Remembering Bettye Caldwell:

Educator, former CFS department chair, who helped pave way for Head Start

BettyeCaldwellNRetired professor of child and family studies Bettye Caldwell passed away on April 17. Her work in the 1960s at the Children’s Center of Syracuse provided the foundation for what became one of the most important components of the Great Society programs known today as Head Start. Professor Caldwell, who chaired the Department of Child and Family Studies, worked for more than five decades in comprehensive early childhood development programming primarily serving low-income preschool-age children and their families. During this time, she worked closely with Dr. Julius Richmond, then-chairman of pediatrics at Upstate University. In 1967, they formed the Children’s Center in Syracuse, the first early intervention program in the country. At that time, it was forbidden in New York State to care for infants in groups. Dr. Caldwell’s advocacy resulted in a special waiver that paved the way for creation of the Children’s Center.

Conference explores interdisciplinary understanding roles of family, community, educational practices in childhood development

Child PlayingThe 7th Annual Mini-Conference on Play, Early Childhood Development, and Education, sponsored by the Department of Child and Family Studies, Falk College, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, The Pennsylvania State University, and Elementary Education, College of Education, Bloomsburg University will be held on April 28-29, 2016 at the College of Education, Bloomsburg University. This year’s topic is “Pancultural Perspectives on Play.”

The annual conference is a joint effort among Syracuse University, The Pennsylvania State University, and Bloomsburg University. It emphasizes the promotion of developmentally and culturally appropriate practices in early childhood development and education by highlighting the interplay among ecological niches, child development, and early education. The conference aims to increase interdisciplinary understanding of the role of family, community, and educational practices in childhood development.

The conference offers a helpful venue for students to network with faculty from other universities on job and graduate study opportunities. Additionally, it has consistently offered many opportunities for faculty and students across universities to collaborate on joint research projects and publications. “CFS graduate students, along with students from the other institutions, have published along with faculty members,” notes Jaipaul Roopnarine, the Pearl Falk Endowed Professor of Child and Family Studies. “There have also been opportunities for graduate students to publish their work independently in major academic outlets on play.”

Along with associate professor of child and family studies, Dr. Eunjoo Jung, Dr. Roopnarine have been invited to serve on the editorial board of the International Journal of Play as a result of their on-going participation in this conference and their international work on play. Professors also serve on doctoral student committees and offer guest lectures via Skype and in person across universities. For example, Professor Roopnarine serves on a doctoral committee in Curriculum and Instruction at Penn State while Professor James Johnson will provide a guest lecture via Skype to students in CFS 331, an undergraduate class on play, this spring.

This year’s conference will include research-based presentations on the play of immigrant and refugee children, games in Chinese society, and internal working models about the benefits of play activities in diverse cultural settings. Some of this work will be featured in upcoming volumes, including the Handbook on International Perspective on Early Childhood Education Routledge Press authored by Dr. Roopnarine, Michael Patte (Bloomsburg University), and James Johnson (The Pennsylvania State University), all who will be presenting at this year’s conference.

Help Falk College Raise Awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

Falk College is currently raising awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month and the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Site. Falk College Ambassadors and peer advisors planted a pinwheel garden on campus on April 9 and will be selling blue rubber wristbands for $1 each in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month, as well as soliciting donations for paper pinwheels, which also are $1 each. The bracelets will be available in the Schine Student Center from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on April 12-13, and in the the Falk Complex (second floor, near room 229) on April 14-15 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Falk Ambassadors assist its Admissions Office staff with important recruitment activities during the year. Ambassadors provide assistance at all Falk College open houses, give tours of the facilities and provide the student prospective at special events throughout the year. Falk College peer advisors help incoming freshmen and transfer students understand and transition into college life. Peer advisors also assist the Falk College Student Services Office in a variety of other ways, including involvement in meetings and activities during Syracuse Welcome-New Student Orientation, giving small group campus tours and helping with schedule adjustments.

The McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Site is a Syracuse-based nonprofit organization dedicated to ending child abuse through intervention and education. Since opening in 2002, McMahon/Ryan has helped thousands of abused children and their family members, assisting and advocating for more than 400 abused children annually. Learn more at

For more information about Falk College’s efforts on behalf of Child Abuse Prevention Month, contact: Annette Hodgens ( or Brooke Tyszka (

Falk sport venue and event management graduate students host charity golf tournament to benefit Vera House May 9

Event purposefully connects event management coursework, experiential learning, social responsibility

Thumb_CharityGolf2016The Sport Venue and Event Management Graduate Program in Falk College is hosting a charity golf tournament to benefit Vera House on May 9 at Timber Banks Golf Club in Baldwinsville, NY beginning at 12:30 p.m. Monies raised will support Vera House’s comprehensive domestic and sexual violence programs. The goal of the event is to raise $10,000-while raising awareness-for Vera House.

