On Thursday, March 23, we presented the Orange Circle Award to an alumna, a Ph.D. candidate, and a student group—all of whom are making a difference on and off the Syracuse University campus. Learn more about them below.
Ariel Ash-Shakoor G’17
Ariel Ash-Shakoor creates shape-changing materials and studies cell behavior as a Ph.D. candidate in bioengineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
Her passion for engineering and tutoring inspired her to create a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program at the Syracuse Northeast Community Center. Volunteers from Syracuse University help local students with their homework, play educational games with them, and engage them in STEM activities.
Ash-Shakoor is also a graduate student advisor for the Women of Color in STEM group, a research mentor, and a professional development workshop leader for several campus organizations.
Camp Kesem at Syracuse University supports children through and beyond their parents’ cancer. The organization is operated by 30 student volunteers and serves more than 40 campers ages 6 to 16 annually.
Founded in 2012, the organization underwent a complete personnel turnover in 2015, when a team of 12 first-year students, including two former Camp Kesem campers, revived the chapter. The team, led by Abigail Hamilton ’19 and Anna Olson ’19, recruited 20 additional students to raise $40,000 and successfully host a free week of camp for 20 Syracuse-area children in August 2016. They work with more than 50 students throughout the school year to host the campers.
Carrie Lazarus ’80
Carrie Lazarus, a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, anchored the number one-rated newscast on WSYR-TV for more than 30 years. Her Family Healthcast was one of the first daily local health and fitness reports in the nation, and the first in Central New York, bringing viewers the latest in health, fitness, and family news since 1986.
An award-winning journalist and host of The Conversation on WSYR-TV, Lazarus was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Her newest passion is the Carrie Lazarus Fund for Extraordinary Talent, a foundation that helps student performers in Central New York afford music lessons, instruments, and other opportunities. The fund enables young musicians, singers, dancers, and other artists to pursue their passions and realize their potential.