Delmas Foundation awards Syracuse University Libraries grant for Faculty Fellows program

DSC_6597The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation has awarded Syracuse University Libraries an $18,000 grant to support a pilot Faculty Fellows program in the Special Collections Research Center. The goal of the program is to support faculty in developing courses that incorporate the use of the Libraries’ rich special collections and archives. The program will make a significant impact on the undergraduate experience at Syracuse University by engaging faculty who would like to provide students with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to handle, analyze, and interpret SCRC’s primary source materials in their classes.

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) has long been at the forefront of collecting materials that document the history of our global society, including original manuscripts, photographs, architectural plans, industrial design prototypes and graphic artworks, audio and moving image recordings, and many other formats. These collections provide unfiltered access to primary source material, the “authentic voice” of a writer or creator, from which students can develop their own views and create their own narratives.

The grant project will engage a cohort of faculty and librarians to design, pilot, and evaluate a sustainable Faculty Fellows program. Project manager Dr. Lucy Mulroney, Senior Director of the Special Collections Research Center, says, “This program aims to support innovative undergraduate curriculum development and foster new ideas about how to transform the role of special collections in the university’s pedagogical approach.” Dean of Libraries David Seaman adds, “The Fellows program will expand upon SCRC’s existing instructional program, support undergraduate research, and promote experiental learning – all activities that are of growing importance to the SU Libraries.”

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation promotes the advancement and perpetuation of humanistic inquiry and artistic creativity by encouraging excellence in scholarship and in the performing arts, and by supporting research libraries and other institutions which transmit our cultural heritage.

A Faculty Fellows Advisory Team will be established to articulate the vision, goals, and assessment criteria to evaluate the pilot and will appoint two pilot Fellows in spring 2016. To express interest in participating in the program, contact Lucy Mulroney, Senior Director of the Special Collections Research Center at

Syracuse University Ph.D. student Sara Swenson wins Mary Hatch Marshall Essay Award

Sara Ann Swenson-sliderSara Swenson, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Religion in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been selected to receive this year’s Mary Hatch Marshall Essay Award, an annual award for the best essay written by a graduate student in the humanities at Syracuse University. Swenson’s essay is entitled “Subject to God: Ecumenical Monasticism and the Making of the Shared Self.” She is a native of Brainerd, Minn.

Full- and part-time students from the following departments are eligible for the award: African American Studies; English; Fine Arts; Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; Latino-Latin American Studies; Religion; Philosophy; the Writing Program; and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Faculty members who served on the Marshall Award Selection Committee were Gerry Greenberg (chair), Ben Bradley, M. Gail Hamner, Janis Mayes, and Stephen Meyer.

Library Associates established the annual award to honor and help perpetuate Mary Hatch Marshall’s scholarly standards and generous spirit. Members of Library Associates, Marshall’s friends and family, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Central New York Community Foundation all contributed to the endowment established in 2004 that funds the award.

Born in 1903, Marshall graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College, received a Ph.D. from Yale University, and was later named a Guggenheim Fellow. She joined the SU faculty in 1948 and became the first woman to achieve the rank of full professor in The College of Liberal Arts. During her tenure, Marshall held the Jesse Truesdell Peck Chair in English literature; helped to establish the Honors Program, serving as its first director; and was among the founding members of Library Associates. After retiring from full-time teaching with emeritus status, Marshall continued to offer courses through the Humanistic Studies Center at University College until 1993. Among the awards and honors she received were the Post-Standard Award for Distinguished Service to the Syracuse University Library, a Chancellor’s Citation, and an Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award.

Bird Library entrance adjustment during Mayfest

In order to maintain an environment conducive to study pages-patio-cafe-sliderand to diminish the potential for disruption during and immediately following Mayfest 2015, the Syracuse University Libraries will extend implementation of its evening security protocol beginning on Friday, April 24.

Monitored access to Bird Library will occur exclusively through the Waverly Avenue entrance beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday, April 24 until 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 25. Additionally, both Bird Library and Carnegie Library (including the Carnegie Library Reading Room) will be open to library users only during these times.

Libraries staff and officers from the Department of Public Safety will actively monitor the interior and exterior of Bird Library and Carnegie Library throughout Mayfest activities to ensure order and peace during this period, which coincides with the beginning of the University’s spring exam study period.

Bird Library and the Carnegie Library Reading Room will be open to members of the University community 24 hours a day from Friday, April 24 through Wednesday, May 6. Both facilities will be open amended hours during Graduation Weekend.

Syracuse University honored as Outstanding Toastmasters Sponsor

ToastmastersToastmasters International has recognized Syracuse University as an exceptional institution of higher education sponsor of Toastmasters clubs and their members. Toastmasters International President Mohammed Murad, of Dubai, UAE, will present the award on Monday, April 27, 2015 at noon in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons of Bird Library.

There are currently two Toastmasters clubs on campus with a third in the process of forming. The Orange Orators chartered in 2007 and has earned the designation of President’s Distinguished Club for the past 6 years. It is comprised of staff and graduate students as well as community members. Master Toast, sponsored by the Whitman School of Management, began in 2013 with a group of graduate students and members of the Whitman staff. The newest club on campus is the Devil’s Advocate Toastmasters at the SU School of Law, which plans to charter later this year.

Over the past eight years, Syracuse University has generously provided startup support and helped spread awareness of the value of Toastmasters. SU continues to provide space for weekly meetings, as well as facilities and parking for speech contests, the Toastmaster Leadership Institute, and other special events.

Toastmasters International was established in 1924 as a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization has more than 313,000 members in over 14,650 clubs in 126 countries.