Falk hosts Sport and Social Responsibility Symposium March 3

Children from the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Youth Sports Program at Commander, Navy Region Hawaii.
Children from the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Youth Sports Program at Commander, Navy Region Hawaii.

To illustrate social responsibility as an important community tool that can address critical social issues and human needs locally and globally, Falk College’s Sport for Human Development Institute will host its Inaugural Sport Development Symposium Friday, March 3, 1:00 p.m. in Grant Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

“Sport and Social Responsibility,” will provide first-hand commentary from panelists working in various professional fields about how to use sport as a tool for positive action and change, including topics such as:

  • How former athletes use their sport experience to leverage community resources and bring awareness to important societal issues.
  • How foundations and organizations view sport as a means to create positive and sustainable social, political, and economic benefits for children, families and communities.
  • The potential influence of sport to address some of the world’s most pressing issues, such as gender equity and global malnutrition.

Professor Teresa MacDonald, director of Falk College’s Sport and Human Development Institute, selected the symposium’s theme as a model for students, whether they are majoring in human services, business, science, sport, or other fields, to understand the importance of social consciousness and how it can be accomplished through sport.

Sport is vital to the holistic development of young people by fostering physical and emotional health. It is also a powerful tool to facilitate social integration and tolerance while promoting inclusion, citizenship and respect. Sport for development programs are playing increasingly significant roles in many global humanitarian and charitable organizations because of sport’s ability to highlight commonalities and bridge cultural and ethnic divides.

“In today’s age of big business and global outreach, we wanted to provide a forum for students to learn about ways foundations and organizations embrace sport to create positive and sustainable social, political, and economic benefits for children, families and communities,” says MacDonald. “Our students will learn about the potential intersection of their interests and professional preparation with organizations and individuals using sport as a tool for advancing social networks and meeting non-sport goals.”

The symposium will explore how sport connects with many professional areas including human services, community development, local and global policy, and program development, among others. Moderated by Sue Edson, executive senior associate athletics director/chief communications officer, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Syracuse University, scheduled panelists include:

  • Shanell Mosley, assistant director, sports partnerships, U.S. Fund for UNICEF
  • Falk alumnus, Duane Kinnon ‘91, president and CEO, The Kinnon Group
  • Falk alumnus, Max Levitt, ’11, executive director, Leveling the Playing Field, Inc.
  • Falk alumnus, Sam Rodgers ‘15, current Syracuse University College of Law student, former student-athlete and Syracuse University chapter founder, Uplifting Athletes.
  • Brandon Steiner ‘81, founder and chairman, Steiner Sports Marketing

“Sport is a universal language that promotes social connections, understanding and tolerance while contributing to the physical and emotional health of individuals, families and communities,” says Diane Lyden Murphy, dean, Falk College. “Equally as significant to Falk College as it focuses on educating socially conscious global citizens in all of its majors, sport offers a compelling and powerful tool for advocacy, social justice, and change.”

The Sport and Human Development Institute in Falk College explores the intersection of sport with human development, social change, and social inclusion. Created in partnership with the U.S Fund for UNICEF, the Institute aims to provide professional education and learning opportunities for students while supporting interdisciplinary, sport-focused research to advance understanding and application of sport in this developing discipline.

The Institute aims to collect and disseminate important research findings and to share best practices among leaders, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners who influence sport-for-development initiatives. It also provides exposure, experience, and networking for our students interested in professions and non-profit entities that incorporate sport as a tool for engagement.

In 2016, Falk College and MacDonald created and implemented the first university model for UNICEF’s Kid Power Program (unicefkidpower.org) to allow kids to get active and save lives in collaboration with fourth and fifth grade students and their teachers at Lemoyne and McKinley-Brighton elementary schools in Syracuse. A Falk College Seed Grant Program supports interdisciplinary, sport-focused research among Falk faculty exploring intersections between their professional areas of study and the field of sport. MacDonald is also exploring experiential and research opportunities using sport as a context for development, prevention, and intervention. For more information, contact the Sport and Human Development Institute at tmmacdon@syr.edu.

