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Upstate Announcements for April 20, 2022

State of the University Address is today

President Dewan’s State of the University Address will be held today, April 20 at 4 p.m. The address will be held in the Medical Alumni Auditorium in Weiskotten Hall, and via live stream. The Upstate Community is invited to attend. In addition to the address, the event will feature the presentation of the inaugural Upstate Council Awards for Exemplary Service. To join the live stream (opening at 3:45 p.m.), log in with your Upstate username and password here: https://www.upstate.edu/president/communications/.

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Donate Life Silent Auction is open now

Upstate’s annual Donate Life Silent Auction is open to all online. Proceeds benefit the Donor Fund and are used to help promote organ donation and registration efforts. To view the online auction, visit: https://tschu8482.wixsite.com/silentauction. For more information, email Liz Keesler at DahlinE@Upstate.edu. Bidding closes April 22.

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Upstate celebrates National Volunteer Week

Upstate thanks its hundreds of volunteers for their work during National Volunteer Week. Upstate volunteers have roles throughout the organization that support staff, patients and families. Their presence can be found in each of the hospitals and outpatient sites. If you see an Upstate volunteer this week, say thank you!

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Mentors sought for summer internships

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion seeks Upstate staff and faculty to mentor and support high-achieving college students this summer though the Mercy Works SYNERGY Summer Internship Program. Upstate provides real work experience and practical learning for participating students who bring innovative ideas, updated skills and new perspectives as they pursue their career interests in the medical field. To learn more about applying, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/diversityinclusion/initiatives/internship.php or email Connie Gregory at GregoryC@Upstate.edu.

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County health assessment survey seeks input

Upstate is part of Onondaga County’s Health Equity Task Force. The task force invites the Upstate community to take the county’s community health assessment survey—offered every three years to assess needs of residents. The survey is available in English and Spanish. To take the survey, visit: English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OCHDCHA2022Spanish: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/CHA2022Esp

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Stress Management presentation is April 21

Annemarie Cristino, MSW, CEAP, coordinator for Upstate’s Employee Assistance Program, will present Stress Management: Stress and Healthy Wellbeing April 21 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. via WebEx. Cristino will discuss stress, how stress impacts our lives, and how to manage stress in a healthy way. The Upstate community is welcome to attend. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m5fb33604d5137218796b5d1ca8e83330 (meeting number 2316 998 1726; password M2AdZdVAc63). To join by phone, call +1-415-655-0001. For more information on the Employee Assistance Program, visit https://www.upstate.edu/eap/ or email Annemarie Cristino at CristinA@Upstate.edu.

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Blue and Green Day is April 22

Upstate’s Organ Donor Council will host the annual Blue and Green Day photo contest. Wear blue and green to support National Donate Life Month, take a photo, and send to Michelle Lonkey at LonkeyM@Upstate.edu or Tracey Wilcox at WilcoxT@Upstate.edu by April 27.

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Kick Butts Earth Day is April 22

The Tobacco-Free Task Force will host Kick Butts Earth Day Friday, April 22 at 10 a.m. beginning in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center. Join the team to clean up cigarette butts on the Upstate campus and clear the air at Upstate, as tobacco use is not permitted anywhere on campus. Clean-up will happen rain or shine, and grabbers will be provided. Please R.S.V.P. to Theresa Hankin at hankint@upstate.edu.

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Heart Walk is April 24

The Heart Walk will be held April 24 at 10 a.m. at SRC Arena on the OCC campus. To join the Upstate Stroke Team visit http://www2.heart.org/goto/UpstateStrokeCenter.

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Spring into Wellness is April 25

A mini-health fair will be held April 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center. Information will be available on a variety of programs, including: financial counseling, nutrition counseling, spiritual care, survivorship, smoking cessation, We Matter, She Matters, and more. The Upstate community is welcome. Masks are required.

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Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is April 25 to 29

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine celebrates laboratory professionals and the role they play in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. So far during the pandemic, Upstate’s microbiology and molecular diagnostics labs have performed over 330,000 Covid tests. Dedicated lab staff helped meet the high demand for Covid testing while maintaining timely and efficient operations throughout Upstate lab sections. Thanks to Pathology and Laboratory Medicine for their contributions in supporting the mission of Upstate.

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Retirement income planning webinar is April 27

VOYA welcomes all state employees to participate in a retirement income planning webinar Wednesday, April 27 at noon. Retirement income sources, Social Security, and how to close gaps in income goals will be discussed. To register, visit https://boblaferriere.timetap.com/.

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Volunteers sought for spring cleanup April 29

The Upstate community is invited to help Sarah’s guest House, Upstate’s 2022 Your Cause partner, with spring cleanup. To volunteer, email Susan Bland at BLANDmeS@upstate.edu or Kelly Dolan at dolank@upstate.edu. Shifts will run from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m. Wear a Team Upstate shirt, if possible. Sarah’s Guest House is a local 501C3 charity whose mission is to provide lodging, transportation, meals and comfort to patients and families receiving medical care in Central New York. The house is the only healthcare hospitality house for adults in Central New York. 

