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'Cuse Conversations

154 EpisodesProduced by Syracuse UniversityWebsite

Hosted by Syracuse University’s Internal Communications team, the ’Cuse Conversations podcast allows listeners to hear directly from Syracuse University's talented current students, decorated faculty members, dedicated staff members and accomplished alumni.

154 Episodes | 2019 - 2023

The Power of Being Native and the Strength of the Syracuse University Community With Lorna Rose ’11, G’21

November 27th, 2023


Despite growing up on Cayuga ancestral lands, one of the six nations that make up the Haudenosaunee Confederacy of Native Americans in New York, Lorna Rose ’11, G’21 never really identified with her Native heritage. She …

Adrian Autry '94 Ready to Make His Mark as Next Men's Basketball Coach

November 6th, 2023


Adrian Autry ’94 came to Syracuse University from New York City as a talented men’s basketball recruit, a McDonald’s All-American who etched his name …

Look Back. Act Forward. The Profound Impact of the Remembrance Scholars Cohort

October 19th, 2023


"Look back. Act forward." Those words influence how Syracuse University's Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars honor and celebrate the lives of the …

The BioInspired Institute's Growth Helps Fuel Student and Faculty Research

October 11th, 2023


One of the most impactful and influential examples of how the University is leading the way in research excellence is the BioInspired Institute, an …

Addressing Mental Wellness and Social Anxiety With Counseling Director Carrie Brown

October 5th, 2023


Moving away from home and embarking on your Syracuse University journey can be a difficult time as students leave behind their families and friends …

The State of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility at Syracuse University With Mary Grace Almandrez

September 21st, 2023


In June, the Supreme Court decided to undo decades of judicial precedent by reversing rulings that allowed race-conscious admissions programs, …

Raising Awareness While Battling Cancer: Danielle Koppenaal '17 Shares Her Story and Stories of Fellow Cancer Survivors

September 12th, 2023


In May, Danielle Koppenaal ’17 was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. She is 28 years old. In this ’Cuse Conversation, Koppenaal shares her …

Carolina Panthers' Anish Shroff ’04 Hopes to Inspire Future Generations of South Asian Sportscasters

September 5th, 2023


Anish Shroff ’04 is the only minority radio play-by-play voice of a National Football League (NFL) team, but the landscape is changing, and Shroff feels proud when he looks around the sportscasting landscape and sees a …

How Student Living Enhances Student Development With Steve Herndon

August 21st, 2023


Living in a residence hall on North Campus or an apartment on South Campus is more than just a place to rest your head at night for students. They find friendships, build community and develop relationships that can …

Welcome to the Orange Family! Previewing Syracuse Welcome With Carrie Grogan Abbott G'03

August 14th, 2023


The Syracuse University family is expanding, as more than 4,000 first-year students will move into their residence halls during Syracuse Welcome, the University’s annual new student orientation program, running Aug. …

Behind the Orange: Otto is Going Into the Mascot Hall of Fame!

August 7th, 2023


Syracuse University’s iconic mascot Otto the Orange is a Hall of Famer! Otto is part of the Mascot Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023. This special ’Cuse Conversations podcast explores Otto’s history, Otto’s impact on the …

Curiosity Helps Ryan Smith '92 Transition from Lawyer to Decorated ESPN Anchor and Television Reporter

July 13th, 2023


Ryan Smith '92 anchors ESPN’s flagship "SportsCenter" program, and he's a Sports Emmy-winning host of ESPN’s "Outside the Lines" and "E60." Smith also serves as a legal analyst for ESPN and ABC News. But his path to …

Zava! Meet Maximilian Osinski '06, the Breakout Star of Season 3 of ‘Ted Lasso’

June 13th, 2023


Back in 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic caused worldwide angst and turmoil, a show debuted on Apple TV+ that emphasized the importance of hope and believing in yourself. “Ted Lasso,” which recently concluded its third …

Providing a Voice for the Systematically Suppressed With Erykah Pasha '24

June 5th, 2023


From an early age, Erykah Pasha ’24 has been driven to provide a voice for those who have been systematically oppressed and suppressed in her hometown of Syracuse, and she always knew Syracuse University was where she …

How The Rising Popularity of Esports Led to Syracuse University’s Newest Degree Program

May 16th, 2023


Electronic sports, or esports, has seen a remarkable spike in popularity over the years, with a recent study from Pew Research finding that 90% of …

Pursuing What Fulfills You: Ruchatneet Printup’s ’23 Nontraditional Journey to a Film Degree

May 9th, 2023


Instead of feeling pride over being the first member of his family to earn a college degree, Ruchatneet Printup '23 felt trapped in a dead-end job …

