Libraries of the World exhibit on display in Bird Library

A new display entitled Libraries of the World is currently on display on the 4th floor of Bird Library. Featured institutions include the ancient Library of Alexandria, Michelangelo’s Laurentian Library, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the British Library, and more. The exhibit places special emphasis on global representation, but it also contains a few local examples, such as our own Carnegie Library. Libraries of the World will remain up through the fall semester.


Kennedy Patlan named first Blackstone LaunchPad Engagement Scholar

Kennedy Patlan ’18, a triple major in Advertising, Citizenship and Civic Engagement, and Women’s and Gender Studies, has been named the first Blackstone LaunchPad Engagement Scholar at Syracuse University. The Engagement Scholar position was created as a part of the LaunchPad’s goal to grow social enterprise ventures across the campus.

Through her time at Syracuse University, Patlan has looked for ways to merge public and private sectors for impact. After conducting research on the relationship between nonprofits, technical fields, and sustainability, she is interested in building programs that serve as a campus-community collaborative. She has been involved with an array of organizations such as Hill Communications, the POSSE Foundation, and the Syracuse Philanthropy Council. She is a Resident Advisor and a current Remembrance Scholar. Kennedy will develop the outreach, branding, marketing, recruiting, and organizational aspects for the first annual Impact Program.

As the first Blackstone LaunchPad Engagement Scholar, Patlan will provide peer mentoring of student ventures, with a special focus on social enterprise and civic ventures.  The goal is to encourage more students to think about developing for-good, not-for-profit and for-profit enterprises as part of entrepreneurial landscape. Patlan is helping develop a special business plan competition for entrepreneurs who are developing ventures that serve a broader social purpose.  She will be helping coordinate the upcoming Impact Prize and Hult Prize competitions, as well as organizing a series of “Impact Workshops to explore topics related to social entrepreneurship, and assisting with events for Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 13-17.

The Blackstone LaunchPad, part of Syracuse University Libraries, is a campus-based experiential entrepreneurship program open to students, alumni, faculty and staff.  It offers ideation, coaching, and venture creation support, along with co-working space in Bird Library.

Learn more about the Blackstone LaunchPad global network at

Idea Jam with David Edelstein, Vice Chair of the SU Board, on September 14

Looking for a good idea?  Want to brainstorm and get your creative juices flowing? Come to an “Idea Jam” on Thursday, September 14 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Bird Library with David Edelstein ’78, Vice Chair of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees.  The event will be held in Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library.

Edelstein is an entrepreneur and corporate innovator whose career included positions in information management at IBM, Bristol–Myers Squibb, and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics (formerly Dade Behring).

He is interested in meeting students to share his experiences and help jumpstart some innovative thinking.  Edelstein will be pitching a few problems he’s identified, and hoping some students will be interested in devising creative solutions.  Students will also be invited to make flash pitches and get feedback on their ideas.  The fun, informal session will explore the “art of the start” through brainstorming and idea generation.  It will be an opportunity to see how the process of ideation can lead to problem solving and creative solutions.

Before retiring, Edelstein served as the vice president of supply chain management project management at Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, where he led the development of advanced information and e-business systems to support the company’s worldwide organization. Previously, he was senior vice president of regulatory affairs, quality systems, health, safety, and environment, and CIO for Dade Behring. Prior to joining Dade Behring, Edelstein was vice president of information management and productivity, responsible for financial and supply chain systems at Bristol-Myers Squibb. He also held various positions in information technology for IBM.

In addition to serving as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of its Academic Affairs Committee, Edelstein has been a member of the Dean’s Council and Campaign Leadership Council for the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, and an affiliate Professor at L.C. Smith College and guest lectures on the topics of complex integration projects and health care and information technology.

The event is sponsored by the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University with the College of Engineering and Computer Science, Whitman School of Management, the iSchool, and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication.

Learn more at the Facebook event page: To reserve a spot, please e-mail

Architecture Reading Room to host Resource Fair on September 12

ARR-sliderThe Architecture Reading Room in Slocum Hall will host its fourth bi-annual Resource Fair on Tuesday, September 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will showcase new books and other resources, demonstrations of the Materials website and other online resources, and prize drawings. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Barbara Opar at