In the Biblio Gallery: Sunyoung Lee

A mixed media exhibit entitled Stuffed Letter by Sunyoung Lee is currently on display in the Biblio Gallery on the 4th floor of Bird Library. Lee is a third year M.F.A. candidate in the Painting program at the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

In describing the exhibition, Lee says:

A human life is like a letter in an envelope. If a life is a huge, empty canvas, every bright moment can be considered a picturesque letter that contains colors, impressions, feelings. Like a letter, sealed in an envelope, it waits to be read by someone. My painting reveals my heart to the viewer; at the same time, it shows the viewer his or her own heart. Painting is a letter that performs the synthesis of all visual languages. These paintings were inspired by a literary work, but here that work is expressed without words. There are no letters, but one can feel the contents of letters. These paintings juxtapose content and form, meaning and meaninglessness, and signifier and signified to illustrate the contemporary human condition. Themes about humanity seem to be romantic, timeless, age-old relics. Post-modern art, arousing and instant, connects one with these themes. The zeitgeist (spirit of the times) yearns for a Renaissance (rebirth). It is this Renaissance that is needed for post-modern people who crave humanity.

The exhibit will be on display through May 13, 2018.

For more information about exhibiting in the Biblio Gallery, contact Ann Skiold at or see the Biblio Gallery website.

Libraries commemorate Women’s History Month

The month of March marks the national celebration of Women’s History Month. In commemoration, the SU Libraries are hosting a number of exhibits in our spaces. In addition to a book display on the first floor of Bird Library by and about women who persisted, other exhibits include:

  • Women’s suffrage exhibit: This exhibit, which commemorates the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State, can be found on the first floor of Bird Library. Currently on loan from the Central New York Library Resources Council (CLRC), the exhibit will be rotating to other public and academic libraries in our region throughout the year.
  • “Forces of Nature” exhibit: These pop art style posters from the Perimeter Institute, commemorating pioneering women of science, can be found in the Carnegie Library. From two-time Noble Prize-winner Marie Curie to “The First Lady of Physics,” Chieng-Shiung Wu, these women have changed the world of science through their ground-breaking contributions and persistence.

For more information, contact outreach librarian Tarida Anantachai at

Book talk and signing with Carl Schramm, University Professor and author of “Burn the Business Plan” on April 4

The Syracuse University Libraries, the Blackstone LaunchPad, and the School of Information Studies are hosting an author’s talk and book signing with Carl Schramm, author of Burn the Business Plan, University Professor at Syracuse University, and former president of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The event will be Wednesday, April 4, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library. A networking reception follows at 4 p.m. in the Blackstone LaunchPad. The event is open to the community.

Published in early 2018 by Simon & Schuster, Schramm’s book turns conventional wisdom on its head. He dispels the “myth of the software kid genius,” noting that the average entrepreneur is 39 years old and has worked in corporate America for at least a decade. He discusses the perils of creating a business plan for an entrepreneurial venture, noting that Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, and Google launched without one. Based on stories of successful entrepreneurs in a variety of fields, he suggests that knowledge, passion, determination, and a willingness to experiment and innovate are vastly more important than financial skill. Along the way, he also offers great practical tips, such as how to “Build Your Company as Your Life.”

The book has received positive acclaim, and was named to Inc. Magazine’s “Need to Read” list for 2018.  It received five-star reviews on Amazon, and praise from Publishers Weekly, Google Books, and Goodreads, as well as from many successful founders and entrepreneurs.

“New businesses are about great ideas, not great plans. Schramm tells it as it really happens,” says Mitch Lowe, co-founder of Netflix and CEO of MoviePass.

“While encouraging aspirants toward launch, the book is mercifully free of Silicon Valley fairy tales,” writes Leigh Buchanan, editor-at-large of Inc. Magazine. “Schramm is interested in real people starting real companies. Readers will find most of his cases gratifyingly unfamiliar and generally relatable. Burn is a solid roundup of the current best thinking on startups, guiding new entrepreneurs in both introspection and execution.”

Once dubbed the “evangelist of entrepreneurship” by The Economist, Schramm was appointed Syracuse University Professor at the School of Information Studies (iSchool) in 2012 after serving for nearly a decade as president of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the world’s premier organization dedicated to encouraging entrepreneurship and understanding the role innovation and new firm formation play in economic growth. A $2 billion endowment, Kauffman is the world’s largest philanthropy dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship.

At Syracuse, Schramm has taught courses in entrepreneurship and innovation, and the decline and future of U.S. cities. His research work focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic growth. He has advised major corporations as well as city, state, and national governments around the world on accelerating innovation, expanding entrepreneurial activity and achieving economic growth.

One of the co-founders of Global Entrepreneurship Week, now observed in 170 countries, he is recognized internationally as a leading authority on innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic growth. His academic career began at Johns Hopkins, where he founded the nation’s first research center on healthcare finance. He has founded or co-founded five companies, including HCIA and Greenspring Advisors, a merchant bank. Schramm also has served in major corporate roles including EVP of Fortis (now Assurant) and CEO of Fortis Healthcare. He has advised major corporations including Ford, Johnson & Johnson, and Apple. He chaired the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Measuring Innovation in the 21st Century Economy Advisory Committee during the Bush Administration and was a member of President Obama’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

He has authored, coauthored, or edited several books including Better Capitalism; Good Capitalism/Bad Capitalism; Inside Real Innovation; The Entrepreneurial Imperative, and Controlling Healthcare Costs.

If you need an accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Linda Dickerson Hartsock at

Graduate Research Roundtable #2: Data Tools & Publishing Support

Join ASEE & SU Libraries for the second event in the Research Roundtable series on Thursday, March 22 from 6 -7:30 p.m. at the Inn Complete. SU librarians will discuss tools to help collect and process research data, along with tips for selecting appropriate journals to publish in. Geared towards graduate students who are in the middle to end of their programs.

Food & one free drink ticket provided! Registration is limited to 30 participants, register today:

Graduate Research Roundtable #3: Career Resources & Funding Opportunities

Join ECS-GSO, SU Libraries, and Graduate Career Services for the third and final event in the Research Roundtable series on Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 6–7:30 p.m. at the Inn Complete.

SU librarians and associate director of Graduate Student Services, Dan Olson-Bang, will discuss a variety of career resources, including industry and company profiles, funding tools, and more to help you launch your career. Free food and one free drink ticket provided!

Registration is limited to 30 participants, register today: