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Meiyi Liu, Exploring Rural Education in China

May 6, 2019

Meiyi (Victoria) Liu is an energetic freshman international student in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. But what many of her peers may not know is that she has an incredible passion for education and runs a company changing the lives of rural Chinese children one summer at a time. Braden Croy,…

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Dorothy Deng

Dorothy Deng on the importance of looking at the smaller picture

March 4, 2019

Dorothy Deng is a multifarious junior pursuing a triple major in entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises, finance and accounting and a minor in Chinese, in the Whitman School of Management and College of Arts and Sciences.  She has always exuded the true entrepreneurial spirit, as the idea of having control over her own life resonates with…

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Ivy Christensen

Ivy Christensen, the modern Renaissance woman

March 4, 2019

Ivy Christensen 19’, a mechanical engineering student in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, is ready for graduation this May. The senior from Thompson, Pennsylvania is excited for what the future holds ahead and is more than ready to get there.  Part of this excitement stems from where Christensen will be interning this summer:…

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Bobby Manning

Bobby Manning on never losing touch with what you love

February 28, 2019

It’s a cold Wednesday morning when Bobby Manning, a junior in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, walks into the Blackstone LaunchPad for an interview with Jalen Nash.  They launch into a discussion of the latest news in basketball, Tobias Harris to the 76ers. “This new threat on the perimeter makes them a contender,”…

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Matthew Harwit

Matthew Peng Harwit is looking to accelerate

February 27, 2019

Matthew Harwit is a junior from Boulder, Colorado and an undergraduate student dueling in biology and psychology in The College of Arts and Sciences.  In high school, Matthew loved playing basketball and hoped to continue playing the sport into college but after an injury no longer was able to pursue that dream. Coming to Syracuse,…

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David Fox

David Fox on leading by empowering others

February 27, 2019

“If I had to point out one thing that stands out about David Fox, it’s his energy,” says Jalen Nash, who works with David in many student organizations.  “I remember one meeting we had together for one of our student groups. In this particular meeting, our peers were complaining about a lack of dedication and…

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Josh Jackson

Josh Jackson on customer discovery to build a tech platform with traction

February 25, 2019

If you can’t find Josh Jackson at the gym or with his Siberian Husky, Juneau, you can find him in the Blackstone LaunchPad working on his company, Promptous, a blockchain based dental benefits technology platform that can streamline financial and operational inefficiencies in the current dental insurance industry for dental providers, patients, and employer organizations.…

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Geena Matuson

Geena Matuson on how art inspires

February 25, 2019

Geena Matuson is a colorful and motivated human being. Spend only a few minutes with her and you can tell she is a powerful and creative person.  Originally from the Boston area, she is a graduate student studying in the Goldring Arts Journalism program in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. The Goldring Arts…

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Zeus

Zeus Rocancourt on finding happiness, and rewards will follow

February 25, 2019

Zeus Rocancourt is a fun loving, creative, senior in the Whitman School of Management from Manhattan studying Entrepreneurship and Fashion Merchandising (Retail Management).  He loves basketball and coming out of high school, was determined to play in college. His love for the sport was a driving factor in his decision to come to Syracuse University.…

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