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Upstate Announcements for March 4, 2019


Schwartz Center Rounds is March 5

Cultural Clashes in Healthcare: You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello will be held March 5 at noon in the first floor conference room at Upstate Cancer Center. CME credit and a light lunch will be provided. Schwartz Center Rounds are open to all hospital staff. For more information, contact Brigid Dunn at dunnbrig@upstate.edu or 315-464-5596. 



Child Life Journal Club is March 6

Child Life Journal Club will be held March 6 at noon in 11405 A/B at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Child life specialists from Upstate’s Child Life Program will discuss improving the transition from pediatric to adult care for cystic fibrosis patients. The featured article is available on Blackboard by searching: Child Life Journal Club. Lunch will be provided. 



Spiritual Care offering ashes and mass March 6

Spiritual Care will offer ashes Wednesday, March 6 in multiple locations. The schedule is as follows. 

8 a.m. Sr. Mary Anuli Emebo: 5E OR, room E5416

8:15 to 8:45 a.m. Rev. Terry Culbertson: Fifth Floor Conference Room, UHCC

9:15 to 10 a.m. Rev. Terry Culbertson: Oneida Conference Room, Galleries

10 to 10:30 a.m. Rev. Terry Culbertson: Breast Care Clinic Donna Conference Room Suite D, 550 Harrison

10:30 to 11 a.m. Rev. Jane Dasher: 12thfloor chapel, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

11:30 a.m. to noon Bob Crandall: Meditation Room, Upstate Cancer Center

Noon to 1 p.m. Upstate chaplains: Interfaith Chapel, first floor Downtown Campus

4 p.m. Mass with Fr. Gerry McKeon: Interfaith Chapel, first floor Downtown Campus



Coffee with the CEO is March 6, 12, 21 and April 5, 11

Join Upstate University Hospital Robert Corona, DO, MBA, for a brief presentation, coffee and a conversation. R.S.V.P. to confirm attendance at http://web.upstate.edu/ihospital/intra/coffee-with-ceo-rsvp.php. The schedule is as follows. 

Wednesday, March 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. or noon to 1 p.m. Upstate Cancer Center Atrium

Tuesday, March 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. Upstate Cancer Center Atrium

Thursday, March 21 from 8 to 9 a.m. or from 3 to 4 p.m. in Classroom A/B at Community

Friday, April 5 from 8 to 9 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. in the Community Room at Community

Thursday, April 11 from 7 to 8 a.m., 2 to 3 p.m., or 4 to 5 p.m. Upstate Cancer Center Atrium



Pathway to Wellness offers Weigh-In Wednesdays March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 10, 17, 24

Upstate’s Pathway to Wellness program will offer walk-up weigh-ins each Wednesday from now through April 24, offering accountability and a focus on behavior change. Note: There will be no weigh-in April 3. The Wednesday schedule is as follows. 

8:30 to 8:50 a.m., Campus Activities Building Lobby

9 to 9:20 a.m., Jacobsen Hall Lobby

9:30 to 9:50 a.m., Downtown Campus Lobby

10 to 10:20 a.m., Eighth Floor Lobby Downtown Campus

2:45 to 3:45 p.m., Environmental Services Downtown Campus Basement 



Taste and Try is March 6, 13, 20, 27

In celebration of March as National Nutrition Month, registered dietitians from Morrison will host Taste and Try Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Café 750 at Downtown Campus. 



Dogs at the Health Sciences Library is March 7

Visit with therapy dogs Thursday, March 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Health Sciences Library on the first floor of Weiskotten Hall. 



Quitting and Cooking Café is March 7

The Quitting and Cooking Café will be held Thursday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to noon in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center. Advice on quitting tobacco, healthy food samples, recipes, and light refreshments will be offered to Upstate employees, students, volunteers, and patients.



Presentation on small business innovation research is March 7

James Monroe, PhD, ALLVAR, will present How Do SBIRs Fit Into a Startup Company’s Strategy? March 7 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the CNY Biotech Accelerator, 841 E. Fayette St. The event is free and open to the public, and free parking is available in the CNY Biotech lot. R.S.V.P. to cnybac@upstate.edu



Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds are March 8, 15, 22 and 29

Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds are held Fridays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in Classroom A/B. CME credits are available and registration is not required. For more information, email Beth Sellers at sellersb@upstate.edu.  The schedule for March is as follows.

