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Upstate Announcements for February 4, 2019


Memorial service for Valerie Usowski is Feb. 5

A memorial service and a celebration of life will be held for Valerie Usowski, catering manager with Morrison Healthcare, Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. in the Upstate University Hospital Chapel on the first floor of Downtown Campus. The Upstate community is welcome. 



Make a Valentine Feb. 5, 6 and 8

Pathway to Wellness invites the Upstate community to make a Valentine at the following Downtown Campus locations Feb. 5, 6 and 8:

Feb. 5 from 10 to 10:30 a.m., eighth floor

Feb. 5 from 10:30 to 11 a.m., fifth floor

Feb. 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Health Science Library in Weiskotten Hall

Feb. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Café 750

For more information on Upstate’s Pathway to Wellness program, visit www.upstate.edu/wellness.



Tranquility Tuesdays are Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26

Tranquility Tuesdays, offering 30 minutes of meditation, are held every Tuesday at noon in 2244 Academic Building. Upcoming sessions will be held Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26. A recorded version is available at www.upstate.edu/wellness.



Spiritual Care Journal Club is Feb. 6

Spiritual Care Journal Club will be held Feb. 6 from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. 1317 Upstate University Hospital Downtown Campus. The Journal of Palliative Medicine’s 2018 article “Spiritual and Religious Coping of Medical Decision Makers for Hospitalized Older Adult Patients” will be discussed. Bring your lunch. For more information, call 315-464-4236. 



Public Health Grand Rounds on diabetes prevention is Feb. 7

Parul D. Rahbari, MPH, project officer at National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotions, and Susan Millstein, LCSW, MPH, manager at Bureau of Community Chronic Disease prevention of the New York State Department of Health, will present The National Diabetes Prevention Program Thursday, Feb. 7 at 12:15 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Public Health Grand Rounds are available via webinar. To register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5326705423217659649. For more information, email Alyssa Indelicato at indelica@upstate.edu



Cooking and Quitting is Feb. 7

Cooking and Quitting will be held Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center. All are welcome. 



Dog Visit is Feb. 7

A Dog Therapy visit will be held Thursday, Feb. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Health Sciences Library. 



Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds are Feb. 8, 15

Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds will be held Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, 8, 15 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in Classroom A/B. CME credits are available. For more information, email Beth Sellers at sellersb@upstate.edu. The schedule is as follows: 

Feb. 8: Robert Carhart, MD—Congestive Heart Failure Program

Feb. 15: Harold Smulyan, MD—Computerized ECG Interpretation, Friend and Foe



Monday Mile walks are Feb. 11, 18 and 25

Monday Mile walks are held every Monday, including Feb. 11, 18 and 25 at noon in the main lobby of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. For indoor walking trails, visit www.upstate.edu/health/wellness/trails.php. For more on Monday Mile, visit www.moveitmonday.org/mondaymile/.  



Leadership Insights kickoff event is Feb. 12

A special reception featuring leadership insights from Interim President Dr. Mantosh Dewan, CEO Dr. Robert Corona and special inspirational guest Syracuse University Football Coach Dino Babers, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12 on the fourth floor of the Academic Building. Academic Building access is found in the first floor corridor of Weiskotten Hall. A reception begins at 3:30 p.m. with refreshments, followed by a brief program at 4 p.m. The event will be streamed and simultaneously celebrated at Community Campus Room A and B. 



Bioethics and Humanities Winter Seminar Series is Feb. 12

Devan Stahl, PhD, MDiv, assistant professor of clinical ethics at Michigan State University, will present Which Me Matters? Tuesday, Feb. 12 from noon to 1 p.m. in 4507 Setnor Hall. A light lunch available at 11:45 a.m. Are the prior wishes of once competent patients always determinative? This presentation will explore the foundations and limits of precedent autonomy for people with acquired cognitive impairment. 



Easy for You is Feb. 12

Easy for You will be held Feb. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the second floor lobby of Downtown Campus. Those with an Upstate ID are welcome to help quitting all forms of tobacco use, free nicotine replacement therapy, and expert advice. For more, visit www.upstate.edu/hospital/health/healthlink/smokefree.php.



Black History Month celebration is Feb. 13

A Black History Month celebration will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Campus Activities Building. Interim President Mantosh Dewan, MD, will offer a welcome and City of Syracuse Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens will provide the keynote address—Where I Come From and Why I Love Syracuse. A free luncheon catered by Creole Soul will follow the program. Kayla Green, student at Jamesville-DeWitt High School, will perform. Employee awards will be presented to Cassandra Bradford, Joslin Diabetes Center; Taia Jones-Lucas, Community Campus; and posthumously to William (Don) Terry III. Community awards will be presented to City of Syracuse Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens and Natividad Cabrera of Synergy/Mercy Works. For more information, call Diversity and Inclusion at 315-464-5234. 



