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Upstate Announcements for November 11, 2021

Food trucks will be on campus throughout November

Food trucks will offer lunch for purchase in three Upstate locations in November. The schedule is as follows:


Upstate University Hospital traffic circle

Nov. 15 Ali Baba from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 16 Oompa Loompyas from 4 to 8 p.m.

Nov. 18 Elbita’s Cocina from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 19 Elbita’s Cocina from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 24 Ali Baba from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 26 Ali Baba from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m

Nov. 29 Ali Baba from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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Nov. 16 Ali Baba from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 17 Oompa Loompyas from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 22 Elbita’s Cocina from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m

Nov. 30 Elbita’s Cocina from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Nov. 16 Elbita’s Cocina from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 19 Ali Baba from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 20 Oompa Loompyas from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For an online calendar, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/nutrition/food-trucks.php.



RN Helper roles available; classes Nov. 11, 16, 22

Inpatient adult, pediatric, and emergency departments are in need of assistance from RN Helpers, particularly on the evening and night shifts. RNs who are able to sign up for OT/ET or extra service shifts, or can volunteer free time to work as an RN Helper, visit the Labor Pool website to sign up: https://www.upstate.edu/ipage/intra/admins/labor-pool.php. For individuals who have been away from the bedside for a while and would like to freshen up skills, classes will be held Nov. 11, 16 and 22 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in 1328B Upstate University Hospital. Sign up for RN Bedside Skills Brush-Up Class here: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/register/index.php. RN Helpers are not asked to take a patient care assignment and will not be asked to do tasks for which they do not feel prepared. Every little bit of assistance is helpful and greatly appreciated—providing personal hygiene, turning, positioning, assistance with ADLs.



Sign the Shine a Light on Lung Cancer banner through Nov. 12

Stop by the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center now through Nov. 12 to sign the banner for Shine a Light on Lung Cancer. Sign your name to honor someone who has battled or is battling lung cancer. The banner will be displayed at Lung Cancer Awareness Night at the Syracuse Crunch game on Saturday, Nov. 13.



RF open enrollment office hours are Nov. 12, 19 and 26

The Research Foundation Benefits Department will host office hours to answer questions about open enrollment Fridays, Nov. 12, 19 and 26 from 2 to 3 p.m. For more information, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/changing_options_research.php



Shine a Light on Lung Cancer event is Nov. 13

Help us Shine a Light on Lung Cancer with the Syracuse Crunch Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. Shine a Light on Lung Cancer aims to raise awareness for lung cancer. Giveaways, information tables, digital messages, in game announcements, and much more will be offered. There are a limited number of free tickets available. To reserve tickets, email Chris Benton at bentonch@upstate.edu



Covid vaccination clinics will be held Nov. 15, 22, 29

Kinney Drugs will host Covid vaccination clinics Mondays in November. All clinics will run from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. First- and second-dose appointments will be prioritized. First- and second-dose walk-ins will be accepted. Healthcare workers are eligible for the vaccine, regardless of immune status. 

Booster doses are available by appointment only. 


The schedule is as follows: 

Nov. 15 in Performance Center at Upstate Golisano (Pfizer only)


Nov. 22 in Community Room at Community (Moderna only)


Nov. 29 in Performance Center at Upstate Golisano (Moderna only) 


Covid vaccines are also available at most pharmacies. Individuals who receive vaccination at a location other than Upstate should upload documentation to the Employee/Student Health online portal at https://eshportal.upstate.edu/ or via email at ESHealth@Upstate.edu

Questions? Email Employee/Student Health at ESHealth@Upstate.edu.



Nursing Grand Rounds is Nov. 16

Stephanie McGrath, FNP, will present Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) and Acute Delirium Tuesday, Nov. 16 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. One contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE. For more information, email Holly Briere at BriereH@Upstate.edu or Amy Rottger at Rottgera@Upstate.edu. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m045eec3ce07976208f2a532a35354fe5. When registering, enter full name and Upstate email. Meeting number: 2301 808 2389 Password: ZQgPyTQ95b7. Join by video system: Dial 23018082389@upstate.webex.com Dial and enter your meeting number. Join by phone +1-415-655-0001 US Toll Access code: 230 180 82389



White Out Wednesday is Nov. 17

Wear white and meet up for a group photo for Lung Cancer Awareness Month Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center. The photo will be posted on Upstate Cancer Center social media. The Upstate community is welcome. Masks are required. 



Clinician Peer Support Program training is Nov. 29

The Clinician Peer Support Program of Central New York is offering a virtual peer support training program Monday, Nov. 29 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The training is open to physicians, nurses, residents, behavioral health specialists, respiratory therapists or hospital chaplains at Upstate, and members of the ANA-NY. Clinicians already trained may participate as a refresher. Clinicians who plan to attend, email ClinicianPeerToPeer@Bassett.org and include role at Upstate. Copy Upstate Chief Wellness Officer, Dr. Leslie Kohman at KohmanL@Upstate.edu. More information about the Clinician Peer Support Program of Central New York (CPSP-CNY) is available here: https://www.bassett.org/sites/default/files/2021-01/Clinician_Peer_Support_Program_of_Central_NY_CPSP-CNY.pdf. For more information, contact the Clinician Peer Support Program of Central New York (CPSP-CNY) at clinicianpeertopeer@bassett.org or 607-547-3244.