Freshman empowers young girls through Straighten Your Crown

Maddy Oliva
Maddy Oliva, a freshman social work major, is working toward becoming a therapist or forensic social worker. She spends much of her free time doing philanthropy work through Straighten Your Crown and Syracuse University Active Minds. (Photo by Prince Dudley, staff photographer. Courtesy of The Daily Orange.)

By Caroline Schagrin, staff writer. Courtesy of The Daily Orange.

Once a week, Maddy Oliva goes to Clary Middle School to talk about women empowerment.

Oliva, a freshman social work major, works with the Syracuse University organization Straighten Your Crown, where she acts as a mentor for elementary and middle school age girls in the city of Syracuse.

“(The school) doesn’t really have a great teaching system. A lot of time, no one is there to listen to (the girls), and hear why they’re upset,” Oliva said. “We’re there to let them vent. We try to let them do fun stuff to get their mind off whatever is going on in the school day.”

The girls often resort to fighting, so Straighten Your Crown works with them throughout the semester to help them find similarities between each other and learn ways to effectively communicate how they’re feeling. Many of them don’t have a strong support system or source of encouragement.

“One of the most rewarding parts of working with them — when asking the same girls what they want to be when they grow up, they respond, ‘I want to be a doctor.’ It’s really cute seeing the progress that they make,” Oliva said.

Oliva said she loves talking with people and making sure they have the power to speak their mind. She is hoping to become a therapist or a forensic social worker, which works with anything related to law and legal systems within social work such as deciding the rights of a child.

She explores her interest in working with individuals suffering from mental health problems through her work with SU Active Minds — a student organization devoted to raising mental health awareness among college students. Within the organization, mental health issues are discussed and its members work to end the stigmas surrounding mental illness.

They also work to encourage students to go to the counseling center if they need it.

Over the next three years, Oliva hopes to continue getting involved with the campus and city community. She joined the Alpha Xi Delta sorority this semester and is looking forward to participating in its Autism Speaks philanthropy.

Explore Falk College at February 20 Orange Preview

winter-campusConsidering a career as a child life specialist or social worker? A food policymaker or registered dietitian? How about a general manager for an athletic team? Visit Syracuse University Falk College at the February 20, 2017 Orange Preview day. Falk College is home to human development and family science, social work, public health, food studies, nutrition, and sport management. Prospective students will spend the day on campus, see the residence halls, enjoy lunch, meet with students, faculty and staff, as well as Admissions, Financial Aid, and SU Abroad representatives.

“Orange Preview is the perfect time for prospective students to visit campus, learn more about their areas of interest, and have their questions answered,” says Felicia Otero, Falk College director of admissions. “Not only will visitors be introduced to the many resources and opportunities available across the university, but also break out into smaller groups to meet students and faculty, ask questions, and learn more about the colleges and programs they are considering.”


8:30 – 9:45: Check-in
8:45 – 9:30: Campus Tour
9:45 – 10:30: Syracuse UNiversity Welcome
10:45 – 12:00: College Sessions – 100 Falk Complex (MacNaughton)
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch & Residence Hall Open House
12:30 – 2:30: Campus Tours
1:30 – 2:00: Admissions & Financial Aid Information Session
1:30 – 3:30: Optional academic and interest area open houses – 407 Falk Complex (White Hall)

Please note, personal interviews are not offered during Orange Previews. For more information about directions and parking, accommodations, and the Orange Preview schedule, visit admissions.syr.edu/visit/visitcampus/orangepreviews.

Falk College students host makeup drive for transgender community March 2

campus-winterFalk College’s Department of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) is hosting a makeup drive to benefit the Syracuse-area transgender community March 2, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Schine Student Center.

The drive was organized by Meghan Harris and Nikki Binnie, MFT graduate students on the Trans Team at the Syracuse University Couple and Family Therapy Center, part of the MFT program. Students on the Trans Team receive specialized training to provide gender-affirmative therapy for transgender people and their families and assist in the readiness process for medical gender transition. “As students on the Trans Team, we recognized that there was a need in our community that was not being met,” says Harris. “For many transwomen it is difficult to navigate the complicated world of makeup and many face discrimination and judgment if they seek out information on their own. However, makeup is a necessity for many women that helps build confidence and is an outlet to express themselves.”

