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Upstate Announcements for August 31, 2022

Student Flu Clinics are Sept. 9, 13, 19 and Oct. 17

Employee/Student Health will host Student Flu Clinics Sept. 9, 13, 19 and Oct. 17 in the Academic Building and the library in Weiskotten Hall. Staff who work in academic buildings are also welcome. Hospital-based clinic announcements will be forthcoming. The schedule is as follows:

  • Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in 1143 Academic Building
  • Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in 1143 Academic Building
  • Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in 1143 Academic Building
  • Oct. 17 from 9 to 11 a.m. in Weiskotten Hall Library

Schedule an appointment at the Employee/Student Health portal: https://eshportal.upstate.edu/. Walk-ins will be accepted, but priority will be given to those with appointments.

All Upstate students are required to receive an annual influenza vaccination and must have documentation of such on record in their student health file by Nov. 1, 2022. Students who receive the vaccine elsewhere, upload the documentation via the Employee/Student Health portal at https://eshportal.upstate.edu/. Questions? Email ESHealth@Upstate.edu.



Kickball Tournament is Sept. 10

Upstate Clark Burn Center will host the second annual Give Burns the Boot Kickball Tournament Sept. 10 at the Syracuse Sports Association Kickball Park in Liverpool. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. tournament start. Proceeds support Clark Burn Center patients and a portion will benefit the Jessica Summers, MD, Memorial Scholarship Fund. To bid on silent auction items, visit: https://tschu8482.wixsite.com/upstateburnauction

Build a team of 10 for $300 ($25 for each additional player). Fee includes a commemorative T-shirt. Teams must have at least 3 female players. All players must be age 14 and older. To register a team, become a sponsor or make a donation, visit www.upstatefoundation.org/kickball. Online Registration closes Sept. 7 at noon.



Advanced Practice Grand Rounds is Sept. 13

Dana Lonis, FNP-BC, will present Diabetes and Acute Care Glycemic Management Sept. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. at Advanced Practice Grand Rounds. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m739422e7b41eb3b62ca968a5374b324f. For more information, email Sarah Dickes at dickess@upstate.edu. CME credit will be available for participants.



Employee Assistance Program Awareness event is Sept. 13 and 15

Upstate’s Employee Assistance Program will host EAP Awareness Sept. 13 and 15. Annemarie Cristino, EAP coordinator, will offer creative ideas on how to de-stress. Sessions will be held Sept. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in room 0124 at Community and Sept. 15 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in E8405 A/B at Upstate University Hospital. For more information, email CristinA@Upstate.edu.



Convocation is Sept. 14

Fall Faculty Convocation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall. For a list of honorees, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/academic-affairs/faculty-awards/index.php. The Upstate community is welcome to attend. For more information, email goodenpa@upstate.edu



Retirement reception for Amy Rottger is Sept. 15

A retirement reception for Amy Rottger, clinical nurse educator, is Sept. 15 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the dining room at Community. Rottger retires after 28 years as a registered nurse. The Upstate community is welcome.



Al Todeschini Paddle for Pancreatic Cancer is Sept. 24

The Al Todeschini Paddle for Pancreatic Center will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. Enjoy a leisurely two-mile canoe or kayak paddle on the Moose River beginning at the Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company in Old Forge, N.Y. No kayaks or canoes will be available for rental. Proceeds benefit the Al Todeschini Pancreatic Cancer Fund, held at the Upstate Foundation, which assists pancreatic cancer patients with expenses and unmet needs related to their care and pancreatic cancer research. For more information call Janice Todeschini at 315-415-3157 or visit www.UpstateFoundation.org/paddle to download a registration form.



Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Sept. 25

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Sept. 25 at the SRC Arena and Events Center on the OCC Campus, 4585 West Seneca Turnpike. To join the Upstate team, visit http://act.alz.org/goto/UpstateStrong. The first 75 individuals to register and raise $35 will receive an Upstate runners hat. Details on where to meet for the Team Upstate group photo will be emailed to registered participants a week prior. For more information, email Kelly Dolan DolanK@Upstate.edu.  



