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Upstate Announcements for October 4, 2023

University Police and Environmental Health and Safety release 2023 Security and Fire Safety Report

Upstate’s annual Security and Fire Safety Report (Clery Report) is now available online, here: https://www.upstate.edu/universitypolice/pdf/2023-annual-fire-and-safety-report.pdf. Copies are also available from the Chief of University Police by calling 315-464-1471.

The report includes statistics from the previous three years on reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Upstate, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

This report also includes institutional policies regarding campus security, such as policies on alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crime, sexual assault, state sex offender registry, and other matters. To access these statistics on the U.S. Department of Education website, visit: https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety/.

The Campus Fire Safety Report and Statistics can be found within the Security Report which is also available through the Environmental Health and Safety Office-Room 302 Campus Activities Building, or call 315-464-5782.



FCC to conduct nationwide test today

The FCC will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) today, Oct. 4, beginning at approximately 2:20 p.m. The wireless test will be directed to all consumer cell phones and the EAS test will be send to radios and televisions. Questions on what this test means for Upstate? Email Chris Dunham at [email protected].



Order Tootsie Roll candy grams to send to coworkers

Send your co-workers a Tootsie Roll candy gram to thank them for the important “roll” they play. There is no cost to order. Cards, envelopes, and Tootsie Rolls will be mailed to you. For more information and to place an order, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/upstate_stars/order-candy-grams.php. R.S.V.P. by Oct. 13. For more information, email Megan Chase. 


Flu Clinic schedule is available online

Employee/Student Health will offer flu vaccine clinics this month. Everyone with an Upstate ID is welcome and encouraged to get vaccinated. To make an appointment in advance, log on to the ESH portal at https://eshportal.upstate.edu/. For the full flu clinic schedule, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/health/calendar.php. (Note: Information on Covid vaccines will be forthcoming.)



Community Giving Campaign is underway 

The Community Giving Campaign is an annual campaign where you can donate to hundreds of agencies that are meaningful to you. ePledge is located on self-serve, here: https://selfserve.upstate.edu/ais/applications/marketing/sefa/epledge/. For more information, visit the campaign website: www.upstate.edu/cgc. Participants have opportunities to win weekly prizes throughout the year. To view prizes, click here: https://www.upstate.edu/communitygiving/pdf/cgcincentiveposter.pdf.



Hispanic Heritage Month events continue Oct. 4 and 12

In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, ODEI, the Latino Medical Student Association and Campus Activities, offer the following programs to the Upstate community:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 4, 6 p.m.: Hispanic Heritage Month Virtual Keynote Presentation by Saul Flores “The Walk of the Immigrants” offered on Zoom. Sign in attend: https://forms.gle/xBTnFpady8xmaaVj9
  • Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m.: Hispanic Heritage Month: Fireside Chat with Robert Ruiz, associate dean of Student Admissions, in Medical Alumni Auditorium, Weiskotten Hall.



Spiritual Care event is Oct. 5

Upstate’s Clinical Pastoral Education training program will host a service of commission event for new chaplain interns Oct. 5 at noon in the Interfaith Chapel on the first floor of Upstate University Hospital. A celebration for the annual Spirit of Nancy Calhoun Award for exemplary service to the CPE program and students will also be held. This year’s award recipient is Mary Teelin, RN, from 5A. Incoming chaplain interns are: Jane Bronson, David Chachere, Jeremiah Deep, Rev. Shunjie Durham, Ceara Curry Kilpatric, Rev. Willie Mitchell, Ivan Ramos, Rev. Tom Zahradnik. All interns will train on various clinical units at Upstate through April 25.



Non-Profits at Noon speaker series begins Oct. 5

Non-Profits at Noon will feature speakers from Community Giving Campaign organizations every Thursday in October from noon to 12:30 p.m. in the second floor open forum space (between the main conference rooms) in the Nappi Wellness Institute. The sessions will allow for 15 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes for questions/answers. The schedule is as follows:

Oct. 5—Francis House

Oct. 12—Clear Path for Veterans

Oct. 19—United Way of CNY

Oct. 26—Sarah’s Guest House

For more information, email Matthew Capogreco at [email protected].



Blood drives at Upstate are Oct. 5, 6, 18

Blood drives will be held at Upstate Oct. 5, 6, and 18. To make an appointment, visit: www.upstate.edu/blood. The schedule is as follows.

