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Without the incredible support of our donors, Syracuse University would not be where it is today. But a number of exciting initiatives still need your support. Learn more about them below, then make your gift—and help change lives for generations to come!

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The Orange Girl is an honored Syracuse University tradition dating back to the late 1940s. The featured baton twirler–part of the Syracuse University’s “Pride of the Orange” Marching Band (SUMB)–is part of every energizing performance, whether the band is playing on the Quad, in the Carrier Dome during a half-time show, or at any one of dozens of other events.

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The College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) has launched a $2.5 million campaign to help its Rose, Jules R., and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music become an All-Steinway School, one of only 160 such schools in the world. The elite designation means the Setnor School will exclusively use pianos designed or built by Steinway & Sons, the maker of the world’s finest pianos.

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For generations of students, Hendricks Chapel has been a place of refuge, sustaining the soul life of the University. Chapel programs reach across disciplines to encourage critical thinking about the religious, moral, and ethical issues of our time, creating soulful citizens prepared to grapple with the human complexity of modern decision-making. 

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For many students, going to college is a chance to explore academic interests, build social networks, and develop their sense of self. Nationwide, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are disproportionately denied these opportunities. Syracuse University is committed to bucking this trend. (more…)

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CitrusTV—the successor to Synapse, UUTV, and HillTV—and WJPZ Z89 Radio are operated and managed exclusively by SU students. For them, it’s more than just extracurricular fun, it’s their ticket to a future in one of the most competitive industries in the world. Z89 and CitrusTV alumni have been hired immediately after graduation by stations and networks coast to coast. (more…)

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Starting this fall, SU students will be able to take a course in giving back. Led by the Maxwell School’s Department of Public Affairs, PAF 410: Philanthropy and You will be taught in conjunction with the Central New York Community Foundation, and will enable students to learn the ethics and values of charitable giving in their own lives and in their community. (more…)

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In June 2011, SU and JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced the creation of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). The first of its kind in the United States, the institute will serve all 25 million U.S. veterans, focusing on the social, economic, education, and policy issues affecting them and their families post-service. (more…)

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Say Yes to Education is a landmark collaboration–one that brings Syracuse University together with dozens of governmental, philanthropic and corporate organizations to ensure that all Syracuse public school students can afford, and succeed in, college. (more…)

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Syracuse University is a global leader in inclusion, advocating for and welcoming all qualified students, faculty, and staff. The Inclusive Campus Initiative for people with disabilities involves all aspects of SU’s operations, every school and college, and 10 campuses across four continents. (more…)

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For more than 100 years, Syracuse University College of Law has had a proud tradition of ensuring that students have the resources needed to fund their education. Today, 90 percent of Syracuse Law students receive scholarship or financial aid. To meet this challenge, the College has launched the Syracuse Law Scholarship Initiative. (more…)

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Helping Student Entrepreneurs Bring Business Ideas to Life

For aspiring entrepreneurs, the college years are the perfect time to start a business. If the venture is successful, the market potential is limitless. If it fails, the lessons learned are incredibly valuable, and help make a future venture a success. (more…)

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The number of SU students who require additional aid to stay in school has increased dramatically in today’s uncertain economic times. In response to this need, a new scholarship fund has been created to provide a safety net for undergraduate students with unexpected financial hardship. (more…)

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Syracuse University is committed to helping students from all walks of life have the most successful college experience possible. But we can’t do it alone. Parents and other family members play a critical role in helping students cope with the social and academic challenges of college life.

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All-Steinway Campaign

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) has launched a $2.5 million campaign to help its Rose, Jules R., and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music become an All-Steinway School, one of only 160 such schools in the world. The elite designation means the Setnor School will exclusively use pianos designed or built by Steinway & Sons, the maker of the world’s finest pianos.

The piano is arguably the single most important piece of equipment in the Setnor School—the one instrument used constantly by every student and faculty member. Unlike a piano for the home, which can last for generations, the life of a school of music piano is approximately 20 years. Right now, the average age of the Setnor School’s pianos is 40 years old. The school needs to replace 67 pianos—its entire inventory—with both Steinway grand pianos and the lower-cost Steinway-made Boston grand and upright pianos. A mix of Boston and Steinway pianos will provide the most cost-effective and financially responsible approach to ensuring the Setnor School provides the proper piano in the appropriate space for the right purpose.

By becoming an All-Steinway School, the Setnor School will reap impressive benefits, such as:

  • Inclusion on the select list of All-Steinway Schools, which is actively promoted by Steinway & Sons in advertising and on its website.
  • The ability to use the new Steinway Hall in New York City for one event a year.
  • Access to Steinway Artists, who will conduct master classes and present performances in Syracuse.
  • Maintenance by Steinway-approved technicians, to be sure the durable Steinway pianos  perform at optimum level.

The Stenor All-Steinway Campaign is chaired by Jennie Berkson, Syracuse University parent and wife of SU Trustee David Edelstein ’78. Their lead gift of a Steinway D grand concert grand piano will grace the stage of Setnor Auditorium.

To learn more about the All-Steinway campaign, contact Jim Dungey, interim senior director of development, at 315.443.8931 or jdungey@syr.edu, or Karen Spear, executive director of regional advancement, at 315.443.2410 or ksspear@syr.edu. To give online, go to givetovpa.syr.edu and designate your gift to the All-Steinway School Campaign.

Read more about the campaign

Visit the VPA All-Steinway website