Comparing Voter ID Laws in the US and UK With Gretchen Coleman '22

April 24th, 2023


The United Kingdom is about to hold the country’s first elections where voters are required to show ID when they vote. The reason behind the policy …

Lessons for the Next Climate Disaster

April 19th, 2023


Extreme weather events like hurricanes, floods, and droughts are becoming more frequent in many places and more severe. These events can cause …

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2023

April 4th, 2023


April is a time for the Syracuse University community to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. This year’s theme is “Community Coming Together: Strength in Unity," representing the …

Reconstructing the Lives and Genealogies of Enslaved People: Maxwell, iSchool Faculty Partner on Searchable Database

March 27th, 2023


Beginning as early as the 15th century, the lives of more than 12.5 million men, women and children of African descent were forever altered as they were forced into the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Wanting to capture the …

Hall of Fame Sportscaster Bob Costas '74 Reflects on Career, Baseball and His Love of Syracuse University

March 20th, 2023


Bob Costas '74 grew up idolizing New York Yankees' Hall of Fame outfielder Mickey Mantle, and he loved listening to baseball on the radio. When he …

Law Student Brianna Sclafani Highlights the Work of the Community Review Board

March 8th, 2023


Brianna Sclafani L’23, G’23 is a 3L law student in Syracuse University’s College of Law, graduate student in the Maxwell School’s master of public …

Thomas Wilson '23 is Fulfilling His Dreams Thanks to InclusiveU

March 4th, 2023


Like most children, Thomas Wilson '23 grew up watching television. But his preferred shows weren't cartoons. Rather, he loved watching the local and national newscasts, dreaming of one day being a reporter. A senior …

Reflecting on One Year Since Russia Invaded Ukraine

February 21st, 2023


Feb. 24, 2023 marks one year since Russia invaded Ukraine. Professor Sean McFate teaches classes at Syracuse University's Maxwell School and …

Transforming First-Year Students Into Leaders Through the WellsLink Program

February 15th, 2023


For the last 19 years, the WellsLink Leadership Program has transformed the lives of first-year students of color at Syracuse University through …

Super Bowl-Winning Head Coach Tom Coughlin '68, G'69 on Overcoming Adversity, Being Forever Orange

January 31st, 2023


Tom Coughlin '68, G'69 is a two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach of the New York Giants who won 170 games during his NFL coaching career. A …

National Champions! Catching Up With Men's Soccer Head Coach Ian McIntyre

January 9th, 2023


Ian McIntyre took over the Syracuse University men’s soccer program in 2010, and the Orange won five matches combined over his first two years. But …

Lessons From Surviving a Heart Transplant With Author Emma Rothman '21

December 15th, 2022


Emma Rothman '21 was 12 years old when she had a heart transplant. It’s easy to understand why Emma is still working to process everything that’s …

Training the Next Generation of Inclusive Education Teachers in New York City Through the Bridge to the City Program

December 13th, 2022


For the last 25 years, the School of Education has offered aspiring inclusive education teachers a unique opportunity to hone their skills as student …

Peppie Calvar Discusses Holidays at Hendricks, Spreading the Light of Music Around the World

November 22nd, 2022


For more than a decade, hundreds of talented students in the Setnor School of Music in the College of Visual and Performing Arts entertain the …

No One Will Outwork Us: Get to Know New Women's Ice Hockey Coach Britni Smith

November 15th, 2022


As she looks to make her mark on the Syracuse University women's ice hockey team, Britni Smith, just the second head coach in program history, is relying on a key principle that helped the Orange soar to new heights in …

Diane Schenandoah ’11 Shares Indigenous Principles and Practices as Honwadiyenawa’sek (One Who Helps Them) at the Barnes Center

November 7th, 2022


Diane Schenandoah ’11 joined the staff at Syracuse University last July as Honwadiyenawa’sek—the Haudenosaunee word for “one who helps them.” Firmly …

How Supporting the United Way Employee Giving Campaign Makes a Difference in Central New York

November 2nd, 2022


The United Way of Central New York has been making a difference by providing residents with access to essential resources for 100 years, and the Syracuse University community has supported the United Way through its …

The Power of Holistic Healing and Wellness With Therapist and Entrepreneur Rachel Johnson '17, G'19

October 26th, 2022


In her work as a therapist, Rachel Johnson '17, G'19 knew she was making a difference in the lives of her patients. But she also realized her work …

The Challenges of Eldercare and Caregiving With Sociologist Mindy Fried '72, G'75

October 17th, 2022


Mindy Fried ’72, G’75 is a sociologist, a teacher, an author and the creator, producer and host of “The Shape of Care” podcast. On the podcast, she …

Mapping Syracuse University's Academic Future with Gretchen Ritter, Vice Chancellor and Provost, and Jamie Winders, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs

October 11th, 2022


The Syracuse University campus community is embarking on an important five-year journey of self-discovery and self-improvement, revamping its Academic Strategic Plan (ASP) to position itself as a leading global …

Diabetes Advocate, Author and Podcaster Stacey Simms ’93

October 6th, 2022


Stacey Simms ’93 is an award-winning podcaster and author who has been sharing stories, advice and news about diabetes on her Diabetes Connections podcast, through her blog and in two books: “The World’s Worst Diabetes …

Ashia Aubourg '18: Food Justice Advocate Helps Empower Communities Through Food

September 27th, 2022


Food was always at the epicenter of Ashia Aubourg's '18 life, and she dreamed of being a chef until an experience at an award-winning restaurant in Boston helped Aubourg realize an important lesson: not everyone has the …

Get to Know Ethan Bair, Hillel at Syracuse University's New Rabbi

September 22nd, 2022


As a student at Oberlin College, Ethan Bair experienced such a meaningful connection with Hillel and with his rabbi that he was inspired to become a …

Studying Human Behavior and Turning Policy Into Practice to Address Food Insecurity

September 15th, 2022


The Office of Community Engagement is hosting Food Insecurity Awareness Week to raise awareness about food insecurity issues on the Syracuse University campus and in the city of Syracuse. On this 'Cuse Conversation, we …

Get to Know Bakeer Ganesharatnam, New Women's Volleyball Coach

August 30th, 2022


For the first time in more than a decade, the Syracuse University women’s volleyball program has a new head coach: Bakeer Ganesharatnam, the seventh …

Keeping Campus Safe: Get to Know Chief Craig Stone

August 25th, 2022


What does it take to keep 21,000-plus students safe on a thriving residential campus located in the heart of an urban area? On this ’Cuse Conversation, we go behind the scenes with Craig Stone, associate vice president …

Previewing Syracuse Welcome With Carrie Grogan Abbott G'03

August 22nd, 2022


Syracuse University is preparing for more than 4,000 first-year students to arrive on campus this week for Syracuse Welcome, the University’s new student orientation program. Syracuse Welcome represents the first steps …

Room Décor Inspiration With Interior Decorator Amie Freling '89

August 17th, 2022


Leaving behind your family and friends and embarking on your Syracuse University journey can feel daunting to both the student and their family members. As the University prepares to welcome thousands of first-year …

Helping Civilian Victims of War With Sana Bég ’04, Doctors Without Borders

July 5th, 2022


More than 12 million Ukrainians have fled their home since Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded the sovereign nation on Feb. 24. Facing a violent …

Speech Language Pathologist Alex Middleton '22

July 1st, 2022


As the United States celebrates Pride Month, the 'Cuse Conversations podcast wanted to spotlight the LGBTQ+ community here at Syracuse University. Alex Middleton '22 recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in speech …

Family, Football and Father's Day with Dino Babers, Head Football Coach

June 15th, 2022


Dino Babers is a family man. Entering his seventh season as Syracuse University's head football coach, Babers has always preached the value and importance of family as Syracuse’s head coach. On a special Father's Day …

Faith, Service and Community with Father Gerry Waterman, Catholic Chaplain

June 10th, 2022


Father Gerry Waterman has been making a difference in the lives of Catholic students on the Syracuse University campus since 2016. As the …

Get to Know Mary Grace Almandrez, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

May 31st, 2022


After spending the last 25 years in leadership roles in higher education, Mary Grace Almandrez takes over on June 1 as Syracuse University’s new vice …

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

April 28th, 2022


April is a time for the Syracuse University community to come together and celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. This year’s theme is “Regrounding: Celebrating Our Identity,” focusing on …

Trailblazing Women's Lacrosse Standout Katie (Rowan) Thomson '09, G'10

April 19th, 2022


Katie (Rowan) Thomson '09, G’10 helped grow the Orange women’s lacrosse program into a perennial power during her four years on campus. An electrifying playmaker, Thomson graduated as Syracuse’s all-time leader in …

Grammy Award winner Joanie Leeds '00

March 31st, 2022


It’s a musical Cuse Conversation with Joanie Leeds '00, 2021 Grammy Award winner for best children’s music album. She teamed up with a female producer and several talented female musicians to create "All the Ladies, " …

Author, speaker and life coach David Essel '79

March 10th, 2022


As a kid growing up in Utica, David Essel wanted to be an NBA star. While he walked on to the Syracuse University men's basketball team, his time at …

NFL Network Host Andrew Siciliano '96

February 9th, 2022


Andrew Siciliano '96 doesn't know how he got so lucky. Every Sunday is surreal as he brings highlights from around the NFL to millions of fans around the world as host of DIRECTV's RedZone Channel. As Super Bowl 56 …