Upcoming Pathway to Wellness events in September

How to Carve Out 22 minutes of Alone Time is Sept. 7 from noon to 12:30 p.m. — How often do you reach for your cell phone and scroll through social media when you have time all to yourself? During this 30-minute webinar learn ideas how to discover passions, ideas how to enjoy nature, try something new or write a letter to your future self. Come join us as we think beyond using the cell phone to keep us busy to solutions that can lead to enriching out lives. Presented by Linda Carignan-Everts, NYS Work-Life Services. This session will be recorded and made available on the WellNYS Everyday website. To register for this training session go to:https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/k2/j.php?MTID=te5b82529a22adb633dee8db1afd35724

Low Impact, Gentle, Fun Jacks is Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. for 10 minutes — Gentle, low-impact cardio. Wear comfortable clothes, shoes/sneakers, and have a bit of room around you. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks

Loneliness at Work and Remote Work is Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. for 10 minutes — Get tips and ideas on how to combat the feeling of loneliness and feel more connected. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks

Chair Yoga 1 is Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. Chair Yoga 2 is Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. Bed Yoga is Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. — For Chair Yoga 1 and 2, have a sturdy chair, no wheels, comfortable clothes/shoes. For Bed Yoga have a mat/towel and floor space.

For all 3 events, join us at: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks



Upstate Mental Health REACH is Oct. 6

Upstate Mental Health REACH intensive workshop will be held Oct. 6 via Zoom. The workshop will provide an update on diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders frequently seen by primary care providers. For a list of presenters, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/psych/education/reach.php. To register, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEscu-gpjgvEtDzugPFhdDcGwOARm_Af3vB.



HeARTS for the Homeless fundraiser is Oct. 13

HeARTS for the Homeless will be held Oct. 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at St. Lucy’s, 421 Gifford Street, Syracuse. The event features an auction of paintings, photography, pottery, and jewelry created and donated by local and national artists. Proceeds benefit Upstate’s Housecalls for the Homeless street medicine program, serving individuals experiencing homelessness in Onondaga County. Volunteers are needed to assist at the event. For more information or to assist, contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld at 315-464-4284 or shenfels@upstate.edu. For tickets ($40/person) or to sponsor, visit www.UpstateFoundation.org/Hearts.



Transplant Symposium is Oct. 14

Upstate Transplant will host the second annual Transplant Symposium Oct. 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. For details and to register, visit: www.upstate.edu/transplantsymposium.



Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is Oct. 16

Registration is now open for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, to be held Sunday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. in Clinton Square. Join the Upstate team and receive a Team Upstate long-sleeve tech T-shirt (with a minimum donation of $35, $25 students). For more information and registration, please visit www.upstate.edu/strides.


Upstate Foundation’s fourth annual Call in for Cancer is Oct. 20

The Upstate Foundation's fourth annual Call in for Cancer, held in partnership with iHeartMedia, Inc., will broadcast live on 570WSYR, Y94, and CNY Central Thursday, Oct. 20 from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stories of hope and encouragement will be shared, along with information on how individuals can be a part of helping Upstate Cancer Center patients. 

Volunteers are sought to answer phones, take pledges and make thank-you calls to past donors. One-, two-, and three-hour shifts are available. The phone bank will be located in the Upstate Cancer Center conference room 1076 (A, B, C) and all Covid protocols on that day will be followed. Those unable to volunteer for a shift may be considered for a social media ambassador post.

To volunteer for a shift, visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A44ACAB2AA5F58-call1. Questions on volunteering, call Kristen Penfield at 315-464-4281. 