The Inaugural Sport Venue and Event Management Golf Classic includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, and a dinner reception for the $150 entry fee. For those interested in attending the reception, only, $45 tickets are available. The reception-only tickets include dinner, a silent auction to benefit Vera House, and remarks by author-advocate Katelin Maloney whose novel, Drowning, raises awareness of the consequences of domestic violence. Two survivors impacted by domestic violence and sexual abuse will also share their experiences during the evening event. “Our class wanted to choose a charity that focuses on important and pressing issues within society and the Syracuse community today. Fundraising for Vera House has also provided us the opportunity to stand up to domestic and sexual violence on college campuses,” says student Carolyn McCaslin.

The execution of the tournament is part of the sport venue and event management curriculum that requires students to organize an event to gain a direct, hands-on learning experience working in all facets of the sports industry. To date, their efforts have included selecting the community partner, course operations, marketing, hospitality, fundraising, and sponsorships. While students planning the tournament are currently enrolled in SPM 665-Advanced Event Management taught by associate professor, Gina Pauline, who also serves as undergraduate program director in sport management, the vision for the tournament started in an event management course she taught last summer. Students’ efforts were then tied into a Fall 2015 sport marketing course taught by assistant professor of sport management, Patrick Walsh, where students focused on marketing, sponsorship, public relations, and operations. Their activities included market research and resulted in the marketing plan being used for the golf tournament.

This event deliberately connects event management courses, including experiential learning opportunities, with social responsibility, which is a hallmark of all academic programs across Falk College. During March, the students and many others at Syracuse University joined thousands throughout Central New York wearing a white ribbon or white wristband to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence in support of the annual White Ribbon Campaign, which is led by men and encourages all members of the community to join them in their efforts. Students participated in the annual White Ribbon Breakfast, and met with Vera House staff throughout the semester.

“The students have gained so much experience in all facets of event planning while understanding the need for themselves and their peers to go outside of the confines of a classroom and serve as an advocate to end domestic and sexual violence,” says Pauline. “While they came into this course focused on planning an event, it has turned into so much more as they now understand social responsibility. Vera House has been a tremendous organization to partner with this semester. The impact this project has left on each and every one of them professionally and personally is tremendous.”

For more information about the event, including sponsorship and donation of auction items, contact Carolyn McCaslin, (402) 670-9322 or via email at Details are also available at

SPM students immerse themselves in Los Angeles sports culture

Thumb_LAImmersionSpringBreak2016Twenty students enrolled in SPM 358 spent Spring Break in Los Angeles. The Immersion course compares and contrasts business practices, marketing strategies, branding initiatives, social media outreach and the organizational culture of competing sports franchises and entities in the greater Los Angeles market. Students conduct professional networking and meet and interact with over 40 industry executives and practitioners from nearly every sector of the industry.

This year’s trip included meetings with professionals from: Major League Baseball; Major League Soccer; National Basketball Association; National Hockey League; NASCAR; Pac 12 Athletics; Minor League Baseball; professional horse racing; Olympic training; facilities management; event management; athlete representation; sports broadcasting; marketing and branding; business and analytics; and ticketing. Students toured NFL Network and Fox Sports studios and production facilities and iconic sports venues such as the Dodger Stadium, the Rose Bowl, Los Angeles Coliseum, Staples Center, Stub Hub Center, Santa Anita Racetrack and LA Live.

The students kept a blog.

Follow it here: SU Los Angeles Immersion Blog

Falk College senior Robert Swanda named 2016 Syracuse University Scholar

RobSwandaThumbRobert Swanda, a double major in nutrition science in Falk College and biology in The College of Arts and Sciences was named a 2016 Syracuse University Scholar, the highest undergraduate academic honor that the university bestows. University Scholars represent the Class of 2016 at the May 15 Commencement ceremony and are selected through a competitive process that evaluates course work and academic achievement, creative work, and how a student has taken his or her knowledge and experience out of the classroom and engaged the world.

