a similar course available for undergraduates each fall. McDonald is an associate professor of public health in the Falk College’s Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition, and faculty fellow at the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI). This dual appointment reflects a unique partnership between SU’s colleges and BBI towards infusing disability awareness across disciplines. McDonald’s new course prepares students to better understand issues related to one of the largest and most diverse minority populations in the United States—and a group relevant to every facet of diversity and culture. “Fostering students’ understanding of the relevance of disability in their future professions is essential,” notes McDonald. Growing up in Syracuse in a family whose discussions often centered on topics of social justice, McDonald knew her professional life would have a similar focus. “Fortunately during college and then afterwards locally and in Switzerland, I lived in communities with adults with developmental disabilities. This experience was deeply moving and motivating. Ever since then, I’ve used that experience to inform my work,’ says McDonald. HTW 669 covers the major theories, laws, services and research related to

people with disabilities
Katherine McDonald, Ph.D. Associate Professor Public Health
health and well-being for persons with disabilities, including health disparities, health promotion, ethics, aging, violence and disaster preparedness. McDonald’s course also covers the history and priorities of the civil rights movement for persons with disabilities. During the semester, students critique core laws and services, and evaluate the relationship between public health and disability. One assignment requires students to interview an individual who has a disability, an assignment McDonald prepares them for in advance with a class period dedicated to how disability is defined and measured. Another project requires students to conduct an accessibility assessment of a healthcare, health services-related or health promotion/ wellness-related facility. Mirelis Gonzalez, a graduate student in the M.S. in Child and Family Health in the Global Community program, had never studied disabilities before. She embraced the course’s many opportuni-


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By Kathleen Haley ’92  

Therapy through horsemanship
offers the therapeutic lessons to military personnel who might be dealing with physical injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder. The program, which partners with the Syracuse VA Hospital for funding support, is seeking to increase the number of veterans involved and also include military members as volunteers who will work with their fellow soldiers. “These activities on horseback are very therapeutic; they help build core strength, they build muscle memory and they help improve cognitive skills through structured activities, such as retrieving items in the arena and going through the riding course,” Caldwell says. The results quickly become clear. “It’s remarkable to see the progress of individuals who arrive at the barn and may have fairly obvious challenges—how they walk or how they interact—and then you see them on their horses,” Caldwell says. “They are directing the horse, trotting and some even posting, which is a more advanced riding skill—they can become quite accomplished. And they are lovely people; I just enjoy being with them.” From the Ground Up is a premier accredited program of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. Colella is the certified riding instructor who tailors each student’s program to his or her abilities. Caldwell also sees the confidence level improve in the students, who include 4- and 5-year-olds from the Jowonio School, a nonprofit preschool in Syracuse for children of various abilities. “We got feedback from parents who said that some kids who had been more cautious and less outgoing became more adventuresome in positive ways,” he says. “It gives students a sense of pride when they are riding a big, powerful animal.” Caldwell started to volunteer at From the Ground Up in the summer of 2011 when he and his wife signed up their daughter Evelyn, who enjoys animals. He soon decided to volunteer too, and by the time summer was over and his daughter was going back to school, he decided to stay on. “By then I was hooked,” says Caldwell, who is also a member of the organization’s board of directors. For Caldwell, volunteering with From the Ground Up is beneficial on many levels. “You can help another human being, someone with special needs, and you’re supporting an organization that provides this service, which is completely dependent on volunteers,” says Caldwell, who teaches the courses “Alcohol and Other Drugs in Social Work Practice” and “Persons in Social Context.” “It’s also therapeutic for me—both through my riding and working with horses, and especially working with the riders.” Caldwell and Colella will be offering a three-credit course entitled Introduction to Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (Summer Session I, 2013). The course will familiarize students with the range of equine-assisted approaches, the rationale and evidence for their effectiveness, and will include both classroom and experiential components (in the stable and arena, and with program participants). For more information, contact Caldwell at pecaldwe@syr.edu. For more information on From the Ground Up, visit www.ftguhorses.org. falk.syr.edu 13

Rider, Jeanette Uhos, with Paul Caldwell.

bout a year and a half ago, the only experience School of Social Work associate professor Paul Caldwell had with horses was on a few trail rides. Today, Caldwell can tack up, trot and wield a hoof pick—and most importantly, help others learn the joy of riding and connecting with horses. His proficiency developed through his work as a volunteer with From the Ground Up Therapeutic Horsemanship, a nonprofit organization that teaches riding skills

Caldwell (right) with Andrea Colella (left), director, From the Ground Up.

Paul Caldwell, M.S.W., Ph.D. Associate Professor Social Work
and horse-related activities to individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional, social and learning disabilities. Along with his work with riders, Caldwell helps feed and groom the horses twice a week and also takes riding lessons with Andrea Colella, director, From the Ground Up. He also assists promoting the Horses for Heroes Program, which


en’s roles as fathers and caregivers in diverse structural and cultural arrangements is one of several areas Fathering Journal will focus its attention on under the leadership of newly appointed editor, Jaipaul Roopnarine. Fathering is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal about fathers and families, with an audience that includes researchers, practitioners, teachers and students who study intersections of men’s lives and parenting. Roopnarine is the Jack Reilly Professor of Child and Family Studies and director of Syracuse University’s Jack Reilly Institute. He previously served on the journal’s editorial board for six years, beginning with its founding in 2002. His early role reviewing manuscripts focused on fathering and childhood development in diverse ethnic and cultural groups tied into his research interests, which include fathering in diverse cultures. Areas of exploration Roopnarine feels are critical for Fathering Journal include long-term influences of fathers on childhood development and family dynamics, men’s health including mental health, fathering in difficult circumstances, such as wars and famine, and social policies that promote paternal investment. He anticipates additional focus on nontraditional and emerging patterns of childrearing in diverse mating and marital systems that include gay fathers, single-father families, co-parenting and multiple parenting, cultural pathways and paternal investment, social fathers and surrogate fathers. The journal will cover contemporary and evolving issues,

research, scholarship on fathers, families and childhood outcomes
all over the world.” The journal considers scholarly submissions especially in the disciplines of psychology, human development, family studies, sociology, social work, demography, anthropology, and social history.  Outside of his editorial role, Roopnarine is currently working on a largescale project conducted in Trinidad and Tobago with Falk College colleagues Ambika Krishnakumar, associate professor, child and family studies, Lutchmie Narine, associate professor, public health, and numerous graduate students. Carol Logie, administrative director and lecturer, University of the West Indies Family Development and Children’s Research Centre, is also a research partner. The study focuses on the influence of adult mental health, parenting practices, ethnic and religious socialization, parental belief systems about childhood development and children’s cognitive functioning and mental health.   Roopnarine is additionally designing a 10-nation study on children’s play with James E. Johnson, professor, early childhood education, Pennsylvania State University and Michael Patte, professor of education, Bloomsburg University. The main objective is to determine the benefits of play for early childhood development and related education in developing nations. It involves assessments of parental beliefs about play and their involvement in play activities, children’s engagement in play and other activities, such as television viewing, use of technology and leisure activities at home and in early childhood settings, and assessments of children’s cognitive skills.  

Jaipaul Roopnarine, Ph.D. Jack Reilly Professor of Child and Family Studies
such as economic down-turn and male parenting, fathers in prison, fathers in foraging societies, changes in men’s and women’s roles especially in societies governed by filial piety, and social policies that compensate men for greater involvement in childrearing.  Roopnarine envisions the journal including papers on indigenous issues to help build a more inclusive human developmental science about families and children. “I would like the journal to encourage young scholars to conduct more complex studies on fathers and childhood outcomes by employing new methods/technology and statistical methods,” notes Roopnarine. “An international group of scholars has been appointed to the editorial board to widen the journal’s gaze and reach by encouraging scholarly submissions from


Falk College Magazine | Spring 2013


War and drugs:
By Kathleen Haley ’92  

Addressing substance abuse in the military
use of alcohol and other drugs becomes an attractive means of temporarily relieving those symptoms. For example, when individuals have flashbacks or bad dreams, they may drink to excess to suppress the thoughts or bypass the early sleep phase when intrusive thoughts emerge and minds are active. “It’s a matter of recognizing the thought processes and behaviors that are related to PTSD, and treating those symptoms, that often helps to alleviate the substance abuse,” Bergen-Cico says. The military has established programs, such as Battlemind Training, to prepare soldiers with meditation and resiliency skills before they go into the field, Bergen-Cico says. Another strategy to help members of the military and veterans suffering from PTSD is mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). Bergen-Cico is involved in research with the Syracuse VA that involves veterans who are participating in a brief MBSR program. “MBSR cultivates strategies for mind-body awareness that helps foster awareness of your own thought processes, enhancing concentration and recognition when you’re holding in physical tension and giving your body and mind respite from stressful thoughts and postures,” she says. With further study results, BergenCico hopes that the VA study can expand to larger, multi-site research trials. Based at SU, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) is also attentive to these issues through its mission to support military members as they transition back into the community. IVMF, with the Burton Blatt Institute, manages a U.S. Department of Labor Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Center to help veterans who are homeless get jobs, and was also awarded state funding to develop a technical assistance center that will work with VA-funded support programs to prevent homelessness.


recent report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) points out some troubling statistics about substance abuse in the military, calling the situation a “public health crisis” and urging the Department of Defense to improve prevention and treatment care for service members. For public health professor and certified addiction specialist Dessa BergenCico, the report held no new revelations— and ran parallel to some of her own research, discussed in her book, “War and Drugs: The Role of Military Conflict in the Development of Substance Abuse.” Published in June, “War and Drugs” (Paradigm Publishers) explores the relationship between military conflicts and substance use and abuse throughout history, and the growth of substance abuse among veterans, especially from the Vietnam and Iraq-Afghan eras. Bergen-Cico pulls in government statistics and research—including from her own work—to represent the growing problem, the connections with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide, and the critical solutions to identify and treat those suffering. “This data has been available; I just pulled it all together,” says Bergen-Cico ’86, G’88, G’92, who is lead faculty of addiction studies within the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics and holds a research appointment at the Syracuse Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). “Even with the numbers out there, nobody seemed to care.” This new report—and deeper perspectives, as in Bergen-Cico’s book—may help change that. Among other statistics, the IOM report notes that for active duty military personnel, binge drinking increased from 35 percent in 1998 to 47 percent in 2008, and misuse of prescription drugs increased from 2 percent in 2002 to 11 percent in

Dessa Bergen-Cico, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Public Health
2008—seemingly a trend related to the number of combat-related injuries and proliferation of opiate-based prescription pain medications since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bergen-Cico points out in her book that there are strong connections between PTSD and substance abuse, with 80 percent of those dealing with PTSD also experiencing substance abuse, depression and anxiety. Although there is now a greater understanding of PTSD as compared to previous wars, both the report and Bergen-Cico relay the conviction that there needs to be an improvement in care, including using multidisciplinary teams of service providers. “Instead of waiting until symptoms of behavioral problems or chemical dependency appear, it should become part of routine medical screening,” Bergen-Cico says. Military personnel face significant stress in their duties: combat trauma, injuries and separation from family, among others. And the stress can manifest itself as PTSD, anxiety, hypervigilance and depression—and in turn the





for the needs of transgender people
to live more congruent lives. Couples and families have been assisted in the adjustment process that occurs when a loved one undergoes gender transition. Community advocacy has been achieved by student therapists interacting with school systems and places of employment to educate about transgender identities and to promote just and sensitive conditions for trans people in these settings,” she notes. Several scholarly projects involving students and Coolhart have resulted from work on the Trans Team, including a manuscript published in 2008 that appeared in The Journal of GLBT Family Studies. A second article entitled, “Therapy with Transsexual Youth and Their Families: A Clinical Tool for Assessing Youth’s Readiness for Gender Transition” is now in press with The Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and was coauthored by Coolhart, newly appointed adjunct supervisor Dara Shipman and other students. Coolhart and her students have presented nationally on this topic, including at the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). This semester, a Trans Team student will be presenting on working with transgender clients in Professor Keith Alford’s SWK 328 class, Human Diversity in Social Contexts. Students working with the Trans Team benefit from this experience tremendously. “They leave our program equipped to sensitively serve this population and to provide recommendations for transgender medical treatments. No other MFT program provides this type of training and incoming students are beginning to report that they are choosing SU’s MFT program because of the opportunity to be a part of the Transgender Treatment Team,” concludes Coolhart.

or the past nine years, Deborah Coolhart, Ph.D., has provided a much-needed resource in the Syracuse community. Almost as many years ago, Coolhart, an assistant professor in the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), was one of the only mental health professionals locally seeing transgender clients. Consequently, it was difficult to accommodate the volume in her private practice. “Transgender people have a unique dependence on mental health professionals who provide recommendations that will allow them to receive necessary medical treatments, such as hormones and surgery,” notes Coolhart. “Further, many transgender people who called me did not have the financial resources to obtain private practice therapy.” Through the development of the Transgender Treatment Team, commonly referred to as the Trans Team, Coolhart was able to refer clients to the Falk College’s Couple and Family Therapy Center for the services needed. When the team was first established, services were provided at a very low cost and then eventually (and currently) for no cost. The Trans Team consists of MFT graduate students, guided by Coolhart, who are trained in basic clinical skills to work with the transgender population. Beginning in the spring 2013 semester, Dara Shipman, an adjunct supervisor with expertise in this area, will assist in managing the Trans Team, working closely with Coolhart and Falk Endowed Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy, Linda Stone Fish. Stone Fish notes, “Deb’s respectful, innovative, interdisciplinary and community-collaborative work with the transgender population and their families is beginning to receive national recogni-

