Donate to the Ecuador Earthquake Relief Effort
Donations are being accepted by the Upstate Foundation for Upstate’s Ecuador Earthquake Relief Effort. Upstate has a long-standing relationship with Ecuador through its Center for Global Health & Translational Science, where researchers collaborate with their Ecuadorian colleagues on infectious disease studies. Upstate’s lead researcher and her field team there have mobilized to help with relief efforts and will oversee the fund to ensure that the donations will be used where most needed. Visit Ecuador Effort to donate.
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Community Campus Blood Drive registration, April 28
Appointments to donate blood at the Community Campus Blood Drive can be made Thursday, April 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Community Campus cafeteria. The blood drive will be held Tuesday, May 3 from noon to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, May 4 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in dining rooms 1 and 2 in the Community Campus cafeteria. Appointments may also be made in advance by calling the Blood Bank (492-5287); Upstate Connect (464-8668); or through email (
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Retirement Reception for Rose Thomas is April 28
The Upstate community is invited to a retirement reception for Rose Thomas, Thursday, April 28 from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Eastwood Atrium of Setnor Academic Building. Thomas has provided dedicated service in the Department of Surgery for 29 years, working in various roles for the department and as the residency program administrator since May 1999.
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10th Annual International Festival, April 29
The International Student Association will host its 10th annual International Festival Friday, April 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. on the 9th Floor of Weiskotten Hall. The event features international performances and cuisine to celebrate Upstate Medical University’s cultural diversity.
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Awards program and film highlight Workers’ Memorial recognition
Upstate’s Occupational Health Clinical Centers join several community organizations in paying tribute to the memory of workers who were killed or injured on the job with two Workers’ Memorial Day recognition events.
• A Workers’ Memorial Day breakfast awards program will be held Friday, April 29 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Pensabene’s Casa Grand, 135 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse. Included among the awards to be presented is the Bob Tompkins Award for Life-time achievement for health and safety activisim, to be presented by Michael Lax, MD, MPH, OHCC medical director.  Tickets are $25 per person. Checks are payable to Family Medicine Medical Service Group and should be sent to Occupational Health Clinical Center, 6712 Brooklawn Parkway, Syracuse, NY 13211.
• A free viewing of the award-winning film, “A Day’s Work” followed by a panel discussion and Q & A session with the film’s Executive Director Dave DeSario, will be held Tuesday, May 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Legal Services of CNY, 1st floor meeting room, 221 S. Warren St., Syracuse. The event is sponsored by the Occupational Health Clinical Centers, the CNY Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO, the Workers Center of Central New York, and others. Donations will be accepted at the door. For more information and to R.S.V.P., visit Days Work.
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Deadline for On My Own Time artwork is May 4
May 4 is the deadline to submit artwork for Upstate’s On My Own Time (OMOT) art show, to be held May 6 through May 31 in the Health Sciences Library, Weiskotten Hall. Art categories include painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, fiber art, printmaking, metal work, jewelry, color and black and white photography, glasswork, mixed media, collage/assemblage, computer art, woodwork. OMOT showcases workforce creativity throughout Central New York businesses. Anyone affiliated with Upstate is welcome to participate but only the artwork of Upstate employees and retirees will be judged. Artwork can be dropped off beginning April 29 at the Health Sciences Library. For more information or to submit artwork, email Olivia Tsistinas, or Clare Rauch,
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Reservations for Advocates annual luncheon due May 4
Upstate President Dr. Danielle Laraque-Arena will speak at the annual meeting and luncheon of The Advocates for Upstate Medical University Tuesday, May 10 at the Genesee Grande Hotel, 1060 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.; the meeting at 11:45 a.m. with the luncheon and program to begin at noon. The cost is  $10 for members; $15 for guests. The program includes check presentations to the Upstate Foundation for the Pediatric Emergency Department and to Howard Weinstein M., and Nancy Daoust of the Community Campus for The Upstate Community Campus Family Birth Center Postpartum Unit, the key recipient of the Advocates’ Mystery, Malt & Merlot fundraiser. The Upstate community is invited to attend the annual luncheon. To receive an invitation, e-mail Susan York, The deadline for reservations is May 4.
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Yoga every Wednesday begins May 4
Two 25-minute yoga classes will be offered Wednesdays, beginning May 4 from 11:30 to 11:55 a.m. and from noon to 12:25 p.m. in the Solarium of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Bring a mat, wear comfortable clothing. For more information, email Debbie DeLaney Finger,
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Cinco de Mayo celebration to benefit Healing Harmonies performances at Cancer Center is May 5
Upstate Cancer Center will co-present “Cinco de Mayo Celebration” Thursday, May 5 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Upstate Cancer Center. The event will feature live music, appetizers and wine, prize drawings, tours of the Cancer Center and more. Tickets are $45 per person, or two for $80. All proceeds and donations will support Healing Harmonies music performances at the Upstate Cancer Center. Tickets can be purchased online at Symphoria or by calling 315-299-5598, extension 201.
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Strikes Against Stroke is May 6
Register for Strikes Against Stroke, Upstate’s annual bowling event to benefit the Upstate Stroke Fund, to be held Friday, May 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Flamingo Bowl, 7239 Oswego Road, Liverpool. The evening will include a silent auction. Bumper bowling; ramps are available. Walk-ins are welcome. To register, visit Strikes Against Stroke. For more information, call 464-8668.