Psychiatry Grand Rounds on cannabis legalization is Feb. 14

Sunny Aslam, MD, assistant professor of addiction and pain medicine, will present New York State Cannabis Legalization for the Public Health: A State-Run Monopoly Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. at Upstate Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building, 713 Harrison Street, second floor. 



Magnet Designation Education Extravaganza is Feb. 14

The Magnet Designation Education Extravaganza will be held Thursday, Feb. 14 in five locations. The event is open to the Upstate community and will offer information about Upstate's work toward Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. For more information, email Nicole Harf at harfn@upstate.edu. The schedule for Feb. 14 is as follows: 

Downtown Campus from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Room 1403

Community Campus from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Community Room

UHCC from 9 to 11 a.m., Fifth Floor Conference Room

550 Harrison from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Joslin Diabetes Center from 2 to 4 p.m., Conference Room



SNMA Black History Month Gala is Feb. 15 

The Student National Medical Association will host the annual Black History Month Gala Feb. 15 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Marriot Syracuse Downtown, 100 E. Onondaga St. Tickets are $25 for students; $40 for faculty and staff. 



Weigh-In Wednesday begins Feb. 20

Pathway to Wellness’ Weigh-In Wednesday will run Feb. 20 to April 24. No weigh-in will be offered April 3. The schedule is as follows: 

Campus Activities Building lobby from 8:30 to 8:50 a.m.

Jacobsen Hall lobby from 9 to 9:20 a.m. 

Downtown Campus main lobby from 9:30 to 9:50 a.m. 

Eighth Floor lobby from 10 to 10:20 a.m.

Environmental Services from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. 

For more information on Upstate’s Pathway to Wellness program, visit www.upstate.edu/wellness.  



Taste and Try with a registered dietitian is Feb. 21

Morrison’s registered dietitians will hold Taste and Try Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Café 750. The featured menu item is chili. 



Retirement reception for Karen Coty is Feb. 22

A retirement reception for Karen Coty will be held Friday, Feb. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. in 9299 Weiskotten Hall. Coty currently serves as IACUC coordinator and has previously served in administrative positions in the Office of the Provost and Graduate Medical Education. The Upstate community is welcome. 



Heart Walk team captains sought; event is March 23

Team Upstate seeks motivated individuals to serve as team captains for the 2019 American Heart Association Heart Walk, March 23 at Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike. Team captains coordinate their department’s participation in the event. Team Upstate has been a top team for the past 21 years due, in large part, to the efforts of its team captains. To become a team captain or for more information, email Becca at pescir@upstate.edu or Beth at sellersb@upstate.edu. 


Blood drive is Feb. 27

A blood drive will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the atrium of the Setnor Academic Building. To schedule an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=SUNY. Walk ins are welcome. 


Upstate Foundation’s 16th annual Radiothon for Kids is Feb. 28 and March 1

The Upstate Foundation’s 16th annual Radiothon for Kids will broadcast live from the main lobby of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus Feb. 28 and March 1 from 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Y94 and 570WSYR. Volunteers are sought to answer phones, take pledges, and make calls to family and friends to seek donations. Two-hour shifts are available. Those unable to volunteer for a two-hour shift may be considered for a social media ambassador post. To volunteer, call Robin Grabowski at 315-464-5748. All funds raised help sick and injured children at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. 



Lecture focusing on neurobiology of addiction and novel opioid use disorder treatments is March 14

Yasmin Hurd, PhD, director of the Addiction Institute for Mount Sinai Behavioral Health System and Ward-Coleman Chair in translational neuroscience at Mt. Sinai Icahn School of Medicine, will present Translating the Neurobiology of Addiction for Novel Treatments of Opioid Use Disorder Thursday, March 14 in 1159 Weiskotten Hall. The presentation is part of the Alpha Omega Alpha Visiting Professorship Lecture and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds. The Upstate community is welcome. For more information, email Patty Gooden at goodenpa@upstate.edu



Celebration of the Faculty is March 20

The 12th annual Celebration of the Faculty will be held Wednesday, March 20 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Academic Building. New, promoted, tenured, and emeritus faculty will be recognized. 

Gold Standard Awards will be presented to faculty who have shown a passion for an excellence in their work—research, clinical service and/or teaching. To nominate a colleague, send a one- to two-page Word document including a brief summary of the individual’s history and current role at Upstate and why they represent the gold standard of research, clinical service and/or teaching to Michele Henderson at hendermi@upstate.edu. Submission deadline is Feb. 8. 