Deborah Coolhart, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Marriage and Family Therapy
tion. She was recently asked to write an article in one of the lead MFT journals as an expert on therapy with transgender individuals. The research continues to support what many of us have always known: people who live in supportive families and communities fare better than people who live in hostile environments. Deb is on the forefront of helping Syracuse be a transgender friendly community. We are lucky to have her here.” The Trans Team has grown tremendously in the past nine years. It started with just a few clients and three student therapists. Now it includes 14 students, and the Couple and Family Therapy Center has approximately 30 transgender cases. Coolhart has seen significant change in the lives of the transgender community in the Central New York area as a result of the Trans Team’s work. “Many clients have gained free access to mental health recommendations for the medical treatments they need


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fresh produce Increasing to in urban communities access
ities, villages and towns across the U.S. are plagued with serious public health issues resulting from limited food availability. ‘Food deserts,’ as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), are urban or rural areas without ready access to fresh, healthy and affordable food. Instead of grocery stores or supermarkets, these communities may have no food access, or are served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores offering few, if any, healthy and affordable food options. Consequently, people living in these areas often have poor diets, which can contribute to diabetes and heart disease. A large portion of Syracuse’s south side meets the federal government’s criteria for a food desert. Additionally, Syracuse is a federally designated refugee resettlement community, with approximately 1,200 refugees relocating to the northern sections of the city each year. The refugee population experiences its own food security challenges, including an unmet interest in land for gardening and farming, and inadequate access to culturally appropriate foods. Evan Weissman, an assistant professor in the Falk College’s Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition, teaches food systems courses and is a regional food systems advocate whose research and policy efforts are making a difference in increasing access to fresh produce in Syracuse’s urban neighborhoods. With research interests spanning food justice, urban agriculture, and food politics, Weissman earned a Ph.D. in geography from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, where his dissertation was entitled, “Cultivating the City: Urban Agriculture and Agrarian Questions in Brooklyn, New York.”  He is a founder and current board member of Syracuse Grows (www.syracusegrows.org), a food justice network promoting urban agriculture and community gardening through outreach, education and networking.

Evan Weissman, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Food Studies
Syracuse Grows grew out of the 2004 Syracuse Hunger Project, a study first conceived by the Samaritan Center, a hot-meal program serving the hungry in downtown Syracuse. The Center teamed up with the People’s Geography Project, a community-driven collaboration at Syracuse University that uses geographic mapping and spatial analyses to organize communities around issues of local concern. In this case, the issue was the effectiveness of the local food pantry system and how it may be improved. In recent years, Syracuse Grows has been joined by a number of complementary local efforts. In addition to increasing access to fresh produce that is healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate, the benefits of urban gardens are well documented: efforts reduce household food budgets; contribute to community development and environmental sustainability; bring neighbors together; beautify vacant lots and blighted neighborhoods, and; decrease the amount of time food travels from farm to fork. “However, no one has really measured the impacts of these efforts,” notes Weissman. Weissman is currently conduct-

ing community-engaged research on grassroots efforts to address disparities in healthy food access in Syracuse’s low-income communities. “Building the Capacity of Urban Food Projects in Syracuse, New York,” is one research project he is engaged in, along with collaborators Matt Potteiger, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), Jonnell Allen Robinson, Ph.D., Syracuse Community Geography, and Susan Adair, Ph.D., an evaluation consultant. This study is investigating the impacts of urban food initiatives on disparities in access to fresh produce, looking closely at the motivations of these initiatives to supply fresh produce to the local community, as well as their current and projected feasibility. The research also explores the necessary social and financial capital investments, as well as the consumers, quantity and value of the food produced and/or distributed. The research partners are interested in the motivations and experiences of people who access fresh food from four initiatives: the Southside Interfaith Community Development Corporation (CDC) Farm Fresh Mobile Market, the CNY Regional Market Mobile Market, the Southwest Community Farm, a project of Jubilee Homes Urban Delights program and three community gardens of Syracuse Grows, including the Tapestry Community Garden, Hawley Green Vegetable Garden, and the Westcott Community Garden. These research efforts are part of a wider local development initiative Weissman is involved in related to convening a regional food system working group. “We have seen a lot of exciting changes through Central New York in terms of food systems development. Community gardens are growing. We now have an urban farm. Various grassroots efforts to improve the food system are underway, and the political leaders of our community are supporting these endeavors. Most importantly, linking these discrete efforts through food system planning has become a topic for further exploration and action,” concludes Weissman. falk.syr.edu 17

Community for the next Challenges and generation of female sport opportunities industry leaders
Recent research at Syracuse University* provides a qualitative exploratory examination of senior-level executives within the sport industry with applicability to other workplaces and industries. For this study, men and women participated in individual interviews to ensure barriers women face were related to gender and not simply a norm of employment within the sport industry. The study delved into areas such as perceptions of gender’s role as it relates to an equal opportunity to pursue career goals, barriers to advancement, and its role in the hiring process. The strategies to overcome the existing barriers were also explored. Supporting the existing literature and based on the study results, the challenges for women to become senior-level executives still remain strong within the sport industry. Findings showed men had a faster, more vertical path to senior-level positions and experienced greater longevity in these positions than female counterparts. Participants recognized the differences in the challenges they faced and the industry culture that still predominately favors the “good old boys” network, which was evident in networking and organizational practices as well as the behavioral norms . For these reasons, women in senior-level positions continue to represent a very small group and often have the perception that they are operating in isolation from their peers. One strategy mentioned by both male and female participants was the significant role mentorship played their career development. Specific to women, mentorship was important, both as being a mentee and a mentor. Interestingly, men were often noted as mentors to women. Women also felt compelled to help change the landscape of the industry by mentoring young professionals, yet noted that they wished they had more time to do so. Mentoring was seen as a means to help the next generation of industry leaders by providing insight into the challenges, realities, as well as trends of the sport industry. This study’s findings lend valuable information for females in all professions, and are particularly insightful for women in the early stages of their careers. As gender differences continue to impact expectations and opportunities, today’s young female professionals must be conscious of the environments awaiting them. Taking part in development and networking opportunities is critical. Finding a mentor is essential. Women need to be mentored and educated by other women who have overcome adversity and challenges to attain their positions. But it will take the concentrated, collaborative efforts of both men and women with decision-making authority to change the landscape of the sport industry and workplaces in all industries. Otherwise, the status quo will continue, with limited numbers of women occupying senior-level positions.
Jonathan Cohen/Binghamton University


by Gina Pauline, Ed.D. Assistant Professor Sport Management

ender continues to impact the experience women have as seniorlevel executives in many professions today. The sport industry—which includes professions in marketing, finance, event management, facility management, communications, sales, law, and governance—is no different, with women being disproportionately represented, paid less, and marginalized in the workplace. Even more concerning is the limited number of females in leadership roles within sport organizations. Previous research has tried to explain why women are underrepresented, particularly in leadership positions in the sport industry; however, there is limited documentation of the specific challenges and issues women—particularly senior-level executives—face and how these factors impact a career, organization, or the role of women in our culture.

*Dr. Gina Pauline, assistant professor, and Dr. Teresa MacDonald, who served as internship coordinator in the Department of Sport Management and is currently an instructor in the Department of Child and Family Studies, conducted a qualitative study, supported by the Falk College Research Center and Women in Sports and Events. The research study was presented at the inaugural symposium presented by the SU Collegiate Chapter of Women in Sports and Events (WISE). The study examined the working conditions of senior-level executives within the sport industry, though its findings offer insights to female professionals in many industries. The article printed here originally appeared in The Syracuse Post Standard April 10, 2012.

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Maintaining peak performance

Nutrition faculty guide students to create nutritional training program for Fort Drum soldiers
attended the research visits along with professor of practice Long Wang. In October, students presented to about 60 senior battalion leaders on the principles of good nutrition, what were the best foods to eat in the various food spots, and the use of supplements, such as protein powders, and energy drinks. Students based their information on the nutrition guidelines from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Sports Nutrition Manual. With the success of the presentation, Fort Drum officials invited the students back in February to present to juniorlevel leaders, who have more direct interaction with soldiers. The groups were presented with hands-on demonstrations on liquid calories, healthy food alternatives to protein supplements, body composition analysis, and making food choices using the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Choose My Plate model, which focuses on the proportion of specific food groups on a plate. Soldiers were encouraged to make healthy choices, such as eating breakfast and within an hour of exercise. “It also depends on what kind of activity you’re doing and the environment you’re in,” says Dhillon, who is pursuing a Ph.D. at Purdue University. “If you’re in the heat, the nutrients you require would be different than in the cold. Fluid requirements come in to play as well.” One of the major concerns was the amount of non-nutritious calories from energy drinks that the soldiers consume. These types of drinks may cause an immediate energy rush but then leave the body sluggish and needing more to compensate. “Those energy drinks have calories that aren’t food calories and aren’t nutritious,” says Auciello. “They are adding an extra 500 to 1,000 calories a day. It was eye opening to them.” The CAWP pilot program was initially applied to one of the six companies of an 800-member battalion. Another company, which did not participate in the program, was a control group. falk.syr.edu 19


by Kathleen Haley ‘92 ccepting a unique challenge, a group of graduate nutrition students devised a nutritional training program for a distinct population of ultimate athletes—members of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division. Their task revolved around helping the soldiers maintain peak performance whether they were doing desk work or trekking 20-odd miles laden down with combat and survival gear, among other high-stress activities. “Good nutrition is so important in order to perform at an optimal level,” says Amy Auciello G’12. “We focused on ways to keep their energy levels up and gauging how many calories they might need based on their day—and eating fewer empty calories to have more room for foods that provide more fuel.” Students undertook the assignment after officers at Fort Drum in Watertown, home to the 10th Mountain Division, reached out to Professor Kay Stearns Bruening, chair of the Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition, for assistance. The division needed expertise as part of its pilot Courage Athlete Warrior Program (CAWP), which

looks to improve soldiers conditioning through sports medicine, functional fitness, and performance nutrition. The experts, including the students, presented the information to the officers who in turn provided the information to soldiers. “Ultimately, the goal for the U.S. Army is combat readiness—a soldier’s ability to carry his or her body weight plus equipment at high altitudes over a long period of time in combat conditions,” says Major Joseph C. Geraci, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. “That every time is our end goal: to improve the performance of our soldiers to accomplish their war time tasks and to minimize unnecessary casualties that would come about because a soldier is out of shape,” Geraci says. To prepare for their presentation, Auciello, Jaapna Dhillon G’12, Nick Fischetti G’12, and Monica Sathyamurthy G’12 visited Fort Drum in September 2011 and met with a group of soldiers to find out what the challenges were in eating well. They also viewed their dining facilities, the soldiers’ apartment kitchens, and the shopping options. “We really wanted to get in touch with them, talk their language, and understand what their experience was,” says instructor Jane Uzcategui, who advised the students and

Career-defining moments
Public health internship paves path to health services administration



by Andres Moreira ’12, Public Health saved them a significant amount of time in particular, value developing a pers a senior majoring in compared to using the phone translasonal relationship with their healthcare public health, I had the tional services. Plus, who isn’t more provider. Consequently there is a great unique opportunity to comfortable talking to a real person vs. need for additional bilingual physicians apply academics into a an automated system. to serve the underrepresented people real-life experience. Public For my internship project, I studied in this country. With additional bilingual health majors complete a Latino patients’ perceptions of comphysicians, I feel Latinos would be more semester-long internship at a site that is munications with their healthcare adept in seeking medical attention bematched to their career goals. For me, providers. The results from the survey I cause they would have confounded trust healthcare management was of great created showed that 100 percent of the with a physician who both speaks their interest. I envision myself to be a future clients reported understanding all of the language and understands their culture leader with the knowledge and skills health information given to them. When and traditions. to help society and underrepresented asked what their preferred method for This internship allowed me to begroups access a better healthcare come familiar with the system. structure and organizaI spent the spring tion of a healthcare semester as an intern facility. Running any at the Westside Family health facility is more Health Center on Syrathan just the physicians cuse’s west side. This and nurses; without the neighborhood is one of medical secretaries, ofthe most economically fice coordinators, medichallenged, both in New cal records, and the York State as well as registrar, it would not in the United States. be possible to run an A large percentage of effective center. Each the individuals residof them has a unique ing there are Spanish role and responsibilispeaking, and many ties that center around of them seek medical making a comfortable services from this clinic and operational setting because there is an onfor the staff and the site bilingual physician patients. and translating system I began pursuing available. a master’s in Health I witnessed the Services Administration benefit of clients havat George Washington ing direct access to According to Sandra Lane, professor of public health and anthropology who served as Andres’ advisor, University this past Spanish-speaking pro“Andres will be a leader in public health in the future. I am so very grateful to Dr. Luis Castro and the staff of the fall. I am very thankful fessionals in the clinic Westside Clinic who helped to shape Andres into the public health professional he has become,” notes Lane. for all of the relevant setting. Over time, I coursework and professors that I feel was an asset for many of the staff since seeking additional medical information have prepared me. With classes such as I readily utilized my native language to was, 88 percent reported that talking Health Literacy, Environmental Health, interpret for Spanish-speaking patients. with a healthcare provider and receivand Health Policy Research, I have a In addition to the learning I gained from ing printed information would be most well-rounded academic background and working one-on-one with clients, they effective. I am ready to use it in my continuing greatly appreciated my efforts and ability Through my work at the Westside studies and as my career develops. to speak English and Spanish because it Family Health Center, I learned Latinos,


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SU NASCAR Kinetics team participates in national marketing competition
ASCAR was looking for high-achieving, innovative students who thrive on creativity, problem solving and teamwork to participate in a national marketing competition it launched in 2009 to foster brand awareness throughout campus communities. Falk College sport management instructor Patrick Ryan knew his students in SPM 490—Independent Study: NASCAR would be up to the challenge. And he was right. The five-student team placed at the top during several phases of the NASCAR Kinetics Marketing in Motion competition that partners students with NASCAR professionals to work through realworld business challenges and opportunities. The SU student team gained tremendous hands-on, resume-building experience in areas including event planning, marketing and project management, finishing second overall in the national competition. Team members included sport management majors Charma Harris, Carlos Ruiz and Alvaro Voelker, broadcast and digital journalism major Carly Signor and television, radio and film major Tyler Kenly. NASCAR developed the NASCAR Kinetics: Marketing in Motion program to expose college students to and educate them about the NASCAR brand. The invitation to participate in the program is a competitive process.

