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Upstate Announcements for May 5, 2023

President Dewan to deliver State of the University Address today

Upstate President Mantosh Dewan, MD, will deliver the State of the University Address today, May 3 at 4 p.m. in Medical Alumni Auditorium, 1159 Weiskotten Hall. The State of the University address is the president’s annual report to campus on key projects and initiatives. For those unable to attend in person, a live stream of the address will be available just prior to the event here: https://upstate.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/t/1_tnxd96qn.



Upstate to hold Commencement May 7

Upstate Medical University will confer degrees during Commencement Sunday, May 7. The event will be held at the SRC Arena and Events Center, 4585 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and ceremony starts at 10 a.m. The Commencement ceremony will recognize graduates from all four Upstate colleges: Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine and Nursing.



National Hospital Week celebration is May 8 to 12

Upstate will celebrate National Hospital Week from May 8 to 12 with a variety of activities. For details, links, contest information, videos, and messages visit: www.upstate.edu/hospitalweek.



Easy for You is May 9

Easy For You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, May 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Multidisciplinary Suite C3068 on the third floor of Upstate Cancer Center. 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.



HealthLink seminar on mental health care is May 11

Thomas Schwartz, MD, professor and chair of Psychiatry, and Joseph Biedrzycki, DO, assistant professor of Psychiatry, will present Types of Mental Health Care Available for Adults, Teens and Children May 11 at 6 p.m. at HealthLink/Oasis Learning Center, 6333 Carrier Parkway, E. Syracuse. The seminar will also be offered online.

Drs. Schwartz and Biedrzycki will discuss the types of care available in Central New York, forms of care for various situations, and how to access that care more efficiently. The session is appropriate for anyone impacted by or interested in mental health care, including caregivers and professionals. The seminar is open to the public. To register, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkcuGoqDsuE9YSuSJaJ2tQ2woPKlp-CYrW. Questions? Email Amy Allen at AllenAm@Upstate.edu.



On My Own Time submissions due May 12

Upstate staff are invited to submit up to three pieces of their original visual art, created in the last 3 years, to the On My Own Time exhibit to be held at the Health Sciences Library. Several pieces from this exhibit will be selected to be part of a month-long finale exhibit at Everson Museum of Art this fall. To register, email Laura Benjamin at nemitzl@upstate.edu. Registration deadline is May 12.  



Nursing Grand Rounds is May 16

Jolene Kittle PhD, RN, will present Research, Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement: What is the difference anyway? May 16 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. via WebEx. The presentation will be recorded for viewing via Brightspace Nursing Grand Rounds (NGR) course. Registration is not required. 1.0 contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE.  For more information, contact Holly Briere at BriereH@Upstate.edu. To join, visit:    https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=mf86998c25c88a1093c2a00b6ee3e3772 and use meeting number 2310 150 5505 with password 34CpeFMj8xm. For details on other Nursing Grand Rounds, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/nursing/prof-dev/comm_mtgs/grand-rounds/index.php.



Upstate Trauma Services T-shirt sale is May 17

In recognition of May as Trauma Awareness Month, Upstate’s Trauma Services team will sell T-shirts May 17 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the second-floor lobby of Upstate University Hospital.



CSEA member appreciation days are May 18 and 19

CSEA local 615 will host member appreciation days May 18 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Campus Activities Building (155 Elizabeth Blackwell St.) and May 19 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in room CC 0124 at Community.



Clinical Research Assistant Recognition and Education Day is May 19

Clinical Research Assistant Recognition and Education Day will be held May 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium, 1159 Weiskotten Hall. All CRAs are welcome as Upstate recognizes the role CRAs play in its clinical research mission. The day will include presentations and food. R.S.V.P. is due May 12, here: CRA Recognition and Education Day.



Upstate’s Your Cause charity seeks volunteers May 20

Francis House, Upstate’s 2023 Your Cause charity, seeks volunteers to clean and update landscape Saturday, May 20 beginning at 9 a.m. Francis House provides a home and extended family to persons with terminal illnesses. To volunteer, email Lisa Joyce at JoyceL@Upstate.edu. Francis House is located at 108 Michaels Ave., Syracuse.



Team Upstate ice cream social is May 31

Team Upstate will celebrate its 20-year anniversary with an ice cream social May 31 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in 4414 B/C Academic Building. The event is hosted by the President’s Office. Dr. Dewan will acknowledge Team Upstate with a brief program at 2 p.m. R.S.V.P. is required by May 24, here: www.upstate.edu/tucelebrates.

Community service is a longstanding tradition at Upstate. For 20 years, Team Upstate has encouraged our employees and students to give their time and talents to support causes where they work and live. Thank you for your dedication to our community and beyond, and please join us May 31.



