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Upstate Announcements for May 6, 2019



Construction closes Weiskotten Hall side entrance today through June 30

The exterior door, stairs and ramp from the south side of Weiskotten Hall to University Place, A-lot and B-lot will be closed to pedestrian traffic today through June 30 for construction. Emergency egress from the building will be maintained at all times via remaining existing exits. For more information, call John Ders at 315-243-5974 or Nick Steffen at 315-530-8014.



Interim President Dewan issues annual internal control letter 

In an April letter, Upstate Medical University Interim President Mantosh Dewan, MD, reminds everyone of the importance of strong internal controls and that all Upstate employees are required to comply with the Governmental Accountability, Audit and Internal Control Act enacted by New York State. The act requires all state agencies, including Upstate, to institute a formal internal control program to ensure that controls are appropriate, effective, efficient and documented. For the interim president's letter and information on internal controls at Upstate, visit http://www.upstate.edu/internalcontrol/.  



Upstate to cut ribbon on Mammography Van May 7 

The Upstate community is invited to attend a ribbon-cutting celebration to introduce a new Mammography Van Tuesday, May 7 at 10 a.m. on the Community Campus, in Parking Lot H2. The mammogram van is aimed at ensuring easy access to life-saving mammograms for woman who live in eight central and northern New York counties. The van, funded by a New York State Department of Health grant, is part of Gov. Cuomo’s “No Excuses, Get Screened” Breast Cancer Initiative, which is aimed at getting rid of obstacles to breast cancer screening for women in New York. 



Schwartz Rounds is May 7

The Unfairness of Illness and Disease: Whisper Words of Wisdom will be held Tuesday, May 7 at noon in the conference room at Upstate Cancer Center. A panel of experts will lead the discussion on the devastation of witnessing suffering. Angela Wratney, MD, will moderate. 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 Upstate staff are welcome. CMEs are available. A light lunch will be served. For more information, email Chaplain Brigid Dunn at .  



Starburst Candy Grams available May 7, 8

Let your co-worker know that they are a “Star” by sending a Starburst Candy Gram at no cost. To place an order for a Starburst Candy Gram, email Megan Chase at . Include your name, location, department, and the number of Starburst Candy Grams needed. The deadline is May 8. To create a Starburst Candy Gram, visit one of the following stations:

May 7 from 11:30 to 1 p.m., Lobby of Jacobsen Hall

May 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fifth Floor Break Room at UHCC



Bioethics seminar on measles vaccination is May 9

Johan Bester, MBChB, PhD, MPhil, director of bioethics at University of Nevada’s Las Vegas School of Medicine, will present Measles Vaccination and What We Owe Children: Why Society is Obligated to Provide Measles Vaccination for Children Thursday, May 9 from noon to 1 p.m. in 3508 Setnor Academic Building. A light lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. Bester will discuss parental and societal moral obligations to ensure children are protected against measles, including considerations of children’s best interest and justice, and policy considerations. 



Presentation on cyberthreats is May 9

Dennis Ast, CPCU, CCIC, senior account executive at OneGroup, will present Cyber Threats: Fact or Fiction May 9 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the theater at the CNY Biotech Accelerator, 841 E. Fayette St. R.S.V.P. to . Ast will review statistics and discuss how cyber events are on the rise in small- and medium-sized businesses. 



Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds are May 10, 17 and 31

Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds will be held Fridays, May 10, 17 and 31 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in Classroom A/B at Community. CME credits are available. Registration is not required. For more information, email Beth Sellers at sellersb@upstate.edu. The schedule follows. 

May 10—Sara Barth, MST, and Kristie Jones: Three Ways to Streamline Your Day, How SmartTools and Personalization can Make Your EPIC Experience Easier

May 17—William Sullivan, PhD: Behavior Analytic Treatments for Severe Destructive Behavior 

May 31—Rosamma Joseph, MD: An Overview of the Common and Unusual Primary Headaches in a Nutshell 



Upstate to celebrate National Hospital Week May 12 to 18

Upstate University Hospital will celebrate National Hospital Week May 12 to 18 at Downtown and Community campuses. 