SPM Club makes gifts to Upstate Cancer Center, Special Olympics New York
Since its founding in 2005, the Sport Management (SPM) Club, a studentrun organization in the Falk College’s Department of Sport Management, has donated nearly $200,000 to local Central New York charities. As a result of its most successful annual sport auction held in December 2012, the SPM Club made a $35,239 gift to Special Olympics New York, the largest donation ever generated from the auction’s eight-year history. The presentation was made at the Syracuse University Men’s basketball game against Providence on February 20. The SPM Club’s donation will help fund 88 athletes’ participation in Special Olympics for an entire season. As the largest amateur sports organization internationally, Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities. In December 2011, the SPM Club made a $30,444 gift to the Upstate Cancer Center at Upstate Medical University. The presentation was made at the Syracuse University men’s basketball game against the University of South Florida on February 22. The SPM Club’s donation will help to fund both a patient nourishment station that will serve patients who are receiving infusions as well as their families and a two-sided fireplace in the main waiting area for radiation oncology. “Each year our students exceed expectations, but their hard work, the donations and in-kind services of literally hundreds of companies, and the support of SU fans made this year’s event a truly special one,” says Kate Veley, events/alumni manager, and SPM club advisor. Other local charities supported by the SPM Club’s auction proceeds in previous years have included the Syracuse Boys and Girls Clubs, the American Diabetes Association of Central New York, the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, the CNY SPCA and Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY. falk.syr.edu 21

The SPM Club’s $35,239 gift to Special Olympics NY was featured during the SU Men’s basketball game vs. Providence on February 20, 2013. Pictured L-R: Kate Veley, SPM Club advisor and alumni and events manager; Falk College; Steve Kozar, 2012 Auction chair; Special Olympians Johnny Renzi and Thea Malinowski; Tyler Wasserman, 2012 Auction vice-chair, and; Cassandra M. Rucker, director of development, Central Region and Southern Tier, Special Olympics NY.

Endless possibilities
Social work immersion program offers personal, professional perspective



ach spring, faculty, students and staff from the School of Social Work embark on a three-day journey to the New York City area for the Social Welfare History Tour, sponsored by the Alan B. and Barbara Mirken Foundation. This past March, students traveled to learn more about the development of U.S. social welfare with site visits to Mount Sinai Hospital, the East Harlem Tutorial Program, the Goddard Community Center, the Jewish Child Care Association, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and a museum tour at Tenement Houses. At the conclusion of the trip, each student submits a reflection paper highlighting their personal insights from the experience. Here students from the 2012 trip share their perspectives on the professional and personal rewards:

“This experience provides a memorable snapshot of social work at its best. From beginning to end, our students get a chance to interface with administrators and workers steeped in applied knowledge of mental health service delivery. It is simply exciting for students to have this one-on-one experience with professionals in New York City at some of the most respected human service settings in the area.”
Keith A. Alford, Associate Professor BSSW Director (2008 – 2012)


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Social work practice goes full circle
by Naomi Small-Raia, Class of 2014 The entire social work immersion trip to New York City was a huge awakening. The Goddard Community Center and Mount Sinai Hospital are very special places that play a huge role in their communities. They showed me different perspectives on social work practice and how it goes full circle, from the smallest child to a 104-year-old tenant. The social workers at Mount Sinai Hospital showed me the many different roles a social worker can play in a hospital setting. Previously, my idea of hospital social work was working in the emergency room. I really had no concept of the wide range of opportunities available there for a social worker. The East Harlem Tutorial Program was amazing. I thought it was fantastic that students who may otherwise not have a chance to complete high school or go to college have a place to get help with the schooling process. After seeing this whole program, I can see how a social worker not only has a place here, but is also very needed. I want to thank Mr. Alan Mirken for allowing me this great opportunity to be immersed into the social work community and really get a sense for what types of social workers are out there and how much they are needed in so many different aspects that I never would have imagined. well to the long days and extra work. Another program I was equally impressed with was the Jewish Child Care Association. It was clear that this population does not receive much attention, and I was very encouraged to learn that it really is possible, as a social worker, to give a voice to the voiceless. Having face time with prominent social workers from amazing programs was an almost surreal experience, and the generosity and welcoming that these organizations showed us was incredible. Having the opportunity to spend time with some of my classmates, and two of my department faculty outside of class was such a beneficial experience. As a group we were fortunate enough to experience a side of New York City that normal tourists never see, nor would they want to see. We were able to meet with organization leaders who are making an enormous impact on different communities throughout the city. I have never experienced that aspect of New York City before, and I am now a more knowledgeable social work student because of it.

Experiencing a new side of New York City
Joshua Berman, Class of 2014 While I found the organizations we visited to be both interesting and insightful, it was the bond that I formed with classmates and faculty that was the most rewarding and unique aspect of the trip. The East Harlem Tutorial Program has such an intense and diverse curriculum. I have worked in several after-school programs myself, and I have never seen one that works so heavily on the academics of a student. I was impressed that the children seemed to be responding so




Falk College recognized with 2012 Chancellor’s Awards
In recognition of the hundreds of hours of service to others through field placements and internships, a Chancellor’s Award was presented to the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy for students’ efforts in the Couple and Family Therapy Center. As part of their degree program, students are required to complete 500 hours of face-to-face client contact. School of Social Work students enrolled in field placement courses in the BSSW and MSW programs and SWK 301—Foundations of Social Work Practice received awards for their on-going, outstanding work in improving the quality of life in the greater Syracuse community. Students in the School of Social Work complete field instruction that consists of a minimum of 500 hours of supervised professional service in the Syracuse community as a part of their degree program. The SPM Club, a student group in the Department of Sport Management, received its seventh consecutive Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship.  Since its founding in 2005, the SPM Club has donated nearly $200,000 to local Central New York charities. As a part of the Falk College’s close collaborative working relationship with the School of Education, students in EDU 303—Teaching & Learning in Inclusive Schooling were recognized for student and faculty efforts in conjunction with the Say Yes after school program at two elementary schools to build skills in reading. The Chancellor’s Awards for Public Engagement and Scholarship are given each year to Syracuse University students and groups who exemplify the highest ideal of sustained, quality engagement with citizens in our community that illustrates Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s vision of Scholarship in Action. The 2013 Chancellor’s Awards will be presented on April 24. Visit falk.syr. edu at that time to read about this year’s honorees.


he Falk College is pleased to announce that students representing 19 courses, student organizations, field placements/internships and community efforts, and their faculty-staff advisors, were recognized for service with 2012 Chancellor’s Awards for Public Engagement and Scholarship. Students in all departments of the Falk College, including Child and Family Studies, Marriage and Family Therapy, Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition and Sport Management, along with the School of Social Work, received awards during a special recognition ceremony at the Schine Student Center. Chancellor’s awards were presented to the Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition for the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and students enrolled in HPM 421—Ethics and Issues in the Hospitality Field; HTW 307—Cultur-

ally Competent Healthcare; HTW 227—Healthy You; HTW 304—Public Health; HTW 311—Health Literacy and the Genesis Health Project Network; NSD 511—Nutrition Education; NSD 513—Orange Wrap, and; NSD 658—Dietetic Interns and Participatory Program Planning. These groups were selected for their on-going, outstanding work in improving the health of others in the University and greater Syracuse community.   Students enrolled in the Department of Child and Family Studies’ internship courses (CFS 433, 493, and 494) received Chancellor’s Awards for their service to the community.  CFS internships place seniors in social service agencies, schools, and early childhood education facilities throughout Central New York. Agency placements include Boys and Girls Club, Syracuse, Salvation Army, PEACE, Inc., Elmcrest Children’s Center and McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center.

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Linda Stone Fish appointed Falk Family Endowed Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Collaborative Cycle of Change,” which furthers her commitment to models of change in the healing of family systems affected by complex trauma. She has contributed research and theoretical articles to publications including Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Contemporary Family Therapy, American Journal of Family Therapy and International Journal of Theory and Research. She has authored numerous chapters in books including “Research methods in family therapy” (Guilford), “Revisioning family therapy” (Guilford), and “Handbook of affirmative LGBT couple and family therapy” (Routledge). She served as Chair of the Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy and has served on numerous editorial advisory boards for the field. She is currently a member of the American Family Therapy Association and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Stone Fish earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University, M.S.W. from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northwestern University. In 2011, Syracuse University alumni David B. and Rhonda S. Falk committed $15 million to SU—one of the largest-ever single gifts to the University. As part of their visionary and purposeful commitment to academics as a path to success, which created the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, the Falks also established a series of endowed professorships. The purpose of these professorships is to allow the Falk College to support nationally recognized faculty to enhance the research, academic and experiential components of its programs to advance its excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, practice and service.

inda Stone Fish, M.S.W., Ph.D., was named the inaugural Falk Family Endowed Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University’s Falk College. For more than two decades, Stone Fish has devoted herself to training master’s and doctoral students in the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University in various teaching and leadership roles. She is currently the director of graduate studies in marriage and family therapy. She previously served as MFT department chair and program director, as well as the coordinator of clinical services for the Couple and Family Therapy Center. A licensed marriage and family therapist in New York State, she currently has a couple and family therapy private practice. Stone Fish’s extensive portfolio of national presentations spans numerous topics including understanding and supporting the needs of LGBTQ youth and families, family systems, suicide prevention, and trauma and therapy. Her book, Nurturing Queer Youth: Family Therapy Transformed (Norton), is a ground-breaking treatise devoted to advocating for families as safe havens for all children. Under contract with Routledge, Stone Fish is co-authoring “Complexities of Trauma: Exploring the

International journals led by Falk College faculty
The Falk College is pleased to announce five international journals under the editorial leadership of its faculty. They include: Mary Graham, Professor, Sport Management Associate editor, Human Resources Management Review Chad McEvoy, Professor, Sport Management Editor, Case Studies in Sport Management Jaipaul Roopnarine, Reilly Professor of Child & Family Studies Editor, Fathering: Journal of Theory, Research & Practice About Men as Fathers Merril Silverstein, Marjorie Cantor Endowed Professor in Aging Editor, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences Rick Welsh, Professor, Food Studies Editor-in-Chief, Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems falk.syr.edu 25

Aging Studies Institute announced



Interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to research, training on age-related issues
yracuse University announced the formation of the Aging Studies Institute (ASI), a collaborative initiative of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. The All-University Gerontology Center, a prominent aging studies research and training ground for nearly 40 years, has provided the foundation for the new Institute. “From its beginning, the Gerontology Center’s interdisciplinary faculty members have been dedicated to community practice, research, and teaching focused on aging-related issues and collaborative partnerships locally, nationally, and internationally,” says Diane Lyden Murphy, Dean of the Falk College. “The Center has also provided a means for students from any college at SU to pursue a concentration in aging, and still does today.” ASI builds on the Center’s existing strengths to coordinate and promote aging-related research, training, and engagement at Syracuse University. Its thematic areas include age-based public policy and well-being; population aging; health and functioning; family dynamics, care work, and intergenerational support; and aging design, engineering, and technology. According to Maxwell Dean James Steinberg, “The social, economic, political and human challenges posed by aging have enormous consequences not just for the elderly, but for society as a whole, in America and around the world. The new Aging Institute puts Syracuse University at the forefront of scholarship and policy development on these critical issues by bringing together scholars and practitioners from a broad range of disciplines at Maxwell, Falk, and across the SU community to conduct cutting-edge research, professional training, and innovative partnerships with governments, NGOs, and the private sector.” The new Institute is home to the Center for Aging and Policy Studies, one of 14 centers funded through the National Institute of Aging’s Demography and Economics of Aging Centers. Sociology Professor Janet Wilmoth, a leading expert on issues related to aging, health, and demographic trends, was named ASI’s first director; for the past three years, she has served as director of the University Gerontology Center.

