A Legacy of Leadership: The Chancellors and Presidents of Syracuse University Digital Exhibition

As part of our continuing commemorations of Syracuse University’s sesquicentennial, Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center has released “A Legacy of Leadership: The Chancellors and Presidents of Syracuse University” digital exhibition. This online exhibition mirrors and expands upon the physical exhibition that has been on display on the first floor of Bird Library since September 2019. It is a companion to our marquee sesquicentennial digital exhibition “150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University.”

Curated by Pan Am 103 Archivist and Assistant University Archivist Vanessa St. Oegger-Menn, “A Legacy of Leadership” includes documents and photographs from the Syracuse University Archives. From Alexander Winchell to Kent Syverud, this digital exhibition examines how each of the 12 individuals who have held the University’s highest office have helped to shape the institution over the past 150 years.

Photo Image: Photograph of Chancellor James Roscoe Day speaking at Commencement in Archbold Gymnasium, 1916. Syracuse University Photograph Collection, University Archives


Special Collections Research Center Reflects on Sesquicentennial

UPDATED 3/17/20: EVENT POSTPONED

Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) will honor Syracuse University’s founding 150 years ago on March 24, also known as National Orange Day, with special exhibition tours and a pop-up exhibit.  Visitors of Bird Library on March 24 can experience five different University history exhibitions:

  1. 150 Years of Syracuse University in Maps on the 3rd floor,
  2. 150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University on the 6th floor,
  3. A Legacy of Leadership: The Chancellors and Presidents of Syracuse University on the 1st floor,
  4. Milestone of the Syracuse University Libraries on the 1st floor, and
  5. Student Life at Syracuse University pop-up exhibit on the 6th floor.

University Archivist and curator Meg Mason will offer tours of the exhibition 150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University on the morning of March 24. Featuring a wide selection of photographs, printed materials, textiles, and other memorabilia, this exhibition presents the numerous traditions of Syracuse University and shows the University’s roots in the past and how some of the heritage has been passed forward. Tours are scheduled for 10:00 am and 11:00 am in the SCRC gallery space on the 6th floor of Bird Library. Reserve your place in a tour by contacting Julia Chambers (jschambe@syr.edu) by March 18.

SCRC staff will also present a pop-up exhibition, Student Life at Syracuse University over 150 Years, in Room 606 (Hillyer Room) Bird Library from 1 to 4 pm on March 24. Visitors will have an opportunity to see additional historical materials from the University Archives, including photographs, maps, memorabilia, and the papers of past SU students. Those interested in old photos and maps of campus, curious about where students lived when the campus did not yet have dorms, or the classwork and student extracurricular activities from the past should attend this pop-up exhibition for glimpses into student life over Syracuse University’s history. 

In addition to the five exhibits at Bird Library, the Libraries will also provide:

  • A display of the Milestones of the Syracuse University Libraries in Carnegie Library’s Diana entryway display case from March 16 through commencement weekend.
  • Five episodes highlighting Syracuse University’s 150th anniversary in Sound Beat, the Libraries’ 90-second daily radio program based on recordings from SCRC’s Belfer Audio Archive.  The episodes, scheduled to air in March, will focus on the school colors, the block S logo, campus songs and singing, the number 44, and student traditions. Sound Beat is carried by commercial stations in major markets, community-supported stations in small communities, and reader services that provide news and entertainment to the elderly and visually impaired.

New Biblio Gallery Exhibit: Isle of Brendan

Syracuse University Libraries’ new Biblio Gallery Exhibit on the 4th Floor of Bird Library is a cartography piece titled “Isle of Brendan” by Eric M. Warren, a fourth-year student in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. His exhibit runs from January 27, 2020 through mid-March.

“Taking inspiration from the microcosms that surround us in the natural world, I have found that often the maps we draw yield fantastical elements themselves. Through the gathering of hundreds of lines, symbols, and words, and the arrangement of them all into a specific order, we generate a greater meaning that returns to us worlds which we do and do not know. I implore you to view this piece not as a map, but rather as an orchestration of familiar parts, coalesced into an unfamiliar and nonexistent land,” said E. M. Warren.

For more information about the Biblio Gallery, contact S. Ann Skiold, MFA, MLIS, librarian for Decorative & Applied Arts, Design, Art History, Film, Photography, and Spanish & Italian at Syracuse University Libraries or apply to submit an exhibit via Biblio Gallery website. 