Curling event is Nov. 5

A curling event to benefit Upstate’s Joslin Diabetes Center will be held Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. at Utica Curling Club. The event is for beginners and includes everything needed, including: an introduction to curling, equipment, instruction, a coach for the day, practice for an hour, lunch, and a two-hour match. Registration is a $20 donation benefiting the Joslin Diabetes Center. Participation is open to everyone. Most teams of 4 players are co-ed, and ages have ranged from 16 to 70.  Don’t have a team of 4, but still want to play?  Let us know and we may be able to build teams. For more information and to sign up, contact Doug Rosenthal of IMT at rosenthd@upstate.edu or 315-480-8338.



16th annual Burn Run is Nov. 6

The East Syracuse Fire Department will host the 16th annual Burn Run Sunday, Nov. 6 at the East Syracuse Fire Station.

  • Kids Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • 5K begins at 9 a.m.
  • 10K begins at 10 a.m.

Proceeds benefit the Burn Foundation of CNY which, in turn, supports Clark Burn Center at Upstate. To register, visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/EastSyracuse/TheBurnRun.

Questions? Email Paul Knierman at kniermap@upstate.edu.



Community Giving Campaign seeks department representatives 

Upstate’s Community Giving Campaign seeks department representatives who are looking to get involved and have a passion for community engagement. The role of a department rep is to promote the campaign within your department. Training and tools will be provided. To view the list of available department rep areas, visit: https://bit.ly/3bYfzqU. To volunteer, e-mail name and department to pescir@upstate.edu



Mindful Meditation is every Monday and Wednesday

Mindful Meditation will be held every Monday and Wednesday 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. Mindfulness centers on fostering connections between the brain, mind, body, and behavior. To join the session, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/cristinA. Questions? Email CristinA@Upstate.edu.



Community Building at Upstate  

Community Building at Upstate (CBU) is a new grant-funded program intended to improve wellbeing and build a stronger sense of community among all medical staff at Upstate Medical University. Medical staff who are interested in meeting over a meal in a small group with colleagues from various departments to discuss issues at Upstate, send an email to Deb Emerson at EmersonD@upstate.edu.

The groups are made up of six to eight colleagues and a facilitator that will come together over a subsidized meal in an informal environment for mutual support and enhanced self-awareness. Goals are to cultivate a stronger sense of community within our medical staff, to increase professional and social connections, to enhance a sense of purpose for the participants, and to promote personal fulfillment at Upstate Medical University. Focus is on promoting professional satisfaction and making Upstate a place you can experience the joy of working in healthcare and finding a long-term professional home. 

For more information, contact Deb Emerson at emersond@upstate.edu or 315-464-4234 or Chief Wellness Officer Leslie Kohman at kohmanl@upstate.edu or 315-447-5679. To contact the Co-PIs of the project, email Nayla Khoury at khouryn@upstate.edu or Justin Meyer at meyerj@upstate.edu.



Global Health seeks healthy participants for study

Upstate’s Institute for Global Health seeks healthy participants between the ages of 18 and 55 with flexible schedules to participate in a Dengue Fever clinical trial. Participants will be reimbursed for expenses and compensated for time required to complete the study (between $3,400 and $5,400). For more information, call 315-464-9869 or email Trials@upstate.edu.



Professional Development and Learning seeks mentees and mentors

The Office of Professional Development and Learning recently recognized its first class of mentees who completed a year of mentorship. The class of 25 interprofessional employees were guided in their experience by fellow Upstate colleagues who were trained as mentors and volunteered their time and talent to share their sage advice and experiences.  

To learn more about Upstate’s mentoring program, see the list of recent graduates, and read the white paper on the first year results and impact of the program, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/mentoring1/index.php or email MaryAnn Stark at starkm@upstate.edu.



The Informed Patient 

Recent topics featured on The Informed Patient podcast include at-home breathing test devices for ALS patients and a spike in children ingesting marijuana edibles. Guests include:

Neurophysiologist Eufrosina Young, MD, who directs the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis clinic at Upstate, on some pandemic treatment practices that have been adopted permanently.

Toxicologist Vincent Calleo, MD, medical director of the Upstate New York Poison Center, on the sharp rise in calls relating to kids eating sweets laced with pot.

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.