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Upstate Announcements for November 19, 2019


Emerging Leaders event is today, Nov. 19

Emerging Leaders will present Boardsmanship Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hank Sauer Room at NBT Stadium. Speakers from Upstate include: Stuart Wright, Susan Furtney and Rita Reicher. The discussion will focus on what it means to be a board member, the importance of being on a board, and will include a Q and A. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emerging-leaders-united-presents-boardmanship-tickets-79569379155.



Holiday Shops slated for Nov. 20 canceled 

Upstate Cancer Center’s Holiday Shops, originally slated for Nov. 20, has been canceled. For more information, email Matthew Capogreco at capogrem@upstate.edu.



Custom holiday ornaments sale is Nov. 20 to 22

Porcelain angel and snowflake ornaments personalized with the name of a friend or loved one will be on sale Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 20 to 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the East Lobby (Diagnostic Center) at Community Campus. The $10 ornaments include gold ribbons for hanging. Special markers will be available to customize the ornaments. Proceeds benefit Advocates for Upstate. To pre-order or for more information, contact Jonathan Adler at 315-464-5610 or adlerj@upstate.edu.  The Advocates for Upstate support healthcare and scholarship at Upstate through fundraising and service. For more information about the Advocates, visit www.upstate.edu/advocates



Great American Smokeout is Nov. 21

Great American Smokeout events will be held as follows: 

Nov. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the second floor lobby at Downtown Campus
Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center

Play a real-life version of Jeopardy and test your knowledge on tobacco, learn how to become tobacco and vape free, win prizes, and receive free nicotine lozenges. 



Retirement reception for Mary MacBlane is Nov. 22

A retirement reception for Mary MacBlane from Advanced Practice Services will be held Friday, Nov. 22 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. For more information, contact Alexis Yackel at 315-464-3494 or yackelal@upstate.edu



CNY Biotech Accelerator program on startups is Nov. 22 

Michael Lynch, managing consultant at Intertek Assurance, will present First Product to Market: Setting Product Development Priorities for Startups Friday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon in the MIND Theater at the CNY Biotech Accelerator, 841 E. Fayette St. R.S.V.P. to cnybac@upstate.edu



Upstate Gala set for Nov. 22 

The Upstate Foundation’s 30th  annual Gala, will be held Friday, Nov. 22 at the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter. Festivities begin at 8 p.m., with the pre-Gala patron and sponsor party starting at 7 p.m. This year's event is co-chaired by Dr. and Mrs. G. Randall Green. Dr. Green is division chief of cardiac surgery and inaugural director of the Upstate Heart Institute. Proceeds will focus on strengthening and expanding heart care services and programs. Tickets can still be purchased for the Gala, contact the Upstate Foundation at 315-464-4416 or visit www.upstatefoundation.org/galaevent. 



Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds are Nov. 22 and Dec. 6, 13, 20

Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds are held Fridays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in Classroom A/B. For more information, email Beth Sellers at sellersb@upstate.edu.  The schedule is as follows: 

Nov. 22—Michael McGrattan, MD

Robotic Surgery for Enhanced Patient Care

Dec. 6—Matthew Bowman, PT

Physical Therapy’s Role in Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Dec. 13—Angana Mahapatra, DO

Taking Care of People Living with HIV for Primary Care Providers

Dec. 20—Matthew Elkins, MD

Transfusion 101



Upstate’s Wall of Thanks begins Nov. 24

Upstate’s Spiritual Care Program invites the Upstate community to post words of gratitude on the Wall of Thanks outside the Interfaith Chapel on the first floor of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. The Wall of Thanks will be available Sunday, Nov. 24 to Sunday, Dec. 1. For more information, call Spiritual Care at 315-464-4687. 



Holiday closures announced for Nov. 28 and 29

Human Resources, Employee/Student Health, Diversity and Inclusion, and Record Storage will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29.



Spiritual Care Journal Club is Dec. 4

Spiritual Care Journal Club will be held Dec. 4 from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. in 1317 Upstate University Hospital Downtown Campus. The Upstate community is welcome to attend the discussion, to focus on the role of the chaplain as a patient navigator and advocate for ICU patients. The article, printed in the Journal of Religion and Health, is available online at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6759628/.  For more information, call Rev. Terry Culbertson at 315-464-4236. 



