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Upstate Announcements for December 20, 2021

Park pet kits available for purchase

Park pet kits—including an Upstate Strong pet bandana, a waste bag and holder, and a food bowl—are available for $10. Proceeds benefit the Upstate Nursing Recognition Fund #290. To make a purchase, contact Kayleigh Bisson at 315-464-6148 or BissonK@upstate.edu. Credit card payments can be made via phone.



Holiday closures and Campus Purchasing instructions 

Record Storage, Human Resources, Employee/Student Health, Hospital Purchasing, Campus Purchasing, Contracts, Accounts Payable, and the Ainsley Drive Surplus Warehouse will be closed Dec. 24 and 31. 

For time-sensitive orders through Campus Purchasing, submit requisitions in Self-Serve no later than Dec. 22 at noon for Christmas Day and Dec. 29 at noon for New Year’s Day. 

The Volunteer Office will be closed Dec. 24. 

Library Holiday Hours are:

- Dec. 20 to 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Dec. 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

- Dec. 27 to 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Dec. 31 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.



Keep important information updated for insurance purposes 

To make changes to personal information that will impact health insurance coverage—address, dependents, marital status—email Kathi Exner or Kaylee Aseltine in writing within 30 days of the change(s). If divorced or annulled, a former spouse is not eligible for coverage as a dependent as of the date on paperwork even if a court orders the individual to maintain coverage. Basic changes (address change, for example) can be made at the MyNYSHIP Enrollee Self-Service at: www.cs.ny.gov/mynyship. 



Support the Advocates for Upstate year-end campaign 

There is still time to donate to Advocates for Upstate's year-end campaign to benefit the Nellie Hurley Scholarship Program. This pandemic has spotlighted the growing demand for health professionals. The Nellie Hurley program provides scholarships to qualifying Upstate Medical University employees and adult volunteers who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in the health professions. Donate before Dec. 31 to be entered in drawings to win one of two gift baskets each valued at $150. The drawings will be held the week of Jan. 3. Donors must live within 20 miles of downtown Syracuse to be eligible for the drawings. Winners will be notified by email or by telephone by Monday, January 10. Donate online to the Year-End Campaign.



Stroke Team T-shirt sale is open

The Stroke Team has T-shirts available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Stroke Foundation Fund. To place an order, email ZhovklaR@Upstate.edu. Shirts are $15 each. 



Food trucks will be on campus through Dec. 31

Food trucks will offer lunch for purchase in four Upstate locations in December. The updated schedule is as follows: 


Upstate University Hospital traffic circle

Dec. 20 Ali Baba from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Dec. 27 Ali Baba from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dec. 29 Elbita’s Cocina from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dec. 31 Ali Baba from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


550 Harrison Street

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

Dec. 23 Ali Baba from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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



Dec. 21 Ali Baba from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dec. 28 Ali Baba from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Dec. 22 Ali Baba from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dec. 30 Ali Baba from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For an online calendar, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/nutrition/food-trucks.php. To pre-order meals through the Street Food Finder App, visit: https://streetfoodfinder.com/apps



2022 New York state option transfer period updates 

The New York state option transfer period closes Dec. 31. 

The 2022 Health Insurance Rates for State of New York employees have been announced. Employees participating in the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) will receive a rates and deadlines publication to home addresses from the Department of Civil Service Employee Benefits Division. The rates will be reflected beginning in check dated Jan. 5, 2022. 



2022 NYSHIP rates




  HMO Blue


CSEA Sg. 09 and below (Full-time equivalent annual salary of $47,023 or below for UUP & M/C)









CSEA Sg. 10 and above (Full-time equivalent annual salary of $47,024 or above for UUP & M/C)








No action is required for those keeping their current health insurance option, if individuals still qualify for that plan. 

The deadline for state employees to make changes to their health insurance carrier is Dec. 31. 

To make a change, submit a signed health insurance transaction form PS-404 to the Upstate HR-Benefits Office, second floor Jacobsen Hall, (fax: 315-464-4390) or the Community HR-Office, first floor (fax: 315-492-5275).

Selecting a health insurance plan is an important personal decision. Consider family lifestyle, health, budget and benefit preferences. Think about what health care might be required during the next year. The changes for 2022 will be effective Jan. 6, 2022. If changing to a new option, most deduction changes will be effective later in January 2022 and will include retroactive adjustments in a future paycheck. For more information, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/changing_options_state.php.



Quitting Cafe is Jan 7

The Quitting Cafe will be held Thursday, Jan. 7 from 10 am 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.



Input sought for Covid vaccine survey with pediatric focus by Jan. 10

The pediatric Covid vaccine is safe and effective. However, vaccination rates for kids under 18 remain low. A team of vaccination and public health experts at Upstate developed a brief, five-minute survey to better understand preferences for vaccinating children against Covid.

The anonymous survey is open to everyone at Upstate and is available here: https://redcap.upstate.edu/surveys/?s=LE3PF7A87EEL8RN3. The information will help the team better understand barriers to vaccine uptake and improve access. 

The survey link is also available on computer desktops throughout campus as an icon named, “Children COVID Vaccines.” The survey closes Jan. 10. Questions? Email Alyssa Indelicato at IndelicA@Upstate.edu. 



Easy for You is Jan 11

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Jan 11 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in 7335B of the west wing at Upstate University Hospital's Downtown Campus. 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.



Friend in Deed funding applications sought by Jan. 14

The Upstate Foundation seeks applications from Upstate employees for Friend in Deed funding for projects that enhance the patient experience at Upstate University Hospital. Friend in Deed is the annual fund for the hospital 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, Jan. 14 at noon. 



Global Health seeks study volunteers 

The Institute for Global Health and Translational Science seeks healthy volunteers ages 18 and over to participate in a mosquito research study lasting about three months, with about 20 total visits. Participants will be compensated for your time and travel. For more information, call 315-464-9869 or email trials@upstate.edu



Nominations sought for President and Chancellor awards

Nominations are sought for the 2022 President and SUNY Chancellor awards. These are significant honors that recognize major contributions across the missions of Upstate Medical University and SUNY. Faculty, students and staff may nominate individuals for the following categories:

Advancement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (1 President’s Award only)

Excellence in Library Service (1 at the President’s level and 1 at the Chancellor’s level)

Excellence in Professional Service (1 at the President’s level and 1 at the Chancellor’s level)

Excellence in Faculty Service (1 at the President’s level and 1 at the Chancellor’s level)

Excellence in Research (3 awards at the President’s level and 1 Chancellor’s Award)

Excellence in Teaching (5 awards at the President’s level and 1 Chancellor’s Award)

A description of each award, requirements of the nomination, and a list of previous awardees can be found at https://www.upstate.edu/academic-affairs/faculty-awards/index.php. Nominations must be submitted online at the same website (Click on “Begin Nomination”).

All nominees will be considered for either the President’s or Chancellor’s level when both are available. Please note that requirements for the Chancellor’s awards are complicated and it may take time to collect the required documentation. Letters of support should refer to the Chancellor’s award in all categories where it is available.

Nominations are due Jan. 3, to meet SUNY deadlines.