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Non Fungible Tokens and the Future of Collegiate Athletics and Licensing Industry

Syracuse University and Louisiana State University (LSU) have joined RECUR’s NFTU program to bring in their college sports moments and marks. In conjunction, RECUR also announced a key partnership with BrandR Group, a leading agency in group licensing programs with college athletic programs and their students in the Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) category.

Read the full story at Syracuse Unversity News.

A Campus Safety Message from Chief Maldonado

Student safety is the number one priority of every member of the Department of Public Safety (DPS). When we see a pattern of behavior that we feel our community needs to be aware of, we send out informational notices to alert the community. This is why we sent an informational notice campus-wide on Sept. 13 about the burglaries that had been occurring on South campus. We also send out informational notices when we make arrests, like we did recently about an arrest that was made in connection with a burglary incident.

 Along with communicating with our community, we increased patrols in the affected areas. In addition to our normal patrol staff that focus on North and South campus, we have the following additional patrols that focus off-campus: 

  • Orange Watch patrols, focus on expanded DPS presence in key areas on North and South campuses and in the neighborhoods north and east of campus. The program expands DPS peace officers’ hours of armed walking, bicycle and vehicle patrol coverage. It supplements DPS’ and other law enforcement agencies’ current activities in areas frequented by students, faculty and staff.
  • The University Area Crime-control Team (UACT) patrols, staffed jointly by DPS and the Syracuse Police Department (SPD) and patrols in the immediate off-campus and fraternity/sorority neighborhoods focused on robbery and burglary suppression. The primary mission of the UACT is to further enhance the safety and security of University community members on campus and in designated areas closest to the University’s campus. Both enforcement agencies patrol areas in the campus area on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
  • The Neighborhood Safety Patrol program is a partnership between the residents, the University, and the Syracuse Police Department. The Department of Public Safety designates one or two patrol units to respond to incidents involving Syracuse University students that occur in the patrol area. When necessary, DPS officers will document student violations of the law and the Syracuse University Code of Student Conduct. DPS officers will respond at the request of the Syracuse Police Department officers assigned to the Neighborhood Patrol. DPS also patrols the east neighborhoods, reporting safety issues and suspicious incidents directly to the Syracuse Police Department.

 Also, in addition to the over 2,000 cameras and views that we have on campus and swipe card access to the residence halls, we have residential community safety officers (RCSOs) in the entrance of every residence hall to monitor and control access to by checking the identification of all persons entering the residence halls and signing in visitors and guests who are escorted by a hall resident. RCSOs control access to the halls, ensuring that only residents and staff are permitted access to the hall during restricted hours.

There are also a number of services available to our students to help keep them and make them feel safe. Students can call for a safety escort provide by Parking and Transportation Services (315.443.RIDE) and sign up for the Rave Guardian app on their smartphone, which acts as a mobile blue light, allowing them to contact the DPS Emergency Communications Center with the touch of a button and transmit their physical location during the call or report safety tips should they see suspicious activity.

Finally, we encourage all our community members to follow these safety strategies: 

  • Always lock your doors and windows, even when you are home. When you are not home, make your home look occupied and make sure there is good lighting around your doors for when you return home.
  • Be aware of your surroundings! Many crimes occur right under the noses of people who just did not notice anything suspicious. When in question, please report it anyway! 
  • Do not leave valuables out in the open; when you leave your residence, make sure you secure your belongings so that they are not visible out in the open. 

 For additional safety strategies, visit our website at dps.syr.edu. 

 

Bobby Maldonado
Chief
Department of Public Safety

New ‘Opt-In’ Hand Scanner Technology Now Available to Students on Unlimited and Block Meal Plans

Students interested in an expedited entry into Syracuse University’s dining centers now have a new high-tech option available to them. In recent weeks, the University has installed Morpho hand scanners in nearly all dining centers to facilitate a quicker, contactless entrance at mealtimes. The use of this technology is entirely voluntary and available for students on unlimited and block plans. Already, hundreds of students have registered their hand scans with the Housing, Meal Plan and I.D. Card Services Office and begun using the system. Students interested in signing up should visit 206 Steele Hall.

Read the full story at Syracuse University News.

MySlice Upgrade Scheduled for Sept. 25-26

MySlice will get a new look as part of an upgrade taking place during the weekend of Sept. 25-26. MySlice will be unavailable during that time. The upgraded system is expected to be available the evening of Sunday, Sept. 26, with its first full day on Monday, Sept. 27.

At the same time as the upgrade, MySlice’s security will be enhanced with Microsoft Two-Factor Authentication (also known as multi-factor authentication, or MFA).

As a result, MySlice users will need to ensure they have access to their multi-factor authentication methods, which they can manage at msmfa.syr.edu.

Read the full story at Syracuse University News.

