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Blood Drive is April 13, 14
Upstate’s blood drive will be held Thursday, April 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, April 14 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Café 750, Downtown Campus. Call Linda Underwood, 315-464-6755, underwoL@upstate.edu to make an appointment to donate.
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Office of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion seeks applications by April 14
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is accepting applications for the 2017-18 Explorations in Diversity and Academic Excellence initiative in support of innovative approaches that strengthen the intersections between diversity and inclusive excellence on SUNY campuses. Guidelines require sign off from both the chief diversity officer and the chief academic officer. Guidelines are available by calling 315-464-5234 or by emailing thompsms@upstate.edu. Applications are due Friday, April 14 by 5 p.m. Awards will be announced in May. Questions? Contact Chief Diversity Officer Maxine Thompson, thompsms@upstate.edu,  315-464-5234.
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Pathway to Wellness announcements for April
• Salad Bar Challenge and Photo Booth- Post your photos to the Pathway to Wellness Facebook to  be entered in the PTW contest. Winners will be announced April 17.
• Monday Mile Walk with Dog- Monday, April 17 and 24at noon, Walk with Us series of walks at SU with Pet Partners. Walks begin in front of Schine Student Center.
• Kick Butts Day- The Tobacco-Free Task Force is planning events for both Upstate campus locations April 21. Downtown Campus events will be held from 10 to 11 a.m.; Community Campus will be held 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
• NYS Well Every Day Monthly Challenge- The NYS Well Every Day challenge for April is to strive to get seven hours sleep every night. Register and track your progress at Worklife.
• First or Next 5K- New York State Well Every Day is now offering the 5K program all year long.  You can complete a 5K multiple times and get multiple magnets. Visit Wellness for more information.
• Laughter is the Best Medicine- Tuesday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Health Sciences Library at Weiskotten Hall. A chance for everyone to lighten up and laugh a little.
• Therapy Thursday- Therapy dog visit will be held Thursday, April 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Health Sciences Library at Weiskotten Hall.
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Workers Memorial recognitions in April, May
Upstate’s Occupational Health and Clinical Centers will co-sponsor events in April and May to recognize Workers’ Memorial Week. The events are:
• Author Karen Messing, M.Sc., PhD, a geneticist turned ergonomist who shifted her focus from genes to women’s occupational health hazards is presenting two free, public lectures, “Invisible suffering: The reality of women’s health and safety on the job,” Tuesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in the Bundy Museum Annex, 129 Main St. Binghamton and Wednesday. April 19 at 7 p.m. at ArtRage – the Norton Putter Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave. Syracuse. Free and open to the public.
• A public gathering to honor 42 people known to have died in the region last year from work-related injuries. The public is invited to gather Friday, April 28 from noon to 1 p.m. in Clinton Square, Syracuse.
• A free, public artist talk by photographer Earl Dotter, is Monday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at ArtRage Gallery and Dotter’s exhibition, “At All Costs: Photographs of American Workers,” on display through May 20 at ArtRage Gallery.
For more information, email Dorothy Wigmore, wigmored@upstate.edu.
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Autism symposium to address research, treatment and advocacy efforts, April 18, 19
Best selling author and ABC news correspondent John Donvan is a keynote speaker at Upstate Medical University’s Autism Symposium 2017: Where We Are, Where We Are Going,” to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 18 and 19, in the 4th floor auditorium in the Academic Building. The symposium is free and open to the public. Day one of the symposium is geared to the general public. In addition to Donvan’s address, experts in the field of autism will offer an overview of the latest information on autism, including research, treatment and advocacy efforts. Day two of the symposium is geared to the scientific community and features the nation’s leading scientists in the field of autism research who will discuss their investigations and findings. Autism Symposium 2017 is presented by Upstate’s Program in Neuroscience and sponsored by the Department of Neuroscience & Physiology, Upstate Medical University. For the schedule of events, visit Neurosymposium.  Visit Neuroscience to register.  For more information, contact Wendi Burnette, 315-464-7752, burnettw@upstate.edu.