Libraries’ SU Press Exhibit Featuring Association of University Press’ Book, Jacket and Journal Show Winners

Syracuse University Libraries’ SU Press is featuring an exhibit on the first floor of Bird Library from January 21 – 30, 2020 with Association of University Press’ Book, Jacket and Journal 2019 award winners. The annual Association of University Press’ Book, Jacket, and Journal Show recognizes achievement in design, production, and manufacture of books and journals by the university press community. It also serves as a focus of discussion and a source of ideas for intelligent, creative, and resourceful bookmaking. The show is a juried design competition, open only to Association of University Presses member publishers, of which SU Press is a member. Award-winning books are displayed in a traveling exhibit at member presses around the country.

SU Press has received several design awards in the past, most recently for the books Women in Korean Zen: Lives and Practices by Martine Batchelor and Son’gyong Sunim in 2007 and The Adirondack Atlas: A Geographic Portrait of the Adirondack Park by Jerry Jenkins in 2005.

Close up of display case with shelves lined with books and description of display titled "2019 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show"
2019 Book, Jacket and Journal Show

About SU Press:

SU Press is the academic publishing unit of Syracuse University Libraries and is committed to serving New York State—as well as the region, nation, and globe—by publishing vital scholarship, sharing ideas, and giving voice to important stories that may not have otherwise been told. The Press has been serving the community for 75 years.


New Biblio Gallery Exhibit: Newhouse, iSchool Partner on Data-Driven Art Exhibit “Democracy in the Digital Age”

Syracuse University Libraries’ new Biblio Gallery Exhibit on the 4th Floor of Bird Library  was created by students from S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the School of Information Studies and is titled “Democracy in the Digital Age: Does It Exist?” It is a data-driven art exhibit funded by a CUSE Grant. The exhibit, which is on display from now through January, provides insight into university students’ consumption of news and social media, specifically analyzing how both of those elements intersect to construct a political identity.

This exhibit is a continuation of last year’s three-part symposium series “Social Media and Democracy,” spearheaded by Professor Regina Luttrell, Professor Jon Glass and Professor Lu Xiao. This year, students in Luttrell’s Public Relations Campaign Planning and Execution course surveyed more than 200 students across U.S. college campuses to understand what democracy means in a social media-driven society. Newhouse and iSchool students then visually interpreted the survey results to create the exhibit, which encourages students to have a conversation about the important issue surrounding the influence of digital media.

Students Sophie Estep, Holly Jones, Jessica Zuk, Daniela Curi, and Lillee Bellia coordinated the project. Students Renée Deemer, Yiran Duan, Galen Hogan, Aaron Kassman and Isabel Munoz are the featured artists.

For more information about the Biblio Gallery, contact S. Ann Skiold, MFA, MLIS, librarian for Decorative & Applied Arts, Design, Art History, Film, Photography, and Spanish & Italian at Syracuse University Libraries or apply to submit an exhibit via Biblio Gallery website. 


New Biblio Gallery Exhibit: Edenic Island, 2019

hand reaching out to pick orange off a tree
Eve, Edenic Island, 2019

Syracuse University Libraries’ new Biblio Gallery Exhibit on the 4th Floor of Bird Library, titled “Edenic Island, 2019,” is on display from November 1 through November 17, 2019. The collection of image is from the artist Charlotte Howard’s, ’20 School of Visual and Performing Arts, series. “This body of photographic work focuses on the juxtaposition of Jeju’s natural beauty and landscape and its dark past. Jeju is known to many as a paradise. The intent of this project was to bring an awareness of the island’s tragic history and to see beyond the plethora of tourist attractions that conveniently hide these truths, perhaps to cope with them.  These images capture the awe-striking landscape of Jeju, while hinting to, what was for a long time, a hidden history.”

For more information about the Biblio Gallery, contact S. Ann Skiold, MFA, MLIS, librarian for Decorative & Applied Arts, Design, Art History, Film, Photography, and Spanish & Italian at Syracuse University Libraries or apply to submit an exhibit via Biblio Gallery website. 


Libraries Commemorates Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month

 

Copy reads: Selections from Juan Cruz: A Retrospective. September 16 to October 15, 2019. An exhibition of Works by local artist and Syracuse University alumnus '95. Syracuse University Libraries. #CuseLHHM. Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month. Photo of wooden 3-dimensions art piece from Juan Cruz.
Selections from Juan Cruz: A Retrospective

In commemoration of Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), the Syracuse University Libraries, in collaboration with La Casita Cultural Center and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, is proud to share a display titled “Selections from Juan Cruz: A Retrospective.” The exhibit features works on loan by Juan Cruz ’95, Syracuse-based artist and Syracuse University alumnus, on display on the first floor of Bird Library through October 15. A similar exhibition, showcasing the expansive body of Cruz’s works, was recently hosted at the Everson Museum during the summer of 2019.

