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The View From Falk
Dessa Bergin Cico, Eunjoo Jung, Kamala Ramadoss, Rachel Razza

Four Falk College faculty promoted, tenured

Falk College is pleased to announce four faculty members from its Departments of Child and Family Studies and Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition were recently promoted and tenured, including: Dr. Dessa Bergen Cico, Associate Professor, Public Health; Dr. Eunjoo Jung, Associate Professor, Child and Family Studies; Dr. Kamala Ramadoss, Associate Professor, Child and Family Studies, and; Dr. Rachel Razza, Associate Professor, Child and Family Studies.


Falk College welcomes new alumni from Class of 2015

Falk College celebrated the Class of 2015 and its accomplishments on Saturday, May 9 at Manley Field House. Falk College’s Class of 2015—now our newest alumni—included 312 undergraduates, 142 master’s candidates and 27 students earning Certificates of Advanced Study. Four Ph.D. students received their hoods. Student speakers included a graduate student reflection by Ethan Lewis (Social Work) and remarks from Falk College undergraduate marshals Aziza Mustefa (Public Health) and Sam Rodgers (Nutrition).


Alice Honig

Alice Sterling Honig featured speaker at Ninth Annual Jack Reilly Distinguished Lecture May 21

The Jack Reilly Institute for Early Childhood and Provider Education and its Department of Child and Family Studies, along with Child Care Solutions, invites the community to the Ninth Annual Jack Reilly Distinguished Lecture featuring Dr. Alice Sterling Honig, Ph.D. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held on Thursday, May 21, 7:00 p.m. at Peck Hall, 601 E. Genesee Street, Syracuse. In addition to hearing Dr. Honig’s presentation entitled, "The emotional life of babies: What we need to know to promote secure attachment.” This annual event presents an opportunity to ask questions, and to network with parents, providers and educators. The program qualifies for one NYSOCFS training hour.


Students in the lounge in the Falk Complex

Falk College Settles into New Home

Within hours of the opening of a student lounge—one of several community spaces—in the new Falk Complex earlier this semester, students were making it their own.


Project ETHICS documentary team

Project ETHICS filmed for upcoming documentary

In 2013, associate professor of public health, Dr. Katherine McDonald, received a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health (NIH), to address the pressing need for scientific knowledge to improve the health of persons with intellectual disability. A survey was created by an expert panel, which included Micah Fialka-Feldman, a Syracuse University student, teaching assistant, and staff member. Feldman, who will graduate in May 2015 with a certificate in Disability Studies, helped design the survey and assisted with recruitment and sharing findings. During the project, McDonald was contacted by documentary filmmaker, Dan Habib, an Emmy-nominated creator of award-winning films on disability-related topics about his upcoming film, Intelligent Lives.


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Falk College graduate students lay groundwork for bringing adaptive sport competition to Central New York

Seventeen sport management graduate students in Dr. Gina Pauline’s advanced sport event management course spent the spring semester, in collaboration with the Syracuse Sports Corporation, laying the foundation to not only produce the 2nd Annual Syracuse Sport Summit which took place April 30 but also to explore the possibility of bringing a multi-sport statewide competition for athletes with physical disabilities—including wounded military veterans—to Syracuse. On April 30th, the students will showcased their efforts and dedication to adaptive sports.


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Falk College honored with 2015 Chancellor's Awards for Public Engagement & Scholarship

Students and their faculty-staff advisors in Falk College were recognized with three 2015 Chancellor's Awards for Public Engagement and Scholarship during a ceremony April 22. The Chancellor's Awards for Public Engagement and Scholarship are given each year to Syracuse University students and groups who exemplify the highest ideal of sustained, quality engagement with citizens in our community.


Remembrance Ceremony

Three Falk College Students Named 2015-16 Remembrance Scholars

Each year, 35 Syracuse University Remembrance Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students on the basis of distinguished academic achievement, citizenship, and service. Three Falk College students have been awarded this prestigious honor for the 2015-16 academic year.


