Alumni News

Carol Decker

Carol Decker ’68 Speaks Her Truth

Longtime Syracuse City School District teacher Carol Decker ’68 tells her story as the child of German and Italian parents who survived an abusive stepfather in her memoir, Little Carol Speaks Her Truth: Growing Up from the Great Depression through WWII. Decker’s book was one of 40 new CNY publications to be nominated for a...
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Diana Wege ’76: Ending Violence through Art and Education

If you have traveled the streets of New York City during the month of September, it’s likely that you have seen Diana Wege’s artwork.  The bold block letters and lines of contrasting colors on her series of Reject Violence prints may have confronted you with Wege’s mission of ending violence in our lifetime. A recent...
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CLS Faculty Writes on Successful Homework Strategies

Janine L. Nieroda-Madden G’19, assistant professor in the department of reading and language arts, wrote about 6 ways to establish a productive homework routine for The Conversation. Nieroda-Madden, a graduate of the Ph.D. in literacy education program, teaches College Learning Strategies courses for undergraduate students across all schools and majors at Syracuse University, and has...
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Department of Higher Education: A Legacy of Representation

As one of the oldest student affairs programs in the country, the department of Higher Education has continued to evolve to meet the needs of a changing student population and higher education environment. “There’s this deep legacy of representing those who have historically not been valued or recognized. For decades, we have prepared educators who...
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Beth Harry G’89 turned loss into opportunity by devoting her life to special education

Special education scholar Beth Harry G’89 responded to the birth of her daughter, Melanie—who had cerebral palsy—by starting a school for children with disabilities in Trinidad and Tobago in 1976. When Melanie died unexpectedly in 1981, her mother continued in the school until 1986, when she came to Syracuse to pursue a Ph.D. in special...
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School of Education Community Remembers Margaret Charters

The School of Education Board of Visitors and community fondly remembers Emeritus Board Member Margaret Anne Charters G’71 G’04 (1925-2019). “Margaret will be remembered as a champion for education and young readers in Syracuse, and her expertise and experience was valued on our SOE Board of Visitors. We will honor Margaret at our next meeting...
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Bryan Crandall

Encouraging Youth Writing through Community

The South African humanist philosophy of Ubuntu, loosely translated, means “I am because we are.” Ubuntu, as a framework, has been central to Bryan Ripley Crandall G’12 and his work at the Connecticut Writing Project (CWP) at Fairfield University. “A human being is a human being because of other human beings” Crandall says. “I am,...
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Kayla Alexander ’13 writes and illustrates children’s book on the “Magic of Basketball”

In addition to being a  WNBA star and a former Syracuse University scholar-athlete, Kayla Alexander ’13 is now a published author. Kayla co-wrote and illustrated The Magic of Basketball, with her sister Kesia. The book is primarily for children, and tells the story of a young girl who learns that there is more to the...
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Leading the way: Higher Education alumni in institutional leadership roles

Rev. Dr. Thomas V. Wolfe G’02 President and Chief Executive Officer, Iliff School of Theology Before his role at Iliff, Wolfe was senior vice president and dean of the Division of Student Affairs at Syracuse University. Previous to his appointment to lead the Division of Student Affairs, he served as the fifth dean of Hendricks...
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