The students from the Trans Team will not only collect these resources, but will also host a workshop in the future to offer a safe environment in which to teach women how to use makeup. “We want to build connections and an extending network of support within the transgender community but we cannot do that without the help of Allies in the greater Syracuse University community,” Harris adds.

Acceptable items include mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow, foundation, blush, lip gloss, lipstick and other makeup products. For hygienic reasons, products must be new and unopened. For more information, contact Harris mharr104@syr.edu or Binnie nlbinnie@syr.edu.

Campus Community Invited to Grand Opening of Falk Café on 2 Feb. 15

The Falk Café on 2 will celebrate its grand opening on Wednesday, February 15. Students, faculty and staff from all across campus are invited to a cake cutting at 12:15 p.m. with Falk College Dean Diane Lyden Murphy. In addition to free cake, there will be complimentary coffee and tea throughout the afternoon, courtesy of Falk College. All guests can also enter to win a variety of gift baskets.

Syracuse University Food Services’ newest café, the Falk Café on 2, is located across from the main Student Lounge on the second floor of the Falk Complex. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. In addition to make-your-own salads and wraps, the café has a grill for sandwiches and hamburgers and many other items.

With the opening of the Falk Complex in 2015, it marked the first time in the college’s history—which dates back to 1917 when the School of Home Economics began as a course in the College of Agriculture and the first nutrition course was taught—that Falk College’s academic disciplines and administrative offices were housed in a central location. In 2011, Syracuse University alumni David B. and Rhonda S. Falk committed a generous and visionary gift that renamed Falk College and supported the move to the new Falk Complex.

Today Falk College is home to the departments of Human Development and Family Science, Marriage and Family Therapy, Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition, Social Work and Sport Management. It is also the alumni home to the Colleges of Agriculture, Home Economics, Human Development, Human Services and Health Professions, and Human Ecology and the Schools of Nursing and Social Work.

Research training program for veterans now accepting applications

reu-2016To 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 2017 program June 5-29 on the Syracuse campus.

The Undergraduate Trauma Research Training program is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Education for Undergraduates (REU) opportunity directed by Brooks B. Gump, Ph.D., M.P.H., Falk Family Endowed Professor of Public Health, and co-directed by Karen Wolford, Ph.D., Professor Department of Psychology and Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program in Trauma Studies at SUNY Oswego and includes other faculty from these institutions as well as SUNY Upstate Medical University. This program brings together veterans and non-veterans in a safe environment to pursue trauma research activities.

This month-long immersion program involves coursework, mentored student-faculty interactions, and the development of a research project. Participating students receive a $3,000 stipend for attending the summer session. Room and board are provided free of charge, as needed.

The program, now in its sixth year, draws on personal experiences of veterans who understand the nature and context of traumatic events. By gaining a scientific understanding of trauma, students who complete the program gain essential tools they can use to improve the quality of life for themselves and others, including veterans. Read more about one REU participant’s experience here.

The program is purposefully structured to span one full year. Following the summer program, students continue their research under the mentorship of REU faculty during the Fall semester. Finally, students are expected to present their research at a national conference in Spring, 2018. The travel and registration expense for the conference is provided to the student through this program. For more information about the program, and to submit application for it, click here to go to the Syracuse University REU website or contact Ivan Castro at iecastro@syr.edu. The application deadline has been extended to March 14, 2017.

Food studies’ Dr. Minkoff-Zern on immigrant labor and American food systems

Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, Ph.D.

Food studies assistant professor Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, Ph.D., comments on issues of immigrant labor and American food systems in light of the nation’s recent and potential policy changes in “What Would America’s Food Supply Look Like Without Immigrant Labor?”

In the Munchies article, Dr. Minkoff-Zern explains, “We are dependent upon undocumented immigrants and we have been for a long time, so there’s this real contradictory nature where on the one hand people want to see them gone, and on the other they want food cheap. Our food system, where we really have access to a lot of cheap food, is dependent upon low-wage labor, and that is dependent upon a source of undocumented workers who don’t have the ability to help themselves.”

Dr. Minkoff-Zern’s research and teaching broadly explores the interactions between food and racial justice, labor movements, and transnational environmental and agricultural policy. This focus builds on her extensive experience with sustainable development and agricultural biodiversity projects abroad, combined with work on migrant health issues domestically.

