This Family Bleeds Orange

Mary Welker ’20 is a mom, a role model to her four daughters, a full-time Syracuse University staff member, an Alumni Scholar and a recipient of the Nancy Gelling Award given to a student for high academic achievement.

In May, the University College Class of 2020 graduate shared the significant accomplishment of graduating from Syracuse University with her daughter, Abbey. Mary earned a bachelor of professional studies (B.P.S.) degree in creative leadership from University College and Abbey earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and rhetorical studies from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Mary’s youngest daughter, Martha, will be a sophomore this fall in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Announcing Alumni College

As a way to engage the Orange Community during the COVID-19 pandemic, University College (UC), in partnership with the Office of Alumni Engagement, has announced a new program for alumni, parents and friends of Syracuse University.

Without having to leave the comfort and safety of home, friends of Syracuse University can take a variety of noncredit courses at an affordable rate through Alumni College. The online courses will be taught by current Syracuse University faculty and instructors.

Each four-week course has a weekly evening live session with asynchronous content between sessions. Asynchronous learning applies to various forms of digital and online learning in which students receive additional instruction outside the scheduled classtime. There are over 20 different topics to choose from, including health care, forensic science, short story writing and personal documentary filmmaking. Attendees can strengthen their skills, learn a new craft and increase their knowledge base.

“Our alumni and friends of SU are Forever Orange,” says Michael Frasciello, dean of University College. “Alumni College is another way for our community to stay engaged and remain connected to our magnificent university. This initial catalog of courses will expand as our alumni seek broader opportunities to continue transforming lives with a Syracuse University education.”

“Alumni College offers wonderful options for our graduates to maintain a connection to Syracuse University while continuing their quest for new knowledge,” adds Matt Ter Molen, chief advancement officer and senior vice president. “We’re thrilled to be launching this program and believe it stands as a clear example of how we’re adapting both the student and alumni experience to meet the needs of a changing world.”

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Prior Learning Experience May Transition to College Credits

Vincente Cuevas photo“One rarely thinks of their professional experience translating into college credits unless you are challenged to do so,” says Vincente Cuevas. “Once you reflect and acknowledge the professional competencies you’ve garnered over the years, you can truly appreciate your previous experiences.”

Cuevas is a sophomore in the bachelor of professional studies program at University College. The three-credit Prior Learning Assessment course will also be taught in the Fall 2020 semester.

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Syracuse University Expands Online Offerings

Syracuse University has made a significant investment to expand online offerings. In accordance with the Chancellor’s 2019-20 University wide initiatives, the focus at University College is to expand post-traditional student programs and enrollment with the goal of becoming a recognized international leader in online and post-traditional education. The Center for Online and Digital Learning was launched within University College in 2017 and includes state-of-the-art video production capabilities, instructional design support and user experience designers to maximize learning in the online environment.

Since inception, the following new online programs have been added to the online portfolio at Syracuse University:

Graduate  Undergraduate  Executive Education

Graduate Offerings:

Engineering Management, M.S.
College of Engineering and Computer Science

This program is designed for working professionals who are looking to advance their careers with a master’s degree in Engineering Management.

  • 33 credit-hour program
  • Develop leadership and managerial skills through relevant courses in the areas of engineering economics, technology management, and more.
  • Strengthen technical skills in engineering with courses in statistics, product development, simulation, data analytics and more.

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Marriage and Family Therapy, M.A.
David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

Master’s level MFT professionals are in great demand to provide mental health services to a growing population in need.

  • 60 credit-hour program
  • Online program is accredited by COAMFTE (Accreditation and licensing)
  • Prepares you to change lives with a compassionate, family-centered approach to mental health services.

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Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation, M.S.
School of Education

This program prepares students to evaluate learning and performance problems and to design, develop, implement, evaluate and manage solutions.

  • 30 credit-hour program
  • Curriculum includes courses that blend skills such as models and theories, strategic planning, interpersonal communications and software.

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Conflict and Collaboration, C.A.S.
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Solving the most complex challenges of our day requires cross-disciplinary understanding, superior skills in collaboration and communication and the ability to navigate diversity, complexity and continuous change. Our new online conflict and collaboration certificate of advanced study is designed to provide students with a broad perspective and diverse insights on conflict management, analysis and resolution, so you can effectively manage conflicts in the workplace and community.

  • 12 credit-hour program
  • Learn conflict management skills you will use everyday

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Undergraduate Offerings:

Cybersecurity Administration, B.P.S.
University College

The digital world has created an urgent need for the protection of information systems in every sector – personal, professional, corporate, governmental, national and international. Preventing, detecting, and responding to attacks is essential to all organizations, and cybersecurity specialists are fighting on the front lines of this effort.

  • 120 credit-hour program
  • Provides essential skills for managing the people and technologies that protect information, information systems and infrastructures.

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Project Management, Minor
University College

The project management minor is interdisciplinary and designed to help students explore the foundations of organization, leadership, methodologies, and the communication techniques of Project Management.

  • 18 credit-hour program
  • Apply project management concepts to successfully launch and complete a project.

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Executive Education:

Data Science and Analytics, Non-credit Certificate
University College

In this accelerated, immersive course, students will use key technologies including advanced Excel, Python, R, Tableau, SQL Databases, and more.

  • 18-week program
  • Learn directly from data scientists, analysts and managers. Instructors will teach students the fundamentals as well as updates and tips they have learned.

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A full listing of all online offerings at Syracuse University can be found at:

UC Student, Chevon Janczuk, Savors Her Slice of the Orange

Student researcher. Believer in second chances. Mother of four. Chevon dropped out of high school as a sophomore and found most career pathways closed to her. Then she made the life-changing decision to enroll at Syracuse University as a part-time student. She’s now pursuing a dual degree in social work and psychology with a 3.9 GPA. Her ultimate goal? To be an advocate for incarcerated citizens and a role model for her children.

“My kids are my world,” she says, “and my hope is that one day all of them will go to college. I think I’m setting a good example for them. Whenever they see the Syracuse ‘S’ they say, ‘That’s mommy’s school!’” she says. That pride goes both ways. “To me, being Orange means every slice of the orange is different, but somehow we are all able to come together and be part of something bigger. It means taking people from all walks of life, with diverse perspectives and goals, and squeezing them into one giant community where everyone is welcomed and accepted.”

Read Chevon’s full story here