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Upstate Announcements for June 16, 2022

Staying Positive in a Crisis is June 16

Linda Carignan-Everts, New York state wellness coordinator, will present Staying Positive in a Crisis June 16 from noon to 12:40 p.m. Discussion will focus on the PERMA Model, the scientific theory of happiness. For more information, contact Annemarie Cristino at CristinA@Upstate.edu or 315-492-5296. To join, visit: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/k2/j.php?MTID=te91290efc0bec4caa0891b6286092261 and enter name/email address or registration ID. Password is Wellnys2022. To join by phone only, call 1-518-549-0500. Access code is 161 977 1638. 



Upstate Cancer Center distinguished speaker is June 17

David Porter, MD, University of Pennsylvania Health System, will present CAR T Cells for B-cell Malignancies: When can we use the word cure? June 17 from noon to 1 p.m. in room 103 Weiskotten Hall or virtually at: https://upstate.zoom.us/j/94148039013?pwd=Y0JsaHpabGl4Z1pNaG9FTENSM2Jhdz09. For more information, e-mail Kelly Kilpeck at kilpeckk@upstate.edu



Memorial mass for founding dean of the College of Nursing Janice Nelson is June 18

A memorial mass for M. Janice Nelson, EdD, founding dean of the Upstate’s College of Nursing, will be held Saturday, June 18 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Parish at 400 Salt Springs St., Fayetteville. The service will also be livestreamed at icfayetteville.org/funerals . Nelson was 93 when she died Jan 1 in Syracuse. To read the complete obituary, click here. At her request, contributions may be made to nursing scholarships at Upstate in her name. Simply designate the Dean M. Janice Nelson Nursing Scholarship Endowment when making a gift. Donations may also be made by phone at 315-464-4416 or by mail to the Upstate Foundation, Dean M. Janice Nelson Nursing Scholarship Endowment, 750 E. Adams St., CAB 326, Syracuse, NY 13210.



Blood drive at Fayetteville Towne Center is June 20 

Upstate is partnering with the Red Cross to host a blood drive Monday, June 20 from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Community Room at 540 Towne Drive, Fayetteville, to honor World Sickle Cell Day. To schedule an appointment, visit www.RedCrossBlood.org and enter TCFVILLE. All donors will receive a health screening prior to donating, a chance to win a VIP trip to Graceland, a $10 e-gift card and a voucher for Stewart’s ice cream. 



SafeTALK suicide alertness training is June 22

SafeTALK will be held June 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at Contact Community Services, 6311 Court Street Road, East Syracuse, N.Y. 13057. SafeTALK will prepare participants to identify a person experiencing thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide resources. The seminar is open to everyone 15 years of age and older. For more information, email garra.lloyd-lester@omh.ny.gov or Leslie Kohman at KohmanL@Upstate.edu.


To register by June 20, visit: https://preventsuicideny-selfreg.administrateweblink.com/catalogue/TGVhcm5pbmdDYXRlZ29yeTo4/courses/SAFE%1E-%1E-safeTALK.



Upstate’s mobile mammography unit on-site June 24

Upstate’s mobile mammography unit will be parked at the Campus Activities Building on Elizabeth Blackwell Street June 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members of the Upstate community interested in scheduling an annual mammogram on this day may call 315-464-2588 or visit https://www.upstate.edu/mobile-mammography/ and complete an appointment request form.  



Standing stretch session is June 24

Standing stretch exercises will be offered June 24 at 10 a.m. for 10 minutes. Join Pathway to Wellness at:https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.



Dance session is June 28

A dance session will be held June 28 at 10 a.m. for 10 minutes. Elevate your mood with Pathway to Wellness here: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.



Seminar on working out with a friend is June 30

Linda Carignan-Everts, NYS EAP coordinator, will present 10 Reasons to Work Out with a Friend June 30 at noon. The 30-minute session will discuss the benefits of working out with a friend. To register, visit:https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/k2/j.php?MTID=t41dbc3321edb9d52b1716728ed00667f.



14th annual Maureen T. O’Hara Teal There’s a Cure 5k Walk/Run is July 4 

The 14th annual Maureen T. O’Hara Teal There’s a Cure 5k Walk/Run will be held Monday, July 4 at Marcellus Park beginning at 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit ovarian cancer research, education and awareness including research at Upstate Medical University, and the Maureen T. O’Hara Teal There’s a Cure Fund, held at the Upstate Foundation, which provides ovarian cancer patient assistance. For more information and to register: https://www.upstatefoundation.org/events or https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Marcellus/TealTheresACure5K



Retirement reception for Mary Stevens is July 6

A retirement reception for Mary Stevens, respiratory therapist, will be held July 6 from 7 to 9 a.m. in the Performance Center of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Stevens retires after 38 years of service. The Upstate community is welcome.



Easy For You is July 12

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, July 12 at 11:30 a.m. in 7335B at 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. 



Research Administration hosts town hall meeting July 15

The Upstate community is welcome to join Research Administration’s town hall meeting July 15 at 3 p.m. via Zoom. To join, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/j/5732644365. For more information, email Amy Green at greenamy@upstate.edu. 



Registration is open for the new Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner MS program

Upstate’s College of Nursing has opened registration for a master’s-level Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner program. The two-year program is for baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses looking to contribute to positive patient outcomes for adults and the geriatric population. Admission requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.0, a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, and a current unencumbered New York State RN license.

The 50-credit program requires 600 clinical hours and will be delivered in a hybrid format combining in-person and online learning. Registration is available at


The College of Nursing also offers a post-master’s advanced certificate focusing on the adult geriatric population. More information is available at: https://www.upstate.edu/con/programs/post-masters-certificate/apply-now.php

Upstate College of Nursing offerings include a fully online BS program for RNs, as well as a hybrid BS-to-Doctor of Nursing Practice program for RNs who have already earned their BS in Nursing. The Post Master's Advanced Certificate Program is designed for nurse practitioners who wish to expand their specialty to become certified as a family nurse practitioner, family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, or adult geriatric nurse practitioner.



Nellie Hurley Scholarship applications now being accepted

Advocates for Upstate is now taking applications for the 2022 Nellie Hurley Scholarships. Scholarships up to $3,000 will be awarded for fall semester 2022. Those eligible include Upstate employees or volunteers who will have been active at Upstate for six months or more prior to the June 24, 2022 application deadline and who meet all other criteria. Award decisions will be made in July. For more information, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/advocates/grants-scholarships/scholarships.php. The scholarships may be used for undergraduate studies only, directed toward any health profession at an institution accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, contact the Advocates office at advocates@upstate.edu or 315-464-5610.



The Informed Patient

Among recent guests on The Informed Patient podcast were these Upstate specialists:

—Infectious disease chief Elizabeth Asiago-Reddy, MD, on the risk posed by monkeypox.

—Hesham Masoud, MD, associate professor of neurology and neurosurgery, on how recreational marijuana affects the brain and body.

—Geriatrics chief Sharon Brangman, MD, and community research liaison Kathy Royal on recruiting more people of color for medical research.

The Informed Patient podcast and HealthLink on Air radio show are produced by Upstate Marketing and University Communications. The Informed Patient interviews are available through various podcast platforms, and HealthLink on Air is broadcast on WRVO Public Media at 6 a.m. Sundays. Audio and transcripts of the podcasts and the radio shows are also available at www.upstate.edu/informed.