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Upstate Announcements for August 23, 2023

Honorary degree submissions sought

Upstate's Honorary Degree Committee invites nominations for 2024 Honorary Degree candidates. An honorary doctorate degree is "...the highest form of recognition offered by the SUNY Board of Trustees to persons of exceptional distinction."  All students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit letters of nomination with the rationale for the nomination, and a summary of the candidate's accomplishments and contributions. These should be brief, no more than two pages. The deadline to submit is Monday, Sept. 25. For details, questions or to submit a nomination to the committee please contact Lynn Cleary, Vice President for Academic Affairs [email protected] or Patty Gooden [email protected] or 315-464-5387.



We Care Wednesday at the Syracuse Mets is Aug. 23 

The Upstate Foundation has partnered with the Syracuse Mets for the We Care Wednesday Game vs. the Buffalo Bisons today, Aug. 23 at NBT Bank Stadium. The first pitch will be thrown at 1:05 p.m. and $4 of every ticket sold will be donated to the Upstate Foundation in support of child and adolescent mental health. The mental health of our children and adolescents has become so concerning that the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital Association recently declared a national emergency. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Upstate Foundation /Syracuse Mets Tickets or email Eric Stensland at [email protected]



Making Strides team captain meeting is Aug. 29

A meeting for anyone interested in becoming a team captain for this year’s Making Strides walk will be held Aug. 29 at noon in C1076 Upstate Cancer Center or via WebEx. Information and resources required to build a team will be provided. Lunch will be provided at Upstate Cancer Center. The walk will be held Sunday, Oct. 15. For more information and to register for the team captain meeting, email Chris at [email protected] by Aug. 25. 



Update on Lyme and other tick-borne diseases is Aug. 29

Kristopher Paolino, MD, will present Be Safer Outside: Update on Lyme and other Tick-Borne Diseases Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. This online-only HealthLink presentation will provide an update with a focus on risks and preventions. The seminar is open to the public. To register for a Zoom link, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMtcumhrzwiH9MDu5qP52h7aMcVxtw18YzB



Upstate blood drive is Aug. 30

An on-campus Upstate blood drive will be held Aug. 30 from noon to 5 p.m. in the atrium of Setnor Hall. The blood drive is organized by Upstate students, and held in conjunction with The Red Cross. To make an appointment, visit: www.upstate.edu/blood.



Retirement reception for Suzanne Brisk is Aug. 30

A retirement reception for Suzanne Brisk will be held Aug. 30 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the conference rooms at Upstate Cancer Center. The Upstate community is welcome.



Deadline for Emerging Leaders United scholarship applications is Sep. 1

Upstate employees are welcome to apply for a scholarship for Upstate’s chapter of Emerging Leaders United, an affinity group with United Way of Central New York. Participants of the Emerging Leaders program will represent Upstate Medical University and have the opportunity to attend leadership and community education programs, volunteer events, and network with leaders from Syracuse businesses. Emerging Leaders are required to fulfill 16 hours of volunteer service from September 2023 to September 2024. For an application, visit: www.upstate.edu/elu.  For questions or more information, email [email protected].



Celebration of Dr. Bradley Middleton’s life is Sept. 10

A celebration of Dr. Bradley Middleton’s life will be held Sunday, Sept. 10 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Marriott Syracuse (100 E. Onondaga St.). A receiving line will run from 3 to 4 p.m. and speeches will begin at approximately 4:30 p.m. The Upstate community is welcome. 



Biomedical Sciences Retreat is Sept. 12

The 23rd annual Biomedical Sciences Retreat will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 8 a.m. to 6 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/. Questions? Email Shaunna Arnold at [email protected].



Convocation is Sept. 13

Fall Faculty Convocation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 4 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium at Weiskotten Hall. The Upstate community is welcome to attend. For a list of honorees, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/academic-affairs/about/faculty-awards/. For more information, email Patty Gooden at [email protected]



Easy for You is Sept. 19

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Sept. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in C3068 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]. 



Clark Burn Center Trivia Night is Sept. 28

Clark Burn Center’s Trivia Night will be held Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Crazy Daisies Flowers and Garden Café, 4693 Kasson Rd., Syracuse. Individual registration is $15; 4-person teams are $50; 6-person teams are $70. In addition to 50/50 raffles and basket raffles, Crazy Daises will have food and drinks available for purchase with $1 from each sale of the night benefiting Clark Burn Center. All proceeds raised from the event benefit the Clark Burn Center Fund and support education, research, patient care needs, and community awareness. 

To register, visit: Upstate FDN (givesmart.com) or text BurnCenter to 41444 to get to the registration page. For more information, email Tamara Roberts at [email protected]. 



CNY Psychopharmacology Update is Sept. 28 and 29

Save the date: The 28th annual CNY Psychopharmacology Update will be held Sept. 28 and 29. Details will be forthcoming. Questions? Contact Linette Thorp at [email protected] or 315-464-3104.



Pet a Pooch seeks staff and/or retiree pet teams 

Upstate’s wellness program offers Pet a Pooch animal support sessions each month to help staff de-stress. New pet teams are sought to participate. Mild mannered, trained dogs willing to provide comfort and emotional support to our Upstate employees (and their people) are welcome. For additional information, email Deb Emerson at [email protected]. To find out more about Pet A Pooch and/or becoming registered with Pet Partners of CNY, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/wellness/



Lori’s Gift Shop rewards program

Lori’s Gift Shop at Upstate University Hospital offers customers REWARDed, a new rewards program awarding points on all purchases leading to coupons, gifts, and exclusive offers. The app can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play. Questions? Call Jonathan Adler at 315-464-5610.



The Informed Patient podcast 

The Informed Patient podcast recently featured interviews about an alternative treatment for pain and anxiety, a rare marijuana-related condition and COVID-related chronic pain.

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].