Nominations due April 1 for President’s Convocation Awards

Nominations are sought for the 2019 President’s Convocation Awards now through April 1 in the following categories: Advancement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Excellence in Library Science, Excellence in Professional Service, Excellence in Faculty Service, Excellence and Leadership in Research, Excellence in Basic Research by a Young Investigator, Excellence in Clinical Research by a Young Investigator, Excellence in Teaching, and Outstanding Voluntary Faculty. Awards will be presented at Fall Faculty Convocation. Nominations for all award categories, except Voluntary Faculty and the Binghamton Teaching Awards, will be done electronically. No hard copies will be accepted. To nominate, visitwww.upstate.edu/convawards. The nomination period will run from Jan.7 to April 1. No nominations will be accepted after April 1. Submission Voluntary Faculty nominations will be accepted in paper form only. For Voluntary Faculty nomination forms, contact Margaret Bourke at bourkem@upstate.edu or 315-464-4520Nominations for Voluntary Faculty are to be submitted to the respective college dean by April 1.



Administrative Professions Forum is April 10

Marilyn Galimi, assistant vice president for Hospital Planning, will provide an insider’s look at upcoming projects on the horizon for Upstate at the Administrative Professions Forum Wednesday, April 10 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall. The forum is designed as a resource for administrative assistants who support hospital and campus staff, such as clinical chairs, deans and administrators. The forum will offer information, tips, helpful resources, professional development and training, and opportunities to promote good health. Supervisors are encouraged to allow employees to use work release time to attend this work-related enrichment series. Please R.S.V.P. at adminpro@upstate.edu.



Save-the-Date: Employee Recognition Day is June 27

Employee Recognition Day will be held Thursday, June 27 at the OnCenter. A list of honorees and detailed event information will be forthcoming. 



Online telephone etiquette training session is now available

An online telephone etiquette training session is now available online via Blackboard. The training focuses on professional telephone techniques and call handling etiquette, with an emphasis on customer service. To enroll, visit www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/register/index.php?topicid=129737.  



SUNY approved investment providers offer consultation meetings

SUNY approved investment providers will offer consultation meetings to help with retirement planning, SUNY Optional Retirement Program, 403b investments, future income requirements, and distribution options. For more information, available dates and times, and to schedule an appointment with Kenneth Woods of Fidelity or Darryl Fiasconaro from TIAA, visit www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/index.php.  



Small cafeteria at Downtown Campus under construction

The small cafeteria on the second floor of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus is under construction. The renovated space will be used as a discharge lounge, designed to improve the patient experience and hospital flow. Patients who meet criteria will be moved into the lounge while completing the final stages of discharge details, including pharmaceutical, insurance, medical, and transportation needs. Information on hours will be forthcoming. Questions? Email project lead Lauren Winters at wintersl@upstate.edu or patient flow director Loretta Johnson at johnslor@upstate.edu



Well New York State Monthly Challenge for February

The Well New York State Monthly Challenge for February is to choose a healthy soup and/or salad for lunch. To register and track your progress, visit https://wellnys.goer.ny.gov. Morrison’s Café 750 at Downtown Campus will serve heart healthy vegan kale and bean soup every Friday in February. Choose healthy salad bar options in Café 750 or organize a healthy salad luncheon. For more information, visit www.upstate.edu/health/pdf/healthysaladluncheon.pdf.  



Stop the Bleed instructors sought 

If you are one of the following, you may be eligible to become a Stop the Bleed instructor: certified athletic trainer, certified registered nurse anesthetist, dentist, emergency medical responder, emergency medical technician, licensed practical nurse, licensed vocational nurse, nurse practitioner, occupational therapist, pharmacist, physical therapist, physician, surgeon, physician assistant, registered dietitian, registered nurse, respiratory therapist, ski patrol, sworn law enforcement officer, veterinarian. 

If you are interested in becoming a Stop the Bleed instructor and have taken a bleeding control basic course, visit www.bleedingcontrol.org.  Select instructor portal to review the instructor manual and course guidelines. To be added to Upstate’s list of instructors, email stopthebleed@upstate.edu.  



Alcohol and Controlled Substance policy available for review 

Upstate’s Alcohol and Controlled Substance in the Workplace notification is available for review at www.upstate.edu/hr/document/intra/drug_memo.pdf.



Healthy participants sought for trial

Upstate’s Institute for Global Health seeks healthy participants ages 18 to 45 for a dengue fever clinical trial. For more information or to volunteer, contact Keely Terrillion at trials@upstate.edu or 315-464-9839. Parking and compensation will be provided. 



HealthLink on Air features president of Syracuse chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness 

Recent HealthLink interviews include President of the Syracuse affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Marla Byrnes, and Upstate labor and delivery nurses Susan Thomas. HealthLink on Air is a radio show and podcast produced by Marketing and University Communications, is available on iTunes and other podcast sources and is broadcast on WRVO Public Media Sundays at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Complete shows and individual interviews are also available at www.healthlink.org.