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Upstate Announcements for March 23, 2022

President Dewan to deliver State of the University Address April 13 at 4 p.m.

Upstate President Mantosh Dewan, MD, will deliver his State of the University Address Wednesday, April 13 at 4 p.m. in room 4414 of the Academic Building. The event also will be streamed live; link to be sent prior to the address. In addition to the address, the event will feature the presentation of the inaugural Upstate Council Awards for Exemplary Service. The Upstate Community is invited to attend.



Stroke Nursing Night with the Crunch is March 26

Stroke Nursing Night with the Crunch will be held March 26 at 7 p.m. at Upstate Medical University Arena. To purchase tickets, visit: https://www.ticketmaster.com/syracuse-crunch-vs-rochester-americans-syracuse-new-york-03-26-2022/event/00005AFACB733362



Poison Prevention Week runs through March 26

National Poison Prevention Week runs through March 26. Upstate New York Poison Center reminds everyone to keep all medications up and out of reach of children. Follow along on social media for helpful tips and tips to share with patients: @UpstateNewYorkPoison (Facebook & Instagram) & @UpstatePoison (Twitter).



National Doctors’ Day is March 30

The Upstate Foundation, as part of its Grateful Patient and Family Program, will celebrate its 11th National Doctors’ Day March 30 by distributing tributes that Upstate patients sent to their doctors for their dedication to providing quality and compassionate health care to our community. Doctors’ Day was established to recognize physicians, their hard work, and their contributions to society. For more information on Doctors’ Day at Upstate, email Jennifer Janes at JanesJ@Upstate.edu



Flex Spending Account deadline is March 31

Individuals enrolled in a Flexible Spending Account in 2021 have until March 31, 2022 to submit 2021 expenses for reimbursement. For more information on Flex Spending, visit: https://goer.ny.gov/program-information. Participants can use up to $550 from the 2021 Health Care Spending Account toward eligible expenses incurred in 2022, if the account was active/open as of Dec. 31, 2021. Participants are now able to use the remaining balance in a 2021 Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAA) toward eligible expenses incurred during the 2022 calendar year.



Retirement reception for Abbie Sousie is April 1

A retirement reception for Abbie Sousie will be held April 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Sousie retires from pediatrics after 40 years of service. 



Neuro Research Day is April 1

Upstate’s Department of Neurosurgery, in collaboration with the Neuroscience Graduate Program, will sponsor a symposium presented by various Upstate faculty and residents on basic and clinical neuroscience research at Neuro Research Day 2022, Friday, April 1 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall and via Zoom.

Invited speakers and their presentations include:

  • 10 a.m.: Sameer Sheth, MD/PhD, associate professor of neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine, will discuss deep brain stimulation for psychiatric disorders. 
  • 11:10 a.m. Anusha Mishra, PhD, assistant professor of neurology, medicine and anesthesiology at Oregon Health and Science University will discuss the role of astrocytes in neurovascular coupling in health and disease. 
  • 2:30 p.m. Susan Ackerman, PhD, professor of biology at University of California San Diego, will discuss mRNA translation and neurons-when things go awry. 

Full schedule and Zoom registration can be found at:  https://www.upstate.edu/neurosurgery/research/research-day.php



Digital Commensality is April 4

Eat, talk and connect with colleagues April 4 at noon via WebEx. To join this digital lunch break, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks



Peer supporter training is April 4

Peer supporter training will be held Monday, April 4 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The program is open to all who are interested in becoming a peer supporter. Those who are trained peer supporters are welcome to join this session for a refresher. To sign up, email Theresa Chung at theresa.chung@bassett.org. Following registration, participants will receive a Zoom link and pre-training materials. For more information, Email Dr. Leslie Kohman at kohmanl@upstate.edu



Easy for You is April 5

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 7335B 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.



Upstate Cancer Center at Community ribbon cutting is April 5

A ribbon cutting celebrating the opening of Upstate Cancer Center at Community will be held April 5 at 10 a.m. at Community. Following the ribbon cutting, staff will lead tours through the facility and answer questions about the offerings. To R.S.V.P., email Chris Benton at BentonCh@Upstate.edu by Friday, April 1. Registered and paid parkers Downtown will have access the open parking lots at Community. Garage parkers Downtown will have access to the Community garage at no charge with an Upstate ID.



Student Research Day is April 6 

Poster session to be held in person; masks required

Student Research Day will be held April 6 via WebEx (poster session to be held in person). Keynote address will feature Prachee Avasthi, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Student talks from the colleges of Medicine, Health Professions and Graduate Studies will begin at 1 p.m., keynote begins at 3 p.m.

