Foundations is a workshop series that introduces Syracuse University students to essential life-skills. Lecture topics include: community involvement, leadership, career development, financial wellness, healthy relationships and self-care, physical health and nutrition, and information literacy. While this series is open to ALL students, undergraduate students who attend all sessions can enter to win a $1,000 Foundations Scholarship each semester.

The Fall 2018 Foundations Workshop Series, 7-8 p.m., 207 Hall of Languages.
Each session will focus on setting healthy boundaries in six different areas:

Monday, September 10, Financial Literacy with Lavet Lorenz-McClurg, Assistant Director of Financial Literacy, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs
“Me and My Money: How do you and money go together?”
Is your money doing what you “tell” it to do, or causing stress? Do you feel obligated to spend more around friends? Could you use some strategies for talking to family about money matters? We’ll cover all this and more in our hour workshop on Money and Boundaries.

Monday, September 17, Leadership with Mark Trumbo, Student-Athlete Engagement Coordinator, Athletics
Good to Great. Making the Jump to Next Level Living:
“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is about choices and discipline.” This quote from author, Jim Collins, who wrote the best-selling book, Good to Great, provides simple, but enlightening truth. This session will have participants self-reflecting on their choices and what it takes to live a Next Level life!

Monday, September 24, Physical Health and Nutrition with Veronica (Dyer) Tearney, CSCS RSCC, Strength & Conditioning Coach, Syracuse University Athletics
Navigating Your Resources
With so much exercise and diet information available at your fingertips via the internet and social media, it can be confusing to know what to follow and what to ignore. In this workshop students will learn tips for navigating information on the internet. We will also explore many of the exercise & activity opportunities available right here on campus and figure where on campus to find answers to their dietary questions as well.

Monday, October 1, Career Development with Shasta Savage
Description and speaker information coming soon!

Monday, October 8, Community Involvement with The Reverend Brian E. Konkol, Ph.D.Dean of Hendricks Chapel
“Those who seek to be good at everything are rarely great at anything. While all leaders have both strengths and weaknesses, far too many devote more time trying to improve upon their weaknesses than seeking to build upon their strengths. When we acknowledge and affirm the boundary between our strengths and weaknesses, such awareness is a platform for personal and professional success.”

Monday, October 15, Self-Care and Healthy Relationships with Tiffany Brec, Campus House Coordinator, Vera House Inc.
Awesomely Awkward

Have you ever attempted to flirt with someone and get zero response? Has someone you found attractive told you that you have bits of lunch in your teeth? Causing situations to turn awkward, or experiencing awkward situations, is unavoidable. In this session, we will explore why embracing awkward feelings is important in healthy communication and relationships. This workshop will be interactive, informative, and…awesomely awkward.


Thursday, October 18, 11:59 p.m.: Deadline to apply for $1000 scholarship

Monday, October 29, 7-8 p.m., 207 Hall of Languages
Foundations Celebration and Scholar Awards

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

In order to be considered for a $1,000 scholarship you must be an undergraduate student, attend ALL sessions, and submit ONE of the following by Thursday, October 18, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. to

  • A double-spaced essay about what you learned from at least two topical areas and how you will apply what you learned to your life (750 words maximum, in Microsoft Word or PDF format)
  • A video/vlog of 3-5 minutes discussing what you learned from at least two topical areas and how you will apply what you learned to your life (you can submit a link to a video)
  • A digital portfolio of photos and/or other creative media showing what you learned from at least two topical areas and how you will apply what you learned to your life (this option is open to your own interpretation; please let us know if you have any questions)

A selection committee will select winner(s) and notify winner(s) during the series awards session.

About Foundations

Foundations is a collaborative effort between many Syracuse University departments and schools, including The Office of Financial Literacy, Athletics, The Office of Health Promotion, and The Office of Engagement Programs, Syracuse University Athletics, and The Office of Professional and Career Development – with more partnerships to come.

If you are interested in participating or presenting as a Foundations partner, please email Mark H. Trumbo,, with a description of your topic and session, along with at least three desired outcomes from your presentation. All participants will be reviewed and determined via committee.

To provide holistic education across key areas to prepare students for life.

A collaboration of Syracuse University campus offices to provide engaging educational opportunities for students in key life areas.

Participant Outcomes and Evaluation
1)      To improve self-efficacy.
2)      To gain baseline knowledge and resources.
3)      To increase self-awareness.
4)      To engage in and learn about being socially responsible.


Previous Scholarship Winners: 

Fall 2017 Foundations scholars

Spring 2018 Foundations scholars