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Upstate Announcements for September 15, 2021

Convocation is today

Convocation will be held today, Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. in 4414 Academic Building. The event is open to the Upstate community. Masks are required. To watch the event virtually, use this link: https://video.ibm.com/channel/VUD2z2XV6EL



COVID-19 vaccination clinic to be held at Upstate

Kinney Drugs will offer a Covid vaccination clinic for Upstate staff and students who are not yet vaccinated Friday, Sept. 17 from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. 

Pfizer will be the vaccine offered. This clinic is not for boosters. Information on boosters will be forthcoming.

To make an appointment, visit https://kinneydrugs.as.me/UpstateMedicalUniversity.

Walk-ins will be accommodated.

As part of the registration process, Kinney Drugs will ask for insurance information. However, if uninsured, staff and students may still receive the vaccine. 

Staff and students will never receive a bill for this service. Upstate and Kinney are partnering in this event at no cost to the Upstate community. 

Kinney Drugs will be following New York State Department of Health requirements to collect and input vaccination information into the New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS). The information will also be updated in Upstate’s Employee/Student Health clinic records.

For more information, email ESHealth@Upstate.edu.



Link to view last week’s Friday Forum is live

Last week’s Friday Forum dedicated to an update on Covid-19 is available to watch here: https://www.upstate.edu/president/communications/index.php. Log in is required. 



Volunteer Express hours extended

Upstate’s Office of Volunteer Programs has extended shifts in Volunteer Express to offer additional support to hospital units. The extended hours are Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To reach Volunteer Express, call 315-464-5182 or Vocera ‘Volunteer Express.’ For more information, email Mary Bodner at BodnerM@Upstate.edu.



Update current work mailing address now to assist Mail Room

To help manage mail volume and to allow the Mail Room to operate as efficiently as possible with reduced staff, beginning Oct. 1 all mail will be delivered to the location on the envelope. Over the past year, staff moved and changed work locations, but may not have shared the new mailing address/location with individuals or agencies sending mail. This causes a significant delay in mail delivery as staff must manually sort this mail. 

If you are receiving mail addressed to a former work location, contact individuals, agencies, companies and subscriptions and provide them with an updated work mail address to include department and/or office location.

Check and validate your work location in Self-Serve. The Mail Room staff uses Self-Serve to locate individuals when in-coming mail does not have a department or office location listed.

To update your location information, please follow the below steps:

  • Access Self-Serve
  • Select My-Information
  • Select Employee Details
  • Select Work Location and Telephone
  • Click on Work Location/Contact Information
  • Update your information
  • Save your changes

Questions? Call Don Sadeckas at 315-464-6421.



Global Health seeks volunteers for clinical trial

Upstate’s Institute for Global Health seeks healthy volunteers ages 18 to 59 for a Yellow Fever vaccine trial. Parking and compensation are included. For more information, contact Global Health at Trials@Upstate.edu or 315-464-9869.



Copies of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution available Sept. 17

In celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Sept. 17, Upstate's Health Sciences Library will offer free copies of The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America. The day commemorates the 1787 signing of the Constitution of the United States of America and recognizes all who have become U.S. citizens. For additional information, visit the Health Sciences Library website http://library.upstate.edu and Constitution Day subject guide http://guides.upstate.edu/constitution. Questions? Call Christine Kucharski at kucharsc@upstate.edu.



Al Todeschini Paddle for Pancreatic Cancer is Sept. 18

The Al Todeschini Paddle for Pancreatic Cancer will be held Saturday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Enjoy a leisurely two-mile canoe or kayak paddle on the Moose River beginning at the Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company in Old Forge, NY. Proceeds benefit the Al Todeschini Pancreatic Cancer Fund, held at the Upstate Foundation, which assists pancreatic cancer patients with expenses and unmet needs related to their care and pancreatic cancer research. Note: There will be no kayak or canoe rentals available at this year’s event. Pre-registration deadline was Sept. 3. For more information call Janice Todeschini at 315-415-3157 or visit www.UpstateFoundation.org/paddle to download a registration form or make a donation.



Nursing Grand Rounds is Sept. 21

Gregory Briddick, MSHI, BSN, RN, CCRN, TCRN, sepsis program coordinator, will present Saving Sepsis Lives: Nursing’s Role in Sepsis Sept. 21 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. via WebEx. The presentation will be recorded for viewing via blackboard course #251. Registration is not required. 1.0 contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE. For more information, contact Holly Briere at BriereH@Upstate.edu or Amy Rottger at Rottgera@Upstate.edu. Meeting number: 2312 240 6243 Password: yhQRJPmh298

https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=me67a468d4faa83984d8faf3dd9cec8fd. Join by video system Dial: 23122406243@upstate.webex.com. Or dial and enter your meeting number. Join by phone at +1-415-655-0001 US Toll with access code: 231 224 06243.



SailPoint to replace Upstate’s identity management system Sept. 28

Upstate’s identity management system, a framework of policies and technologies for ensuring users have appropriate access to technology resources, will be replaced with SailPoint Sept. 28.

Highlights of SailPoint are:

  • Password resets will continue via MyAccounts, which will be redirected to SailPoint.
  • Users can choose to receive SMS text code to their cell phone to reset their password.
  • There will be no more default password.
  • New Upstate users have the ability to set their initial password for login. This will provide the Upstate network with greater security.
  • Upon first login to SailPoint, users are required to set and answer their security questions.