· Read the full article.

Falk College hosts February 1 Courageous Conversations dialogue

Falk College building exteriorFalk College will host one of several sessions of the Courageous Conversations dialogue series Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 4 p.m. in Wildhack Lounge, Falk College Complex, in which members of the Syracuse University community are invited to discuss their aspirations for University, the country, and the world in the context of current events. Light refreshments will be served.

Courageous Conversations is part of an outreach effort by Hendricks Chapel and open to all members of the University community, regardless of their beliefs or identity. For more information about Hendricks Chapel, visit hendricks.syr.edu.

Sport Management Club raises over $40,000 during 12th Charity Sports Auction

From left to right: Alex Wood, 2016 auction co-chair, Kate Veley, SPM Club Advisor, Linda Cleary, Executive Director, McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center, Colleen Merced, Associate Director, McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center, Kyle O’Connor 2016 auction co-chair
From left to right: Alex Wood, 2016 auction co-chair, Kate Veley, Sport Management Club advisor, Linda Cleary, McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center executive director, Colleen Merced, McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center associate director, Kyle O’Connor, 2016 auction co-chair

The Sport Management (SPM) Club at Syracuse University is excited to announce it has raised $42,900 for The McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center as a result of its 12th Annual Charity Sports Auction. During the SU men’s basketball game on December 10th, supporters placed bids on hundreds of items, including sports memorabilia, electronics and tickets to major sporting events. In conjunction with the live event, Steiner Sports also hosted an online auction, which showcased a number of premium items up for bid.

“As a result of months of hard work on behalf of nearly 100 Syracuse University students, we’ve attained our second highest total in the 12-year history of this event,” said Kate Veley, SPM club co-advisor. “It wouldn’t have been possible without the many products and services generously donated by the Syracuse community, and later bid on by thousands of SU fans. Our thanks to everyone who through their gifts, have allowed us to perpetuate this event in support of the community our students call home.”

“McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center is so proud of the Sport Management Club students for the amazing job they did with their charity auction,” said McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center Executive Director Linda Cleary.  “We were honored to be selected as the beneficiary of the charity auction and be able to be a part of it.  Congratulations to the students on a job well done!  Thank you for helping us put children on a path to healing.”

McMahon/Ryan is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to ending child abuse through intervention and education. The organization offers a safe, child-friendly process for abused children and their families, supported by a committed, professional team specializing in the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse. The Child Advocacy Center provides services to nearly 700 child victims and their families each year.

The SPM Club is a student-run organization in the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics’ Sport Management Department. Since its founding in 2005, the Club has now raised over $360,000 for local charities. Previous beneficiaries of the Club’s annual charity auction have included the Boys & Girls Clubs, American Diabetes Association, Golisano Children’s Hospital at Upstate, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY, the Central New York SPCA, the Upstate Cancer Center, Special Olympics New York and Food Bank of CNY, Make-A-Wish of CNY and the Salvation Army.

For more information on this annual event or to learn how you can help, please visit www.sucharitysportsauction.com.

Living, Learning, Liquor

Design by Meaghann Lahiff '17 and Sydney Hirsh '17. Courtesy of 360 Magazine.
Design by Meaghann Lahiff ’17 and Sydney Hirsh ’17. Courtesy of 360 Magazine.

Living, Learning, Liquor: SU Professor discusses his experience as alcohol expert

By Angelica Welch ’17. Courtesy of 360 Magazine.

Torrey Grant, adjunct professor of the famous Beer and Wine Appreciation class, has a deep-seeded relationship with the Syracuse food and drink scene and the growing wine industry in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York. After graduating from Syracuse University in 1997, Grant stayed in the city to pursue a job in the restaurant business but eventually found his way back to SU. In addition to teaching, he works as the fine wine and event coordinator at the local liquor store, Liquor City. An advocate of the unconventional – like pairing Champagne and hotdogs – Grant has melded his trained palate with Syracuse’s homely, simple nature.

Q: Did you ever see yourself staying here in Syracuse, let alone teaching at SU?
A: No – when I was in school, because I worked off campus at a bar downtown, I became friends with a lot of people from the area. I had a pretty good job, and then in 1999 I got a really good job managing a restaurant, so I just stayed and all of a sudden it’s 2016.

