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Upstate Announcements for April 7, 2022

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: 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.



Internal controls message from President Dewan

A message from Upstate President Mantosh Dewan on the importance of internal controls is available here:  https://www.upstate.edu/internalcontrol/intra/pdf/ic-letter-from-president.pdf. Please read and share with your department/staff. Questions on internal controls? Email Tammy Frisbey at FrisbeyT@Upstate.edu.



Fundraising campaigns for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

Two local opportunities to support Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital are currently underway. Now through April 30, shop at a local Ace Hardware store and round up purchases to the nearest dollar. Now through May 14, donate $1, $3, or $5 at the checkout at Kinney Drugs during their Children’s Miracle Network balloon campaign. For more information, email Danielle LaTour at LaTourDa@Upstate.edu.



Donations sought for silent auction 

Upstate’s Organ Donor Council seeks donations for its annual silent auction, to be held virtually April 18 to 22. All proceeds benefit the Donor Fund and are used to promote organ donation and new donor registration. Prizes will be awarded to the most creative, most lucrative and best theme auction item. To arrange for donations to be picked up, call 315-464-9227 or email Dahline@upstsate.edu. Donations are required by April 13.



Water bottle sale benefits patients of Upstate’s hyperbaric unit

Blue and silver stainless steel water bottles are available for $10. Proceeds benefit the hyperbaric unit. To order, email Gail at McDonalG@Upstate.edu or call 315-464-4910.



Professional Development and Learning seeks mentors

Mentors will receive training and orientation before being assigned one mentee for 12 months. To learn more and submit an application, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/mentoring1/become_mentor.php. For more information, email MaryAnn Stark at starkm@upstate.edu.



How to plan a vacation is April 7

Linda Carignan-Everts, EAP wellness coordinator for NYS Work-Life Services, will present How to Plan a Vacation April 7 from noon to 12:30 p.m. via WebEx. To be discussed: types of vacations, creative things to do on vacation, one-tank getaway, going on vacation with family or friends, travel bucket lists, NYS vacations and many other ways to finally travel. To register for this presentation, visit: https://meetny-broadcast-pilot.webex.com/meetny-broadcast-pilot/k2/j.php?MTID=td9cedb64c357c30295b19d12430d4fe8. A confirmation email will follow registration.



Blood Drive is April 7 and 8 

A 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



College of Health Professions induction ceremony is April 8

The College of Health Professions will hold a virtual induction ceremony for the Alpha Eta Society Class of 2022 April 8 at 4:30 p.m. via Zoom. To watch, visit https://upstate.zoom.us/j/95340395570 or https://upstate.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 953 4039 5570. Join from dial-in phone line: +1 646 876 9923 or 1 301 715 8592; Meeting ID 953 4039 5570, Participant ID: Shown after joining the meeting. International numbers available: https://upstate.zoom.us/ajeb3hxYW.



Volunteers sought 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. 



Laughter for 10 minutes is April 11

Join Suzanne Brisk, Pathway to Wellness coordinator, for 10 minutes of laughter at 10 a.m. April 11 via WebEx. Brisk will share humor, cartoons and laughter. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.



Schwartz Rounds is April 12

Schwartz Rounds will be held April 12 at noon via Zoom. Rounds will focus on The Raging Opioid Epidemic—Who’s Getting Lost During Covid-19? To join, visit https://upstate.zoom.us/j/5907760027. Schwartz Rounds allows all Upstate staff a confidential and supportive atmosphere to openly and honestly discuss the social and emotional issues that come into play when caring for patients and families. All staff are welcome. One hour of CME/CE will be given for attendance. For more information, email Chaplain Brigid Dunn at dunnbrig@upstate.edu.



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 



Sexual Assault Awareness Month bystander trainings are April 13 and 20

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Upstate will offer two workshops on bystander training, in partnership with Vera House.

—Virtual bystander training will be held April 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. via Zoom. Vera House will present. Join here: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86753422815?pwd=clh6OXBsRXJkbWMyb1ZuNjRhblFWQT09 Meeting ID: 867 5342 2815 Passcode: 227131.

—In-person bystander training will be held April 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 3509/3510 Setnor Academic Building. Vera House will present. Registration is not required.

For more information on the presentations and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, email Nakeia Chambers at ChamberN@Upstate.eduor Katherine King at KingKath@Upstate.edu.



Primary Care Task Force education session is April 14

Anuradha Duleep, MD, and Carlos Muniz, MD, MSc, will present Managing Seizures in the Primary Care Setting April 14 at 8 a.m. via Zoom. Primary care providers will learn more about the approach to seizures in adult patients, and when a referral is your best course of action. Content will include diagnosis and practical management, referring to Upstate Neurology, and a Q and A. The presentation will be recorded and posted for Upstate clinicians once complete. To R.S.V.P. and receive a Zoom link, email dibiased@upstate.edu.



Donate Life Month T-shirt sales are April 14

Donate Life T-shirts will be available for purchase April 14 and 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the second-floor lobby of Upstate University Hospital. Upstate Community Hospital will hold a sale April 14 in the cafeteria and April 22 in the community room, both from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Nominations for the 2022 President's Employee Recognition Awards due April 15

President's Employee Recognition Award nominations are sought through April 15. For a nomination form, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/upstate_stars/president_award/index.php. Questions? 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 



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



Donate Life Silent Auction is April 18 to 22

Upstate’s Organ Donor Council will host the annual Donate Life Silent Auction April 18 to 22. The silent auction will be held online. All proceeds benefit the Donor Fund and are used to help promote organ donation and registration efforts. To view the online auction beginning April 18, visit: https://tschu8482.wixsite.com/silentauction. Questions on the auction may be directed to Liz Keesler at DahlinE@Upstate.edu. Bidding closes April 22.



