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Upstate Announcements for October 11, 2022

Make room reservations online

To make a reservation request for a classroom, lecture hall or other common space through 25Live, visit https://www.upstate.edu/edcomm/room-reservations/. Conference rooms in Upstate’s East Tower can be directly reserved through 25Live, including East Tower rooms 8405, 9405, 10405 and 12405. These rooms are no longer reserved through Outlook. Current recurring meetings are scheduled through the end of the calendar year. A new, recurring reservation will need to be scheduled for recurring events in 2023. For more information, visit https://www.upstate.edu/edcomm/room-reservations/ or contact Ed Comm Room Reservations at Room_Res@Upstate.edu or 315-464-7911.



Hospital at Home information session is Oct. 12

All inpatient and primary caregivers are invited to learn more about Upstate’s Hospital at Home program Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 12:15 p.m. via WebEx. Diane Nanno, RN, director of Transitional Care, will review patient criteria and services offered. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m4db685d95d604ad985ea0d6cf633ca4a.



Pet visits for staff are Oct. 12 and 18

Pet visits for staff will be held Oct. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Community Room at Community and Oct. 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the CUBE, Room 1101 at Upstate University Hospital. For more information, email Vicki Casper at CasperV@Upstate.edu.



HealthLink seminar on fire and burn safety is Oct. 13

A virtual HealthLink seminar on fire and burn safety in the fall and winter months will be held Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Tamara Roberts, MSN, RN, burn program manager at Upstate’s Clark Burn Center, will provide simple and effective methods to prevent fires and burns in and around the home. To register for a Zoom link, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAtcuCoqzoqGtOQNx371hicR_wqI1PaMOiw. The event is free and open to the public.



Moderna Covid bivalent booster clinics are Oct. 13, 14, 18 and Nov. 4

Employee/Student Health will offer Moderna Covid bivalent booster vaccines to those with a valid Upstate ID. Individuals can receive the Moderna vaccine if they have previously received any other type of Covid vaccine and more than two months have passed. Boosters will be offered by appointment only at the following clinics:

Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

11th floor Performance Center

Oct. 14 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 4 from 8 to 11:30 a.m.


Upstate Community Hospital

Community Room

Oct. 13 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 18 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Appointments for either an office or clinic appointment can be scheduled via the Employee/Student Health portal at: https://eshportal.upstate.edu/. To expedite appointments, complete the required consent form in advance. The form will be sent when appointments are made. Additional clinics will be forthcoming. If Pfizer is preferred, make an appointment at a participating pharmacy and submit proof of vaccination/booster to Employee/Student Health.



Workshop on grief and film screening is Oct. 13 through 15

The Upstate Nursing Alumni Association Whitney Foundation Lectureship Endowment, College of Nursing, Consortium for Culture and Medicine, and Colgate University will host three days of artist/nurse-in-residence events. Covid nurse and dancer/choreographer devynn emory will lead a workshop, install a public grief altar, and offer a multidisciplinary panel discussion following a screening of the film of their dance performance that draws on their experiences with end-of-life care. All events are free and open to the Upstate community. Registration is open now online and is encouraged. Events are as follows:

  • Oct. 13 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 4414A Academic Building: A movement and writing workshop centered on processing grief and healing for healthcare professionals and others, called collaborating with grief, moving toward connection, a space for healthcare professionals. 
  • Oct. 13 from 3 p.m. through Oct. 15 at 2 p.m.: Visit the grief altar, called can anybody help me hold this body, at Onondaga Lake Park. 
  • Oct. 14 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in 4414A Academic Building and online: A screening of the film, called deadbird, and post-film panel discussion 

For more information and to register for all events, visit www.deadbird.land/syracuse-hamilton. Upstate contact is Caitlin Nye at NyeC@Upstate.edu



Flu Clinics are Oct. 14, 18, 24 and Nov. 4

Employee/Student Health offers influenza vaccine to all with an Upstate ID. The schedule is as follows. 

