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Upstate Announcements for July 13, 2022

Donations sought for Mary Nelson’s backpack and school supplies drive

Donations of new or gently-used backpacks and new school supplies are sought to help local children prepare for the upcoming school year. Items will be distributed at the 21st annual Mary Nelson Youth Day BBQ Saturday, Aug. 20. Donations will be accepted at various locations throughout campus until July 22. For a list of drop-off locations, visit www.upstate.edu/backpack. 



Raffle supports Upstate Foundation 

The Upstate Foundation and Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital are beneficiaries of a raffle sponsored by Ace Hardware. To enter the raffle for two fourth-row tickets and a VIP parking pass to see Kenny Chesney at the amphitheater in Syracuse Aug. 11, visit www.RomeRaffle.com. Questions? Email Danielle LaTour at LatourDa@Upstate.edu. 



Help desk for Lawson users now available 

Supply Chain Management (formerly known as Materials Management) has opened a help desk for Lawson users. The help desk is for those who have access to Lawson, new users who need training, anyone having difficulty placing an order. Email LawsonAssist@Upstate.edu or call Lawson Assist on Vocera. Questions? Email Tracy Pileski at LawsonAssist@upstate.edu. 



Global Health seeks volunteers for new study

Upstate’s Global Health seeks volunteers to help advance development of an investigational flu vaccine using mRNA technology. Participants must be 18 to 49 years old and have not received a flu vaccine in the last six months. Those who qualify and choose to participate will be in the study for about seven months. For more information, contact Global Health at Trials@Upstate.edu or 315-464-9869. 



Session on outdoor activities is July 13

A session on how to get active outside will be held today at noon via WebEx. Members of the New York State DEC will discuss outdoor adventures like birding, hiking and paddling. To register, visit: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/k2/j.php?MTID=te3e9bcec04b67e54bef58734391b44f6



Financial wellness webinar for New York state employees is July 14

VOYA welcomes Upstate’s state employees to participate in a financial wellness webinar July 14 at noon. The seminar will offer information on the principles of financial wellness, goal setting, protection, spending and saving, and retirement planning. To register, please visit https://boblaferriere.timetap.com/



Coffee with the CMO is July 14 and Aug. 2

All Upstate providers are invited to Coffee with Upstate’s Chief Medical Officer Amy Tucker, MD. Coffee with the CMO will offer an open Q and A, a reception, coffee and to-go breakfast treats. R.S.V.P. to Darcy DiBiase at DiBiaseD@Upstate.edu. Upcoming dates are: July 14 from 7 to 7:45 a.m. in the Community Room at Community and Aug. 2 from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. in the fifth floor conference rooms at UHCC. 



Blood Drive is July 14 and 15 

A blood drive will be held Thursday, July 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, July 15 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 go to www.upstate.edu/blood. 



New link for Research Administration 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/. For more information, email Amy Green at greenamy@upstate.edu. 



Chair yoga class is July 21

A chair yoga class will be held July 21 at 2 p.m. To join 15-minutes of yoga instruction, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks. 



Three Good Things is July 22

Three Good Things, a gratitude exercise, will be held July 22 for 10 minutes. The presenter will explain three good things, how to implement this in your life and encourage people to try it for a week. Results can help mental health, overall outlook, and a feeling of happiness. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks   



Upstate Community Hospital Blood Drive is July 25

The Upstate Community Hospital blood drive will be held Monday, July 25 from noon to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria and conference room at Upstate Community Hospital. To schedule an appointment, go to www.upstate.edu/blood. 



Retirement reception for Jennifer Kieffer is July 25

A retirement reception for Jennifer Kieffer will be held July 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Setnor 1507/1508. Kieffer retires from Upstate after 24 years of service. The Upstate community is welcome. Questions? Email Julie Ritchie at RitchieJ@Upstate.edu. 



Physical Therapy (DPT) information sessions are Aug. 2 and 16

Student Admissions will host on-campus information sessions on Upstate’s Physical Therapy (DPT) program Aug. 2 and 16. For details and to register, visit https://engage.upstate.edu/portal/on-campus.



Two opportunities to help Upstate’s Your Cause charity are Aug. 6 and 18

The Upstate community is invited to help Sarah’s Guest House, the university’s 2022 Your Cause partner, with two volunteer activities: 

—painting a shed and completing yard work Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

—interior painting Aug. 18 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Sarah’s Guest House

To volunteer, email Susan Bland at BLANDmeS@upstate.edu or Kelly Dolan at dolank@upstate.edu. Upstate volunteers should 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. Sarah’s Guest House is the only healthcare hospitality house for adults in Central New York. 



Easy for You is Aug. 9

Easy for you, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Aug. 9 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’s Emerging Leaders United group seeks volunteers

Upstate’s Emerging Leaders United group seeks volunteers to participate in Day of Caring, an event to celebrate the United Way of CNY’s 100th anniversary. Days of Caring will be held Aug. 4. Local companies, organizations and individuals will participate in community service for local nonprofit agencies, the City of Syracuse, and Onondaga County. Detailed information on volunteer opportunities will be forthcoming. For more information, email ELU@Upstate.edu.



Pathway to Wellness events listing 

Upstate’s Pathway to Wellness program offers a monthly event list and email invites to wellness events. To subscribe, email Suzanne Brisk at BriskS@Upstate.edu and type “add me to your list” in the subject line. Events are also available at: www.upstate.edu/wellness/pathway/monthly-events.php. 



The Informed Patient 

The Informed Patient podcast topics include: Covid shots for tots, meet the ‘mammo van,’ and science fun for kids. Recent guests are:

—Pediatric infectious disease specialist Jana Shaw, MD, on COVID vaccines for children younger than 5.

—Program manager Wendy Hunt on the itinerant mammography services offered by the Upstate “mammo van.”

—Graduate student and researcher Deanna Clemmer on easy, fun experiments to interest kids in science over the summer.

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.