Syracuse University Internships for Area High School Students Turns Into ‘Something Special’

High school students running around the Syracuse University campus with blow torches . . . what could possibly go wrong?

University Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer Pete Sala admits that thought crossed his mind when Cydney Johnson, vice president for community engagement and government relations, came to him with the idea of hosting several Syracuse high school students for a month this summer as interns at the physical plant and with food services.

Read the full story at Syracuse University News.

August 2021 DPS Update

Chief Bobby Maldonado provided his monthly update to the campus community. This month’s updates included:

  • Progress Made Toward Implementing Recommendations by Loretta Lynch
  • Rave Guardian Mobile Safety App
  • DPS Safety Strategies
  • DPS Communications Processes
  • Monthly Bias Update

Read the full update at the DPS website.

Important Public Health Information: Temporary Masking Change, COVID-19 Masking Level Now Red

Late yesterday, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon announced a notable increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in the county. Although the prevalence of new cases on campus remains low, in response to the county’s announcement the University’s public health team has recommended that we take the precautionary action to elevate our campus masking requirement to level RED.

Read the full update at Syracuse University News.

It’s more than just the honey: SU’s Bee Orange raises environmental awareness

Despite numerous setbacks after the launch of Bee Orange at Syracuse University in 2019, the project’s leaders managed to continue their community connection and sustainability efforts to sell their honey across campus.

The project, inspired by Bee Campus USA, established six honey beehives on South Campus in the spring of 2020. The project aims to protect pollinator habitats, increase environmental awareness and encourage appreciation of nature, said Meg Lowe, sustainability coordinator and SU Bee Campus USA committee chair.

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Syracuse University bee hives hope to help promote more fresh foods in urban area

A new project on Syracuse University’s South Campus could be part of the answer to bringing some much-needed relief to Syracuse’s food desert areas.

Urban beehives like Detroit Hives have already seen such success in turning some of Motor City’s most destitute areas into fertile, growing gardens.

PhotoJournalist Westbrook Shortell takes a dive into the Hive Mind on South Campus to see just how important honey bees are to making it all happen.

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Honey Produced by Campus Honeybees Available Soon

In spring 2020, South Campus became home to six honeybee hives, which house over 300,000 honeybees. In their first year on campus, the bees harvested enough nectar from campus plants and trees to create over 300 pounds of honey. The honey is harvested twice a year and has been bottled for sale on campus. A small initial offering of campus honey in early 2021 proved immensely popular, with the honey quickly selling out across campus.

In the next few weeks, University community members will be able to purchase the honey in the Campus Store in the Schine Student Center, as well as in campus convenience stores.

July 2021 Updates From DPS

I hope this email finds you well. We are looking forward to everyone’s return to campus in August.

Today, I am providing updates on investigations into two recent bias incident reports:

July 10: A group of students reported being approached by a silver SUV. The occupants reportedly threw an egg that struck one of the students and then shouted anti-Semitic language.

Read the full update on the Department of Public Safety’s website.

New Electric Equipment Reduces Noise, Increases Carbon Neutrality on Campus

It’s one of the sounds of summer: a gas-powered lawnmower. The noise is quite common in neighborhoods as people work to keep their lawns looking good. It’s no different on the Syracuse University campus. With 800 acres of grounds, cutting the grass comes with the territory. But the noise and pollution created by gas-burning engines is soon becoming a thing of the past on campus, as grounds crews transition from gas-powered equipment to electric. Included in this grouping is the use of a zero-turn commercial grade mower with a 60-inch cutting deck, powered not by gas, but rather, four large batteries.

Read the full story at Syracuse University News.

Housing Committee Announces Results of Review, Acquisition of The Marshall

Updated apartments and suite-stye units for undergraduates living on campus, and additional housing on South Campus for juniors and seniors, graduate students and others are just some of the priority items in Syracuse University’s new housing strategy. The strategy, which follows the completion of a comprehensive housing review that began in 2019, prioritizes student feedback and seeks to meet the needs of today’s undergraduate and graduate students.

In July 2019, Syracuse University announced a holistic review of its on-campus student housing to better understand residential options and determine future needs in support of enriching the student experience. A committee made up of representatives from across campus performed qualitative and quantitative analysis on data collected from engagements with more than 7,000 students, faculty and staff members. The committee solicited input through focus groups, engagement sessions and three separate online surveys. Data collection continued throughout the summer and fall of 2020 to assess the pandemic’s effects on the local housing market and campus housing trends.

Read the full story at Syracuse University News.

Search Continues for Next Chief, Campus Safety and Emergency Management Services

Syracuse University today announced the extension of the search for the next chief, campus safety and emergency management services (CSEMS). As the search continues, current Department of Public Safety (DPS) Chief Robert “Bobby” Maldonado will remain in his position through Dec. 31, 2021.

Extending and expanding the search will allow the University to ensure the best possible slate of candidates are being considered.

The new chief will oversee the Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management, Global Safety and Support, and CSEMS administrative and technical support. The selected candidate will be charged with implementing the recommendations made by the independent review of DPS, which was recently conducted by former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to create, embrace and advance a new model of campus safety