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Upstate Announcements for February 11, 2021

Upstate Equity Forum is Feb. 17

The Upstate Equity Forum—a forum focused on equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging—will be held Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. via Zoom. The Upstate community is welcome to attend. 

Speakers include Institutional Equity Officer and Title IX Coordinator Katie King, JD, and Complaint Investigator Alex Gilbertson. The forum will be moderated by Upstate Chief Diversity Officer Daryll Dykes, MD, PhD, JD.

King and Gilbertson will answer frequently asked questions about Title IX, a federal law protecting individuals from discrimination in educational programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. 

To submit questions in advance, email TitleIX@Upstate.edu

To watch the forum Feb. 17 at 5 p.m., use this Zoom link: https://upstate.zoom.us/j/96440171784

For more on Upstate’s Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX, visit:




Ash Wednesday is Feb. 17

Spiritual Care will be available at both hospitals for Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17. PPE will be worn and ashes will be distributed with 6” swabs. All are asked to physically distance, and wait patiently to receive ashes.

Spiritual Care will attempt to get to patient floors. Call directly to refer patients for ashes: 315-464-4687 for Downtown or 315-492-5740 for Community.

Upstate University Hospital schedule:

  • 7:45 to 8:15 a.m. in small OR conference room, 5413 East Tower
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Peds Chapel, 12th floor Upstate Golisano
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Meditation Room, Upstate Cancer Center
  • Noon to 2 p.m., and again at 4:30 p.m. in Interfaith Chapel, first floor Upstate University Hospital

Upstate Community Hospital schedule:

  • 11 a.m. brief service in meditation room and distribution of ashes to all units as requested from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Center for Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club is Feb. 25

James Dwyer, PhD, will lead a discussion on epistemic justice Thursday, Feb. 25 at noon. For a copy of the article and to register, email musolina@upstate.edu.



New hours for Ainsley Surplus Warehouse begin March 5

Beginning March 5, Ainsley Surplus Warehouse hours will be Fridays from 8 to 11 a.m. No appointment required. On Fridays from 8 to 11 a.m., call 315-464-2438; all other days/times call 315-464-5643.



Upstate Nurse Instant Decision Day deadline is March 7

Upstate Nurses are invited to apply for the Online Bachelor's Program using a simplified and free admission application requiring only one standardized reference from their manager. Completed applications will lead to an invite to attend the Instant Decision Day where they will receive in person their admissions decision, receive course advisement directly form the program director and speak with the tuition assistance and professional development coordinator. The deadline to apply is March 7, 2021 at this link: https://www.upstate.edu/con/programs/bs/hta-bs.php. For more information, email Gabriela Lozanova at admiss@upstate.edu. 



Submissions sought for 34th annual Dearing Writing Award Competition through March 12

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities seeks submissions for the 34th annual Dearing Writing Award Competition through March 12. The competition is open to all SUNY Upstate matriculated students, residents, employees, and faculty. Works of fiction, essay, poetry, and memoir will be accepted on any subject matter. 

Submit two copies: one copy should have the writer’s name, address, telephone number, and category on it; students should indicate their college and class year. The second copy should include only the title and category with the work. Please note: one entry per writer, maximum of 2,500 words double-spaced for essays and fiction, and no more than 5 poems.

Email submission to Andrea Musolino at musolina@upstate.edu. Winners will be announced and awards presented April 7. Winners will receive a monetary award. All submissions receive consideration for CBH’s annual journal The Healing Muse, available online at:  www.thehealingmuse.org. 



Nominations for the 2021 President's Employee Recognition Awards due April 1

President's Employee Recognition Award nominations are sought through April 1. For more information and a nomination form, visit: 


The six award categories are: 

  • Team of the Year
  • Leader of the Year
  • Employee of the Year
  • Provider of the Year
  • Outstanding Diversity Contribution of the Year (Team)
  • Community Service of the Year (Team and Individual)



Save the date: Student Research Day is April 7

Student Research Day will be held virtually April 7, 2021. Student talks will begin on Zoom at 1 p.m., followed by the keynote address with Erin Bromage, PhD, UMass Dartmouth, at 3 p.m. One student from each college will be selected to give a 10-minute oral presentation and five-minute Q and A. There will be a Virtual Poster Session from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Remo, an interactive virtual platform. Remo resembles a virtual conference and students will be able to share their posters as a PDF. For more information, email: AndrianN@upstate.edu. 



