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Upstate Announcements for March 27, 2019


On My Own Time seeks artwork from Upstate employees and retirees

On My Own Time is now accepting artwork from Upstate employees and retirees. Artwork will be on display from May 15 through September in the cafeteria at Community Campus, the Health Sciences Library at Downtown Campus, and Upstate Cancer Center. Selected works will be on display at the Everson. Details and registration forms are available online at http://library.upstate.edu/news/news-articles/20190322-on-my-own-time.php.  Paper forms are available in Human Resources at Community Campus or the service desk at the Health Sciences Library at Downtown Campus. Registration closes May 13. For more information, email Olivia Tsistinas at tsistijo@upstate.edu



Registration for the J. P. Morgan Corporate Challenge has started

Registration is open for the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge, a 3.5 mile run or walk at Onondaga Lake Parkway to be held Tuesday, May 21 at 6:45 p.m.; photos at 6 p.m. Race registration closes May 1 or earlier if the race capacity is met. Participants must be actively employed and paid by Upstate Medical University for a minimum of 25 hours per week (verified by Payroll Status) for at least three months prior to race day, and must be 18 year of age or older. Register online at: www.jpmorganchasecc.com/city/syracuse.



Paper Product Drive for Vera House seeks donated items

Public Health and Preventive Medicine will hold a Paper Product Drive for Vera House now through April 12. Donations sought include: paper plates, bowls, cups, tissues, paper towels, trash bags, toilet paper, napkins, plastic utensils, and storage bags. A collection box is located at 2261 Weiskotten Hall. For more information, email Alyssa Indelicato at indelica@upstate.edu. The drive is a part of Upstate’s celebration of National Public Health Week. 



Public Health Grand Rounds on Advocacy for Health is March 28

Bich-May Nguyen, MD, MPH, FAAFP will present Advocacy is Essential for Health Thursday, March 28 at 12:15 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Public Health Grand Rounds are available via webinar. To register, visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5326705423217659649. For more information, email Alyssa Indelicato at indelica@upstate.edu


Reservations for 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 by March 29. For tickets or more information, visit www.upstate.edu/advocates  or call 315-464-5610. 



Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds are March 29 and April 5, 12, 26

Community Campus Primary Care Provider Roundswill be held Fridays March 29 and April 5, 12, 26 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in Classroom A/B at Community Campus. CME credits are available. For more information, email Beth Sellers at sellersb@upstate.edu.  The schedule follows.

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

April 5—Scott VanValkenburg, MD: The Diabetic Foot and the Dreaded Charcot Arthropathy

April 12—Jessica Summers, MD: Initial Care of the Burn Patient

April 26—Ronald Saletsky, MD and Wanda Fremont, MD: Adolescent Depression and Its Co-Morbidities



National Doctors’ Day is March 30

Upstate Foundation staff and Upstate University Hospital administrators will deliver hundreds of handwritten thank you notes from grateful patients honoring their doctors March 27 to 29, in honor of National Doctor Day March 30. As part of its Grateful Patient and Family Program, the Upstate Foundation invites patients to pay tribute to their doctors for the extraordinary and compassionate care doctors provide year round. In addition to the letters, a banner and signage will be posted throughout Downtown and Community campuses. 



Well New York State Everyday Challenge for April

The Well New York State Everyday Challenge for April is to be mindful and meditate. To register online and track your progress, visit https://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. 



Faculty Medical Education Journal Club is April 1

Faculty Medical Education Journal Club will be held Monday, April 1 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Doust Board Room, 9299 Weiskotten Hall. Drs. Poole and Curran will lead a discussion on the Clinical Teacher Journal article titled Empowering Students with the Hidden Curriculum. For more information, email Michele Henderson at hendermi@upstate.edu



Nominations for President’s Convocation Awards due April 1

Nominations for the 2019 President’s Convocation Awards are due April 1. Nominations are sought for 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 Binghamton Teaching Awards, will be conducted electronically. No hard copies will be accepted. To nominate, visit www.upstate.edu/convawards.  No nominations will be accepted after April 1. Nominations for Voluntary Faculty will be accepted in paper form and are available through Margaret Bourke at bourkem@upstate.edu or 315-464-4520. Nominations for Voluntary Faculty only are to be submitted to the respective college dean by April 1.



