Weekly Social Entrepreneurship Impact Hour with Syeisha Monquesse Byrd kicks off Thursday at 2 p.m.

A Social Entrepreneurship Impact Hour with Syeisha Monquesse Byrd, Director of Engagement Programs at Hendricks Chapel, will take place on Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Blackstone LaunchPad. During weekly office hours in the LaunchPad, Syeisha will mentor students interested in making a social impact through their entrepreneurial work.

Syeisha holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Syracuse University and has over 16 years of experience working with youth and youth organizations in Syracuse. She is dedicated to helping students advance the common good and discover ways to make a positive impact in the world.

This fall, the LaunchPad is coordinating a Social Impact Prize to grow the pipeline of students interested in social entrepreneurship and civic ventures.

Goudy@Syracuse opening reception on October 5

An opening reception for the exhibition Goudy@Syracuse: A Legacy by Design will be held on Thursday, October 5 from 4:30–6 p.m. on the 6th floor of Bird Library, in conjunction with Orange Central.

Curated by Andrew J. Saluti, with William T. La Moy, it tells the story of the preeminent American designer and typographer Frederic W. Goudy and his long connection to Syracuse University.

Through a selection of rare books, printed ephemera, and other archival materials, as well as original sketches and markups for the 2016 Sherman typeface adopted for the University’s visual identity, this exhibition explores the impact and importance of the famed type designer and celebrates the strong historical ties and entwined legacy of Goudy and Syracuse University.

The exhibition will be on display in Bird Library’s 6th floor gallery through May 13, 2018. For more information, visit library.syr.edu/scrc/programs/exhibitions/exhibit/2017-Goudy.php.

Award winning author, VP of Mozilla, to speak at Bird Library on September 28

Experienced marketing executive, futurist and award winning author Alex Salkever will speak about his new book, Driver in the Driverless Car, Thursday evening, September 28 at 7 p.m. in the Blackstone LaunchPad, main floor Bird Library. The event is co-sponsored by the Newhouse School and the Blackstone LaunchPad.

Vice President of Marketing Communications at Mozilla, Salkever drives strategic positioning and marketing communications campaigns, overseeing global communications, social media, user support, and content marketing teams for Mozilla and Firefox products.

His new book inspires readers to evaluate the potential impact of any new technology by asking simple questions about what technology means and how we allow it to move forward. As computers beat the reigning human champion of Go, a game harder than chess, and create life-forms from synthetic DNA, what does this mean for humans? Breakthroughs such as personalized genomics, self-driving vehicles, drones, and artificial intelligence promise a future world, but do they also raise issues of a jobless economy, complete loss of privacy, and ever-worsening economic inequality? As the authors put it, “Will our future be Star Trek or Mad Max?” The decision is ours.

Salkever and his co-author Vivek Wadhwa ask three questions about emerging technology: Does it have the potential to benefit everyone equally? What are its risks and rewards? And does it promote autonomy or dependence? Their treatise is that the future is up to us to create—that even if our hands are not on the wheel. Humans must decide the driverless car’s destination.

Before joining Mozilla, Salkever was Chief Marketing Officer of Silk.co, a data publishing and visualization startup, where he led efforts focused on user growth and platform partnerships, working in the fields of scientific instruments, cloud computing, telecommunications, and the Internet of Things. He was former Technology Editor for BusinessWeek.com. Among his many accomplishments, Alex is the co-author of The Immigrant Exodus, a book named to The Economist Book of the Year List in the Business Books category in 2012.

“I help technology companies grow by helping them communicate complex “Big Ideas” in accessible terms,” says Salkever. “I enjoy conceiving and developing products. I am equally comfortable marketing to consumers and technologists, having worked in both worlds often. I have an extensive writing background with a decade of experience as a journalist at top level publications like BusinessWeek.”

Among the projects he has worked on are Node.js, Servo/Rust, Mozilla Firefox, and the broad Open Data movement, bringing expertise in technology marketing PR/AR, product development, brand building, big data, and storytelling.

He is also fond of surfing in warm water, hiking, craft beer (partial to Belgian styles), and Japanese izakayas.

Breuer materials featured in Queens Museum exhibition

Marcel Breuer, Grand Central Tower, 1968. Pencil on transparent drafting paper, 41 in. x 45 in.

A selection of drawings from the Marcel Breuer Papers at Syracuse University’s Special Collections Research Center are featured in the current exhibition at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadow.

The exhibition is sponsored by Syracuse Architecture and the Syracuse University Libraries. Co-curated by Greg Goldin and Sam Lubel, “Never Built New York” features a selection of architectural projects proposed for New York that were never completed.

For more details, see news.syr.edu/2017/09/never-built-new-york-queens-museum-exhibition-with-su-school-of-architecture-connection-explores-alternative-nyc-never-seen/.

Applications open for the Global Student Entrepreneur Award

October 25, 2017 is the deadline to apply to the 2018 Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), the premier global competition for student entrepreneurs who actively run a business. Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a private peer-to-peer group, is composed of over 12,000 of the world’s most influential entrepreneurs.

EO GSEA nominees compete in qualifying competitions for the chance to advance to the Global Finals. With more than 1,700 competitors from more than 30 countries, EO GSEA is an exclusive opportunity for student entrepreneurs to make connections, find resources, and grow their businesses.

The 2014 National Champion was Syracuse University graduate Daniel Goldberg ‘15. The 2017 USA-Western New York regional winner was Syracuse University student AJ Damiano ‘18, founder of Power-Spike, who advanced to the Nationals in Kansas City this past spring.

The winner of the upcoming regional competition will receive $5,000 and an all-expense paid trip to GSEA Nationals in Dallas in February 2018.

Qualifications for the award are:

  • Entrant must be currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree (full or part-time)
  • Must be business owner, founder, or controlling shareholder, and principally responsible for its operation
  • Structured ‘for-profit’ or social enterprise
  • Generated $500 USD or received $1,000 USD in investments
  • Operating for at least the past six consecutive months

Apply online by October 25 at https://www.eonetwork.org/EO-GSEA/ and be sure to select USA-Western NY.

The competition will be held November 8, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo. Finalist selection will be judged on: completeness of the application; the student’s ability to overcome obstacles; clarity of the mission and vision; leadership; and innovation.

For more information, contact David Robinson at 716.276.8707 or robinson@thelotisgroup.com

The Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University Libraries is helping to coordinate the campus competition.