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Upstate Announcements for November 14, 2018


Save the date: Reception to be held for President and CEO Laraque-Arena

A reception honoring the service and dedication of Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP, president and CEO of Upstate Medical University, will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Eastwood Atrium, Setnor Academic Building. A brief program will begin at 5 p.m. The Upstate community is welcome. 



Applications now accepted for Your Cause Charity 

Team Upstate is currently accepting applications for the 2019 'Your Cause' charity. Upstate employees and students are encouraged to nominate a local non-profit organization whose mission is in line with the mission of Upstate. The selected organization will be Team Upstate’s featured “Your Cause” organization in 2019 and will receive support for events, outreach, hands-on work and education. Previous agencies supported include Clear Path for Veterans OnPoint for College and Chadwick Residence. Applications are available here: http://www.upstate.edu/teamupstate/pdf/YourCauseApp.pdf. Completed applications must be submitted to Nancy Prott at prottn@upstate.edu by Nov. 30.



Thanksgiving Snack Distribution is Nov. 14, 15 and 16 

Upstate’s traditional Thanksgiving holiday snack offerings will be available across Downtown and Community campuses to thank employees who contribute to Upstate’s mission of teaching, research and patient care. The schedule is as follows:  

Nov. 14 through 16, off-site locations will receive snack deliveries 

Nov. 15 at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., snack carts visit units at both campuses 

Nov. 16 at 5 a.m., snack carts visit units at both campuses 

Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon in the atrium of Setnor Academic Building 



Great American Smokeout is Nov. 15 

The Great American Smokeout will be held Nov. 15. Great American Smokeout events will offer free smoking cessation counseling for employees, patients, and families from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at Upstate Cancer Center; from 11:20 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Community Campus; from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the second floor lobby at Downtown Campus. Information about electronic cigarettes and use among young people will be offered and tobacco treatment specialists will offer guidance to help you stay smoke free for life. For assistance during off-shifts, call Theresa Hankin at 464-3519. 



NEXT Innovation Conference is Nov. 15

The NEXT Innovation Conference will be held Nov. 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, Liverpool. The event includes breakout sessions, 30 speakers and panelists, 38 tech showcase exhibitors, and a reception. For more information, visit www.next-syr.com. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/next-2018-tickets-46414093804.



World Cord Blood Day virtual conferences and Upstate tours are Nov. 15

Upstate employees are invited to stream the World Cord Blood Day virtual conferences featuring leading cord blood researchers and industry experts. The conferences are free. Register online at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/816794592509635329.

Upstate will conduct scheduled tours of the Cord Blood Bank throughout the day. For more information and R.S.V.P. for a tour, call 492-2600. Visit the Upstate Cord Blood Bank online at www.upstatecordbloodbank.com.



Lung Cancer Vigil is Nov. 15 

Upstate's annual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer vigil will be held Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. at Upstate Cancer Center. Luminary bags will be available to decorate. Patients and families will offer a few words of inspiration, and help create a ribbon of light. Music and light refreshments will be offered. The community is welcome. Questions? Call Matthew Capogreco at 464-3605 or email capogrem@upstate.edu.  



Library offers Scopus and Mendeley training sessions Nov. 15 and 16

Upstate’s Health Sciences Library is offering training sessions on Scopus and Mendeley for the Upstate community. A trainer from Elsevier will be on campus Nov. 15 and 16. Available to the Upstate community, Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network. Scopus is a comprehensive abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature within scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. All sessions will be held in the Health Sciences Library. For more information, email Twanna Hodge at hodgetw@upstate.edu. The training schedule is as follows. 

Nov. 15 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Scopus/Mendeley session for students, Room 318

Nov. 15 from 3 to 4 p.m. Mendeley session for Upstate community, Room 318

Nov. 16 from 10 to 11 a.m. Scopus session for students, Room 222C

Nov. 16 from noon to 1 p.m. Scopus/Mendeley session for Upstate community, Room 318



Upstate Gala is Nov. 16 

The Upstate Foundation’s 29thannual Gala will be held Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. at the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter. The pre-Gala patron and sponsor party begin at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit child and adolescent psychiatric services at Upstate University Hospital and support the creation of a new eight-bed pediatric psychiatric unit at the hospital. Sponsorship opportunities and reservations are available online at www.upstatefoundation.org/galaevent or call the Upstate Foundation at 464-4416.  



Mobile flu cart changes for Nov. 20

The mobile flu cart will be on Community Campus Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The evening hours have been cancelled. Flu shots are available at Employee Health from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 



Upstate Gives Thanks service is Nov. 20 

Spiritual Care will hold an interfaith service Nov. 20 in the Interfaith Chapel, first floor of Downtown Campus. The service will include an opportunity to express gratitude through sharing stories, songs, and readings. A wall of thanks will be available from Nov. 19 to 25. All are welcome to write a leaf of thanks to post on a tree banner outside the hospital. For more information, call Spiritual Care at 464-4687.  



