Faculty, Staff & Students honored with Chancellor’s Awards for Public Engagement and Scholarship

Syracuse University honored students, faculty, staff and community partners who exemplify SU’s commitment to engagement with the community and Scholarship in Action with the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship (CAPES). The awards were given at a celebration dinner on Monday, March 26, at 5:30 p.m. in the Hildegarde and J. Myer Schine Student Center’s Goldstein Auditorium.

SU students, faculty and staff engage in tens of thousands of hours of community-based work that benefits the Syracuse community, the Central New York region and the world. Public scholarship is done through the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service (Shaw Center), as well as many other SU/community partnerships and programs. The Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship (CAPES) recognizes commitment to Scholarship in Action and investment in the public good.

“The CAPES nominations provide a ‘look inside’ the robust engagement work SU students, faculty and staff are involved with locally, regionally and globally,” says Pamela Kirwin Heintz, associate vice president and director of the Shaw Center. “Our community partners’ time and energy, here and around the globe, helps us all learn about and better understand the complexities in our world. And, more importantly, they teach us how to partner and engage with community to build capacity and explore solutions. We greatly appreciate their commitment, which helps us all construct experiences and learning that would not be possible alone.”

Academic Service Learning Course/Project/Programs

School of Education: EDU 303: “Teaching and Learning for Inclusive Schooling.” Students in the Spring 2011 semester served as tutors, creating an invaluable support system and personalized instruction for 70 students with academic difficulties in high-need Syracuse elementary schools.

2012 Inspiration Award

Again this year, students receiving individual Chancellor’s Citations selected individuals who have had a particularly significant impact on their lives and the lives of other students. This year’s recipients include:

  • Marian Cappelletti, academic counselor in the Office of Supportive Services
  • Stephanie Costner, project manager, Collegiate Preparatory Academy, Say Yes to Education
  • Marion Wilson, associate professor, School of Education and the School of Art and Design in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Chancellor’s Citations

The young men and women receiving individual Chancellor’s Citations represent the highest ideals of the Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship—significant, long-term participation in active learning and citizenship through public and community service, in addition to providing leadership and a strong personal commitment to regenerating and sustaining community. This year’s recipients include

  • John Cardone ’12, a major in sculpture in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and English and textual studies in The College of Arts and Sciences and a student in the Honors Program, worked with a third-grade class at Blodgett School in Syracuse (where 52 countries are represented and 60 percent of the students fall below the poverty line) to “sculpt” a community. The city has been his classroom during his time at SU. He founded the English tutoring program at Nottingham High School, has served as coordinator of the homework club at the Center for New Americans and is coordinator of the Mobile Art Literacy Bus.
  • Michael Hu ’13, a biochemistry major in The College of Arts and Sciences, is president of the SU chapter of Learn to Be (LTB), a national foundation that enriches the lives of children in underserved communities through free online tutoring and academic resources. This year, LTB and the Say Yes Collegiate Prep Academy (SYCPA) have entered into a partnership to deliver online academic enrichment to Syracuse City School District high school students.
  • Jonathan Nwosu ’12, an international relations major in The College of Arts and Sciences and a student in The Honors Program, is a 2012 recipient of the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. He will work for the U.S. State Department this summer at the Saudi Arabia desk of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Nwosu helped spearhead the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection. He has worked with the Above and Beyond Program, Say Yes to Education, the Boys and Girls Club and the High School Diplomats program.