With your support, our students can meet people’s needs.

Has your life been touched by a social worker? Does your child have an amazing pre-school teacher? Know a family that has overcome adversity with the help of a therapist? Is access to food, nutrition, and health care something you’re grateful for? Have sports made your community stronger?

When you support Falk College, you support world-changers. Falk College students and alumni make a difference in our communities through careers in nutrition and food, social work and family therapy, public health, human development, and sport management.

Your gift will do more than give current students learning opportunities in the classroom, in the community, and around the globe—it will help prepare them to do some of the world’s most meaningful work as alumni.

You decide how your gift will make a difference.

Your gift gives students every chance to succeed: from scholarships and immersion trips, to learning laboratories and internship opportunities. Through these kinds of classroom learning and hands-on experiences, our students become professionals who enrich the emotional and physical well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

You can direct your gift to the Dean’s fund or to the specific academic program that means the most to you. Each academic department has its own discretionary fund, which provides students with immersion trips, experiential learning, and internship opportunities, the cornerstone of Falk College’s theory-to-practice teaching approach.

Discretionary fund donations also help bring accomplished and prominent guest speakers to campus to share their industry insights with Falk students. The discretionary funds have supported students who would benefit from attending or presenting at prestigious conferences across the country and abroad.

Meet the alumni who have built our legacy since 1917.

Falk College at Syracuse University shares in a legacy that spans a century. The Colleges and Schools that came before us, including Home Economics, Human Development, Human Services and Health Professions, Human Ecology, Nursing, and the School of Social Work, have instilled in us the values of human connection, civic service, and social justice that guide the College today.

We are deeply proud to share in the everlasting impact that these collective alumni have made in the world, alongside fellow Syracuse University alumni through the years. Together, they have been relief in times of need, change in times of injustice, and discovery in times of uncertainty—the very same things our students dream and strive to be. Thanks to alumni who paved the way for them, the good work continues.

Let our students share how your gift helps the story continue.

Mary Mik Portrait

Mary Mik ’18, Nutrition

It’s one thing to receive financial aid through FAFSA or NYS TAP, but earning it is different. As a nutrition major with a minor in marketing, I work alongside Chef Mary Kiernan and diligent nutrition students twice each week through the Susan R. Klenk Assistantship. Together, we think critically, create intentionally, and try repeatedly, perfecting our professional competencies in Falk College’s amazing hands-on culinary facilities.

Over the years, Ms. Klenk asked Chef Kiernan, “what do you need?”, and that is how the Susan R. Klenk Café and Teaching Kitchens and the Klenk Learning Assistantship came about. I often ask a similar question to my students, which always leads to curiosity, experimentation, and discovery. These experiences are difficult to attain simply by looking at lecture slides or jotting down notes. I have such gratitude for Susan Klenk as her support gives me a chance to discover new leadership qualities in myself, working side by side with a lively, insightful, unparalleled mentor—Mary Kiernan—while helping other students expand their minds beyond traditional classroom learning.

Earlier this month you received a request from Falk College Dean, Diane Lyden Murphy, asking you to consider supporting the nutrition programs. If you haven’t already made a gift, I’d ask you to think about doing so today. Your support of any amount will impact nutrition students. You can make your gift online by clicking below. As we both know from experience, putting what we’ve learned in class to practical use is valuable as a student and beyond. Thank you for your support.

Lori Tarbell Portrait

Lori Tarbell, ’17, Social Work

Before I had the privilege of going on the “Roots of American Social Work” immersion trip to New York City, I knew I wanted to accomplish great things with my social work career, but I wasn’t sure just how. There are so many places that need social workers—but where was the place for me? I left for the immersion trip thrilled for the once in a lifetime opportunity, but I never imagined I would discover the answer there in New York City.

As I visited the agencies spearheading contemporary practice and met with inspiring professionals doing transformative work in their communities, it not only fortified my confidence in my professional ambitions, but it gave me the critical understanding I needed to define where exactly I wanted to take my career: to the hospital setting.

