By: Diane Stirling
(315) 443-8975

A recent School of Information Studies (iSchool) graduate has established a new prize to reward and recognize students who work hard both inside and outside the classroom.

Michael Loiero, ’11 G’12, has initiated the Applied Learning and Leadership (ALL) Award. The prize is intended to recognize selected iSchool graduate and/or undergraduate students who are supplementing their class work with real-world leadership experiences, according to Scott Barrett, Assistant Dean for Advancement at the iSchool.

Applications for the prize are being accepted through this Friday, July 12.

“Michael felt that his time at the iSchool was greatly enhanced by the experiential learning he gained during hands-on work outside of the classroom,” Barrett explained. He said that in establishing the award, Loiero also recognized “that efforts spent outside of the classroom–working in the labs, elsewhere on campus, or at an internship–can impose added challenges for students,” and that was the impetus for the award’s creation. 

During his time at Syracuse University, Loiero worked for a year and a half as ITELL team lead/manager, managing a team of 15 technical lab consultants in the operations of the lab. Before that, he spent three years as an ITELL team consultant. During his college years, he also spent time as a CALO lab engineer for Cisco systems, was a business analyst for JP Morgan chase, and a technology associate for Honda Manufacturing of America, Inc.

Loiero graduated from the iSchool with a Bachelor of Science degree (cum laude status) in information management and technology, and minoring in global enterprise technologies, in 2011. He earned his Master of Science degree, summa cum laude, in information management in 2012. During his undergraduate years, he participated in Habitat for Humanity on campus, was on the Dean’s List, and was a Kershner Scholar. In graduate school, he was an Engagement Fellow Scholar. He graduated from high school in Liverpool, NY.

Loiero now works as a consulting analyst for Accenture in the New York City area.

Anyone interested in applying for the award may contact Barrett at, or (315) 443-6139.