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Upstate Announcements for January 23, 2024

Team Upstate seeks St. Baldrick's participants

Team Upstate seeks participants to help raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which directly funds pediatric oncology research. The St. Baldrick’s Day event will be held March 24 at Spinning Wheel, 7384 Thompson Rd, North Syracuse. The Upstate community, family and friends are all welcome to join Team Upstate, fundraise, and volunteer to have your head shaved. Participants who sign up prior to March 5 will receive a Team Upstate shirt. Instructions on where to meet will be emailed to registered participants a week prior. For more information, email Abigail Venskus at [email protected]. To join the team or donate visit: https://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/TeamUpstate.



Community Giving Campaign Thank You

Thank you to those who supported our community and raised $603,529. The thank you donor poster is available at this link: https://www.upstate.edu/communitygiving/pdf/2023-final-donor-list.pdf



Nursing Grand Rounds email list

Nursing Grand Rounds takes place the third Tuesday of each month from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. To be placed on the email list to reach all nursing staff with grand rounds information, email Mandi Dixon at [email protected].



Make an appointment to donate blood at Upstate

An on-campus blood drive will be held Wednesday, Feb. 28 from noon to 5 p.m. in the atrium of Setnor. To schedule an appointment, visit: www.upstate.edu/blood



Upstate Innovation Day is Jan. 23

Upstate Innovation Day will be held Jan. 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CNY Biotech Accelerator Theater, 841 E. Fayette St., Syracuse. The Pharmaceutical, Biologic and Medical Device Research and Commercialization—including Upstate’s CNY Biotech Accelerator Medical Device Innovation Challenge (MDIC)—Pitch Event will offer a $5,000 pitch award. The program is free but registration is required, here: Eventbrite Registration. There are a limited number of exhibit tables available. If interested in, email Kathi Durdon at [email protected]



NYS pension presentation is Jan. 25

New York State Deferred Comp and New York State Local Retirement System will host an educational presentation on the basics of pensions and how pensions help provide for the future Thursday, Jan. 25 from noon to 1:15 p.m. via WebEx. There will be Q and A sessions throughout the webinar. Registration is required. To register, visit: https://nationwidega.webex.com/weblink/register/r365c639dd6f1cab86bdd6e0d69c42c06



Professional Development and Learning assessment survey due Jan. 25

Professional Development and Learning seeks insight from staff into the current needs and trends surrounding workforce development at Upstate. The survey takes no more than 10 minutes to complete and is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5PB3QTN. The deadline is Jan. 25. Learning needs assessment surveys ensure we offer courses, microcredential tracks, and other opportunities that assist with growth and advancement at Upstate. The 2020 learning needs assessment resulted in the creation of three popular microcredential tracks: Leading Self, Learning to Lead, and Leading Others. For more information, email Haley Gravalis at [email protected].



Dr Elizabeth Blackwell T-shirt sale set for Jan. 24, 25 and Feb.7

Commemorative T-shirts in celebration of the 175 anniversary of Dr Elizabeth Blackwell’s graduation from medical school will be on sale Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Weiskotten Hall lobby; Thursday, Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first floor of the Academic Building near the Hope Café; and Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Ninth Floor Lobby of Weiskotten Hall. Shirts are $10 each (cash or credit) and available in gray or navy.


Upstate Transplant Center relocation is final Jan. 30

Upstate Transplant Center will relocate to Upstate Specialty Services at Harrison Center, Suite A, 550 Harrison St. The location change is to better serve patients. The clinic will welcome patients to the new location beginning Jan. 30.  All phone and fax numbers remain the same.



Pediatric Emergency Medicine Assembly conference is Jan. 31

Emergency Medicine will present the 21st annual Pediatric Emergency Medicine Assembly conference Wednesday, Jan. 31 at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center. To register on-line and to view additional information on this event, visit: https://www.eventsquid.com/event/22515



Nominations for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service due Feb. 1

Nominations are sought for the 2023-2024 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service. This award recognizes state classified service employees represented by CSEA, PEF and PBA of NYS for excellence and superior service. Nominations are due Feb. 1, and should be emailed to Megan Chase, Human Resources, at [email protected]. For additional information and nomination form visit:https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/upstate_stars/chancellor-award.php



World Cancer Day is Feb. 5

Join Upstate Cancer Center, She Matters and the Mammovan Monday, Feb. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a World Cancer Day information and screening event at Salt City Market. World Cancer Day is an international initiative to raise awareness of cancer in a positive and inspiring way. Information and valuable resources about cancer prevention, screenings, and treatment will be offered. The Upstate Mammovan will be onsite offering breast cancer screenings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To schedule a mammogram, call 315-464-2588 or visit www.upstate.edu/noexcuses.