Fueling Team USA's Olympians with Dietitian Maggie McCrudden '14

February 4th, 2022


The Winter Olympics are underway in Beijing, and Team USA’s top athletes have their sights set on winning gold on the world stage. But before these …

Jared Kraham '13: Binghamton's History-Making Mayor

January 26th, 2022


When Jared Kraham '13 was sworn in as the mayor of Binghamton on Jan. 1, he made history as the youngest mayor in the city’s 220-year history. On this Cuse Conversation, Kraham shares how his time at Maxwell and …

Rob McClanaghan '01 opens up

January 12th, 2022


On the surface, Rob McClanaghan '01 seemed to be "living his best life." As a skills trainer for some of the NBA's biggest superstars, he was traveling the world in private jets, sitting courtside at big games and had …

Yes! Recounting the career of Hall of Fame Sportscaster Marv Albert '63

December 28th, 2021


When he was in the third grade, Marv Albert '63 decided he wanted to become a sportscaster. Albert followed his passion and studied journalism at …

Felisha Legette-Jack '89: Using Basketball to Transform Lives

December 15th, 2021


Felisha Legette-Jack ’89 was a standout for the Syracuse University women's basketball team who recently became the University's first female student-athlete to have her jersey number retired high atop the Dome. Playing …

President of Pixar Animation Studios Jim Morris '77, G'78

October 26th, 2021


Ever since he was a child, Jim Morris ’77, G’78 dreamed of creating visually appealing films that connect with audiences; as the president of Pixar Animation Studios, he is living out that dream. Forty-four years after …

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey G'93

October 21st, 2021


Greg Sankey G’93 never forgot the important lessons he learned about leadership and crisis management during his pursuit of a master’s degree in …

Bana Miller '04: Advocating for Veterans and their families

September 22nd, 2021


Bana Miller's '04 career focuses on advocating for our nation's veterans and their families. And with good reason, as Miller's husband is a veteran …

Kevin Richardson H'20: From Wrongly Imprisoned to Criminal Justice Reform Advocate

September 17th, 2021


When he was just 14 years old, Kevin Richardson H'20 and four of his friends were arrested and charged with raping and beating a white woman in …

Jeff Rossen '98: A Reporter's Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

September 9th, 2021


Jeff Rossen '98 has established himself as one of television's top consumer reporters through his "Rossen Reports" series. He's won awards for his work on NBC's Today Show and as Hearst Television's national consumer …

NFL RedZone Host Scott Hanson '93

September 8th, 2021


Scott Hanson '93 has enjoyed a decorated sportscasting career since graduating with a broadcast journalism degree from Newhouse in 1993. But the role …

JetBlue's Kevin Dong '09, G'11 Found his Wings at Syracuse University

August 13th, 2021


Kevin Dong '09, G'11 didn't know what direction he wanted to take his career, until a transformative experience at Syracuse University helped Dong …

Ola Idowu '14: Providing Mentorship Opportunities to Young Black Professionals

August 6th, 2021


Ola Idowu '14 knows the important role mentors play in the life of young professionals. Idowu, who works in internal events at Twitter, is also the …

Matt Zeller G'06: Rescuing our Allies in Afghanistan

July 28th, 2021


U.S. Army veteran Matt Zeller G’06 wouldn't be alive if it weren't for the heroic actions of Janis Shinwari, the interpreter who intervened when …

Chasing Olympic Dreams with Track Star Justyn Knight '18

July 20th, 2021


For someone who didn't start competitively racing until his sophomore year of high school, Justyn Knight '18 certainly has made quite the impression. …

Chris Lewis '13: Summer Olympics Voice of Table Tennis

July 19th, 2021


Ever since he attended a sports broadcasting summer camp as a teenager, Chris Lewis '13 dreamed of pursuing a career in sports broadcasting. Thanks to his strong storytelling skills, Lewis will take that next step in …

Covering COVID-19 and Indigenous Issues with Reporter Jourdan Bennett-Begaye G'16

July 12th, 2021


Jourdan Bennett-Begaye G’16 serves as managing editor of Indian Country Today, a national multimedia news publication covering Indigenous issues, …

Ryan McNaughton '96: New Syracuse University Alumni Association President

July 7th, 2021


Ryan McNaughton '96 still vividly remembers the Tuesday night, while watching television with his parents, he determined Syracuse University was …

Serving up Love and Soul with Chef Derrell Smith '10, G'13

June 25th, 2021


When Derrell Smith '10, G'13 was at Syracuse University, he excelled as a linebacker on the football team and was known for forcing fumbles and causing chaos on the field. Today, his cooking show, "Mad Good Food," …

Episode 80: Chris Williamson '14: From Orange Walk-on to NY Sports Anchor

June 4th, 2021


Chris Williamson ’14 is a former walk-on with the Orange football team, a product of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and an anchor …

