Nominations sought for Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service
Nominations are sought for the 2018-2019 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. Nominations are due by Friday, Feb. 1 and may be sent to Megan Chase, Human Resources-OTD, 417 Jacobsen Hall, or via email at The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service, created by The State University of New York, recognizes state classified service employees represented by CSEA, PEF and PBA of NYS for excellence and superior service. For additional information visit:

Public Health Grand Rounds on National Diabetes Prevention Program is Feb. 7
Parul D. Rahbari, MPH, project officer at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotions, and Susan Millstein, LCSW, MPH, manager of the Bureau of Community Chronic Disease Prevention at the New York State Department of Health, will present The National Diabetes Prevention Program Thursday, Feb. 7 at 12:15 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Public Health and Preventive Medicine Grand Rounds are available via webinar. To register, visit  For more information, email Alyssa Indelicato at

Monday Mile walks are Feb. 11, 18 and 25
Monday Mile walks are held every Monday, including Feb. 11, 18 and 25 at noon in the main lobby of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. For indoor walking trails, visit Visit Monday Mile, for more information.

Leadership Insights kickoff event is Feb. 12
A special reception featuring leadership insights from Interim President Dr. Mantosh Dewan, CEO Dr. Robert Corona and special inspirational guest Syracuse University Football Coach Dino Babers, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12 on the fourth floor of the Academic Building. Academic Building access is found in the first floor corridor of Weiskotten Hall. A reception begins at 3:30 p.m. with refreshments, followed by a brief program at 4 p.m. The event will be streamed and simultaneously celebrated at Community Campus Room A and B.

Black History Month celebration is Feb. 13
A Black History Month celebration will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Campus Activities Building. Interim President Mantosh Dewan, MD, will offer a welcome and City of Syracuse Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens will provide the keynote address—Where I Come From and Why I Love Syracuse. A free luncheon catered by Creole Soul will follow the program. Kayla Green, student at Jamesville-DeWitt High School, will perform. Employee awards will be presented to Cassandra Bradford, Joslin Diabetes Center; Taia Jones-Lucas, Community Campus; and posthumously to William (Don) Terry III. Community awards will be presented to City of Syracuse Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens and Natividad Cabrera of Synergy/Mercy Works. For more information, call Diversity and Inclusion at 315-464-5234. (See article in this issue for more information.)

Magnet Designation Education Extravaganza is Feb. 14
The Magnet Designation Education Extravaganza will be held Thursday, Feb. 14 in five locations. The event is open to the Upstate community and will offer information about Upstate’s work toward Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. For more information, email Nicole Harf at The schedule for Feb. 14 is as follows:
—Downtown Campus from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Room 1403
—Community Campus from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Community Room
—UHCC from 9 to 11 a.m., Fifth Floor Conference Room
—550 Harrison from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
—Joslin Diabetes Center from 2 to 4 p.m., Conference Room

SNMA Black History Month Gala is Feb. 15
The Student National Medical Association will host the annual Black History Month Gala Feb. 15 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Marriot Syracuse Downtown, 100 E. Onondaga St. Tickets are $25 for students; $40 for faculty and staff.

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 SUNY 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.

Retirement reception for Karen Coty is Feb. 22
A retirement reception for Karen Coty will be held Friday, Feb. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. in 9299 Weiskotten Hall. Coty currently serves as IACUC coordinator and has previously served in administrative positions in the Office of the Provost and Graduate Medical Education. The Upstate community is welcome.

Blood drive is Feb. 27
A blood drive will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the atrium of the Setnor Academic Building. To schedule an appointment, visit Walk ins are welcome.

Heart Walk team captains sought; event is March 23
Team Upstate seeks motivated individuals to serve as team captains for the 2019 American Heart Association Heart Walk, March 23 at Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike. Team captains coordinate their department’s participation in the event. Team Upstate has been a top team for the past 21 years due, in large part, to the efforts of its team captains. To become a team captain or for more information, email Becca at or Beth at

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.

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.