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Upstate Announcements for December 30, 2021

Upstate employees encouraged to stay on site during work hours

With COVID spiking in the community, Upstate employees are asked to limit leaving campus during the workday to reduce possible offsite exposures. To encourage staying on site for meals, the Upstate Foundation is supporting a 10% discount for all purchases at the two hospital cafeterias starting on Wednesday, Jan. 5.


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 Upstate vaccination and public health experts developed a brief, five-minute survey to better understand preferences for vaccinating children against Covid. The information will help the team better understand barriers to vaccine uptake and improve access. 

 The anonymous survey is open to everyone at Upstate and is available here: https://redcap.upstate.edu/surveys/?s=LE3PF7A87EEL8RN3

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


Team captains sought for Heart Walk 2022

Team captains are sought for the 2022 Heart Walk, to be held April 24. For more information and to sign up, visit: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6658496/Upstate-Heart-Walk-Team-2022..


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, Jan. 10. Donate online to the Year-End Campaign.


Friend in Deed funding applications sought

The Upstate Foundation seeks applications from 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 noon Friday, Jan. 14.


Bioethics center hosts seminars Jan. 11 and 13

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities is presenting two speaker seminars, on Jan. 11 and Jan. 13 from noon to 1 p.m.. The seminars are available via zoom. For the link and more information, please contact Andrea at musolina@upstate.edu.


Recent stories on HealthLink On Air

Among recent guests on "HealthLink on Air" were these Upstate specialists, and their topics: 

--financial counselor at the Upstate Cancer Center Linda Naples on dealing with medical bills; 

--urologic cancer specialist Hanan Goldberg, MD, on treating prostate cancer; 

--gynecologist Renée Mestad, MD, on a new birth control option; 

--and infectious disease chief Elizabeth Asiago-Reddy, MD, on the coronavirus delta variant.

 “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. 


Holiday closures

Human Resources, Employee/Student Health, Hospital Purchasing, and the Ainsley Drive Surplus Warehouse will be closed Dec. 31.


Nominations sought for Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classifies Service

Nominations are sought for the 2021-2022 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service. This award recognizes State classified service employees represented by CSEA, PEF and PBA of NYS for excellence and superior service.  

Nominations are due Feb. 1 to Megan Chase, Professional Development and Learning, 713 Jacobsen Hall or via email at chasem@upstate.edu.  For more information, visit:https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/upstate_stars/chancellor-award.php


Nominations sought for 2022 President and Chancellor awards

Nominations are sought for the 2022 President and Chancellor awards. The awards are significant honors recognizing 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 may be submitted now through Jan. 3 to meet SUNY deadlines.


Start the year off right with wellness activities, listed below


Wellness offering—Digital Commensality: Eating and Drinking in the Company of Coworkers is set for Jan. 3 at noon

This is a time to chat and share your goals for 2022 or maybe share an app you like that helps you with a goal.  You are encouraged to eat your lunch, drink your coffee, enjoy your water, smoothie or whatever!  After 15-20 minutes of sharing, eating and comradery  Join us at: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks


Wellness offering—Be Your Best Self is Jan 6 at noon 

Presented by Linda Carignan-Everts, EAP Wellness Coordinator for NYS Work-Life Services/EAP.  Use the 2022 WellNYS Everyday Monthly Challenges to Become your Best Self.  If you are interested in challenging yourself in 2022, this webinar will provide the 2022 WellNYS Everyday Monthly challenges.  These challenges will guide you month to month to track, create, eat, plan, move, start and use healthy activities to be your best self by the end of 2022. 

Go to https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/k2/j.php?MTID=tcd7cd4fa8a98fcaf2f74e12219b730f5


Wellness offering—Quitting Cafe is Jan 7The 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.


Wellness offering—Easy for You is Jan 11Easy 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.


Wellness offering—How are you really doing? is set for Jan. 21 at noon 

Leslie Kohman, MD, Chief Wellness Officer, will present “How are You REALLY Doing?”  This 20-25-minute presentation will tell you more about the WBI—Well-Being Index—help you get started to use the WBI and what benefits the WBI index offers. Join at: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks