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Happy anniversary, Sound Beat!

May 2nd, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

The Jim and BrettLibraries’ public radio show, Sound Beat, celebrated its fifth year on the air this spring. To mark the occasion, there will be a celebration in Bird Library’s Learning Commons on Friday, May 6 from 2– 4 p.m.

On hand for the event will be the show’s host Brett Barry, a two-time Newhouse alumnus and voiceover artist, and producer Jim O’Connor. The event will feature demos of the Sound Beat program and podcast, including episodes written by students as part of the Sound Beat Class Partnership. There will also be an opportunity for listeners to share comments for inclusion in an anniversary episode on the website. And, of course, cake!

Sound Beat is a quick trip through the history of recorded sound. Each episode focuses on one particular recording from the Belfer Audio Archive and provides a back story detailing its place in recording history. Featured recordings come from a wide range of periods and genres– popular and classical music, operatic works, and film scores, as well as those distinctly American musical forms like jazz, bebop, country, and bluegrass. Sound Beat episodes also feature recordings from some of the great thinkers, political figures, and luminaries from the late 19th and early- to mid-20th centuries.

Coverage of the show has grown steadily and Sound Beat can now be heard on over 358 stations from coast to coast, including Canada, and as far away as the Philippines, reaching almost 5 million listeners. Stations that carry the show include WAMC/Northeast Public Radio and Jefferson Public Radio, (Pacific Northwest), each with over 1 million listeners, Texas Public Radio, and AMI, a Canadian reader service delivered via cable to five million households.

Initial funding for Sound Beat was provided by University Advancement and SU alumnus George Hamilton. The Savada family, donors of 200,000 78s to Belfer several years ago, established an endowment fund in 2015 to support Sound Beat. The show also garnered an NEA Arts on Radio and Television grant in 2012 and a Jon Ben Snow Trust grant in 2014.

For more information, contact Jim O’Connor at

Syracuse University Ph.D. student Jessica Pauszek wins Mary Hatch Marshall Essay Award

April 18th, 2016 by Julie Sharkey

Jessica PauszekJessica Pauszek, a Ph.D. candidate in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric in the Writing Program at Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been selected to receive this year’s Mary Hatch Marshall Essay Award, an annual award for the best essay by a graduate student in the humanities at Syracuse University. Pauszek’s essay is entitled “When Some Members Can’t Write: Building Alternative Educational Spaces From the Ground Up.” She is a native of Dunkirk, NY and Deltona, FL.

The annual award honors Mary Hatch Marshall, the first woman to achieve the rank of full professor in The College of Liberal Arts. She held the Jesse Truesdell Peck Chair in English literature, served as the first director of the Honors Program, and was among the founding members of Library Associates. Library Associates, Marshall’s friends and family, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the CNY Community Foundation contributed to fund the endowment.

Students from African American Studies; Art & Music Histories; English; Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; Latino-Latin American Studies; Religion; Philosophy; the Writing Program; and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program are eligible for the award.

Library Associates established the annual award to honor and help perpetuate Mary Hatch Marshall’s scholarly standards and generous spirit. Members of Library Associates, Marshall’s friends and family, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Central New York Community Foundation all contributed to the endowment established in 2004 that funds the award.

Entrepreneurs Wiley Cerilli and Patrick Ambron to participate in Blackstone LaunchPad grand opening on April 19

April 13th, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

Two high-profile Syracuse University alumni entrepreneurs will be featured guests at the grand opening of the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University on April 19.  The 1 p.m. event at Bird Library includes a formal ceremony, ribbon cutting, reception, and student venture demos.

wiley-cerilliAs part of the LaunchPad kick-off, Wiley Cerilli, Co-CEO and Founder at Good Uncle, and Patrick Ambron, Co-Founder and CEO of BrandYourself, will join Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost Liz Liddy in awarding $60,000 in prizes to Syracuse University student winners of the CompeteCNY business plan competition.

More than three dozen Syracuse University student ventures are pitching their business concepts at the LaunchPad on April 14 at the regional qualifier for the NYS Business Plan Competition, considered the country’s premier collegiate contest. Teams are competing in:

Information Technology/Software; Energy/Sustainability; Products/Services; and Social Entrepreneurship/Non-Profit Ventures.

Patrick-AmbronCerilli and Ambron will recognize student teams advancing to the NYS finals and award $60,000 in CompeteCNY prizes to Syracuse University student ventures to help take their innovations to the next stage.  The statewide competition, hosted by Syracuse University, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and University at Albany’s School of Business, will be held April 29 in Albany, with a $100,000 grand prize.

The CompeteCNY awards are part of student demos following the LaunchPad opening ceremony and ribbon cutting. Cerilli and Ambron will be on hand to meet and mingle, and host an intimate, informal conversation in the LaunchPad with student entrepreneurs on lessons learned as they started and scaled their successful businesses.

