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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to Administrative Professionals Day!

Administrative Professionals Day, also known as Secretaries' Day or Admin Day, recognizes the work of secretaries, receptionists, administrative assistants, and other administrative support professionals. Employers and supervisors organize events for these workers on the day, and workers are often given cards, flowers, chocolate, and lunches. In the United States, the day takes place during Administrative Professionals Week, which occurs during the last full week of April. The holiday is celebrated in work environments around the world.

After the United States entered World War II, there became a shortage of skilled administrative workers. This was because there had been a lowered birth rate during the Great Depression, and because of a new booming economy with many open jobs. In 1942, the National Secretaries Association was formed to recognize the contributions administrative personnel gave to the economy, to bring workers into the field, and to support their development. The National Secretaries Association changed its name to the Professional Secretaries International in 1981, and to the International Association of Administrative Professionals in 1998.

SU News

Freeman ranked No. 6 in ESPN’s Class of 2024, will be SU’s highest-ranked freshman since Carmelo (PS; Carlson)

Incoming Syracuse freshman Donnie Freeman has spent the last few months of his high school career playing in the country’s most prestigious All-American games, climbing up various recruiting rankings and will arrive at SU next season as the program’s highest-ranked prospect since Carmelo Anthony.

Freeman was ranked No. 6 in ESPN’s final Class of 2024 rankings on Tuesday, moving him past Fab Melo for No. 2 in the recruiting rankings era.

He is currently ranked No. 11 by Rivals, No. 12 by On3 and No. 23 by 247 Sports.

Freeman is ranked by ESPN as the top power forward prospect in the Class of 2024. He played in a pair of prestigious high school All-American games, one sponsored by McDonald’s and the other by Jordan Brand.

The only players ranked ahead of Freeman by ESPN were Duke’s Cooper Flagg (No. 1), Baylor’s V.J. Edgecombe (No. 3), Texas’ Tre Johnson (No. 5) and the Rutgers pairing of Airious Bailey (No. 2) and Dylan Harper (No. 4).

(youtube; radio; Orange Nation)

Syracuse on 247 publisher Mike McAllister joins Steve Infanti and Paulie Scibilia to discuss expectations for Donnie Freeman as Syracuse men's basketball's highest-ranked recruit since Carmelo Anthony, takeaways from the Spring Game, and more.


Washington Post

Syracuse basketball recruiting DMV 4-star Cam Ward hard, eyes setting visits soon (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse basketball is among those suitors recruiting 2025 four-star forward Cam Ward hard, and the talented prospect from the Washington, D.C., area appears to be eyeing some upcoming campus visits.

The 6-foot-7 Ward, who received a scholarship offer from the Orange staff about a year ago, was sensational as a junior in the 2023-24 campaign, leading Largo High School in Upper Marlboro, Md., to a state title and picking up a bunch of awards and honors along the way.

On the AAU circuit this spring and summer, Ward is competing for the 17U squad of the Oxon Hill, Md.-based Team Durant in Nike’s EYBL league. Last weekend, he earned high praise from national analysts and scouts for his play at a grassroots basketball event.

Top-50 2025 prospect Cam Ward headlines @teamdurant_AAU 17s as they enter the weekend coming off their strong 4-0 showing at East Warmup. Ward's athleticism was on display in open floor settings as he finished several dunks/lobs. He flashed shooting touch in pick-and-pops as well…
— Colby Giacubeno (@ColbyGHoops) April 17, 2024

Syracuse basketball seems to be prioritizing 2025 four-star forward Cam Ward.

Last weekend, Ward and Team Durant suited up at the MADE Hoops East Mania in Baltimore. Among those to dole out high marks to him at this AAU event were MADE Hoops scout Colby Giacubeno and 247Sports national analyst Dushawn London, among others.


Pittsburgh Sports Now

Syracuse basketball 'sits in good spot' with 4-star PG Tyler Jackson, who eyes visits (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse basketball hosted 2025 four-star point guard Tyler Jackson from Baltimore on an official visit in late January of this year, and a national recruiting analyst says the top-40 national prospect is eyeing some additional visits.

The 6-foot-3 Jackson holds more than 15 offers from a range of high-major programs such as Auburn, Ole Miss, Indiana, Villanova, LSU, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, California, Kansas, Alabama, Maryland, Illinois, Rutgers, Seton Hall, DePaul, George Mason, Georgia Tech, Rhode Island, Houston, Penn State, UCF, Mississippi State, Arizona State and Wake Forest, according to recruiting services.

