ReFuel 2019

This campaign ended on April 04, 2019, but you can still make a gift to Syracuse University by clicking here!

The future opens wide for those who are prepared with the best creative, thoughtful, and technical capabilities for understanding and using the information and data that surrounds us. At the iSchool, our student-centered experiences and programs leverage information and help students learn how to improve business, society, and lives. We teach, we learn, and we reach out so that we may serve our students not only during their time on campus, but throughout their careers as well. We jump at the chance to make a difference.

ReFuel, the Annual Campaign for the iSchool, brings together students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends to maximize the iSchool's joint impact for good. Are you here to find a life-changing project to support? You're in the right place to make it happen – and to make a difference.

iSchool alumnus and member of our Board of Advisors, Sam Clarvit '10, knows just how important it is to support current and future students. Sam has offered a generous ReFuel Challenge of $20,000. The fund with the most donors will receive an extra $8,000. Second will receive $6,000, third will receive $4,000, and fourth will receive $2,000.

Check out this year's funds below, and make your gift to the area of impact that appeals to you:

Liz Liddy Legacy Fund Header Image

Liz Liddy has made an immeasurable lasting impact during her time as Dean of the iSchool. Through her leadership, the iSchool has become a leader in information science and technology, pioneering new programs and partnerships, and ensuring that all students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experiential learning. As she prepares for retirement in May 2019, the iSchool looks to advance her legacy for future students through an endowed student support fund.

While her legacy is extensive and has touched every corner of the iSchool, her work can be summarized into three distinct areas: Women in Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Academic Impact. 

Under Liz's leadership, the iSchool's undergraduate program has grown, along with the number of women interested in pursuing and education a career in the information management and technology field. Investments in entrepreneurship programs at the iSchool and across the University have allowed students to ignite and sustain their passion for building new businesses and ventures. Over the course of her academic career, Liz was at the forefront of library and information science research with her efforts in natural language processing, advancing the development of language understanding software capabilities. 

BLISTS Fund Header Image

BLISTS (Black and Latinx Information Science and Technology Support) is a student-run organization founded in 1992 that focuses on educating Black, Latinx, and other student populations about information science and technology, with a focus on networking and mentorship. BLISTS membership is open to both undergraduate and graduate students at the iSchool.

The iSchool recently celebrated 25 years of BLISTS with a gala celebration, called A BLISTSful Return, where BLISTS founders returned to campus to meet with current BLISTS students and plan for the future of the organization.

More networking events, revised coding workshops, conference attendance, and an emphasis on helping to grow hard technical skills in out-of-the-classroom learning experiences are all areas that BLISTS will focus on in the coming years. Particular attention will be paid to learning in areas of emerging technology, such as Blockchain, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality.       

Library Innovation Fund Header Image

Learning at the iSchool is not confined to the walls of a classroom. Students enrolled in the iSchool's Library and Information Science program have access to innovative opportunities that enhance and enrich their academic experience, including conferences, workshops, and other professional development activities, including those organized by the iSchool’s Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA).

Past conferences attended by iSchool LIS students include those convened by the American Library Association, the New York Library Association, and the American Association of School Librarians. Students attend sessions and programs, learning about current issues and future trends. Along the way, they meet library professionals, iSchool alumni, and other future librarians, networking with those that share their professional interests and gaining valuable contacts for their job searches and future careers. In addition to off-campus experiences, LISSA also hosts a yearly conference at the iSchool called Filling in the Space (FitS).

Road Trips Fund Header Image

iSchool Road Trips for undergraduate students are eye-opening activities that provide an introduction to how technology intersects with a particular business industry.

Students travel by coach bus to nearby cities, like New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Buffalo, and Washington, D.C., and visit a range of companies to bridge their learning from the classroom to the real world.

Over 500 students have participated in iSchool road trips, receiving valuable connections to employers in industries such as finance, consulting, retail, sports, hospitality, and entertainment.

These off-campus opportunities give students a taste of particular job roles and career possibilities in an informal setting that allows for alumni interaction as well as peer-to-peer learning opportunities.

ReFuel Leaderboard

Elizabeth D. Liddy iSchool Student Support Endowment 66$24,789
iSchool Road Trips Support Fund 49$12,792
Black & Latino Information Studies Support Group 26$11,696
Library Innovation Fund 24$3,597

Class Leaderboard

The Class Leaderboard reflects giving from Alumni, Students
2016 11$610
1995 7$8,620
2018 6$377
2013 5$364
2017 5$357
1979 4$376
2005 4$1,150
2015 4$182
2010 4$20,738
2014 4$176
1966 3$700
1996 3$254
1969 2$55
1978 2$50
1988 2$488
2001 2$288
2012 2$244
1997 2$94
2003 2$132
1972 1$44
1980 1$44
1948 1$25
1968 1$144
1976 1$100
1999 1$500
1982 1$44
1967 1$144
1993 1$444
1961 1$44
1984 1$25
1990 1$100
2006 1$44
2022 1$5
2004 1$244
2007 1$44
2011 1$44
1981 1$150
2008 1$44
2002 1$44
1986 1$2,500
1994 1$50
2000 1$200
2019 1$44
1975 1$50

Donor affiliations

62% Alumni

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1% Students

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4% Friends

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5% iSchool Board members

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18% Faculty/Staff

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12% SU Parent

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Donor list

Robert Armao
Catherine Ng-Pepe
Meredith Tornabene
Michael Clarke
Jean Polly
Greg Raimann
Jeffrey Rubin photoJeffrey Rubin
Taylor Murphy
Anne M Conner
Ben Meade
Constantine Konugres
Robert I Segredo
Henry Mensch
Jeannette Smithee & Michael Smithee
Judith Rabkin
Shay Colson & Ally Colson
J.D. Ross
Jessica Murray
Vincent Balsamo & Melissa P. Balsamo
Jodie Ralston
Kyle John Fenton
Amanda Abbott
Scott Kevy
Cynthia Forbush Bersani & Chris Bersani
Megan Minier
Robert L. Moore
Shira J. Lewis
Christopher S Perrello
Carlos Caicedo
Steven Mussman & Elyse Mussman
Lindsay Casel
Jason T Mussman
Amy and Jim Meade
Andy Ades
Tim Kowalsky
Teagan Peacock
Fuwei, Zhuang
Courtney Perdiue
Austin Tousaw & Austin Tousaw

Barbara Settel photoBarbara Settel matched $300
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