Gift distribution will be held May 13 from 6:30 to 9 a.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m. at both campuses, and in the Weiskotten Hall lobby from 8:30 to 10 a.m. 

Snack distribution will be held May 16 at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and May 17 at 5 a.m. at both campuses, and May 17 from 9 a.m. to noon in the atrium of Setnor Academic Building. 

Off-site locations will receive snack deliveries May 15 to 17.

To view Hospital Week photos, visit http://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/staff_resources/upstate_stars/hospital-week.php.



On My Own Time seeks artwork by May 13

On My Own Time will accept artwork from Upstate employees and retirees until May 13. 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 .  Paper forms are available in Human Resources at Community Campus or the service desk at the Health Sciences Library at Downtown Campus. For more information, email Olivia Tsistinas at .



Medical College Assembly annual meeting is May 13

The annual meeting of the Medical College Assembly is Monday, May 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in 4414A Academic Building, with video conferencing to Binghamton. Lunch will be served to the first 40 people. The meeting is open to all faculty, staff, and students. 



Interprofessional education conference is May 13

SUNY’s Office of Interprofessional Education will host an interactive video conference Monday, May 13 from 8 a.m. to noon. Advancing SUNY IPE Program Infrastructure and Resources: Fostering Success will be available via WebEx in 1143 Academic Building. To register and for speaker information, visit   or email Darren Carboni at .



Spiritual Care Journal Club is May 15

Spiritual Care Journal Club will be held Wednesday, May 15 from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. in 1317 Upstate University Hospital Downtown Campus. The focus will be on the role of the health care chaplain in shared-decision making. For a copy of the journal article, visit the Center for Spiritual Care, 1224 Downtown Campus. The Upstate community is welcome to attend. 



Second annual Stroke Awareness Boot Camp is May 18

The second annual Stroke Awareness Boot Camp will be held Saturday, May 18 from noon to 1 p.m. at Pine Grove Health and Country Club, Camillus. Boot camp-style workouts are designed for any fitness level. A minimum donation of $20 per person is required. Proceeds benefit the Stroke Program Fund, held at the Upstate Foundation. For information and to register, contact Patty Jowett, 315-720-7008 or visit Patty's Facebook event link at www.UpstateFoundation.org/events.



Gregory L. Eastwood to speak May 19

Gregory L. Eastwood, MD, will speak at Barnes and Noble (3454 Erie Blvd. East) Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. Upstate’s former president will discuss his new book, Finishing Our Story: Preparing for the End of Life, and will be available to sign copies. The event is open to the public. 



Nursing Grand Rounds is May 21

Nursing Grand Rounds will be held Tuesday, May 21 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Performance Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, and streamed live to Classroom A/B at Community Campus. The Effect of Resilience Training on Critical Care Nurse Resilience will be presented by: Heather Roche, MS, RN; Kathy Oemeke, BSN, RN, CCRN; and Meg Greenman, DNP, RN, CCNS, CWCN. Rounds will be videotaped for post-presentation 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



Cystic Fibrosis Teaching Day is May 31

Upstate’s Cystic Fibrosis Teaching Day will be held Friday, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in 4414 Academic Building. The event is open to those interested in learning more about cystic fibrosis and the center. To register, email LS Jones at joneslas@upstate.edu



Library license for Unbound Medicine ends June 1

Due to low usage, the campus license for Unbound Medicine will end June 1. For more information, email library@upstate.edu.



Housecalls for the Homeless Chair-ity Event is June 6

Housecalls for the Homeless Chair-ity Event will be held Thursday, June 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Lucy’s Auditorium, 432 Gifford Street. The event will feature a silent auction of 20 uniquely decorated chairs donated by local and national designers and artists. Proceeds benefit the Housecalls for the Homeless Fund, held at the Upstate Foundation. The fund supports medical, psychiatric and addiction safety-net services to those without homes in Onondaga County. For tickets or to make a donation, visit www.UpstateFoundation.org/Housecalls. For more information, contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld at shenfels@upstate.edu or 315-464-4284. 



