Steve Kuusisto Writes Tribute to Corky, His First Guide Dog

When poet Stephen Kuusisto decided to train with a guide dog at age 39 he had no idea the decision would change every aspect of his life. “It was amazing to find out what a dog can do,” he says. “That’s why I wanted to describe the experience in a new memoir.” The book, titled “Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey” will be published by Simon & Schuster in March 2018.

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‘Paris Noir’ Information Meeting Nov. 30

An informational meeting for “Paris Noir: Literature, Art and Contemporary Life in Diaspora” will be held Thursday, Nov. 30, at 6:30 p.m. in 219 Sims Hall.

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Pusch Appointed Interim Director of LGBT Resource Center

Rob Pusch, associate director for Project Advance, has been appointed interim director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center. Pusch’s appointment comes on the heels of Director Tiffany Gray’s departure to West Chester University.

Pusch is a longtime educator, advocate and activist who has been part of the Syracuse University community for more than 20 years. After earning a Ph.D. in instructional design, development and evaluation, Pusch joined the Project Advance staff. From 1999-2015, Pusch served on the University Senate Committee on LGBT Concerns, helping with the original formation of the LGBT Resource Center.

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University Launches Search for Associate Vice President, Chief Equal Opportunity Officer and Title IX Coordinator

The search process for the University’s associate vice president, chief equal opportunity officer and Title IX coordinator is now underway. A strategic partner with University leadership, the associate vice president, chief equal opportunity officer and Title IX coordinator will develop strategies to further foster a culture of inclusion and a safe and supportive learning and living environment for all University students, faculty and staff.

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University to Host State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

The ninth annual State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities runs Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 15 and 16, at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center and the Schine Student Center.

Including a first-time parallel Student Leadership Conference, the event will draw more than 300 participants, providing opportunities for colleges and universities, researchers, program staff, parents and self-advocates to learn about the current state of research and practice in the field and to network with each other. Panels include faculty and staff from postsecondary education initiatives, parents, self-advocates and other experts sharing effective practices during breakout sessions with opportunities for group discussion. The student conference will bring high school and college students into the conversation.

For the first time, the conference—hosted by George Mason University’s Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human Disabilities and the Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University—takes place in Syracuse.

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International Thanksgiving Celebration Will Introduce Students to American Thanksgiving Tradition on Nov. 16

International students will be treated to an American Thanksgiving meal, featuring traditional fare, at Syracuse University’s 33rd International Thanksgiving Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 16.

The event will be held in Goldstein Auditorium in the Schine Student Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The celebration is open to all of the University’s international students. Tickets are required and sold out last week.

Turkey and the traditional trimmings, such as dressing, mashed and sweet potatoes, vegetables, cranberry relish and pumpkin pie are part of the dinner, which is designed to introduce international students to the American Thanksgiving tradition. The meal is served family style, and members of the University and greater Syracuse communities serve as table hosts, keeping conversation lively and answering questions about the celebration.

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Recent Progress Noted on Diversity and Inclusion Recommendations

Progress is being made on several fronts regarding recommendations made by the Chancellor’s Workgroup on Diversity and Inclusion (CWDI) to enhance the campus climate for all members of the University community.

University leadership and the Universitywide Council on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) note the advancement of several initiatives that have emerged from the recommendations. The council, which was one of the first CWDI recommendations implemented, meets regularly—most recently, Nov. 1—and works with the University community on measures to achieve a more diverse and inclusive campus.

“The work of achieving a diverse and inclusive campus is an ongoing, substantive effort that requires boldness and perseverance,” says council co-chair Diane R. Wiener, director of the Disability Cultural Center. “The council’s work is the work of our entire campus and we are even better and can achieve more when we come together as a community. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are all crucial voices in this imperative process.”

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Student Brings Veteran Support Programs to Campus

As a medic in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years, Adam LeGrand experienced and witnessed traumatic events that had a long-term impact on him. At a recent meeting of the Student Veterans Organization (SVO) housed at University College, LeGrand shared information on the Disabled Student Veteran Liaison Program (DSL), a national peer-to-peer program that assists students with services offered through the Office of Disability Services.

LeGrand,  who is earning a bachelor’s degree in communication and rhetorical studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, guides other student veterans through the process of getting the services they require. “I help them navigate the system, help them access care at the VA hospital or through Tricare and connect them with available resources,” he says. “And, if my schedule allows, I will walk the student veteran to the Office of Disability Services and wait in the waiting area while they meet with a staff member—just to show that they have someone who supports them.”

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