“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,” wrote Robert Frost in 1914, when he penned “Mending Wall,” one of his most famous poems. Just four years later, the original iteration of University College was born, and 100 years later—this year—a different kind of wall was created at 700 University Avenue. This wall is also full of inspiration, and it will be available for viewing through the end of the year. UC’s wall is in the main lobby, just inside the front doors. The installation features rows of framed quotations from scores of people whose lives have been changed at University College—students, faculty, and staff.
“I knew that with more education, there would be more opportunities for me to help others change their lives.
This isn’t just about me. It’s about what this education will empower me to do for others. ”
—Angela Monico ’13
“At UC, I was in the right place,” wrote Monica Brown ’09. “Everybody made themselves available to me. The support was wonderful,” she said. Monica earned a degree in social work and is now the Deputy Commissioner of Onondaga County Department of Social Services Economic Security.
“Returning to school was a second chance for me to fulfill lifelong goals and dreams,” wrote Timothy Bryant, ’15. He was a high school dropout who earned a GED and later completed his SU degree, making the dean’s list every semester he was enrolled.
Stewart Koenig, a UC instructor, wrote this: “Being part of the University College faculty is a joy. Never have I been involved with more engaged students. They multi-task between work, family, and part-time education and are eager to absorb all the learning they can. I am so honored to play a role.”