150 Years of Tradition Showcased at Syracuse University Exhibition

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Students on the Kissing Bench from the 1963 Onondagan. Courtesy of Syracuse University Archives.

In celebration of Syracuse University’s sesquicentennial, Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) will open an exhibition on the sixth floor of Bird Library from Sept. 5 through spring 2020 titled “150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University.” Curated by University Archivist Meg Mason, the exhibition commemorates the University’s founding through a selection of traditions, customs and ideas that unite the University community and connect the past with the present. The exhibition will be open for public viewing Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“This exhibition is an opportunity for our campus, community and visitors to view interesting artifacts, memorabilia and other items that have been carefully curated by Syracuse University’s outstanding special collections team. It provides a fascinating look into the origins of many of our traditions and an engaging way to learn from our history,” says Chancellor Kent Syverud.

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Graduates cheering at the 1983 Commencement. Courtesy of Syracuse University Archives.

On display will be items from the University Archives—including photographs, printed materials, textiles and other memorabilia—that exemplify a variety of old and new traditions. Visitors will learn about the origins of the University’s official color, orange; the Block “S” logo; and the mascot Otto the Orange. Other traditions represented include alumni reunions, Commencement and other events such as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Winter Carnival. Beanies and other items related to first-year student traditions will be on display, as well as cheerleading and marching band memorabilia, illustrating traditions that inspire spirit. For limited times (September to October 2019 and March through Commencement 2020),visitors will be able to view two especially rare items from the University Archives: Ernie Davis’ No. 44 jersey and the Alma Mater handwritten in author Junius Stevens’ hand.

Many special events and tours are planned throughout the run of the exhibition. Mason will provide tours of the exhibition during Orange Central weekend, Sept. 13-14; alumni can register for tours at orangecentral.syr.edu. The exhibition will be also be open for viewing during Family Weekend, Oct. 18-19.

In addition to the primary exhibition in Bird Library, the Syracuse University Libraries will draw from University Archives materials to present additional exhibitions in celebration of the University’s sesquicentennial, both on and off campus. These include:

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First-year students tipping their beanies, circa 1960s. Courtesy of Syracuse University Archives.

  • Reproductions from the “150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University” exhibition on display at Joseph I. Lubin House, home
    base for the University’s New York City operations.
  • “A Legacy of Leadership: The Chancellors and Presidents of Syracuse University” on the lower level of Crouse-Hinds Hall. This exhibition will provide a glimpse into the administrations of the 12 individuals who have guided the University through its 150-year history. Curated by Vanessa St. Oegger-Menn, assistant University archivist and Pan Am 103 archivist, these documents and photographs from the University Archives chart the ways in which the University has grown and changed, from the institution’s first leader, Chancellor Alexander Winchell, to current Chancellor Kent Syverud. It will be available for viewing September 2019 through spring 2020.
color photo of 7 male chearleaders holding 7 female chearleaders on their shoulders. Each female is holding a letter to ame the word "Orange" with the last female holding a photo of an orange. Otto the Syracuse mascot is standing in front of the cheerleaders while they are in cheer. In background Dome is packed with fans.

Cheerleaders and Otto on the basketball court in 2000. Courtesy of Syracuse University Archives.

The “150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University” opening reception will be held at the Robert Ortwine Gallery on the sixth floor of Bird Library on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tours may also be provided upon request by contacting the SCRC at scrc@syr.edu or 315.443.2697.


Stephanie McReynolds, Associate Librarian, Selected for Association of Research Libraries’ Visiting Program Officer Project

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Stephanie McReynolds

Stephanie McReynolds, associate librarian for business, management and entrepreneurship at Syracuse University Libraries, has been selected as one of five Association of Research Libraries’ (ARL) Visiting Program Officers to advance the Research Library Impact Framework initiative, beginning July 1, 2019. The Research Library Impact Framework initiative explores library services, operations, impact, and alignment with institutional mission and goals across four areas: Research & Scholarly Life Cycle; Teaching, Learning & Student Success; Collections; and Physical Space. The framework provides the scaffolding for deeper exploration across multiple library service areas and serves as the foundation for the ARL’s research agenda.

The ARL Visiting Program Officer program provides opportunities for staff in member libraries and archives to contribute to special projects and programs, either in whole or in part, in order to advance the ARL’s agenda. It provides highly visible professional development opportunities for outstanding staff members and serves membership as a whole by extending the capacity of ARL to undertake additional activities. There are a range of issues where a visiting program officer could make a contribution. McReynolds was selected to participate in the Research Library Impact Framework.

The Visiting Program Officers will work with Sue Baughman, ARL interim program director for Research and Analytics. They were selected based on their expertise in assessment, project management, and subject matter. Stephanie McReynolds will provide overall project management facilitation and leadership for the project teams. She will work with Baughman to advance the project timeline and assist with the development of agendas for meetings of all project teams that will occur two times over the course of the next year. McReynolds will also work with Baughman to engage with the team exploring the question “(how) do library collections play a role in attracting and retaining top researchers and faculty to the institution?”