“The Aging Studies Institute is a signature community of experts for Syracuse University,” says SU Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor. “By broadening and deepening SU’s already widely recognized efforts to catalyze collaboration across the spectrum of issues related to our rapidly aging population, the ASI stands as a superb example of how we can leverage our strengths to share expertise across disciplines and sectors and make a difference in tackling some of the most pressing issues of our time.” As of March 2013, the ASI main office is located in 314 Lyman Hall.

The following Falk and Maxwell faculty relocated to a new, centralized location at Lyman Hall in Spring 2013:
Maria Brown, Professor of Practice, School of Social Work (Falk) Gary Engelhardt, Professor of Economics (Maxwell) Alejandro Garcia, Professor, School of Social Work (Falk) Madonna Harrington Meyer, Professor of Sociology (Maxwell) Christine Himes, Professor of Sociology (Maxwell) Andrew London, Professor of Sociology (Maxwell) Deborah Monahan, Professor, School of Social Work (Falk) Merril Silverstein, Cantor Endowed Professor in Aging (Jointly appointed, Falk & Maxwell) Janet Wilmoth, Professor of Sociology and Director, Aging Studies Institute (Maxwell) Doug Wolf, Professor of Public Administration, Gerald B. Cramer Professor of Aging Studies (Maxwell)

For more information, go to asi.syr.edu


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Merril Silverstein named Marjorie Cantor Endowed Professor in Aging
ences, the discipline’s flagship journal produced by the Gerontological Society of America. He has received nearly $4.5 million in external grants for aging-related research, particularly on topics relating to intergenerational aging within the context of family life, including issues of social support, public policy, and later-life migration. He is currently principal investigator of the Longitudinal Study of Generations, a project that has tracked multigenerational families over four decades. He has active projects around the globe, including Sweden, the Netherlands, and Israel on topics of aging and intergenerational relations and currently directs a longitudinal study of older adults in rural China that is entering its second decade. Silverstein’s appointment as the Cantor Professor recognizes the pioneering scholarship of the late Professor Marjorie Cantor that advanced understanding of the lifestyles of older persons, the importance of caregiver support systems, and needs of elders across class and culture. SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor and her brother, Richard L. Cantor, established the professorship in memory of their mother, who died in 2009. Silverstein will play a role in advancing collaborative research and teaching in the field of aging through Syracuse University’s interdisciplinary Aging Studies Institute. A Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the Brookdale National Fellowship Program, and the Fulbright International Senior Scholars Program, Silverstein, holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University, where he also earned his M.S.W. He received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Queens College.


erril Silverstein, Ph.D., is the inaugural holder of the Marjorie Cantor Endowed Professorship in Aging, a joint appointment in the School of Social Work in the Falk College and the Department of Sociology in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. A prolific scholar and researcher, Silverstein joins Syracuse University from the University of Southern California, where he served as professor of gerontology and sociology. As an active member of the USC Andrus Gerontology Center, he has published more than 130 age-related publications. He currently serves as editor of Journal of Gerontology: Social Sci-



New faculty in the Falk College
They’ve brought an exceptional wealth of academic and practical experience in their fields to the Falk College that complements their passion for teaching, research, scholarship and student success. The Falk College is pleased to welcome these new faculty members:


Anne C. Bellows, Ph.D.

Professor, Food Studies Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition Anne Bellows joined the Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition as Professor of Food Studies in January 2013. As University Professor since 2007 at Hohenheim University, she was the tenured chair in the Department of Gender and Nutrition and Deputy Director of the Institute for Social Sciences in Agriculture in the Faculty of Agriculture.  She also served as the Director of the Research Center for Gender and Nutrition, a think tank for the university. With an extensive portfolio of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and presentations, her research interests include food and nutrition systems and economies; linkages between sustainable agriculture, development and livelihoods; human rights and the right to adequate food and nutrition, including food and nutrition security; civil society, social movements, and food sovereignty; community public health; urban-rural food linkages in terms of production for trade and household consumption, migration, nutritional health, biodiversity, food safety, food practices and praxis, cultural integrity and identity, social justice, gender, and children. She earned her Ph.D. at Rutgers University in geography. She holds a master of arts degree from City University of New York in liberal studies, with a focus on women’s studies and environmental psychology. She has a masters of urban planning from the University of Oregon, and a bachelor of arts from Oberlin College in German literature.

a Transgender Treatment Team was created and continues to provide services in the Central New York community. (See related story, page 16.) Recently published manuscripts have appeared in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and the Journal of Family Psychotherapy, with an invited chapter also recently published entitled, “Supporting Transgender Youth and Their Families in Therapy,” in the Handbook of LGBT-Affirmative Couple and Family Therapy (Routledge Press). She received both her Ph.D. and M.A. in marriage and family therapy at Syracuse University, and a B.S. magna cum laude from Central Michigan University in psychology and family studies. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, with a private practice in Fayetteville, NY. She is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and an AAMFTapproved supervisor.

She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Ohio. She earned her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University where she completed her dissertation on “Relational ethics among couples in therapy.” She holds an M. Phil in psychiatric social work from the National Institute of Mental Health and NeuroSciences in Bangalore, India, and M.S.W. from Mangalore University in India. Her B.A. was in psychology, criminology and sociology from the University of Mysore, India.

Chad D. McEvoy, Ed.D.

Professor, Department of Sport Management Chad McEvoy joins the Falk College from Illinois State University where he was a professor of sport management in the School of Kinesiology and Recreation. His primary research focus is in revenue generation in intercollegiate and professional sport. He is currently working on numerous research projects related to ticket sales strategies, ticket pricing in sports, and factors affecting sport event attendance, among other topics.  He is co-author of two textbooks in the sport management discipline, Financial Management in the Sport Industry and Research Methods and Design in Sport Management, and his research has been featured in more than 100 media outlets, such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer, New York Daily News, and USA Today.  In June 2008, he served as a panelist before the prestigious Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics in a discussion on the effectiveness of NCAA penalties for rules violations.  He is currently editor of Case Studies in Sport Management, having served previously as coeditor of the Journal of Issues and Intercollegiate Athletics. At the University of Northern Colorado, McEvoy earned his Ed. D. in sport administration with a doctoral minor in applied statistics and research methods; his M.S. in sport management at University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and his B.S. in sport management at Iowa State University.

Rashmi Gangamma, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Marriage and Family Therapy Rashmi Gangamma joined Syracuse University from The Ohio State University where she was a post-doctoral researcher in the Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) Program. Her current research focuses on developing effective intervention strategies for couples and individuals facing relational distress using the contextual approach — an integrative family therapy theory. Her publications include journal articles in the areas of relational ethics in couples therapy, therapeutic alliance, recantation processes in domestic violence cases; and book chapters on critique of reparative therapy research methods and issues related to LGBT health. She has served as ad-hoc reviewer of national and international journals such as Journal of Marriage and Family, International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, and BMC Women’s Health.

Deborah Coolhart, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Marriage and Family Therapy Deborah Coolhart was previously an adjunct instructor in the College’s Department of Marriage and Family Therapy where she designed and taught graduate courses and supervised the clinical work of master’s students in the Couple and Family Therapy Center. Under her leadership,


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Dennis Deninger, B.A.
Professor of Practice, Department of Sport Management Dennis Deninger previously served as an adjunct faculty member in the Falk College’s Department of Sport Management. He is the founding director of the Sports Communications graduate program at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. An Emmy award-winning television producer and educator who has produced programs from six continents for ESPN, he is the author of Sports on Television: The How and Why Behind What You See.  In his 25 years at ESPN, he led production teams for studio programming, live remote events and digital video platforms.  Deninger joined ESPN in October 1982 as one of the first four coordinating producers for SportsCenter.  At ESPN, he launched more than a dozen new televised series and events and created the most successful daily sports series in the history of the internet, SportsCenter Right Now. The winner of three Emmy Awards for innovation in sports television, production on digital platforms, and educational television, he developed for American television the instant review technology called “Shot Spot” in use at virtually all major tennis tournaments. Deninger is an alumnus of Syracuse University, earning his B.A. in the Newhouse School of Public Communications’ Honors Program. As president and executive producer of DeningerMedia, he does independent video production, consults, and coaches television talent. presented extensively. Recent articles she has published appeared in the American Economic Review, Applied Economics Letters, and the International Journal of Operations and Production Management. Book chapters she has authored include areas of undergraduate entrepreneurship education and graduate human resources education, and gender composition and group relations. She was honored in 2011 by Clarkson University for commendable service, and in that same year, received the Outstanding Reviewer Award at the Academy of Management Conference. Graham holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, with a concentration in human resources studies and organizational behavior. She has a master of science in industrial and labor relations, also from Cornell University, and a bachelor’s of science in accounting, cum laude, from LeMoyne College. Mental Health Conference (Istanbul), Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Montreal) and the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Mulvaney received his Ph.D. and M.A. in psychology at the University of New Hampshire, and his B.A. in Psychology at Hartwick College where he graduated magna cum laude.

Rick Welsh, Ph.D.,

Professor, Food Studies, Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition Most recently, he was a professor of sociology at Clarkson University. During this time, he was a visiting scholar in the Resource, Environment and Policy Branch of the Economic Research Service/U.S. Department of Agriculture. His research interests focus on economic and social change and development with emphasis on agriculture and food systems, the sociology of science and technology and environmental sociology. His work has been funded by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority among others. He co-edited the volume, “Food and the Mid-Level Farm: Renewing Agriculture of the Middle,” published by MIT Press.  Recent invited presentations include “Social Aspects of Sustainable Agriculture,” for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program and “Elements of Successful Transdisciplinary Research,” for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.  He serves as the editor-in-chief of Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems (formerly American Journal of Alternative Agriculture). Previous positions include policy analyst for the Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture and director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program for the southern region. Welsh received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in development sociology with minors in agronomy and entomology; his M.S. at the University of Florida in food and resource economics, and; his B.A. from The College of William and Mary in economics.

Matthew K. Mulvaney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Child and Family Studies Matthew Mulvaney most recently served as an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at SUNY Brockport where he was recognized for excellence in teaching and advising. He received a Fulbright Fellowship at Middle East Technical University, Northern Cyprus Campus, where he taught developmental psychology and family violence as a visiting associate professor. During this time, he was a research associate for the Center for Research in Childhood and Adolescence at the European University —Cyprus. His publications and research interests encompass parental physical punishment; family dynamics; informal instruction by parents; home environments and school success; and perceptions of parents’ and children’s behavior. He has published in the Journal of Family Psychology; the Journal of Applied Development Psychology; and the Journal of Family Violence. He served as consulting editor for the Journal of Genetic Psychology and ad-hoc reviewer for publications including Child Development, Developmental Psychology, and Journal of Marriage and Family. He has presented his work internationally, including presentations at the Excellence in Child

Mary E. Graham, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Sport Management Most recently, Mary Graham was a faculty member in the School of Business at Clarkson University. She has also held faculty positions at The George Washington University and Georgia State University. Her teaching and research background is in organizational and human resource management, performance and rewards management and gender and work. In 2007, she conducted a research project with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission focused on employer compliance reporting data. Currently, she is the associate editor of the Human Resource Management Review, and has written and



Social Workers United, Syracuse Post Standard honor Luvenia Cowart
In honor of her tireless work advocating for the health needs of underserved populations, Luvenia Cowart, executive director and co-founder of the Genesis Health Project Network, received the 2012 Daniel and Mary Lou Rubenstein Social Justice Award. For over 30 years, the Rubenstein Social Justice Award recognizes a person who reflects the values of social justice in his or her professional and personal life. The award is given in honor of the late professor Daniel Rubenstein, a former faculty member in the School of Social Work and his late wife, Mary Lou, a former school social worker. The evening’s award presentation featured a keynote address by Alejandro Garcia, professor, School of Social Work. Cowart was also named a 2012 PostStandard Achievement winner for her pioneering work with the Genesis Health Project in the Syracuse community. A professor of practice in the Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition, Cowart co-founded the Genesis Health Project in 2004. It is a partnership between minority churches, community and government sponsors and Syracuse University to reduce health disparities in minority populations. Focused on black families in low-income areas of Syracuse, this community-designed, culturally sensitive initiative promotes healthy lifestyles across the lifespan among African Americans who have the highest rates of obesity in the U.S. by empowering them to improve their diets, food preparation techniques, and exercise habits. Under Cowart’s leadership, the Genesis Project has accomplished numerous milestones, including health seminars, fitness programs, educational programs at barber shops, and healthy lifestyle activities with churches and universities. Her work and the Genesis Health Project were recognized with the prestigious National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities Director’s Award in 2008 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health. She received the 2011 Robert F. Allen Symbol of H.O.P .E. (Helping Other People Through Empowerment) Award for her efforts related to addressing health disparities. from the American Journal of Health Promotion. vitality of local farms.  Senator Gillibrand serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee, and the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Food and Agriculture Research.  Professor Gantner will be working on nutrition and public health issues, and crossing over to some agricultural issues.  Sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Fellowship is administered through the American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences (AAAS). This is the first time that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has offered a fellowship through AAAS, with Gantner being the first recipient of the Ostenso Fellowship.  “I anticipate this experience will enrich my teaching portfolio in food and public policy, add a new dimension to the emerging Food Studies program at Syracuse University, and allow me to pursue a new research track on nutrition policy,” she notes.  Gantner has presented her research at several national conferences, including the American Public Health Association and the Food and Nutrition Services (USDA) National Nutrition Education Conference. Her publications include research on how community food environments influence food choices, and capacity-building needs of public health professionals.

