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Upstate Announcements for November 20, 2018


Reception to be held for President and CEO Laraque-Arena Dec. 4

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.eduby Nov. 30.



Community Giving Campaign in Homestretch 

There is still time to participate in the Community Giving Campaign. As of Nov. 16, nearly 1,200 employees have contributed more than $420,000 to local human service agencies and Upstate Foundation funds.  For more on the campaign, check out: http://www.upstate.edu/communitygiving/

To participate in the campaign through ePledge, go to: 




Coffee sale to benefit Advocates for Upstate 

Proceeds from the sale of Café Kubal’s Upstate Joe coffee blend will benefit the Advocates for Upstate Medical University. Purchases can be made at Café Kubal on the 11thfloor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. For an order form, visit: http://www.upstate.edu/advocates/pdf/upstate-joe-order-form.pdfand return to the Advocates by Dec. 5. Community Campus sale will be held Dec. 12 and 13 from noon 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 315-464-4687.  



Mobile flu cart at Community Campus 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 canceled. Flu shots are available Monday through Friday at the Employee Health Office from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 



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.



Retirement reception for Virginia ‘Gigi’ Castro is Nov. 27

A retirement reception for Virginia ‘Gigi’ Castro will be held Nov. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 1403, Downtown Campus. Castro retires after 21 years of service at Upstate. For more information, email Karin McMullen at mcmullek@upstate.edu



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. 



Diversity Lecture Series celebrates Native American Heritage Month Nov. 29

Pete Hill, an enrolled member of the Caygua Nation, Heron Clan and director of the  “All Our Relations” project at the Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara counties (NACS), will speak Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Diversity Lecture Series celebration of Native American Heritage Month. The presentation will take place in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. The session will feature cultural competency training. Questions? Contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at diversity@upstate.edu or 315-464-5234.



Schwartz Center Rounds is Dec. 4

Tim Creamer, MD, will present The Grateful Patient: Unusual Gifts We Cannot Refuse Dec. 4 at 7:45 a.m. in 10405 A and B, Upstate University Hospital Downtown Campus. Breakfast and CME credits are provided. 



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 315-464-4891 or email harek@upstate.edu



Doctor of Nursing Practice presentations are Dec. 5

College of Nursing project presentations for Doctor of Nursing Practice students will be held Dec. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 4414 B and C, Academic Building. The Upstate community is welcome to attend. 



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 315-464-6903. 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. 



Downtown Campus Flu Clinic is Dec. 20

A Flu Clinic will be held Dec. 20 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the small cafeteria at Downtown Campus. 



College of Medicine career advisory dinner registration is available online

The 2019 College of Medicine career advisory dinners will be held Jan. 7 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in 4414, Academic Building at Downtown Campus and Jan. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Eckelberg Towers at Binghamton Campus. To register for the Syracuse or Binghamton dinner, visit https://medalumni.upstate.edu/career2019.  Questions? Email Amy at edmondda@upstate.edu



Holiday Closures announced 

Office of Diversity and Inclusion: Closed Nov. 22 and 23, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1. Closing at 2 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31.

Record Storage: Closed Nov. 22, 23; Dec. 24, 25, 31; and Jan. 1. 

Human Resources and Employee/Student Health: Closed 

Nov. 22 and 23, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1. The departments will close at 2 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31. 

Hospital Purchasing: Closed Dec. 24, 25, 31, and Jan. 1

Ainsley Warehouse (Central Stores and DISTA): Will close at 2 p.m. Nov. 21, 23, and Dec. 24. Closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.