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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Syracuse University Holds 35th Annual International Thanksgiving Celebration

As hundreds of members of the Syracuse University community gathered in Goldstein Auditorium on the evening of Nov. 21, the main attraction—a 35-pound turkey, took center stage.

More than 400 international students were treated to a traditional American Thanksgiving meal at Syracuse University’s 35th International Thanksgiving Celebration. As the meal began, dozens of students gathered around Joe Sidoni, associate director for events with Food Services, on the Goldstein Auditorium stage to take pictures and video on cell phones as he carved the bird.

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Submit Your Favorite Recipe to Food Services

You don’t have to be a hardcore foodie to know that food plays a powerful role in our lives. Sometimes, the smell of a familiar meal or a beloved baked good can be deeply meaningful, especially when we’re far away from home.

The five dining centers at Syracuse University serve thousands of meals each day – hot, cold, snacks, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and everything in between.

Even with all of those choices, sometimes students want their favorite food, or a recipe that reminds them of home. What are these special recipes? Would you share them with Food Services, so that they can serve these foods in campus dining centers?

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Campus & Community IRS Makes Update to 2020 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate

Due to changes to the federal tax law passed in 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has updated the 2020 version of Form W-4. Form W-4 is completed by every Syracuse University employee to determine how much federal income tax is withheld from each paycheck.

The IRS does not require all employees to complete the updated form. It will be used by employees hired after 2019 and can be used by employees that want to make a withholding change after 2019.

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Students Raise Service Dogs in Training as Part of Their Life on Campus

You may have noticed “Princeton” and “Waltham” around campus this fall: attending classes, hanging out on the Shaw Quad, living on South Campus and making new friends.

These two friendly faces aren’t here for the academics but a different type of learning.

Princeton and Waltham are among a group of five Labrador retrievers on campus with their student handlers as part of the student group Service Dogs at Syracuse. The student group partners with the national nonprofit organization Canine Companions for Independence that pairs puppies with volunteer puppy raisers, who take care of the puppies until they are old enough to go through professional training.

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Dupli Announces Online Ordering Improvements; Training Sessions Begin this Week

Dupli has just completed a major overhaul to its website in order to improve the ordering process for its customers, and launched its new catalog-ordering platform on Nov. 11, 2019.

Since becoming the University’s primary printing and mailing distribution center in July 2017, Dupli has adjusted and adapted in response to feedback from campus constituents. The newest enhancements to its interface include:

  • A complete redesign of the e-commerce ordering experience
  • Specific templates for postcards, flyers, brochures, booklets and posters
  • A new search feature
  • User-friendly tutorials with screenshots
  • 150th anniversary toolkit
  • Calendars
  • Access to the site outside of University business hours

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Stories of Service: CPDC Director Joe Alfieri

In celebration of Veterans Week 2019, the University is recognizing stories of student veterans and faculty/staff who are veterans or have especially strong connections to the military. These stories are just some of the many from the veteran and military-connected community on campus whom the University is dedicated to supporting. From welcoming veterans to campus as far back as World War I, and having the longest consecutively running ROTC program in the country, the University is committed to being the “best place for veterans.”

Today, read the stories of U.S. Marine Corps veteran and College of Visual and Performing Arts student Adrian Weekly ’20 and U.S. Navy veteran Joe Alfieri, director of campus planning, design, and construction.

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Campus Vending Machines to Accept New Payment Options, Including Credit Cards, Apple Pay

Beginning the week of Nov. 18, members of the campus community will be able to use credit cards and mobile pay apps at 10 vending machines in Bird Library. The new payment capabilities will gradually expand to all 175 campus vending machines throughout the next year.

In addition to SUpercard FOOD funds and credit cards, the machines will now accept Apple Pay, Google Wallet and Android Pay. Purchasers should look for a new orange vending sticker placed on the machines, which will identify the acceptable forms of payment.

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