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Terry Jones '16

Terry Jones '16, a film major in the College of Visual and Performing Arts' Department of Transmedia and a member of the Renée Crown University Honors Program, has been named one of 12 University Scholars, the highest undergraduate honor the University bestows.

University Scholars will represent the entire graduating class at the Sunday, May 15, Commencement ceremony. On Wednesday, May 11, the scholars will be honored at a reception at the Chancellor’s residence hosted by Chancellor Kent Syverud and Dr. Ruth Chen, at which they will receive special medallions to be worn at Commencement.

The Syracuse University Scholars Selection Committee, a Universitywide faculty committee, selected the 2016 scholars using criteria that included coursework and academic achievement, independent research and creative work, a personal statement and faculty letters of recommendation.

Jones is a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and has a long-standing commitment to sharing his Haudenosaunee culture through film, presentations and food tastings. His projects have tackled such subject matter as residential Indian boarding schools (“Savage/Future”), intergenerational historical trauma (“Gripped”), colonization (“Empire State”) and loss of cultural knowledge (“Ancient Knowledge to the Future”). His film "Give and Take," the story of a linguistic anthropologist who wants to record indigenous songs for his research, was named an official selection of the LA Skins Fest Film Festival, where Jones and his team received the Emerging Filmmaker Award.

At Syracuse, Jones served as president of the Native American student organization and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Delta honor societies. He has also worked with the Slutzker Center for International Services and the Office of Multicultural Affairs to produce short films. He is a Haudenosaunee Promise Scholar, Udall Scholar, Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar, Crown Scholar and College of Visual and Performing Arts Scholar.

Jones was recently profiled in an SU Scholar spotlight. View some of his work at