ISSUE 02 | JUNE 14, 2017


The good work continues

Greetings from the Dean

Dean Diane Lyden Murphy

Celebrating our Roots

Allow me to welcome our newest alumni, the Class of 2017, to the FalkTalk e-newsletter. Falk College has the exciting privilege of celebrating its roots this year as we commemorate both the 60th anniversary of the School of Social Work and the 100th anniversary of Nutrition. I would also like to congratulate the faculty who celebrated service milestones, as well as those who have retired this year. Landmarks like these allow us to honor and reflect on the different legacies that comprise Falk College, and remind us of the foundations that inspire, energize and direct our mission today: equipping students to be the world-changers of tomorrow.

Dean Diane Lyden Murphy, M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D.




Falk College celebrates the 60th anniversary of the School of Social Work

Award recipient Patricia Moore '85 speaks at the Social Work 60th anniversary celebration.

The School of Social Work commemorated its 60th anniversary at a celebration event April 21 at Drumlins Country Club in Syracuse.

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Social work courses at Syracuse University date back to the 1930s. It wasn’t until 1952 that the American Association of Schools of Social Work decided Upstate New York was in need of a separate school of social work, specifically at Syracuse University. Today, the School of Social Work exists as a perfect example of Falk College’s comprehensive educational approach: theory-to-practice learning, the combination of a rigorous classroom curriculum and intensive internship requirements. To date, the school has 180 internships in 53 agencies across 8 counties. Read more.

Child and family studies major leads summer camp for children whose parents have cancer

Anna Olson '19

Each summer, children whose parents have cancer can experience Camp Kesem at Syracuse University, thanks to the efforts of student volunteers, including child and family studies major Anna Olson ’19. Camp Kesem is one of the 2017 Orange Circle Award recipients, which recognize exceptional philanthropic work through financial contribution or volunteerism. Read more.

New accelerated programs include Public Health BS/MS, Public Health BS/Global Health MS

Public health student works on research for the Lead Study.

The New York State Department of Education has approved two new programs: the new 150-credit Public Health B.S./M.S. and 144-credit Public Health B.S./M.S. Global Health programs, each designed to provide students the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in Public Health and a master’s degree in either Public Health or Global Health in five years. Read more.



Collin Townsend '17

Food studies alumnus says there’s more to food than what’s on your plate

With a specific focus on food as a system, the food studies program incorporates topics such as food production, governance, sustainability, and security. Food studies alumnus Collin Townsend ’17 says, “Food is such a complex issue, with dynamic ties to one’s culture, family, and status within society.” Read more.

Blessed Sikhosana G'17 standing in front of Falk Complex

How one alumna discovered her calling to marriage and family therapy

Growing up in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Blessed Unami Sikhosana ’11, G’12, G’17 raised 6 younger siblings after her grandmother passed away. It strengthened Sikhosana’s character and grit, which played a big role in her journey to Falk College, where she just earned a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. Read more.

Dr. Gina Pauline honored by Vera House

Associate professor Dr. Gina Pauline was recognized by Vera House for her work with graduate students in hosting the Second Annual Sport Venue & Event Management Charity Golf Classic. Monies raised have helped support Vera House’s comprehensive domestic and sexual violence programs. Read more.

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Nutrition students use the demonstration kitchen.

100 Years of Nutrition at Syracuse

As Nutrition Science and Dietetics celebrates its 100th year, join faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends for a reception September 22, 2017 followed by a day of education and networking on September 23 with keynote speaker Dr. Wendy Demark-Wahnefried ’88 Ph.D., R.D. of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Read more.

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