March 8, Palma Shaw, MD—Limb Preservation for Chronic Arterial Disease: A Team Approach  

March 15, Ali Scrimenti, PharmD—Shingles: What you Should Know  

March 22, Sunny Aslam, MD—What is Addiction? What Treatments Work?  

March 29, Gennady Bratslavsky, MD—Updates in Urologic Oncology at Upstate: From Surgical Advances to Clinical Trials and Genetic Testing   



Service Learning and Community Health Poster Symposium is March 11

The third annual Service Learning and Community Health Poster and Awards Symposium will be held March 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the first floor of Upstate’s Health Sciences Library in Weiskotten Hall. A recognition ceremony will be held at 6:15 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public. Upstate students will present information on civic engagement projects and their impact on the community. Many community programs featured were developed based on a student’s identified need. To learn more about one of the projects—Reach One, Teach One—visit https://youtu.be/Konayg8Uy8c. The event is hosted by Upstate’s Center for Civic Engagement. 



Monday Mile walks are March 11, 18 and 25

Monday Mile walks are held each Monday at noon beginning in the lobby of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. New walkers are always welcome. For more information, visit www.upstate.edu/wellness.



Easy for You is March 12

Easy for You will be held March 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the second floor lobby of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. Those with an Upstate ID are welcome to help quitting tobacco, chew and vape. Free nicotine replacement therapy and expert advice is offered. For more information, visit www.upstate.edu/hospital/health/healthlink/smokefree.php.



WW at work begins March 12

A new WW at Work session will begin March 12. Meetings are held every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. in E10405A at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. You have to be present march 12 to enroll. You will get 12 weeks at the discounted price of $132.60 (regular price is $156). Payment options are available. If you have questions, email Kim Hare at harek@upstate.edu  or call 315-464-4891. 



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 at noon 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.



TIAA Financial Essentials webinar is March 14 

A TIAA Financial Essentials live webinar will be held March 14 from noon to 1 p.m. The live webinar is designed to assist Upstate employees enrolled in the SUNY Optional Retirement Plan and those who have a SUNY Supplemental Retirement Savings Plan (403b). The webinar will provide participants with tips on protecting your retirement savings. To register, visit www.tiaa.org/public/pdf/march2019_webinar_flyer.pdf?subscriberid=et_35831904. For more information on this and other webinars, visit http://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/index.php.



Artwork sought for fundraiser through March 15

The Advocates for Upstate Medical University seeks donations of artwork by local artists and artisans to auction at its 21stannual Mystery, Malt and Merlot fundraiser to benefit The Upstate EMS Program and Clark Burn Center. Artwork valued at $50 or more will be prominently displayed at the event’s Art Walk. Donor names also will appear in the event program booklet. The event will be held Friday, April 12 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Oncenter Ballroom, 800 S. State St., Syracuse. Items will be accepted through March 15 and tickets for the event are on sale through March 29 at www.upstate.edu/advocates.  To donate items or for more information, contact Jonathan Adler at adlerj@upstate.edu or 315-464-5610. Advocates for Upstate Medical University is a volunteer membership organization supporting healthcare and scholarship through fundraising and service.



Entries for 33rd annual Dearing Writing Award Competition due March 15

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities seeks works of fiction, essay, poetry and memoir for the 33rd annual Dearing Writing Award Competition. The competition is open to Upstate residents, employees, faculty, and matriculated students. Entries are due by March 15. Two copies are required. One copy must include the writer’s name, address, telephone number, and category; students should indicate their college and class year. The second copy must include only the title and category with the work. Please note: one entry per writer, maximum of 2,500 words double-spaced for essays and fiction, and no more than 5 poems. Email submissions to Jessica DeJohn Barbuto at barbutoj@upstate.edu.  Winners will be announced and awards presented May 1. Winners will receive a monetary award. All submissions receive consideration for Center for Bioethics and Humanities annual journal, The Healing Muse. For more on the journal, visit www.thehealingmuse.org



12th annual Celebration of the Faculty is March 20

The 12th annual Celebration of the Faculty will be held March 20 in 4414 Academic Building. A reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. and the program will run from 5 to 6 p.m. The 2019 Gold Standard Awards will be presented during the program. Recipients include: Maureen Burke, Amit Dhamoon, Lauren Germain, Stephen Graziano, Robert Gregory, Brian Johnson, Muhammed Sarwar, Debra Wolf, and Charles Woods. New, promoted, and emeritus faculty will also be recognized.