  • Friday, Oct. 14 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Performance Center, 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital 
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Community Room at Community 
  • Monday, Oct. 24 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Performance Center, 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital 
  • Friday, Nov. 4 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Performance Center, 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital 

Walk-ins will be accepted but priority will be given to appointments. To make an appointment, visit the Employee/Student Health Portal at: https://eshportal.upstate.edu/. Questions? Email Employee/Student Health at ESHealth@Upstate.edu



Welloween events are Oct. 17 to 21

Welloween events will be held Oct. 17 to 21 in the Upstate Library in Weiskotten Hall or via WebEx. Tables will be set up throughout the week in the library with games, giveaways and information on how to be well. The schedule is as follows:

  • Oct. 17 from 9 to 11 a.m. Flu shot clinic in Bubble Room
  • Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vaping information table
  • Oct. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Therapy dog visit
  • Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vaping information table
  • Oct. 19 from noon to 1 p.m. Tackling test anxiety in 222C library or WebEx
  • Oct. 19 from noon to 12:20 p.m. Wellness resources online https://upstate.webex.com/brisks
  • Oct. 19 from 4 to 5 p.m. Avoiding professional burnout via WebEx
  • Oct. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EAP information table
  • Oct. 20 from noon to 12:10 p.m. What is the WellBeing Index? https://upstate.webex.com/brisks
  • Oct. 21 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Exercise as medicine https://upstate.webex.com/brisks

An online Welloween schedule is available here: https://library.upstate.edu/news/news-articles/20221006-welloween2022.php. For more information on Welloween, email Sarah Lawler at lawlersa@upstate.edu.


Events on building mobility are Oct. 14

Interactive workshops and displays focusing on building mobility for adults and children will be featured Oct. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Institute for Human Performance. Cole Galloway, PT, PhD, professor of physical therapy at University of Delaware, will speak at 4 p.m., and a reception will follow. The event is part of the Fitness Inclusion Network's 10th annual conference. The Fitness Inclusion Network is a program of Upstate’s Golisano Center for Special Needs and the Upstate Foundation. To learn more, visit http://fitnessinclusionnetwork.org/ or email FitnessInclusionNetwork@gmail.com



Making Strides is Oct. 16

Join Team Upstate for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Sunday, Oct. 16 in Clinton Square. A Team Upstate photo will be taken at 9:15 a.m., and the walk starts at 10 a.m. Making Strides supports the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research, patient support and advocacy programs. For more information and registration, visit  https://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer?company_id=253216&fr_id=103004&pagename=strides_company&fr_id=103004 or email Chris Benton at bentonch@upstate.edu.



Nursing Grand Rounds is Oct. 18

Laura McBreairty, RN, BSN, CAP5, will present Cardiac Testing: Improving Nursing Staff Education for Better Patient Care and Outcomes Oct. 18 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. via WebEx. The presentation will be recorded for viewing via blackboard course #251. Registration is not required. 1.0 contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE for the live presentation only. To join the meeting, use Meeting number: 2309 892 5375 and Password: BZtMNJvY348 and the following link: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m8dba99bb65f56e037c4f5dfecc094fea. For more information, contact Holly Briere at BriereH@Upstate.edu.



Blood Drive is Oct. 19 

A blood drive will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19 from noon to 5 p.m. in the Community Hospital cafeteria and conference room at Community. To schedule an appointment, visit: www.upstate.edu/blood. Hurricane Ian has caused a blood shortage due to storms and blood drive cancellations in Florida. Donations will help keep our patients here and those in the nation safe. 



Sock Out Cancer benefit concerts are Oct. 20 and 21

Sock Out Cancer, a nonprofit that aids financially distressed cancer patients and their families, will host The Music of Journey and Boston benefit concert Thursday, Oct. 20 at The Landmark Theatre in Syracuse and Friday, Oct. 21 at The Broome County Forum Theatre in Binghamton. The concert features Fran Cosmo, former lead vocalist of Boston, and Steve Augeri, former lead vocalist of Journey. Concert proceeds will support the Sock Out Cancer Fund and the Sock Out Cancer Fund for Southern Tier Pediatric Patients and Families, both held at the Upstate Foundation, to address unmet needs of oncology patients and their families. Tickets are $35 each for the general public via Ticketmaster and at the venue box offices. Upstate employees and their guests receive $10 off each ticket. To receive the discount, click on the “Unlock” box and Enter Offer Passcode: SOC22. For more information, contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld, shenfels@upstate.edu or 315-464-4284. To purchase tickets for either concert, visit https://www.sockoutcancer.org/concerts.



