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Falk College United Way Campaign
Though we are one of the smallest colleges on campus, Falk College has led the way with the highest level of participation at SU. Our goal this year is to reach 110 participants.
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Falk College Dean's List
Congratulations to Falk College students who have been named to the 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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Trauma REU student Charles Preuss with dog Bear - photo credits
National Science Foundation spotlights Falk REU program that trains veterans, non-veterans to conduct trauma-related research
The Trauma Research Education for Undergraduates (REU) program, launched three years ago by Falk Family Endowed Professor of Public Health, Brooks Gump and SUNY Oswego psychology professor Karen Wolford, trains veterans and non-veterans to conduct trauma-related research. A joint venture of Syracuse University, the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego and SUNY Upstate Medical University, the Trauma REU is offered to 10 students each year. It starts with an intense, immersive summer program--four weeks of trauma coursework while crafting a research project--and continues through the year as students conduct research under faculty supervision. Students are a mix of veterans and non-veterans. This highly interdisciplinary program includes faculty who are geneticists, psychologists and social workers and has contributed to research on stress reduction tools used by trauma patients
Social work students explore mental health policy during 16th Annual James L. Stone Legislative Policy Forum
On November 10, students in Syracuse University’s School of Social Work in the Falk College explored the implications of policy changes for social workers and other health professionals as New York State moves forward with reforming its behavioral health system. The 16th Annual James L. Stone Legislative Policy Symposium, entitled “Serving Adults with Severe Mental Illnesses: Will New York State Get It Right?”, offered a day-long interaction connecting students with the first-hand expertise of faculty, agency leaders, government officials and human services practitioners on the future of community-based care for adults with severe mental illnesses.
Rodgers Surprised with Allstate Good Works Team Award
Falk College nutrition major and Senior captain Sam Rodgers thought he was going to breakfast in the Iocolano-Petty football like any other morning. However, when he arrived he walked into a standing ovation from his teammates as well as a surprise visit representatives from Allstate and Uplifting athletes, honoring him for his selection to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Rodgers is one of 22 Division I student-athletes to make the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which honors college football players for their contributions in the community.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services awards Elif Dede Yildirim, Jaipaul Roopnarine $100,000 grant to investigate relationships between child development outcomes and paternal engagement
Child and family studies Ph.D. student, Elif Dede Yildirim, working with Jaipaul Roopnarine, Ph.D., the Jack Reilly Endowed Professor of Child and Family Studies, has received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families. The research project, "Paternal Factors and Childhood Outcomes: The Mediating Role of Relationship Quality and Support Networks," offers great promise for state and local agencies that focus on preventing developmental risks to children that are attributed to challenging home and neighborhood environments.
Dr. Alejandro Garcia receives 2014 Advocate for Older Adults Award from State Society on Aging of NY
Alejandro Garcia, Ph.D., was honored recently with the State Society on Aging of New York’s (SSANY) 2014 Advocate for Older Adults Award. The Advocate for Older Adults Award recognizes a record of planning, policy development and advocacy work. Garcia, who currently holds the position of professor of social work in the Falk College at Syracuse University where he has taught in the areas of gerontology, social policy, and human diversity for 35 years, was nominated by Maria Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, a member of the Board of Directors for SSANY who also accepted the honor on his behalf at the Society's annual meeting in New York City in October. Brown is the Hartford Doctoral Fellow in Geriatric Social Work and assistant research professor, Aging Studies Institute and Falk College.
New York Times food columnist offers advice to Falk students on food production, consumption and activism
A standing-room-only audience of students, faculty and staff had the chance to hear the insights of Mark Bittman, one of the country's best-known, most widely respected food writers. Bittman, who was in Syracuse as the featured speaker at the Rosamond Gifford Lecture on November 5, made a special trip to campus to meet with students in Falk College’s food studies and nutrition programs.
Falk professor Jennifer Wilkins updates first U.S. regional food guide to help consumers understand benefits, how-to’s of eating locally
Thanks to farmers’ markets, farm-to-school programs, and community-supported agriculture, locally grown foods are more readily available—and more in demand. People want to know where their food comes from. How is it grown? What steps are involved in its processing? Evidence suggests that plant-based, regionally sourced diets, largely composed of minimally processed foods, can significantly reduce some of the negative environmental impacts of our food choices. Eating locally produced foods also strengthens the market for local farmers.