CNY Biotech Accelerator program on opportunity zone projects is Dec. 4

Opportunity Zone: Case Studies will be held Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. in the MIND Theater at the CNY Biotech Accelerator, 841 E. Fayette St. To learn more about opportunity zone projects and funds through real life examples and case studies by experts in the field, register through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/opportunity-zone-case-studies-tickets-75921767049?aff.   



Holiday Happenings is Dec. 10

Holiday Happenings will be held Tuesday, Dec. 10 in the cafeterias at Downtown and Community campuses. Breakfast will be served from 5 to 7 a.m. and ice cream will be served from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The Upstate community is welcome. 



Presentation on Epic SlicerDicer is Dec. 10

Jennifer Curry, MA, principal trainer for Epic, will present Epic SlicerDicer Dec. 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 3509/3510 Setnor Academic Building. Pizza will be served. R.S.V.P. by Dec. 6 to watsonma@upstate.edu.  Epic SlicerDicer provides ready access to self-service reporting and data exploration. With the interactive tool, users are able to parse a large quantity of clinical data and use intuitive controls to refine and add multiple visualizations in a few clicks. The tool can be used to make new discoveries about populations and identify specific sets of patients who meet selected criteria.



Salvation Army Christmas Bureau is Dec. 18

The Salvation Army Christmas Bureau will be held Dec. 18 at the OnCenter. Volunteers are sought to help with donation drop-off Dec. 13, set up Dec. 16 and 17, and distribution Dec. 18. Volunteers must register in advance at https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5277736/Christmas-Bureau-2019.  Due to space restrictions, last-minute volunteer requests will not be granted and spaces fill on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on how to volunteer, contact Becca Pesci at pescir@upstate.edu  or 315-464-4836. 



Upstate Health Sciences Library’s new staffed hours begin Dec. 21

Beginning Saturday, Dec. 21, the Health Sciences Library will be staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. After-hours access continues for those using the library during non-staffed hours. Registration is required. For more information, email Cristina Pope at  popec@upstate.edu or 315-464-7086.



Behavioral Health seeks donations for patients through Dec. 24

Upstate Behavioral Health units seek donations of fleece blankets, winter hats, and gloves for patients now through Dec. 24. Items must be new with tags attached and can be dropped off at the 4B reception desk (Downtown Campus) or the 5W nursing station (Community Campus). For more information, email Laurel Bennett at bennetla@upstate.edu



Pre-retirement planning sessions for ERS members only are Jan. 22

Information sessions on pre-retirement planning for members of the New York State and Local Employee Retirement System who are within five years of retirement will be held Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. in the ninth floor auditorium of Weiskotten Hall. Participants must register online for one session by Jan. 15 at https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/register/index.php  with keywords MEMBERS ONLY. The interactive session will include information on members’ New York state pension, social security, health insurance and Medicare benefits. For more information, email Teresa Rogers in Upstate HR—Benefits Office at rogerst@upstate.edu.  



No Shave November supports new Daryl M. Lohm Cancer Patient Assistance Fund

New York State University Police at Upstate have established the Daryl M. Lohm Cancer Patient Assistance Fund, held at the Upstate Foundation, honoring former public safety officer Daryl Lohm whose courageous fight against cancer ended in July 2018. This month’s No Shave November campaign will support this new fund. To make a donation, visit www.upstatefoundation.org/NoShaveNovember.  A limited quantity of special lapel pins with the gold letter “D” honoring Daryl are available for $10 each. For more information and to purchase a pin, email Lieutenant Michael Jorgensen at jorgensm@upstate.edu



Thank you to our Community Giving Campaign donors 

Mid-campaign update 

The Upstate Community Giving Campaign offers thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. To see the list of superheroes please visit: http://www.upstate.edu/communitygiving/. There is still time to contribute to United Way of CNY, Upstate Foundation, and many other local agencies and beyond. To ePledge visit: https://selfserve.upstate.edu/ais/applications/marketing/sefa/epledge/.  



