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Upstate Announcements for February 2, 2022

Photos sought for National Hospital Week

Photos are sought for National Hospital Week 2022. Photos of individuals (no group photos) will be highlighted in an online gallery and printed materials. Selfies are acceptable—mask or no mask—and show your Upstate pride. Email photo submissions to Megan Chase at chasem@upstate.edu.
Photos are due March 1.



Black History Month events begin Feb. 3

Soul Food Thursdays will be held Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24: Morrisons will offer Soul Food Thursdays in cafeterias at Upstate University Hospital and Community throughout February. Chefs Miguel Lockhart and John Williams developed the menus, which are different each week. Vegetarian options will be offered at UUH. For more information, email lockharm@upstate.edu or johnwilliams@iammorrison.com.

Black History virtual celebration is Feb. 16: Upstate’s Black History awards ceremony and keynote address will be live streamed Feb. 16 at noon. Upstate’s James Baines, Janell Gage and Shantel Henry will receive employee contribution awards. The late Manny Breland and Jackie Warren-Moore who will receive posthumous community contribution awards. Angela Douglas of Vera House Inc. will give the keynote address. The ceremony will be aired online at: www.upstate.edu/diversityinclusion/blackhistory and on Upstate’s YouTube channel. 



Quitting Cafe is Feb 3

The Quitting Café will be held Thursday, Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center. Advice on quitting tobacco and light refreshments will be available for Upstate staff, students, volunteers and patients. For more information on Pathway to Wellness programs, visit: www.Upstate.edu/wellness.



Wear Red Day is Feb. 4

Wear Red Day aims to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally. This year, Upstate employees are encouraged to support the American Heart Association mission by wearing red and spreading awareness about heart disease in women. If you’d like a photo considered for posting on Upstate’s key social media outlets, send photos to Darryl Geddes at geddesd@upstate.edu. A red Upstate Zoom/WebEx background is available for use on Feb. 4 here: https://www.upstate.edu/specialevents/images/zoomred.jpg.



Refresher Peer Support Training is Feb. 5

For individuals who are already peer supporters, a refresher course will be held Feb. 5 from 8 to 10 a.m. To attend, email KohmanL@Upstate.edu and visit: PEER SUPPORT. To join via Zoom, visit: https://mssny.zoom.us/j/83704930672?pwd=bzF5WFBHWlpHZnpMOWMwWHU1WG9rQT09&from=addon. Use meeting ID: 837 0493 0672 and passcode: 564162



Covid vaccine and booster clinic is Feb. 7

A Covid vaccine and booster clinic will be held Feb. 7 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Performance Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. This is a Moderna clinic. Register here: https://kinneydrugs.as.me/UpstateMedicalUniversity-ModernaClinic



Peer Support Training is Feb. 14

Peer Support Training will be held Feb. 14 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. To register, email KohmanL@Upstate.edu or Caroline.Gomez-Dicesare@Bassett.org.



Easy for You is Feb 15

Easy for You, Upstate’s tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 7335B of Upstate University Hospital (west wing). 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.



Stress First Aid Champion Training is Feb. 15 and 17

Stress First Aid Champion Training will be held Feb. 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Feb. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. To join training, email KohmanL@Upstate.edu.



Proof of Covid-19 booster dose is required by Feb. 21

Individuals who have received a booster are required to upload a picture of their vaccine card(s) with proof of booster by Feb. 21 to the Employee/Student Health portal at https://eshportal.upstate.edu/ or by email at ESHealth@Upstate.edu.



Student-sponsored blood drive is Feb. 23

A student-sponsored blood drive will be held Wednesday, Feb. 23 from noon to 5 p.m. in the atrium of Setnor Academic Building, next to Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave. To schedule an appointment, visit: www.upstate.edu/blood.



Administrative Professionals Forum is March 2 

The next Administrative Professionals Forum will be held Wednesday, March 2 from 10 to 11 a.m. via Zoom. Joyce Mackessy will present the keynote on Policy Education. The forum is designed as a resource for administrative assistants who support hospital and campus staff, such as clinical chairs, deans and administrators. It will offer information, tips, helpful resources, professional development and training, and opportunities to promote good health. Supervisors are encouraged to allow employees to use work release time to attend this work-related enrichment series. RSVP at AdminPro@upstate.edu and an appointment link will be emailed to you. 



Professional Development and Learning offers micro-credentials

Upstate’s Professional Development and Learning now offers micro-credentials. For details, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/microcredential/index.php  or register to learn more at an upcoming information session at https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/register/index.php?topicid=169698.



Wellness tools open to all at Upstate

WellBeing Index is available to all at Upstate here: https://www.mywellbeingindex.org/. Use “Upstate” as invitation code. Measure your level of wellness, learn more about burnout, and gain access to a variety of wellness tools. This free service is entirely confidential and anonymous.