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R.S.V.P. by April 19 for Baldwin garden Party
A Garden Party to benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund and breast cancer research at Upstate will be held Saturday, May 13 from 5 to 10 p.m. under the tent at Buttonwood Grove Winery, State Route 89, Romulus. The event opens with a cocktail party (5 to 6 p.m.) and features a string quartet, dinner and silent auction (6 to 10 p.m.); and wine tasting. For information and individual tickets call 315-396-7456. For Upstate table reservations, contact Zanette Howe, 315-464-4836. RSVP by April 19.
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Think Green information tables April 19
Upstate’s Think Green team members will staff information tables to answer questions about sustainability initiatives at Upstate and in the community Wednesday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations: 2nd floor lobby, Downtown Campus; basement café, lobby, Community Campus; 9th floor Café lobby, Weiskotten Hall; and the lobby of Jacobsen Hall.
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Bruce Dearing Writing Awards reception is April 19
The 31st annual Bruce Dearing Writing Awards ceremony and reception will be held Wednesday, April 19 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium, Weiskotten Hall. Writers will read excerpts from their winning entries. A reception will follow. The awards competition and reception are sponsored by Upstate’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities. The Upstate community is invited to attend.
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SUNY’s Got Your Back Donation Drive ends April 21
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion seeks toiletry items, new or gently used handbags, and other comfort care items through April 21 as part of the SUNY’s Got Your Back Donation Drive event. Items will be donated to Vera House and other shelters throughout Onondaga County to support victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Donation box locations are as follows: Community Campus Cafeteria, Health Science Library, Geneva Towers, Jacobsen Hall, Weiskotten Hall, Upstate University Hospital, Campus Activities Building, 550 Harrison, Sarah Loguen Fraser Building and University Health Care Center. Questions? Call the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 315-464-5234 or email chambern@upstate.edu.
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RSVP for Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon by April 21
The Upstate community is invited to the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon in honor of Upstate’s dedicated volunteers Tuesday, May 2 at 11 a.m. at DoubleTree Hotel, 6301 State Rte. 298, East Syracuse. Lunch is $25 per person; free for volunteers. Deadline for reservations is Friday, April 21. For more information, contact Volunteer Services, 315-492-5571.
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Participate in Earth Day Clean Up April 22
The Downtown Committee of Syracuse is seeking volunteers to help clean up downtown Syracuse in celebration of Earth Day, April 22. Gloves, trash bags, a green T-shirt and lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Clean up times are staggered through the morning with the first group set to go out at 8:30 a.m. and the last at 11 a.m. To participate, contact the Downtown Committee at mail@downtownsyracuse.com or call 315-422-8284.
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Beneath the SurFACE movie premier is April 25
The premier of the Upstate documentary Beneath the SurFACE will be held Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Palace Theater on James Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; donations will be accepted. The documentary highlights head and neck cancer advocacy and awareness through art and education as part of the Upstate Cancer Center’s project called Beneath the SurFACE. The event will feature a question and answer session with the filmmakers as well as a live auction of new mask artwork. For more information on the event contact Matthew Capogreco at 315-464-3605 or capogrem@upstate.edu.
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National Laboratory Professionals Week celebrated April 23 to 29
In recognition of National Laboratory Professionals Week (April 23-29), the Department of Pathology will host information tables Monday, April 24, Tuesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor elevator lobby, Downtown Campus. Pathology staff will be available to discuss the profession and to provide information about Upstate’s Pathology laboratories and draw sites. To thank its laboratory professionals, the department will host a luncheon for its staff that will include remarks by Senator John DeFrancisco and an introduction by Robert Corona, DO, MBA. Upstate has more than 200 laboratory professionals who are dedicated to providing the highest level of laboratory services in support of a vast range of medical specialties at Upstate University Hospitals and throughout the Central New York community.
