Student Spotlight

An Impressive Repertoire

As executive director of a major philharmonic orchestra, an alumnus engages in advocacy and communication to build connections throughout an ascending career in arts management.
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Pandemic shifts intern’s focus to trauma-informed care opportunity

I completed my dietetic internship amidst the unique circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. To fulfill all 1,200 required supervised practice hours, rotations were shifted to an online, remote format. This change allowed me to become involved with a rotation site that I would not have experienced otherwise. Working remotely with the Food Bank of Central New York’s Community Nutrition Educator, Heather Brubaker (MS 2018), RD, and Community Nutrition Manager, Debra Mimaroglu, RDN, CDN (BS 2014, CAS 2015), I had the opportunity to learn about trauma-informed care and its application in nutrition education and programs.
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Leadership Intern Sofia de la Grana is Growing Through Education

Sofia de la Grana ’23 enjoys working with other students and helping them succeed. As a resident advisor (RA) for the International Living Learning Community at Syracuse University, she values sharing experiences, building relationships, exploring cultures and creating inclusive communities. She sees education as a pathway for bringing people together to learn from one another and improve understanding. “Education is at the forefront of what I want to do,” says de la Grana, who’s majoring in public relations at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and in citizenship and civic engagement at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

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Justine Legg Embraces a Larger Community

Justine Legg ’20 had four things in mind when she made the decision to trek from San Antonio, Texas, to attend Syracuse University. She had been born in New York, and was determined to return to the northeast for college. She hoped to focus on the social sciences, and knew that Syracuse University’s top-ranked Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs had the reputation she was looking for. A school that offered a multitude of opportunities without being huge was also a prerequisite. And she wanted a strong study abroad program, because traveling had always been her dream. So she chose Syracuse—without even visiting. “Syracuse seemed to fit perfectly,” she says, “and it turned out to be even better than I expected.” Continue Reading

Lia Chabot, Yusuf Abdul-Qadir Named Recipients of Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship

Lia Chabot, a senior economics and citizenship and civic engagement major in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and Yusuf Abdul-Qadir ’11, G’20, G’21, an executive master of international relations student in the Maxwell School, have been named the 2021 recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship. Continue Reading

Founder of Balancing the Books, Derek Wallace ’00, Shares Story of Kalamata’s Kitchen

By Claire Howard |

In a cozy Venezuelan kitchen, a young girl named Kalamata learns to cook meringues and falls in love with the magic of creating deliciousness. In the south of France, she experiences the delight of a foreign cuisine and the rich cultural heritage it carries. In an apple orchard, she learns how food is tied irrevocably to sensations of home – just as the smell of an apple pie in the oven washes a wave of comforting nostalgia over us. Continue Reading

Mary Ann Shaw Center Unmasked

Associate Vice President and Mary Ann Shaw Center Director Pam Heintz highlights how Syracuse University is academically engaging with the community during this time of COVID. Hear from current students on what this looks like from their perspectives and how they are continuing to make an impact! Includes Syracuse University Literacy Corps, Balancing the Books, Engineering Ambassadors, Books & Cooks, Cooking on the Hillside, Food Busters, and more! Continue Reading