“Robert is a curious and dedicated learner, an effective leader with a caring attitude and strong work ethic committed to making Syracuse University and the surrounding community a better place to live,” says Falk College Dean Diane Lyden Murphy. Upon graduation in May, he will move into a Ph.D. program at Cornell University in biomedical science and physiology. As an undergraduate, he has been immersed in several very different and rigorous research projects, with the goal of continuing an aspect of this research at the graduate level. In the Renee Crown Honors Program, he has completed three separate honors thesis projects investigating biochemical enzyme temperature regulation, obesity prevention, and the disruption of endocrine and neurobiological mechanisms.

“My three research projects throughout my time as an undergraduate have allowed me to explore scientific questions by using proteomic techniques to understand enzyme kinetics, auditing tools to understand obesity related to environmental influence, and gas chromatography mass spectrophotometry and blood sampling to examine environmental influence over rapid evolutionary changes in metabolism. During my time at Syracuse University, my independent research experiences have solidified my ambition to run a research lab of my own at an academic institution or in industry to bring scientific breakthroughs to my community,” says Swanda.

Falk College has a reputation for having the academic programs that specifically prepare students for making the world a better place. While service learning is embedded in all Falk undergraduate programs, many students embrace these opportunities outside of the classroom. Robert saw the need in the Syracuse community for instilling skills and values beyond critical thinking when he got involved with the Smart Mentoring Program through the Office of Engagement Programs his freshman year.

“As I worked with students ages 10-14, I began to notice a large gap in their understanding around critical issues such as race, religion, and interpersonal conflict. To help them, Fareya Zubair (ESF ’16) and I took a scientific approach, and read psychology journals on the development of empathy. This work later evolved into Empathy Matters, an eight-week mentoring program Fareya and I cofounded for students ages 7-8 to develop their compassion, leadership, and confidence skills, while tying all lessons back to empathy,” says Swanda. Robert’s vision includes expanding the Empathy Matters program beyond Syracuse.

“Rob has a unique vision for his future: to use his background in ecology, physiology, and nutrition to work on large-scale social and ecosystem-based health problems. His transdisciplinary training at SU and his aspirations have put him at the forefront of an emerging field that seeks to integrate public and ecosystem health,” says Margaret Voss, professor of practice, nutrition, who is Swanda’s academic advisor and research project supervisor. “I am truly honored to have been part of his professional journey and I look forward to seeing where his talent takes him in the future.”

Food (and sport) for thought

UattaraFitzpatrickRPatience and prioritization-that’s what two food studies majors at the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics say it takes to succeed in both the classroom and Division I sports.

Eli Silvi Uattara ’16 came 4,800 miles from Voronezh in the Russian Federation to study and compete at Syracuse University. She played outside hitter on the volleyball team, which she captained the past two years. During her career, she was twice named First-Team All-ACC.

“Patience is probably the most useful quality for a student athlete, because there are always going to be difficult moments in sports and in academic and student life,” Uattara says. “It’s hard to manage everything, but who said it was going to be easy?”

That’s why you get your priorities straight, says Deirdre Fitzpatrick ’16, who rows port on the SU women’s crew and whose trip home to Cheshire, Connecticut, is only 200 miles. Her honors include 2015 First-Team All-ACC, Second-Team All-American, and Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar Athlete.

“Being a student athlete has really taught me about organization and prioritization,” she says. “You need to balance school and athletics with sleep, cooking and eating, homework, and social life. All are equally important in order to be good at both sports and academics.”

Uattara says she’s always been interested in food, “not only its consumption but all aspects, from food chemistry and microbiology through the cooking process, quality, and distribution.” For Fitzpatrick, “I simply love food and think that everyone should be informed about the risks and benefits of certain foods and how to access good, healthy, sustainable food.”

Both say sports powers stronger academics. “Sports makes people be more dedicated to what they do, whether it is the sport or academics,” Uattara says. “Athletes cannot perform if they give less than 100 percent, and this benefits my school work as well.”

Fitzpatrick concurs. “I think the lesson you learn from sports is that you have to practice to be good at something. It’s the same for school. To do well, you can’t just go to class and take the test. You need to do the readings, understand the concepts, and apply the knowledge.”

Uattara wants to play professional volleyball after college. Fitzpatrick is applying to Teach for America, saying, “I think I will finish my rowing career here at ‘Cuse.”

Both have met a big challenge. Fitzpatrick figures practice takes 17 hours a week; she studies three hours nightly. Says Uattara, “There are lots of nights where I stayed up to finish one thing or another, then made it to practice the next day. Athletes are probably the busiest people in college.”

The outside hitter and port rower-and food studies majors-wouldn’t want it any other way.