Kevin Michael Richardson '88: Talented Voiceover Actor

May 20th, 2021


Growing up in the Bronx, Kevin Michael Richardson ’88 developed a knack for studying other people's voices. Richardson loved to impersonate …

Episode 78: Katie Zaffrann '04: Actor, Singer, Human Being

May 18th, 2021


From musical theatre to Shakespeare, Katie Zaffrann ’04 has performed it all. While the pandemic has put those professional performances on hold, …

Kate Ryan '22: Rower Committed to Eradicating Mercury from Water

May 12th, 2021


Kate Ryan ’22 is a rower studying biology and ecology at Syracuse University. She's a driven STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) …

Journalist Mitchell Kuga '09: Learning to Embrace Your Identity

April 27th, 2021


Mitchell Kuga '09 is a fourth generation Japanese American, and he also self-tokenizes as a queer Asian person. As part of Syracuse University's Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebrations, we tell …

Allison Deegan '80: Transforming Young Women's Lives Through WriteGirl

April 21st, 2021


Amanda Gorman mesmerized the country with her passionate recital of her poem, "The Hill We Climb" during the inauguration of President Joe Biden L'68 and Vice President Kamala Harris. Before she captured a nation, …

Joe Castiglione G'70: Radio Voice of the Boston Red Sox

March 30th, 2021


In the rich, storied history of the Boston Red Sox, one voice has called more games on the radio than anyone else: Joe Castiglione G'70, who has been the voice of the Red Sox since 1983. Castiglione was the first …

Jacqueline Welch '91: New York Times Executive VP and Chief HR Officer

March 23rd, 2021


Jacqueline Welch '91 is a highly successful human resources professional and award-winning leader in diversity, equity and inclusion. Welch's …

Maria Palmer '03: Author and Community Advocate

March 12th, 2021


Growing up in Pittsburgh, Maria Palmer '03 idolized her father, Joseph Costanzo Jr., the owner of the popular Primadonna Restaurant who reinvented …

Tia Thevenin '18, L'23: From Olympic Hopeful to Aspiring Lawyer

March 2nd, 2021


Tia Thevenin '18, L'23 was a standout hurdler on the Syracuse University track and field team during her time on campus. Before COVID-19, Thevenin entertained dreams of qualifying for the Summer Olympics in the …

Bershan Shaw '95: Inspiring Others After Beating Terminal Cancer Diagnosis

February 23rd, 2021


Bershan Shaw ’95 was given a death sentence in 2009 when she learned she had stage four breast cancer, the cancer that killed her mother. Rather than wallow in pity over her second cancer diagnosis in three years, Shaw …

First a Cancer Diagnosis, then a Community Created

February 17th, 2021


When Caroline Koller '15 started suffering from persistent, debilitating pain, she began desperately seeking out a place to find answers. After a …

Quentin Hillsman: Turning Women's Basketball Into a Perennial Power

February 10th, 2021


Since taking over the Syracuse University women’s basketball program, head coach Quentin Hillsman has transformed the Orange into a national championship contender during his 15 seasons. Hillsman, the winningest coach …

Improving Mental Health and Well-Being with Olivia Bowser '16

February 2nd, 2021


Olivia Bowser ’16 owns and operates Liberate, a mental wellness studio that is on a mission to bring people together through movement, community, and …

Finding her Identity with Malaka Gharib '08: NPR Journalist, Author, Cartoonist

January 27th, 2021


Growing up, Malaka Gharib '08 struggled to find her identity as a first-generation American and didn't know how to balance embracing her Egyptian and …

Chris Snow '03: Calgary Flames Asst. GM Battling ALS

January 21st, 2021


Chris Snow '03, the assistant general manager of the NHL's Calgary Flames, is engaged in the fight of his life as he battles ALS, the degenerative disease that has already taken the lives of Snow's father, two uncles …

John Murphy '78: Radio Voice of the Buffalo Bills

January 8th, 2021


For more than three decades, John Murphy '78 has worked in the Buffalo Bills' radio booth, broadcasting NFL games to Bills fans around the world. While Bills Stadium is usually filled with raucous fans, this year has …

Emma Simches ’18: Certified Child Life Specialist

December 18th, 2020


As a certified child life specialist, Emma Simches ’18 supports children dealing with illnesses and their families. Through her work with Team …

Career Services Advice with Jenna Collins G'19 and Russ Terry G'00

December 16th, 2020


Wherever you are on your career journey, the Office of Alumni Engagement has resources to help advance your career. On this 'Cuse Conversation, Jenna …

Brandon Steiner '81: King of Sports Collectibles

December 14th, 2020


By his own admission, Brandon Steiner ’81 wasn’t a great student. He was – and continues to be – a great learner. When he attended Syracuse …