Eighth annual Kick Cancer Kickball Tournament is June 8 

The eighth annual Kick Cancer Kickball Tournament will be held Saturday, June 8 at the Syracuse Kickball Park, Liverpool. The event is open to the public and proceeds benefit Upstate Cancer Center. For more information and to sign up, visit https://www.syracusesportsassociation.com/league/26639/details. Questions? Contact Doug Rosenthal at rosenthd@upstate.edu or 315-464-8881. 



Take Back Your Day classes are June 11 and 21

Organizational Training and Development will offer Take Back Your Day classes June 11 and 21. Tips and tricks for getting organized, making better use of your time, and managing stress to get the most out of your day will be shared. For more information, call 315-464-4401. To register, visit .



Upstate Foundation’s The Power of Us employee giving program

As the Upstate Foundation launches its annual The Power of Us employee giving program, employees will begin to receive information on how to contribute. Support Upstate by donating to one or more of the Foundation’s 900 funds benefiting patient care, education, and research. Donations can be made through payroll deduction until June 14, or by cash, check or credit card until June 28. You can participate by filling out the form and sending to the Upstate Foundation via interoffice mail, or online through Epledge by logging onto Self-Serve and clicking on the Power of Us logo. For more information, call the Upstate Foundation at 315-464-4416. 



Nominations for 2020 honorary degrees due May 31, 2019

The 2020 Honorary Degree Committee is soliciting nominees to be honored at SUNY Upstate Medical University’s 2020 Commencement. Honorees are typically awarded a Doctor of Science, Doctor of Humane Letters, or Doctor of Fine Arts Degree.  

The Committee is particularly interested in candidates who have made substantial contributions in areas related to the University’s following strategic themes:

  • Integration (aligned leadership, inclusion, transparency, trust)
  • Innovative Learning and Discovery
  • Community Impact
  • Execution and Growth (alignment, decision-making, efficiency, quality)

Candidates may be health care professionals or educators whose contributions are aligned with Upstate’s educational or clinical system, scientists whose contributions are related to programs at Upstate, or national figures (e.g., authors, change agents, organizational leaders) who have brought attention to major health-related issues of importance to Upstate (e.g., health disparities, global health, quality improvement, data analysis, translational research, implementation research, health information systems).

Nominations will be reviewed relative to SUNY eligibility criteria. These criteria include a substantial degree of national recognition as evidenced by awards from national organizations, press coverage and appointments to boards of directors and other prestigious national positions. All qualified nominees will be forwarded to the Committee for consideration. You will be contacted if your nominee does not meet SUNY eligibility criteria.

According to SUNY Honorary Degree guidelines, ineligible candidates are:

—Persons who already hold an honorary degree from any SUNY campus

—Current SUNY employees or members of teaching or administrative staff 

—Individuals whose conferral could create a conflict of interest (i.e., members of SUNY Board of Trustees, SUNY Council or other SUNY formal boards)

—Current holders or candidates for NY elective public office

If you have nominated a qualified candidate in the past who was not chosen, please feel free to nominate them again. It is not uncommon for a candidate not to be chosen in the first year of nomination, but to be selected in later years. 

Please indicate what the nominee has done that makes them especially worthy of this honor in the context of Upstate’s values, history, and environment, in addition to their general achievements. Send nominations to Margaret Bourke, Academic Affairs Office, 1166 Jacobsen Hall or bourkem@upstate.edu. All nominations are due May 31, 2019.



Pathway to Wellness 

Pathway to Wellness offerings and programs are available at www.upstate.edu/wellness and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UpstatePTW.  For more information, email Suzanne Brisk at brisks@upstate.edu



Neurosurgeon Duemani Reddy recently featured on HealthLink on Air

Upstate neurosurgeon Duemani Reddy, MD, was recently a guest on HealthLink on Air, 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.