Each year a dozen senior magazine students spend three days in New York City—speaking to editors at some of the nation's top magazines, networking with successful magazine alumni, receiving résumé critiques from industry professionals and attending panel discussions with recent magazine grads, who offer advice on everything from finding an apartment to landing that first job. This trip began eight years ago when Magazine Professor Bill Glavin decided he wanted to create an opportunity for top students to see the city and to meet alumni. Professor Glavin knew that not all students could afford unpaid internships in the city, and he wanted to provide a similar opportunity to experience New York City and make connections at magazines for deserving students.
Professor Glavin was known to his colleagues and students—and to the thousands of alumni who once sat in his classroom—as one of the most talented, most caring and best-loved professors at the Newhouse School. A former editor with Good Housekeeping, he also worked on the news desk for the Boston Globe before joining Newhouse in 1973. His 37 years of service to the school included 15 years as chair of the magazine journalism department. His dedication to his students earned him recognition as a Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence—Syracuse University’s highest teaching honor—in the program’s first year and the Senior Class Award for Teaching Excellence in 2011, his last year in the classroom. He was the author of "The Art of Writing Nonfiction."
Glavin died May 7, 2011, at Francis House in Syracuse. He was 67.
In 2011, the magazine department's annual trip was renamed the Bill Glavin Magazine Trip in his memory. A generous donation from Eric Mindich, and his wife, Stacey Okun Mindich, a Newhouse alumna and student of Professor Glavin, has underwritten the benchmark trips for the past seven years.