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Retirement reception for Linda McAleer is April 29

A retirement reception for Linda McAleer, deputy nursing director of pediatrics at Upstate, will be held April 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. For more information, email Mary Melice at melicem@upstate.edu.

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Advocates fundraiser for Upstate

Want to throw out a first pitch at a Syracuse Mets game this season? Participate in Advocates for Upstate’s drawing to win a Syracuse Mets First Pitch Experience gift basket valued at $150. Proceeds will go toward the Advocates’ grant funding program to benefit programs and services at Upstate University Hospital and Upstate Community Hospital. The experience also includes four game tickets, a food voucher, and free parking. In addition, a baseball, a shirt fan finger and more have been added to the basket. The raffle will be held through Friday, April 29 at 11:30 a.m. with the drawing to take place at noon the same day. The winner will be randomly selected and contacted by email or telephone immediately following the drawing. Tickets are $5 each or three tickets for $10. The first pitch experience must be redeemed by the end of the Mets season. For more information, call 315-464-5610 or email advocates@upstate.edu. To purchase tickets, https://advocates-for-upstate.square.site/.

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April is National Records and Information Awareness Management Month

When you see one or all of Upstate’s Record Storage Team members, please thank them for their service. Records and Information Management Month is celebrated internationally during the month of April to highlight the significant impact records management has on organizations. Upstate celebrates this team and values their contribution, which includes organizing and maintaining records and data for the efficient and effective management of information.

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May Well NYS challenge

The May Well New York State challenge is to dance or move to your favorite song. Register and track your progress here: https://wellnys.oer.ny.gov/.

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Digital commensality is May 2

Eat, talk and connect with coworkers in a WebEx breakroom May 2 at noon. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.

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Advocates annual luncheon is May 3

The Upstate community is invited to attend the annual meeting and luncheon of the Advocates for Upstate May 3 at noon at the Collegian Hotel, 1060 E. Genesee St. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and a business meeting for members will be held at 11:45 a.m. Upstate University Hospital CEO Robert Corona, DO, MBA, is the guest speaker. Tickets are $15 each for Advocates members and $20 each for guests, and are available through April 27. To purchase tickets online, visit: https://advocates-for-upstate.square.site. For more information, email Advocates@Upstate.edu or call 315-464-5610.

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Self-care presentation with NY Project Hope is May 4

Experts will discuss stress, self-care, coping during Covid, tips and relaxation exercises during a presentation on self-care by NY Project Hope May 4 at noon. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks. To learn more about NY Project Hope, visit: www.nyprojecthope.org.

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Strikes Against Stroke is May 6

Strikes Against Stroke will be held May 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool. To register, visit: https://www.upstatefoundation.org/strikes.

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Volunteers sought for 14th annual Cazenovia Hillbender Cycling Festival May 7

The 14th annual Cazenovia Hillbender Cycling Festival will be held Saturday, May 7 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Cazenovia Ski Club near Chittenango Falls. The event, a 19-mile bike ride and 38-mile bike race, benefits the Madeline Cote Fund. The fund, held at the Upstate Foundation, supports the Golisano Center for Special Needs’ inclusive fitness and adaptive design programs for children and young adults with physical and developmental disabilities. To register, visit: https://www.upstatefoundation.org/CazHillbender. Volunteers are needed to direct and stop traffic along the course route. For more information contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld at shenfels@upstate.edu or 315-464-4284.

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Easy For You is May 10

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, May 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 7335B Upstate University Hospital. Everyone with an Upstate ID is welcome to receive help quitting tobacco, chew, and vape. Free nicotine replacement therapy is available. For more information contact Theresa Hankin or Carolyn Walczyk at 315-464-3519 or walczykc@upstate.edu.

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Pathway to Wellness offers 10 minutes at 10 a.m. on May 10

Join Pathway to Wellness May 10 at 10 a.m. for 10 minutes of dance moves—including the macarena, cupid shuffle and electric slide—to circulate your blood and elevate your mood. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.

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Chair yoga presentation is May 12

Pathway to Wellness will offer a presentation on chair yoga May 12 at noon. To join, visit: https://upstate/webex.com/meet/brisks.

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Upstate Trauma T-shirts available beginning May 16

In celebration of May as Trauma Awareness Month, Upstate Trauma T-shirts will be available for purchase beginning May 16 at 6 a.m. in the second-floor lobby of Upstate University Hospital. Shirts are $20. Cash, check, credit/debit will be accepted. Proceeds benefit the trauma account held with the Foundation. For more information, email Melaina King at KingMe@Upstate.edu.

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Upstate Stroke Center T-shirts available to purchase

To purchase an Upstate Stroke Center T-shirt for $15, email Raisa Zhovklaya at Zhovklar@Upstate.edu.

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