He landed a scholarship offer from the Orange coaching staff around a year ago. To date, his only official visit is to the 'Cuse, while Jackson has unofficially visited Auburn and Maryland, a hometown team.

Dushawn London, a national analyst with 247Sports, writes in a recent article that Jackson looks to take upcoming visits to Maryland again, along with Kansas and Ole Miss.

Syracuse basketball is prioritizing 2025 four-star point guard Tyler Jackson.

In the 2023-24 season as a junior, Jackson suited up in the Atlanta-based professional league Overtime Elite after previously starring at the Saint Frances Academy in Baltimore. In mid-March, he and his City Reapers teammates captured the Overtime Elite championship for this past term.

30 Minutes In Orange Nation 4-23-24 (ESPN; radio; Orange Nation)

Steve Infanti and Paulie Scibilia start the show discussing expectations for Donnie Freeman as the highest-rated Syracuse men’s basketball recruit since Carmelo Anthony. Then, Paulie invites Steve and Jordan to play a game of Time Warp where they forecast the future of SU Athletics. Later, a couple of callers join in on the show with comments on NBA officiating and Donnie Freeman.

Why Expectations should be SKY HIGH for Syracuse Basketball Five-Star Recruit Donnie Freeman (youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse; Premieres at 9 am EST)

Syracuse Basketball Five-Star High School Recruit Donnie Freeman is the best 'Cuse recruit since Carmelo Anthony in 2002, according to the FINAL ESPN 100 rankings. Orange Head Coach Adrian Autry seems to have a gem of a front-court with Donnie, Chris Bell, Jyare Davis, and Eddie Lampkin. Over the past ten seasons, Jabari Smith, Jalen Suggs, and Vernon Carey have been All Americans in their freshman season. Nine players have played in the NBA

The Juice Online - Nine will be key number for 2024-25 Syracuse Basketball (; Stechschulte)

How do you count to nine?

That is actually a simplified version of the real question. How should a major conference basketball program consistently build a nine-man rotation between retaining current players, adding traditional recruits from high and prep schools, and bringing in players from the transfer portal while other players are headed out through the same?

With the portal still a relative novelty in the college basketball world, there is no agreed upon plan that people point to and say, “yes, that’s it.” So, with this degree of unknown, we will scale back and look at how Syracuse seems to be building their roster, possibly unearthing a sensible, repeatable plan that could provide a path to continued success until the next massive change.

The best place to start is with those current Orange players who are returning and the role each filled last season. They are:

• J.J. Starling, starting shooting guard

• Chris Bell, starting small forward

• Naheem McLeod, starting center

• Kyle Cuffe Jr., reserve shooting guard

• Chance Westry, redshirted guard (injury)

• William Patterson, redshirted center (non-injury)

Let’s add the incoming freshmen to the mix:

• Donnie Freeman, forward

• Elijah Moore, shooting guard

And the two transfers who have committed through the portal:

• Eddie Lampkin Jr., center (from Colorado)

• Jyare Davis, power forward (from Delaware)

All told, those ten players provide enough players at the right positions to fill out that nine-man rotation. That rotation might resemble this, with starters listed first:

Guards: Starling, Cuffe, Moore, Westry

Forwards: Bell, Freeman, Davis

Centers: Lampkin, McLeod

As a brief explainer, with Westry essentially missing two full seasons, it is not prudent to put expectations on him at this juncture. Just get a clean bill of health and go from there. With Freeman coming in as a McDonald’s All-American, he seems to slot ahead of Davis, an undersized power forward who is developing his three-point range and can make it work while playing with either Bell or Freeman. With two experienced centers on the roster, Patterson is likely spending another developmental year on the bench, but should get spot minutes as scores permit.

SU, of course, is not done working the portal, though. Guard Dakota Leffew, formerly of Mount St. Mary’s, recently visited campus and Syracuse had also been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Duke guard Jeremy Roach before he committed to Baylor.

Dr. Jim Boeheim: Former Syracuse basketball coach will receive honorary doctorate (PS; $; Domin)

A national champion. A Hall of Fame coach. A three-time Olympic gold media winner.

And now, a doctor.