CNY Season of Giving Wellness event runs through Nov. 30

Join the CNY Season of Giving Wellness Event and support Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital with every activity you log. Using the app, individuals are able to raise money and earn points to the live leaderboard for completing wellness activities like running, walking, yoga, stretching, biking, meditation, volunteer hours, and 50+ other healthy options. Efforts will unlock up to $16,000 in matching donations thanks to our sponsor, the Pinnacle Family of Companies. The event runs through Nov. 30. For more information, visit: Kilter Event: CNY Season of Giving Wellness Event (kilterrewards.com)



Quitting Café is Dec. 2

The Quitting Café will be held Thursday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center. Advice on quitting tobacco, and light refreshments will be available to Upstate employees, students, volunteers, and patients. For more information on Pathway to Wellness programs, visit www.upstate.edu/wellness.



Easy for You is Dec. 14

Easy for You, Upstate’s tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Dec. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 7335B (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.



Tableau Day is Dec. 14

To learn more about Tableau, register for an online webinar Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. via WebEx at https://www.tableau.com/learn/webinars/suny-upstate-tableau-day-2021-12-14. Participants will learn about Tableau's new features, best practices, and how Tableau is being utilized across the Upstate campus. Steve Wexler, founder of Data Revelations and author of The Big Picture, will discuss how to inspire organizational change with data visualizations and storytelling. The webinar is designed for those creating Tableau dashboards as well as those consuming data to make decisions. All users are welcome.



Child Life Program seeks holiday volunteers

Child Life seeks volunteers with a current, valid Upstate ID. For more information and to sign up, email Rachel Stinson at hannonr@upstate.edu.



Applications sought for 2022 Your Cause charity 

Team Upstate seeks applications from the Upstate community for a Central New York agency to be its featured Your Cause charity in 2022. 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 the Rescue Mission’s Emergency Youth Shelter for LGBTQ+ adolescents. To nominate an agency for the Your Cause sponsorship, individuals should complete and submit application form by Nov. 30. Team Upstate committee will review applications and announce the winning organization in December. An online application is here: https://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.



Perk Up Café extends morning hours

Perk Up Café in the main lobby of Upstate University Hospital will open Monday through Friday at 6:30 a.m. Perk Up serves Starbucks hot and iced beverages, baked goods and lunch entrees. Questions? Email Jonathan Adler at AdlerJ@Upstate.edu.



Volunteers sought for meningitis clinical trial 

Upstate seeks healthy volunteers between ages 15 and 25 for a clinical trial involving the efficacy of a new pentavalent meningococcal vaccine in healthy adolescents and adults, who have previously received one dose of quadrivalent vaccine. Upstate Medical University pediatric infectious disease specialist Joseph Domachowske, MD, is the principal investigator of the study, to evaluate how a new combination vaccine against all 5 types compares to the two different vaccines being used in this age group already. Upstate is working with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in developing the new combination vaccine intended to protect against five of the most prevalent serogroups of the bacteria causing meningitis. To learn more about participating in the clinical trial, contact the study team at 315-706-5636 or anwarn@upstate.edu.



Volunteers sought for vaccine clinical trial 

Health volunteers ages 18 to 60 are sought to participate in a vaccine clinical trial. For more information, contact Keely Terrillion from Global Health at Trials@Upstate.edu or 315-464-9869. Parking and compensation are included.



Clark Burn Center hosts annual Sock, Mitten, Glove and Hat Drive

New socks, mittens, gloves and hats may be donated in closed bags and placed in collection boxes located in the second-floor lobby of Upstate University Hospital, and in the lobbies of Upstate Community Hospital, Jacobsen Hall, Sarah Loguen, and the Galleries. All items will be donated to the Syracuse Rescue Mission with frostbite prevention education information. Approximately 1,300 people die annually due to cold exposure. One factor is extended exposure to cold temperatures with improper clothing. This directly affects homeless community members. The Upstate Clark Burn Center strives to prevent injuries to all members of our community. For more information, email Tamara Burns at RobertTa@Upstate.edu



Clark Burn Center T-shirt sale is now open

Clark Burn Center scald prevention and awareness T-shirts are available for purchase. Long- and short-sleeved, crew and V-neck styles are available. To order, visit: https://qnet.e-quantum2k.com/~justright/Custom/1544R/RETAIL/cgi-bin/qnet-your-catalog2.cgi. Questions? Email Tamara Roberts at RobertTa@Upstate.edu.



