150th Anniversary Digital Humanities Showcase

UPDATED 3/17/20: EVENT POSTPONED

Syracuse University will present a Digital Humanities Showcase as part of its sesquicentennial celebrations on March 24 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons of Bird Library.  A cross-disciplinary and cross-campus effort, the Showcase will include brief presentations of completed projects and in-process work by students, faculty and staff in the Digital Humanities. It will be followed by discussion, demonstration and question and answer with attendees.  Featured presenters include:

  • Courtney Asztalos, Curator of Plastics and Historical Artifacts, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries, on the topic “Special Collections, 3D Technologies, and Artistic Inspiration”
  • Sarah Bolden, PhD Student, Information Science & Technology, School of Information Studies, on the topic “Platformed Precarity on Reddit”
  • Leopoldo Gonzalez-Barajas, MA in Spanish, Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, on the topic “Mapping the Shape of a Story”
  • Jordan Brady Loewen, PhD Candidate, Religion Department, on the topic of “Religion, Video Gaming, Technology, Pedagogy”
  • Melissa Patton, MLIS student, School of Information Studies, on the topic “Lit Knits: Encoding Text into Knitting Patterns”
  • Stefano Selenu, Assistant Teaching Professor of Italian Language, Literature, and Culture, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, on the topic “Digital Manuscripts and Archival Languages and Literatures”
  • Patrick Williams, Humanities Librarian, Digital & Open Scholarship Lead, Department of Research & Scholarship, Syracuse University Libraries, on the topic “Histories of Digital Humanities at SU”

“The humanities have been central to life at Syracuse University since its founding in 1870, and our sesquicentennial year is a wonderful time to reflect on the value of humanistic endeavors. In the 21st century university, the humanities have embraced digital tools and technologies for entirely new types of discovery, pedagogy, analysis, and publication, and for rich collaborations between students, faculty members, and librarians,” said David Seaman, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian.


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.

150 Years of Tradition at SU: A Digital Exhibition

In honor of Syracuse University’s sesquicentennial, Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center has released “150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University: A Digital Exhibition.” The online exhibition mirrors the physical exhibition on the sixth floor of Bird Library, Special Collections Research Center, which is on display from September 2019 through June 2020. Both exhibitions include audio materials from the Archives.

“We are delighted to share the University’s rich history with alumni and friends of the University near and far,” said Dean David Seaman, University Librarian and Dean of Syracuse University Libraries. “Digital exhibitions enable access to those who may not be on campus. It’s also an opportunity to document and share information with researchers globally in a way that is organized and easy to access.”

Contents in the digital exhibition include:


New 150th Anniversary Exhibit: Milestones of SU Libraries

Syracuse University Libraries’ is featuring a new sesquicentennial exhibit of milestones of SU Libraries titled “Let the reader emerge!” on the first floor of Bird Library from February 3 until mid-May. A smaller collection of materials is also on display in the lobby of Carnegie Library. It was curated by Sebastian Modrow, curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, Special Collections Research Center.

The exhibit focuses on the SU Libraries as an evolving and expanding learning space and highlighting the history of the most important buildings on campus, including the von Ranke Library, Carnegie Library, and Bird Library. The sesquicentennial provides the University with an opportunity to reflect on both the origins and growth of the Libraries as a core stakeholder of the academic learning process.

“Academic libraries around the world are a critical cornerstone of universities, providing the history, context, and resources from which to build new ideas and scholarship. We are especially fortunate at Syracuse University to have a robust library system that has supported the campus community for 150 years. This exhibit contributes to the University by honoring our past, embracing the present, and impacting the future,” said David Seaman, University Librarian and Dean of Syracuse University Libraries.


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.

 


Orange Central 2019: What’s Happening at the Libraries?

A photo of the Syracuse University campus with a cursive text overlay that reads "Welcome Home"

Registration is now open for Orange Central 2019, Syracuse University’s annual homecoming and reunion weekend, September 12-15. Throughout the weekend, Syracuse University Libraries will be hosting a multitude of unique events for the Orange community to enjoy:

