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Upstate Announcements for April 2, 2019


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. 

Interim President Mantosh Dewan, MD, will present one student with the President’s Award for Civic Engagement and Interprofessional Education at 2:45 p.m. 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 at 3 p.m.

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.



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.



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. 



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. 



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

Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds will be held Fridays 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.

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



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.



Pink Champions Breast Care Support Group meeting is April 10

The Pink Champions Breast Care Support Group will meet Wednesday, April 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the conference rooms at Upstate Cancer Center. Kaushal Nanavati, MD, will discuss wellness and his four pillars of healthy living. To sign up for the group, visit http://www.upstate.edu/cancer/cancer-care/programs/bcp/bcp-support-group.php  or email gopink@upstate.edu.



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



Graduation for clinical pastoral education chaplain interns is April 11

The Upstate community is invited to attend the graduation service for Upstate’s clinical pastoral education chaplain interns April 11 at noon in the Interfaith Chapel at Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. For more information, email Rev. Terry Culbertson at culbertt@upstate.edu.



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. 



Lori’s Gifts Downtown to host Employee Appreciation Event April 11 and 12

Lori's Gifts at Downtown Campus will show appreciate for Upstate employees April 11 and 12. All guests will receive $5 off every $25 spent, and store hours will run from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days. 



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.



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. Macfarlane retires after almost eight years of service in Research Administration. The Upstate community is welcome to attend. For more information, email furnariE@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.



Health Science Library introduces new system for electronic resources April 15

Beginning April 15, Upstate’s Health Sciences Library will use OpenAthens for accessing all library journals, ebooks, and databases. For more information on the launch, visit http://library.upstate.edu/news/news-articles/20190401-library-openathens.php.  For more information on using OpenAthens, visit https://guides.upstate.edu/openathens.  Questions? Email Devin Kerr at kerrd@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



UUP professional development opportunities are April 17, 24, 30

The following professional development opportunities are open to UUP-represented employees: 

April 17—Workplace Civility at SUNY Cortland 

April 24—Conflict Resolution at SUNY Cobelskill 

April 30—Workplace Civility at SUNY Delhi

For an application, email Holly Haines McCurdy at mccurdyh@upstate.edu. Space is limited. 



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. Registration is $75 before April 1; $85 after April 1. Breakfast and lunch are included. 5.9 contact hours will be provided. To register, visit www.upstatefoundation.org/holistichealing. Topics include: holistic nursing, reiki, integrative massage, essential oils, holistic nutrition, botanical healing, yoga and quality of life, meditation, hypnosis and a sound journey.



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. 



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 will be celebrated 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



Faculty Educator Development Seminar on Conflict Resolution is April 23

Sarah Tandle, LMSW, and Carol Recker-Hughes, PT, PhD, MA, will present Conflict Resolution at the Faculty Educator Development Seminar Tuesday, April 23 from noon to 1 p.m. in 318 Health Sciences Library. R.S.V.P. by April 16 to Michele Henderson at hendermi@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. 



How to Build a Drug Discovery Company seminar is April 25

Kelsey Moody, CEO of Ichor Therapeutics, will present How to Build a Drug Discovery Company April 25 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the CNY Biotech Accelerator, 841 E. Fayette St. Moody will discuss how he raised $20 million to grow Ichor Therapeutics into a 50 person company. 



Monday Mile with Otto at the Dome is April 29

Upstate’s Monday Mile will be held April 29 at the Syracuse University Carrier Dome. Walkers will depart from the main traffic circle of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus at 11:40 p.m. for the walk to the Dome. Bring your Upstate ID. 



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. 



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. 



Save the Date for Festival of Relays 

Join Upstate Cancer Center at the American Cancer Society’s Onondaga County Festival of Relays Friday, May 3 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the New York State Fairgrounds. The event combines three local Relay for Life events into one. The event includes food, music, a luminaria ceremony, and a snow pull. Join the Upstate Cancer Crusaders team here: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY19NER?team_id=2424589&pg=team&fr_id=93423.  Registration is free and donations are optional. For more information, email Matthew Capogreco at capogrem@upstate.edu



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. 



Save the Date for More than Pink Walk 

Join Upstate Cancer Center team for the More than Pink Walk, formerly the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Saturday, May 18 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the New York State Fairgrounds. The event includes free giveaways, food, and a celebration of breast cancer survivors and their families. To join the team, visit http://info-komen.org/goto/TeamUpstate.  For more information, email Matthew Capogreco at capogrem@upstate.edu.  



Emotional Intelligence course offered by Organizational Training and Development

Organizational Training and Development 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. 

Self-assessment class information can be found here: 


Multi-rater class information can be found here: 


For more information and to register, contact Tracy Fenner at fennert@upstate.edu or 464-2957. Self-serve registration is not available for this course.  



HealthLink on Air features Drs. Shaw, Carhart, Masoud

Recent HealthLink on Air guests include vascular surgeon Palma Shaw, MD; cardiologist Robert Carhart, MD; rehabilitation psychologist Angelina Rodner, PhD; and interventional neurologist Hesham Masoud, MD.HealthLink on Air, a radio show and podcast produced by Marketing and University Communications, airs on WRVO Public Media Sundays at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. and is available on iTunes and other podcast sources. Complete shows and individual interviews are also available at www.healthlinkonair.org.