New Stadium Experience

Someday, fans of Syracuse University sports, music concerts and monster trucks alike will return to a place they’ve been before and will experience something different. Something they’ve never felt when going to a local event in the loud house. Something they typically felt right at the front door. Something missing.

“It’s the rush of air,” says Pete Sala, vice president and chief campus facilities officer overseeing the replacement of the Teflon bubble. The Stadium’s roof is no longer air supported, meaning the structure no longer requires air pressurization. The familiar whoosh of air when one enters the building is now a thing of the past. “One of the things we’ve never done here is to open both big overhead doors at once,” says Sala, referring to the past need to avoid letting too much air out of the building at once.

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Erin Archer Named University Treasurer

Erin Archer, CFA, has been named Syracuse University treasurer. With nearly 20 years of experience, Archer has an impressive track record of significant accomplishments in managing complex treasury and investment responsibilities. Most recently, she served as the treasurer at DePaul University in Chicago, where she oversaw the university’s overall investment strategy and endowment. Prior to joining the higher education sector, Archer was an equity analyst, covering domestic, international and emerging market companies for a number of investment banks and asset managers.

Archer’s appointment was approved by the executive committee of the University’s Board of Trustees. She will begin her tenure on Oct. 12 and will report to Amir Rahnamay-Azar, senior vice president for business, finance and administrative services (BFAS) and chief financial officer.

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Syracuse University Will Not Implement 2020 Payroll Tax Deferral

On Friday, August 28, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Department issued guidance on a potential employee payroll tax deferral directed by a presidential memorandum released on August 8, 2020. The deferral provided employers the option to defer withholding the employee portion of social security tax payments from September 1 through December 31, 2020, with the deferred taxes to be repaid from January 1 through April 30, 2021. The deferral applied only to employees whose wages are less than $2,000 for a weekly pay period and to salaried workers earning less than $104,000 per year.

After consulting with tax, legal, and compensation experts, the University has decided not to participate in the optional deferral. Since this program only postpones tax payments, the University chose this option in an effort to safeguard our employees from higher withholdings beginning January 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact the Payroll Service Center at 315-443-4042 or

New SU I.D. Cards Allow Students, Faculty and Staff to Use Their Preferred Name

This fall, the Housing, Meal Plan, and I.D. Card Services Office is debuting a new SU I.D. card design. Behind the new design is a new system—one that allows University community members to choose to use their preferred name on their SU I.D.

The ability to use preferred names on SU I.D. cards comes after years of work by the Pronoun, Gender and Preferred Name Advisory Council (PGPNAC). The council, led by Jenny Gluck, associate chief information officer, and Jorge A. Castillo, director of the LBGT Resource Center, has been active since its inception in June 2018. It was formed in response to Long-Term Recommendation #32 from the March 11, 2016, Chancellor’s Workgroup on Diversity Inclusion Final Report. The report affirmed that the University, “Expand (its) Preferred Name/MySlice process for choice of gender pronouns, email display names, ID cards, and issues related to Blackboard and other relevant platforms.”

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2020 South Campus Composting Program Update

Sustainability Management is bringing back the South Campus Composting Program for the 2020-21 academic year, with a few changes from the past years.

Due to health concerns surrounding COVID-19, Sustainability Management is implementing a more hands-on experience for participants. Students will be provided a compost bin but will be required to bring their food scraps to a receptacle outside of 161 Farm Acre (where Sustainability Management is located). Participants will also be responsible for cleaning their bins each week. The food scraps schedule is Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesdays from noon to 4 p.m.; and Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m.

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Kris Klinger Named Associate Vice President of Auxiliary Services

Kris Klinger has been named associate vice president of auxiliary services at Syracuse University. He has more than 30 years of experience in hospitality and auxiliary services and has spent the last 11 years as assistant vice president within the University of Southern California’s (USC) auxiliary services department. Klinger began his tenure with Syracuse University on July 27, and reports to Amir Rahnamay-Azar, senior vice president for business, finance and administrative services (BFAS) and chief financial officer.

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LiveSafe App Gets New Look and Features for Better User Experience

Since 2015, the LiveSafe app has been available to all students, faculty, and staff as an additional option, in the palm of their hand, for connecting with emergency services. Since that time, members of the Syracuse University community have downloaded the app and used its features including:

  • Reporting tips, with the option of doing so anonymously
  • Using the SafeWalk feature which lets users virtually share their location with friends through the app as they move toward a destination
  • Quickly connect with dispatchers in our Emergency Communications Center in the event of an emergency

Over the summer months, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) worked with the team at LiveSafe to enhance the free app for a better user experience.

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Fresh Produce from Pete’s Giving Garden Now Available in Campus Food Pantries

The summer’s beautiful weather has resulted in a bountiful harvest of produce from Pete’s Giving Garden on Syracuse University’s South Campus. That produce is now available for University and SUNY-ESF students in the Hendricks Chapel and South Campus food pantries.

Staff from Hendricks Chapel and the Office of Sustainability Management, and faculty from nutrition and food studies in the Falk College worked together to care for the garden over the summer. At the end of April, they worked with Facilities Services to build a second raised bed and added a shed to store tools. In the beginning of May, staff members weeded, turned and added compost to the beds to prepare them for the seeds and seedlings. They also dug out the earth around the perimeter of the fence to provide more growing room for cherry tomatoes, herbs and future pollinator plants to support the honey bees on campus, says Syeisha Byrd, director of Hendricks Chapel’s Office of Engagement Programs.

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Parking and Transit Services and Centro Working Together for Safe Campus Transportation

Syracuse University Parking and Transit Services Office is working closely with its partners at Centro and implementing changes to safeguard the health and safety of its passengers. The campus shuttles, buses and trolleys that crisscross campus will operate with different rules this semester to adhere to the latest public health guidance provided by Onondaga County and New York State.

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