Friday, September 13

  • 9:30-10:00am or 4:30-5:00pm – 150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University Exhibition Tour*
    • Bird Library, Special Collections Research Center, 6th Floor
    • Featuring a wide selection of photographs, printed materials, textiles and other memorabilia from the University archives, this exhibition showcases the traditions that unite the University, including the number 44 and the color orange. Join University archivist and exhibition curator Meg Mason for a guided tour. (*Note that as of 6/7/19, the 9:30am time slot is full. Please see other tour time slot options on Friday and Saturday.)
    • Program cost: No charge
  • 10:00am-noon – Innovation Breakfast of Champions
    • Bird Library, Blackstone LaunchPad, 1st Floor, Suite 120
    • Did you ever pitch a product or an idea in an entrepreneurship competition while an SU student? Work on an innovation or student venture? Have you launched something since graduating? Join us in SU’s Innovation Hub in Bird Library to catch up and to get a sneak preview of the next crop of SU innovators.
    • Program cost: No charge; includes buffet breakfast
  • 2:30-3:15 or 3:30-4:15pm  – Preserving Your Orange Memories: A Preservation Fair
    • Bird Library, Special Collections Research Center, 6th Floor
    • Wondering how to preserve your freshman beanie, old photos, videotapes or yearbooks for years to come? Learn how to care for and preserve personal collections, especially your Syracuse University-related memorabilia. Please note: Libraries staff cannot provide preservation treatment or appraisals for items brought to the fair.
    • Program cost: No charge
  • 2:30-3:15 or 3:30-4:15pm  – Funding the Future
    • Bird Library, Blackstone LaunchPad, 1st Floor, Suite 120
    • Josh Aviv ’15, G’17, founder of SparkCharge, hosts an interactive fireside chat focused on emerging sustainable startup trends and creative funding opportunities for entrepreneurs. Co-hosted by the Blackstone LaunchPad, the School of Information Studies and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
    • Program cost: No charge
  • 4:00-5:30pm  – Forever Orange: The Story of Syracuse University
    • Bird Library, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 1st Floor, Room 114
    • Join Rick Burton ’80 and Scott Pitoniak ’77, authors of Forever Orange, a book commemorating Syracuse University’s 150th anniversary, for a fascinating look at the diverse people, places and events that have helped Syracuse become an internationally renowned research university. Hear from the authors and take the opportunity to purchase the book (with a special 25% discount) and have them sign it. Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) will be provided.
    • Program cost: No charge

Saturday, September 14

  • 9:00-10:30am – 150th Campus Past and Present Walking Tour
    • Bird Library, Special Collections Research Center, 6th Floor
    • Learn about our past at the Special Collections Research Center exhibition, 150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University; meet the University archivist; and then explore campus during a walking tour led by student guides from the Office of Admissions’ U100 group. The weather in Syracuse can be fickle, so check the forecast, dress appropriately and wear comfortable shoes—the tour will go on, rain or shine! Please follow the directions in the registration form if you require golf cart transportation.
    • Program cost: No charge
  • 10:00-10:30, 10:45-11:15, or 11:30-12:00 – 150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University Exhibition Tour
    • Bird Library, Special Collections Research Center, 6th Floor
    • Featuring a wide selection of photographs, printed materials, textiles and other memorabilia from the University archives, this exhibition showcases the traditions that unite the University, including the number 44 and the color orange. Join University archivist and exhibition curator Meg Mason for a guided tour. (*Note that as of 6/7/19, the 9:30am time slot is full. Please see other tour time slot options on Friday and Saturday.)
    • Program cost: No charge
  • 10:30-11:30am – Bringing Don Waful’s POW Journal to Life
    • Bird Library, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 1st Floor, Room 114
    • A look behind the scenes of a unique audio project from Sound Beat, the popular public radio program from the Syracuse University Libraries. Host Brett Barry ’98, G’13 narrates selections from the World War II POW journal of Don Waful ’37, G’39 interspersed with present-day commentary from Mr. Waful himself, nearly 80 years later! Q&A to follow.
    • Program cost: No charge
  • 12:30-2:00pm – Libraries Former Employees Lunch*
    • Bird Library, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 1st Floor, Room 114
    • Have you ever worked in the SU Libraries system, either professionally or while an SU student? We welcome you back to the Libraries for a celebratory lunch for an afternoon of networking and conversation!
    • Program cost: No charge; includes refreshments

Please note that registration is required for all Orange Central events. For a full list of campus-wide events or to register, please visit: cusecommunity.syr.edu.


Forever Orange: The Story of Syracuse University

To coincide with the celebration of Syracuse University’s sesquicentennial in 2020, Syracuse University Press is publishing Forever Orange: The Story of Syracuse University. This monumental, 10” x 12” book, lavishly illustrated with 300 photographs, provides a unique look at the diverse

Jacket cover of book "Forever Orange"
Syracuse University Press is publishing “Forever Orange” to coincide with the University’s 150th Anniversary.

people, places, and events that have helped SU become an internationally renowned research university and will be available in the fall of 2019. The foreword is written by astronaut, U.S. Air Force colonel, and SU alumna Eileen Collins and the afterword by Pro Football Hall of Famer and SU alumnus Floyd Little.

Forever Orange illuminates Syracuse University’s chronological history, with special focus on how Syracuse led the way in numerous important matters—gender, race, military veterans, and science, going far beyond the parameters of a traditional institutional history. Through narrative and hundreds of photos, Forever Orange presents SU’s glorious 150-year history in a lively, distinctive, informative manner, appealing to alumni and university friends, young and old.

Authors Scott Pitoniak, a nationally honored columnist and best-selling author, and Rick Burton, a coauthor of numerous books, and David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management at Syracuse University, have utilized exhaustive research, scores of interviews, and their own SU experiences to craft a book that explores what it has meant to be Orange since the school’s founding as a small liberal arts college in 1870.

For more information, visit https://press.syr.edu/supressbooks/2385/forever-orange/.