Professor establishes Armenian Scholars Program in Price School

first_imgPhoto from Price School websiteThursday marked the 26th anniversary of Armenia obtaining independence from Soviet rule, and professor Frank Zerunyan celebrated by wearing his Armenian army uniform.On all other days, Zerunyan proudly displays the gift from the defense minister of Armenia on a hanger in his office in Lewis Hall. Zerunyan is of Armenian descent, but has no familial connection to the country as it stands today.Zerunyan teaches graduate level courses in the Sol Price School of Public Policy that focus on governance, negotiation and leadership, and he is in the process of establishing the Armenian Scholars program at USC. The 10-year program is set to begin in Fall 2019, the semester the first scholar arrives.  The program’s goal is to consecutively bring five scholars from Armenia to enroll in the doctorate in public policy and management program at the Price School. Upon graduating, each student will return to Armenia to form a public policy and management department at a university. By the end of the 10th year, the department will have five employees, all graduates of the USC program. If a scholar commits to working for the department for at least five years, USC will pay for his or her education.“Every year, we will try to recruit someone with a variation of interest in public policy and management so that we don’t have duplicates,” Zerunyan said. “Even though they will all come from Price, we will make sure that they all matriculate into different disciplines.”The idea for the Armenian Scholars program was conceived about five years ago when Zerunyan began traveling to Armenia to teach. It was at Yerevan State University, the largest university in the country, where Zerunyan realized public management is only offered at the undergraduate and master’s levels in Armenia; a doctoral program in public management does not exist.After brainstorming ways to combat the issue, he asked colleagues from Yerevan State University to write him a letter about the need for a doctoral program in public management. He then presented the document, as well as his ideas for the Armenian Scholars program, to Jack H. Knott, dean of the Price School.Zerunyan said Knott supported the idea then and still supports it today.“Through establishing this Price School doctorate program, we will have the opportunity to prepare the first generation of Armenian scholars and educators in public policy and management,” Knott said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “It will help to improve Armenian governance, professional public management and democratic political development. This program will reflect USC’s moral imperative to use its expertise to make a positive global impact.” According to Zerunyan, the Los Angeles area is the largest Armenian community outside of Armenia itself, making USC the perfect place for the program. “My hope is that this becomes the hub of the caucuses in the former Soviet Republics as the premier institution for public policy and management doctorate programs,” he said.Zerunyan said he will begin recruiting scholars when he teaches in Armenia next summer, and plans to make a final decision by January 2019. In the meantime, he said he will prepare, develop and raise funds for the program. “To me, this is a mission,” Zerunyan said. “We want them to go back and provide that mission back to the country.”last_img read more

