Orange Community Comes Together for International Thanksgiving Dinner

Members of the Syracuse University community came together to share a meal—virtually—on Nov. 19, as the University held its 36th annual International Thanksgiving Dinner via Zoom.

The celebration was started at the University in the 1980s by the Rev. T.E. Koshy as a way to bring international students together and introduce them to the American Thanksgiving tradition. For many years, students, faculty, staff and alumni have come together in the Goldstein Auditorium in the Schine Student Center to enjoy a meal and learn more about one another.

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DPS Emergency Communications Center Joins Onondaga County Dispatch System

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has made the transition to a new dispatch system, which will increase interoperability between the department and other emergency responders in Onondaga County.

The new system, known as Hexagon, ties DPS operations into the Onondaga County computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system and allows the department to utilize the same mobile software as other local law enforcement agencies. The transition to the new system also allows DPS to make use of the same police records management system as its local counterparts, which stores all incident-related information in one place.

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Student Reporters Played Critical Role in WAER 88.3 FM’s Election Coverage

In keeping with the tradition of producing community-focused, quality journalism for Central New York, the news team at WAER 88.3FM, Syracuse University’s Public Radio Station, produced 48 stories related to the 2020 election in the final two months of the campaign through Election Day.

From “Your Election Blueprint,” an issue-oriented series of in-depth reports chiefly produced by James Corrigan G’21, to a series of feature-length stories highlighting various issues and races, culminating in WAER’s live election night broadcast which included a special one-hour “Syracuse Speaks,” followed by live updates during NPR’s programming.

Student work was heavily featured in interviews and reporter debriefs, contributing to important content to add to the public education and debate over this year’s election.

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Orange Alert System Test Scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 19

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) will conduct a test of the Orange Alert Campus Crisis Alert Notification System on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 10:55 a.m. It will be a full test of the system, which includes notifications sent via email, text message and voice call. The test will also include the Orange Alert outdoor siren system on the University’s North and South campuses.

As a further refinement of the system, the Orange Alert test message will also be sent to the main Syracuse University and DPS Facebook and Twitter accounts, and will display on the University’s homepage and video monitors located in common areas in several buildings around campus.

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Message from the Comptroller Regarding Paper Paychecks

All paper paychecks dated Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, and continuing until further notice will be mailed via the U.S. Postal Service. Employees who have not signed up for direct deposit and receive a paper paycheck should ensure their permanent address is accurate by visiting MySlice and navigating to My Profile > Addresses.

As a reminder, anyone with a NetID and password are able to set up direct deposit through MySlice. The Payroll Office’s website provides step-by-step instructions on how to enroll in the direct deposit option.

Please contact payroll at 315.443.4042, option 2, with any questions.

Flu Vaccine and COVID-19 Testing Opportunities Continue Throughout October for Students, Faculty and Staff

Opportunities for the campus community to receive a flu vaccine and/or COVID-19 testing continue weekdays throughout the month of October as part of the University’s ongoing effort to keep our campus safe, healthy and open for residential learning.

As outlined in the Syracuse University SAFE public health framework [PDF], all members of the Syracuse University community who access campus services are expected to get a flu shot this year. Additionally, a permanent COVID-19 testing site opened earlier this month at the stadium and is available to students, faculty and staff Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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The Importance of Sustainability in The 315

Whether it’s a Presidential debate, from the lips of a local reporter, or the national news, conversations about the future of our planet are constantly taking place. And no matter where you land on the politics surrounding climate change, there is no denying the need for education on the matter.

This week on The 315, Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss sit down with Meg Lowe, Sustainability Coordinator in the Energy Systems and Sustainability Management Department at Syracuse University.  The three of them chat about sustainability at Syracuse University, opportunities for education, and some upcoming events.

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Newly Installed Solar Panels on Schine Student Center Roof to Begin Producing Clean Energy

Campus sustainability encompasses a broad range of actions and choices—some of which are subtle, while others are eye-catching. The renovation of the Schine Student Center has meant the addition of another attention-grabbing clean energy element: new solar panels on the building’s roof, the latest demonstration of the University’s commitment to sustainability.

The photovoltaic (PV) panels, installed this past summer, will begin generating clean energy for the campus community on Oct. 15. The new panels were installed in support of the renewable energy credit for LEED certification at the National Veterans Resource Center at the Daniel and Gayle D’Aniello Building.

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University Completes Steam Station Review, Enters Partnership with Enwave Energy

Syracuse University today announced a long-term alliance with Enwave Energy to operate the University Steam Station. The partnership will support ongoing campus growth with reliable and sustainable energy.

The University first announced the review of its steam operations in 2018, as part of the Division of Business, Finance and Administrative Services’ (BFAS) strategic planning process, which sought to align University resources and assets with its vision and mission. After a comprehensive evaluation, the University decided to transfer operation of the Steam Station.

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Purchasing Office Institutes Change to Streamline Invoice Processing

In an effort to streamline the procurement and payment process at the University, the Purchasing Office is instituting changes to the way the department handles payment of invoices.

Department business managers should now send invoices directly to the Disbursements Office instead of the Purchasing Office for remittance. Invoices should be signed to confirm receipt of all goods and then sent to or 640 Skytop Office Building, Suite 120.

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