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Ernie Davis Dining Center Celebrates 10 Years, 6.5 million Meals Served

The staff at Ernie Davis Dining Center have come a long way. Wednesday, Jan. 15 marked 10 years of operation for the campus’s busiest dining center, and many of the staff on duty for the dinner celebration have been there since day one.

The staff celebrated Wednesday night with special t-shirts marking the occasion, with those that had been there from the beginning sporting the additional phrase “Original Team Member.” A special carved rib roast was on the menu, prepared and served by many of the same people who had cooked and served the very first meals at the center back in January 2010. Staff and students also enjoyed cake and milkshakes as part of the celebration. Even Otto the Orange stopped by to pose for pictures and to take a look at a photo retrospective set up along the center’s glass walls.

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Parking Fees Revert to Before-tax Deduction

Recently, Congress repealed section 512(a)(7) of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. As a result of the repeal, Syracuse University employee withholdings for parking fees will be withheld before-tax beginning on January 1, 2020 for calendar year 2020.

Congress retroactively repealed the law, which means employees who had parking fees deducted from their pay during calendar year 2019 will have their W-2 form adjusted in accordance with the repeal of the tax law.

For Syracuse University-specific questions, contact the Payroll Office at 315.443.4042 or email payroll@syr.edu.

Hospitality Advisor for Yankees, Rams, Cowboys Will Look to Improve Fan Experience at the Dome

In an ongoing effort to provide an enhanced fan experience at the Dome, Auxiliary Services engaged Michael Bekolay of Venue Hospitality Solutions to provide feedback on the facility’s food service operations and capabilities. He began his work on campus in November when he took in a home football game and examined all aspects of the concessions infrastructure. He’ll soon attend basketball games to assess how facility operations adjust to a smaller crowd and a different layout. Bekolay will also gather feedback from the Athletics department, and most importantly, from fans and visitors to the Dome.

“It’s exciting to bring someone with Michael’s background to campus,” said Jennifer Uryniak, interim director of Auxiliary Services. “We want our game-day experience to be second to none, so we look forward to hearing his recommendations as we move forward on our planned renovations.”

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’Cuse Trolleys Make Their Campus Debut, Expand Shuttle Routes

Four trolleys purchased by the Division of Business, Finance and Administrative Services (BFAS) have begun crisscrossing the Syracuse University campus, providing expanded shuttle coverage to the campus community.

The trolleys, which can accommodate 22 people, were selected for their reliability, size and modern accessibility features, including air-suspension for kneeling, ramps and low floors.

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Syracuse Athletics ‘Tough4T’ Shirts On Sale Now

All Syracuse University basketball fans now have the opportunity to wear the Orange men’s and women’s Tough4T warm-up shirts made in support of point guard Tiana Mangakahia, who was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer in June. The shirts are available for purchase at the Syracuse University Bookstore. The warm-up shirts were put on the market in support of Mangakahia and in response to fan inquiries to purchase the shirts. The athletics department worked with Nike, the official apparel partner, to make the shirts available. Pursuant to NCAA guidelines proceeds will support Tiana and her family during this time of need. The University has waived standard royalty from the sale of the shirts.

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Syracuse University Food Services Receives A+ Score from PETA for Fourth Consecutive Year

For the fourth consecutive year, Syracuse University’s dining centers have received an A+ rating from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), placing the University on the Dean’s List in PETA’s college rankings. According to VeganReportCard.com, “The Dean’s List includes an elite group of institutions that have accrued enough Vegan Report Card points to rank among the highest tier of A-rated schools. They are the vanguard when it comes to vegan cuisine on campus.”

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Drumlins Tennis Pro Earns National Award

Brian Dahlstrom, the head tennis professional at Drumlins Tennis Club, has been named Clinician of the Year by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Eastern section. The award is given to a teaching professional whose dedication and enthusiasm in teaching USTA programs (including schools, parks and recreation, community tennis associations, national junior tennis leagues, staff trainings and clinics) have helped increase player participation and retention in the section.

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Seven Months into Renovation, the New Schine Takes Shape

Schine roof removed with view to sky

After donning a hard hat and protective eyewear to walk into the Schine Student Center construction zone, the first glimpse into the space is one of impressive vastness. What was once concealed behind brick walls and sectioned off into quadrants is a wide-open floor plan, soon to be filled with new gathering spaces, dining options, and offices for student services and activities.

There is still some time until the renovated Hildegarde and J. Myer Schine Student Center opens to the public. Right now, half of the building is still occupied by the University Bookstore and Goldstein Auditorium. The other half has been gutted, from the Panasci Lounge on the third floor all the way down to the loading dock. Demolition of the space is complete, according to Vice President and Chief Campus Facilities Officer Pete Sala. He says that the project’s general contractor, LeChase Construction, hauled away 223 30-yard dumpsters full of construction waste. That’s 1,345 tons of debris, or put another way by Sala, just as much interior demolition as with the Barnes Center at The Arch project.

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Tips for Making the Holidays More Sustainable

The holidays are usually a time of overindulgence, but holiday traditions can be made more sustainable with a little creativity. We reached out to Syracuse University’s Office of Energy Systems and Sustainability Management for some ideas on how to make the holidays more environmentally friendly.

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Gerri “Babydoll” Williams Celebrates 50 Years at Syracuse University

This past October, Gerri Williams celebrated a milestone that most employees—in any job, with any organization—only dream of attaining: her 50th anniversary with Syracuse University.

Williams began her career with Food Services in 1969. She worked in Washington Arms, Haven Hall and the Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center and dabbled in Campus Catering before landing her current role in Manley Field House’s dining center. At Manley, she works as a group leader, serving the football players and coaches.

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