Students Will Share Experiences with Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts

In mid-December, 23 Syracuse University students and two advisors traveled to Puerto Rico to help with the recovery efforts after two powerful hurricanes, Irma and Maria, devastated the island last fall.

The group spent a week working with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, helping with clean up and demolition efforts and delivering supplies. Hendricks Chapel and Student Association co-sponsored the trip.

For more information about the presentations, visit SU News.

‘Best Place for Vets’ in Full Force at Student Veterans of America Conference

Syracuse University turned the Lone Star State orange recently as over 20 Orange student veterans, the Office of Veterans and Military Affairs (OVMA), the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), the team from the Veterans Affinity Group, and University admissions attended the Student Veterans of America (SVA) National Conference in San Antonio in early January.

Read more at SU News.

Syracuse Stage, Rain Lounge Seek Local Contestants for Inaugural Salt City Drag Battle

Syracuse Stage and Rain Lounge will present the inaugural Salt City Drag Battle on Friday, March 23, in the Archbold Theatre at the Syracuse Stage/SU Drama Complex, 820 E. Genesee St. Who will be named the first-ever Salt City Queen or King and win a $1,000 cash prize?

Participants will be selected through a video application process on the Syracuse Stage website, which is open now. Interested participants should provide video of past performances. Deadline for submissions is March 5.

Read more about the pageant at SU News.

Paris Noir Information Session to Be Held Jan. 23

An information session for the “Paris Noir: Literature, Art and Contemporary Life in Diaspora” summer study abroad program will be held Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in 219 Sims Hall. Read more about the program at SU News.

Q&A: Ph.D. Candidate Tamara Issak on Islamophobic Rhetoric

Tamara Issak is a graduate student pursuing her doctorate in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric in the Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition in the College of Arts and Sciences. It’s the next step in the New Jersey native’s academic and professional pursuits, which have included a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education from William Paterson University and a master’s degree in English literature from Rutgers University-Newark, as well as teaching, co-producing a podcast and producing/hosting daily and weekly radio shows.

This past spring, Issak was awarded a prestigious American Fellowship by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to help with preparations for her dissertation, “Rhetorical (Re)constructions: Ground Zero, Park51, and Muslim identity,” which she will defend this coming April.

Read the full Q&A at SU News.

Veterans Express Themselves in Writing Group

Launched in 2010, the Syracuse Veteran Writing Group has made a national name for itself, showcasing the written voices of those who have served in the U.S. military, both home and abroad. Once a month, veterans meet in the Syracuse University Writing Center to share stories of their armed service experience and learn how to craft those narratives into more polished written works. Many come to the meetings with no prior experience with writing–just a desire to share their personal stories with a larger audience.

Eileen Schell, professor of writing and rhetoric in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Ivy Kleinbart, part-time writing instructor, co-lead the monthly sessions by providing writing prompts and guidance to each participant through the process of drafting their nonfiction prose. The meetings are free and are open to Veterans of all ages and branches of the military. Family members are also welcome.

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Hendricks Dean Invited to Preach in Historic Cathedral in South Africa

South Africa holds a special place in the heart of Brian Konkol, the newly installed dean of Hendricks Chapel.

From 2008-12, Konkol and his wife, Kristen, served in South Africa as country coordinators of the Young Adults in Global Mission program of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He also taught at a local seminary and assisted in parish ministry alongside isiZulu-speaking congregations, and she taught classes in exercise science, managed a research lab and helped to start a local soccer academy. Kristen Konkol now teaches in the Department of Exercise Science in SU’s School of Education and is working on a holistic sport initiative.

Read the full article at SU News.