Former Syracuse basketball Jim Boeheim is one of five people who will receive an honorary degree from Syracuse University at the school’s commencement on Sunday, May 12, at the JMA Wireless Dome.

Boeheim, who received both his undergrad degree in 1966 and his master’s in 1973 from Syracuse, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree. The degree is awarded to individuals who have distinguished themselves through humanitarian and philanthropic contributions to society.

Boeheim, 79, retired from coaching in 2023 season after 47 years as head coach of the Syracuse basketball team.

Others who will receive honorary doctorates on May 12:

  • Hilton Als, writer at The New Yorker
  • William “Bill” Brodsky, chairman of a specialized investment firm and an investment management firm
  • Joan Breier Brodsky, a National Museum and Library Services Board member
  • Lynn Conway, inventor of methods for designing Integrated silicon chips
Ryan Blackwell, former Syracuse player and Liverpool boys basketball coach, takes assistant job at Siena (PS; $; Carlson)
Former Syracuse University player and Liverpool High School boys basketball coach Ryan Blackwell will join Gerry McNamara’s staff as an assistant, the school announced on Tuesday.

In nine seasons coaching Liverpool, Blackwell won a Class AA state title (2018) and five sectional titles. His state championship team went unbeaten and was the first in school history. During his tenure, Blackwell turned Liverpool into an area power.

Liverpool went 21-4 last season, winning a sectional title and advancing to the region final.

“Ryan has a wealth of knowledge and experience as a head coach,” McNamara said in a press release from the school. “He’s played and coached all over the world, and coaches with such a confident demeanor. Ryan has such a great ability to connect with the players he works with.”

Syracuse mayor makes ‘difficult and disruptive’ choice to bolster housing in 2 neighborhoods (PS; $; Knauss)

Mayor Ben Walsh’s administration today will unveil a new housing strategy that breaks with tradition by spending millions of dollars in middle-income neighborhoods rather than investing only in the city’s most distressed areas.

City officials for the first time propose giving subsidies to homeowners in certain closely defined neighborhoods, regardless of income, to spur private investment and shore up potentially stable areas that are at risk of decline.

It’s a long-range strategy designed to compete with the suburbs for middle- and upper-income residents.

The first two neighborhoods targeted for investment are the Salt Springs area near Le Moyne College, and Tipp Hill including the far West Side.

The housing strategy, developed with help from consulting firm czb LLC, aims to reverse the lack of demand for -- and the lack of private investment in – city homes.

“It challenges us … to make difficult and disruptive choices to use the limited resources we have available in ways that will make more Syracuse neighborhoods attractive for new residents and private investment,’’ Walsh said in a prepared statement.

The new plan follows the release last year of a housing study by czb that described Syracuse as a depressed housing market.

The study found that only 27% of the city’s houses were in good or excellent condition. It would cost more than half a billion dollars to fix up all the others, the consultants estimated, but there is meager appetite for private investment.

Given that Syracuse has little extra cash, the housing strategy is intended to get the most bang for each buck the city spends. The goal is to improve housing quality, spur private investment and strengthen the city’s tax base, said consultant Charles Buki, president of czb.

In this May 6, 2015, file photo, firefighters battle a wildfire by Erie Boulevard near the 690 Thompson Road exit 16N in East Syracuse.

Wildfire alert issued for most of Upstate NY on dry, windy day (PS; Coin)
A dry, windy spring day will raise the risk of wildfires across most of Upstate New York today, the National Weather Service said.

Humidity levels will drop below 20% and winds could gust to 30 mph. The high temperature could reach nearly 70 degrees under mostly sunny skies.

“Although this spring has been wet, fine fuels such as dead grass and leaf litter will quickly dry out in these conditions,” the weather service said a special weather statement. “If any fires were to start, the windy and dry weather will increase the risk of wildfire spread, making it difficult to contain.”

Syracuse has had a half-inch more rain than rainfall since March 1.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation said the fire danger across the state is moderate, the second-lowest of five categories.

Rain is expected tonight, with about a half-inch possible across Upstate.

Spring is wildfire season in Upstate New York, before leaves emerge and plants begin taking up moisture from the soil. A statewide outdoor burn ban is imposed each year from mid-March to mid-May; this year, it ends May 14. During other parts of the year, brush can be burned under certain circumstances. Burning household trash in New York is always illegal.

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