Nutrition’s Leigh Gantner brings expertise to Capitol Hill
Leigh A. Gantner, assistant professor, nutrition, in the Falk College’s Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition, was awarded the inaugural Grace L. Ostenso Public Policy Fellowship through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association).  The Fellowship brings her expertise to Capitol Hill where she is working for Senator Kirstin Gillibrand for the coming year. Senator Gillibrand represents New York and has strong interests in improving the health of New Yorkers and the

Thoreck honored for advocacy efforts
Bette Thoreck, director of the BSSW program in the School of Social Work, was recently honored with the Floyd Bennett Mental Hygiene Advocacy Award. This award is presented annually by the Madison County Community Services Board in recognition of outstanding service and advocacy efforts on behalf of consumers who are being discriminated against due to mental illness, chemical dependency or developmental disability. Thoreck received her BSSW, cum laude with honors, and MSW from the School of Social Work. She joined the School of Social Work’s Office of Field Instruction in 1997. Her practice experience is primarily in the area of school-based adolescent pregnancy and parenting services and hospi-

At the 2012 Social Justice Awards are Falk College dean, Diane Lyden Murphy, Alejandro Garcia, professor, School of Social Work, Flynn Okner, president, Social Workers United, honoree and professor of practice, Luvenia Cowart, Jill Edman, vice president, Social Workers United, and Peg Miller, director of field instructor and assistant professor, School of Social Work.


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tal social work. She has a long history of community service, including service as an advocate at Rape Crisis (now Vera House) and the United Way of Central New York Community Impact Cabinet. She has been a member of the Madison County Mental Health Community Services Board since 2006, which she chaired in 2009-2011.

Falk College promotes Gump, McDonald
Two public health faculty members were promoted in the Falk College. Brooks Gump, Ph.D., M.P .H. was promoted to professor, and Katie McDonald, Ph.D., was promoted to associate professor. With an array of research and publications, Gump’s specialties include psychosocial factors and their overall effect on health, and more recently, the effects of socioeconomic disadvantage, race, and environmental toxicants on children

and adolescents’ health. He is currently serving a four-year term on the National Institute of Child Health and Development’s (NICHD’s) Health, Behavior, and Context Subcommittee. He has been principal investigator on a number of grants from the National Institutes of Health and is currently principal investigator on a grant from the National Science Foundation, “Research Education for Undergraduate (REU) Site for Training Veterans to Conduct Trauma Research with Fellow Veterans.” (See related story, page 34.)

In addition to her role as associate professor of public health in the Falk College, McDonald is a faculty fellow at the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI). In June, McDonald received the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’ (AAIDD) 2012 Early Career Award for her achievements and many contributions to the field of developmental disabilities and was named a Fellow of the organization this year. Her current research examines the inclusion of persons with developmental disabilities in research, participation in online communities and its relationship to autistic adults’ social connectedness and wellbeing, health disparities experienced by autistic adults, and community participation among persons with disabilities. (See related story, page 12.)

Recent faculty titles from the Falk College
Congratulations to Falk College faculty members who have published the following:

Dessa Bergen-Cico, Assistant Professor, Public Health Department of Public Health, Food Studies & Nutrition War and Drugs: The Role of Military Conflict in the Development of Substance Abuse

Dennis Deninger, Professor of Practice, Sport Management Sports on Television: The How and Why Behind What You See

Nancy Mudrick, Professor, School of Research Methods and Design Social Work in Sport Management Rehabilitation Interventions  Chad McEvoy, Professor, Sport Management

Jaipaul Roopnarine, Reilly Professor of Child & Family Studies Approaches to Early Childhood Education, 6th. Ed



Greetings from the Falk College Research Center
In the past year, we have been very busy promoting and supporting the robust research initiatives in the college. Numerous interdisciplinary collaborations were initiated to leverage additional resources for research and provide opportunities to examine research questions from a range of disciplines both within the university and in the community. These include initiatives with the Aging Studies Institute (ASI), Burton Blatt Institute (BBI), Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), the VA, and the Hill Collaboration on Warrior Research, the College of Visual and Performing Arts Inclusive Education Project, and the Upstate New York Translational Research Network (UNYTE). This September, the Research Center relocated to the 4th floor of Sims Hall, and in December, Bridget Budwey joined the Research Center staff as our administrative assistant. Bridget brings with her many years of experience having worked at Syracuse University in Newhouse, School of Education, Hendricks Chapel and the Bookstore. We encourage you to check out the Research Center webpage — http://falk.syr. edu/Department/ResearchCenter.aspx. There you will find links to information about recent faculty publications, conference presentations, research projects and more. Deborah J. Monahan, M.S.W., Ph.D. Associate Dean, Research

Congratulations to this year’s Seed Grant recipients:
Child and Family Studies
Eunjoo Jung, Long-Term Effects of Sleep Habits and Learning-Related Behaviors on Children’s Functioning. Dr. Jung’s project seeks to examine how children’s sleep habits and learning-related behaviors in early years impact cognitive-academic development and socio-emotional adjustment in adolescence. This research takes an innovative look at previously unconsidered factors.

Child and Family Studies & School of Social Work

Child and Family Studies & Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition

Rachel Razza & Dessa Bergen-Cico, Enhancing AtRisk Children’s Self-Regulation via Mindfulness and Yoga: A Pilot Study. Dr. Razza and Dr. Bergen-Cico’s project aims to develop, pilot, and evaluate a mindfulness-based yoga intervention for use with at-risk children ages 3-6 years. The evaluation will include randomly selected treatment and control cohorts and assess multiple indices of children’s self-regulation.

Bruce Carter & Carrie J. Smith, Correlates and Consequences of Prenatal Depression: An Exploratory Study. Dr. Carter and Dr. Smith’s project involves the review of antenatal and delivery charts of 350 pregnant Syracuse residents, patients of Upstate Medical University Women’s Health Services, who delivered during 2010. The evaluation of the screening data will determine what proportion of those who screen positive were referred for further care by the social worker, whether there were barriers to referral, and if there were any clinical and/or social conditions associated with positive screens.

School of Social Work

Maria Brown, Unearthing Differences in NSHAP Sexual History Data. A content analysis of existing literature will be conducted to examine how this sample has been ignored or included in published analysis of the data. This project will provide opportunities to explore social and health disparities in a vulnerable and understudied population of older adults, and will support advocacy to improve data collection.


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Congratulations to the following faculty who received grant awards
Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition
• Brooks Gump and Dessa Bergen-Cico, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site for Training Veterans to Conduct Trauma Research with Fellow Veterans, National Science Foundation, $225,780. • Brooks Gump and Vennie Cowart, Environmental Toxicants, Race, and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Children, National Institute of Environmental Health Services at the National Institutes of Health, $1,809,340. • Katherine McDonald, Stakeholder Views on Intellectual Disability Research Ethics, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute of Child Health & Human Development at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), $421,409. • Katherine McDonald, Partnering with Autistic Adults to Develop Tools to Improve Primary Healthcare, National Institute of Mental Health (subcontract from Oregon Health and Science University), $35,659. • Carrie J. Smith, New York State Mental Health Education Consortium, a project whose goal is to design and implement an overall Workforce Development Plan that strengthens and builds the knowledge and skills of New York’s mental health human services workforce, funding renewed by New York State Office of Mental Health, $12,400. • Carrie J. Smith, Upstate New York Mental and Behavioral Health Education Consortium, a project to increase social workers’ capacity to address the mental and behavioral health needs of veterans, military personnel and their families, and residents of medically underserved rural communities, funding provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (subcontract from the Research Foundation of SUNY), $65,400.

Sport Management
• Gina Pauline and Teresa MacDonald, WISE Pulse Pilot Study, a qualitative study of senior-level executives within the sport industry regarding perceptions of gender’s role as it relates to an equal opportunity to pursue career goals, barriers to advancement, its role in the hiring process, and strategies to overcome the existing barriers, Women in Sport and Events (WISE), $1,000. (See related story, page 18). • Jeff Pauline, Increasing Stair Usage in a University Residential Complex, Association for Applied Sport Psychology, $2,200.

School of Social Work
• Ken Corvo and Pam Johnson, Sharpening Ockham’s Razor: The Role of Psychopathology and Neuropsychopathology in the Perpetration of Domestic Violence, FHL Foundation, $15,000. • Eric Kingson, Social Security Works, a project committed to safeguarding the economic security of those dependent, now or in the future, on Social Security, The Advocacy Fund, $70,000 in 2011 and new funding in 2012 from the Campaign for America’s Future, $35,000.





Training veterans to conduct research with fellow veterans
second phase continues the following semester with research conducted under the continued mentorship of REU faculty. Ultimately, the research findings are submitted for presentation at a national or international conference. For undergraduates interested in graduate school, it can sometimes be challenging to find meaningful research experiences that offer hands-on opportunities coupled with close work and mentoring with skilled faculty researchers. The REU program is an ideal way to gain valuable research experience while increasing marketability for admission to competitive graduate programs. Gump recently submitted a proposal to the Eastern Psychological Association Conference detailing the REU program’s launch in 2012 that included participation by nine undergraduates (six veterans and three non-veterans). According to Gump, the comments suggest that veterans in the program were able to develop a sense of belonging to a “traditional” college group and were appreciated for their unique expertise on a research topic for which they had first-hand knowledge. In addition, undergraduates developed a sense of appreciation for the need to develop applied research in collaboration with those who are ‘on the ground.’ “The data from our evaluation suggest this program might serve as a model for re-integration of returning veterans, particularly for those returning to higher education. It offers a unique and valuable research lesson for all participants,” noted Gump. For more information on this year’s program, contact Bridget Budwey, (315) 443-5929, or email babudwey@ syr.edu, for an application. The application deadline is April 15.

rofessor of public health Brooks Gump, Ph.D., M.P.H., will continue leading a program this summer for undergraduate veterans interested in becoming trauma researchers. Gump was one of six faculty from three upstate New York universities (Syracuse University, SUNY Upstate, and SUNY Oswego) who participated in the Research Education for Undergraduates (REU) program as a mentor in 2012. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, REU is now recruiting undergraduate veterans and a limited number of non-veterans who can earn $3,000 for participating in an intensive fourweek summer program from June 3-28, 2013 at SUNY Oswego. The program involves coursework, mentored studentfaculty interaction, and development of a research project. After the program’s summer component is complete, the

Research Center Brown Bag Luncheon Series
The Falk College Research Center sponsors activities and events, including faculty retreats, informational seminars and opportunities to learn about faculty research and scholarship in their areas of expertise. Its ‘Brown Bag Forum’ luncheons continue to highlight important topics of interest and leading faculty research and scholarship. The series over the 2012-13 academic year included:

2012-2013 Brown Bag Forums
New Jersey’s Attempt to Add Sports Betting: Does It Threaten the Integrity of the Games? John T. Wolohan, J.D., professor Department of Sport Management Parenting Practices and Childhood Outcomes in Indo- African-, Mixed- Ethnic Trinidadian Families Jaipaul Roopnarine, Ph.D., Reilly Professor of Child and Family Studies Department of Child and Family Studies Climate Change and Food Security Rick Welsh, Ph.D., professor Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition Mindfulness-based Approaches to Treating PTSD and Anxiety Dessa Bergen-Cico, Ph.D., assistant professor Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition. Community-Based Participatory Research: Benefits, Challenges, Strategies for Research with Minority Communities Katherine McDonald, Ph.D., associate professor Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition, Faculty Fellow, Burton Blatt Institute A Treatment Model for Family Therapy with Complex Trauma Linda Stone Fish, M.S.W., Ph.D., Falk Family Endowed Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy Department of Marriage and Family Therapy


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Alumni: connect with us!
Mentoring an undergrad, speaking to a class or student organization, assisting our students in their internship and career pursuits are just a few ways in which your talents can benefit those who are following in your footsteps. Most importantly, please let me know how I can best support you as we all move forward, and how I can assist in enhancing your engagement with our College and the University. Your insight and suggestions are most welcome as we move forward to plan more alumni events, develop better lines of communication, and explore how best to engage our amazing alumni. I look forward to working with you and sincerely appreciate your involvement to date. Best wishes,

ur theme for 2013 is ENGAGEMENT! Reconnecting with each of you is my primary goal. You’ve had a significant influence on our past and current success and we look forward to involving you in all of the excitement and promise that our future holds. Over time, you’ll notice a number of new avenues by which we hope to stay connected, but our success depends on your involvement. As we strive to build content and enhance communication, we hope you will “like” our Facebook page, Tweet along with us, connect professionally through LinkedIn and visit the alumni pages that will soon enhance each department’s website. I’d encourage you to submit past and present photos, share job leads, let us know of an organization you’ve found to be helpful or professional advice you’ve gotten along the way that might assist others. I invite you to share personal milestones that highlight your journey moving forward. A new job or promotion, a published book or article, an engagement, wedding, birth or anticipated retirement are joys we would welcome sharing with everyone. You can submit this information via our Class Notes feature at www.falk.syr.edu or email me at koveley@syr.edu. During 2013, we hope you will strongly consider reconnecting with us. Collectively, as alumni, you have so much to offer.