2021 calendar update—Juneteenth declared legal holiday, June 19

The New York State Department of Civil Service Attendance and Leave Unit has recently declared Juneteenth a legal holiday.  Juneteenth 2021 falls on Saturday, June 19 and all Upstate units and departments will operate on a red holiday schedule on this day with staffing for essential services only.

When a holiday falls on an employee’s regular scheduled day off (pass day), state and Research Foundation employees who are entitled to time off with pay on days observed as holidays by the state, shall be granted compensatory time off. A compensatory day off in lieu of the holiday will be scheduled at times mutually convenient to the employee and Upstate. Eligible employees scheduled or directed to work on any such Saturday may receive additional compensation in lieu such compensatory time in accordance with State attendance rules.



2021 Independence Day holiday will be observed Monday, July 5

New York state and Research Foundation employees entitled to time off with pay on days observed as holidays by the state, will observe Independence Day on Monday, July 5, 2021 as noted in the 2021 Holiday Calendar: https://www.upstate.edu/payroll/pdf/calendar/general/upstate_annual_calendar.pdf. All Upstate units and departments will operate on a red holiday schedule on this day with staffing for essential services only.



Student Admissions hosts virtual events for several programs

Student Admissions is hosting virtual events for several of our bachelor’s and graduate programs including Nursing (BS, MS and DNP), Radiation Therapy (BS/BPS), X-ray and Ultrasound (BS/BPS), Clinical Laboratory Sciences (BS), Respiratory Therapy (BS), Medical School (MD, MD/PhD and MD/MPH), Physical Therapy (DPT), Physician Assistant (MS) and Clinical Perfusion (MS).  To register, please visit https://engage.upstate.edu/portal/virtual-events. If you are unable to participate, visit our Open House webpage for videos about the various programs and education opportunities offered at Upstate: https://www.upstate.edu/prospective/events/oh-videos.php. For more information, email MeyerW@upstate.edu.



Do you know an Upstate Strong Covid Hero?

Upstate is fortunate to be surrounded by everyday heroes who go the extra mile to help lead our institution’s response to Covid-19 in the community and across the region. To extend gratitude to an individual or a team for their efforts, nominate colleagues for recognition as an Upstate Strong Covid Hero at https://redcap.link/covidheroes



Pathway to Wellness Monthly Challenge

February’s Monthly Challenge is to take care of your mental health. Register and track your progress at  https://wellnys.goer.ny.gov or print out the monthly challenge at: https://www.upstate.edu/health/wellness/monthly-events.php. Individuals who would like to sign up for communications from Pathway to Wellness should email Suzanne Brisk at brisks@upstate.edu.  



The work and words of Elizabeth Blackwell, MD

It Shall Be the Effort of My Life—The Work and Words of Elizabeth Blackwell, MD, is on exhibit from the Archives and Special Collections Department. At the 1849 commencement of the Geneva College of Medicine, Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to complete a formal course of medical study in America, vowed "It shall be the effort of my life, with the help of the Most High, to shed honour on my diploma". Dr. Blackwell spent the remainder of her days working tirelessly to advance the role of women in medicine. She labored on two continents, and in multiple countries, to advance the cause of women, who she felt were naturally inclined to the role of physician. This exhibit, completed to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of her birth, examines her efforts; the triumphs, challenges, and sacrifices made by a pioneer in the history of medicine. To view the exhibit, visit online at: https://upstateasc.omeka.net/exhibits/show/elizabethblackwellexhibit/blackwelleffort. For more information, email HoweC@upstate.edu.



HealthLink on Air features Upstate experts on a variety of topics

Among recent guests on Upstate's HealthLink on Air were these Upstate faculty members: pediatric oncologist Amy Caruso Brown, MD; neurosurgeon Timothy Beutler, MD; orthopedic surgeon Zachary Vredenburgh, MD; neuro-oncologist Ruham Nasany, MD; and rheumatology chief Andras Perl, MD, PhD. HealthLink on Air is a podcast and radio show produced by Marketing and University Communications, available through podcast searches and 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.