First annual Thrive Together Fair to be held on April 15

Syracuse University student organization Thrive at SU and SU’s Student Association invites students, faculty, and the community to attend the campus’ first annual Thrive Together Fair on Saturday, April 15 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Manley Field House.

Join Thrive at SU and other student organizations in celebrating the diverse cultural heritage of Syracuse through traditional performances, engaging activities, and a variety of delicious food.

All proceeds from the event will support Interfaith Works’ Center for New Americans, which resettles and integrates refugee families into the Syracuse community. Following recent policy changes, the center has seen their funding for these efforts drastically reduced.

The event will also invite speakers to discuss their stories surrounding the New American experience and life in Syracuse. Mayor Stephanie Miner and Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly will each be in attendance and delivering remarks.

Dinner will be provided by local venues who are donating a variety of cuisines from around the world. Parking is available in the Manley Field House south lot on South Campus.

Tickets for the event cost $7 each and can be purchased at the Schine Student Center Box Office or online at

As the collegiate-level affiliate of Thrive Projects, a nonprofit that works with underserved and vulnerable communities around the world, Thrive at SU firmly believes that the strength of Syracuse is rooted in both, its diversity and sense of togetherness. Thrive at SU recognizes the important role that refugees play in the community and hopes that this event “serves as a reminder that we are at our best when we face times of struggle together.”

For more information on the event, contact Amanda Chou at

Global New Products Database trial

Trial access to Global New Products Database (GNPD) is currently available.

Mintel GNPD captures 600 fields of data on a wide variety of U.S. and international new products and brands introduced (or also relaunched) since 1996. The range of product categories aligns with various baskets of goods their Mintel ‘shoppers’ uncover in brick and mortar grocery stores, such as Wegmans, Top’s Markets, as well as big box stores like Target. Inside the trial, you will see the range of product categories they cover, with emphasis on food, but also personal care and household cleaning products, etc. GNPD is not covering ‘non-supermarket’ items, such as apparel, information technology, automobiles, high-end jewelry, furniture, the publishing industry, etc. For the product categories they do cover, those 600 fields for each brand provide content certainly not presently directly available at SU/SU Libraries (such as total sales revenues data for specific brands). This resource allows a researcher to also track new brands/brand relaunches linked to a specific company (such as Unilever, Campbell’s Soup, etc.) and provides highly detailed information on product ingredients, as well as new brands linked to specific physical grocery store locations and geographic regions.

To access the GNPD trial, go to (preferably via a non IE browser) and enter your email address and existing Mintel password.

If you do not already have a Mintel password, follow Mintel’s instructions to “create a personal profile,” which are available at the Mintel Academic page.

After you have created your personal profile, return to and select Mintel GNPD from the available subscriptions. Please remember that the email address used must end in Downloading is disabled for the trial.

Faculty, staff, and student feedback is an important part of our evaluation process and we welcome your comments. Please send them to Stephanue JH McReynolds at

Trial access is available through April 14, 2017.

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Please see the SU Libraries policy on access to licensed resources.


2017 Compete CNY – iPrize winners announced

Winners have been announced for the 2017 Compete CNY – iPrize competition, held March 24 at Syracuse University. The event was coordinated by the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University and hosted by Syracuse University Libraries.

Open to all Central New York colleges and universities, Compete CNY was the regional qualifier for the 2017 New York State Business Plan Competition. Winners will advance to the statewide competition in Albany on April 28, and compete for a $100,000 statewide grand prize.

Syracuse University students also competed for the iPrize and the opportunity to win $40,000 provided by the iSchool through funding from the Raymond von Dran (RvD) Endowment Fund. The RvD Fund was established to honor the memory of the former iSchool dean, who helped students bring their ideas to life through the spirit of entrepreneurship. Gisela von Dran, his widow, helped award the prizes at this year’s event. She was joined by serial entrepreneur Wiley Cerilli, a former iSchool student who is co-founder of Good Uncle.