Be the Match bone marrow donor drive is March 21

Be the Match, a bone marrow donor drive, will be held March 21 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby of the second floor at Downtown Campus. For more information, stop by the event or call Remi Misiewicz at 315-464-5294. 



Cancer Center Grand Rounds is March 22

Meng Welliver, MD, associate professor at Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital’s Department of Radiology, will present Toward Precision Medicine in Soft Tissue Sarcoma March 22 at 7:30 a.m. in C1076 A/B/C at Upstate Cancer Center. 



Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) visiting Upstate College of Medicine for re-accreditation March 24 through 27

The Liason Committee on Medical Education (LCME) will conduct an on-site evaluation of Upstate’s College of Medicine March 24 through 27. A five-member team will meet with pre-selected faculty, residents, students, and staff to review our compliance with accreditation standards. To prepare for this site visit, the College of Medicine conducted a self-study process over the past two years. This self-study engaged the campus community in quality assessment and quality improvement activities, culminating in the identification of the College of Medicine's strengths and opportunities for improvement. The overview of this process can be found online at: http://www.upstate.edu/curriculum/lcme/index.php. For information about the LCME visit, contact Paul Ko at KoP@upstate.edu  or Lisa Phelan at PhelanLa@upstate.edu.



Reservations for 21st  annual Mystery, Malt and Merlot due March 29

The 21st  annual Mystery, Malt and Merlot will be held Friday, April 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the ballroom at the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter Complex, 800 S. State St., Syracuse. The event will feature live and silent auctions, local craft beer and wine tastings, dinner, a mystery to solve and more—presented by Advocates for Upstate Medical University. Proceeds will benefit Clark Burn Center and the Upstate Trauma, Burn and Emergency Medicine EMS Program. Tickets are $90 per person. Businesses and organizations are invited to take advantage of sponsorship packages. Reservations are required March 29. For tickets or more information, visit www.upstate.edu/advocates  or call 315-464-5610. 



Well New York State Everyday Challenge for March

The Well New York State Everyday Challenge for March is to reach for two healthy snacks. To register online and track your progress, visit https://www.wellnys.goer.ny.gov/. Tracking for 19 days a month to become a winner. For help registering online, contact Suzanne Brisk at brisks@upstate.edu or 315-464-4565. 



President's Employee Recognition Award nominations due April 1

Nominations are sought for the President’s Employee Recognition Awards. The deadline for submission is April 1. Information on the awards and a downloadable PDF nomination form is available at: http://www.upstate.edu/president/awards/. Paper copies of the form will be sent to all departments. Awards will be presented at a ceremony June 18. Provider of the Year will be presented to a physician (MD, DO MBBS), nurse practitioner, or physician assistant who goes above and beyond her or his job responsibilities in delivering healthcare. Please note that while faculty members are not eligible for individual awards, they may be included in team nominations.

The six award categories are: 

—Outstanding Diversity Contribution of the Year (Team) 

—Community Service of the Year (Team and Individual) 

—Team of the Year 

—Leader of the Year 

—Employee of the Year 

—Provider of the Year 



Clark Endowment for Pediatric Research funding applications due April 1

Research proposals are sought for Clark Endowment for Pediatric Research funding, supporting basic or clinical research projects and research equipment relevant to child health. Funding up to $15,000 for one year is available. Applications are due April 1 and award selections will be announced in May. Funds are available from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Proposals will be reviewed and ranked for scientific merit by the Pediatric Research Advisory Committee. For an application and more information, contact Lisa Blystone at blystonl@upstate.edu or 315-464-7600. The Clark Endowment for Pediatric Research is an initiative established through Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and the Upstate Foundation. 