Upstate Foundation Valentine Ball for All is Feb. 7

The Upstate Foundation and Salt City Road Warriors will host the Valentine Ball for All Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Drumlins Country Club in Syracuse. The inclusive format replaces the Father Daughter Valentine Ball, and is open to any child or children age 3 and up and their parent(s), guardian or caregiver. The event will offer entertainment, special guests, face painting, photo booths, a craft project, gifts and more. Proceeds will benefit the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Campaign. Attendance is limited, so register soon at Valentine Ball (upstatefoundation.org). For more information, email Danielle Bright at [email protected]



Author of the Doctors Blackwell to speak at Elizabeth Blackwell Day Feb. 7.

Janice P. Nimura, author of The Doctors Blackwell, will celebrate Elizabeth Blackwell Day at Upstate Medical University Wednesday, Feb. 7 at noon in the Ninth Floor Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall. The event is open to the public.



Webinar on social connections and relationships is Feb. 7

Linda Carignan-Everts and David Dobkowski, PhD, both from the New York State Office of Employee Relations/Employee Assistance Program, will discuss the benefits of social connection and how to have optimal relationships Feb. 7 from noon to 12:30 p.m. via WebEx. To register, visit:

https://meetny.webex.com/weblink/register/rf1b8152149ed11b4dec215a31b403ede. The February Well New York State Every Day theme for February is to connect and socialize. For more information on these programs and other opportunities, visit: https://oer.ny.gov/wellnys-everyday. For more information, email Christine Podolak at [email protected].



Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging award nominations due Feb. 12

Upstate’s Black History Month committee seeks nominations to recognize individuals, groups, and community organizations that have worked to advance the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at Upstate and in our community. To nominate, visit: https://forms.office.com/r/8nHa6ckS8X or email [email protected]. Nominations are due by Feb. 12 and award recipients will be announced the week of Feb. 19. Questions? Email [email protected]. Awards will be presented at the SNMA Gala on Saturday, Feb. 24.



Easy for You is Feb. 13

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room C3069 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 Jackson Tarr or Carolyn Walczyk at 315-464-3519 or [email protected].



Burger King campaign benefits Upstate Golisano now through Feb. 14

Visit a Burger King location in Syracuse, Binghamton, Watertown, Utica/Rome and receive $6 worth of coupons for $1 now through Feb. 14. Coupons may be redeemed between Feb. 14 and March 31. 



T-shirt sales to benefit Joey’s Wish are Feb. 14 and 15

A T-shirt sale to benefit Joey’s Wish will be held Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria at Community and from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the second-floor lobby outside Café 750 at Upstate University Hospital. For more information, email [email protected].



Deadline to purchase tickets for the Black History Month Gala is Feb. 16

Upstate Student National Medical Association in collaboration with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will host the annual Black History Month Gala Feb. 24 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Semi-formal attire is requested. Student admission is $40 and general admission is $75. Proceeds will fund student scholarships. The deadline to purchase tickets or a table is Feb. 16 via email at [email protected].



Advocates to accept applications for grant funding in February

The Advocates for Upstate will accept applications for grant funding Feb. 1 to 29. All departments and programs affiliated with Upstate on all campuses are eligible to apply for funding to be used between June 1, 2024 and May 31, 2025. Advocates for Upstate’s mission is to improve patient care and satisfaction, support medical education and enhance community health. Items or services that can be funded through department budgets are not eligible for Advocates Grant Funding. Detailed overview and guidelines along with application forms are available on Advocates for Upstate’s website. For more information, contact Jonathan Adler at [email protected] or 315-464-5610.



The Informed Patient podcast this week: pelvic floor exercises, TBI care, and hepatic artery infusion

The Informed Patient podcast recently featured interviews with these specialists about mind-body and pelvic floor exercises, research into traumatic brain injury and a treatment option for some cancers that spread to the liver. 

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].