Chris Licht '93: News & Entertainment Power Producer

December 9th, 2020


When Chris Licht '93 came to Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, he thought he was setting off on a path to become a …

Matthew Berry '92: Fantasy Football Guru

December 4th, 2020


Matthew Berry '92 is one of the best known and most respected voices in the world of fantasy sports. Better known as the Talented Mr. Roto, Berry has carved out an impressive career discussing fantasy football as the …

Eric Devendorf '09: Dishing out Assists in the Community

November 27th, 2020


Fans of Syracuse University basketball got to know Eric Devendorf ’09 on the basketball court – knocking down shots and talking trash, a role he’s …

Elizabeth Strout L'82: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

November 23rd, 2020


From an early age, Elizabeth Strout L'82 was fascinated with seeing life through someone else's perspective, so it's no surprise she envisioned a career in writing, penning works of fiction as a teenager. Upon arrival …

Dave Bing '66, H'06: Attacking the Rim in Basketball and Life

November 19th, 2020


College All-American, basketball Hall of Famer, founder and CEO of Michigan’s largest steel company, Detroit mayor, life-changing mentor – those are …

Patrick Garrigan '01: Global Head of Bloomberg Live

November 16th, 2020


When Patrick Garrigan '01 was studying musical theater at Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts, he learned to be fearless, to …

Greg Allen '73 and the Syracuse 8

November 5th, 2020


In the spring of 1970, Greg Allen '73 and seven of his teammates on the Syracuse University football team, frustrated at how they were treated by the football coaches, sacrificed their shot at glory and took a stand for …

John Dellas '77: Varsity Pizza Co-Owner

October 28th, 2020


If you’re a Syracuse University alumnus, you probably haven’t heard of John and Jerry Dellas, but chances are good that you’ve been inside one of their restaurants before. John and Jerry co-own the Varsity, which has …

Ben Clymer '05: Founder and CEO of Hodinkee

October 20th, 2020


What started with a surprise gift from his grandfather led to quite the career for Ben Clymer '05, the founder and CEO of Hodinkee. After receiving his grandfather’s OMEGA Speedmaster watch, Clymer began blogging about …

Supporting the Our Time Has Come Scholarship

October 15th, 2020


Since its founding in 1987, the Our Time Has Come Scholarship has changed the lives of more than 1,500 Black and Latino students at Syracuse …

Hattie Taylor '17: Olympic Rowing Hopeful and Youth Mentor

October 7th, 2020


Hattie Taylor '17 felt lost living in Melbourne, Australia on her gap year between high school and college when she was approached by a women's …

Selena Saldana '05: V.P. of Publicity, FilmNation Entertainment

September 25th, 2020


When it comes to your favorite films, the actors and actresses deliver memorable performances, and the screenwriters put together an entertaining script. But before you see the movie, Selena Saldana’s '05 job is to …

Joshua Weiss '91: Negotiation & Conflict Resolution Specialist

September 21st, 2020


Whether you’re trying to land a big business deal, angling to get a raise or just trying to get your teenager to do some chores, you can probably pick up a few tips from Joshua Weiss, a 1991 Syracuse University …

David Parks '83: Executive Producer/Director, Sports and Daytime Emmys

September 7th, 2020


Orchestrating the Daytime Emmy Awards is difficult enough during a normal year. But in a world grappling with COVID-19 pandemic, David Parks '83, the …

Brian Konkol: The Healing Power of Presence

August 27th, 2020


People have lost loved ones, their jobs, their sense of security, and even their sense of purpose during COVID-19. Brian Konkol, Dean of Hendricks …

Charity Purchas '13, G'19: Helping Vulnerable Residents

August 24th, 2020


Charity Purchas '13, G'19 is passionate about two things: providing assistance to vulnerable residents, and Syracuse University. In her role at the …

Keri Potts '98, G'99: Leveling the Playing Field for Women

August 17th, 2020


For 17 years, Keri Potts '98, G'99 guided strategic communications efforts around ESPN's college sports businesses, created engaging promotional …

Flose LaPierre '14: Community Organizer and Writer

August 13th, 2020


Everything Flose LaPierre '14 does is driven by a desire to make society better.  After graduating from Syracuse University with dual degrees in …

Ruth Colvin '59, H'84: Lifelong Learner

August 7th, 2020


Ruth Colvin '59, H'84, the founder of Literacy Volunteers of America (now ProLiteracy), has traveled the world in pursuit of knowledge. She is a …

Andrew Lunetta G'14: Homes for the Homeless

August 4th, 2020


Andrew Lunetta G'14 is the founder of A Tiny Home for Good, a not-for-profit organization in Syracuse that designs and builds single-resident houses for homeless people in and around Syracuse. Since its founding in …

Alex Kline '16: NBA Scout and Future Front Office Exec.

