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Class of 2014: Convocation & Commencement Info.

Plans for the Falk College Convocation and SU Commencement are well underway. Be sure to mark your calendars with the dates below.

Falk College Convocation
Saturday, May 10, 4:00pm
Manley Field House

SU Commencement
Sunday, May 11, 9:30am
Carrier Dome

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Submit a Photo/Video for the 2014 Convocation Remembrance Video

Share memories from your years at SU! Submissions will be compiled into this year's Remembrance Video and shown during Convocation.

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Falk College Dean's List

Congratulations to Falk College students who have been named to the Fall 2013 Dean’s List. Students receive this certificate of achievement when they have achieved a minimum of a 3.4 semester grade point average and have earned at least 12 credit hours of course work.

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Professional Opportunities

The David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics provides an environment of teaching, research, service, and engaged scholarship within our communities.

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Hospitality Students Host 11th Annual Senior Class Gala Looking for the ideal place for your child to learn and grow? SPM Research Featured at MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Alford Featured Columnist on Cultural Diversity Submit Photos/Videos for the 2014 Convocation Remembrance Video ASI examines services, support for older adults ASI examines services, support for older adults Unique Opportunity for Advanced Standing MSW Students Debra Connolly named Public Policy Chair, NYS Dietetic Association Accepting Graduate Program Applications

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Rachel Razza Recognized With 2014 Syracuse University Teaching Award

Rachel Razza, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Child & Family Studies in the Falk College, was named a Syracuse University 2014 Teaching Recognition Award as part of the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professorship Program. This honor recognizes excellence in teaching innovation, effectiveness in communicating with students and the lasting value of courses. She will be honored at a ceremony on April 21. A member of the Falk College since 2007, the primary focus of Dr. Razza's scholarly work is children's self-regulation, a multifaceted construct that encompasses a variety of skills underlying children's ability to monitor cognitive strategies and adapt behavior to fit situational demands. Her work explores associations among different facets of self-regulation, contextual predictors of self-regulation, and implications of various self-regulatory skills for children’s school readiness and later school success. She is particularly interested in specifying these pathways among at-risk children, as these children are particularly at-risk for self-regulatory deficits.

Attendees and Speakers of Trauma Conference

Now available online:

Videos from “A Community in Trauma” conference explore how grief, loss impact children and families in the Syracuse community and what to do when trauma becomes pervasive

A day-long conference exploring the epidemic of violence and the long-term wounds it inflicts on the children who grow up in its shadow in the Syracuse community was sponsored by the Falk College's Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS) in March. The event featured community experts who deal with violence and trauma. Each guest speaker offered different perspectives on related problems and solutions. Due to overwhelming interest from persons interested in the well-being of children, youth and families, including teachers, school administrators, counselors, criminal justice professionals, agency staff, advocates, volunteers, service providers, social workers, and health care professionals, the conference sessions are now available online for viewing using the links below.

CFS professor of practice, Colleen Baish Cameron, whose professional credentials include work as a Certified Child Life Specialist, worked closely with community leaders who are deeply involved with and committed to trauma response in our community, including: Terrence Byrd-El, assistant director, Syracuse Trauma Response Team and creator of the "Man to Man" self-development program for young men between the ages of 11-16, Kimber Gunn, who has been working in the youth development field for over twenty years and Arnett Haygood-El, Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility Inc., Southwest Community, who has worked professionally for 15 years assisting low income, at-risk youth and their families to overcome the barriers of growing up in poverty. A graduate student at Syracuse University working on a master’s degree in Child and Family Health in a Global Community, his studies are focused on the effects of community violence on urban youth development. Falk faculty involved in the project also include CFS department chair and associate professor, Robert Moreno; assistant professor of public health, Dessa Bergen-Cico; associate professor of social work, Keith A. Alford; Mary Kish, internship coordinator, and; Sydnee Corridors, CFS student.

Students and Professor Anne Bellows at UN Committee Meeting

Falk students, faculty advocate for women's human rights to adequate food, nutrition at United Nations meetings

Students in the Falk College’s new graduate course, FST 700—Gender, Food, and Rights attended the United Nations’ (UN) annual Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) meetings over Spring Break. Led by food studies professor, Anne Bellows, three students, Melanie Shaffer-Cutillo, Karen Cordano, and Stacia Martelli canvassed official meetings on issues related to women’s human right to adequate food and nutrition as official delegates of the non-governmental organization, Food First Information Action Network (FIAN) International. Bellows is an editorial board member and contributor to the FIAN worldwide publication, “The Right to Food and Nutrition Watch.”

The Gender, Food and Rights course the students are enrolled in advances inquiry introduced in another Falk food studies course, FST 403/603—Right to Food and Nutrition and foregrounds a focus on the relationship between the human right to adequate food and nutrition and women’s rights. The class operates from an investigation into the question, when so many call for the inclusion of women into food and nutrition programs and policy making, why do women and girls continue to experience hunger and malnutrition at greater rates than do men across diverse demographic groups experiencing right to food violations?