Syracuse adds biometric hand scanner option at dining halls

Syracuse University has added a new option for students entering campus dining facilities in the form of biometric hand scanners. The new entry option is now available to any students on meal plans that want to enroll and use the biometric reader to get through the line quicker and in a contactless manner.

According to the Syracuse University dining website, the “fast lane hand scanners” are intended for students on unlimited or block meal plans. Eligible students can register their hand on campus during business hours to take advantage of the biometric offering.

Read the full story at CR80 News.

Important Information about Centro Route Reductions

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Last week, Centro, our campus transportation partner, announced route reductions [PDF] due to an ongoing shortage of drivers. These route reductions are effective beginning today, Monday, Sept. 13. Most notably, Centro will no longer provide service after 8 p.m. In response, Parking and Transportation Services has allocated additional resources to minimize the impact on our campus community.

Daytime Service (6 a.m.-8 p.m.)

·         Centro schedules for campus routes will not change during daytime hours. If you rely on Centro, you may notice increased delays during the busiest times of day, as Centro will not be able to add extra buses to these routes as they typically would to alleviate congestion.

·         Parking and Transportation Services will supplement any lost service from Centro with ’Cuse Trolleys during times of peak usage.

·         Please build in extra travel time when traveling to and from campus.

Evening and Late Night (8 p.m.-3 a.m.)

·         Centro will cease operating after 8 p.m.

·         Parking and Transportation Services will provide ’Cuse Trolleys, to cover the South Campus shuttle routes previously administered by Centro.

·         The shuttles will run as scheduled, approximately every 15 minutes from 7:30 p.m. until 3 a.m.

·         Some late-night shuttle services with low ridership will be temporarily suspended after 8 p.m. These include the Euclid Shuttle, the Warehouse Shuttle and the Late Night Campus Shuttle. Passengers needing transportation along these routes should contact the on-demand Parking and Transportation Services Safety Escort Shuttle, which will expand its hours to run from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. The safety shuttle service can be requested by calling 315.443.RIDE (7433).

Event Transportation

·         Guests attending events on campus will not notice a change in service.

·         Any reduction in Centro service will be supplemented by Parking and Transportation Services vehicles or via another third-party service provider.

Other Centro Routes

·         Centro routes including Nob Hill, Westcott and the Destiny USA weekend shuttle will experience service reductions.

·         Please visit the Centro website for the most up-to-date schedules.

Access to Campus

·         All students with a valid permit may use any Orange lot after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except during stadium events.

·         These lots include Comstock Avenue Garage (when an attendant is present), College Place lot, Harrison lot, Henry lot, Irving Ave Hill lot, Ostrom lot, Raynor Ave lot, Standart West lot, University Ave North lot, University Ave South lot, Women’s Building North lot, Women’s Building South lot, Manley North and South lots (Manley Field House), South Campus Housing lots and the Skytop lot.

The University will update its campus shuttle website to reflect the new service schedules as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we adjust to the Centro service reductions and work to do all we can to mitigate disruption to our community.

Sincerely,
Kris Klinger
Senior Associate Vice President for Auxiliary Services

Concessions Upgrades at the Stadium to Enhance the Game Day Experience for Fans

When the Carrier Dome opened back in 1980, the game day experience was different. Simple. Bare bones. You drove to the game, parked, watched the game, got back in your car, went home.

“In the 1970s and 80s, there was no thought put into the food experience, drinks or retail at sporting events,” says Michael Bekolay, founder and CEO of Venue Hospitality Solutions. “The architects back then didn’t focus on ‘dwell time,’ or the experience happening beyond the field of play. Food and drink options were simple and maybe you had a hot dog, a popcorn or a fountain soda.”

Read the full story at Syracuse University News.

Daktronics, Diversified delivers LED video wall to Syracuse University

To deliver a curved LED video wall for Syracuse University’s Schine Student Center, Daktronics, a video display manufacturer, partnered with Diversified, a technology solutions provider, to design, manufacture and install the school’s new media wall for the 2021 spring semester, according to a press release.

“As the centerpiece of the newly renovated Schine Student Center, the video wall allows us to build community through shared experiences such as campus programming and athletic events,” Christine Scollay, interim director of Syracuse University’s Student Centers and Programming Services, said in the release. “The video board has helped us create a fresh and relevant space for students.”

Read the full story at Digital Signage Today.

Gwenn Judge Named Acting Chief Financial Officer

Gwenn Judge, a longtime member of the Syracuse University community and highly respected leader, has been named acting chief financial officer (CFO), effective immediately. She succeeds Amir Rahnamay-Azar, who served as CFO from February 2017 to September 2021.

Judge, who most recently served as director of the Office of Budget and Planning, previously served as interim CFO from June 2016 to February 2017. Judge first joined the Office of Budget and Planning in 1987 as a senior budget and planning analyst. She was promoted to associate director in 1999 and has served as director since 2007.