One University Awards

One University Awards is a daylong celebration of excellence by members of the Syracuse University community in academics, scholarship, creative work and dedicated service.

2020-21 Awards

Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship

First presented in 1992, the award is given annually to an undergraduate student and a graduate student who have been significantly engaged in their community as part of a dynamic learning experience.

Lia Chabot ’21, College of Arts & Sciences
Yusuf Abdul-Qadir ’11, G’20, G’21, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

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Meredith Professorship of Teaching Excellence

A substantial bequest from the estate of Dr. L. Douglas Meredith, a 1926 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, allowed Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw to create the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professorships in 1995, to recognize and reward outstanding teaching at Syracuse University.

Melissa Chessher, professor and chair of magazine, news and digital journalism in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Elisa Macedo Dekaney, associate dean of research, graduate studies and internationalization in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) and professor of music education in VPA and the School of Education.

Tina Nabatchi, Joseph A. Strasser Endowed Professor in Public Administration and professor of public administration and international affairs in the Maxwell School

Margaret Voss, associate professor of nutrition and food studies in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.


Meredith Teaching Recognition Awards

Lamis Abdelaaty, assistant professor of political science in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Tripti Bhattacharya, Thonis Family Professor: Paleoclimate Dynamics and assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences

Jonathan French, assistant professor of chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences

Michael Fudge, professor of practice in the iSchool

Shannon Gardner, teaching professor in the College of Law

Carolyn Hedges, assistant professor of communications in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Brittany Jakubiak, assistant professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences

Beth Myers, Lawrence B. Taishoff Professor of Inclusive Education and executive director of the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education in the School of Education

Beth Patin, assistant professor in the iSchool

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Provost’s Award for Contributions to Human Values Award

Camelo Bonilla ’21, graphic design, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications; information management and technology, School of Information Studies

Natalie Petryk ’21, bioengineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science

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The Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence

This award was first presented in 1979 in recognition of outstanding achievement in teaching, scholarship, and creative work. Over time, the focus of the awards has changed to reflect new priorities and institutional directions.

Excellence in Student Research

Shreyas Pathreeker, fourth-year doctoral student conducting research on energy and sustainability in the College of Engineering and Computer Science
Francesca Ortega, master’s student in the media studies program in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
Bailey Felix, senior majoring in bioengineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science

Outstanding Contributions to the Student Experience and University Initiatives

Angela Morales-Patterson, Director of Operations and Partnerships in the Office of Multicultural Advancement
Wesley Whiteside, associate director of recruitment and diversity in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
Candy Brooks, academic advisor and graduate coordinator  in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences
Kira Reed, associate professor of management in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and a provost faculty fellow

Outstanding Group Contributions to the Student Experience and University Initiatives

Syracuse University Public Health Team
For their invaluable contributions, extraordinary work and selfless efforts to ensure a safe, healthy and rewarding residential experience for our students, faculty and staff in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic: Urvashi Bhattacharya, Kathleen Coughlin, A.J. Florkowski, Adam Hepburn, Joseph Hernon, Pruthvi Kilaru, Brittany Kmush, David Larsen, Madeline Mackowski, Dr. Karen Nardella, Mandy Patti, Ramesh Raina and Deepjyoti Singh.

Syracuse University Academic Continuity Team
For their extraordinary and unflagging efforts to facilitate the university’s transition to online and mixed delivery teaching modalities in the face of the many challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic: Nicholas Bennett, Martha Diede, Eric Ferguson, Michael Frasciello, Jenny Gluck, Jeanine Irons, Michael Morrison and Michael O’Mara.

Faculty Excellence and Scholarly Distinction
Jason Fridley
, professor of biology in the College of Arts and Sciences
Brooks Gump, Falk Family Endowed Professor of Public Health in the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
Merril Silverstein, Marjorie Cantor Professor of Aging Studies, in the College of Arts and Sciences and professor in the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Lifetime Achievement Award
Mark Monmonier
, distinguished professor of geography in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs


Student-Athlete Scholar Awards

The Student-Athlete Scholar Award recognizes the student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade point averages.

Claire Cooke ’21, human development and family science major in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics and a member of the field hockey team
Anicet Mundundu ’21, psychology major and philosophy minor in the College of Arts and Sciences and a member of the men’s rowing team

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Diversity and Inclusion Award

Paula Possenti-Perez, director, Center for Disability Resources


Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars

The Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars lead the Syracuse University community in the remembrance of the 270 people, including 35 Syracuse University students, who were killed in the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

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Tolley Medal

As one of the nation’s pre-eminent leaders in higher education, William Pearson Tolley served as Syracuse University’s chancellor for 27 years. The University established the Tolley Medal in 1966 to recognize outstanding contributions by national and international leaders in what was then known as adult education.

Don McPherson, former Syracuse Football All-American and a College Football Hall of Fame inductee and long-time advocate for the prevention of gender-based violence


Chancellor’s Forever Orange Award

The Chancellor’s Forever Orange award recognizes individuals who embody the spirit of Syracuse University through academic excellence, exemplary leadership, and selfless service to the entire Orange community, on campus and beyond.

Diane Lyden Murphy, dean, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics


Judith Greenberg Seinfeld Scholar Award

Honoring the talents of outstanding faculty or students through a program made possible by a generous gift from Judith Greenberg Seinfeld ’56, this award highlights excellence, creativity and innovation and encourages future contributions to society.

Shobha Bhatia, professor of civil and environmental engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science

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Provost’s Award for Contributions to Human Values Award

Camelo Bonilla ’21, graphic design, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications; information management and technology, School of Information Studies

Natalie Petryk ’21, bioengineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science


Faculty, Librarians Honored With Emeriti Status

Thirty-four faculty members and librarians received emeritus status in May 2020.

List of honorees


Syracuse University Scholars

Twelve seniors have been named as the 2021 Syracuse University Scholars, the highest undergraduate honor that the University bestows. Criteria includes coursework and academic achievement, independent research and creative work, evidence of intellectual growth and/or innovation in their disciplinary field, a personal statement and faculty letters of recommendation.

2021 Syracuse University Scholars


2021 Commencement Student Marshals

View list of student marshals who will represent the Class of 2021 at the University’s 167th Commencement ceremony on May 23.


Milestone Years Recognition of Service

Members of the University community are recognized for achieving Years of Service milestones in academic year 2020-21.

60 Years
Dorothy “Dottie” Russell, Schine Dining

55 Years
Thomas Fondy
, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
W. Henry Lambright, Department of Public Administration and International Affairs, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

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