Scott Kevy ’15 receives Michigan Sports Business Conference’s BIG Initiative Award for outstanding achievement, promise in sport management
It was the first Tuesday of his freshman year when Scott Kevy ‘15 admitted something to himself after leaving the Sport Management (SPM) Club kick-off meeting. "I knew I was here to stay," he says of his decision to major in sport management in Syracuse University’s Falk College. Since that time, Kevy has held a series of leadership positions in the SPM Club, compiled an excellent academic record that includes a minor in information management and technology in the iSchool, and mastered several professional internships, including positions at Turner Sports in New York City, Monumental Sports and Entertainment in Washington, DC, and Syracuse University Athletics.
Falk College welcomes parents, families during Family Weekend 2014
As part of Syracuse University’s Family Weekend 2014, Falk College hosted a Dean’s Breakfast in Lyman Hall that included several hundred students and families in attendance. In addition to a meet-and-greet with Falk College Dean Diane Lyden Murphy and faculty and staff, breakout sessions by each academic department allowed time for families to meet faculty one-on-one to ask questions specific to their student’s department.
Photos courtesy of Professor Alejandro Garcia
Dr. Alice Sterling Honig Endowed Scholarship Announced
In honor of her dedication and service to Syracuse University and its students for more than 40 years as an educator, researcher, scholar, mentor and friend, the Falk College announced the establishment of the Dr. Alice Sterling Honig Endowed Scholarship Fund to benefit students majoring in child and family studies at Syracuse University. The endowed scholarship was created in her honor through a generous gift by long-time colleague and retired Syracuse University faculty member, Dr. Bettye Caldwell.
Syracuse University’s undergraduate social work program
earns top ten ranking from USA Today
Honor focuses on retention, graduation & career placement
Recently released results published in USA Today, based on data from College Factual's outcome-based higher education rankings for 2015, have ranked Syracuse University’s School of Social Work in the Falk College eighth out of 332 programs studied. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Syracuse University’s undergraduate program in social work prepares students to meet the needs of diverse populations in areas including child welfare, substance abuse counseling, health care, public policy, industry and business, school social work, gerontology and mental health services.
CFS students explore the benefits of sport for human development with UNICEF president Caryl Stern
For students in the Department of Child and Family Studies’ course, Sport and Human Development, a recent interactive class discussion focused on the power of sport in UNICEF’s day-to-day work with children and communities around the world. Dr. Terry MacDonald created and teaches the course, which examines the role sports play in positive and healthy youth development. During the Fall semester, she invited Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and Matt Meyerson, UNICEF senior director for sport partnerships, to meet with her students.
Ellen deLara, Rick Burton explore "The Bully Culture in Sports"
What leads a person to become a bully? Is sports more or less a breeding ground for bullies than other avenues in life? If so, why? If less, why? Those were just some of the questions on the minds of listeners and panel moderators on the September 17 edition of HWTP Sports Talk Radio, a New York City-based weekly sports talk radio show. Associate professor of social work, Ellen deLara, and Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management, Rick Burton, were the featured guest expert panelists for this roundtable discussion.
SU Sport Management Club Announces Make-A-Wish® Central New York as Beneficiary For Tenth Annual Charity Sports Auction
The Sport Management (SPM) Club at Syracuse University will hold its Tenth Annual Charity Sports Auction Saturday, December 6 at the Carrier Dome. Silent bidding on hundreds of auction items, including sports memorabilia and hands-on experiences, electronics and tickets to major sporting events, will take place in the backcourt during the SU men's basketball game against St John's University. Doors will open for the auction at 3:15 p.m. through Gates A, B, C & E. Game time is 5:15 p.m. All of the proceeds from this year’s auction will benefit Make-A-Wish® Central New York.
Falk College announces CAS programs in Intercollegiate Athletic Advising & Support, Trauma-Informed Practice, undergraduate minor in Mindfulness & Contemplative Studies
Several new academic programs are available beginning Fall 2014 in Falk College. A new CAS in Trauma-Informed Practice is structured for clinicians, mental health professionals, and practitioners from allied disciplines who intend to expand their knowledge and skills. The new CAS in Intercollegiate Athletic Advising and Support is an interdisciplinary 15-credit hour certificate program for current and future higher education professionals (e.g., advisors, higher education/student affairs administrators, and coaches) who wish to understand the research, practice, and policy perspectives associated with intercollegiate sport and student-athlete development in the context of higher education. The program includes coursework in how colleges and intercollegiate athletics work, theoretical perspectives of college student development and learning, the impact of race, gender, and class on college student-athlete access and success, and foundations of advising student-athletes.