The poster session will be held in person from 4 to 6 p.m. in 4414 Academic Building. Masks are required. 

For more information on presentations and the virtual poster session, visit https://www.upstate.edu/grad/students/srd/intra/event-details.php or email Jennifer Brennan at BrennanJ@Upstate.edu



Reducing Financial Stress presentation is April 6

A 30-minute presentation by Rethinking Debt will be held April 6 at noon. Reducing Financial Stress will review a plan to stay organized, get a budgeting system together, and become debt free. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks



Campus Blood Drive is April 7 and 8 

A campus blood drive will be held Thursday, April 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, April 8 from 7 a.m. to 1 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



Volunteers needed for painting at Sarah’s Guest House April 8

Upstate employees are invited to help Sarah’s Guest House, Upstate’s 2022 Your Cause partner, with painting at the house April 8 from 3 to 7 p.m. If interested in volunteering, email Susan Bland at BLANDmeS@upstate.edu or Kelly Dolan at dolank@upstate.edu. Wear an Upstate or Team Upstate shirt, if possible.

Sarah’s Guest House is a local 501C3 charity whose mission is to provide lodging, transportation, meals and comfort to patients and families receiving medical care in Central New York. They are the only healthcare hospitality house for adults in Central New York. 



Upstate Community Hospital Blood Drive is April 13 

The Upstate Community Hospital blood drive will be held Wednesday, April 13 from noon to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria and conference room at Community. To schedule an appointment, go to www.upstate.edu/blood



National Volunteer Week begins April 17; T-shirts for sale

Celebrate National Volunteer Week by purchasing a T-shirt to support Upstate volunteers. Proceeds benefit the Office of Volunteer Programs through the Volunteer Enrichment Fund and support recruitment, training, development, and recognition. For more information, email Volunteer@Upstate.edu. To order a shirt, visit: https://redcap.upstate.edu/surveys/?s=L9A7EAC3TCEJE99W



Upstate Poison Center presentation is April 19

Upstate Poison Center is celebrating 65 years of helping the community. Join Lee Livermore, public education coordinator, to learn more about Upstate New York Poison Center, its purpose, mission and services April 19 at noon. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks



Heart Walk is April 24

The American Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk will be held April 24 at 10 a.m. Join Upstate’s Stroke Team here: http://www2.heart.org/goto/upstatestrokecenter. Participants who register and donate $35 will receive a free long-sleeved T-shirt. 



Retirement reception for Linda McAleer is April 29

A retirement reception for Linda McAleer, deputy nursing director of pediatrics at Upstate, will be held April 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. For more information, email Mary Melice at melicem@upstate.edu.



Strikes Against Stroke is May 6

Upstate’s Strikes Against Stroke will be held May 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool. To register, visit: https://www.upstatefoundation.org/strikes. For more information about the event, email Raisa Zhovklaya at ZhovklaR@Upstate.edu



Pediatrics clinical trial seeks volunteers for Moderna study

Leonard Weiner, MD, and his study team seek healthy children six months to two years of age and kids 12 to 17 who have not yet received a Covid vaccine for a Moderna study. For more information, email FlunoK@Upstate.edu.



Upstate’s Inclusive Health Services offers free yoga classes

Upstate’s Inclusive Health Services will host free virtual queer yoga with HK Goldstein every Tuesday during April at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome. To register online, visit: https://bit.ly/3s8lO0E. Classes are rooted in personal physical autonomy and authority. The group will move through a series of postures and breath work to connect with inner physical ecosystems. No previous experience is needed and cameras can be on or off. For more information, email Nicky at RuszkowN@Upstate.edu



Healthy volunteers sought 

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



April is Occupational Therapy Month

Occupational therapy is an essential piece of the Upstate community at several locations. Upstate employees 54 occupational therapists at Upstate University Hospital, Community, IHP and Manlius. Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help individuals participate in activities they want or need to do through therapeutic use of everyday activities, also known as occupations. Help celebrate the profession by thanking an Upstate occupational therapist in April. 



Nominations sought for the 2022 President's Employee Recognition Awards 

President's Employee Recognition Award nominations are sought through April 15. Information and nomination form is available online here: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/upstate_stars/president_award/index.php. For more information, email Megan Chase at chasem@upstate.edu.

The six award categories are: 

  • Outstanding Contribution of the Year 
  • Community Service of the Year  
  • Team of the Year 
  • Leader of the Year 
  • Employee of the Year 
  • Provider of the Year