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 



Blue Lights for Autism is April 2 

Autism Awareness Month kicks off with Blue Lights for Autism April 2 from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. at Barclay Damon Tower, 125 E. Jefferson St. The family-friendly event includes entertainment, blue snacks and party favors, and culminates in lighting the tower blue. Blue Lights for Autism is cosponsored by the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and the CNY Autism Society of America. For more information, email CNYASA@yahoo.com or call 315-447-4466. 



Spiritual Care Journal Club is April 3

Spiritual Care Journal Club will be held April 3 from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. in 137 Upstate University Hospital Downtown Campus. The discussion will surround the journal article Documenting Presence: A Descriptive Study of Chaplain Notes in the ICU. The Upstate community is welcome. 



Charles Ross Student Research Day is April 3

Over 75 students will participate in Charles R. Ross Memorial Student Research Day Wednesday, April 3. Events kick off at 1:30 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. The event features four student presentations: Hannah Phillips, College of Graduate Studies; Zane Suttmore, College of Health Professions; Rebecca Sager, College of Medicine; and Remi Misiewicz, College of Nursing. 

Susan Amara, PhD, scientific director at National Institute of Mental Health, will deliver the keynote address Dynamic Regulation of Signaling Pathways in Dopamine Neurons: The Intracellular Actions of Amphetamines. 

A student poster session and reception will be held in 4414 Academic Building immediately following the afternoon presentations. For information contact Natalie Andrianos in the College of Graduate Studies at andriann@upstate.edu or 464-4547. 



National Public Health Week Vera House Presentation is April 4

Loren Cunningham, director of Community Engagement and Prevention Strategy at Vera House, will present Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Thursday, April 4 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. The presentation is part of National Public Health Week. To register, visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5460262002594300931. For more information, email Alyssa Indelicato at indelica@upstate.edu



Dogs at the Health Sciences Library is April 4

Visit with therapy dogs Thursday, April 4 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 April 4

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 available to Upstate employees, students, volunteers, and patients.



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. 



Mass for Priest Chaplain Father Al J. Bebel is April 8

A Mass for Priest Chaplain Father Al J. Bebel will be held Monday, April 8 at noon in the Interfaith Chapel on the first floor of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. Father Bebel served at Upstate from 1986 to 2004. The Upstate community is welcome to join Spiritual Care in celebrating Father Bebel’s life and ministry at Upstate. For more information, call Rev. Culbertson at 315-464-4236. 



Concussion Symposium is April 8

Healing the Brain and Mind After Concussion: A Focus on Emotional and Psychological Factors will be held April 8 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at the Genesee Grand Hotel, 1060 E. Genesee St. The second annual Concussion Symposium will feature Yuka Matsuzawa, PsyD, ABPP-CN, from Langone Health, and Angelina Rodner, PhD, from Upstate. Registration is $35; $10 for students. Psychological risk factors for poor outcome following concussion, assessments, and interventions will be discussed. To register, visit www.upstate.edu/cme/. For more information, email clost@upstate.edu or call 315-464-4026. 



Upstate's Donor Council seeks donations for Donate Life Silent Auction by April 8

Donations are sought for the Donate Life Silent Auction no later than April 8. Donate Life Month will be celebrated April 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Performance Center at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital. Proceeds benefit Upstate's Donor Council outreach and education. Awards will be presented for the donations that: are most creative, have the best theme, receives the most bidders, is the most lucrative. For more information about silent auction donations, contact Susan Rainbow at rainbows@upstate.edu or 315-464-2971.