July 30th, 2020


Alex Kline has always had an eye for talent on the basketball court. When he was 16, Kline started his own recruiting website, The Recruit Scoop, …

Allie Curtis '14: Elevating Women into Leading Roles

July 27th, 2020


2015 Miss Rhode Island Allie Curtis '14 is more than just a former Miss America contestant. A second lieutenant in the Rhode Island National Guard, Curtis graduated from the U.S. Army’s Field Artillery Basic Leadership …

Jayson Stark '73: Hall of Fame Baseball Writer

July 23rd, 2020


If you’re a fan of baseball, you’re familiar with Jayson Stark ’73. He’s the senior baseball writer for the Athletic, an MLB Network studio analyst and a Baseball Hall of Famer - the 2019 J.G. Taylor Spink Award …

Ian Wishingrad '08: Marketing Pro

July 21st, 2020


From the moment he stepped on campus, Ian Wishingrad ’08 recognized that Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications was …

Doug Robinson '85: Media Executive and Producer

July 13th, 2020


From an early age, Doug Robinson '85 envisioned a career in the entertainment industry, preferably as a producer. Robinson worked his way up from the Creative Artists Agency mailroom to become an agent, and eventually …

Sarah Kamya '17: Amplifying Black Voices Through Little Free Diverse Library Project

June 30th, 2020


Growing up, Sarah Kamya '17 loved to read books, but she struggled finding stories and characters she could identify with as a Black child. Today, …

Shayna Postman '95: Moving a Synagogue Online

June 16th, 2020


During COVID-19, churches, mosques, synagogues and other houses of worship have been forced to transition their services online. Shayna Postman '95 is the cantor (prayer leader) and a teacher and counselor at the Town …

Sam Blum '16: Shifting from Sports

June 11th, 2020


Sam Blum '16 reports on Southern Methodist University athletics and the Texas Rangers for the Dallas Morning News, but recently, his duties changed to include covering the impact of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter …

Delivering Healthy Beverages and Snacks to NYC Hospitals

June 3rd, 2020


As Kieran Pickering '07 watched the COVID-19 news coverage depicting overwhelmed New York City-area hospitals, he had an idea: to fuel these front line health care workers with healthy snacks and beverages. Teaming up …

How Upstatement is Helping Contain the Spread of COVID-19

May 28th, 2020


As communities around the world search for solutions to COVID-19, Tito Bottitta '03, Jared Novack '06 and Mike Swartz '06 are using their company, …

Joy Cho '01: Home Design Expert and Pinterest's Most-Followed User

May 20th, 2020


Always the creative type, Joy Cho '01 founded the Oh Joy! blog in 2005 to market her work as a graphic and product designer. Cho combined her social media savvy with captivating content to launch her own lifestyle …

Actress, comedian and "A.P. Bio" star Lyric Lewis

May 7th, 2020


Lyric Lewis is an accomplished actress, hilarious comedian, and history buff who plays history teacher Stef Duncan on NBC’s hit show "A.P. Bio." …

Brittany Berry '18 and Logan Bonney G'17: Delivering Meals for a Cause

April 28th, 2020


Brittany Berry '18 and Logan Bonney G'17 are the co-owners of Anything But Beer, a brewery and taproom in Syracuse. Specializing in gluten-free and grain-free foods and beverages, Anything But Beer was only open for one …

Becoming Resilient and Restoring Security During COVID-19

April 22nd, 2020


Bryan Semaan is an assistant professor in the School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University. Semaan's research exploring how we …

Responding to COVID-19: Nurse Katie McMurray '13

April 14th, 2020


As the world continues to deal with the fallout from COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, nurses like Katie McMurray '13 are doing their part to treat patients with the coronavirus.  McMurray, a progressive care nurse at …

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Spokesperson Masa Takaya G'07

April 8th, 2020


Much like the rest of the sports world, the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan have been affected by COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. For only the fourth time in the history of the Olympics, the …

Responding to COVID-19: Isaac Budmen '12 and Stephanie Keefe '12 use 3D printers to produce face shields

March 31st, 2020


We’ve all heard how our nation’s health care workers are putting their lives on the line each and every day in the fight against COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Isaac Budmen '12 and Stephanie Keefe '12 are using their …

Award-Winning Broadway Producer Van Dean '96

March 26th, 2020


Van Dean '96 is an award-winning Broadway producer. His latest project, "Jagged Little Pill," inspired by Alanis Morissette’s Grammy Award-winning album, debuted on Broadway in December. But now, the musical, like all …

Forever Orange: The Story of Syracuse University authors Rick Burton '80 and Scott Pitoniak '77