Child Life seeks volunteers 

Child Life seeks volunteers to prepare and organize donations for the holiday season. Volunteer are sought for two-hour shifts throughout December. For more information, email Rachel Hannon at hannonr@upstate.edu.



Upstate Toy Drive underway

The Upstate Toy Drive will accept new toys for local children in need today through Dec. 6 at collection boxes located throughout campus. Monetary donations are welcome; send to Linda Curry, College of Health Professions, 2221 Academic Building. Checks should be made payable to Salvation Army, note Christmas Bureau. For more information, call Linda Curry at 315-464-6903. The drive is a joint project among the United Way, the Salvation Army and many community partners. The Upstate drive is sponsored by the Colleges of Health Professions and Team Upstate. For collection box locations, visit www.upstate.edu/toydrive



Applications sought for 2020 Your Cause charity

Team Upstate seeks applications from the Upstate Medical University community for a Central New York agency to be its featured Your Cause charity in 2020. The Your Cause program offers Upstate employees an opportunity to nominate a charity that will be the focus of Upstate volunteer outreach through the year. This past year’s Your Cause agency was In My Father’s Kitchen. To nominate an agency for the Your Cause sponsorship, completed applications are due Nov. 30. Team Upstate committee will review applications and announce the winning organization in December. Application is available online at: http://www.upstate.edu/teamupstate/your-cause/index.php.  Completed applications should be emailed to Nancy Prott in the President’s Office at prottn@upstate.edu.  



Healthy Holiday Challenge available online 

Pathway to Wellness invites the Upstate community to join in the online Holiday Challenge from Nov. 18 to Dec. 31. The online challenge offers participants encouragement and guidance to eat smart, move more, and maintain weight during the holiday season. The seven-week challenge is free and provides strategies and resources to avoid holiday weight gain. To register and track your progress, visit https://esmmweighless.com/holidaychallenge/.  For more information, email Suzanne Brisk at brisks@upstate.edu. Pathway to Wellness activities are available online at www.upstate.edu/wellness  and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UpstatePTW.  



November Monthly Challenge 

The Well NYS Everyday Challenge for November is to journal or reflect on what makes you happy. To register and track your progress online, visit https://wellnys.goer.ny.gov



Monday Mile Walks 

Monday Mile Walks begin at noon in the main lobby of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. During construction, meet near the main elevators. For more information, email Suzanne Brisk at brisks@upstate.edu.



Bee Loved Gifts now open Saturdays

During the holiday season, Bee Loved Gifts is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the west hospital lobby at Community Campus, in addition to regular hours Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call Jonathan Adler at 315-464-5610. 



Assess your well-being and find resources 

The Upstate community is invited to participate in the Well-Being Index (WBI). This validated tool is an opportunity to help you better understand your overall well-being and areas of risk compared to others across the nation, and provide access to local, national and online resources. More than 2,000 of your Upstate peers have already signed on. The WBI is 100 percent anonymous. You can access it from any computer, or download the app to your smartphone. Setting up an account is easy and completing the index takes less than one minute. Assess your well-being online at www.mywellbeingindex.org/signup  with invitation code: Upstate. For more information, email wellbeing@upstate.edu



Clark Burn Center’s Sock, Mitten, Hat and Glove Drive now underway

Clark Burn Center’s third annual Sock, Mitten, Hat and Glove Drive is currently underway. Donations will benefit the Rescue Mission. Donation boxes are located in the main lobbies of: Community Campus, Jacobsen Hall, Galleries, and the second floor of Downtown Campus. For more information, email Tamara Roberts at robertta@upstate.edu.  



HealthLink on Air features Lombardi, Fortner, Lehmann

Among recent guests on Upstate's HealthLink on Air are: doctoral of physical therapy Julie Lombardi, pediatric pulmonologist Christopher Fortner, MD, PhD, and internist David Lehmann, MD, PharmD. HealthLink on Air, a podcast and radio show produced by Marketing and University Communications, is available through podcast searches 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.