12th annual Naomi Chernoff, MD, Creativity Conference is April 5

The 12th annual Naomi Chernoff, MD, Creativity Conference will be held April 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Archbold Theater at Syracuse Stage. To register for Reflections from Experience—Memory and Meaning in Life, the Arts and the Clinic, visit www.upstate.edu/cme/.  Speakers include: Georgian Mustata, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry at Upstate; Vincent Monnier, MD, professor of pathology and biochemistry at Case Western Reserve University; Erin Soros, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in applied psychology at University of Toronto; Steven Lynn, PhD, distinguished professor of psychology and director of clinical training at Binghamton University; and Stephan Wolfert, actor and playwright. For more information, contact Linette Thorp at thorpl@upstate.edu or 315-464-3104. 



Pre-retirement information session for New York state employees is April 10

A pre-retirement information session for New York state employees enrolled in the SUNY Optional Retirement Program will be held April 10 from 9 a.m. to noon or from 1 to 4 p.m. in 3105 Weiskotten Hall. The session will provide information regarding New York state retiree health insurance benefits (including Medicare Parts A and B), Social Security benefits, and retirement risks for UUP-represented and MC-affiliated employees. An interactive discussion, materials, and tools will provide an understanding of available state retirement benefits. Advance registration is required by April 5 with keyword SUNYORPINFO at www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/register/index.php.  



Retirement reception for Scott Macfarlane is April 12

A retirement reception for Scott Macfarlane will be held Friday, April 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Doust Board Room, 9299 Weiskotten Hall. Scott Macfarlane, director of Research Technology and Commercialization in Research Adminstration, retires after nearly eight years of service. The Upstate community is welcome to attend. 



Holistic Healing conference is April 18

Holistic Healing: Caring for the Mind, Body and Spirit will be held Thursday, April 18 at the Syracuse University Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center. Breakfast and lunch are included and 5.9 contact hours will be provided. Registration is $75 before April 1 and $85 after. To register, visit https://www.upstatefoundation.org/holistic_healing. Topics include: holistic nursing, reiki in the hospital setting, integrative massage, essential oils, holistic nutrition approach, botanical healing introduction, yoga and quality of life, meditation, and hypnosis. 



International Students Association to host 13th annual International Festival April 19

The International Students Association will host the 13th annual International Festivalcelebration Friday, April 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Ninth Floor Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall. The event will showcase diversity at Upstate with a variety of performances from different cultures and food from various cuisines. There will be prizes for best ethnic attire. If you would like to perform at the event or cook a dish from your country please contact Sumana at sundaras@upstate.edu. The event is free and open to the Upstate community. 



New York State and Local Retirement System to distribute member annual statements by mail; update your address now to ensure proper delivery

The New York State and Local Retirement System will distribute member annual statements to the home address listed in the Employee Retirement System (ERS) in July. The member annual statements provide information designed to help members understand retirement benefits and planning. To ensure your statement is mailed to the proper location, visit www.osc.state.ny.us/retire/retirement_online/customers.php. Once registered or signed in, addresses are found under profile information. 

To make a change, choose the update option to do one of the following: 

—email a secure contact form providing your old and new addresses

—complete and mail a change of address form (RS5512)

—mail a signed letter (include name, old address, new address, date of change, and registration number) to NYSLRS Attention: Member Services, 110 State Street, Albany, NY 12244

—or call 1-866-805-0990 if your new address is not a P.O. Box or foreign address. 

For more information on member annual statements, visit https://www.osc.state.ny.us/retire/members/mas_index.php. Those with previous membership in ERS or any of the following public retirement systems may have service transferred, re-credited, and your date of membership and tier restored: New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System, New York State Teachers’ Retirement System, New York State Employees’ Retirement System, New York City Board of Education Retirement System, New York City Police Pension Fund, New York City Fire Department Pension Fund, New York City Teachers’ Retirement System. Credit is also possible for prior New York State public employment (municipal, town, village, city) without prior participation in a retirement system. To receive credit for military service under Article 20, the following criteria must be met: https://www.osc.state.ny.us/retire/publications/vo1723.php#eligibility. Questions regarding tier reinstatement and additional service credit? Call ERS at 1-866-805-0990. 



HealthLink on air features Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Page

Upstate Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Page was featured in a recent interview on HealthLink on Air. To access the interview, visit www.healthlinkonair.org. HealthLink on Air—a radio show and podcast produced by Marketing and University Communications—is available on iTunes, 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 available online at www.healthlinkonair.org