Notebook: Nick Mellen, returning seniors and men’s lacrosse transfer news

first_imgNelson, a redshirt senior attack, played in only five games during his Syracuse career. Both he and Strang would be graduate transfers and could go to programs offering more playing time for their final collegiate lacrosse seasons.Both midfielders, Justin and Andrew Kim appeared in 11 combined games from 2019 to 2020, registering two total points. The Orange have an abundance of midfield options with potentially all of SU’s first (Brendan Curry, Tucker Dordevic and Trimboli) and second (Lucas Quinn, Jacob Buttermore, David Lipka) midfield lines set to return next season. Depending on where he plays, they could even be joined by No. 3 recruit Owen Hiltz.Unlike other Orange in the portal, Fernandez has played significant minutes for SU in recent seasons, appearing in 22 games during his career, including all five in 2020. If Fernandez transfers and redshirt senior Andrew Helmer, who split time with Fernandez at long stick, graduates, SU will have a hole at pole. While Kennedy flourished at close defense this season, the redshirt junior could step back into the LSM role he was recruited for.With Ivy League schools announcing they will not grant an extra year of eligibility for spring athletes, the transfer portal will contain more top tier talent than in past years, including Tewaaraton Award favorite Michael Sowers of Princeton. Sowers played under now-SU offensive coordinator Pat March for three seasons, but said he hadn’t given thought to transfer locations as of last week.“I never thought about a plan B because I never thought I would need one,” Sowers told The Daily Orange via text. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Nick Mellen wavered, trying to get up off the Carrier Dome turf while clutching his left knee. He didn’t know he would never play in a Syracuse men’s lacrosse game again. Orange trainer Troy Gerlt gave Mellen his hand, helping him off the turf before the redshirt senior limped to the sideline against Colgate in the season opener — where he would watch the remainder of Syracuse’s five 2020 games before the season was canceled amid the spread of the coronavirus.More than 40 days since the Orange’s final 2020 game, Mellen talked to the media about his decision to move on from Syracuse and the lacrosse program.Here is a roundup of Mellen’s farewell press conference, news on returning seniors and others transferring out.Mellen Moves OnAdvertisementThis is placeholder textMellen announced his decision to forgo a sixth year of eligibility and leave Syracuse in an Instagram post Monday. In a Zoom press conference Thursday, he said the effects of COVID-19 made the already hard choice even more frustrating. Ultimately, future job prospects, the potential to play lacrosse professionally and where Mellen was at “mentally and emotionally” led him to end his SU career.“Five years is a long time doing anything,” Mellen said.The injury that ended Mellen’s 2020 season came after he missed his entire sophomore season due to injuries to both shoulders, but the captain said he was “right there and ready to go.” Assuming professional lacrosse leagues’ 2020 seasons go ahead as scheduled, Mellen “plans to play” and has been touted as a potential top draft pick for the Premier Lacrosse League.Brett Kennedy, Nick DiPietro and Grant Murphy all stepped up on close defense in Mellen’s absence, holding opponents to 8.25 goals-per-game in the next four games. But prior to the season’s cancellation, it appeared the undefeated Orange would get Mellen back for the March 14 Rutgers game.“It seems like we’re doing everything right,” Mellen said. “You know, we were rolling, undefeated, No. 1 in the country …  and just like that, our season ended.”Seniors ReturnWhen asked about the program’s potential in the future, Mellen said he was optimistic for next season because “the roster of guys we have coming back is ridiculous.” The graduating redshirt senior hinted that Drake Porter would, unlike Mellen, take advantage of the NCAA’s granted extra year of eligibility and return to SU. Hours later, Porter officially announced the news.Porter will become the first three-year starter in the net for the Orange since John Galloway (2008-2011), who holds SU records for most minutes played, most wins and best goals-against average in program history — numbers Porter could surpass.The Aurora, Ontario native joins Danny Varello as the only members of the 2020 Syracuse seniors to officially declare their return and use of extra eligibility. Pending graduate Jamie Trimboli said he will return for a fifth season “if aid can be worked out,” according to a Rochester Democrat & Chronicle report2020 starters Peter Dearth and attack Stephen Rehfuss have yet to announce their plans, but Chris Jastrzembski of ESPN reported that he expects more announcements in the coming days.Transfer NewsWhile Porter will stay manning SU’s cage for a third season, redshirt junior goaltender Luke Strang has entered the transfer portal, according to reports. Strang, who backed up Porter for the past two seasons, is joined in the portal by SU’s Jake Nelson, Jared Fernandez, and Andrew and Justin Kim — all of whom may still return to the Orange in 2021.center_img Published on April 16, 2020 at 11:00 pm Contact Mitchell: [email protected]last_img read more

Samuel Eto’o signs for Qatar league side

first_imgThe club said on social media that it would “present the international star Samuel Eto’o” at a press conference.It is understood he underwent a medical earlier in the day.The four-time African player of the year will join former colleagues in Qatar, including ex-Barcelona teammate Xavi Hernandez, who plays for Al Sadd, and Wesley Sneijder who was at Inter with Eto’o.In 2009, Eto’o won the Champions League with Barcelona playing alongside Xavi. A year later he won the same trophy with Inter in the same team as Sneijder.The Dutchman now plays for Al Gharafa in Qatar’s domestic competition, the Qatar Stars League.The signing is a coup for Qatar Sports Club, who finished in mid-table last season and currently have little hope of winning any domestic titles.Earlier on Monday Eto’o said Ligue 1 clubs had contacted him after he announced he was leaving Turkey last week. The 37-year-old is now in the twilight of a fabulous career.He enjoyed five hugely successful seasons with Barcelona from 2004 to 2009, before helping Jose Mourinho’s Inter team to win the treble of Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia titles in his first season in Italy.He then had brief stints at Chelsea and Everton in the Premier League. Eto’o also scored 56 times for his country in 118 appearances and won two African Cup of Nations with Cameroon.0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea striker will be unveiled on Tuesday, said Qatar Sports Club, the latest big-name edition to Qatar’s domestic league as it gears up to host the 2022 World Cup.DOHA, Qatar, Aug 14 – Veteran Cameroon star Samuel Eto’o has signed for Qatar league side, Qatar Sports Club, it was announced Monday, just days after he ended a brief stay at Turkish side Konyaspor.The former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea striker will be unveiled on Tuesday, said Qatar Sports Club, the latest big-name edition to Qatar’s domestic league as it gears up to host the 2022 World Cup.last_img read more