Pathway to Wellness announcements for May

To join the following Pathway to Wellness events, use the following link (unless otherwise noted): https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.

  • Well NYS Everyday seminar is May 3 at noon. Linda Carignan-Everts, NYS EAP, will provide wellness information. To register for the webinar, visit: https://oer.ny.gov/wellnys-everyday.
  • Wellness Orientation at Upstate is May 5 at noon. Join Suzanne Brisk to discover all the opportunities for wellness at Upstate, and through New York state and SUNY.
  • Art Break for Wellbeing is May 9 at noon. Nathan Ihemeremadu, from the Upstate Medical University Art Alliance, will share how art helps our wellbeing and offer an opportunity to try an artistic exercise to help us learn how easy it is to take an art break and feel the benefits of beauty and creativity in our daily life. Q and A will follow. 
  • Childhood obesity discussion is May 10 at 10 a.m. Srdan Lukic, founder of Fight for Hearts, will share information on the connection between heart disease and childhood obesity. Lukic will share resources to make healthy changes.
  • Sleep Challenges for Women is May 11 at noon. Antonio Culebras, MD, will provide information on and solutions for the various issues that create sleep challenges for women.
  • Standing sports workouts May 15 through 19 at 2 p.m. for about 10 minutes. Join Pathway to Wellness for standing exercises all week.
  • Mindful Leader: Cultivating Compassion is May 25 at noon. Join Suzanne Brisk for a meditation practice designed to cultivate compassion.
  • 10 Minutes of Humor is May 22 at 10 a.m. One hundred laughs are worth 15 minutes on an elliptical machine. 
  • Clear the Air is the first Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. beginning in the lobby of Upstate Cancer Center. Help pick up cigarette butts, beautify the Upstate campus, and tell everyone about nicotine replacement comfort kits. For more information, email Jackson Tarr at TarrJ@Upstate.edu.



Supply chain notice on Halyard (duckbill) N95 mask

Model 46827, size small

Owens and Minor, manufacturer of the Halyard N95 respirator mask, issued a notice stating product Model 46827 Halyard “duckbill” size small, from lot numbers AM2164811 and AM2166811, should not be used when respiratory or fluid resistance protection is required. Supply chain staff reviewed Upstate’s inventory and lot number log. Upstate did not purchase any product from the affected lots. In consultation with Infection Prevention and Safety, the Halyard duckbill size small in Upstate’s inventory is safe to continue using for respiratory protection.  

The FDA notice regarding the fluid resistance protection protocol is still in effect. All operating rooms, surgical suites and procedural areas that use the Halyard N95 mask should continue to cover it with a face shield or an fluid repellent surgical mask. Staff can also choose to wear a PAPR as alternate respiratory protection.



Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital community fundraisers in May

  • Circle K will allow customers to round up at registers from May 5 to 29. Proceeds benefit Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.
  • Costco stores in CNY will sell balloons and allow customers to round up at registers now through May 31. Stores will also host special activities. Proceeds support Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.



National Cancer Survivors Day is June 9

The 26th annual National Cancer Survivors Day will be held June 9 at the Syracuse Mets game. Cancer survivors of all ages are invited to join Upstate Cancer Center for an evening of baseball, treats, entertainment, and post-game fireworks. The event is free for survivors and two guests. Space is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. R.S.V.P. by May 14 at www.upstate.edu/ncsd. Questions? Email Christine Benton at BentonCh@Upstate.edu.



Syracuse Workforce Run is June 20

The Syracuse Workforce Run will be held Tuesday, June 20 at 6:45 p.m. on Onondaga Lake Parkway in Liverpool. Registration is $39. To join Team Upstate, review race details, and read eligibility requirements, visit https://www.upstate.edu/specialevents/syrrun.php. Registration deadline for Team Upstate is May 26. Questions? Email Rebecca Pesci at PesciR@Upstate.edu.



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 (CGM). Participants will receive CGM devices/supplies, support from diabetes educators and compensation for time and expenses. For more information, email bulgerj@upstate.edu or call 315-464-9008.



Global Health seeks adolescent participants for Lyme vaccine trial

Upstate’s Institute for Global Health seeks healthy participants between the ages of 12 and 17 to participate in a Pfizer Lyme vaccine clinical trial. Participants may be compensated for time and travel. For more information contact us at: 315-464-9869 or Trials@upstate.edu.



The Informed Patient podcast

The Informed Patient podcast recently featured interviews on colorectal cancer prevention, teen eating disorders and the story of Elizabeth Blackwell.

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. To suggest an Upstate expert or topic, email Amber Smith at SmithAmb@Upstate.edu