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Charles Ross Student Research Day is April 26
More than 130 students will participate in the Charles R. Ross Memorial Student Research Day on Wednesday, April 26, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. The event features four student presentations: Arijita Chakraborty, College of Graduate Studies; Diana Perez, College of Health Professions; Matthew Gumbleton, College of Medicine; and Laura Wellington, College of Nursing; a keynote address by Amita Sehgal, PhD, titled, “Biology of bedtime: Understanding circadian rhythms and sleep.” Sehgal, is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and the John Herr Professor of Neuroscience at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. A student poster session and reception will be held on the fourth floor of the Academic Building immediately following the afternoon presentations. For information contact Jennifer Brennan in the College of Graduate Studies at brennanj@upstate.edu or 464-4543.
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Gospel concert to support Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE) is April 29
The Christian Medical Fellowship will host a gospel concert fundraiser for the Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE) organization April 29 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in room 4414 B/C of the Academic Building. Featured performing groups include Syracuse’s Black Celestial Choir Ensemble, the Light of the World Congolese Choir, a praise team comprised of students from the college of medicine, the College of Health Professions, Syracuse University, and more. A suggested donation of $5 will be collected at the door. All profits will go directly to RISE. For more information, email Kadeeja Fredankey at fredankk@upstate.edu.
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Teen Volunteer Program applications available online
Upstate’s Teen Volunteer Program is open to applicants for both campuses. Applications are due March 31 by noon. Sessions will run July 10 to Aug. 18. Teens must be between the ages of 14 and 17; turning 14 by June 1. If your department is interested in hosting a teen volunteer, complete the request form available at Request a Volunteer. Questions? Call 315-464-5180.
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Medical Education Journal Club to meet May 1
Tom Poole, PhD, and Ann Botash, MD, will lead a discussion on the article by Michael Ross titled, “Conceptions of teaching: An illustrated review” at the Medical Education Journal Club meeting Monday, May 1 from noon to 1 p.m. in 9299 Weiskotten Hall. Lunch will be provided. R.S.V.P. by April 24 to Michele Henderson, hendermi@upstate.edu, 464-1681. The Faculty Medical Education Journal Club is presented by the Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development.
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Upstate Women’s Golf League seeks one new member and subs; league begins May 4
The Upstate Women’s Golf League seeks one permanent team member and people willing to sub.  The league begins May 4 and will meet Thursdays at 5 p.m. at Westvale Golf Club in Camillus. For more information or to join, contact either Pam Corbett at amelacorb@gmail.com or Laurel Evaleigh at LJE553@twcny.rr.com.
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Register for Strikes Against Stroke
Register for Strikes Against Stroke, to be held Friday, May 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Flamingo Bowl, 7239 Oswego Road., Liverpool. The eighth annual event features bumper bowling and ramps. Walk-ins are welcome. Proceeds will benefit Upstate’s Stroke Fund to support patient and family education, direct patient care needs and raising community awareness. To register, visit Strikes Against Stroke. For more information contact Upstate Foundation, 315-464-4416.
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Ninth Annual Cazenovia Hillbender Cycling Festival is May 6
The Ninth Annual Cazenovia Hillbender Cycling Festival will be held Saturday, May 6, starting at 9 a.m.  at Chittenango Falls State Park, Cazenovia.  Proceeds benefit Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital inclusive fitness programs for children and young adults with physical and developmental disabilities. To register, or for more information, visit Hillbender.
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Sixth Annual Kick Cancer Kickball Tournament is May 13
The Sixth Annual Kick Cancer Kickball Tournament to benefit the Upstate Cancer Center will be held Saturday, May 13 at the Syracuse Kickball Park, Rt. 57,  Liverpool. The event is open to the public. The cost is $25 per player and includes a minimum of two games, a free T-shirt and medals for winners. This is a co-ed event for ages 12 and up offers with two levels of play and a special division for Upstate-associated teams. To register, visit Kick Cancer. The event is co-hosted by The Syracue Sports Association and the Bacon Brigade, an Upstate employee fundraising group. For information, contact Doug Rosenthal, rosenthd@upstate.edu, 464-8881.
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