  • Oct. 5 from noon to 5 p.m. in the atrium of Setnor
  • Oct. 6 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Performance Center, 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • Oct. 18 from noon to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria at Community



Yoga for Everyone and Trauma Adapted Yoga classes are Oct. 6 and 20

Yoga for Everyone and Trauma Adapted Yoga classes for all staff and trainees will be held Oct. 6 at 4 p.m., Oct. 20 at 8:15 a.m., and then on the first Friday of every month at 8:15 a.m. in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Classes are co-facilitated by Upstate clinicians trained in Trauma Adapted Yoga. No experience necessary. For more information, email [email protected].



Hydrocephalus Hike/Coins for a Cure is Oct. 7

The Upstate Chapter of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons will host the first Hydrocephalus Hike/Coins for a Cure event Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. at Tinker Falls in Tully. Pre-registration is $5 and on-site registration is $10. Participants who raise $30 or more will receive a free gift bag. Those who are unable to attend in Tully will have the opportunity to walk or hike locally. Proceeds benefit the Hydrocephalus Research Fund held at the Upstate Foundation. To register and/or donate, visit: https://fundraise.givesmart.com/f/4e4s/n?vid=10tj2y. Questions? Email Nneka Onwumere at [email protected].



Support the Baldwin Fund Oct. 7 and 8

Visiting the LaFayette Apple Festival? Raise money for breast cancer research through The Baldwin Fund by parking at Ballweg and Lunsford Funeral Home Saturday, Oct. 7 (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday, Oct. 8 (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) for $5.



Virtual Healthcare Transformation grand rounds is Oct. 10

Guian McKee, PhD, professor of presidential studies and co-director of the Health Care Policy Project at Miller Center of Public Affairs at University of West Virginia, will present Hospital City, Health Care Nation: Hospital Costs, Capital, and the Potential for Transformation Tuesday, Oct. 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom.

McKee is the author of Hospital City, Health Care Nation: Race, Capital, and the Costs of American Health Care. He is an expert on health care policy, Medicare, Medicaid, urban policy and industrial policy. His research focuses on how federal policy, especially in the executive branch, plays out at the local level in American communities.

CME credits will be offered. Advance registration is required, here: http://bit.ly/3ZeTp8h. Once registered, participants will receive a unique zoom link to use to access this presentation.



Schwartz Rounds is Oct. 10

Schwartz Rounds will be held Tuesday, Oct. 10 at noon via Zoom. The panel will focus on recognizing burnout and offering simple strategies to care for each other by modeling healthy behaviors, developing communication skills with colleagues, and pointing out what's good about life outside the hospital (i.e. going to secret parks and waterfalls). Schwartz Rounds is open to staff of all departments and is intended to support the work we do by offering a compassionate listening environment. Rounds will provide 1 CE hour for participants. To join, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/join and use meeting ID: 982 5150 3296 and password:1234. Questions? Email Chaplain Brigid Dunn at [email protected]



Domestic Violence 101 webinars for supervisors are Oct. 10, 17, 25, and 31

New York state’s Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) will host one-hour webinars on domestic violence for supervisors and administrators who support and manage staff in a professional work environment. These webinars will cover definitions, power and control tactics, staying versus leaving, and survivor-centered responses. To register for a session, click on the date: 

For more information, email Jennifer Hilts at [email protected].



Parenting After Domestic Abuse HealthLink seminar is Oct. 11

Julienne Capria, MD, will present Parenting After Domestic Abuse Oct. 11 at 5:30 p.m. at HealthLink/Oasis Center, 6333 State Route 298, E. Syracuse. Dr. Capria will provide a general introduction to intimate partner violence and abuse, self-care information, and a variet of local and national resources for survivors. In-person support group session will follow with a focus on self-care and coping strategies. The session is open to the public. To register, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApcOmuqzsiHdKUzERYGAtgywFNyPI0w-fh.



T-shirt sale is Oct. 11 and 12

A T-shirt sale will be held Oct. 11 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the cafeteria at Community and Oct. 12 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside Café 750 at Upstate University Hospital. Mental Health Matters shirts will be available in crewneck and V-neck for $20 each. Proceeds benefit Upstate’s Nursing Recognition Fund. Questions? Email Morgan Gaffney at [email protected].



