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Upstate Announcements for June 5, 2024

Donate Life T-shirts available for purchase

To purchase a Donate Life shirt, email Michelle Lonkey at [email protected]. Shirts are $20 each and proceeds benefit the Upstate Donor Fund for community education and outreach. Cash, check, and Venmo are accepted. Arrangements can be made to get a shirt to any Upstate location.



Bone Marrow registry recruitment is June 5

Hematology-Oncology is hosting an on-campus registry recruitment, through the National Donor Marrow Program today, June 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside Café 750 on the second floor of Upstate University Hospital. Please stop by to obtain information about how you can save lives through becoming a blood stem cell donor or register to donate. 



Retirement reception for Thomas Poole is June 6

A retirement reception for Thomas Poole, PhD, will be held June 6 at 3 p.m. in the Doust Boardroom, 9299 Weiskotten Hall. Poole retires after 40 years of service at Upstate. He served as associate professor in Cell and Developmental Biology and as assistant dean for Foundational Science. The Upstate community is welcome. For more information, email Lisa Bonaventura at [email protected].



Upstate Foundation’s estate planning lunch and learn is June 7

The Upstate Foundation will host an estate planning lunch-and-learn session Friday, June 7, from noon to 12:30 p.m., in room C1076 at Upstate Cancer Center. All are welcome to bring a lunch to the event. The session will also be available via Zoom. Carolyn Hendrickson from the Upstate Foundation and John M. Murphy, Jr. Esq., of Safe Harbor Wills and Trusts, will discuss vital estate planning documents, how to ensure families are protected, and how to direct assets. To register, visit: https://fundraise.givesmart.com/f/4kzk/n?vid=15xucs. Virtual participants will be sent the Zoom link once registered. For more information, contact Carolyn Hendrickson at [email protected].



Yoga for All is June 7, 12, 14, 21, 24

The Yoga for All schedule is as follows:

  • June 7 from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. in the Performance Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • June 12 from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. in 2151/2153 Nappi Wellness Institute
  • June 14 from 8 to 8:45 a.m. in the Performance Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • June 21 from 2:15 to 2:40 p.m. in Classroom A/B at Community
  • June 24 from 12:30 to 1 p.m. virtual offering

Yoga for All is facilitated by Upstate clinicians trained in Trauma Adapted Yoga, a form of yoga based on trauma research, evidence-based yoga therapy and body-based methods with gentle exercises for self-management of common symptoms and reactions. No experience is necessary and all are welcome. For questions, please email [email protected]. All upcoming sessions are listed on the Upstate Wellness calendar.



Upstate’s first Walk with A Doc program is June 8

Family Medicine physician Jarrod Bagatell, MD, will host the first Upstate Walk with a Doc event Saturday, June 8. The inaugural mile walk steps off at 9 a.m. at Onondaga Lake Park near the Skatepark, opposite Heid’s The one-hour sessions begin with a brief talk by the physician, followed by a walk, where participants can walk at their own pace and distance while getting to know each other and the doctor. In addition to his responsibilities as a Family Medicine physician, Bagatell is director of Employee/Student Health and an alumnus of Upstate’s Norton College of Medicine. Physicians interested in hosting future walks, should contact Liz Fuertes-Binder at [email protected].



Wellness Speaks is June 10

Anna Maria Hinman will speak about Upstate’s community garden during Wellness Speaks June 10 at 10 a.m. via WebEx. Hinman will also provide gardening tips. To register for the virtual session, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/weblink/register/rd7aaffe2aa28cf5320be54e20144ad5c. For more information, email Christine Podolak at [email protected].



Schwartz Rounds is June 11

Taking Off the Cap: From Hero to Human will be held Tuesday, June 11 at noon in 1204 A/B Upstate University Hospital. During this Schwartz Rounds presentation, panelists will share personal experiences on being perceived as infallible heroes to being recognized as regular humans with vulnerabilities, emotions, and limitations. Schwartz Rounds is open to staff of all departments and is intended to support the work we do by offering a compassionate listening environment. 1 CE hour will be awarded for participants. Questions? Email Chaplain Zeynab Mancini at [email protected].



Tranquility Tuesday is June 11

Tranquility Tuesday with Kaushal Nanavati, MD, will be held June 11 from 12:30 to 1 p.m. on the second floor of Nappi Wellness Institute. There will also be a virtual option. Tranquility Tuesday is held every Tuesday. Each session is a unique meditation, mindfulness, deep breathing, and relaxation practice experience. To join via Zoom, use Meeting ID: 407 812 4814 and Password: wellness. For more information, email Dr. Nanavati at [email protected]



Center for Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychiatry seminar is June 13

Carl Elliott, MD, PhD, University of Minnesota, will present Why They Blow the Whistle Thursday, June 13 at 5 p.m. on the second floor of 713 Harrison St. The presentation will also be available via Zoom. Elliott is a trained physician, professor of philosophy, and an author. To join via Zoom, visit: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/8993391512?pwd=eUI3QWJTQU5OdEZyZ2RMR0NFVUpNZz09. R.S.V.P. attendance to [email protected].



Health Literacy in Focus is June 14

The Central New York Library Resources Council and the Upstate Health Sciences Library will host Health Literacy in Focus Friday, June 14 via Zoom. The event features a book talk with Julia Soplop, author of Information Crisis: How a Better Understanding of Science Can Help Us Face the Greatest Problems of Our Time. The first 200 registrants will receive a free copy of Information Crisis. The event also includes the continuing education program 4 Tools for Assessing Health Education Materials, with educator Molly Knapp. Eligible attendees will receive free MLA credit for the session. All are welcome to attend. The event is free and open to the public. Find more information and register here: https://clrc.org/event/2024-health-literacy-focus/. Questions? Email Sarah Lawler at [email protected].