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Public meeting on housing experiences of LGBTQ youth in Central New York to be held May 4

Recent research conducted by two Falk College faculty members, working collaboratively with community agencies, indicates some of the most important issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer-identified (LGBTQ) youth in the Central New York (CNY) community. The research project entitled, “Housing and LGBTQ Youth: A Mixed-Methods Community Needs Assessment,” is led by principal investigators Deb Coolhart and Maria Brown. The study’s complete findings will be shared at a public meeting on the housing experiences of LGBTQ youth from the CNY community on Monday, May 4, 3:30 p.m.


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April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

As they’ve done in previous years, Falk students and their peers on campus, working with faculty and staff, have partnered with McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center to bring attention to the issue in a visual way: by planting pinwheels on campus. And on April 24, the Student Council on Family Relations, and the Department of Child and Family Studies, will present "Pitfalls in the Diagnosis of Abuse."


Keith Alford, Eric Kingson, Rachel Razza

Faculty honored for excellence in teaching, research, service

Three Falk College faculty members will be honored for excellence in teaching, research and service with 2015 Falk College Faculty of the Year Awards. They include: Keith A. Alford, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Excellence in Service; Eric R. Kingson, Professor, School of Social Work, Excellence in Research, and; Rachel Razza, Assistant Professor, Department of Child & Family Studies, Excellence in Teaching.


Evan Weissman

Food Studies assistant professor Evan Weissman receives 2015 Meredith Teaching Recognition Award

In recognition of teaching excellence, Evan Weissman, Ph.D., assistant professor of food studies, was honored with the 2015 Teaching Recognition Award as part of the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professorship Program. Awards will be presented during a ceremony on April 13.


Seth Goldman of Honest Tea

Seth Goldman, co-founder and TeaEO of Honest Tea, visits Falk College April 13

The Food Studies program, along with Falk College, welcomed Seth Goldman, co-founder and TeaEO of Honest Tea, for the 2015 Christy Lecture Series in Nutrition on April 13. His presentation was entitled, "Scaling an Authentic Brand While Keeping it Honest." The audience of students, faculty and staff attending the presentation received a sample of Honest Tea. Students also received a complimentary copy of Goldman’s book, "Mission in a Bottle: The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently—and Succeeding," an accessible business book told in comic form that presents the story of how the co-founders of Honest Tea built their mission-driven business.


Sarah Wick cooking in kitchen

Sports Nutritionist Speaks at Syracuse University April 8

Sports nutritionist, Sarah Wick, RD CSSD LD, speaks at Syracuse University April 8. Her presentation focuses on sports nutrition and how it affects performance.


Food Studies Students Work with International Chefs to Expand Cultural Competencies, Give Back to Local Community

Falk College food studies students, led by assistant professor Evan Weissman, recently hosted chefs from Burma, Eritrea, Japan, South Sudan, and Somalia in the Falk College teaching kitchens in preparation for a recent My Lucky Tummy community dinner, which celebrates the local refugee and new American communities in Syracuse through food.


Best For Babies National Parenting Publications Awards Silver Winner

Best for Babies named NAPPA Silver Award winner

Best for Babies, written by professor emerita of child and family studies, Alice Sterling Honig, was recently named a Silver Award Winner by the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA).


Gregory Ackerman presents at the SABR conference

SPM students, faculty participate in 2015 Society of American Baseball Research Analytics Conference

Three sport management majors and Professor Rodney Paul attended the conference, with an additional sport management major contributing to research. The group was joined by a sport management minor and a graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences. Gregory Ackerman, representing the Class of 2015, along with Colby Conetta and Joey Weinberg, members of the Class of 2017, attended the conference and took part in the Diamond Dollars Case Competition. The two other members of their team were Justin Mattingly, a sophomore newspaper and journalism and political science major and sport management minor, and Raymond Garzia, a graduate student studying mathematics.


Class on the quad in summer

Falk College announces classes for 2015 summer sessions

Beginning with Maymester and spanning Summer Session I and II, Falk College will offer numerous courses for students on campus, as well as some online.


Keith Alford and Michele Galvin

Tatiana Williams ’16 named Senior Class Marshal

Tatiana Williams, a social work major with a minor in psychology, was announced as one of two Syracuse University Senior Class Marshals who will represent the Class of 2016.


