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Upstate Announcements for May 16, 2023

President Dewan’s State of the University Address recording is online

To view President Dewan’s State of the University Address, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/president/communications/index.php.

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Upstate’s community garden is open for the season; volunteers sought

Upstate’s community and wellness garden, located in front of the Campus Activities Building on Elizabeth Blackwell Street, is open for the season and volunteers are sought. Vegetables, fruit, herbs, and cut flowers will be grown. To join the mailing list to be notified of garden events and volunteer opportunities, visit: https://forms.gle/36FEXXJQHJbef4eo9. Questions? Email Anna Maria Hinman at [email protected].

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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 [email protected].

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Community building at Upstate for parents

A parent group is forming at Upstate for those interested in sharing a meal once a month for four-to-six months. Meals are subsidized. If interested in joining the parenting group to discuss self-care, personal growth, career or personal stressors, email Debra Emerson at [email protected].

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Vending machine transitions

Upstate is currently transitioning vending machine vendors which may result in some machines not being filled while service transitions. Upstate’s food services department is working to provide full service again as soon as possible.

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Nursing Grand Rounds is May 16

Jolene Kittle PhD, RN, will present Research, Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement: What is the difference anyway? today, 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 [email protected]. 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.

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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.

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CSEA 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 and May 19 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in room CC 0124 at Community. For more information, email Ali Cottrell at [email protected].

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Upstate Cancer Center annual retreat is May 19

Upstate Cancer Center’s annual retreat will be held May 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Upstate Cancer Center conference room C1076 A/B/C. Pawel Kalinski, MD, PhD, will present Reprograming Tumor Microenvironments to Sensitize Cold Tumors to Immunotherapy from 11 a.m. to noon. R.S.V.P. to Kelly Kilpeck at [email protected].

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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.

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Upstate’s Your Cause charity seeks volunteers May 20

Francis House, Upstate’s 2023 Your Cause charity, seeks volunteers to clean and update landscaping Saturday, May 20 beginning at 9 a.m. at Francis House, 108 Michaels Ave., Syracuse. Volunteers are welcome to join anytime between 9 and 11 a.m. and work will end around 1 p.m. Francis House provides a home and extended family to persons with terminal illnesses. To volunteer, email Lisa Joyce at [email protected].

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Second annual Walk for Brain Cancer Research is May 21

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons Upstate Chapter and Colleges Against Cancer will host the second annual Walk for Brain Cancer Research May 21 at 9 a.m. beginning in Place Lot (formerly Quad 4 Lot) at Syracuse University. Registration is $5 and participants who raise $50 or more will receive a free T-shirt. Proceeds benefit Debbie’s Brain Cancer Research Fund held at the Upstate Foundation. To register, visit: https://www.upstatefoundation.org/WalkForBrainCancerResearch. Questions? Email Nneka Onwumere at [email protected].

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Celebration for GEM Care is May 22

A celebration to recognize Upstate’s Geriatric Emergency Medicine department’s accreditation as a Level-1 service by the American College of Emergency Physicians will be held May 22 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Community Room at Community. The Upstate community is welcome to join the celebration. Questions? Email Amy Serzanin at [email protected].

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Dunkin’ Iced Coffee Day is May 23

The Upstate Foundation will partner with Dunkin’ franchise owners and the Joy in Childhood Foundation for Iced Coffee Day May 23. One dollar from the sale of every cup of iced coffee sold on this day will benefit Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Visit any participating Dunkin’ location in Central New York or the Southern Tier and make a difference in the health and well-being of the region’s children and youth. For more information, contact Eric Stensland at [email protected].

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Retirement reception for Connie Randolph is May 30

A retirement reception will be held for Connie Randolph, RN, MS, CNS, CCCC, May 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 1076 A/B/C. Randolph retires after 25 years of service. Questions? Email Robyn Pawlewitz at [email protected].

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Team Upstate 20th anniversary ice cream social is May 31; RSVP by May 24

The Upstate community is welcome to the Team Upstate 20-year anniversary 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. All are welcome but 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.

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Nappi Wellness Institute open house is June 2

The Upstate community is welcome to an open house for the Nappi Wellness Institute June 2 from noon to 2 p.m. at 725 E. Adams St. The new 210,000 square-foot building will showcase innovative designs, expanded clinical space, and local artwork in the first WELL certified health care facility in New York state. Staff will be available to answer questions about the new models of care. The event offers a unique opportunity to experience the space prior to start of clinical operations June 13.

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Drag Brunch to benefit Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital is June 3

The fifth annual Drag Brunch to benefit Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital will be held Saturday, June 3 at 10 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. at Springside Inn, 6141 W. Lake Road, Auburn. This year’s show will feature Mrs. Kasha Davis from Ru Paul’s Drag Race. For more information, visit: https://facebook.com/events/s/5th-annual-drag-brunch-benefit/161166653405423/ or email Danielle (LaTour) Bright at [email protected]

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Employee Recognition Day is June 8

Upstate’s 38th annual Employee Recognition Day will be held Thursday, June 8 at the OnCenter. A ceremony and luncheon will honor those who have reached a five-year milestone in years of service. Invitations have been sent to honorees and their direct supervisor. R.S.V.P. is required. To R.S.V.P. or learn more about this year’s event, including a list of honorees, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/erd/.

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Easy for You is June 13

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, June 13 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 [email protected] 

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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 [email protected].

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MIND Online smoking/vaping cessation program seeks participants

The Motivational Interviewing for Nicotine Dependence (MIND) Online program seeks participants for sessions beginning in June. Participants should be 18 or older, live in New York state, and currently smoke, vape or chew tobacco. Participants do not need to be ready to quit. Participants will be seen twice a week for 30 minutes on WebEx or Zoom for a total of 8 sessions, one hour each week. Medical students will be the primary therapists, under real-time supervision by Zsuzsa Szombathyne Meszaros, MD, PhD, DFAPA, professor of Psychiatry at Upstate. To refer a patient to Dr. Meszaros, email [email protected].

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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.

  • Standing sports workouts now through 19 at 2 p.m. for about 10 minutes. Join Pathway to Wellness for standing exercises all week.
  • 10 Minutes of Humor is May 22 at 10 a.m. One hundred laughs are worth 15 minutes on an elliptical machine. 
  • Mindful Leader: Cultivating Compassion is May 25 at noon for 10 minutes. Join Suzanne Brisk for a meditation practice designed to cultivate compassion.
  • 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 [email protected].

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Nellie Hurley scholarship applications sought

Advocates for Upstate welcomes eligible Upstate employees and volunteers to apply for Nellie Hurley scholarships for fall semester 2023 to be used towards undergraduate degrees in health-related fields. Applications will be accepted through June 30. To learn more about the Nellie Hurley scholarships and eligibility criteria and for the application form, please go to https://www.upstate.edu/advocates/grants-scholarships/scholarships.php. Applicants will be notified of their status in mid-July. Questions? Email Jonathan Adler at [email protected].

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