Syracuse University recently honored students, faculty, staff, and community partners who exemplify SU’s commitment to engagement with the community and Scholarship in Action with the 2011 Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship.
SU students, faculty and staff engage in tens of thousands of hours of community-based work to benefit the Syracuse community, the region and the world. Public scholarship is done through the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service (CPCS), as well as many other SU/community partnerships and programs. The Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship recognizes commitment to Scholarship in Action and investment in the public good.
VPA is proud to announce its winners:
Special Civic Engagement Awards
_The Actors’ Workshop (Department of Drama)—is a drama group involving SU students and actors from the community who have special needs, all of whom want to work together to create theater. This year, their work culminated in the grand premiere of the documentary People Like Me, the culmination of two years of work for S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications faculty members Larry Elin and Doug Quin.
_Ana Mihai, Catherine King and Heidi Olean—These industrial and interaction design students in the School of Art and Design's Department of Design took on the task of wrapping three city buses. They navigated between the Syracuse Office of Community Affairs, CENTRO, and various vendors to bring this abstract project to life and offer the citizens of Syracuse an opportunity to further make this ‘their city.”
Academic Service Learning Course/Project/Programs
ISD 451, Interior Design: Commercial—Thirty interior design students in the School of Art and Design's Department of Design took on a renovation project for the Hillside Work -Scholarship Connection. Design students teamed with Hillside students to brainstorm ideas for the revitalization, survey the physical space, and learn about each other’s lives. Hillside students visited the Warehouse, and together they designed a dynamic interior space that will motivate and inspire the youth who attend the center. The director is seeking funding to make the design a reality.
Community Service Leadership—Academic Service Learning
This award recognizes academic departments, projects and programs that have sustained a long-term commitment to service learning and public scholarship.
The communications design program in the School of Art and Design's Department of Design: CMD 352, Design Project Management—Students worked in a highly collaborative environment to gain first-hand knowledge about the people of the Near Westside neighborhood, with the goal of developing marketing materials and ways to improve the landscape in an upbeat and positive manner. Their project presentation, “Community through Design,” was so impressive that a local community agency provided a grant to implement some of the design elements in the neighborhood. The class also produced a book illustrating the various design elements and products they developed for the Near Westside.