Eric Kingson with Grandson

Because Social Security is a legacy for all generations

a sign outside of Professor Eric Kingson’s campus office reads, hands off our children & grandchildren’s Social Security, which is one of several key messages found in the book he recently co-authored with attorney, author and long-time colleague Nancy Altman entitled, “Social Security Works! Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All.” A book signing and short presentation, with question and answer session, was held at Barnes and Noble, Erie Blvd. location, on Thursday, March 19.


New Falk Complex

Student Services Moves to MacNaughton Hall

As of March 11, Falk College’s Office of Student Services has relocated to 300 MacNaughton Hall, which is part of the new Falk Complex connected to White Hall. The College’s phased move began in January 2015 and will continue through the Fall semester.


Music students with BMW child

Music Education Majors, BMW Preschoolers Create Music and More

An ongoing creative collaboration involving BMW teachers and music education faculty members recently connected college-aged and preschool students for a unique and valuable learning experience.


Lakers stadium

SPM Students on Los Angeles Immersion Trip

Our 20 sport management majors and minors spent their spring break in Los Angeles for a week-long immersion trip.


Charles Preuss with dog Bear photo credits

Research training program for veterans accepting applications

To improve access to undergraduate research experiences in the area of trauma for groups typically underrepresented in this research, including veterans, a collaborative venture between Syracuse University’s Falk College, SUNY Oswego, and SUNY Upstate Medical University is now recruiting students for its 2015 program June 1-26 on the Syracuse campus.


person sitting alone head in hands

Get The Lead Out

Falk nutrition students in Orange Wrap recently partnered with the Onondaga County Health Department in giving nutrition tours in local grocery stores to educate families on how to eat healthy to prevent lead poisoning. Foods high in iron, calcium, and vitamin C can protect against lead poisoning, which is a high risk for children residing in older homes within Syracuse. Orange Wrap students provide nutrition education to their peers across campus as well as the local community at-large.


person sitting alone head in hands

Falk College Announces New Master of Arts in Addiction Studies

To address a growing need for more counselors, healthcare professionals and social services professionals with adequate training and credentialing in alcohol, other drugs and behavioral addictions, Falk College announced the creation of a 36-credit Master of Arts in Addiction Studies degree.


Mary Kiernan with Rachel Johnson and Kaylah Wicks

Food studies, nutrition faculty, students participated in NYC James Beard Empire Feast

Falk College food studies chef instructor, Mary Kiernan, cooked for and participated in the James Beard Empire State Feast Event on Feb. 27 at the James Beard House in NYC. Assisting her and the other team chefs were Falk nutrition students, Rachel Johnson and Kaylah Wicks. The Beard Foundation offers events to educate, inspire, entertain, and foster an appreciation of American cuisine. Preparation for the event included recent test run-throughs at Syracuse University’s Falk College teaching kitchens.


Keith Alford and Michele Galvin

Keith A. Alford, honored for activism and service, co-edits new book that addresses needs of families in rural communities

Social Work Degree Guide published a listing of its “30 Most Influential Social Workers Alive Today.” Associate professor of social work, Keith A. Alford, Ph.D., A.C.S.W., was listed ninth. In recognition of community service and advocacy, he received the 2015 Harriet Tubman Spirit Award. Earlier this year, Alford’s co-edited book, “Rural Families and Reshaping Human Services,” was released.


MFT students organize donations

Clothing Drive Fills Unmet Need in Local Transgender Community

Table after table lined with hundreds of donated shirts, pants, sweaters, skirts, jackets and other clothing items were visible in one Peck Hall classroom because MFT graduate students Amy Goss and Megan O’Brien recognized an unmet need within Syracuse’s transgender community.


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Understanding EMDR Therapy and Its Applications: Treatment for Trauma


Date: Thursday, May 28th
Time: 3:00-4:30pm
Location: Peck Hall, 601 East Genesee St.

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A Social Work Perspective: What's Correct in Corrections?


Date: Thursday, June 18th
Time: 8:30am-12:30pm
Location: 103 Peck Hall, 601 East Genesee St.

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BMW Child Development Lab School now accepting applications for 2015-16 academic year


Spaces are available in the toddler and preschool classrooms.

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