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  • Forever Orange - The Campaign for Syracuse University

    Maxwell in the Forever Orange Campaign

    These are important times for the United States, for democracy, and for the world. And they are important times for the Maxwell School, which exists to sort out the biggest issues of society, while preparing leaders and citizens for their roles in public life.

    Maxwell is taking extraordinary steps to meet the challenges of the era. We are creating new research initiatives—and enhancing many of those that exist, so as to better inform public policy and gain a deeper understanding of society. We are creating named faculty positions and filling them with scholars who not only conduct such research, but also prepare future researchers to do the same. And, in particular, we are optimizing Maxwell’s advantages for undergraduates—many of them future public leaders, all of them future engaged citizens.

    In all this work, Maxwell remains doggedly interdisciplinary, because complex public challenges require broad approaches. Maxwell is still the only major school of public affairs mixing the social sciences, policy research, and professional degrees.

    Amid these efforts, in late 2019, Syracuse University announced the Forever Orange campaign. Within it lies $125 million in funding priorities for Maxwell. The campaign also incentivizes Maxwell to attract 125,000 unique donors, to symbolize the breadth of School support.

    All who have ever supported Maxwell, or even considered supporting Maxwell, are encouraged to make a new investment in the School. For Maxwell, and for the world, it matters now more than ever.

    Campaign priorities

    Over the life of the Forever Orange campaign, Maxwell will raise $125 million to fund priorities contained in the School’s long-range strategic plan. As of early 2020, our donors have already moved us to meet almost half of our goal!

    With this incredible support, our start is strong. To meet our campaign goals, we will raise the remaining $65 million to support the following priorities from the School’s long-range strategic plan.

    Student Access and Experience

    This is Maxwell’s top campaign priority, which will provide support for financial aid for both graduate and undergraduate students and undergraduate research.

    Faculty Support

    Maxwell hopes to create, through major naming gifts:

    • seven endowed professorships (each requiring $2 million of support);
    • thirty faculty fellowships (at $100,000 each); and
    • with $5 million each, three specialized faculty posts: a Visiting Ambassador in Residence, Visiting Executive in Residence, and the Maxwell Deanship.


    Gifts will also augment the existing Astrid Merget Fund (which supports professors based in D.C.) and the Tenth Decade Fund (which provides seed funding for entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary faculty research projects.

    Discretionary Support

    This campaign priority allows the School to support immediate priorities and needs. Half will go to the Dean’s Fund, through which School leadership seizes upon emerging opportunities and meets unforeseen challenges. In recent years, the Dean’s Fund has supported individual faculty research projects, provided start-up funding for Maxwell’s now-thriving X Lab, and allowed a handful of promising students to address unforeseen financial challenges.

    Aside from the Dean’s Fund, discretionary gifts have supported programming for politically active veterans, Community Geography projects focused on refugee populations in Syracuse, and a new academic program at the nexus of geography and economics.

    Research Center Support

    Rounding out the campaign goals, Maxwell aims to underwrite research activities in the School’s interdisciplinary research centers and institutes.

    Facility Upgrades

    As well, we wish to fund facility upgrades, including new and improved spaces serving the School’s undergraduate population.

  • Giving Stories

    Four Maxwell students named as 2021 Boren Fellows

    Four students in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs have been named as recipients of the 2021 Boren Fellowship. The fellowship, sponsored by the National Security Education Program, funds immersive foreign language study abroad experiences for graduate students who plan to work in the federal national security arena. Through their experiences, the fellows develop critical foreign language and international skills that are important for their chosen careers. The recipients are Courtney Blankenship, Roger Onofre, Ivy Raines and Kelli Sunabe.

     

    Internship Brings ‘Full Circle’ Moment

    Student Connor Muldoon watched the opening arguments in the trial of George Floyd’s convicted killer, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, on a television in the Syracuse Police Department. His viewing companions—three police officers. It was a moment provided by an educational opportunity; Muldoon was hired to intern in the police department in the spring semester. The opportunity was made possible by a gift from Syracuse University alumnus and Maxwell Advisory Board member David Kelso ’68.

     

    Gift from SU Trustee Christine Larsen kick's off Maxwell DEI training

    A generous gift from SU Trustee Christine Larsen and Vincent Dopulos will support diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) training for graduate students at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs over the next five years—a key initial step toward realizing the school’s renewed vision for developing leaders and educators who are committed to improving outcomes for all peoples.

     

    Sid Lerner '53, benefactor of Maxwell's Lerner Center, dies at 90

    Sidney "Sid" Lerner '53, legendary ad man and public health advocate, has passed away. In 2011, Lerner and his wife Helaine, joined forces with Syracuse University and the Maxwell School to create the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion. The Center is dedicated to improving population and community health through research, outreach and education focused on the social, spatial and structural determinants of physical, mental and behavioral health. "Thanks to the generosity of Sid and Helaine Lerner, we have built the Lerner Center into a nationally recognized center for rigorous population health research, student training and community health promotion,” says Shannon M. Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion in the Maxwell School.

     

    Alumna Kristen Patel named Gregg Professor of Practice at Maxwell

    Kristen (Kris) Patel, a distinguished alumna of the Maxwell School (’90 Econ, PSt) with more than 25 years of experience leading intelligence and analytics programs in the public and private sectors, is the new Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg Professor of Practice in Korean and East Asian Affairs. In her new role, Patel will serve as faculty member in the Policy Studies Program and teach undergraduate courses in policy studies and graduate courses in public administration and international affairs. Patel will be a research associate in Maxwell’s PARCC and contribute to Syracuse University’s Intelligence Center Community of Academic Excellence.

     
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