“This is an excellent professional opportunity for Stephanie to participate in scholarly research around the impact of research libraries, and it greatly benefits the Libraries collectively to contribute to the body of work,” said David Seaman, dean of Libraries and University Librarian and interim dean of School of Information Studies.

Other Visiting Program Officers include:

  • Ava Brillat, librarian for English, theater, and classical studies at the University of Miami
  • Gordon Daines, department chair for the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University
  • Greg Davis, assistant director for assessment and planning at Iowa State University
  • Glenn McGuigan, library director at Penn State Harrisburg

Libraries Awarded Collaborative Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant

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Syracuse University librarians Deirdre Joyce, head of the Digital Library Program, and Patrick Williams, librarian for literature, rhetoric and digital humanities

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded an $82,688 grant to the University of Rochester, Colgate University, Cornell University, and Syracuse University to plan and pilot a skill-sharing program. The grant is part of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program, which supports developing a diverse workforce of library and archives professionals to better serve the changing learning and information needs of the American public by enhancing the training and professional development of librarians, developing faculty and library leaders, and recruiting and educating the next generation of librarians. The program will use the Library Carpentries train-the-trainer model to promote continuing education and cross-institutional collaboration throughout New York State.

Syracuse University librarians Patrick Williams, librarian for literature, rhetoric and digital humanities, and Deirdre Joyce, head of the Digital Library Program, collaborated with colleagues from other academic research libraries to submit a proposal for the planning grant. This grant will be used to analyze two intertwined needs within the library community. The first is how to train and support librarians in the digital fluencies that are increasingly relevant to research and teaching efforts. The second is how to meet those demands by working regionally across libraries and institutions and drawing on a range of expertise. This work will serve as a template for structuring a community of practice that supports public and academic partnerships that meet the evolving needs of libraries across the country.

“Academic research libraries have a long history of developing innovative services that promote scholarship and enable further collaboration,” said Scott Warren, associate dean for research and scholarship, at Syracuse University Libraries. “Patrick and Deirdre’s work with other librarians across the state will improve the student and faculty experience for all our institutions.”

SU Student Startup MedUX Selected for Medical Device Innovation Challenge Accelerator Program

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Quinn King and Alec Gillinder

SU student startup MedUX was one of six teams selected for the prestigious CNY Biotech Accelerator (CNYBAC) 2019 Medical Device Innovation Challenge (MDIC), an intensive 6-month mentorship accelerator program that starts August 1, 2019.  MedUX was founded by Alec Gillinder ’20 (College of Visual and Performing Arts) and Quinn King ’20 (College of Visual and Performing Arts), both industrial and interaction design majors who conceived of the idea at last summer’s Invent@SU program. They participated in the CNYBAC bootcamp program last fall and are working closely with the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at SU Libraries to commercialize the device.

Upstate Medical University’s CNYBAC is a 52,300 square foot facility located in an Opportunity Zone in Syracuse, providing startups with state-of-the-art laboratory space, access to their facilities and research expertise, and a vibrant and robust innovation ecosystem. Teams selected for the program can utilize the CNYBAC’s Creation Garage, which includes use of 3D printer and other supplies and equipment, and will have access to a mentor network that includes industry experts and funders. MDIC teams also have access to the Innovation Law Center at Syracuse University College of Law for intellectual property and commercialization guidance. Additionally, teams are invited to apply to student engineering capstone programs at Syracuse University and Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.  They are supported by Upstate Medical University clinical experts, and a pitch event is held at the conclusion of the 6-month program.

The six 2019 Medical Device Innovation Challenge teams are:

  • MedUX
  • ZephyRx
  • Halamine, Inc.
  • Megan Thomas
  • CathBuddy, Inc.
  • Revitalx

MedUX is a medical product design and research firm creating innovative solutions for inpatient, at home, and mobile care.  Its first product is L-IV (Liberating Intravenous), a shoulder mounted portable IV system that allows people in hospital, infusion center, or home settings, or in military or disaster situations, to receive IV treatment comfortably and efficiently without being tethered to an IV pole.

Alec and Quinn won second place nationally in the prestigious ACC InVenture Prize competition earlier this spring at North Carolina State University.  They also won prizes at several other SU competitions, including top prize at this year’s Panasci Business Plan Competition and prizes at ‘Cuse Tank, Impact Prize, and the RvD iPrize competitions.

The team has built a prototype, raised seed funding, won $57,000 in campus competitions, assembled an advisory team of industry, medical and product development experts, filed two provisional patents, and developed strategic relationships with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) consultants and commercialization partners who are ready to help take the product to market. Gillinder and King are now seeking mission-driven investors to help them through the FDA Class I approval process, usability testing, and production.