Transgender Health Policy presentation is Nov. 26

Kellan E. Baker of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will explore the state of transgender health policy Nov. 26 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in 4414, Academic Building. Baker will discuss ways clinicians and researchers can advance local and national policy agendas that promote the health and well-being of transgender people. The presentation is open to the public. Baker is Centennial Scholar and Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Scholar in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins.



Neuroscience Grands Rounds examines endovascular surgery Nov. 28 

Stacey Quintero-Wolfe, MD, FAANS, associate professor and residency program director and director of Neurointerventional Surgery at Wake Forest School of Medicine, will speak on endovascular surgery Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 8 a.m. in 103 Weiskotten Hall. Wolfe specializes in cerebrovascular disease and performs clinical research in open and endovascular treatments for ischemic and hemorrhagic neurovascular pathology; including aneurysms, AVMs, dural fistulae, moya moya disease, cavernomas, carotid disease, and ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. Her current research is in the genomics of inflammatory response to ICH. 



Weight Watchers at Work begins Dec. 4

A new Weight Watchers at Work session begins Dec. 4. Meetings are held Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in 11405B, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. To enroll, participants must be present at the Dec. 4 meeting. Enrollment costs $132.60 and includes 12 weeks of the program. Payment options are available. Questions? Contact Kim Hare at 464-4891 or email harek@upstate.edu. 



Retirement reception for Carol Morath is Dec. 6

A retirement reception for Carol Morath will be held Dec. 6 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in the East Lounge, Campus Activities Building. Morath retires after 33 years of service to Upstate and 20 years in Student Affairs. For more information, email Lori Ferguson at fergusol@upstate.edu. 



Upstate Toy Drive accepting donations until Dec. 7

Donate new toys to local children who are in need during Upstate’s Toy Drive through Dec. 7. Donations can be dropped in any of the Toy Drive collection boxes located throughout campus. Monetary donations may be sent to Linda Curry, College of Health Professions, 2221 Academic Building. Checks should be made payable to “Salvation Army”, note “Christmas Bureau.” For more information, call Linda Curry at 464-6903. The drive is a joint project among the United Way, the Salvation Army and many community partners. The Upstate drive is sponsored by the Colleges of Health Professions and Team Upstate. For collection box locations, visit www.upstate.edu/toydrive. All donations will be distributed at the Salvation Army’s Christmas Bureau Dec. 19.



Register to volunteer at Christmas Bureau by Dec. 11

To volunteer with Team Upstate at the Salvation Army’s Christmas Bureau Dec. 19, register by Dec. 11 at https://bit.ly/2PnZrmp



President’s Holiday Gathering is Dec. 17

President Laraque-Arena's Holiday Gathering will be held Monday, Dec. 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Academic Building. The Upstate community is invited to attend. 



OTD offers Emotional Intelligence classes for employees and managers

Organizational Training and Development (OTD) offers TalentSmart's Mastering Emotional Intelligence (EQ) class. Learn what EQ is, your EQ score, and strategies to handle yourself in times of stress and dealing with others skillfully. Supervisors/Managers answer on-line questions about themselves and invite others to anonymously answer those same questions. Non-supervisors and managers answer on-line questions about themselves. The cost for managers and supervisors is $288; $140 for non-supervisory employees. The registration fee will be charged to the participating employee’s department and covers the online assessment, a workbook for the eight-hour class, and a copy of Emotional Intelligence 2.0. For more information and to register, contact Tracy Fenner atfennert@upstate.edu or 464-2957. Self-Serve registration is not available for this course. 



Record Storage holiday schedule

Record Storage will be closed Nov. 22, 23; Dec. 24, 25, 31; and Jan. 1. 



Human Resources and Employee/Student Health announce holiday schedule

Human Resources and Employee/Student Health will be closed Nov. 22 and 23, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1. The departments will close at 2 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31. 



Recycle printer cartridges for children’s hospital

To raise funds for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, place used printer cartridges in their original box (do not use UPS label), address to: Recycle, and place in interoffice mail. 



HealthLink on air features experts on mental health and other topics

Recent guests on HealthLink on Air include: Director of the National Institute of Mental Health Joshua Gordon, MD, PhD, and, from Upstate: pharmacist Ali Scrimenti, PharmD; cardiologist Harold Smulyan, MD; family practitioner and Director of Employee and Student Health Jarrod Bagatell, MD; psychiatrist Sunny Aslam, MD; physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Xiaoli Dong, MD; pathologist Matthew Elkins, MD, PhD; pediatric infectious disease specialists Joseph Domachowske, MD, and Jana Shaw, MD; Healing Muse editor Deirdre Neilen, PhD; radiation oncologist Linda Schicker, MD; otolaryngologist Jesse Ryan, MD; fourth-year medical student Daniel Farrell; and social epidemiologist and author David Ansell, MD, of Rush University, an Upstate Medical School alumnus. 

HealthLink on Air is a radio show and podcast produced by Marketing and University Communications and is available on iTunes and WRVO Public Media Sundays at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Complete shows and individual interviews are available at www.healthlinkonair.org.