In year of COVID-19 challenges, SU employees have worked nonstop

Mark Tewksbury recalls seeing just four cars on his way to work at Syracuse University last March.

Tewksbury, who is the director of residence hall dining and Dome operations for Food Services, has been working to deliver meals to students in quarantine and those who had to stay on campus during breaks since the coronavirus pandemic hit. He was among the group of SU employees who continued working even after SU’s campus shut down last spring.

“When the pandemic began back in March, most people were afraid to leave their house,” Tewksbury said. “But our staff just stepped up. There were 600 students on campus who couldn’t get home, and nobody questioned.”

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Highlight the Heroes Part 1: Staff Members Display Ingenuity, Determination, Teamwork in Face of COVID-19 Pandemic

As the novel coronavirus took hold in the United States and locally nearly a year ago, many members of the campus community have had to reimagine countless processes, solve new and challenging problems, work together in ways previously unheard of and stepped up in ways large and small to continue protecting the health and well-being of those who call Syracuse home.

The first in a series, here are the stories of just a few people and teams that have risen to the task and shown what it means to be Orange. Do you know someone who has been a COVID Hero? Let us know and we may spotlight them in an upcoming story!

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What Faculty and Staff Can Discover at the Transformed Schine Student Center

It’s called the “Hildegarde and J. Myer Schine Student Center,” but the newly transformed building offers a place for faculty, staff and all the members of the University community to gather, eat, socialize, work and more.

Please note: during the pandemic, Schine Student Center has implemented health and safety protocols to adhere to public health guidelines.

From Decaf to Discounts

Seasoned campus citizens have known it as the Bookstore, but along with its continued focus on academic resources, the renamed and reimagined Campus Store has new University-branded apparel, a late-night food and grocery market and a Dunkin’ coffee stand off the center atrium. One thing hasn’t changed—faculty and staff get a 10 percent discount on many items. The Campus Store also offers education-priced computers and accessories.

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Boost Your Immune System With These Expert Tips (and Recipes!)

A healthy immune system is important throughout the year, but even more so during cold and flu season and while we remain at-risk of contracting COVID-19. In honor of National Nutrition Month, celebrated in March, we tapped into campus experts in health and nutrition to gather tips for bolstering your immune system while we await warmer days ahead this sping.

Many of us intuitively reach for the orange juice or crave warm chicken soup when we feel a cold coming on. This could be because our body is craving certain nutrients that can help boost immunity.

According to Ruth Sullivan, assistant director of nutrition management in Food Services, there are several nutrients that play a role in good immune system health.

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Message From Loretta E. Lynch

Dear Members of the Syracuse University Community:

I write to share with you the report [PDF] that my team and I have drafted in connection with our independent review of the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety (DPS).

In our report [PDF], we review DPS’s conduct and performance with respect to the events of fall 2019 and spring 2020, including the investigation of bias-related incidents and the handling of protests on campus, along with its commitment to community policing more broadly. We make a number of recommendations that we believe would improve DPS’s relationship with the community. We also review and recommend changes to DPS policies and procedures to ensure they are consistent with best practices in community policing. Lastly, our report presents our final recommendations for the structure and procedures for the Community Review Board, which will further promote accountability for DPS.

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Explore Winter Activities on Campus

The Orange community is invited to enjoy winter and experience a variety of exciting programs and events. Explore other opportunities to build your unique Syracuse University student experience with the Be Involved Checklist.

“Programs and events welcome all skill levels and often include everything needed to participate. We’ve worked to support students’ experiences in a way that after making a reservation, they just have to focus on having fun,” shares Scott Catucci, Barnes Center at The Arch associate director for outdoor adventure, esports and student development. “With a variety of opportunities throughout the Spring 2021 semester, we encourage students to explore programs, events and to try new experiences.”

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NVRC Receives LEED® Gold Certification

On February 4, 2021, Syracuse University received notification that the National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC) at the Daniel & Gayle D’Aniello Building has been awarded LEED® Gold certification, established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation’s pre-eminent program for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.

The achievement was led by the project team in Campus Planning, Design and Construction and the entire Campus Development and Facilities Operations unit, led by Vice President and Chief Campus Facilities Officer Pete Sala.

Opened in January 2020, the NVRC was designed by SHoP Architects with construction by LeChase Construction Service.

Among the building’s LEED®/sustainability achievements are:

  • Green roof parade deck
  • Photovoltaic array (located at the Shine Student Center)
  • Energy-efficient heating and cooling systems
  • High-efficiency glazing
  • Bicycle commuter changing facility

The LEED® Gold certification for the NVRC is the latest in a series of green-building achievements on campus. Previously, Ernie Davis Hall, the Syracuse Center of Excellence, and the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center were all awarded LEED certification.

Newly Renovated Schine Student Center Opens Doors to Campus Community Feb. 8

Transformed by an abundance of natural light, warm Syracuse Orange colors and a new vibrant spirit, the renovated Hildegarde and J. Myer Schine Student Center will soon welcome students and the entire campus community to discover its redesigned spaces, make fresh connections and appreciate its abundance of features. The Schine Student Center will officially open its doors on Monday, Feb. 8, the first day of classes for the Spring 2021 semester.

Planned in consultation with, and input from, the campus community, the Schine Student Center offers the feel of a home and hub for student life: a place to study; meet up; eat, in accordance with public health best practices; and recharge. Its environs include a generous amount of gathering spaces, new eateries and accessible features, and a vibrant open central atrium that extends from the top floor to the main floor, with a two-story video wall.

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Schine Student Center: Spring 2021 Building Access, Hours and Guidelines

With the transformational renovation of Schine Student Center, students, staff and faculty will have access to many new and upgraded spaces throughout the building. In preparation for the official reopening on Feb. 8, campus community members can learn more about accessing and exploring the student center’s many features on the Student Centers and Programming Services website.

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Department of Public Safety Transitions to New Safety App

As part of its ongoing commitment to campus safety, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is transitioning to Rave Guardian, a free mobile app that turns any smartphone into a personal safety device. Rave Guardian will replace the LiveSafe app, which will no longer be available to Syracuse University users beginning Friday, Feb. 26.

Rave Guardian offers all of the same features that users have grown accustomed to, including reporting tips, having a friend or family member watch them safely walk across campus, quickly connecting with DPS or 911 and important campus links and phone numbers.

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