Falk College sponsors purposeful plant-based eating for cancer survivors cooking demonstration

PlantBasedThumbThe benefits of plant-based eating for cancer survivors, and easy steps patients and their families can take to eat healthy, is the focus of a special cooking demonstration offered by nutrition science and dietetics students at Syracuse University. Falk College, in collaboration with the Upstate University Cancer Center’s certified specialist in oncology nutrition, presents “Purposeful Plant-based Eating for Cancer Survivors and Cancer Risk Reduction: A Recipe Demonstration and Tasting,” Wednesday, March 9, 6:00 p.m., Nutrition ACE Center, 204 Falk College. The program was developed in Falk College’s Food Demonstrations: A-Z course, taught by Professor Tanya Horacek, that helps students develop nutrition education skills for working with a variety of audiences. The event, which is intended for cancer survivors, patients and their family members and those who are interested in cancer prevention, is free and open to the public.

Attendees will watch recipes being made and taste four to five different plant-based recipes. Research indicates that maintaining a healthy weight, staying physically active throughout life, and consuming a healthy diet can substantially reduce a person’s lifetime risk of developing cancer. Says Horacek, “whether you are trying to prevent cancer or you are a survivor, food can be medicine. By combining various plant-based foods you can extract the beneficial effects of the nutrients and phytonutrients.” For cancer survivors, the recipes are tailored for the typical side effects that might be experienced.

In September 2015, Falk College opened its Nutrition Assessment, Consultation and Education (ACE) Center, a new hands-on learning laboratory to prepare students with traditional and emerging professional competencies critical to effective nutrition practice. The purposefully outfitted demonstration kitchen supports Falk College’s new integrative nutrition curriculum, which uses food as medicine to support disease treatment.

“Syracuse University, thanks to support from our generous donor, Rhoda Dearman Morrisroe, has created a center that both simulates the types of professional settings where its graduates will work while providing on-going, unique learning opportunities that give students a competitive advantage. This dedicated space provides an ideal environment for educational community partnerships that benefit students and our local neighbors,” says Falk College dean, Diane Lyden Murphy.

To register for the event, contact Donna Sparkes at 443-5573 or Registration deadline is Friday, March 4. Space is limited to the first 40 people.

The 2016 James Stone Legislative Policy Day details

StonePolicy2015“Undocumented Rights Politics and Legislation: How Fare New York’s Undocumented Rights Politics and Legislation” is this year’s event title.

As the name implies, the event will center around the topic of undocumented workers, the rights afforded them by their undocumented immigrant status, the policies that effect their well-being in New York, and their experience upon arrival.

We look forward to seeing you all on Friday, April 1st at the Onondaga County Legislative Chambers (401 Montgomery Street). Doors open at 8:30AM. Please arrive 5-15 minutes early, as it does take some time to get everyone through security and settled in the chambers.

Feel free to contact Eric Simmons, graduate assistant to Dr. Eric Kingson, with any questions you might have or download the event flyer to know more about the event

Eleventh annual Charity Sports Auction December 2

There are more than 400 items available at the Eleventh Annual Charity Sports Auction, hosted by the Sport Management (SPM) Club at Syracuse University. The event will take place on Wednesday, December 2 in the Carrier Dome backcourt during the SU vs. Wisconsin men’s basketball game. Proceeds from the auction will benefit The Salvation Army® of The Syracuse Area.

A few notable items in this year’s auction include two round-trip tickets anywhere Jet Blue flies, four Disney World “hopper” passes, a Chris Bosh autographed “black tie” jersey, NASCAR tickets with a VIP garage tour, and Buffalo Bills tickets. A ticket to the game is required for admittance to the auction. Silent bidding begins at 5:15 p.m., and bids may be placed through halftime. Bidding will close at the buzzer for the start of the second half.

“The Salvation Army is honored and blessed to be this year’s beneficiary of the Sport Management Charity Auction. The funds from this auction will increase our capacity to offer supportive environments that address the unique needs of each of the more than three thousand teens and young adults that look to us for help each year. We are excited to partner with the Syracuse Sport Management Club to help youth reach their full potential,” said Major Karla Clark, General Secretary for the Salvation Army Empire State Division.

The SPM Club is a student-run organization in the Falk College’s Sport Management Department. Since its founding in 2005, the club has raised over $272,000 for local charities and was recently presented with the 2015 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Central New York’s Board of Directors and the Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day Committee.

Tickets can be purchased on the SU Athletics’ website, at the Carrier Dome Box Office, or by calling 1-800-DOMETIX. For more information visit