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DCSES Honors Employees, Community Members at Third Annual Awards Ceremony

The Division of Campus Safety and Emergency Services honored 25 of its employees, along with one member of the Students for Community Safety Program and one Syracuse Community Member, at the second annual DCSES Awards Ceremony, held Tuesday, April 17. The awards honored the exceptional achievements of the divisional staff members throughout the 2017 calendar year.

The award recipients included:

Major Grant Williams Memorial Award
Carlos Uruchurtu Perez, Student, Class of 2020

Major Grant Williams Excellence in Service Award
Cleveland J. McCurty Jr., Crime Prevention Coordinator,

Department of Public Safety Community Member Recognition Award
Megan Panebianco, Syracuse University Ambulance

Outstanding Students for Community Safety Award
Charity Purchas, Residential Receptionist, Students for Community Safety, Department of Public Safety

Outstanding DCSES Administrative and Technical Services Award
Christopher Stewart, Automation Software Engineer, Division of Campus Safety and Emergency Services

Outstanding Environmental Health and Safety Services Award
Ann Meany, Administrative Specialist

Outstanding Parking Services Employee Award
Robert Caruth, Field and Event Supervisor
Karen Ryle, Administrative Specialist

Excellence in Safety and Security Award
Brandi Bistrovich, Parking Lot Attendant, Parking and Transit Services

Outstanding Peace Officer Award
Michael Patsos, Training Coordinator, Department of Public Safety
Anthony Brauchle, Public Safety Officer, Department of Public Safety

Outstanding Community Services Officer Award
Christopher Hudson, Community Services Officer, Department of Public Safety

Outstanding Communications Officer Award
Amanda Bingham, Communications Specialist, Department of Public Safety
Greg Indick, Communications Coordinator, Department of Public Safety

Meritorious Performance Award
Anna Marie Schaap, Administrative Specialist, Department of Public Safety

Chief Law Enforcement Officer’s Award for Distinguished Performance
Joseph Hernon, Director of Emergency Management and Business Continuity, Department of Public Safety

Chief Financial Officer’s Award for Excellence in Overall Performance
Deanna Bailey, Associate Director of Field and Event Operations, Parking and Transit Services
Andrew Clary, Special Events Patrol Sergeant, Department of Public Safety

syracuse.com: Syracuse University staff smoothed the way for graduate’s grandparents (Your letters)

Sometime it’s the little things that make a big difference. Between the Parking and Transit Services staff managing the disabled shuttle, the DPS Fire and Life Safety officer who coordinates the disable entrance, and the Dome staff working Gate A, we have a great team of caring people making commencement comfortable for elderly and disabled family members. We apprecaite the kind words from the Klocek’s in a recent letter to the editor on syracuse.com.

DCSES Honors Employees, Community Members at Second Annual Awards Ceremony

The Division of Campus Safety and Emergency Services honored 25 of its employees, along with one member of the Students for Community Safety Program and one Syracuse Community Member, at the second annual DCSES Awards Ceremony, held May 8. The awards honored the exceptional achievements of the divisional staff members throughout the 2016 calendar year.

The award recipients were:

Chief Financial Officer’s Award for Excellence in Overall Performance
Michael Kearns, Technical Services Manager, Division of Campus Safety and Emergency Services
Jacqueline Snow, Parking Lot Attendant, Parking and Transit Services

Chief Law Enforcement Officer’s Award for Distinguished Performance
Janice Boucheron, Office Coordinator, Parking and Transit Services

Meritorious Performance Award
Daniel Lebron, Jr., Training Coordinator, Department of Public Safety

Outstanding Communications Officer Award
Shannon Day, Emergency Communications Coordinator, Department of Public Safety
Shannon Slowik, Communications Specialist, Department of Public Safety

Outstanding Community Services Officer Award
Joseph O’Connor, Community Services Officer (CSO), Department of Public Safety

Outstanding Peace Officer Award
John Bingham, Public Safety Officer, Department of Public Safety
Jeremy Welling, Public Safety Officer, Department of Public Safety

Outstanding Fire and Life Safety Officer Award
Matthew Speach, Inspector, Fire and Life Safety Services, Department of Public Safety

Major Grant Williams Excellence in Service Award
George Wazen, Public Safety Library Operations Coordinator, Department of Public Safety

Excellence in Law Enforcement Award
Edward Babcock, Public Safety Officer, Department of Public Safety
Gregory Scheurer, Public Safety Officer, Department of Public Safety

Outstanding Parking and Transit Services Employee Award
Oscar Brown, Parking Lot Attendant, Parking and Transit Services
Patrick Kelly, Parking Services Technician, Parking and Transit Services
Dawn McDonough, Parking Lot Attendant, Parking and Transit Services
Lanita Oliver, Office/Data Coordinator, Parking and Transit Services

Outstanding Environmental Health and Safety Services
Chad Ames, Environmental Compliance Manager, Environmental Health and Safety Services
Tim Coughlin, Industrial Hygiene Manager and Biosafety Officer, Environmental Health and Safety Services

Outstanding DCSES Administrative and Technical Services Award
Nicole Cooter, Regulatory Compliance Manager, Risk Management
Donna Petrera, Office Coordinator, Division of Campus Safety and Emergency Services
Maureen Reilly, Office Coordinator, Fire and Life Safety Services

Spirit of Justice Award
Christine Weber, Public Information Officer, Division of Campus Safety and Emergency Services

Major Grant Williams Memorial Scholarship Award
Lorena Kanzki, Digital Communications Assistant, Division of Campus Safety and Emergency Services

Outstanding Students for Community Safety Award
Ishan Gupta, Resident Student Advisor, Students for Community Safety

Community Member Recognition Awards
Alexander Lynch, Department of Public Safety Externship
Kevin Storm, U.S. Postal Service

Each award recipient significantly affected the collective efforts of the Division of Campus Safety and Emergency Services, and it is due to their efforts that the reputation of division as a service provider has continued to flourish. To learn more about each award, visit the Division of Campus Safety and Emergency Services website.

