LA Semester students support actor, author, and (SU) alumnus Taye Diggs
October 21, 2012: LA Semester students were proud to support SU ’93 alumnus, Taye Diggs, as he was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Southern California.
Rob Light hosts LA Semester students at CAA
April 26, 2012: Syracuse University Los Angeles Semester students were treated to a breakfast meeting at Creative Artists Agency by Managing Partner and SU Alum, Rob Light. What a truly wonderful way to end the semester. Thank you, Rob!
Jack Oakie & Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation hosts Modern Family at the Laugh Factory
Syracuse University LA Semester students, Victoria Welch, Katie Mullins, Mary Gregory and Stephanie Alperin, share smiles and laughs with Modern Family Executive Producer, Danny Zuker, and Modern Family Cast Member, Jesse Tyler Ferguson at The Laugh Factory in West Hollywood on March 15th. The event, “Comedy Tonight” was sponsored by the Jack Oakie & Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation. Photo by Tommaso Boddi. (Spring ’12)
“How I Met Your Mother” writers share journey
Craig Gerard and Matt Zinman, TRF alumni, share their journey from SU to writing for ‘How I Met Your Mother’ with students in the SULA Semester Program. Professors David and Julie Chambers invite these generous SU grads to speak to students in their ‘Writer’s Journey’ class. Matt and Craig are living examples of how hard work and persistence can deliver a dream job.
Rod Lurie speaks to writing students about their craft
Rod Lurie, writer/director of the just released “Straw Dogs”, speaks to the Fall ’11 SULA Semester Program class, Writer’s Journey, after he arranged a screening of the film at Sony Studios the week before. Rod discusses the challenges of bringing the written word to life on the screen and describes the process of working with studio executives, actors, production department heads (cinematographer, costume designer, production designer, etc.). Students comment on their reaction to the film as well as ask questions. Rod Lurie is a parent of a current SU student and has been generous of his time and attention to the SULA Semester Program.
LA as Learning Lab
For more than 100 years, Los Angeles has been the unrivaled entertainment capital of the world. And you needn’t look too far to find Syracuse University alumni in some of the entertainment industry’s most pivotal roles. Through their tremendous achievements, SU has gained an international reputation for preparing students to excel in the field.
With The LA Semester, SU is taking this strength to the next level—joining with our “community of experts” to offer students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn the business from the inside. Through SU’s bold approach to education, and its commitment to Scholarship in Action, students will continue to take what they learn in the classroom and test their knowledge in real-world situations, igniting an exchange of ideas that benefits all.
Rob Reiner speaks to LA Semester class
Rob Reiner, multitalented actor, director, writer, producer and composer, was the guest speaker at a Syracuse University Los Angeles Semester class held at Universal Studios. Introduced by Andrea Asimow, director of the LA Semester program, Reiner spoke on the business of entertainment.
Well known for his portrayal of Michael Stivic in All in the Family, Reiner is a noted producer/director with such acclaimed films as When Harry Met Sally, The Princess Bride, Stand by Me, The Bucket List, and A Few Good Men to his credit. He and his wife, Michele, established the I Am Your Child Foundation, promoting early childhood development and providing parents with quality educational materials. Reiner is also a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights and the parent of a student in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.