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Upstate Announcements for February 1, 2024

Travel policy changes and updates

There have been several changes and updates to Upstate’s travel policy. To review the changes and how they impact work-related travel, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/travel/. An “over the max” form will now be required for all hotel receipts that are more than the location specific per diem. The over the max form is available online, here: https://upstate.ellucid.com/documents/view/12351. For more information, call Jamie 315-464-4978 or Julie 315-464-4982 in the Travel Office, or email [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



Nominations for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service due today

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 today, 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



Pet A Pooch supervisors are needed in February

Pet A Pooch supervisors are needed to escort pets and their humans on the Upstate campus in February. For more information and to sign up, email Deb Emerson at [email protected]. The schedule is as follows:

  • Feb. 6 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Upstate University Hospital
  • Feb. 14 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Community
  • Feb. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Community
  • Feb. 19 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Upstate University Hospital
  • Feb. 20 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Upstate University Hospital
  • Feb. 28 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Upstate University Hospital



Upstate Global Health Institute has moved

The Global Health Institute has relocated to 5010 Campuswood Drive, Suite 100, E. Syracuse. The new facility opens officially today, Feb. 1, and features a state-of-the-art research clinic, sample processing lab, and offices. Trial participants will find free parking and easy first-floor access. The Global Health team conducts groundbreaking research, and all are welcome to learn more about our studies. For more information, call 315-464-9869 or email [email protected].



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.



Dr Elizabeth Blackwell T-shirt sale set for 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, 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 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].



Employee Assistance Program to host Hug Your Mug events Feb. 8 and 22

Upstate’s Employee Assistance Program will host Hug Your Mug events Thursday, Feb. 8 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at IHP and Thursday, Feb. 22 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Nappi. Free hot cocoa will be served and EAP committee members will be on site. Questions? Email Deb Emerson 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].



HealthLink seminar on palliative care is Feb. 13

HealthLink will host a seminar on palliative care Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. via WebEx. Upstate’s Kelsey Marks, Inpatient Adult Palliative Care Services, will discuss the differences between palliative care and hospice care, how to access palliative care, and what options are available to patients and their families. The seminar is open to Upstate and the public. To register, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/weblink/register/r3a687fc75bfc20599e403e53c5f5f95b



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].



Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club is Feb. 15

The Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club will meet Feb. 15 at noon via Zoom. To register, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqcemgqTkoHNX6GEZAg7eQEnAE9vG_WijT. Questions? Email Kathleen Szczech at [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].



Transplant Center ribbon cutting is Feb. 16

Upstate Transplant Center will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, Feb. 16 at 12:30 p.m. at Upstate Speciality Services at Harrison Center (550 Harrison Street) to celebrate the relocation to Upstate Specialty Services. Tour and refreshments to follow. Questions? Email Linda Curry at [email protected].



HealthLink seminar on genetic testing and prostate cancer is Feb. 29

A HealthLink seminar on genetic testing and prostate cancer will be held Feb. 29 at 5 p.m. via WebEx. In partnership with the Upstate Men to Men Prostate Cancer support group, Dr. Gloria Morris will discuss who should consider being tested, what is involved, what a genetic counselor does and how they can help you or loved ones. She will also discuss how genetic testing can lead to earlier identification of men who are at risk for prostate cancer and to more targeted care options for some men. To register, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrcumorjMjHdd9iJgo_py_H57-OHGbsAMU



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.



Estate planning lunch and learn is March 8 

The Upstate Foundation will host a lunch and learn on estate planning Friday, March 8 from noon to 12:30 p.m. in C1076 at Upstate Cancer Center. All are welcome to bring a lunch to the event. The session will also be available via Zoom. Carolyn Hendrickson from the Upstate Foundation and Jennifer Alfieri, Esq., from Tompkins Trust Co., will discuss vital estate planning documents, how to ensure families are protected, and how to direct assets. To register, visit: https://fundraise.givesmart.com/f/4kzk/n?vid=13mpgz. Virtual participants will be sent the Zoom link once registered. For more information, contact Carolyn Hendrickson at [email protected].



Submissions for 37th annual Dearing Writing Awards competition due March 18

Submissions are sought for the 37th annual Dearing Writing Awards competition, open to all Upstate students, residents, staff, and faculty. Submissions of fiction, memoir, poetry are welcome by March 18. To submit and for full details, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/bioethics/writing-awards/dearinghome.php. For more information, email Kathleen Szczech at [email protected].



Library access is through the Sim Center basement until March 22

Library entryway construction is underway until March 22.  All access to the Library is through the basement entrance of the Simulation Center. Signs are posted. Check the library website for updates. Questions? Email Michelle Bowers at [email protected].


Team Upstate seeks St. Baldrick's participants for March 24

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.



EndNote 21 now available

EndNote 21 is now available for Windows and Mac users. Download instructions are available at http://library.upstate.edu/help/software.php. Questions? Email Michelle Bowers at [email protected].



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 minimally invasive spine surgery, an operation to treat pancreatic cancer and a medical mission to Ukraine.

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].