Compete CNY winners advancing to the NYS Business Plan Competition are:

Social entrepreneurship/non-profit

  • Thrive Project, SU, First place
  • Shine the Magazine, SU, Second place

Clean Technology

  • Spark Charge, SU, First place
  • VFFA, SU, Second place


  • IIID, SU, First place
  • Origin Story, SU, Second place


  • Invergo, SU, First place
  • Schwab’s Cider Port, Wells College, Second place

Advanced Technology

  • ModoScript, SU, First place
  • SkyWorks, SU, Second place


  • PowerSpike, SU, First Place
  • Busie, SU, Second place

Syracuse University iPrize winners receiving cash prizes are:

Social entrepreneurship/non-profit

  • Thrive Project, $3,000
  • Shine the Magazine,$1,500
  • North Country Meeting House, $750
  • Your World Apparel, $750

Clean Technology

  • Spark Charge, $4,500
  • VFFA, $500


  • IIID, SU, $6,000
  • Origin Story, $1,000
  • Presently, $500


  • Invergo, $3,500
  • CeeRide, $1,500
  • Miruku, $1,500

Advanced Technology

  • ModoScript, $3,500
  • SkyWorks, $1,500


  • PowerSpike, $5,000
  • Busie, $3,000
  • PairCampus $1,000
  • FreshU, $500
  • Ravel, $500

The New York Business Plan Competition is a statewide collegiate business plan competition, with participants from 70 public and private colleges and universities. Since 2010, more than 2,100 teams have pitched their ideas and ventures to venture capitalists, angel investors, investment bankers, other public and private investors and entrepreneurs. More than $2,300,000 in cash and in-kind prizes have been awarded throughout New York State, making it an important source of seed capital for student startups. Learn more about the New York State Business Plan Competition.

Grammy-nominated Afropean duo Les Nubians concert

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the French Colloquium, Les Nubians–an Afropean, Urban, R&B Grammy-nominated duo–will perform a concert on Friday, March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Milton Atrium Life Sciences Complex. The event is free and open to the public.

Les Nubians is composed of sisters Helene and Celia Faussart from Paris, France. They have become one of the most successful French-language musical groups in the U.S., best known for their Billboard R&B Single “Makeda” from their Grammy nominated album Princesses Nubiennes. Les Nubians were the 1999 Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards winners for Best New Artist, Group or Duo and received two NAACP Image Awards nominations in 2000.

To date, Les Nubians have made their home base Brooklyn, New York. They continue to tour the U.S. and around the world performing at festivals, art centers, theaters and clubs.

For more info on the Nubians visit or

The 20th anniversary of the French Colloquium is sponsored by the Albert George Memorial Lecture Fund (French Program), Syracuse University Libraries, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, and the Offices of the Provost and the Chancellor.

POLITICO Pro trial

Trial access to POLITICO Pro is currently available.

POLITICO Pro is a policy news reporting service that provides policy professionals and students the in-depth, real-time, and archived policy news essential for their research and awareness needs. POLITICO Pro provides dedicated coverage of 15 policy areas spanning the entire policy landscape and include: Agriculture, Budget & Appropriations, Campaigns, Cybersecurity, Defense, Education, eHealth, Energy, Financial Services, Health Care, Labor & Employment, Tax, Technology, Trade, and Transportation. POLITICO Pro specifically tracks news from a policy perspective, reporting on the key influencers (law makers, coalitions, agencies, corporations, committees, etc.) as well as the legislative, regulatory, and political impact of their actions, while offering critical intelligence and analysis on what’s to come next.

To access the database, point your browser to:

Faculty, staff, and student feedback is an important part of our evaluation process and we welcome your comments. Please send them to Anne Rauh at

Trial access is available through April 6, 2017.

Please note: Limited, on-campus-only access to this resource is provided by the vendor for the purpose of evaluating its usefulness and potential value to the SU community.

Please see the SU Libraries policy on access to licensed resources.