Upstate Payroll updates

Schedule for holiday paycheck/direct deposit distribution: The final 2021 paycheck for New York state employees will be distributed as normal from Albany. The final 2021 paycheck for Research Foundation (RF) employees will be Friday, Dec. 31. The final 2021 paycheck for federal college work study students and student assistant will be dated Wednesday, Dec. 30.

Payroll and tax information: All employees who filed tax exempt in 2021, including student employees, must file a new federal W4 form and/or NYS State IT2104 form by Feb. 14 to maintain exempt status. If new form is not filed, Payroll Services is required to withhold federal and/or state income tax at the highest possible rate: single with zero withholding allowances.

—The Social Security Administration generally increases the Social Security wage base each year. It is projected to change for 2022 to $147,000.  It was $142,800 for 2021

—The FICA tax rates for 2021, are 6.2 percent for Social Security and 1.45 percent for Medicare, and are expected to remain the same for 2022. (Additional tax on wages over $200,000 apply, see IRS rules for details.)

—Employees are encouraged to review their paycheck/direct deposit stubs to verify tax information, name and current address. Employees who request changes to their tax withholding should forward a new W4 and/or IT2104 form to Payroll Services, 100 Jacobsen Hall or update their tax withholdings by logging into the NYS Payroll Online Application via the Self Serve My Payroll link. You may also view these forms from the Payroll website or ask for them in Payroll Services. If not enough income tax is withheld throughout the year, employees may face a penalty when filing their personal income tax return.

—Visit the IRS website for publications and forms.

—For the IRS withholding Calculator, search withholding calculator.

Visit the Upstate Payroll website for the 2022 payroll schedules for New York State, Research Foundation, and Federal College Work Study employees. The Payroll Services Office, located in 100 Jacobsen Hall, will be closed for the holidays Thursday Nov. 25, Friday, Nov. 26, Friday, Dec. 24 and Friday Dec. 31.



2022 Holiday Calendar now available online

The 2022 Holiday Calendar is now available for both New York state and SUNY Research Foundation employees here: http://www.upstate.edu/payroll/pdf/calendar/general/upstate_annual_calendar.pdf



Productivity Enhancement Program for state employees is open

The Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) has been announced by the NYS Department of Civil Service for New York state-eligible CSEA, PEF, UUP represented and MC affiliated employees. 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 2022. 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.



Flex Spending Account Program open enrollment

The 2022 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Program open enrollment period for New York state employees is now open and will run through Nov. 29. 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 2022 calendar year. For more information go to https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/changing_options_state.php



Live webinars on financial essentials available through HR

For a list of TIAA live webinars, visit https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/index.php. To register or watch past presentations, visit www.tiaa.org/webinars



Open enrollment for Research Foundation employees 

The health, dental, vision care plans, and Flex Spending Account open enrollment period for Research Foundation employees is open now through Nov. 30. The Benefits Bulletin (October 2021 edition) was mailed to the homes of all eligible staff. Review the 2022 Health Care Plan Comparison and Biweekly Rates online here: http://www.upstate.edu/hr/document/rf_special_bulletin.pdf.



NYSHIP health insurance option transfer period

The New York state 2022 Planning for Option Transfer flyer has been mailed to homes. The publication includes information about the upcoming Option Transfer Period, when you can make changes to your 2021 NYSHIP option for yourself and your enrolled dependents. Health insurance Choices for 2022, which contains a more detailed comparison of NYSHIP benefits, will be available online and from your HBA later this fall. Shortly after, be sure to check your mailbox for the 2022 rate information and Option Transfer deadlines.



Red holiday designations

The New York State Department of Civil Service Attendance and Leave Unit designated Saturday, Dec. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 1 as red holidays. Upstate units and departments will operate on a red holiday schedule these days with staffing for essential services only. When a holiday falls on an employee’s regular scheduled day off (pass day), an employee (state and RF) who is 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. To review the calendar, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/payroll/pdf/calendar/general/upstate_annual_calendar.pdf



Ergonomic Open Hours is available to state employees 

Ergonomic Open Hours will be held via Zoom Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. State employees can speak with an ergonomist to discuss how to better fit their work areas to their specific needs to avoid pains and strains whenever possible. To learn more, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/hr/new_staff/work_life/ergonomics/resources.php



Radiology T-shirt sale is open 

To purchase a long-sleeved T-shirt in blue tie-dye or black, email Kristyna Azzoto at AzzotoK@Upstate.edu. Shirts are $20 each and are unisex sizing. Shirts are on sale through Nov. 28. 



HealthLink on Air

Among recent guests on HealthLink on Air were these Upstate specialists and their topics: pharmacist Christine Stork, PharmD, clinical director of the Upstate New York Poison Center, on edible marijuana products; pharmacists Eric Balotin and Emily Adamy on the new second location for the outpatient pharmacy; emergency physician Jordan Holliday, MD, on pre-hospital blood transfusions; pharmacist Timothy Chiang on what to expect from chemotherapy; and endocrinologist Ruban Dhaliwal, MD, director of the metabolic bone disease center, on osteoporosis. 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.