I vividly recall visiting one agency in particular, Mount Sinai Health System, where I witnessed such a strong connection between colleagues working together to effectively deliver much needed care to patients. It opened my eyes to the hospital environment and made me realize it was a place I could see myself thriving. The experience was truly formative in my career, giving me insight that could only be attained by seeing the environment first-hand.

The immersion trip gave me hope for the future and the things I would like to accomplish. It is something I will take with me for the rest of my career, and I have our generous donors to thank.

Anthony de la Fuente Portrait
As a College Ambassador, I help prospective students and families through the Falk Admissions Office. I also play a role in Falk special events, including its Dedication Ceremony in October 2015 where I met Brandon Steiner (pictured here), Founder and Chairman of Steiner Sports Marketing who serves as Chair of the Sport Management Advisory Board.

Anthony de la Fuente ’19, Sport Management

The summer following my freshman year, I had the privilege to intern in the Sports Partnerships Division of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in New York City. The internship exposed me to so many valuable lessons through direct, hands-on experiences, from building and maintaining relationships within an organization to mastering the fundamental strategic steps that go into forming sports partnerships. This sort of partnership building is exactly what I envision for my future career, so having the chance to hold this internship position early on was invaluable.

Because my family lives in Houston, it was difficult for me to imagine how I would afford the living and travel expenses of an out-of-state summer internship—at least not without filing for another student loan. I received the Sport Management Summer Internship Scholarship, created by the parents of a senior sport management student. Scholarships like this one and other financial support many of my classmates have received because of generous donors take a crucial financial burden away from all of us. For some students, they are only able to take full advantage of field trips, internships, and immersion programs because of donor support.

Since moving into the new Falk Complex my freshman year where I take the majority of my classes, I have witnessed how donor generosity transforms the opportunities we have in class—and ultimately will have in the field as sport management professionals. I currently have a sport analytics course in the SPM Technology Lab, made possible by the generosity of the parents of a junior sport management student. I am certain the real-world setup in this lab is giving me an edge over students at other universities that will benefit me in the job market.

Whether your interest is in supporting field trips, professional conferences, student competitions, national and international internships, or study abroad opportunities specific to the sport industry, I am hopeful you will consider making a gift. Or maybe you have another idea about how you’d like your gift to make a difference for students. Be assured every gift helps support students like myself. Thank you for your support and for making good things happen for sport management students at Falk College.

Kelsey Montondo Portrait
Kelsey Montondo ’18, Falk College Remembrance Scholar, at the annual Rose-Laying Ceremony that honors the 270 people, including 35 students studying abroad through Syracuse University, who were killed in the December 21, 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The ceremony also honors 2002-03 Lockerbie Scholar Andrew McClune, who died in 2002.

Kelsey Montondo ’18, Public Health

Growing up in a single-parent home with my mom and my sister, my grandfather was a special father figure. The day my grandfather was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease was a dark one. Darker still was the day he passed away. But sometimes it’s our darkest days that make us who we are, because the journey between those two days is what inspired me to pursue a career in clinical health. That’s why I am here, majoring in public health at Syracuse University’s Falk College.

This fall, I was incredibly humbled to be named a Remembrance Scholar. These scholarships, given to 35 Syracuse seniors each year, honor the 35 Syracuse students who lost their lives in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, alongside 235 others.

During Remembrance Week, October 22-28, I had the privilege to take part in a number of activities that encourage our campus community to “Look Back, Act Forward”: our motto. I was profoundly and forever moved to meet the families of the victims, honor the beautiful individuals who we lost that day, and celebrate that something so terrible, intended to divide us, has created such beautiful unity. I am so very grateful for this scholarship and for the generosity of donors whose financial gifts opened the door to this life-changing opportunity.

In Falk College, I am surrounded by people who are like-minded and want to make a difference in the lives of others through careers in public health, food and nutrition, social work, marriage and family therapy, and human development and family science. A gift to Falk College supports the health of our future by training professionals who are ready to meet the critical needs of individuals, families, communities, and the world.

Whether it be technology, facilities, support for research projects, study abroad
or immersion trips, there are limitless ways to help students become the world-changers
of tomorrow. On behalf of the students at Falk, thank you for the meaningful role
you have in our success.