Kate Veley Falk College Events and Alumni Manager koveley@syr.edu 315-443-9816 Facebook.com/SUFalkCollegeAlumni @SUFalkAlumni SU David B Falk College (LinkedIn)

Class Notes
Enclosed below are highlights received from our alumni as of December 2012. We want to hear from you. Please share personal and professional milestones with us: a new job or promotion, a published book or article, an engagement, wedding, birth or anticipated retirement are joys we would welcome sharing with everyone. You can submit this information via our Class Notes feature at falk.syr.edu or email at koveley@syr.edu. James Magee (MSW ’66) had his book, Paradox for Life Review: A Guide for Enhancing Older Adults’ Self Esteem, recently published by Rowman and Littlefield. Joy S. Goldstein (SWK ’77) is the co-founder and executive director of Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc., an adoption placement agency and resource center that provides counseling, supportive services to all in the adoption triad and community education and outreach to the local schools, hospitals, mental health centers, and prisons.

Nicole Bucholtz (Imbrogno, SPM’08) recently wed Brian Bucholtz in Pittsburgh, PA. Bucholtz is the current assistant director of marketing and promotions for Duquesne University Athletics, a member of the National Association for Collegiate Marketing Associates (NACMA) Young Professionals Committee, and a member of Women in Sports & Entertainment (WISE), Pittsburgh chapter. Follow Nicole on Twitter @NicoleBucholtz. Jake Silverman (SPM ’08) just finished his third Ivy League Championship in four seasons as director of football operations at the University of Pennsylvania and completed his masters in organizational dynamics at Penn. Chanee Ford (HTW ’09) is a doctoral student at the University of Connecticut in the Human Development and Family Studies program (gerontology focus). Jina Song (SPM ’09) of New York City is engaged to Nathaniel Freiberg. Jina is program associate for the Leon Levy Foundation.  

Gordon E. Taylor (SPM ’10) resides in San Antonio, TX and is currently employed by Clear Channel Media + Entertainment as the promotions director for KZEP, KTKR and WOAI. Prior to his position at Clear Channel, Taylor worked as communications coordinator for Spurs Sports & Entertainment (July ’10 - March ’12). Erica Doe (SWK ’12) received a Fulbright Award under the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program. She is based at the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Education in Johannesburg, South Africa where she is responsible for leading lectures and student study groups, grading papers and exams, and conducting one-on-one meetings with students. She is teaching two courses and assists in the Writing Center and on research projects. Thomas Craig (Public Health ’12) is enrolled in the MPH program at Des Moines University. Jennifer Edwards (SPM ’12) is an account executive for the Colorado Mammoth.



Three Generations of Social Work:


A family in service to others
by Kathleen M. Haley ‘92

(L-R): Ona Cohn Bregman, Sonja Gottbrecht, Randi Bregman


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t’s easy to tell that Ona, Randi, and Sonja are family. They share the same friendly smile, a tangible spirit of connection, and a dedication and genuine concern in the service of others that led them into the field of social work. They are also all helping to improve lives in Central New York: Ona Cohn Bregman G’58 is semi-retired with a small private practice in systems psychotherapy and is a retired social work faculty member at SU; her daughter, Randi Bregman G’90, is executive director of Vera House in Syracuse, an agency that provides support to those affected by domestic and sexual violence; and Sonja Gottbrecht ’09, G’10, Ona’s granddaughter and Randi’s daughter, is program manager for the permanent housing program at Catholic Charities. “We connect with a lot of the same people in the community in different ways. I’ll meet someone professionally who will tell me to say hello to my mother or ask me about my daughter,” Randi says. “I love the connectivity that we share, but we all took separate paths to get on a similar journey.” Ona took an unconventional route for a woman in the 1950s. “I decided to go to graduate school because 57 years ago that was the only way a single woman didn’t have to live with her parents, and I wasn’t ready to get married,” says Ona, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Goucher College. With a background in volunteer work, she eventually decided on the School of Social Work where she earned a master’s degree. Ona pursued the study of the Bowen family systems theory, which looks at human behavior in terms of the family unit and its complex interactions. She conducts research and writes on the topic, including a recent book she co-edited, Bringing Systems Thinking to Life. Her career also included teaching at SUNY Oswego and SU. “I loved interacting with curious minds,” Ona says. She continues to see individuals, couples, and families in her practice, and takes time to see people who aren’t able to afford the regular fee, charging only what they can afford. “If you’re going to have a handle in understanding human behavior, you have to keep working at it,” she says. Randi worked in public policy in Alba-

ny and Washington, D.C., before coming back to Syracuse with her husband. She connected with her field after reading about it in SU’s graduate catalog. “When I read the social work description, it seemed like a way to help people and make the world a better place, one by one, instead of thousands at a time,” Randi says. Randi first served as coordinator of the Syracuse Area Domestic Violence Coalition at Vera House and in 2001 she began serving as executive director. A few years later, she assisted in the merger with the Rape Crisis Center of Syracuse and served as co-executive director. She now serves as executive director and oversees administration and financial management, fundraising, and professional training, among other responsibilities. Her time at Vera House has blended both her interest in public policy and helping others on an individual basis. She knows the individual and community needs supported by Vera House through one-on-one conversations, which includes at least one shift a month answering calls to Vera House’s 24-hour domestic and sexual assault hotline. “I can talk with a DA and a legislator about those needs and how they should inform what we do in public policy,” she says. When deciding on college, Sonja initially thought she wanted to go into law. However, during high school, she became more connected to her greatgrandmother, Sylvia Smith Cohn, (Ona’s mother), when the older woman was hurt in a fall. Sonja dedicated a few hours each Friday to spend time with her great-grandmother and participated in various volunteer experiences. “I realized I really liked working with people,” she says. While obtaining a B.S. degree in three years followed by a fourth year to complete a master’s degree in social work, Sonja had placements at Hospice and Upstate Medical Center. She wanted to continue working one-on-one with people and found a position as a program coordinator at Catholic Charities. A year later, she became program manager of the Permanent Supportive Housing program, supervising nine staff

members who assist people with disabilities who were formerly homeless. “I enjoy the administrative work in balance with social work, building relationships with community members and partners,” she says. All three women extend their reach into the Syracuse community. Sonja, who was named the Youth Intergenerational Volunteer of the Year by the Onondaga County Office of Aging and Youth in 2008, stays connected to social work at SU by tutoring for several subjects and this fall supervising an M.S.W. intern. Randi, who has received numerous awards for her Vera House work, including Executive of the Year at the BizEventz Non-Profit Awards, developed and taught a master’s course on family violence for 15 years at the School of Social Work. Ona, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Onondaga County Mental Health Association in 2007, is president of Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse, an interfaith organization that works on issues of social justice, including universal pre-K in Syracuse and food access on the South Side. While the community has viewed them as resources in their fields, they are, to each other, mom, grandma, and daughter. “I always look up to them as people of expertise—they’ve been both so successful in their careers,” Sonja says. “Plus, they are my mom and my grandma outside of the social work field. If I ever need advice on anything, I know I can go to them.” For Randi, she’s had the opportunity to grow up in the field in her mother’s legacy and now people are connecting her to her daughter’s work. “I’ve really enjoyed hearing other people’s celebration of them,” she says. Ona’s respect for her daughter and granddaughter goes beyond their careers in social work. “The kind of women they are overall is just amazing to me. I know I must have some piece of it, but a lot of it is just how they are wired,” Ona says. “There is something really special about them as to how they deal with human beings.”



Dear Nursing Alumni:
This fall, it was a pleasure to visit many nursing alumni who returned to campus as a part of Syracuse University’s Orange Central festivities. The Dean’s Brunch provided an opportunity for connecting with familiar faces from the past (see photo, this page). For all gathered, in particular our nursing community, it was a wonderful reminder of just how much our nursing alumni continue to impact communities near and far in so many critical ways. For example, Bobbi Harris, ’61 NUR, M.B.A., Ph.D. ’90, shared that during Veteran’s Day Weekend 2012, she was an invited speaker at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Her presentation, “Women in Uniform: The U.S. Army’s 52nd General Hospital in England During World War II,” was based on first-hand accounts detailed in the diary of nurse Winifred Paul Johnson. She will discuss this topic at an upcoming community event, and we will plan to share some of Bobbi’s perspectives in this area in a future publication. The Falk College’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities continues on many levels. For example, a new food studies program is well underway in its development. We have added three full-time faculty members to build that program (see pages 17, 28 and 29). Our public health program continues to grow each year. Many of you have worked closely with our interns in the community as site supervisors and mentors. We’d be interested in hearing about your work. Please contact me at (315) 443-5555 or via e-mail at elantier@syr.edu. Sincerely,

Dr. Neal S. Bellos, associate professor, director, All-University Gerontology Center
Neal S. Bellos, 86, passed away in Syracuse during the Fall 2011 semester. Born in Rochester, he served in the U.S. Army and was in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. He graduated from the University of Rochester, receiving a master’s degree in history at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a master’s degree in social work at Columbia University and a Ph.D. at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He was an associate professor of social work at Syracuse University and led the All-University Gerontology Center (now the Aging Studies Institute) for many years. “Neal was an inspirational colleague and students loved taking his gerontology course. It was an honor for me to know him and to have him as a colleague. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was an effective advocate for recruiting students into gerontology,” recalls Deborah J. Monahan, Ph.D., professor of social work and associate dean of research, Falk College. During his career Bellos was honored as the Gerontologist of the Year by New York State.

Dr. Thetis M. Group, professor emerita, dean
Thetis M. Group died January 20, 2012. She received a B.S. degree in nursing from Skidmore College and attended Columbia University, where she received her M.A. in nursing supervision, a master of education in community health nursing and a doctorate in nursing education. In 1972, she accepted a position as associate professor of community health nursing at Syracuse University. In 1975, she was appointed full professor and dean of the College of Nursing at SU where she served as dean through 1985. A prolific scholar and writer, Dr. Group was very influential in the advancement of nursing as a profession. As dean of the SU College of Nursing, her accomplishments included initiation of a faculty development program to increase the number of Ph.D. degrees held by the nursing faculty, increased enrollment and direction of 26 grants for external funding. She was a key University leader, serving on many University Senate and governance committees. She is survived by her companion of 54 years, Dr. Joan I. Roberts, psychologist and professor emerita of Syracuse University, with whom she wrote and published two books, Feminism and Nursing, and Nurses, Physicians, and the Medical Monopoly. Dr. Group’s many accomplishments are detailed in her full obituary, which can be accessed at http://www.syracuse.com/news/ index.ssf/2012/01/todays_obituaries_dr_thetis_m.html

Kathleen VanBenschoten Long-time beloved staff member in the School of Social Work
Kathleen VanBenschoten, 65, passed away September 4, 2012, after a long courageous battle with lymphoma. She worked as a secretary for the School of Social Work at Syracuse University until retiring in 2002 when her first grandchild was born. A memorial mass was held at Pope John XXIII Roman Catholic Church in December. Contributions may be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605.

Eileen Hayes Lantier ’74 NUR, G’76, Ph.D.’92 Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs President, Syracuse University Nurses Alumni Association


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In Memoriam
Human Services and Health Professions
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College of Human Development
Ruth (Prittie) Ford Emily Sypher Nancy (Miller) Moon Katherine (Mack) Mowry Laura (Holmes) Donner Luella Peters Bishop Ruth (Button) Fletcher Ruth (Newman) Mann Harriet (Kinde) Wagner Helen (Whitbread) Whitbread Anne (Gregory) Bunce Lydia (Mills) Currie Margaret (Thompson Bird) Fake Lucy (Sotherden) Ladd Marion (Shedd) Nenstiel Kathrina (Peckham) Prosser Ida Mae (Keen) Whittaker G. Janette (Petrie) Adams Kathryn (Joyce) Aloia Grace (Cadwallader) Archibald Ruth (Ballantyne Wiener) Elston Mary (Gilkison) Goode Jane (Mitchell) Mosher Mary Elizabeth (Garrett) Way Margaret (McCain) Belden Mary (Wagner Bowkley) Beyer Anne Bochan Vendig Ruth (Lamont) Juracka Dorothy (Jones) Mills Ruth (Sleight) Davis Ann (Coffin) Guthrie Marguerite (Cowles) Maranville Barbara (Thatcher) Nittolo Helen (Miller) Seyse Marie (Russell) Barnard Estelle (Freshman) Berger Helen (Eldredge) Chapman Susan (Mitchell) Crowell Ruth (Howell) Hubbell Muriel (Foster) Kellar Marjorie (Morey) Perfield Mary (Coxhead) Schmidt Alice (Mahannah) Vesely Edith (Hazzard) Wedeking Jean (Freitag) Crooks

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Professor Alejandro Garcia endows new fund to assist graduate students
MSW degree. Now it is my turn to look back at those left behind and open doors to graduate education for them,” notes Garcia. The scholarship will provide financial assistance to graduate students enrolled in the School of Social Work who reflect academic excellence, professional potential and an interest in serving the Latino/Hispanic community. “I am concerned that we have not prepared enough professional social workers to address the changing multicultural society in the United States. We need professionals who are linguistically and culturally competent to work effectively with the increasing number of Latinos in this country,” says Garcia. On a national scope, Professor Garcia is known as a strong advocate for Hispanic populations, especially the elderly. A fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, his leadership spans many national organizations including the National Hispanic Council on Aging, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the Council on Social Work Education. For his service and commitment to the profession, he has been honored with countless awards including receipt of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and distinction as a Social Work Pioneer by the National Association of Social Workers. The Falk College invites students, parents, alumni and friends to honor Professor Garcia’s lifelong commitment to students and the social work profession with a gift to the scholarship established in his name. You can make your gift online at falk.syr.edu. If you have any questions related to this fund, please contact our assistant dean for advancement and external affairs, David Salanger, at (315) 443-4588 or dasalang@syr.edu.