T-shirt sale for Clark Burn Center is Oct. 21

A T-shirt sale to support Clark Burn Center will be held Oct. 21 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the second-floor lobby of Upstate University Hospital. Shirts are $20 each or two for $35. Cash, check and Venmo will be accepted for payment. Questions? Email Tamara Roberts at RobertTa@Upstate.edu



T-shirt sale for Pathway to Wellness is Oct. 26 

A Pathway to Wellness T-shirt sale will be held Oct. 26 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the second-floor lobby of Upstate University Hospital. Funds support wellness programs at Upstate. Questions? Email: BriskS@Upstate.eduSellersB@Upstate.eduButterJo@Upstate.edu, or SamesC@Upstate.edu



27th annual CNY Psychopharmacology Update and 2nd annual Women’s Mental Health Psychopharmacology Conference are Oct. 28

The 27th annual CNY Psychopharmacology Update and the 2nd annual Women’s Mental Health Psychopharmacology Conference will be held Oct. 28. The psychopharmacology update will include standards-of-care and cutting-edge concepts on prescribing medications and the women’s conference will provide an update on the impact gender has on mental health, the importance of sex hormone fluctuations on mood, intimate partner violence, and the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder and perimenopause. Brochures and online registration available at http://www.upstate.edu/cme. For more information, email Linette Thorp at thorpl@upstate.edu.



Pathway to Wellness announcements

All Pathway to Wellness (PTW) events are accessible via https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks unless otherwise noted.

  • Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. for 10 minutes-Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Join Suzanne Brisk for a practice session featuring mindfulness-based stress reduction.
  • Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. Join PTW for a 10-minute standing stretch.
  • Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. is Chair Yoga with PTW for 15 minutes.
  • Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. is 10 minutes of humor with PTW.
  • The Well NYS Daily To-Do: Learn more about recommended health screenings and tests based on age, overall health, and family history. Register on the Well NYS Everyday website and track your progress at: https://wellnys.oer.ny.gov/registration/monthly_challenge_description.cfm.



Guest speaker talks covid and policy Nov. 4

Kristin Urquiza, MPA, an activist who founded a policy advocacy organization in response to her father’s preventable death from Covid, will present Marked by Covid: Repairing Broken Policy through Memorial Practices Friday, Nov. 4 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Register in advance for this webinar: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYudu6trDMtGd0gchifOfFPg5tHO5SMiE1E. After registering, a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting will be shared. For more information visit www.Upstate.edu/ccm/seminars.php or email Rebecca Garden at GardenR@upstate.edu.



Easy for You is Nov. 8

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8 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.



Brightspace will replace Blackboard

Upstate will move from Blackboard to Brightspace as its Learning Management System for both credit courses and employee training courses beginning Dec. 2. For details on using Brightspace to complete employee training, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/hr/document/intra/brightspace_announcement_for_staff.pdf.


Diabetes study seeks participants

Upstate’s Endocrine Research Team seeks insulin-users age 65 or older for a research study using a continuous glucose monitor. Participants will receive devices, supplies, support from diabetes educators, and compensation for time and expenses. For more information, email bulgerj@upstate.edu or call 315-464-9008.



Mindful Meditation is each Tuesday

Mindful Meditation will be held every Tuesday from 11 to 11:15 a.m. via WebEx. Annemarie Cristino, LCSW, CEAP, coordinator of Upstate’s Employee Assistance Program, will offer 15 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.



The Informed Patient: colonoscopy prep, diabetes considerations, suicide research

Recent topics featured on The Informed Patient podcast include how ADHD affects adults, why polio has re-emerged and important nutrients for infants. Guests include:

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.