Upstate’s Your Cause charity, Francis House, seeks volunteers Oct. 11

Francis House, Upstate’s 2023 Your Cause charity, seeks volunteers for their annual fundraiser set for Oct. 11 at the EXPO Center at the New York State Fairgrounds. To sign up, visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F49ABAE2FA2FEC70-theres#/. Questions about the event? Email Kianna Ripich at [email protected].



Lunch and Learn webinars on violence and workplace safety are Oct. 11, 16, 25, and 30

Throughout the month of October, New York state will offer sessions on Executive Order #17 and the protections of the Gender Based Violence and the Workplace Program. The events are open to all state employee. The schedule is as follows:

  • Oct. 11 from 12:30 to 1 p.m.
  • Oct. 16 from 12:30 to 1 p.m.
  • Oct. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to noon
  • Oct. 30 from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

To register for a session listed above, visit: https://meetny.webex.com/webappng/sites/meetny/webinar/webinarSeries/register/2288f72cc6444c3799dbce9f345bfd76.



Making Strides is Oct. 15

Join Team Upstate at the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Sunday, Oct. 15 in Clinton Square, Syracuse. Participants are welcome to start a team or join a team and help to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research, education and awareness programs. For more information and registration, please visit www.upstate.edu/strides.



Free information on estate planning available Oct. 16 and 20

As part of National Estate Planning Awareness Week, the Upstate Foundation will offer free information on getting your estate in order and making sure you have the right vital documents in place. A Foundation representative will be available to share information and answer questions Monday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside Café 750 on the second floor of Upstate University Hospital and Friday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the cafeteria at Community. For more information, email Carolyn Hendrickson [email protected].



Upstate’s Mobile Mammography events are Oct. 16 and Nov. 10

The Upstate Mobile Mammography Van will offer a mammography screening event Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Upstate’s Retail Pharmacy (5000 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse). This event is open to the Upstate community and the public. A second mammography screening event will be held Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Upstate Bone and Joint (6620 Fly Road, E. Syracuse). Currently, this event is open only to the Upstate community. To schedule an annual screening mammogram, call 315-464-2588 or visit: https://www.upstate.edu/mobile-mammography/ and complete an appointment request form.



Advanced Practice Grand Rounds is Oct. 17

Emery House, RN, will present Beyond the Bedside: Ways to Improve Practice Through Research and Innovation Oct. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. via WebEx. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=me2d8ab01fb537e25b4bdfeb6997a2762. For more information, email Tiffany Senke at [email protected]. CME credit will be available for participants.



Distinguished Alumni Lecture is Oct. 17

Julie Siegenthaler, PhD, associate professor of pediatric developmental biology at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (and Upstate Alumna, Class of '05) will present Stuck on You: Meninges Formation and Function in Brain Development Oct. 17 at noon in 103 Weiskotten Hall. A student lunch will follow the lecture. Registration is required for the student lunch by Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. To register visit: www.upstate.edu/alumnilecture. For more information, email Shaunna Arnold at [email protected].



Easy for You is Oct. 17

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in suite C 3068 at 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 Caroly Walczyk at 315-464-3519 or [email protected]



Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds is Oct. 19

Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds is Oct. 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Ninth Floor Auditorium, Weiskotten Hall. Pizza and beverages will be served. Brian Zink, MD, senior associate dean for faculty and faculty development at University of Michigan Medical School and professor and senior associate chair for faculty development in the Department of Emergency Medicine, will present Anyone, Anything, Anytime: A History of U.S. Emergency Medicine. 



Center for Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club is Oct. 19

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club will be held Oct. 19 at noon via Zoom. Deirdre Neilen, PhD, will lead the discussion on The Art of Medicine: Can True Reflection and Solidarity Further Beneficence? Discussion will begin with a consideration of Rodin’s famous The Thinker as seen in the Taran article, then move into a case study that focuses on a patient facing enormous challenges (medical, social, financial) in handling his disease. Traditionally, this patient would be labeled difficult or non-compliant, each visit leaving patient and clinician dissatisfied and frustrated. Perhaps by reconsidering what we value in the profession and in our lives, we can rediscover the joy of healing. Register in advance here: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwkdeCupjgoHdE5KRpWoMFcmPeP9Jl9qJFz. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Questions? Email Kathleen Szczech at [email protected].