Monday Miles are April 8, 15 and 29

Monday Mile walks are held each Monday at noon beginning in the lobby of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. New walkers are welcomed on the first walk of each month. Monday, April 22 is Earth Day and walkers are encouraged to plog—walk and pick up litter. Bring gloves and a plastic bag. 



Schwartz Center Rounds is April 9

Violence in the Workplace: Helter Skelter will be held Tuesday, April 9 at noon in the conference rooms at Upstate Cancer Center. Trina Skeele, RN; Corinne Scott, RN; and a member of the University Police Department will lead the discussion moderated by Louise Prince, MD. Participants will identify the way our own behaviors might block communication with patients, families, and staff; recognize ways to share the stress or isolation within and between disciplines; recognize stress-release of sharing stories and concerns in a safe environment. All staff are welcome. CMEs are available. A light lunch will be served. For more information, email Chaplain Brigid Dunn at dunnbrig@upstate.edu.



Easy for You is April 9

Easy for You will be held April 9 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 provided. For more information, visit www.upstate.edu/hospital/health/healthlink/smokefree.php.



Pathway to Wellness offers Weigh-In Wednesdays April 10, 17, 24

Upstate’s Pathway to Wellness program will host walk-up weigh-ins at various locations throughout campus April 10, 17 and 24. There will be no weigh-in April 3. The location schedule follows. 

8:30 to 8:50 a.m., lobby of the Campus Activities Building

9 to 9:20 a.m., lobby of Jacobsen Hall

9:30 to 9:50 a.m., lobby of Downtown Campus near Express Oasis

10 to 10:20 a.m., lobby of the eighth floor at Downtown Campus

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



Radiation Oncology visiting professor lecture is April 11

Matthew Poppe, MD, associate professor of radiation oncology at Huntsman Cancer Institute at University of Utah, will present Short Course Radiation and Breast Reconstruction Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 a.m. in the Upstate Cancer Center conference rooms C1076 A/B/C. For more information, email Anglika Klapputh at klapputa@upstate.edu



Pathology Grand Rounds is April 11

Curtis A. Hanson, MD, chief medical officer of Mayo Medical Laboratories, will present Challenges and Opportunities for Laboratory Medicine and Pathology: Will We Be Relevant in Tomorrow's Healthcare World? Thursday, April 11 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium at Weiskotten Hall. Hanson will discuss the some of the political and financial challenges that laboratory medicine and pathology will face as well as strategies for implementing utilization management opportunities into the clinical practice of medicine. For more information, email Carol Barnett at barnettc@upstate.edu.



Downtown Campus Blood Drive is April 11 and 12

A campus blood drive will be held April 11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 12 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Café 750 at Downtown Campus. To make an appointment, email underwol@upstate.edu or call 315-464-6755. 



Donate Life's National Blue and Green Day is April 12

Wear blue and green April 12 in honor of National Organ Donation Awareness Month, gather your coworkers, and take a photo. To be included in the photo contest, submissions must be received by April 15. To submit a photo, email a JPG to lonkeym@upstate.edu.



Relay for Life is April 13

Join Team Upstate and the Upstate Chapter of Colleges Against Cancer at Syracuse University’s Relay for Life April 13. The first 50 people to sign up by March 31 will receive a free Team Upstate T-shirt. Relay for Life events raise money for the American Cancer Society to support cancer patients, survivors and their families, and to honor those who have lost their battle with cancer. To join Upstate’s team, visit http://main.acsevents.org/goto/teamupstate. For more information, email Katie Schumacher at schumack@upstate.edu



Nursing Grand Rounds is April 16

Margaret Maher, MS, RN, CSPI, certified poison specialist at Upstate New York Poison Center, will present Current and Novel Drugs of Abuse Update and Nursing Management Tuesday, April 16 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Performance Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The presentation will be live streamed to Classroom A and B at Community Campus. The presentation will be videotaped for online viewing within the NGR blackboard course #3490: Nursing Grand Rounds. Registration is not required. 1.0 contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE. For more information, contact Ellen Albanese at albanese@upstate.edu



UUUP professional development opportunities are April 17, 24, 30

The following professional development opportunities are open to UUP-represented employees. For an application, email Holly Haines McCurdy at mccurdyh@upstate.edu. Space is limited. 

