January 2017 Family Newsletter

The Long Haul

Dear Spiders Family,

Happy New Year! As we begin 2017, we see potential as one Spider graduates, three Spiders head abroad, and our alumni continue to pursue great things. And to top everything off, Syracuse University has a brand new website to keep us busy. Our Spiders never stop spinning webs.  Continue Reading

Halloween 2016 Potluck: A Spooktacular Event

On Friday, October 21st, Spiders and Online Platforms took a much-needed break from the heavy rain and midterms with a Halloween-themed potluck and a Skype chat with Spiders alumna Chelsea Lorenz ‘14.

The potluck was nothing short of spook-tacular and featured a great selection of entrées and desserts, including Katie Canete’s dirt and worms (crushed oreos and pudding), Paige Kelly’s jack o’ lantern empanadas, and Kirsty Fraser’s hot dog mummies. Despite the competition, Jeremy Dennen was a clear winner with his scary spicy chili! Continue Reading

October 2016 Family Newsletter

Changes with the Fall

Dear Spiders Family,

And we’re back! Just like that, we’ve got another year of Spiders in full swing. The fall season has brought plenty of changes: we have seven new Spiders, ten seniors preparing for graduation, and two Spiders abroad. And to top it all off, we’re introducing new Spiders branding! I’m in Los Angeles for the semester, and in my absence, we are fortunate to have fellow Spider Kirsty Fraser picking up the slack!

In this newsletter, we start by saying “Hello” to our new Spiders. They’re now part of our increasingly big and impressive Spiders Family!
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Senior Send-Off 2016

On Wednesday, May 4, Spiders and Online Platforms came together to celebrate the end of the school year and the graduating Spiders the best way we know how – with food! There was plenty of pizza, ice cream, chips, and homemade Oreos to go around. It was certainly a sweet way to send off the soon-to-be graduates. Continue Reading

Spider Will Skalmoski Makes Music with Band, Pizza Party

Surrounded by empty Domino’s pizza boxes in their South Campus apartment, Will Skalmoski and his three roommates decided to start a band. Appropriately named Pizza Party, the rock and roll band which performs both original music and covers, has played more than 25 shows since that night in the fall 2014 semester.

Will is a junior in the Bandier Program for Music and Entertainment Industries and a content publisher at Spiders. When he isn’t working, he’s rehearsing with Pizza Party.

He has always known he wanted to make music. Will started playing the guitar at age 12 and has been writing songs for as long as he can remember. When he hit high school, he started to take songwriting seriously and has since produced pieces including “Lucy,” “Lies! You Told me,” and “Give it a Minute.” Pizza Party performs the songs regularly, in addition to other tracks called “Help me Out” and “Can’t Wait.” Continue Reading

February 2016 Potluck Exceeds Expectations

On Friday, February 26, Spiders and Online Platforms came together for their first potluck of the spring 2016 semester.

The potluck boasted a wide variety of appetizers, entrees, and desserts, including Jeremy Dennen’s blueberry crumb pie, Monica Rexach’s quesitos filled with guava and cream cheese, and Katie Canete’s famous pizza dip.

“Everyone brought some really great food. I got to try new things and talk to people that I don’t get to see usually,” Megan Elliott said.

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Spiders Reflect on Fall Semester

The fall 2015 semester was certainly a busy one for Spiders, from spinning webs in the office cubicles to keeping up with coursework in the classrooms. With the spring semester now in our midst, several Spiders took time out of their busy schedule to tell us about the projects they were working on, the skills they acquired or improved, and what they enjoyed most about working here last year.

Spiders grew on both personal and professional levels during the fall semester. If you are interested in finding out more about what the Spiders have been working on, feel free to reach out to spiders@syr.edu. Continue Reading