HealthLink on getting fit for walking or running is June 17

A HealthLink seminar on getting fit for walking or running will be held Monday, June 17 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Meredith Albert, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, will discuss how to get fit for walking or running, safe progressions, injury prevention, and how to stick with your exercise plan. Several exercises will also be provided during the virtual session. To register, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvf-GhpjotH9VEjNSvBJox9vJDiqVzbmdR. For more information on HealthLink seminars, email [email protected].



HealthLink on healthy eating for longevity is June 20

A HealthLink seminar on eating healthy for longevity will be held Thursday, June 20 from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom. Heather Dorsey, BS, RD, CDN, will discuss ways to incorporate healthy eating while considering your age, health and lifestyle needs, and for reducing health risks and improving quality of life. To register, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvd--rrDMqGtd3qkBy9K93SPf_6-Vu8TNW. For more information on HealthLink seminars, email [email protected].



Good Neighbor Day at the Syracuse Mets benefits mental health on June 20

The second annual Northland Communications Good Neighbor Day will be held Thursday, June 20 at the Syracuse Mets Game. The Syracuse Mets will donate $5 from every ticket sold to the Upstate Foundation’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Campaign. To purchase tickets, visit: https://fevo-enterprise.com/event/Upstatefoundation6. Questions? Contact Eric Stensland at [email protected] or 315-464-5747.



NYSHIP special option transfer and special enrollment periods for the Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) open now through June 28

Due to recently ratified contracts between New York state and the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA), there will be a Productivity Enhanced Program (PEP) special enrollment period. PEP for 2024 allows eligible full- and part-time NYSCOPBA-represented employees to exchange previously accrued annual and/or personal leave in return for a credit to be applied toward the employee share of their NYSHIP premium on a biweekly basis. Affected employees will be sent an email containing more information. To elect PEP for 2024, applications must be received between May 28 and June 28.

There will be NYSHIP rate changes for these groups effective July 1. As a result, there will be a special option transfer period, when affected employees may make changes to their NYSHIP coverage. To make changes to your NYSHIP coverage, sign and submit a PS-404 Health Insurance Transaction Form to the Benefits office. Requests must be made between May 28 and June 28. Submit all questions and forms to [email protected].



Nellie Hurley scholarship applications accepted through June 28

Advocates for Upstate is accepting Nellie Hurley scholarship applications through June 28. To be eligible, applicants must have been employed by Upstate or active as an Upstate volunteer for a minimum of six months prior to the application deadline. Scholarships, for undergraduate studies only, in health-related fields at accredited institutions, are for fall semester 2024. To apply, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/advocates/pdf/nhappfillable2024b.pdf. Applications should be completed and returned to [email protected] or to room 311 in the Campus Activities Building by June 28. For more information on eligibility and applying, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/advocates/grants-scholarships/scholarships.php.



Drag Brunch is June 29

The sixth annual Drag Brunch to benefit Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital will be held Saturday, June 29 at 10 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. at the Springside Inn in Auburn. The theme is Christmas in June, showcasing some of your holiday favorites. Both performances will feature Mrs. Kasha Davis from Ru Paul’s Drag Race and will include two silent auctions. Tickets are $55 each. For more information and to purchase tickets, email Danielle Bright at [email protected].



Blood drives at Upstate are July 11, 12, and 22

Blood drives will be held at Upstate July 11, 12, and 22. To make an appointment, visit: www.upstate.edu/blood. The schedule is as follows:

  • July 11 from noon to 5 p.m. in the atrium of Setnor
  • July 12 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • July 22 from noon to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria at Community



Upstate Foundation’s annual Upstate Open is Aug. 8

The 37th annual Upstate Open golf tournament will take place Aug. 8 at Turning Stone Resort Casino. The event will offer an elite golf experience at two of New York’s most beautiful golf courses. Proceeds support pediatric and adult cancer care at the Upstate Cancer Center and cancer research at Upstate Medical University. To register, visit: https://www.upstatefoundation.org/UpstateOpen. For additional information, contact Eric Stensland at [email protected] or 315-464-5747.



Workplace violence survey is available online

Upstate has partnered with healthcare facilities across CNY to create the Respect and Heal campaign, addressing workplace violence in our institutions. A survey to track and trend staff needs and ensure safety events are accurately reported for optimization of outcomes is now open online. The survey will take five minutes and will assist in our efforts to create safer and more supportive work environments for staff. To take the survey, visit: https://redcap.link/workplaceviolence_SAreporting. Questions? Email Jerry Santoferrara at [email protected].



The Informed Patient Podcast

The Informed Patient podcast recently featured interviews with these specialists about post-stroke depression, a diet for people with kidney disease and an analysis of folk wisdom about colds and fevers.

The Informed Patient podcast and HealthLink on Air radio show are produced by Upstate Marketing and University Communications. The Informed Patient interviews are available through various podcast platforms, including YouTube. HealthLink on Air is broadcast on WRVO Public Media at 6 a.m. Sundays. Audio and transcripts of the podcasts and the radio shows are also available at upstate.edu/informed. To suggest an Upstate expert or topic for a possible podcast, email Amber Smith at [email protected].