Foundations is a workshop series that introduces Syracuse University students to essential life-skills. 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 and master’s students who attend all sessions can enter a submission to win a $1,000 Foundations Scholarship.

Fall 2019: 

This fall’s theme: Becoming: Your Personal Journey

Workshops will take place on Mondays from September 9 – October 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Heroy Geology Laboratory Auditorium.

Monday, September 9: Career Development, Guest Speaker: Geoff Herbert, ’05, Entertainment Reporter and SEO Lead, Syracuse Media Group
Combine your skills and passions to dictate your career path: Learn how from a media “jack of all trades” who’s worked as a radio host/producer, SEO expert, social media consultant, party DJ, and newspaper/online reporter.

Monday, September 16: Community Involvement, Guest Speaker: Justin Bachman, ’19

Monday, September 23: Physical Health and Nutrition, Veronica Tearney, Sports Performance Specialist, Athletics
Fitness trends and diet fads are ever changing and often confusing. This lecture will explore ways students can incorporate exercise and healthy eating into their regular routine to establish lifelong, sustainable habits that will enhance their personal life journey.

Monday, September 30: Financial Literacy, Kelsey Woodford, Assistant Director, Syracuse Smart Money, and Smart Money Coaches
Learn the principals of becoming financially independent.

Monday, October 7: Leadership, Mark Trumbo, Assistant Athletics Director, Student-Athlete Engagement, Athletics
No one succeeds alone. Research show that teamwork is one of the most integral competencies successful people possess. This session will involve interactive teamwork activities that will give you the skills that will want everyone wanting you on their team!

Monday, October 14: Self-Care and Healthy Relationships

Monday, October 28
Foundations Celebration and Scholar Awards

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

In order to be considered for a $1,000 scholarship you must be an undergraduate or master’s student, attend ALL sessions, and submit ONE of the following by Thursday, October 17, 2019, at 4:59 p.m. to Tracy (Tillapaugh) Bauer at

  • 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 would submit a link to the 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

Fall 2018: Foundations scholars

Spring 2019: Foundations scholars

Fall 2019: Foundations scholars