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 boxoffice.syr.edu.

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 aychou@syr.edu.

Libraries to offer workshops on Qualtrics online survey software

Research Data Services of Syracuse University Libraries will offer a series of workshops on using the Qualtrics online survey software, which is available to Syracuse University faculty, staff, and students. Qualtrics enables users to create and distribute complex surveys and analyze responses from a single online platform.

Workshops are open to all SU faculty, staff, and students and there is no charge for attending.

The next session is:

April 4, 2017, 2-3 p.m.
550 Bird Library

Survey Flow – randomizing respondents and treatments.

Please register for the session and information for joining will be emailed to you. If you have already registered to participate in person, you do not need to register again unless you want to participate via the web instead.

For more information, contact datasvcs@syr.edu.

Libraries and Partners to Host Annual Human Library Event

The Syracuse University Libraries will host the fourth annual Human Library event on Wednesday, April 5, from noon to 4 p.m. in Bird Library, in partnership with the Library and Information Science Student Association at the School of Information Studies, the Office of Learning Communities and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

During this event, human books from the SU community representing a wide range of cultural backgrounds, areas of expertise and life experiences will share their stories in conversation with individual “readers.” The event is intended to encourage diversity and challenge stereotypes and prejudices.

Human books—SU faculty, staff and students from a variety of campus departments and programs—will engage in one-on-one or small group conversations for 20 minutes at a time. Examples of human books include individuals from Iran, Kazakhstan, Italy and China; a member of the Onondaga Nation; and a first generation Portuguese-American. Other books will discuss topics such mental illness, physical disabilities and navigating one’s personal identity in light of socio-political events.

The event is open to the campus community and no preregistration is required. However, participants can reserve a book in advance for a specific time, if desired, by completing the form on this page: http://researchguides.library.syr.edu/humanlibrary/reserve.

SU’s event is part of a regional Human Library program taking place during April, the month in which National Library Week is celebrated, supported by the Central NY Library Resources Council. The first Human Library program was held in 2000 in Copenhagen, Denmark (see http://www.humanlibrary.org). Since then, similar events have been organized in libraries, schools and other institutions around the world.

For more information, see http://researchguides.library.syr.edu/humanlibrary.

 

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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 lesnubians.com or sweetwinegroup.com/les-nubians.

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.

The Engineering History of the Erie Canal: lecture by Dr. Sam Clemence on March 28, 2017

Dr. Samuel P. Clemence, interim dean of Hendricks Chapel and professor emeritus in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, will give a talk entitled “The Engineering History of the Erie Canal” on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 5 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons in Bird Library.

Famous in song and story, the Erie Canal linked the waters of Lake Erie in the west to the Hudson River in the east. The canal’s engineering achievements are one of the great stories of American technology. Following the canal’s opening in 1825, upstate New York became the equivalent of our modern day “Silicon Valley”. Its impact was extraordinary, both on the state of New York and the entire United States. It has been called the Mother of Cities, Pathway to an Empire, and the Eighth Wonder of the World. Dr. Clemence’s multi-media presentation will include songs, video, and animations that describe the planning, construction, and completion of the canal.

The Library Associates of the Syracuse University Libraries are pleased to present this unique lecture and reception in Bird Library, which is free and open to the public.

Dr. Clemence joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Syracuse University in 1977 as an associate professor. His previous academic service was at the University of Missouri-Rolla from 1973-1977. Prior to entering academics, he was employed by several consulting engineering firms and served six years as a Naval Officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps. He supervised engineering and construction projects in Vietnam, Thailand, the South Pacific, Spain, and the United States.

Dr. Clemence is a fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers, a member of Chi Epsilon and Sigma Xi, and was elected to Tau Beta Pi as an Eminent Engineer in 1977. He is the editor of three books and author or co-author of over sixty technical publications. He served as senior associate dean of the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science from 1991-1996. Dr. Clemence received a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1973.