April 17—Workplace Civility at SUNY Cortland 

April 24—Conflict Resolution at SUNY Cobelskill 

April 30—Workplace Civility at SUNY Delhi



Leadership Development Program applications due April 19

The Governor’s Office of Employee Relations offers two sessions of the 2019 Leadership Development Program for employees in the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Unit. The program is designed for Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services employees, grade 23 and above, who are in supervisory and managerial roles. The Leadership Development Program is designed to provide participants with the key skills to better lead and manage in New York state government. The program includes a half-day orientation, seven full training days, and a half-day for follow-up and graduation. Applications are due April 19; classes begin in June. For information and an application, email Holly Haines McCurdy at mccurdyh@upstate.edu.



Kick Butts Day is on Earth Day April 22

Tobacco Free Task Force will celebrate the third annual Kick Butts Day Monday, April 22 at noon at Upstate Cancer Center and from 1 to 3 p.m. at Community Campus. For more information, email Theresa Hankin at hankint@upstate.edu.



Community Campus Blood Drive is April 24 and 25

A blood drive will be held April 24 from noon to 6 p.m. and April 25 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria at Community Campus. To schedule an appointment, email jean.pirozzi@gmail.com or call 315-464-8668. 



Seeking volunteers to aid In My Father's Kitchen at Crawfish Festival May 4 

Team Upstate is seeking volunteers from the Upstate community to support Upstate's 2019 You Cause charity, In My Father's Kitchen, with its presence at the 2019 Crawfish Festival, to be held Saturday, May 4 in Clinton Square, Syracuse. Funds raised at the festival will be used to support the agency's work of delivering food, clothing and medical care to homeless people in Syracuse. Two volunteer shifts are offered: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 8 p.m. Volunteers must be 16 years of age and older and must be available to work the entire shift. Volunteer assignments include taking orders and serving food. To volunteer, contact Nancy Prott at prottn@upstate.edu or call 315-464-4513. 



Departments sought to host Synergy and Presidential Scholar interns

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion seeks individuals and departments interested in mentoring and supporting high-achieving college students from the Synergy and Presidential Scholars programs from May to August. The students and recent graduates bring innovative ideas, updated skills, and new perspectives. Upstate provides real work experience and practical learning, giving the students an advantage as they pursue their career interests. For details, visit www.upstate.edu/diversityinclusion/internship.php  or contact Diversity and Inclusion at diversity@upstate.edu  or 315-464-5234. 



Well-Being Index is available to Upstate community

The Well-Being Index is a validated screening tool to evaluate fatigue, depression, burnout, anxiety/stress, and mental/physical quality of life. The index developed through a rigorous process with multi-step validation. The index includes nine questions and has resources you can use immediately. This screening tool is available online anytime. Visit www.mywellbeingindex.org  and use access code: Upstate. 



SUNY’s Sexual Violence Prevention Campus Climate Survey

The goal of SUNY’s Sexual Violence Prevention Campus Climate Survey is to evaluate the climate experienced by students and employees at SUNY campuses regarding sexual violence. The survey is designed to be completed in 10 to 15 minutes. Respond to the survey to assist in the development of informed decisions on providing a safe educational environment for all. SUNY will send reminders until April 30. 



HealthLink on Air features Upstate experts on WRVO and iTunes

Among recent guests on HealthLink on Air are surgical oncologist Mashaal Dhir, MD; pediatrician Ann Botash, MD; endocrinologist Nidhi Bansal, MBBS; residency program director Stephen Knohl, MD; and Syracuse University drama professor Stephen Cross. HealthLink on Air is a radio show and podcast produced by Marketing and University Communications. HealthLink on Air 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.healthlinkonair.org.