Card Access now required to enter Weiskotten Hall, Setnor Academic Building
Entrance into Weiskotten Hall and Sentor Academic Building will now require a swipe of an Upstate ID badge. For added safety and security, these entrances will be locked and only accessible by passing your ID badge over card access readers that have been placed at all exterior entrances of the two buildings. All guests and visitors should be directed to Weiskotten Hall’s main entrance, which will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Public Safety Officer at the main desk in the Weiskotten Hall lobby will be able to assist visitors get to where they are going. Additionally, the south entrance to Weiskotten Hall directly across from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center will only be open from 6 to 10 p.m. to allow access to the Health Sciences Library. During all other hours, this location will be secured and entry only available through card access.
Questions regarding the card access? Please contact the University Police at

Monday Mile walks are held every week
Monday Mile walks are held every Monday at noon in the main lobby of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. For indoor walking trails, visit For more information go to Monday Mile.

33rd Annual Dearing Writing Award Competition will accept entries through March 15
The Center for Bioethics and Humanities announces the 33rd annual writing award competition, open to all Upstate matriculated students, residents, employees and faculty. The competition is accepting submissions and for review until March 15. Entries can be quality fiction, essay, poetry or memoir. The subject matter is open. Individuals must submit two copies: one copy should have the writer’s name, address, telephone number, and category on it; students should indicate their college and class year. The second copy should include only the title and category with the work. Please note: one entry per writer, maximum of 2,500 words double-spaced for essays and fiction, and no more than 5 poems. Send entries to Jessica DeJohn Barbuto, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, via email at Winners will be announced and awards presented May 1. Winners will receive a monetary award. All submissions receive consideration for CBH’s annual journal, The Healing Muse.

Advocates accept departmental grant applications through Feb. 28
The Advocates for Upstate Medical University are accepting applications for grant funding through February. The deadline for submission is Feb. 28 at noon. All departments and programs affiliated with Upstate Medical University on all campuses are eligible to apply for funding to be used between June 1, 2019, and May 31, 2020. The Advocates 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 The Advocates website or contact Advocates Administrative Coordinator Jonathan Adler at 315-464-5610.

Coffee With the CEO dates and times announced for March, April
Please join Upstate University Hospital CEO Robert Corona, DO, MBA, for a brief presentation, coffee and conversation. RSVP to confirm attendance here:
Wednesday, March 6
6:30 to 7:30 a.m.- Cancer Center Atrium or noon to 1 p.m.- Cancer Center Atrium
Tuesday, March 12
4 to 5 p.m. – Cancer Center Atrium
Thursday, March 21
8 to 9 a.m.- Classroom A/B or 3 to 4 p.m.- Classroom A/B
Friday, April 5
8 to 9 a.m.- Community Room or 1 to 2 p.m.- Community Room
Thursday, April 11
7 to 8 a.m., 1 to 2 to p.m. or 4 to 5 p.m. All sessions take place in the Upstate Cancer Center Atrium.

Schwartz Center Rounds is March 5
“Cultural Clashes in Healthcare: You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello” will be the topic of the Schwartz Center Rounds Tuesday, March 5 at noon in the first floor conference room of the Upstate Cancer Center. CMEs and a light lunch are provided. Target audience is physicians, nurses, clinicians, housekeeping, security, nutritionists, therapists. Schwartz Center Rounds are presented by the Center for Spiritual Care. For more information contact, Chaplain Brigid Dunn, M.Div, BCC, at

CNY Biotech Accelerator hosts presentation on startups March 7
A presentation onHow Do SBIRs Fit into a Startup Company’s Strategy will be offered by the CNY Biotech Accelerator March 7 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at 841 E. Fayette Street. Presenter is James A. Monroe, PhD, or ALLVAR. Program Hosts include Blackstone LaunchPad, Syracuse University; CNY Biotech Accelerator, Upstate Medical University; Syracuse University Office of Technology Transfer. RSVP to: One can also attend via webex. If attending Indicate on RSVP that you will participate from off-site location. Instructions will be send in advance of the program on how view online.

Spiritual Care Journal Club is March 13
Spiritual Care Journal Club will be held March 13 from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. in 1317 Upstate University Hospital Downtown Campus. The HealthCare Chaplaincy Network White Paper “The Chaplaincy Taxonomy: Standardizing Spiritual Care Terminology’”will be discussed. Copies are available in the Center for Spiritual Care UH 1224 or send an email request to All are welcome. Bring your lunch. For more information, call 315-464-4236.

President’s Convocation award nominations due April 1
Nominations are sought for the 2019 President’s Convocation Awards now through April 1 in the following categories: Advancement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Excellence in Library Science, Excellence in Professional Service, Excellence in Faculty Service, Excellence and Leadership in Research, Excellence in Basic Research by a Young Investigator, Excellence in Clinical Research by a Young Investigator, Excellence in Teaching, and Outstanding Voluntary Faculty. Awards will be presented at Fall Faculty Convocation. Nominations for all award categories, except Voluntary Faculty and the Binghamton Teaching Awards, will be done electronically. No hard copies will be accepted.To nominate,  The nomination period will run from Jan.7 to April 1. No nominations will be accepted after April 1. Submission Voluntary Faculty nominations will be accepted in paper form only. For Voluntary Faculty nomination forms, contact Margaret Bourke at or 315-464-4520. Nominations for Voluntary Faculty are to be submitted to the respective college dean by April 1.

Works by local artists and artisans sought
The Advocates for Upstate Medical University is seeking donations of works by local artists and artisans to auction at its 21st annual Mystery, Malt and Merlot fundraiser to benefit The Upstate EMS Program and the Clark Burn Center. Artwork valued at $50 or more will be prominently displayed at the event’s Art Walk. Donor names also will appear in the event program booklet. The event will be held Friday, April 12, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Oncenter Ballroom, 800 S. State St., Syracuse. Items will be accepted through March 15. To donate or for more information, contact Jonathon Adler,, 315-464-5610. Advocates for Upstate Medical University is a volunteer membership organization supporting healthcare and scholarship through fundraising and service.

Memorial Mass cards are available at Upstate
Memorial Mass cards are available and support the Father Al Bebel Spiritual Care Fund. To receive a card, call the Center for Spiritual Care at 315-464-4687 or the Upstate Foundation at 315-464-7853.

Save-the-Date: Employee Recognition Day is June 27
Employee Recognition Day will be held Thursday, June 27 at the OnCenter. A list of honorees and detailed event information will be forthcoming.