Sock Out Cancer—Kansas Meets Boston is Oct. 21

Sock Out Cancer will host their annual benefit concert Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse. This year’s show will feature John Elefante, former vocalist from Kansas, and Fran Cosmo, former vocalist from Boston. Proceeds from this concert will support adult and pediatric cancer patients and their families at Upstate Cancer Center and will help pay for non-medical necessities such as food, transportation, and housing, so patients can focus their energy on fighting cancer. For more information on the concert, and to purchase tickets, please visit sockoutcancer.org. As a thank you for your support, use promo code “SOC23” for $10 off. Questions? Contact Eric Stensland at the Upstate Foundation at [email protected] or Toni Gary [email protected]



Respiratory Care Week is Oct. 22 to 28

Upstate’s respiratory therapists work in inpatient and outpatient settings and provide service to specialty areas, such as: PFT testing, smoking cessation, outpatient and inpatient bronchoscopy, and sleep study testing. Upstate employs 85 respiratory therapists and they are an integral part of patient care teams. Take the time to thank a respiratory therapist when you see one.



Sleep Tech Week is Oct. 22 to 28

Sleep Tech Week is celebrated Oct. 22 to 28. Upstate’s sleep technicians perform sleep studies in an outpatient setting, test for sleep apnea and other disorders relating to sleep, and treat sleep disorders. Upstate’s Sleep Center is located at 5700 W. Genesee Street, Suite 101, Camillus, N.Y. For more information on the center, visit: Upstate Sleep Center.



Dog Therapy 101 HealthLink is Oct. 23

HealthLink will host Dog Therapy 101 Oct. 23 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Oasis/HealthLink Learning Center, 6333 State Route 298, E. Syracuse (no virtual option). In collaboration with PAWS of CNY, learn how you and your pet may be able to offer pet-assisted wellness services throughout CNY. Learn about the factors that determine if a dog has the potential to become a therapy dog, how a dog and their handler are certified with PAWS, what to expect after being certified as a team member, and meet one of our active hospital therapy dogs. This seminar is supported by the JBoss Puppy Power Fund at the Upstate Foundation, in memory of Jeremy Bossert. Register here for this in-person only session: https://www.upstate.edu/rsvp/index.php?eventid=%201691512583261&emp=r. Questions? Call Amy Allen at 315-518-9423.



IMT pilots Hyperdrive with select users beginning Oct. 24

Beginning Oct. 24, select users of Epic will transition to using a web-based browser, referred to as Hyperdrive. With faster speeds, smoother operations, and an all-around improved experience, Hyperdrive aims to positively impact patient care and staff satisfaction. While the core functionality within Hyperspace will remain the same, launching Hyperspace from Hyperdrive offers greater performance and security. To learn more about Hyperdrive, including tip sheets, videos and the proposed timeline, visit https://www.upstate.edu/training/intra/epic/hyperdrive.php. Questions? Email Matt Hill at [email protected].  



Administrative professionals event is now Oct. 26

An administrative professionals event will be held Oct. 26 (date changed from Oct. 25) in 4414A, Academic Building. Doors open for lunch at 11:30 a.m.; speaker and networking is from noon to 1 p.m. There will be a Zoom option. To attend, CLICK HERE TO RSVP.



Sarcoidosis Support Group is Nov. 14

Upstate’s Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Division will present Ways to Improve Physical Fitness at the next Sarcoidosis Support Group meeting, to be held Nov. 14 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the fifth-floor classroom at Upstate Health Care Center. To register, email Shania Edwards-King at [email protected].



Global Health seeks participants 

Upstate’s Institute for Global Health seeks healthy participants between the ages of 18 and 55 with flexible schedules to participate in a Dengue Fever clinical trial. Participants will be compensated up to $4,350 for completing the study. For more information, call 315-464-9869 or email [email protected].



Mindful Meditation offered every Tuesday

Mindful Meditation will be held every Tuesday from 11 to 11:15 a.m. via WebEx. Annemarie Cristino, LCSW, CEAP, lead 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. For more information, email [email protected].



The Informed Patient podcast

The Informed Patient podcast recently featured interviews with specialists about heavy pot use and pain tolerance, clinical autopsies, and tissue matching for organ transplants.

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].