Gratitude and Appreciation

Dear Orange Friends:

In Syracuse, these are the weeks of overpacked days. Every day on campus, for almost everyone here, it feels like twice as much is happening in half the time: examinations, capstones, performances, papers, year-end meetings, elections, and transitions. Or meaningful things done for the last time.

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Extraordinary Things

Dear Orange Friends:

Extraordinary things are happening every day at Syracuse University. This last week was no exception. In recent days, students, faculty, and staff were recognized for a variety of achievements. We are blessed with so many great teachers and great students:

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The Spirit of Orange

Dear Orange Friends:

It has been 30 months since I became a member of the Syracuse University community. During that time, I’ve had the privilege of seeing the heart and selfless effort of so many of our students. I’ve seen it in their academic work, social lives, and their community outreach. I have also seen the same traits in our student-athletes, who pour the same energy into their respective teams. Sometimes the result is a championship. More often, the result is simply the exhausted satisfaction of a communal effort. In every case, these young men and women proudly represent our university and community.

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Historic Accomplishments

Dear Orange Friends:

Yesterday, both the women’s and men’s basketball teams advanced to the NCAA Final Four. It is only the 12th time any university has sent teams to both Final Fours in the same year.

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Philanthropy Week

Dear Orange Friends:

Syracuse University has big goals and aspirations. All of us are collectively working hard to make it the best place it can be.

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Historic Scientific Discovery

Dear Orange Friends:

People ask me a lot what it means to be a great research university. Today I have a new answer: it is when faculty, students, and staff collaborate to help give the whole world a new way to understand the universe.

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Continuing Our Work

Dear Orange Friends:

Great universities have an inclusive and diverse learning, living, and working environment, and a campus and community that reflect openness, fairness, and equality for all. This is something that has to be worked at every day.

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Welcome Back

Dear Orange Friends:

Welcome to the New Year. I hope that your holiday break—however spent—was a time of rest and recharging. We now embark upon the spring 2016 semester, which promises to be busy and full of opportunities.

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Possibilities, Prosperity, and Peace in 2016

Dear Orange Friends:

Last week was a really good week for Syracuse, Central New York, and our University.

Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo challenged seven regions in Upstate New York to compete for three $500 million awards. Known as the Upstate Revitalization Initiative competition, the awards are designed to transform the regional economy.

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