Pathway to Wellness announcements
• Monday Mile walkers: meet at noon on July 24 and 31 in the Downtown Campus main lobby to walk outside on nice days and inside on poor weather days.
• The Quit Smoking café is closed in July.  For help to quit smoking, contact Theresa Hankin,  or Carol Walczak for more info.
Visit Pathway to Wellness for more information or “like us” on Pathway to Wellness Facebook.
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Backpacks, school supplies, volunteers needed for Youth Day Barbecue
Donations of school supplies and/or new or gently used backpacks are being accepted through July 28 for the 16th Annual Mary Nelson Youth Day Barbecue. The barbecue will be held Aug. 19 to help area children-in-need prepare for the school year. For collection box locations and more information visit Donations. To volunteer at the Youth Day Barbecue, contact Becca Pesci, 315-464-4836,
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Upstate staff and students welcome to apply for service trip to Africa
Upstate staff and students are welcome to apply for a service trip to Ghana, Africa, Nov. 10 to 21 with the group Americans Serving Abroad Projects. For more information, visit Be the Change or email Lauri Rupracht,
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Blood Drives are July 20, 21 and Aug. 1, 2
Sign up to donate blood at Upstate’s blood drives. The drives will be held:
•Thursday, July 20, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Second floor cafeteria, Downtown Campus
•Friday, July 21. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Second floor cafeteria, Downtown Campus.
• Tuesday, and Wednesday, Aug. 1 and 2.  Community Campus.
Sign up at 315-464-6755 or
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A Run for their Life Kickoff Lunch is July 26
Carol M. Baldwin’s A Run for their Life seeks team captains for the Oct. 1 event to be held at Veterans Memorial Park at Gillie Lake. Team Upstate seeks team captains to help coordinate participants. Team Upstate has been the largest team the past three years. A Kickoff Lunch will be held Wednesday, July 26 from noon to 1 p.m. in the conference rooms at Upstate Cancer Center. Interested individuals are encouraged to complete a survey at A Run for their Life.  For more information or to sign up, visit Carol Baldwin.
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College of Nursing dean search open forum is July 27
The first in a series of College of Nursing dean search Open Forums will be held Thursday, July 27 from noon to 1 p.m. in 1143 Academic Building. One candidate for the position of dean of the College of Nursing will present, followed by a question and answer session. The names of the candidates will be held in confidence until 48 hours prior to each forum, and will then be posted on the website dedicated to the dean search at Search. As qualified candidates emerge, additional forums will be scheduled. The forum is open to members of the Upstate Medical University community only.
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Upstate Cancer Center Grand Rounds is July 28
The Upstate Cancer Center is presenting the first of a series of Grand Rounds Friday, July 28 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Upstate Cancer Center Administration Conference Rooms (C1076 A/B/C.) Thomas Loughran, Jr., MD, director, University of Virginia Cancer Center, will present “Pathogenesis of LGL Leukemia.” The Grand Rounds series will offer the newest information in the multi-disciplinary approach to patient care. To RSVP or for more information, contact Heidi Chapman, 315-464-6065.
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Nominations for annual Nancy Calhoun Award due Aug. 1
Nominations for Upstate’s Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Training Porgram honors the memory of its first chair of the CPE Professional Advisory Council Nancy Calhoun, CSW, with the annual Nancy Calhoun Award. Previous recipients include Joyce Mackessey and Rhonda Butler. To nominate a colleague, send a paragraph to Rev. Terry Culbertson at by Aug. 1. For more information, call 315-464-4236.
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Ribbon cutting ceremony for Dazzle Gifts on the Hill is Aug. 3
The Upstate community is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony for Dazzle Gifts on the Hill, the new Community Campus gift shop located in the main lobby. The ceremony, to be held Thursday, Aug. 3 at noon, will include free give-aways to the first 100 customers and a drawing for gift certificates. The gift shop features flowers, toys cards, baby gifts, jewelry, apparel, fresh coffee, local pastries & Brooklyn Pickle food. Dazzle is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Concept to Commercialization Boot Camp, Aug. 3 and 4
Concept to Commercialization Boot Camp is a series of three two-day workshops featuring over 40 speakers. The first will be held Aug. 3 and 4 in the new Upstate MIND Theater at CNY Biotech Accelerator, 841 E. Fayette St., Syracuse, NY. Presentations will be geared toward medical device, but topics are of value to any innovation commercialization interest. Discounts are available for those attending all three workshops, as well as for start-up companies and students. There are a limited number of fee-waived registrations available for students and early innovators who have limited funding. If you would like to request a registration waiver, email your request to Register online at Boot Camp. For more information, visit Biotech Accelerator.
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Volunteers sought for Upstate exhibit at State Fair
Individuals are needed to volunteer at Upstate’s exhibit at the Great New York State Fair. All shifts are on weekends and Labor Day. Each shift is four hours. Participants will receive an admission ticket, parking pass and t-shirt. Sign up online (first come first served) at State Fair and select your preferred time slot. The 2017 Great New York State Fair will be held  Aug. 23 through Sept. 4. Questions? Email Darcy DiBiase
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Waleed Javaid, MD, to discuss Lyme disease at Nursing Grand Rounds, Aug. 15
Waleed Javaid, MD, director of Infection Control at Upstate, will present “Lyme Disease Overview and Prevalence in CNY: Implications for Upstate Nursing” on Tuesday, August 15 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Performance Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The presentation will be streamed live to Classroom A & B at Community Campus. The program is targeted to all nursing and interprofessional staff to provide the most current information on Lyme disease to promote disease prevention, and quality nursing care for patients who present with Lyme disease. Registration is not required. 1.0 contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE. For more information, contact Ellen Albanese at or 464-9443.
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Human Resources announcements
• The Upstate Human Resources Benefits Office has prepared a summary of information for both New York state and SUNY Research Foundation employees outlining life changes and how they relate to your benefits. It is important to contact your local campus Benefits Office when you have life changes. Each summary provides a list of examples, along with deadlines of when such events and changes need to be reported to your local campus Benefits Office. The summaries have been prepared for informational purposes only and are subject to change. The summaries will not convey, grant, or guarantee any benefit(s) or employment right(s). Both New York state employees and SUNY Research Foundation employee Life Changes and Your Benefits summaries can be found at Benefits.
• Two pre-retirement planning information sessions for members of the SUNY Optional Retirement Program (ORP) will be held Thursday, Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. The sessions are open to those who are within five years of retirement and are a member of the SUNY ORP. Members need to attend only one session. Advisors will be available to answer questions regarding retirement plans and other investment questions (when to start collecting social security, investment options, what level of funds are needed for retirement and retirement distribution options). Preregister (required) by Sept. 11 by visiting OTD. Supervisory approval is required to attend a full session.
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Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America exhibit open now
The Historical Collections of the Health Sciences Library is hosting Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America, an exhibit curated by the National Library of Medicine, now through Aug. 11 in the main lobby of the Health Sciences Library. Meals can tell us how power is exchanged between and among different peoples, races, genders, and classes. Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America looks at the Chesapeake region during the early colonial era, where European settlers relied upon indentured servants, Native Americans, and African slave labor for life-saving knowledge of farming and food acquisition, and to gain economic prosperity. It is through the labor of slaves, like those at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, that we can learn about the ways that meals transcend taste and sustenance. A digital gallery of 18th-century materials on food, botany, health, and housekeeping from the NLM collection is available at U.S. National Library of Medicine.
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