hroughout his distinguished 35-year career at Syracuse University, School of Social Work Professor Alejandro Garcia has made significant contributions to the field through teaching, research and policy advocacy. He has touched the lives of tens of thousands of students through his courses on gerontology, human diversity and social policy, as well as in his previous role as the Director of the School of Social Work. But his service to Syracuse University students extends well beyond the classroom walls. Through his visionary commitment to students, Dr. Garcia has created the Alejandro Garcia Latino/Hispanic Excellence in Social Work Fund through a generous donation. “Many years ago, Alan Wade, the director of the social work program at California State University at Sacramento opened doors for me to pursue an

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Life changing moments
Dear Alumni and Friends,
One of the most enjoyable aspects of my role is to hear from alumni about their unique Syracuse University history. Whether these experiences took place decades ago or are more recent, these stories typically include career-defining moments that started right in our college. In this magazine you’ll read about the internship and immersion experiences that have literally changed current students’ lives by bringing them face-to-face with professionals they aspire to be like some day. You will be reminded of our faculty whose teaching and mentoring impact students every day, such as social work professor Alejandro Garcia who has made significant contributions through teaching, research and policy advocacy. Dr. Garcia has recently created the Alejandro Garcia Latino/Hispanic Excellence in Social Work Fund through a generous personal contribution, which many of you have also contributed to since December. Whether you have donated to this or other named funds, or supported our recent year-end appeal, we are most grateful for your gift. It is not the amount that matters but rather your commitment to stay involved. We value your support of our students who have followed in your footsteps, offering them the same types of opportunities that shaped your SU experience. A student contacted me recently about an internship offer he received. Although it would take place hundreds of miles away in a city where he didn’t know anyone, he was determined to make it work. He wondered if there were any funds available to help secure affordable and safe short-term housing. Thanks to the generous and visionary support from donors, we provided need-based financial support to offset housing expenses for the semester. While we always welcome financial support to fund student opportunities and needs, we are also interested in networking opportunities and mentoring you may be able to offer our students. If you would like to learn more about the work we are doing, or should you have an idea for other areas you might be interested in supporting, please let me know. As I travel from city to city, I would welcome the opportunity to meet you in person. You can reach me at 315-443-4588 or dasalang@syr.edu. We invite you to visit us often online to see what our students are doing in the classroom and how they are changing our communities and making a difference. We welcome your involvement in making a difference in the lives of our students, too. We look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely,

Thanks a billion!
As most are aware, the Campaign for Syracuse University surpassed its billion-dollar fundraising goal three months before the official end on December 31, 2012. The Falk College is tremendously grateful to all of the alumni, friends and supporters who contributed to the Campaign for Syracuse University so generously, which was launched in 2007. Of the Campaign for Syracuse’s total, $32 million will directly benefit the Falk College. In fact, it already is. A desire to honor their families motivated SU alumni David and Rhonda Falk to make a pledge of $15 million to the College of Human Ecology—one of the largest-ever gifts to SU. In their honor, the College of Human Ecology was renamed the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics in July 2011. The Falks’ gift will allow the college—portions of which are housed in eight different campus buildings—to relocate to a new, central location to be created at MacNaughton and White halls, currently home to the College of Law. Eight endowed professorships were established in the Falk College during the Campaign for Syracuse. At this time, four Falk College faculty members have been appointed to these named positions, including: Rick Burton, the David B. Falk Professor of Sport Management; Jaipaul Roopnarine, the Jack Reilly Professor of Child and Family Studies; Merril Silverstein, the Marjorie Cantor Endowed Professor in Aging; and Linda Stone Fish, the Falk Family Endowed Professor in Marriage and Family Therapy. Five new endowed scholarships will help the Falk College provide need- and merit-based financial support to attract and retain promising students in all of its academic programs. The newest scholarship program was created by Alejandro Garcia to support students interested in serving the Latino/Hispanic community (see page 40). The Lomasky Scholar of Student Engagement, established through the support of Jeffrey and Andrea Lomasky, assists undergraduate sport management students in learning, research and professional networking opportunities, such as the SU in LA Sport Management Immersion Program that takes place during Spring Break. And the James L. Stone Legislative Policy Day Endowed Fund (see page 45) will impact social work students well into the future. The additional funding the Falk College has received from the Campaign for Syracuse continues to support development of new academic programs, including a Certificate of Advanced Study in Global Health, master of science degrees in Child and Family Health in the Global Community and Sport Venue and Event Management, and emerging undergraduate and graduate programs in Food Studies, with additional certificates and programs in-the-works. As this edition’s magazine cover and content suggest, lending a hand means many different—and very critical— things. For all who have supported the Falk College in so many ways and lent their hands, vision and commitment, your generosity is very meaningful and very much appreciated. To view a list of the Falk College’s Campaign for Syracuse donors, visit falk.syr.edu. falk.syr.edu 41

David A. Salanger, Assistant Dean for Advancement and External Affairs David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

The David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics gratefully acknowledges the following gifts during the 2011-12 year (July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012). Every effort is made to be as accurate as possible in reporting our donors. If there is an error or omission, please contact us at 315-443-8989 or via e-mail at kmdesmon@syr.edu. Thank you for your support. Karen M. Abbott Gerald Ackerman and Eleanor D. Macklin Reggie I. Adler Ernest J. Agresto and Susan M. Agresto Glenn A. Aigen and Melissa F. Aigen Beverly B. Alessi Frederick J. Alexander and Constance G. Alexander Katherine Allen Lina Al-Rachach Jeffrey D. Ambers Karen M. Anagnost Dr. Ann Martha Anderson Lois F.M. Anderson Anonymous Robert J. Anthone Gail B. Appleton Barbara Arcuri Andrew Assis Arrospide Manuel Arrospide and Natalia Assis Jene M. Baldwin Noriko T. Banerjee Natasha C. Bang Olivia A. Banick Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund Tracy Baran Gerald B. Barker and Debra G. Barker Alvin J. Barnes and Elizabeth A. Barnes Robert L. Bassler, Jr. and Anne R. Bassler Catherine H. Bastian Mary Virginia Kelley Bauer John R. Beaudoin Benjamin C. Beauharnais Rebecca J. Beers Gwynne Bellos Phillip Levant Benton Janet D. Benz Teresa Furtak Berard Stuart E. Berger and Regina B. Berger Arnold J. Berman Michael J. Berman and Stacey S. Berman Ronald C. Bernard Mark L. Bienstock and Maxine Bienstock Yvonne Bisel Kerry A. Blask Nina Blendman Gordon G. Blewis and Julie G. Blewis Jane R. Bloom Boeing Company Carol W. Bonwich Robert A. Bossman and Francie E. Bossman Kelly A. Boswell Steven A. Botwinick and Stacy G. Botwinick Monica Aynsley Sullivan Bracken Barbara J. Bradford Russ Brandon Helen L. Braun Peter R. Brest Dr. Carol A. Brooks Jill M. Brooks and William K. Brooks Dr. Maria T. Brown and Marygail Perkins Mary Jane Brown Nancy P . Brown Barbara E. Bruening Craig T. Bruening and Kay Stearns Bruening Francis A. Bruno and Susan M. Bruno Mary W. Bryant Anne M. Buckley Jean J. Budden Traci D. Buller Marilyn J. Burday Scott Burlingame Joanne Bursich Melanie E. Burton Richard H. Burton and Barbara A. Burton Lois Seeger Bush Robert J. Byrnes and Joanne R. Byrnes Marie Call Gloria Burlingame Cameron Faye M. Campeas Mary C. Canole Chancellor and Dr. Nancy Cantor and Dr. Steven R. Brechin Aida P . Caputo Deborah P . Carey Jennifer Corn Carter Rosamond M. Cassell Kathleen C. Cavanaugh Central New York Community Foundation Inc. Ellen K. Cetlin Gerald F. Chandler, Jr. Dr. Anne Chew Brittany Lai Chin Joan M. Christy Dr. John A. Clapp Dr. Barry A. Clark and Rochelle A. Clark Deborah J. Clark Dr. Barry T. Cohen and Caryn L. Cohen Clive R. Cohen and Sharon B. Cohen Dr. Jessica I. Cohen Lee E. Cohen and Dr. Cynthia B. Green Jane C. Conley Debra Z. Connolly Gloria E. Conway Christina Cathleen Coons Joseph Corasaniti and Joanne Marie Corasaniti Dr. Leslie Jane Couse Robert A. Crames and Simone Crames Leslie N. Crane Rose D. Cregg Rochelle L. Crespo Tracy J. Cromp Andrew C. Curtin Thomas H. Curtin and Kathleen A. McAvinue Danielle Renee Czysz Marilyn W. Daitch Josephine D’Alessandro-Thomas Stephan U. Danckers and Kathleen M. Danckers Berte Berger Darr Linda E. Davies Ann T. Davis Cynthia S. Dellavilla Yvonne F. DeMay Sylvia Brooklyn Denhoff Dr. Karen Denton Chuck L. Desmond and Kim C. Desmond Paul D. Diamond and Vivian D. Diamond Dikaia Foundation Inc. Howard Dolgon Joanne C. Donovan Dr. Mary Ann Dowdell Susan P . Downey Susan G. Downing Mary Ann Drewry Michael P . Duda Helen Y. Duryea Barbara E. Dutcher-Campbell Katherine Dyroff Helene Moran Eberts Audray A. Edwards Martin & Rebecca Eisenberg Foundation Martin H. Eisenberg and Rebecca S. Eisenberg Kay Erlanger-McNamara Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Esposito Bruce J. Evans and Jeannie J. Evans Mary E. Ewing Jeff P . Fagan and Lynda M. Dmoch Fairfield County Community Foundation Inc. David and Rhonda Falk James C. Farrell and Dr. Marian L. Farrell Nancy L. Farrell Penny L. Feeney Betty Fehlman William Feigin and Nancy Mittleman Feigin FHL Foundation Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Deborah L. Finkel Jane Finkle Mimi D. Flack Denise H. Flint Alice M. Floyd Barbara C. Ford Shirley D. Forssell Stephen J. Fossing Joanne H. Francis Susan C. Frank Nancy M. Frazier Gregory C. Frederick and Alisa G. Frederick Stephen M. Friedberg and Madalyn Felix Friedberg Frannie B. Friedman Jackie L. Friedman Meredith Offerman Friedman Alfred A. Friedrich and Denise H. Friedrich Marcia S. Gaffney Dr. Alejandro Garcia Marilyn T. Gast Dr. Barbara M. Gatewood Gary C. Geisenheimer General Electric Company (Court Street) Lois E. Gentry Mary Lou George