Winter Weather Notification Reminder

February 13, 2017

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

During the last 72 hours, the Central New York region has experienced two weather events, both of which created adverse travel conditions for some members of our campus community.

In light of the recent weather patterns and given the fact that we still have several weeks of winter ahead of us, I wanted to reach out to you to remind you of our winter weather notification process. Though the University will, in general, remain open for business despite inclement weather, the safety and well-being of our community members will always be prioritized when determining operating status.

The University works with an independent weather service, Precision Weather Service, to help make decisions about weather delays, closings or schedule changes. Input is also provided by the divisions of Campus Safety and Emergency Services and Campus Facilities Administration and Services.

In the event of extreme weather and if a change in the University’s operating status becomes necessary, it will be announced via the University’s emergency broadcast notification system and will carry the notice SU WEATHER ALERT. Please be sure your Orange Alert settings are always up to date in MySlice. Information about the University’s operating status will also be announced:

•   via campus email;
•   on the University’s campus Twitter account @SUCampus;
•   on news.syr.edu and syracuse.edu; and
•   via the Syracuse University radio station WAER-FM88 and other local media outlets.

Only Syracuse University’s Office of News Services is authorized to transmit to the news media and the campus community announcements about closings, work-schedule changes, or class-start delays.

Although Syracuse University rarely closes, campus community members should be aware and take precautions when severe weather is in the area. Students, please contact your professors if the winter weather poses a threat to your safety. For faculty and staff, if you encounter weather conditions that could affect your safety when traveling to/from the University, please contact your department chair or supervisor respectively.

To learn more about winter weather preparedness, please click here.

Sincerely,

Tony Callisto Jr.
Senior Vice President for Safety and Chief Law Enforcement Officer

Syracuse becomes a National Weather Service StormReady® University

National Weather Service officials have recognized Syracuse University as a StormReady® University. The StormReady program helps university leaders and residents better prepare for hazardous weather and flooding. StormReady® Universities have made a strong commitment to implement the infrastructure and systems needed to save lives and protect property when severe weather strikes. To learn more, visit news.syr.edu.

Zika Virus Information

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. Prior to 2015, Zika virus outbreaks have occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. In May 2015, the first confirmed Zika virus infections were discovered in Brazil.  The Zika virus is transmitted through mosquito bites.  To prevent the Zika Virus, use insect repellents to prevent mosquito bites; this includes everyone (children, pregnant and nursing women). When weather permits, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.  Use air conditioning or window/door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.

No locally transmitted Zika cases have been reported in the continental United States, but cases have been reported in returning travelers, and it has recently been predicted that Zika will eventually enter the United States.

It is important to note, that for most people, the Zika virus is relatively mild and not fatal.  The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) for Zika virus disease is not known, but is likely to be a few days to a week.

A correlation has identified potential birth defects to infants born to a mother with the Zika virus, specifically microcephaly (a small, underdeveloped brain) that leads to further complications.  In response, CDC has issued a travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Pregnant women should strongly consider postponing travel to the tropical climates identified as those where the Zika virus is known to exist.
Though this has not become an issue for the Syracuse University community, we recommend if you have recently traveled abroad to one of the countries listed by the CDC and have any symptoms to follow up with a health professional or contact S.U. Health Services at (315) 443-9005.

Helpful Resources: 

Zika: The Basics of the Virus and How to Protect Against It

Zika Travel Information

Areas with Zika

LiveSafe Mobile App Offered to the University Community

Logo for LiveSafe mobile app, including the name and a shield with the outline of a cartoon personThe Division of Campus Safety and Emergency Services is committed to engaging with the community. Now, Syracuse University community members can get connected, stay involved, and most importantly get help by using the LiveSafe mobile application. The app makes information more accessible for anyone with an iOS or Android smart phone and provides direct access to DPS and Syracuse Police Department in the event of an emergency.

The LiveSafe app helps build an aware and safety conscious community. It provides a Report Tips tool, allowing users to take action by sending media content to the DPS dispatch center for follow-up. It also provides a safety map as a reference for public safety reports, health services, and other notable service centers in the area.

LiveSafe also integrates a feature called SafeWalk, which facilitates a “buddy system” for safe commutes home by permitting users to share location information and virtually escort each other to their final destinations. The app acts as a “mobile blue light,” integrating GPS location information when users contact the emergency dispatch center through the app.

In an attempt to build relationships between our community and the DPS, the application provides one more avenue to take action, raise awareness, and educate the public to create a safe environment for the students, faculty, and residents of the Syracuse University Community.

To download the app from the Apple Store, click here. To download the app on an Android, click here. Feel free to contact us at dpsadmin@syr.edu with questions or for more information about the app.