Pathway to Wellness announcements for April
• 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.
• 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:
• 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,
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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 or call 315-422-8284.
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Beneath the SurFACE movie premiere is April 25
The premiere 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
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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 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
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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,, 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 or Laurel Evaleigh at
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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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Reservations for Advocates annual meeting and luncheon due May 3
The annual meeting and luncheon of the Advocates for Upstate Medical University is Tuesday, May 9 at the Genesee Grande Hotel, 1060 East Genesee St., Syracuse. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The business meeting is at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon and program to follow at noon. John McCabe, MD, retired chief executive officer, Upstate University Hospital, will be honored at the luncheon. The cost is $10 for members; $15  for guests. Contact Susan York for an invitation, or call 4-5610. Deadline for reservations is Wednesday, May 3.
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Cazenovia Hillbender Cycling Festival is May 6 ~ volunteers needed
The Cazenovia Hillbender Cycling Festival will be held Saturday, May 6 starting at 9 a.m. in Chittenango Falls State Park, Cazenovia. Proceeds from this 38-mile race and 19-mile ride  will benefit the Madeline Cote Fund, held at the Upstate Foundation, that supports inclusive fitness programs for children and young adults with physical and developmental disabilities at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Registration and donation information online at Hillbender. Volunteers are needed to help out at the event. For more information or to volunteer, contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld, Upstate Foundation, or 315-464-4284.
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Sarah Loguen Fraser scholarship nominations due May 12
Upstate’s Medical Alumni Foundation is seeking nominations of first- and second-year medical students (Classes of 2020 and 2019) for its Sarah Loguen Fraser, MD, Class of 1876 Scholarship in the amount of $5,100.This scholarship recognizes students for their desire to provide service to the medically under-served. Students nominated must hold similar ideals to Dr. Sarah Loguen Fraser and the recipients should demonstrate leadership qualities and a willingness to give of themselves through volunteer work or other efforts that make a positive impact on the lives of others. For more information, or a nomination form, visit Medical Alumni. Nominations are due by May 12. Forms can be submitted online, by email to, faxed to 315-464-4360, or mailed to the Medical Alumni Office, Setnor Academic Building #1510.For more information, email
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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 Syracuse Sports Association and the Bacon Brigade, an Upstate employee fundraising group. For information, contact Doug Rosenthal,, 464-8881.
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