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Lawrence H. Gewirtz and Elayne F. Gewirtz Jane E. Giarrizzo Susan W. Gibbons Dr. W. David Gibson and Larissa W. Gibson Barbara J. Gifford Archie L. Gilchrist Stuart M. Ginsburg and Laurie Orlando Daniel K. Glazier Neil A. Gold and Helene Gold Judyth L. Goldstein Michael S. Goldstein and Joy S. Goldstein William R. Goodman, Jr. and Susan E. Goodman Frances A. Goodrich Marilyn E. Gorman Loretta A. Graceffo Mary Beth Grady Steven E. Gramet and Dr. Pamela R. Gramet Dr. Evelyn C. Granieri Barbara B. Grant The Rev. Robert D. Grant Nicholas A. Green and Beth Anne Radics-Green Sister Ida Gregoire, RSM Kathleen P . Grenier Matthew K. Grodd Bertha Gross Dr. Stanley Grossman Elizabeth Sumner Gulesian Dr. Virginia L. Gunn Steven C. Haas and Carla Bachman Haas Frances C. Hahn Margaret L. Hale Ann S. Hamilton Sherry L. Hanson Ellen P . Harvey Gretchen A. Hassenplug Janine Ann Haver F. Thomas Havern and Arleen E. Havern Frederick D. Hawke, Jr. Wanjuri Hawkins Victoria S. Hayes Linda Heimann John Hill and Nicole Hill Stacy S. Hochberg Mary Kate Hodgens Chris A. Horacek and Dr. Tanya M. Horacek Todd E. Horowitz and Carol S. Levine Larry S. Howard, II and Renee M. Howard Jacqueline D. Howell Katherine G. Hughes Robert W. Hunter, Sr. Mary D. Hutchens Jonathan T. Hutter and Lisa M. Hutter Dr. Ellen J. Huyck Beverly R. Ianuzi Anne C. Ingraham The Ironman Foundation Inc. Jewish Communal Fund of New York Jewish Endowment Foundation of Western Massachusetts Shirley V. Jockle Janet A. Johnston Ruth L. Juracka Gary E. Kahn and Carol Rubin Kahn Richard A. Kalinowski and Valerie A. Torres Clifford L. Kaplan Mr. and Mrs. Noel H. Kaplan Cheryl K. Karpinski Daniel Mark Kaseman and Dr. Theresa Kaseman Lisa H. Katz Jane M. Keggi Dr. Irene E. Kehres David J. Kelley Betsy J. Kempner Shelly L. Kempton Shelby Keys Anne L. King Kings Highway Chiropractic Office David M. Kleinhandler Susan R. Klenk Christine E. Knuth Denise M. Kolankowski Pamela B. Kolb KPMG Foundation S. Scott Kraemer and Linda Tousey Kraemer Louise K. Kramer Alison J. Kretser Carol C. Kurth Maryann H. LaBella Sharon R. Land Deborah A. Langley Janet S. Langsam James and Eileen Lantier Marion S. Laube Bonnie Susan Leff Dr. Scott H. Leist and Amy F. Leist Elizabeth Anne Lemon Marie Theresa Letterii Judith L. Lev John L. Levitow, Jr. The Levitt Foundation Mark A. Levitt David R. Levy and Niki B. Levy Barbara B. Lewis Debra Lewis Karen B. Lewis Zef Ljekocevic and Maria Ljekocevic Anne Loach Jeffrey Lomasky and Andrea Lomasky Marc Lyle Lomasky Elizabeth French Loomis Victoria H. Lounsbury Rebecca M. Love Deborah Love-Combs Jeralyn Delisi Lowe Ruth J. Lyman Nicole Macchione-Early Anne N. Magill James F. Maley Elliott H. Maltz and Tina I. Maltz Sharon A. Mancus Barbara G. Manilow Barbara Manipole Virginia B. Marczak David Samuel Marks Tracy A. Marshall-Whitmer Michael R. Mason Scott J. Mason and Lynne N. Mason Susan G. Mason Susan C. Matteson Kathleen J. McArdle Marie L. McCarthy Maxine D. McDonald Carol A. McGrath Lynn Y. McLean Timothy P . McMahon Dr. William R. McPeak and Judy T. McPeak Kathleen R. McQueen Mead Johnson Nutrition Ellen S. Mellis Ann S. Merrill Joan L. Merzbach Deborah C. Messulam Alfred J. Meyer and Jill A. Meyer Brian Meyer Jeffrey A. Mieth and Patricia R. Mieth Lillian C. Milanof Susan K. Miller Michele Anne Mitchell Ann Winsor Moniz The Irwin & Judith Montag Memorial Fund Inc. Sandy R. Montag Rhoda D. Morrisroe Donald J. Moskal Dr. Nina S. Mounts Joanne K. Mudd Mary Lue Mueller Frederick R. Murphy and Dr. Diane Lyden Murphy Patricia A. Myatt Edith Nacman Kevin T. Nadeau and Toni L. Nadeau Alex G. Nason Foundation Alexander G. Nason Myriam E. Nathanson Mary Kay Nels Dennis B. Nemchek Edward Nickerson and Paulette Z. Nickerson Helen M. Nieznalski David H. Northrup, Jr. and Sharon C. Northrup Patricia H. Nugent Owen M. O’Donnell Donald Oken and Linda R. Oken Gary R. Olivella Omaha Community Foundation Charles J. Opolinsky and Allison S. Ames E. John Orsenigo Ginger Osborn Jenny C. Overeynder Jennifer L. Oyer Dr. Donald L. Pair and Tracy A. Payne-Pair Jane S. Palmisano Julia A. Paradiso Edith V. Parker Norman F. Paul Linda L. Pendleton Dr. Susan L. Peverly Kelly L. Pflaum Steven S. Pflaum Leonard R.B. Phillips Denise Renee Pierrot James A. Pinsley Col. Doris A. Piper, USAF Ret. Laurie K. Platt Veronica R. Plovanich Poprat Realty Corporation Jean H. Powers John R. Preston Procter & Gamble Company Linda L. Pullen Barbara L. Quinby Linda J. Quinn James M. Raimo and Carol E. Raimo Mitchell & Deborah Rechler Foundation Inc. Mitchell D. Rechler and Deborah A. Rechler Susan Reisbord Barbara Reiss Nancy K. Rice Kathleen M. Riches-Amyot Thomas H. Richey and Dorothy A. Donaldson Donald P . Rindfuss and Nancy P . Rindfuss



Graham Ritchie and Maudie W. Ritchie Kathleen Dickinson Rockwood Bruce N. Rooney John H. Rose and Rhoda H. Rose Frederick L. Rosenstein and Elizabeth K. Rosenstein Joanne M. Ross Suzzanne C. Rosselot Melissa Rowe Donald M. Roznowski and Grace M. Roznowski Joseph Rubach and Elizabeth H. Rubach David A. Ruben and Carolyn A. Ruben Aaron R Rudy Earl A. Rudy and Michelle A. Rudy David A. Salanger Henry A. Salmon and Linda J. Salmon Sandy C. Salzman and Nina J. Salzman Scott P . Samost and Carol A. Samost Jane R. Sanders Arlene O. Sanoy Deborah E. Satnick William Michael Savage Jean M. Schafer Michele Gray Schaffer William C. Schofield and Roberta C. Schofield Dr. Edward T. Schroeder and Dr. Lois A. Schroeder Irene P . Schu Ethel A. Scully Dr. Mark M. Seckler and Beth E. Seckler Linda F. Seeland Bruce J. Senn Linda L. Sgroi Maureen L. Shafer Leonard H. Shapiro and Caryl S. Shapiro Phyllis Shapiro Paul M. Shapses and Dr. Susan A. Shapses Bethanie Sherwood Colleen E. Shufelt-Baker Robert N. Shwartz and Susan J. Greenberg Sonja S. Simpson Celine Perle Sinaw Gursewak Singh Marilyn Hoyt Slater Ruth Slovenski John C. Sly and Patricia W. Sly David N. Smith Marion A. Smith John W. Smith and Jean A. Smith Stephen J. Smith Susan O. Smith George A. Sophias and Anastasia Sophias Jane F. Sorenson Christopher Basilios Sotiropulos Kathy Rubin Sparrow Lisa A. Spatola James A. St. Lifer and Regina C. St. Lifer Suzanne I. Stacy Barbara A. Stark Jayson I. Stark and Lisa B. Stark Patricia Steigerwald Brandon S. Steiner Janna G. Steinke Thomas C. Stephens Rebecca H. Stewart Sandra M. Stewart Nancy H. Stickles Janet G. Stock James L. Stone Joan A. Storer Dr. Amy F. Subar Bryan M. Sullivan John P . Sullivan and Betty A. Porter Mary E. Sunega Barry A. Suskind and Audrey F. Suskind Ben C. Sutton, Jr. Lucy M. Swanson Kathrine V. Switzer Thomas A. Sy and Diane M. Sy Syracuse Crunch Hockey Club Steven D. Tabak and Cathy J. Tabak Richard M. Taft Linda Goodnough Taylor Elizabeth B. Thoreck Dr. Branson L. Thurston Michael T. Tirico and Deborah G. Tirico John M. Titus Dr. Anibal R. Torres and Isabelle Wilczewski Patricia G. Utke Nancy J. Van Cleave Michael D. Veley and Katherine O’Neil Veley Verizon Foundation Constance E. Vickery Oliver D. Vigille and Veronique C. Vigille Doris Wachsler Nicholas S. Walsh and Susan G. Walsh Walt Disney Company Foundation Rebecca R. Walter Steven M. Warshaw Marjorie B. Washbon Harriette D. Weeks Ellen Weinlich Nancy Chase Weinstein Gail S. Weiser Paul S. Weitz Harry D. Weller and Robyn E. Weller Wellsboro Pediatric Health Care Associates Claudette A. White Joyce A. Wickizer John R. Wildhack Ruth E. Wiley Edward G. Wilkens and Denise K. Wilkens Lori A. Willis John Vincent Wilson Mary A. Wilson Robert M. Wilson and Marilyn L. Wilson Dr. Robert J. Wineburg Thomas G. Wise and Justine M. Woolner-Wise Dean E. Wolcott and Betty B. Wolcott Edward L. Wold, Jr. Scott M. Wolfson and Randi Masor Wolfson Bernice M. Wright Parent Advisory Board Richard D. Wroblewski Diana M. Wyant Philip H. Yawman, III MaryAnn Beth Young Myung S. Yun Patricia R. Zaccari John F. Zazyczny and Victoria W. Zazyczny Steven M. Zelin and Joy M. Zelin Elsie G. Zellner

In Honor of:
Class of 2011 Kay Stearns Bruening, Ph.D. and Craig T. Bruening Dominique Pierrot and Tiffany Nicole Pierrot Denise Renee Pierrot Alexander Joseph Suskind Barry A. Suskind and Audrey F. Suskind Ashley Morgan Nadeau Kevin T. Nadeau and Toni L. Nadeau Michael D. Veley Cynthia B. Green and Lee E. Cohen Dr. Diane Lyden Murphy Cynthia B. Green and Lee E. Cohen David B. Falk and Rhonda S. Falk Robert J. Anthone

In Memory of:
Debra J. Royce Jeffrey D. Ambers Donald H. Stacy and Helen C. Stacy Suzanne I. Stacy Mildred L. Ewing Mary E. Ewing Ernest R. Davis Steven M. Warshaw Eleanor H. Sykes F. Thomas and Arleen Havern Catherine M. Esposito Mary Jane Brown Catherine M. Esposito Elizabeth B. Thoreck Catherine M. Esposito Joseph and Mary Esposito


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Social work alumnus helps students understand, explore policy issues
understanding of policy development and implementation. Stone is a nationally recognized leader in the field of mental health services. He most recently served as acting director of the Division of Behavioral Health with the Indian Health Service (IHS) until his retirement in March 2009. A licensed clinical social worker, he joined the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2003 as a member of the Senior Executive Service. Prior to this position, he was deputy administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and executive director of the Intradepartmental Council on Native American Affairs. With a reputation for integrity and leadership coupled with commitment to and compassion for individuals suffering with mental illnesses, he spent the early years of his career in the field of juvenile justice. His career began in New York State where he worked for two state agencies and three counties in the fields of juvenile delinquency and mental health/substance abuse after graduating from SU. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the 1995 Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Syracuse University School of Social Work, an Exemplary Service Award from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in 2003 and the 2003 Distinguished Service Award from the Coalition of Mental Health Agencies, Inc. In honor of his committed career in mental health service delivery at the local, state and national levels that spanned nearly five decades, the Falk College named Stone who graduated from SU in 1962 and received his MSW in 1964, as its 2009 Alumnus of the Year. He currently serves on the Falk College Board of Visitors, a board he previously chaired for many years. “We are grateful to Jim for his ongoing support and leadership that has made this annual symposium possible for the past 14 years,” says Diane Lyden Murphy, dean of the Falk College. “Year after year, this event allows future professionals in social work and human services the chance to hear from leading experts on important social policy issues, further strengthening their commitment to participate, as professionals and citizens, in advancing the ideas and values of the profession through involvement in all aspects of the policy process.” For more information about supporting the James L. Stone Legislative Policy Day Endowed Fund or other giving opportunities in the Falk College, please contact assistant dean for advancement and external affairs, David Salanger, at (315) 443-4588 or dasalang@syr.edu.

or more than a decade, School of Social Work alumnus James L. Stone, MSW ‘64 has made it possible for students to hear valuable, first-hand perspectives from agency leaders, government officials and human services practitioners. Recently, he made a generous and visionary gift to establish the James L. Stone Legislative Policy Day Endowed Fund that will support the annual legislative policy day well into the future. “I’d like to raise the consciousness of students regarding the importance of decisions made in the larger context of our practice and how it affects our work,” says Stone, commenting on his vision for this gift. This event brings social work students face-to-face with contemporary issues that will likely impact their future social work practice. “I believe that social workers, because of their interest and training, are in the best position to have an opportunity to impact contemporary issues. I hope that this Legislative Day will reinforce the interest of those students who are aware that what goes on in our society through legislation and public opinion has an important impact upon our practice,” says Stone. This year’s 14th Annual James L. Stone Legislative Policy Symposium was held in October and explored the historical, ethical, political, and economic considerations regarding residential care for persons with special needs. The program’s theme, “The Measure of a Society: What Does New York State Owe its Most Vulnerable Citizens?” was particularly meaningful for Stone. He was former commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health. Stone was the keynote speaker at the first policy symposium 14 years ago. This past October, he reminded students of the critical role in policy development they can play, speaking from his own experience. “I had a wonderful career as a social worker thanks to Syracuse University where I received a thorough grounding in the nuts and bolts of providing services.” He described his on-the-ground training as the basis for his

James L. Stone, MSW ’64 meets with students at the 2012 legislative policy symposium that bears his name.



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Stay informed about activities and events in the Falk College and all around campus by visiting falk.syr.edu. Noted below are key dates, including: Daniel and Mary Lou Rubenstein Social Justice Award Ceremony Tuesday, March 26 Falk College Undergraduate Information Session (Lubin House, New York City) Hospitality Management Senior Gala Undergraduate Spring Reception Days/Open House Second Annual Women in Sports & Events Symposium “America’s First Sport” Documentary Premiere and Academic Symposium Falk College Convocation 2013 Syracuse University Commencement 2013 First Day of Fall 2013 Classes Orange Central Weekend 2013 Family Weekend 2013 Saturday, April 6 Saturday, April 6 April 8, 12, 15, 19, 22 Tuesday, April 9 Monday, April 22 Saturday, May 11 Sunday, May 12 Monday, August 26 October 3-6 November 1-3


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