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



Stress Management presentation is April 21

Annemarie Cristino, MSW, CEAP, coordinator for Upstate’s Employee Assistance Program, will present Stress Management: Stress and Healthy Wellbeing April 21 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. via WebEx. Cristino will discuss stress, how stress impacts our lives, and how to manage stress in a healthy way. The Upstate community is welcome to attend. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m5fb33604d5137218796b5d1ca8e83330 (meeting number 2316 998 1726; password M2AdZdVAc63). To join by phone, call +1-415-655-0001. For more information on the Employee Assistance Program, visit https://www.upstate.edu/eap/ or email Annemarie Cristino at CristinA@Upstate.edu.



Blue and Green Day is April 22

Upstate’s Organ Donor Council will host the annual Blue and Green Day photo contest. Wear blue and green to support National Donate Life Month, take a photo, and send to Michelle Lonkey at LonkeyM@Upstate.edu or Tracey Wilcox at WilcoxT@Upstate.edu by April 27.



Donate Life Month celebration is April 22

A Donate Life Month celebration will be held April 22 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.



Kick Butts Earth Day event is April 22

The Tobacco-Free Task Force will host Kick Butts Earth Day Friday, April 22 at 10 a.m. beginning in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center. Join the team to clean up cigarette butts on the Upstate campus and clear the air at Upstate, as tobacco use is not permitted anywhere on campus. Clean-up will happen rain or shine, and grabbers will be provided. Please R.S.V.P. to Theresa Hankin at hankint@upstate.edu.



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. 



Spring into Wellness is April 25

A mini-health fair will be held April 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center. Information will be available on a variety of programs, including: financial counseling, nutrition counseling, spiritual care, survivorship, smoking cessation, We Matter, She Matters, and more. The Upstate community is welcome. Masks are required.



Volunteers sought for spring cleanup April 29

The Upstate community is invited to help Sarah’s guest House, Upstate’s 2022 Your Cause partner, with spring cleanup. To volunteer, email Susan Bland at BLANDmeS@upstate.edu or Kelly Dolan at dolank@upstate.edu. Shifts will run from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m. Wear a 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. The house is the only healthcare hospitality house for adults in Central New York. 



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.



IMT Training offers OneDrive instructor-led demos in April

IMT Training offers one-hour virtual demos to introduce Microsoft OneDrive, the secure file storing and sharing platform, to staff, faculty and departments who may benefit from its features. The demo includes accessing OneDrive for the first time, editing files on all devices and sharing documents or photos in Office.



Upstate’s Inclusive Health Services offers free yoga classes in April

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



April is National Records and Information Awareness Management Month

When you see one or all of Upstate’s Record Storage Team members, please thank them for their service. Records and Information Management Month (RIMM) is celebrated internationally during the month of April to highlight the significant impact records management has on organizations. The purpose is to emphasize the value and importance of organizing and maintaining records and data for the efficient and effective management of information.



April is Occupational Therapy Month

Occupational therapy is an essential piece of the Upstate community at several locations. Upstate employs 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. 



Advocates annual luncheon is May 3

The Upstate community is invited to attend the annual meeting and luncheon of the Advocates for Upstate May 3 at noon at the Collegian Hotel, 1060 E. Genesee St. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and a business meeting for members will be held at 11:45 a.m. Upstate University Hospital CEO Robert Corona, DO, MBA, is the guest speaker. Tickets are $15 each for Advocates members and $20 each for guests, and are available through April 27. To purchase tickets online, visit: https://advocates-for-upstate.square.site. For more information, email Advocates@Upstate.edu or call 315-464-5610.



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



Easy For You is May 10

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, May 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 7335B Upstate University Hospital. Everyone with an Upstate ID is 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.



NY state and local retirement system statement to be mailed in July; online option available

Annual statements for members of the New York State and Local Retirement System will be sent in July. The statement includes information that can help members understand retirement benefits and plan for the future. For more information on the statement, visit: https://www.osc.state.ny.us/retire/members/mas_index.php.

To learn more about receiving the statement via email or mail, visit: https://nyretirementnews.com/make-sure-you-receive-your-member-annual-statement/.

Individuals who create an online account can receive statements faster, and update personal profile information here: https://web.osc.state.ny.us/retire/retirement_online/customers.php?redirect=legacy.

To ensure your address is up to date, log into Retirement Online, click My Profile Information, update address. Email updates via the secure online form. Call 866-805-0990 with change. Mail a change of address form (RS5512) or a signed letter including name, old address, new address, date of change and registration number to: NYSLRS (Attention: Member Services), 110 State Street, Albany, NY 12244-0001.



The Informed Patient podcast features Upstate experts

The Informed Patient podcast and HealthLink on Air radio show featuring Upstate experts are produced by Upstate Marketing and University Communications. The Informed Patient interviews are available through podcast searches, and HealthLink on Air is broadcast on WRVO Public Media at 6 a.m. Sundays. Both the podcast interviews and the hourlong radio shows are also available at www.upstate.edu/informed, as both an audio recording and a written transcript.