IMT will provide more information as this system change approaches.



Skittles candy grams available through Sept. 30

Express your “over the rainbow” appreciation to your coworkers with a Skittles candy gram. Cards, envelopes and Skittles will be mailed through interoffice mail. To place an order, visit https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/upstate_stars/order-candy-grams.php by Sept. 30. For more information, email Megan Chase at ChaseM@Upstate.edu.



Second annual Give Burns the Boot Kickball Tournament is Oct. 2 

The second annual Give Burns the Boot Kickball Tournament will be held Saturday, Oct. 2 at 9 a.m. at the Syracuse Kickball Park, 7192 Oswego Road, Liverpool. Event proceeds benefit the Clark Burn Fund for Patients, held at the Upstate Foundation, supporting burn survivors and their families with transportation, lodging, meals, and other expenses not covered by insurance that are essential to their recovery, as well as the survivor and family support group. Register online at http://support.upstatefoundation.org/site/TR?fr_id=1240&pg=entry. For more information contact Michelle Lonkey at lonkeyM@upstate.edu or 315-464-6128.



Advanced Practice Grand Rounds is Oct. 5

Suzi Koshy, DNP, FNP-C, will present Medicine Peals Oct. 5 from noon to 1 p.m. via WebEx: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=mc6fdd0f78598ae871eb1248038dd1349. Meeting number: 2306 797 0419 Password: 22YwEfS8yHN. Log into WebEx using your full name and credentials to be admitted from the waiting room. 1 CME Credit will be awarded upon completion of attending this event. For more information, please see the Advanced Practice website or email Alexis Yackel at YackelAl@upstate.edu.



Upstate’s Your Cause charity seeks volunteers Oct. 7

Upstate’s Your Cause Charity—the Rescue Mission’s new Homeless and Runaway Youth Shelter—seeks Upstate volunteers to help with a hands-on work day at the shelter Thursday, Oct. 7. Depending on the number of interested volunteers, hours may be split into two shifts: from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. Volunteers must be fully vaccinated and masks are required. Due to Covid-19, only 10 volunteers per shift are permitted. To sign up or for more information, email Patty Mondore at mondorep@upstate.edu.



Sock Out Cancer Benefit Concert in Syracuse Oct. 8

Binghamton Oct. 9 

Sock Out Cancer, a nonprofit that aids financially distressed cancer patients and their families, will host a benefit concert—A Musical Tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel, featuring the internationally known Philip Myers Band—Friday, Oct. 8 at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theatre in Syracuse and Saturday, Oct. 9 at The Broome County Forum Theatre in Binghamton. A portion of the Syracuse benefit concert proceeds will support the Sock Out Cancer Fund, held at the Upstate Foundation, to address unmet needs of adult and pediatric oncology patients and their families. A portion of the Binghamton benefit concert proceeds will support the Sock Out Cancer Fund for Southern Tier Pediatric Patients and Families, also held at the Upstate Foundation. Tickets are on sale online at Ticketmaster and at the venue box offices. Orchestra and mezzanine seats are $40 each for the general public. All Upstate employees and their guests will get $10 off each $40 ticket. Balcony tickets are also available at $20 each. For more information, contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld, shenfels@upstate.edu or 315-464-4284. To purchase tickets and for details on the Upstate employee discount, visitwww.sockoutcancer.org/events-1



An Evening of Live Music to Benefit the Cool Head Project is Oct. 15

Come and enjoy some good food, drink and live music at the Rail Line, 530 S. Clinton Street in Armory Square Friday, Oct. 15 from 6 to 8 pm. Featuring Maureen Henesey of The Mere Mortals accompanied by Paul Becerra of The Twisted Roots on guitar. Proceeds benefit The Cool Head Project Fund, held at the Upstate Foundation, established to offset the cost of scalp cooling treatments and make this technology available to more patients. Scalp cooling can help reduce or prevent hair loss in patients receiving certain chemotherapy. For event information contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld, 315-464-4284, shenfels@upstate.edu. To purchase tickets or a sponsorship, visit www.UpstateFoundation.org/coolheadproject



Making Strides is Oct. 17

Join Team Upstate for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Sunday, Oct. 17 in Clinton Square. Start a team or join a team and help to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research, education and awareness programs. Upstate Cancer Center is the presenting sponsor of this year’s Strides event. Individuals who raise or donate a minimum of $35 ($25 for students) will receive a Team Upstate Strides T-shirt. To be guaranteed a shirt, registration or donation must be received by Monday, Sept. 20. To register and for more information, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/specialevents/making-strides-against-breast-cancer.php .



HealthLink on Air’s featured interviews this week

Stroke specialist Hesham Masoud, MD, on risk factors for stroke as well as how strokes are spotted and treated; urologists Scott Wiener, MD, and Hanan Goldberg, MD, on assessing and treating an enlarged prostate; neurosurgeon Harish Babu, MD, PhD, on tiny tiles to deliver radiation to the brain after tumor removal; and physiologist Gary Nieman on causes and treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome. HealthLink on Air is a podcast and radio talk show produced by Upstate 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