Disrupting the Future of Medical Technology

Dear Orange Friends,

Syracuse University students and faculty are working across disciplines on path-breaking biotechnology research. This includes medical devices that aren’t limited by the possibility of infection. It includes new treatments that specifically target disease, so that broad-spectrum antibiotics and chemotherapy are a thing of the past. And it includes heart valves or replacement joints that can dynamically adapt their structure to a body’s needs.

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The Clock and Kissing Bench

Dear Orange Friends:

Lots of people visiting campus this summer have commented that, despite all the construction going on, the place has never looked better. This is because of the incredible good work of a great team in Campus Facilities, Administration and Services. The place looks good in part because the team has been paying attention to the details, such as restoring Lincoln’s statue in front of the Maxwell School, the Hendricks Chapel steps and the cupolas atop Crouse College.

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A Preview of the University’s 150th Celebration

Dear Orange Friends,

Syracuse University’s 150th anniversary begins this summer. I am writing today to give you a preview of a small portion of the events planned for our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration. Starting with Welcome Week in August, Syracuse University will provide opportunities throughout the year to study and understand our past, present and future.

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Sharing a Graduation Story

Dear Orange Friends:

I heard a student’s story during Commencement that I would like to share. This student’s story struck me as a tremendous example of the power of determination, the lessons that international students can teach us, and the ways that a Syracuse University education can have impact on individuals, communities and—ultimately—the world.

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Standing Up to Hatred and Terror

Dear Orange Friends:

Like so many in our Orange community, I watched with concern and dismay all weekend as horrific hate crimes were committed in Pittsburgh, where 11 Jewish congregants were killed and many injured at a peaceful house of worship.   I felt similar despair late last night, when I learned that two African-Americans were slain in an apparent hate crime while in a grocery store in Jeffersontown, Kentucky.

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The New Dog

Dear Orange Friends:

Ruth and I have been adopted by a new dog. She is a rescue and is now seven months old; we think she is a Terrier/German Shepherd mix. I’ve attached a picture.

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Middle States Accreditation

Dear Orange Friends:

Earlier this summer, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaffirmed the accreditation of Syracuse University, commended the University on the quality of the self-study process that produced the reaccreditation, and notified us that our next evaluation visit will occur in the 2026-2027 academic year.

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Celebrating the Shaws

Dear Orange Friends:

Over several days in late April, the University celebrated the achievements, contributions and legacy of Chancellor Emeritus Kenneth “Buzz” Shaw and his wife, Mary Ann.

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“I” vs. “We”

Dear Orange Friends:

It took me a while to learn that a school thrives in large part because of many key folks—people who are not visible to many of those we serve, but who are well known by our faculty and staff because they do essential work well every day.

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