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Upstate Announcements for November 19, 2020

Thanksgiving snacks are available today and tomorrow

Upstate’s traditional Thanksgiving holiday snack offerings will be available Nov. 19 and 20 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Café 750 at Upstate University Hospital and the Community Cafeteria by printing a voucher at: https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/staff_resources/upstate_stars/index.php. An assortment may be also be delivered to your department. Please keep physical distancing and mandatory mask safety measures in mind at all times and do not congregate.



Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club is Nov. 19

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club will be held Nov. 19 from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom. Edward McArdle, JD, leads a discussion on: “Race, Ethnicity and Disability: The Financial Impact of Systemic Inequality and Intersectionality” and “Police Brutality is Our Lane Too, Doctors Say.” For a copy of the articles and a Zoom invite, email Andrea at musolina@upstate.edu.



Community Campus Primary Care Grand Rounds is Nov. 20

Community Campus Primary Care Grand Rounds will be held Nov. 20 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in Classroom A/B at Community and via WebEx. Robert Sherman, MD, will present The Role of Unconventional Nonoperative Regenerative Interventions in the Management of Degenerative Disease of the Knee. Up to 20 individuals will be permitted in Classroom A/B at Community. Rounds will also be available via WebEx at: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m33559f7af282527c45f285a825acda79. To attend virtually, evaluation forms are required to be returned by day’s end to sellersb@upstate.edu to receive CME credit. If attending in person, individuals must sign the sign-in sheet to receive credit. For more information, email Beth Sellers at sellersb@upstate.edu.



2021 Productivity Enhancement Program for New York state employees ends Nov. 30

The Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) has been announced by the NYS Department of Civil Service for NYS eligible CSEA, UUP represented and MC Affiliated employees. Please note that at this time, PEF represented employees are not eligible to participate in PEP. PEP allows eligible employees to exchange previously accrued annual leave (vacation and/or personal leave) in return for a credit to be applied toward their employee share NYSHIP premiums on a biweekly basis for 2021. In no case can the credit available under the program be applied to the employer share of NYSHIP premiums.  For more information, please visit https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/pep.php.

The 2021 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Program open enrollment period for NY State employees ends Nov. 30. Requirements: To be eligible to enroll in the Flexible Spending Account Program, State employees must be annual salaried, work at least half time, meet the eligibility criteria for enrollment in the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP), and be expected to be employed for the entire 2021 calendar year.  For more information go to https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/changing_options_state.php



Journey to Magnet shirt sale ends Nov. 30

To order a Journey to Magnet T-shirt with delivery to a hospital unit or department, order using Venmo username Magnet2020. Shirts are available in women’s V-neck and long-sleeved unisex crew neck, sizes small to extra-large. Each shirt is $20. Note preferred style, size, campus building and specific location/unit. For delivery to a home address, order online at www.upstate.edu/apparel under the UpstateStrong link. For more information, email sylstraj@upstate.edu.



NYS University Police No Shave November Fundraiser runs throughout November

The New York State University Police at Upstate Medical University third annual No Shave November fundraiser honors former Public Safety Officer Daryl Lohm who fought courageously against cancer, but passed away in July of 2018. No Shave November proceeds will support the Daryl M. Lohm Cancer Patient Assistance Fund, established at the Upstate Foundation, to assist Upstate Cancer Center patients and families during their time of need. Support the UpstateUniversity Police No Shave November fundraiser by making a donation today at: https://www.upstatefoundation.org/NoShaveNovember. For more information, contact Lieutenant Michael Jorgensen at jorgensm@upstate.edu  or 315-464-4000.



Easy for You is Dec. 8

Easy for You, Upstate’s tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in 7335B of the west wing at Upstate University Hospital. Those with an Upstate ID are welcome to receive help quitting tobacco, chew, and vape. Free nicotine replacement therapy is available. For more information, contact Theresa Hankin or Carolyn Walczyk at 315-464-3519 or walczykc@upstate.edu



2021 President’s and SUNY Chancellor’s Awards accepted now through Dec. 21

Nominations for the 2021 President’s and SUNY Chancellor’s Awards will be accepted now through Dec. 21, 2020. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to submit nominations. These are prestigious awards for outstanding contributions in the categories outlined below. The nomination period for both levels of awards will be the same during the 2020/21 cycle, and nominations for either or both level are encouraged.

Award categories include the following:

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (President’s Award)

Faculty research/scholarship (President’s Awards and a Chancellor’s Award)

Faculty teaching (President’s Awards and a Chancellor’s Award)

Faculty service (President’s Award and a Chancellor’s Award)

Professional service (President’s Award and a Chancellor’s Award)

Unique distinguished service (President’s Award)

Voluntary faculty (President’s Awards)

Nominations should be submitted online at https://www.upstate.edu/academic-affairs/faculty-awards/index.php, where detailed eligibility guidelines, instructions on the nomination package, and previous award recipients can also be found. For more information, email Cheryl Alger at algerc@upstate.edu or Lynn Cleary at clearyl@upstate.edu for questions or additional guidance.


Medical Staff are invited to offer suggestions on EPIC

Medical Staff are welcome to provide suggestions on how to improve the EPIC experience by completing this short survey: https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://klasresearch.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4HZupX8RPbLAR5X__;!!GobTDDpD7A!ZS78Iv7D_rQu58_jtBs2K-Dhk1fITbaX958ycjQmdCWdvLuRk1_FJ0ATn2o_GNVN-w$



Child Life seeks volunteers in December

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



Volunteers sought to help with composting

Volunteers are being sought expand composting efforts at Upstate. Composting reduces landfill emissions and supplies compost to build healthy soil for farms and gardens in Onondaga county. If you are interested in helping to shepherd compost efforts for your department, email bellingz@upstate.edu to find out about becoming a department [com]postmaster.



Baldwin Fund Lemon-Aid Stand fundraiser  

For over a decade, The Baldwin Fund has supported the Upstate Medical University through breast cancer research grants totaling over $3 million and 100 percent of the CNY fundraising is donated back to Upstate. For more information on the fund, visit: https://baldwinlemonaid.org/. The website offers simple ingredients to set up a stand, instructions on how to join a Team Upstate stand, or an option to donate to the cause. For more information contact Amy Green at greenamy@upstate.edu



Friend in Deed funding applications accepted until Jan. 15

The Upstate Foundation is accepting applications from Upstate employees for Friend in Deed funding for projects that enhance the patient experience at Upstate University Hospital’s Community and Downtown campuses. Friend in Deed is the annual fund for the hospitals and is largely supported through donations from grateful patients and their families, as well as members of the Upstate family and the community. Guidelines and applications are available on the Upstate Foundation website at https://www.upstatefoundation.org/friendindeed or by calling 315-464-4416. Applications require the approval of a department head. The deadline to submit applications to the Upstate Foundation office (CAB 326) is Friday, January 15, 2021.