Q: How did you get involved with teaching?
A: It’s funny, I knew people in the position and I used to get lunches with them, so I knew the class was here, but I never took it. But two years ago, oddly enough, this girl I used to date sent me the posting and was like ‘they’re looking for part-time faculty.’ So I was like ‘alright’ and I threw a CV together because I hadn’t applied for a job in a few years at that point. It started out with two sections last semester, three this year and I’m doing four next semester. I teach at [Liquor City], which is my favorite day of the week there. I love doing this – I like the balance between the two.

Q: This class is super popular. Are there any challenges that exist in teaching it?
A: Yeah I think so. Last semester, my first semester, we taught from the curriculum that was already established because I got hired the week before class started, and I was actually out of the country. So I didn’t really have an opportunity to change it – and I could tell it hadn’t been changed in a number of years. There was no mention of Spain, no mention of Argentina, really. I can see why the former professor, who was beloved and did a great job, didn’t change it every year because it’s a lot work. But to keep it relevant, you have to change the class along with the industry. I want it to be relevant every single semester, and I also want it to be relatable.

Q: Alright let’s get into some wine questions – how would you describe the wine scene here in Central New York?
A: Um, it’s a little weak. I wish there were a few more places that offered a well thought out wine list – even if it’s just ten wines. I think Alto Cinco does a great job, but there are a lot of restaurants that I can go into and open their wine list and tell you who put it together, like which distributor helped them with it, because all of the wines are from one company. I think the scene is getting there because there are people who want it. I just wish there was less reliance on big brands that you can see everywhere you go.

Q: So a cider, is that closer to a wine or a beer?
A: It’s kind of in the middle. Beer is harder to make than wine because you have to convert starch to sugar before you make it. Whereas grapes and apples have their own natural sugar. It’s probably still closer to wine, other than the fact that you are going to carbonate it. It’s mostly sold and marketed as beer but I see ciders that come across my desk every day that are put into wine bottles.

Q: Central and Upstate New York is kind of seen as beer country – do you think there is room for wine?
A: Definitely. Buffalo and Rochester have seen it more so than Syracuse. I think there’s room for it but, in all honesty, it shouldn’t be up to the consumer – it should be up to the people running the restaurants, the bars and the taverns to introduce people to that. You have to create a market. There were people here that wanted it, but were driving elsewhere to get it.

Q: Do you work closely with any vineyards or wineries up here, or do you stay impartial?
A: Yeah, I do [work with them]. Of course the Finger Lakes are only an hour away, so I’ve gone and worked harvest a couple of times in different places. I just went down and did a dinner at the James Beard House a couple weeks ago where I took all New York state wines. I went to the wineries and they were very eager to jump on board with that, so I’ll take a few cases and showcase them in Manhattan. It’s funny though – Manhattanites are much more fond of our wines than people in Syracuse. Syracuse is the hardest market. Finger Lakes wines do great in Rochester; they do great in Manhattan – Syracuse has this weird ‘not in my own backyard’ mentality.

Q: If someone wants to buy a local Finger Lakes wine, what would you suggest?
A: The Finger Lakes have made their name on Riesling. Ravines is probably my favorite winery in the Finger Lakes. Morten Hallgren came from Provence, from a centuries-old wine-making family, he did apprenticeship in Bordeaux, and he makes dry Rieslings and Chardonnays that are wonderful. Fox Run is awesome, Keuka Spring too – they got Winery of the Year this year. This summer was a great year. Grapes aren’t like tomatoes, they like a drought. I think you’ll be able to look at the 2016 wines and they’ll be really, really good – reds especially, but also whites.

Q: What is the biggest mistake you see when people come into Liquor City and say they want a “good” wine?
A: The biggest mistake I see is that they think there is a certain thing that they are supposed to be getting. They should just get what they like. The funniest comment I get all the time is ‘Oh, I’m sorry I don’t know much about wine’ and my response to that is that if everyone knew a lot about wine I would be unemployed. People have this preconceived notion that they are supposed to like something, and they’re not – you’re supposed to like what you like.