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Upstate Announcements for July 21, 2022

Volunteers sought for Mary Nelson’s Youth Center 21st annual Back-To-School BBQ 

The 21st annual Backpack and School Supply giveaway and BBQ event seeks volunteers to help set up, clean up, and hand out supplies Aug. 20 at the corner of S. Salina St. and Wood Ave. Shifts run from 8 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 3 to 6 p.m. Upstate volunteers should wear an Upstate shirt whenever possible. To volunteer, complete the survey here: https://bit.ly/3cen64M. For more information, email Becca Pesci at pescir@upstate.edu.



Chair yoga class is July 21

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



Donations sought for Mary Nelson’s backpack and school supplies drive by July 22

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



Three Good Things is July 22

Three Good Things, a gratitude exercise, will be held July 22 at 10 a.m. 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



Coffee with the CMO is Aug. 2

All Upstate providers are invited to Coffee with Upstate’s Chief Medical Officer Amy Tucker, MD, Aug. 2 from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. in the fifth-floor conference rooms at UHCC. 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.



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.



Upstate’s Emerging Leaders United seeks volunteers Aug. 4

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. Upstate Emerging Leaders United has secured morning, afternoon, and evening volunteer opportunities. 

Detailed information on the volunteer opportunities and how to sign up to volunteer is available at: www.upstate.edu/careday. Use an Upstate email when registering. The first 125 Upstate volunteers to sign up, will receive a Team Upstate hat. For questions or more information, email ELU@Upstate.edu.



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. 



Mindful Meditation is Aug. 8 and 10

Mindful Meditation will be held Aug. 8 and 10 at 10 a.m. via WebEx. Annemarie Cristino, LCSW, CEAP, Upstate’s Employee Assistance Program coordinator, will offer 30 minutes of mindful meditation instruction and information. Mindfullness centers on fostering connections between the brain, mind, body, and behavior. To join the session, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/cristinA. Future sessions will be held every Monday and Wednesday.



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



Safe Kids Sunday at Syracuse Mets game is Aug. 28

Safe Kids Sunday will be held Aug. 28 at 1 p.m. at Syracuse Mets Stadium, 1 Tex Simone Dr. Gates will open at noon. Kids eat free at Sunday games and everyone will have a chance to meet Tator Tot, the child of Mr. and Mrs. Salt Potato. The first 1,000 fans in the door will receive a Tator Tot bobble head.

Safe Kids Sunday is sponsored by Safe Kids Upstate New York, led by Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, and the Upstate Foundation. For more information on the event and tickets, contact Liz Sapio at SapioE@Upstate.edu or 315-464-2810.



Upcoming events benefiting Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

Miracle Treat Day is July 28: Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen in Cicero will be held July 28. Proceeds benefit Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. For every Blizzard Treat sold on Miracle Treat Day, $1 will be donated back to the children’s hospital.

Ace Hardware Bucket Days are Aug. 5 to 7: Buy a $5 bucket at a participating Ace Hardware Aug. 5 to 7. Donations collected will benefit Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Create Change at JOANN in August: JOANN will partner with Children’s Miracle Network in August to raise money for local member hospitals, including Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, through customer donations.

Questions? Email Danielle LaTour, Upstate Foundation, at LaTourDa@Upstate.edu.



Save the date: Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Sept. 25

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Saturday, Sept. 25 at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College, 4585 West Seneca Turnpike. To join the team ‘Upstate Strong,’ visit http://act.alz.org/goto/UpstateStrong. The first 75 individuals to register and raise $35 will receive an Upstate runners hat. A team photo will be taken at the event. For more information, email Kelly Dolan at doalnk@upstate.edu.



The Informed Patient 

Recent topics featured on the Informed Patient podcast include melatonin in kids, suicide prevention and Lyme disease. Guests include:

Toxicologist Vincent Calleo, MD, medical director of Upstate New York Poison Center, on increased melatonin use in children.

Cheryl Giarrusso from Contact Community Services on the new national hotline for suicide prevention.

Anne Messenger, a founder of CNY Lyme and Tick-Borne Alliance, on her experience as a lyme disease patient and advocate.

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.