Advocates for Upstate to raffle Valentine gift basket to benefit hospital programs

Support the Advocates for Upstate’s grant funding program through a raffle for a Valentine’s gift basket valued at $200. Proceeds will go toward grants to benefit programs and services at Upstate University Hospital and Upstate Community Hospital. The raffle will run through Feb. 11 at 11:30 a.m.; drawing to take place Feb. 11 at noon. The winner will be selected at random and contacted by email or telephone immediately following the drawing. The raffle is open to those 18 years of age or older. Tickets are $5 each or 3 tickets for $10. To purchase tickets,visit https://www.upstate.edu/advocates/donate.php. For more information, call 315-464-5610 or email advocates@upstate.edu.



Valentine’s Day flowers and gift baskets available for pre-order

Valentine’s Day flowers and gift baskets are available for pre-order from Lori’s Gift Shop, located in the main lobby of Upstate University Hospital. Orders can be placed in person or by phone at 315-464-4713 during business hours Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m.



IMT Training offers customized webinars on OneDrive and Teams Classroom

IMT Training offers one-hour virtual demos to introduce Microsoft OneDrive, a personal cloud storage platform that allows a person to store, sync, and share work files. Additionally, faculty can register for virtual demos to learn more about Microsoft Teams for the Classroom, which engages students with virtual face-to-face connections and activities. To sign up for a webinar visit https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/register/index.php?topicid=165455 and register with your employee ID. To ask an IMT training question or request a custom date for a demo for your team, visit https://forms.office.com/r/SYGFEA1B26



Advocates for Upstate Accepting 2022-23 grant applications

The Advocates for Upstate Medical University are accepting applications for grant funding of departmental projects and programs. The deadline for submission is Friday, Feb. 25 at noon. All departments and programs affiliated with Upstate are eligible. Award decisions will be announced before the end of April 2022, and grants awarded must be used between June 1, 2022 and May 31, 2023. Full details and the grant application form are here: https://www.upstate.edu/advocates/grants-scholarships/grant-application.php.



Ergonomic open hours are held Thursdays

Ergonomic open hours will be held Thursdays from noon to 1p.m. via Zoom. 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. This could be especially important for staff who continue to work remotely due to Covid precautions. To learn more, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/hr/new_staff/work_life/ergonomics/resources.php



Upstate’s Pathway to Wellness celebrates 10 years in February

To help Upstate’s Pathway to Wellness program celebrate its 10th anniversary, share photos of a wellness event, yourself or your team then and now. Success stories are welcome. Email wellness memories and stories to BriskS@Upstate.edu.



35th annual Dearing Writing Awards competition now open

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities announces the 35th annual Dearing Writing Awards competition, open to all Upstate matriculated students, residents, employees, and faculty. Submissions are due by March 12. Submissions of quality fiction, essay, poetry, and memoir of any subject matter are welcome.

Submit two copies—One copy should include 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.

One entry per writer, a maximum of 2,500 words double-spaced for essays and fiction, and no more than 5 poems. Send submissions to Andrea Musolino, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, via email 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. For more, visit: www.TheHealingMuse.org.



Financial Fitness live webinars available throughout February

TIAA will host live Financial Fitness webinars throughout the month of February. The webinars are open to all Upstate staff and faculty. To register for a session, visit: TIAA Webinars (on24.com). The schedule is as follows.

  • Feb. 16 at noon: Market proof your retirement. You’ve worked hard to save for retirement. TIAA can help you understand how to create a diversified retirement income plan that protects you against key retirement risks. 
  • Feb. 17 at noon: Understanding Health Savings Accounts. You may know about the tax advantages of contributing to a Health Savings Account (HSA), but did you know that HSAs are also a way to save for healthcare in retirement? We’ll help you understand unique aspects of HSAs, including how they help account owners pay for current healthcare expenses and save for those in the future. 
  • Feb. 17 at 5 p.m.: Strategies for staying on track. No matter how much or how little money you can save for retirement, it’s important that you start now and stay invested for your future. You can learn how taking smart financial steps today may help lead you to a solid financial future after you’ve stopped working. 
  • Feb. 22 at 3 p.m.: Estate planning considerations. Ensuring that our assets will pass to loved ones and causes that are near and dear is important to most of us. Discover the components of a basic estate plan and strategies to ensure that your wishes are met. 
  • Feb. 23 at noon: At Your Fingertips—Manage your money from wherever you are. Learn about TIAA’s commitment to digital, and how we’re leveraging the latest technologies in our online and mobile tools to help you save time and achieve financial success while you’re on-the-go. 
  • Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.: Discover the power of financial well-being. Whether you’re the kind of person that lives and spends in the now or plans for what’s ahead, there are always ways to save smarter. In this seminar, you’ll learn a number of strategies for better.

Disclaimer: Unless staff participate in a webinar while on a lunch break, please ensure approval from your manager to view. Use of Upstate electronic equipment and accessing this webinar must be in compliance with University-Wide policy UW I-09 (Information Access Management). Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action up to termination of employment.