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“Changing Sports, Changing Lives” Documentary World Premiere at SU April 28

Falk College tradition of sports research documentaries continues with new film focused on athletes with disabilities

Students enrolled in SPM 300—The History of Sport have spent the 2013-14 academic year focusing their research efforts on sports that have been adapted to transform and enrich the lives of athletes with physical disabilities. In the fall semester, students worked as a research team, each one taking a specific assignment that became their final projects. In the spring semester, these projects have provided the collected body of research to produce a documentary film entitled Changing Sports, Changing Lives.

Tanya Horacek

Falk College Nutrition Professor, Tanya Horacek, Part of Team Awarded $4.9 Million USDA Grant for Childhood Obesity Prevention

Falk College associate professor of nutrition, Tanya Horacek, R.D., Ph.D., and Syracuse University are part of a 14-university team that has received a $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to empower college students to create obesity prevention programs for their peers as well as students in elementary and high schools. The campaign, which will launch in August, is entitled, "Get Fruved." It will harness the peer-to-peer interactions of more than 1,000 students who will work together to create interventions so students become more physically active. “Fruved" is a term that refers to fruits and vegetables. The behaviors students will address include healthy eating and physical activity as well as managing stress, emotional well-being, and the importance of positive social support systems. The students will also be advocates for environmental change on their campuses to support positive health behaviors. This project purposefully uses a non-diet approach to weight management and instead focuses on promoting healthy behavior and positive healthy body images.

Brooks Gump

Gump to continue leading Undergraduate Program for Trauma Research with Veterans with newly awarded NSF grant

Falk Family Professor of Public Health, Brooks Gump, Ph.D., M.P.H., will continue leading a program this summer for undergraduate veterans and non-veterans (five openings for each) interested in becoming trauma researchers. Gump was one of six faculty from three upstate New York universities (Syracuse University, SUNY Upstate, and SUNY Oswego) who ran this Research Education for Undergraduates (REU) program in 2012 and 2013. As one of several on-going interdisciplinary collaborations in the Falk College, the REU program includes faculty members Keith A. Alford, Ph.D., ACSW, associate professor of social work and Dessa Bergen-Cico, Ph.D., CHES, CAS, assistant professor, public health. The $285,679 grant recently awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) will support the REU program for two more years, which is now recruiting undergraduate veterans and non-veterans to participate. Students can earn $3,000 for participating in an intensive four-week summer program from June 2-27, 2014 at Syracuse University.

Otto Welcome

Congratulations to our newly admitted undergraduate students!

If you are one of our newly admitted undergraduate students, Congratulations! You should feel very proud that your hard work and persistence have paid off. We’d like to invite you to attend one of our admitted student receptions. Meet faculty, staff and students and discover more about Syracuse University. We’ll treat you to your name up in lights on the Carrier Dome scoreboard plus lunch on the turf and a list of options including: a student life expo, residence hall tours, campus tours and more. It’s a big decision, so come ask your questions and find out why so many people choose to Go Orange!

We’ll be in New York City on Saturday, April 5th at Syracuse University’s Lubin House in Manhattan, if you can’t make it to campus. Our on-campus receptions will be held: April 7, 11, 14 and 21. And be sure to ask about the overnight “Own the Dome” event on April 13th.

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Conference Explored Violence’s Impact on Children, Families

Topics covered included how grief, loss impact children’s well being and organizations that can help when trauma becomes pervasive

The Department of Child and Family Studies in Syracuse University’s Falk College hosted, “A Community in Trauma: The Impact on Children and Families,” a day-long conference exploring the epidemic of violence and the long-term wounds it inflicts on the children who grow up in its shadow. The event, held Friday, March 21, featured community experts who deal with violence and trauma who offered different perspectives on related problems and solutions.

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Falk College Announces New Bachelor of Science in Food Studies; Now Enrolling Majors for Fall 2014

The Falk College today announced a new bachelor of science degree in Food Studies. The new program, which is now enrolling majors for Fall 2014, provides a thorough understanding of food systems, politics and economies from production to consumption locally, nationally and globally. Students develop marketable skills, such as data management and analysis, food preparation and presentation, and the ability and knowledge to link these skills to the growing interest in food systems. The opportunity to pair the food studies major with minors within the Falk College and throughout Syracuse University, such as public health, nutrition, social sciences, policy studies or communications, offers students unique and marketable complements to their degree programs.

A check presentation took place during the SU men’s basketball game on February 19 at the Carrier Dome

SPM Club raises over $30,000 at 9th Annual Charity Sports Auction to benefit Food Bank of Central New York

Congratulations and thank you to the Sport Management (SPM) Club at Syracuse University, which announced it raised $30,500 for Food Bank of Central New York at its 9th Annual Charity Sports Auction in December. “As a result of months of hard work on behalf of over 75 Syracuse University students, 79,300 meals were provided to those families in need in our community,” said Kate Veley, SPM club co-advisor. “We simply couldn’t be more proud of our students, or more thankful of the Central New York community who once again recognized a need and worked together to help us make a difference.”

A check presentation took place during the SU men’s basketball game on February 19 at the Carrier Dome. Picture above L-R: Alyssa Wood, ’13 auction co-chair; Kathleen Stress, Food Bank of Central New York, Executive Vice President; Carly Raimo, ’13 auction co-chair; Kate Veley, SPM Club co-advisor.

Brian Wansink and his book Mindless Eating

NEPA hosted Brian Wansink

The Nutrition Education Promotion Association (NEPA) hosted Brian Wansink, Ph.D., on the topic of mindless eating in February 2014. The community was invited to attend the lecture. Dr. Wansink is the John Dyson Endowed Chair in the Applied Economics and Management Department at Cornell University, directing the Cornell Food and Brand Lab. He has been the Executive Director of USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, which is the federal agency charged in creating the 2010 Dietary Guidelines. He has authored numerous research articles and books, including Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think. As a consumer psychologist, Dr. Wansink studies food psychology and eating behaviors. His work focuses on understanding how the environment influences our decisions to eat food. His research guides individuals to understand how they can change eating behaviors, and why these changes are so successful."

NEPA is a student organization in the Falk College’s Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition that promotes health and nutrition education to the SU and the Syracuse communities.

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Pictured here are this year's Unsung Heroes honored (from left): Joseph Bryant, Deborah Person, Georgia Popoff and Dorothy Russell.

SWK Alumna, Debra Person, Honored with 2014 Unsung Heroes Award

The 2014 Syracuse University Unsung Heroes were honored during the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at the Carrier Dome on Sunday, Jan. 19. Congratulations to this year's honorees including School of Social Work alumna, Debra L. Person. These awards are presented annually to people who, in the spirit of King’s “beloved community,” have made a positive difference in the lives of others but who are not widely recognized for their efforts. Also honored were Joseph Bryant, Georgia A. Popoff and Dorothy Russell. Person has made a positive difference in the lives of others by providing spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional and social support through community outreach and residency programs. Person is the founder and executive director of Exodus 3 Ministries, a faith-based, nonprofit organization for women and children in need in Central New York. Against many odds, and with limited funds, Exodus 3 Ministries grew from what began as an outreach program in 2010 and the overwhelming need for more community support to assist those seeking deliverance from the pain of addiction, prostitution, domestic violence, child abuse and homelessness. Through the Exodus House residency program, women gain the skills and resources necessary to lift themselves out of poverty and to develop healthy, sustainable relationships with their families, service providers, faith communities and the community at large. The community outreach component of Exodus 3 Ministries has helped hundreds of families in the Syracuse area with shelter, clothing, housing and other immediate needs. Person is a Syracuse-area native who earned a master of social work degree from Syracuse University. She was honored in 2011 by the Falk College’s School of Social Work with the Daniel and Mary Lou Rubenstein Social Justice Award. The annual Daniel and Mary Lou Rubenstein Social Justice Award was established in 1980 and recognizes a person who reflects the values of social justice in his or her professional and personal life. The award is given in honor of the late professor Daniel Rubenstein, a former faculty member in the School of Social Work and his late wife, Mary Lou, a former school social worker.

Photo of Tanya Horacek, Lauren Carey,  Allison Marco and Kay Stearns Bruening

Nutrition Alums Help Students Build Professional Social Media Presence

The importance of a professional presence in social media for dietitians and other nutrition professionals was the focus of a recent interactive presentation by Falk College nutrition alumni and registered dietitians, Lauren Carey, RD, CLT, and Allison Marco, MS, RD, LDN. “Using Technology and Social Media to Leverage Your Career in Dietetics,” explored the growing use of social media in dietetics practice and why it is one of the most important elements in the professional toolkit of today’s dietitians. Lauren is a registered dietitian at a private practice in East Brunswick, NJ and is the co-founder of Baritrack, an app that offers support and tools for patients who have undergone bariatric surgery. She is a Certified LEAP Specialist for Food Sensitivity Testing for IBS, Migraines, and Fibromyalgia, with additional certification in Adult Weight Management. As the food services registered dietitian at Georgetown University, Allison manages electronic nutrition tools for dining services including its online menus, Facebook presence, nutrition blog and menu app. She provides nutrition counseling for students, faculty and staff at Georgetown University and employee training and wellness programs.

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“Changing Sports, Changing Lives” Documentary World Premiere

Falk College tradition of sports research documentaries continues with new film focused on athletes with disabilities

Date: Mon. April 28
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Watson Theater

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