Cerilli, who attended the iSchool, founded SinglePlatform in 2010, raising $4.5 million in two rounds, then selling the two-year old start-up to Constant Contact for $100 million. Following the sale, he became Vice President at Constant Contact, then Venture Partner for First Round Capital in New York, and was named a “Top 25 CEO” in New York, and “Top 10 People to Watch” by Crain’s.

He recently co-founded Good Uncle, which raised $2.2 million from institutional investors including First Round, Box Group, and tech law firm Gunderson Dettmer. The founders of hot NYC startups are investors, along with restaurateur Tom Colicchio of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” fame. The new venture is a food delivery service featuring items from the world’s most iconic restaurants and chefs, ordered through an immersive, content-rich mobile app.  It builds on his experience as an early employee at Seamless, a food ordering site created by Jason Finger.  As one of the original employees, Cerilli spent ten years at Seamless, helping it become one of fastest growing companies in the country before being acquired by ARAMARK.

Ambron ’09, a dual major in Advertising (Newhouse School) and Psychology (Arts and Sciences), co-founded BrandYourself with a team of Syracuse University students and went on to become a nationally recognized expert in online reputation management and search engine optimization. He was honored by the White House as one of Empact’s 100 Top CEOs under 30, named Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the SBA, and selected as Inc. Magazine’s Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35. Entrepreneur Magazine picked BrandYourself as a Top 5 Collegiate Startup, PCWorld named the company a Top 5 Hottest Web Apps at SXSW, and the company won the SXSW Accelerator Competition as Best Bootstrapped Startup.

Most recently, Ambron represented BrandYourself on ABC’s Shark Tank, where he walked away from a $2 million offer – one of the highest in the show’s history.  He has led BrandYourself to raise several rounds of venture capital and grown it from a student start-up to more than 75 full-time employees. His ideas have been featured on ABC News, CBS News, Huffington Post, Fast Company, Mashable, TechCrunch, WSJ, the NY Times, US News & World, and many others. He helped co-develop the new media curriculum at Syracuse University’s iSchool.

The Blackstone LaunchPad opening ceremony starts at 1 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, first floor of Bird Library. It will include remarks by: Kent Syverud, Chancellor, Syracuse University; David Seaman, University Librarian and Dean of Syracuse University Libraries; Liz Liddy, Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost, Syracuse University; Erik Lisher, Managing Director in Blackstone’s Investor Relations & Business Development Group, and member of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation Board of Directors; Robert Simpson, President & Chief Executive Officer, CenterState CEO; Judy Mower, Syracuse University Trustee, Chair of the Libraries Advisory Board; Erin Miller ’16, Out There Productions; and Linda Dickerson Hartsock, Executive Director, Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University.

Following the 30-minute ceremony, guests are invited to stay for the ribbon cutting, reception, and student venture demos in the LaunchPad from approximately 1:30 to 3:00, with the opportunity to meet and speak with Cerilli and Ambron.

RSVP’s are requested to assist with planning:

arXiv celebrates 25th anniversary, issues user survey

April 11th, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

arXiv, an e-print service in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, and statistics, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016.

To mark the occasion, the service has engaged in a series of vision-setting activities, including a user survey, to help improve arXiv and to clarify future directions in a way that best serves the user community. The survey is located at arXiv user survey. It has four sections and should take about 10 minutes to complete. No personal information is collected during the survey and only a summary of the results will be shared. The survey closes on April 27

arXiv is owned and operated by Cornell University, a private, not-for-profit educational institution. arXiv is funded by Cornell University Library, the Simons Foundation and by the member institutions.

Issues in Digital Scholarship Forum: “Push to Reject: Games, Gamers, and the Legacy of Coin-Op”

April 8th, 2016 by Julie Sharkey

04-14-16-Kocurek-Flyer-FinalWhen: Thursday, April 14, 5 p.m.
Where: Hall of Languages 107

For most of its long and colorful history, the coin-op industry has been an easily ignored part of America’s retail and amusement markets despite its ubiquity. However, in the wake of PONG in 1972, coin-op found itself in the spotlight as video games cropped up in laundromats and bowling alleys, student unions and bars, and even in dedicated arcades. The “Pac-Man Fever” of the late 1970s and early 1980s captured the public imagination, alarmed moral guardians, and helped set the course for video game history. In this talk drawn from her recent book Coin-Operated Americans, Carly A. Kocurek discusses the rise and legacy of coin-op video gaming, arguing that these early games profoundly affected our understanding of today’s gaming culture.

Carly A. Kocurek is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and Media Studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is the author of Coin-Operated Americans: Rebooting Boyhood at the Video Game Arcade (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) and of the forthcoming book, Brenda Laurel: Pioneering Games for Girls (Bloomsbury). She is co-editor, with Jennifer deWinter, of the Influential Game Designers book series, published by Bloomsbury, and she also develops serious and educational games, including Choice: Texas, which Paste called one of the best games of 2014.

Co-sponsored by the departments of English, History, and Transmedia, the Syracuse University Libraries’ Issues in Digital Scholarship Forum, and the Digital Humanities Working Group.