Got a Meeting? Take a Walk!

Fresh air drives fresh thinking! Try making your next conference call, one-on-one or small group meeting a walking meeting and earn points to be entered to win a Garmin Fitness Tracker!

Many people assume that serious conversations must take place within the office. In reality, many creative moments take place outside them. Walking meetings are an effective business tool – a lot of work can be achieved while moving.

Faculty and staff that participate in and report walking meetings between July 10-28 can earn points to be entered to win a Garmin Fitness Tracker! You can earn up to a maximum of 10 points for a chance to win. 

I participated in a walking meeting!

Just like in-office meetings, walking meetings should have a structure:

  • Try to include an interesting point of reference in your route.
  • Focus on using the walk for health benefits and work productivity (instead of a snack run).
  • Inform your colleague in advance that it will be a walking meeting.
  • Keep your group between two to three people.
  • Enjoy yourself; take a breath of fresh air.

Watch this TED talk to learn more about the benefits of walking meetings and how to make a walking meeting work for you!

Your walking meetings don’t have to stop when the challenge does, it’s a great idea to hold walking meetings throughout the year when appropriate.

Ernie Davis

Where to find it: On the Quad between the Physics Building and Steele Hall

A little about it: A permanent memorial to Syracuse football legend Ernie Davis, the first African-American Heisman Trophy winner. The specially commissioned statue was created by sculptor Bruno Luchessi. The life-size statue depicts Davis, known as “The Elmira Express,” standing in his Syracuse uniform holding a helmet under his left arm and a football in his right hand. Davis was truly an All-American on and off the field and his records, achievements and spirit will forever be a part of Syracuse University.


Bonus Question: How many spikes are showing on Ernie’s left cleat?

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Dancing Mother

Where to find it: Between HBC and Hinds Hall

A little about it: Soon after immigrating to the United States in the 1920s, Chaim Gross began to carve designs directly into wood. His work respected the nature of the material offering a fluid composition. His bronze pieces freed him from the challenges of wood carving but still show many of the same aesthetics. In Dancing Mother, Gross celebrated the intimacy between mother and child by combining both figures into one form.


Bonus Question: When looking at the sculpture, did Chaim Gross put his signature and the year on the right or left side of the sculpture stand?

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Saltine Warrior

Where to find it: In front of Carnegie Library

A little about it: Before there was Otto the Orange, SU sported a variety of mascots, including a goat named Vita and a Roman-style gladiator. One of these mascots was the Saltine Warrior, a fictional Native American chief whose remains, according to legend, were found near Steele Hall. This mascot stayed with SU from the early 1930s to the late 1970s. In 1951, the senior class funded a statue of the warrior. The students of the renowned sculptor and SU professor Ivan Mestrovic competed for the opportunity to design and create the sculpture, and the winner was Luise Clayborn Kaish.


Bonus Question: As seen on the in memory plaque on the Saltine Warrior, who was the President of the Class of 1951?

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The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti Mural

Where to find it: On the outside wall of HBC facing Hinds Hall

A little about it: When Syracuse University unveiled Ben Shahn’s monumental mosaic mural, The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti, in 1967, it focused attention on one of the most politically charged murder cases in the history of American jurisprudence. In 1927, two Italian-American immigrants, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, were executed for a crime many people believed they did not commit. The greatest legacy of Sacco & Vanzetti trial may be the numerous decisions of the United States Supreme Court that extend due process to anyone charged with a crime and protect the civil rights of all Americans.


Bonus Question: When facing the mural, what are the last two lines written on the wall on the right side?

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