The CNYBAC has a strong connection to Syracuse University.  This is the second year an SU student startup was selected for the competitive MDIC accelerator program.  In-Spire (2018 cohort) and MedUX (2019 cohort) are both active members of the Syracuse University Blackstone LaunchPad, won numerous campus competitions as students, and advanced to the ACC InVenture Prize finals.  Last year, In-Spire, founded by Kayla Simon ’19 (College of Engineering and Computer Science) and Elizabeth Tarangelo ’19 (College of Engineering and Computer Science), won the top prize at the MDIC demo day for their invention.

For more information about the CNYBAC, visit https://www.cnybac.com/.

About the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at Syracuse University Libraries:

The Blackstone LaunchPad in Bird Library is Syracuse University’s innovation hub, connecting the entire University’s resource-rich ecosystem with a global network that provides support for aspiring entrepreneurs, inventors and creators. The program serves faculty, staff, students, and alumni across disciplines who are interested in venture creation and taking ideas for products, services or technologies from concept to commercialization. The program prepares participants to be trailblazers in an entrepreneurial world.

Student Matt Shumer Selected for Blackstone LaunchPad Techstars Summer 2019 Lift Program

Headshot of Matt Shumer '22 (left) next to SU Blackstone Techstars alumnus AJ Damiano '18

Matt Shumer ’22 (left) coached by SU Blackstone Techstars alumnus AJ Damiano ’18, founder of Power-Spike

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Matt Shumer, ’22, founder OptechVR/Visos

Matt Shumer ’22 (Martin J. Whitman School of Management), founder of OptechVR/Visos, is part of an elite cohort of seven university teams from the United States, selected for the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars LaunchPad Summer 2019 Lift program.

The LaunchPad Lift accelerator program, which kicks off this week, includes one LaunchPad team from Syracuse University (OptechVR/Visos), University of Texas Austin (Via), Cornell University (Antithesis), University of Buffalo (Aviate Audio), University of Central Florida (Ridesurf), Michigan State University (May West), and UCLA (ROSEN).  Participants were selected based a review process conducted by Blackstone and Techstars to assess the strength of each team’s business model and concept, coach-ability, and venture stage, as well as the team’s passion and ability to work with a Techstars mentor to grow.

Inaugurated this spring, LaunchPad Lift is a personalized mentorship-driven program for LaunchPad student-led ventures, designed to help student-led ventures with their next big steps, whether applying to an accelerator program, raising capital, building a team, or acquiring key customers. At the completion of the intensive 10-week program, each participating student-led venture will receive a $10,000 grant from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.

“After seeing the tremendous impact from the inaugural Lift cohort earlier this year, we’re excited to be offering this unique and powerful startup program once again,” said Erica Lock, Vice President at the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. “As the LaunchPad network grows to reaching nearly a million students, we need smaller, more focused programs like this to offer unparalleled network-building opportunities to the nation’s top operating collegiate entrepreneurs.”

Shumer founded OptechVR/Visos as a freshman and worked extensively with the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at SU Libraries to create a product development roadmap and business model to help position the company for strategic partnerships and investment. He was awarded 2019 Syracuse University Student Entrepreneur of the Year at the Panasci Business Plan Competition, and is an officer of SU’s student entrepreneurship club.  OptechVR/Visos is building an enterprise scale virtual reality (VR) platform that is accessible, easy-to-use, and affordable.  He is currently recruiting electrical, mechanical and software engineers to build out his team.

“I am so impressed by the LaunchPad Lift program,” said Shumer.  “It is amazing to have such personalized access to world class Techstars mentors who can help me craft milestones and refine my commercialization strategy.  This is a unique opportunity to work with global experts, and leverage the power of this incredible network, while still working with Syracuse University campus program.  This partnership will truly accelerate momentum this summer.”

Shumer was also selected by the Syracuse LaunchPad to participate in the recent Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars Startup Weekend.  He was part of a cohort of 70 student attendees representing 20 universities from six states and two countries. Upon completion of that program, he earned the title “Student Entrepreneur in Residence” and is now empowered by Techstars to lead campus Startup Weekends.  Shumer is working with SU’s LaunchPad to create the first ever Blackstone – Techstars Startup Weekend at Syracuse University, September 20 – 22 at SU Libraries.

About the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at Syracuse University Libraries:

The Blackstone LaunchPad in Bird Library is Syracuse University’s innovation hub, connecting the entire University’s resource-rich ecosystem with a global network that provides support for aspiring entrepreneurs, inventors and creators. The program serves faculty, staff, students, and alumni across disciplines who are interested in venture creation and taking ideas for products, services or technologies from concept to commercialization. The program prepares participants to be trailblazers in an entrepreneurial world.