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Upstate Announcements for July 26, 2023

Upstate partners with Strong Hearts to offer vegan items in Café 750

Upstate University Hospital has partnered with Strong Hearts to offer grab-and-go vegan options in Café 750 on the second floor of the hospital. The offering is part of Upstate’s ongoing sustainability initiatives to provide more healthful and sustainable food options for staff, students and visitors. Vegan options include items like Thai tofu salad, chicken salad sandwich, dill potato salad, and more. Questions? Email Paul Corsi at [email protected].



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

New school supplies and new or gently used backpacks will be accepted until Aug. 4 at various locations throughout campus. For drop box locations, visit www.upstate.edu/backpack. Volunteers are sought to help with school supply distribution. To volunteer, visit: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/7444229/Mary-Nelson-Youth-Day-BBQ-Volunteering-2023.



Mindful Meditation is every 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.



Upstate Mentoring Program update

Professional Development and Learning would like to congratulate the 33 employees who recently completed the yearlong mentoring program. To see a complete list of the graduates and learn more about the program and its impact, visit: 

https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/mentoring1/index.php  Questions regarding the program? Email MaryAnn Stark at [email protected].



Mandatory sexual harassment prevention education reminder

The Office of Institutional Equity reminds all Upstate employees to complete their annual, mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training. This training can be located in Brightspace, by logging in, and navigating to the “My Training” tab in the blue banner at the top of the page. Note: This is the first year the mandatory annual training will be assigned to faculty, state, research, and MedBest providers through Brightspace. Complete training to avoid ongoing reminder emails. For more information, contact Katie King at 315-464-9590 or [email protected].  



HealthLink on financial resources for prostate cancer costs is July 27

HealthLink will host a virtual session on financial resources for prostate cancer costs July 27 at 5 p.m. via Zoom. Linda Naples, financial counselor at Upstate Cancer Center, will provide tools and resources that can lighten some of the financial stress associated with a prostate cancer diagnosis. To register, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrcumorjMjHdd9iJgo_py_H57-OHGbsAMU.



VOYA retirement representatives visit campus in July and August

Local VOYA representatives will host in-person meetings to assist with retirement investment options and planning. The schedule is as follows:

  • July 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 31 in 122 Campus Activities Building
  • July 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria at Community

To reserve a time online, visit: https://boblaferriere.timetap.com/#/. For more information, email Robert Laferriere at [email protected].



Upstate Breastfeeding Medicine Program open house is Aug. 1

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Month, Upstate’s Breastfeeding Medicine Program will host an open house Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Physician Office Building South-1D at Community. The Upstate Community is welcome. Educational displays will be featured at both Upstate University Hospital and Community during the month of August. Those in need of lactation support may call the Upstate Lactation Help Line at 315-464-MILK.



Advanced Practice Grand Rounds is Aug. 1  

Theresa Baxter will present Identifying and Treating Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome, Alcohol Use Disorder Aug. 1 from noon to 1 p.m. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m33fe01d8ef04a7ab2ff6a3c339a469a3. For more information, email Jessica Dow at [email protected]. CME credit will be available for participants.



Easy for You is Aug. 8

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Aug. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in C3068 on the third floor of Upstate Cancer Center. Everyone with an Upstate ID is 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].



Philosopher Daniel Berthold speaks Aug. 9

Upstate’s Center for Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychiatry will host philosopher Daniel Berthold Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. on the second floor of TU3. Berthold will present Talking Cures: A Lacanian Reading of Hegel and Kierkegaard on Language and Madness. To R.S.V.P. and for more information, email [email protected].



Portrait unveiling and reception for Dr. David Duggan set for Aug. 31; RSVP by Aug. 18

The Upstate community is invited to a portrait unveiling and reception for Dr. David Duggan Thursday, Aug. 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Eastwood Atrium of the Setnor Academic Building. Please R.S.V.P. by Aug. 18 to [email protected].



Joey’s Wish will host a Putt Putt weekend Aug. 19 and 20

Joey’s Wish will host a Putt Putt weekend Aug. 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to midnight at Fairmount Glen’s putt putt golf course. Ten percent of ticket sales will be donated to Joey’s Wish Fund, held at the Upstate Foundation. Tickets are $25 each and include two hours of putt putt and a free ice cream. Joey’s Wish supports research to aid in ending addiction. For more information about the event, email Ann Morrell at [email protected].



Breastfeeding expert presents Aug. 22

Alison Hazelbaker, PhD, of the Hazelbaker Lactation Institute, will present To Clip or Not To Clip: The Evidence for True Tongue-Tie Aug. 22 from noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. The presentation is made possible by the Cathy Patrick Breastfeeding Education Fund. To join, visit: https://echo.zoom.us/j/384599486 (Meeting ID: 384 599 486 Password: ECHO). Questions? Email [email protected].



Save the date: Biomedical Sciences Retreat

The 23rd annual Biomedical Sciences Retreat will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lodge in Skaneateles. The event is sponsored by the College of Graduate Studies and includes guest speakers, faculty speakers, an introduction to the incoming class, and a poster session along with a reception. For more information about the event, including deadlines for submissions, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/grad/about/retreat/index.php. Questions? Email Shaunna Arnold at [email protected].



Save the date: Clark Burn Center Trivia Night

Clark Burn Center Trivia Night will be held Sept. 28 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Crazy Daisies Flowers and Garden Café, 4693 Kasson Rd., Syracuse. Individuals or teams of 4 or 6 are welcome to register. The evening will include raffles and prizes for winning trivia teams. Proceeds benefit the Upstate University Hospital Clark Burn Center Fund to support education, research, patient care needs, and community awareness. To register, visit: Upstate FDN (givesmart.com) or text the word BurnCenter to 41444. Questions? Email Tamara Roberts at [email protected].  



Save the date: Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Summit

Healthcare practitioners and researchers are invited to attend the Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Summit Sept. 28 and 29 at the CNY Biotech Accelerator. The summit will be hosted by Upstate’s Institute for Global Health and Translational Science, and the Central New York Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Alliance. The summit is free and CME is available. To register, visit: https://2023lymeandtickbornedisease.sched.com/. For more information, email [email protected].



The Informed Patient podcast 

The Informed Patient podcast recently featured interviews with Upstate experts about a rare but potentially deadly tick-borne illness, children’s medicines and how cancer drugs come into being.

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, including YouTube. 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 upstate.edu/informed.

To suggest an Upstate expert or topic for a possible podcast, email Amber Smith at [email protected].