Cookout event to benefit Upstate Cancer Center, May 6
Visit Upstate’s Central Receiving/CWB Loading Dock at the Downtown Campus on Friday, May 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Central Receiving’s 1st “Lunch at the Dock” fundraising event to benefit the Upstate Cancer Center. The menu includes a combination of or single-item picnic foods, with prices ranging from $1 to $6.
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8th Annual Cazenovia Hillbender Cycling Festival is May 7
The 8th Annual Cazenovia Hillbender Cycling Festival will be held Saturday, May 7 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, visit Hillbender. For more information, contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld at or 464-4284.
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Pathway to Wellness upcoming events
The NYS Well Every Day challenge for May is “I Can Do 100.” Use the number 100 and apply it to healthy behaviors in physical activity, healthy eating and solutions for managing stress. For example, try to do 100 arm circles, 100 stair steps on an afternoon break or throughout your day, 100 seconds to jog in place or hold a yoga pose for 100 seconds. State employees can register online and everyone else can track their monthly challenge on their own. For more ideas and to register for the May challenge, visit Well NYS.
• The Quit Smoking Café will be open Thursday, May 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center. The cafe will feature tips on how to quit smoking and smoking cessation support. Suzanne Brisk, Pathway to Wellness coordinator, will be available to answer questions. The Quit Smoking Café is held on the first Thursday of each month at Upstate Cancer Center. For more information about Upstate’s Smoking Cessation program, visit Clear the Air.
• A six-week Eat Right, Move, Lose- Slimming into Summer session, to be held at various locations throughout campus, is a behavior focused weight loss, weight management program. Participate in a group setting or in private on Facebook. Classes are 20 minutes and include a weigh-in, education and a few minutes of exercise. For more information, or to request an invitation to join, email
• A Weight Watchers at Upstate Open House will be held Tuesday, May 10 from noon to 12:45 p.m. in 115A, C.A.B. For more information, contact Ginny Russell at or 464-4042.
• Taste and Try events will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 at Community Campus Café and on Thursday, May 19 at Café 750, Downtown Campus. Morrison Health care manages the café services and will feature a different super food each month with a recipe and nutrition information. Contact Maureen Franklin, RD,, for more information.
• Pathway to Wellness and  Upstate’s Trauma Services Program will hold a helmet sale Tuesday, May 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the second floor gold elevator lobby at Downtown Campus and on Wednesday, May 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Community Campus cafeteria. Helmets will be available for purchase at $10 each, cash only. Pathway to Wellness will have information available on trails and maps  Upstate’s Trauma Services Program will help with the sizing of helmets. For more information, call Michelle Lewis at 464-4773.
• The 3.5-mile Chase Corporate Challenge will be held Tuesday, June 7, beginning 6:25 a.m. at Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool. Runners of all levels and walkers are welcome. Visit Corporate Challenge website to register to participate on Upstate’s team. Upstate individuals must be 18 years of age or older and actively employed and paid by Upstate Medical University/University Hospital for a minimum of 25 hours per week for at least three months prior to race day. For more information, contact Suzanne Brisk at
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Upstate Presidential Inauguration now online
Visit inauguration for the video and photographs of the inauguration ceremony of President Danielle Laraque Arena, MD, held April 15 at the Oncenter in downtown Syracuse.
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Rahma Health Clinic Health and Wellness Fair is May 14
The Rahma Health Clinic will host a free community Health and Wellness Fair Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rahma Health Clinic, 3100 S. Salina Street. The Fair will offer educational materials, health-related giveaways, and free health screenings for chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer and high blood pressure. Health care professionals will be available to answer questions about preventive medicine, To learn more about the Rahma Health Clinic and to keep up to-date with business hours and events, call 565-5667 or visit the Rahma Facebook page.
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7th Annual DU the Lakes Duathlon & 5k is May 14
The 7th Annual DU the Lakes Duathlon & 5k will be held Saturday, May 14 at Green Lakes State Park, Fayetteville.  Proceeds benefit the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital inclusive fitness programs for children and young adults with physical and developmental disabilities. To register, visit Lakes. For more information, contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld at or 464-4284.
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R.S.V.P. by May 16 for Employee Recognition Day
Employee Recognition Day will take place Thursday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter Complex, 800 S. State St., Syracuse. The ceremony and luncheon recognize employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of service as of June 30, 2016. Eligible employees will receive an invitation sent through interoffice mail. All employees being recognized who are scheduled to work, and who attend the ceremony/luncheon, will not be required to charge their accruals. Invited guests are asked to R.S.V.P. by Monday, May 16 by calling 464-3734. For more information and shuttle bus service schedules, visit ERD or call the ERD hotline at 464-3734.
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2nd Annual Transplant Golf Tournament is June 5
The 2nd Annual Transplant Golf Tournament will be held Sunday, June 5 at Cortland Country Club. Proceeds benefit Upstate University Transplant Services.  To register, visit Go Fund. For more information, contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld at or 464-4284.
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2nd Annual AnJel’s Fund Golf Tournament is June 11
The 2nd Annual AnJel’s Golf Tournament will be held Sunday, June 11 at Marcellus Golf Club, Marcellus. Proceeds benefit the Upstate Cancer Center AnJel Fund for Young Women with Breast Cancer. To register, visit AnJel’s Fund. For more information, contact Karianne Kosdrosky at AnJel’ or 560-2292.
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