March 23rd, 2020


As Syracuse University marks its 150th anniversary on March 24, 2020, we talk to two men who have written the definitive book on the University’s history. Rick Burton ’80 and Scott Pitoniak ’77 are the authors of

Alumni journalists on covering the pandemic

March 19th, 2020


As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic expands around the globe and across the country, life has changed dramatically for everyone. For journalists, keeping up with constant developments can be a tremendous challenge in …

Alumni sportscasters... in a world without sports

March 17th, 2020


For many of us, sports is a welcome and enjoyable distraction. For many others, it’s a business, a job, a source of income. In this ’Cuse Conversation, we check in with ESPN play-by-play broadcasters Mike Couzens ’10, …

Aaron Robinson '03

March 3rd, 2020


Tired of hearing the negative stories about Baltimore, Aaron Robinson '03 decided to do something to change the narrative about his beloved hometown: he started his own podcast, No Pix After Dark, to tell the positive …

Ed Levine '78

February 26th, 2020


As Ed Levine '78 will tell you, he "talked his way" into the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in the mid-1970s and, as those who know …

Cam Lynch '14: Former football standout eying broadcasting career

January 30th, 2020


Ever since he was a standout linebacker for the Syracuse University football team, Cam Lynch '14 envisioned a career in the media. A four-year varsity letter-winner, Lynch ventured into the world of sportscasting as a …

Sherman Williams

January 9th, 2020


Sherman Williams, a 25-year veteran of the United States Army, is an entrepreneur, a business owner and a proud graduate of Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families' (IVMF) Entrepreneurship …

Lenny Garner '74

December 20th, 2019


Director Leonard R. "Lenny" Garner came to Syracuse University hoping to become a professional actor, but thanks to the hands-on experiences and …

Adam Fazackerley '96

December 13th, 2019


Adam Fazackerley ’96 came to Syracuse University to study to become an engineer. He graduated with the education and motivation to become an entrepreneur. Adam and his wife Amy are co-founders of Lay-n-Go, an “activity …

Beth Mowins G'90: Trailblazing Sportscaster

November 14th, 2019


Trailblazing sportscaster Beth Mowins G'90 made history as the first woman to handle play-by-play duties for a Monday Night Football game. Mowins, who joined ESPN in 1994, has called NCAA championships in basketball, …

Brian Moritz G'11, G'14

October 15th, 2019


After about a decade as a sportswriter, Brian Moritz decided to go back to school. He chose Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of public …

Alexis Ostrander '07

October 9th, 2019


We sit down with director Alexis Ostrander '07 to discuss her career in Hollywood and her penchant for telling compelling stories. Ostrander, who …

Jonalyn Saxer '14

September 20th, 2019


Just five years out of college, Jonalyn Saxer '14 is building an impressive Broadway resume. After being part of the original Broadway cast of Mean …

Jeff Kurkjian '15

September 11th, 2019


Jeff Kurkjian ’15 stops by to discuss his successful career as a morning talk radio host. Kurkjian, whose career started in Cleveland right after …

Golden Globes Award-Winning Film Producer: Monica Levinson '90

August 21st, 2019


Producer Monica Levinson '90 stops by to discuss her decorated career as a film producer, including her latest work on "Brian Banks," a tale of a football player whose dreams of playing in the NFL were derailed by …

Ben Holtzman '13 and Sammy Lopez '13

August 21st, 2019


Ben Holtzman came to Syracuse University from New York City; Sammy Lopez arrived from Los Angeles. When they met on the first day of their first year …

Kevin Belbey '13, G'16, L'16

July 26th, 2019


2019 Generation Orange Alumni Award winner Kevin Belbey jokingly lives by a motto used by ESPNU - "never graduate." While he has, in fact, graduated (he has three degrees from Syracuse University!), Belbey remains …

Jennie May '17 and Mike Smith '12, G'13

July 9th, 2019


On the latest episode of the 'Cuse Conversations Podcast, May and Smith, a pair of Generation Orange alumni (graduates of the last 10 years) stopped by to discuss some of the exciting programming available to our young …

Peter Gianesini '94

June 26th, 2019


For over 20 years, Gianesini has forged a successful career at ESPN, working on popular shows like "Mike and Mike," "The Dan Le Batard Show with …

Liz Liddy G'77, G'88

June 18th, 2019


Liddy recently retired as dean of the School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University following an 11-year career as dean, and a …

Mary C. Daly G'94

June 13th, 2019


Daly went from a high school dropout to the president and C.E.O.  of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.  On the latest 'Cuse Conversations …

Getting Started with 'Cuse Conversations

May 29th, 2019


Co-hosts John Boccacino '03 and Chris Velardi '95 from Syracuse University's Office of Alumni Engagement introduce you to our new 'Cuse Conversations Podcast! Our first podcast sets the stage for what listeners can …

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