Photo of display case in Bird Library and sign next to display.
Selections from Juan Cruz: A Retrospective

For more information about the pieces in this exhibit, including inquiries to the artist, please contact La Casita Cultural Center at lacasita.syr.edu.

There is also a Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month book display in the New Books section on the 1st floor of Bird. It highlights approximately 70 books by Latinx and Hispanic authors published within the past decade and aims to showcase some newer works and newer voices from the Latinx and Hispanic community. The books are available for patrons to check out.

For more information on the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, follow #CuseLHHM or visit multicultural.syr.edu.


Bird Library Hosting Homo-Symbiosis Architectural Installation

Parinda Pin Sangkaeo, female student, standing next to Benson Joseph, male student. To their left is their homo-symbiosis architectural display,
Parinda Pin Sangkaeo and Benson Joseph next to their display in Bird Library

Two students from the School of Architecture, Benson Joseph ’20 and Parinda Pin Sangkaeo (Pin) ‘22, have created and installed an original display titled “Homo-Symbiosis” on the first floor of Bird Library.  It will be on display in the Learning Commons near the computer cluster through November 2.

The students have independently collaborated on several works outside of any coursework or assignments. This piece is made from paperboard, lightweight wood, and plastic. They describe their piece as follows:

Too often we are easily influenced by the latest buzz feed, political pundit, and our president’s most recent tweet. In the process, we tend to forget our common humanity. The virtual realm of free speech has been turned into isolated cocoons constructed from a series of algorithms designed to categorize the individual into a nest of their own mind. We are neither for the individual or the collective consciousness. We believe in the example provided by the natural world that everything exists within a symbiotic relationship. Therefore, both parties are of equal necessity. The installation aims to

illustrate the idea into a tangible construction. Where the whole is the sum of its parts. Each individual hold within

Close up of shapes made from paperboard, lightweight wood and plastic intricately connected to each other. In background are students working in Bird Library and sign saying "Homo-Symbiosis" with description.
Homo-Symbiosis Display in Bird Library

unique characteristics, perfectly suitable for the machine of our collective civilization. The irregular arrangement of the whole aims to render an idea of flexibility offered and limited by one’s imagination, implying many possible configurations. Next, the slight variation of every single diamond within a module of nine cater to the unique characteristics of an individual. Finally, the mirror surfaces act as a reminder that you, as an individual within the collective, are the spectator. Your role as a crucial participant through the use of the reflected surfaces reiterate the equal necessity of both complementary bodies.

“We wanted to include this piece in Bird Library because so many people pass through this space,” said Benson. “It makes us happy to share our work with others. It’s an opportunity to bring work from the School of Architecture to the broader University campus,” added Pin.

close-up of symmetrical sculpture made of paperboard, lightweight wood and plastic interwoven together.
Homo-Symbiosis Display

“We’re delighted to share the artistic work of these students at the Libraries,” said David Seaman, dean of Syracuse University Libraries, University Librarian and interim dean of the School of Information Studies. “Our Learning Commons regularly supports the display of both student and faculty art and

design, and we encourage those interested to contact us. We also have an Arts Programming Team that is charged with developing visual and performing arts events and providing support for programs in our Learning Commons. Initiatives like these foster an inclusive library environment, provide partnership opportunities, and support learning by providing a forum.”


ParaHuman Book Display in Bird Library

Photo of bent spoon with text that reads: Parahuman, possesion by eveil, pamistry, ghosts, out-of-body travel, telekinesis, esp, clairvoyance, communications with the dead. The second in a three part series exploring the fringe in print.
ParaHuman Display in Bird Library Learning Commons

Check out the Learning Common’s newest exhibit on the 1st Floor of Bird Library: “ParaHuman Books.” The second display in a three-part series, the selection of books illustrates examples of bizarre human conditions, such as clairvoyance, communication with the dead, out-of-body travel, telekinesis, and possession by the devil. Mainstream fascination with extraordinary powers of the mind and body were at their peak from the late 1960s through the 1970s, but by the 1980s public fascination with the fringe had shifted to aliens and abductions. Curated by Stephen Singer, the exhibit is on display from August 1 through August 31.  Stop by the Information Desk at Bird Library to obtain your free ParaHuman commemorative button.


150 Years of Tradition Showcased at Syracuse University Exhibition

 

black and white photo of male and female students sitting closely on concrete bench in winter in front of Hendricks Chapel
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.

black and white photo of crowd of students in graduation caps and gowns cheering in the Dome
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:

black and white photo of two male students standing outside holding beanie caps in their hands directly above their heads
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” in the exhibition case on the first floor of Bird Library. 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 from September 17, 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.