Employee Recognition Day moved to Sept. 6
Upstate’s Employee Recognition Day will be celebrated this year on Sept. 6 at the Oncenter. The date change was necessary to accommodate the United States Bowling Congress that is underway at the Oncenter. Further details will be forthcoming.
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Volunteers sought for New York State Fair
Volunteers are sought to represent Upstate at the Great New York State Fair. All shifts are during weekends and Labor Day. Each shift is four hours long, and participants will receive an admission ticket, parking pass and t-shirt. To volunteer, sign up at: State Fair Volunteers.

Backpacks, school supplies, and volunteers sought for Mary Nelson’s Youth Day Barbecue
Donations of new or gently used backpacks and school supplies will be accepted now through Aug. 3 at several locations throughout campus for the Mary Nelson Youth Day Barbecue to be held Saturday, Aug. 18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the corner of South Salina Street and Wood Avenue in Syracuse. For a listing of collection boxes, visit Volunteers are sought to help at the event. To volunteer, call Mary Nelson at 422-5690.

Upstate wristband color standardization underway
Upstate is standardizing the process for color coded wristbands used to identify and communicate patient-specific risk factors. Alert wristbands do not replace appropriate review of patient medical records. Epic is the most current and reliable source of patient information. Allergy alert wristbands will no longer be used. For more information, email Pam Haines at
Fall Risk—yellow band with black lettering
Limb Alert—pink band with black lettering
DNR—purple band with white lettering
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Student Admissions to host sessions on health careers July 27 and Aug. 3
Student Admissions will host information sessions for prospective students interested in learning more about careers and educational opportunities in the fields of: medical imaging, radiation therapy, physical therapy and physician assistant—in addition to admission requirements and the application process. All sessions will be held at 2 p.m.; specific locations will be forthcoming. The schedule is as follows: Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy:July 27, Aug. 3, Physical Therapy: July 27, Physician Assistant: July 27. For more information, email Wendy Meyer-Wilson at See schedule here .

Community Campus Blood Drive is July 30 and 31
The Community Campus blood drive will be held Monday, July 30 from 12 to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, July 31 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the cafeteria at the Community Campus.Registration will be held Tuesday, July 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Community Cafeteria.To schedule an appointment in advance, call Upstate Connect at 464-8668 or email
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Immune Health Services outreach on HIV prevention is Aug. 10
Immune Health Services will offer information on HIV prevention, including the New York State Department of Health’s Undetectable=Untransmittable campaign and pre-exposure prophylaxis—PrEP, Aug. 10 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the second-floor lobby of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. Questions? Call Kelley Flood at 315-464-5536.

Team Upstate team captain kickoff lunch for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is Aug. 16
Team Upstate seeks captains for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, to be held Oct. 14 at the SRC Arena at SUNY Onondaga Community College. The Team Upstate team captain kickoff lunch will be held Aug. 16 from noon to 1 p.m. in the first-floor conference room at Upstate Cancer Center. Team captains are asked to fill out the survey here. The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer seeks team captains. The American Cancer Society team captain kickoff breakfast will be held Aug. 7 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Museum of Science and Technology. R.S.V.P. is required by Aug. 1 to
Sign up for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer here. For more information, contact Mathew Capogreco at or 315-464-3605.

Volunteers sought for United Way Pump it Forward Friday Aug. 17
Upstate volunteers are sought to pump gas and wash windshields for the United Way’s Pump it Forward Friday Aug. 17 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Byrne Dairy on Thompson Road. Five percent of all gas sales and tips benefit the United Way’s Young Leaders program, of which Upstate is a partner. To volunteer, call 464-5671.

Cans for Cancer seeks volunteers
Cans for Cancer—a bottles and cans collection program that benefits Upstate Cancer Center, the Carol M. Baldwin Fund, and Real Men Wear Pink—seeks collection volunteers during the New York State Fair. There are a limited number of free tickets for those who sign up to the Blake Shelton concert at the Dick’s Open Aug. 17. To volunteer, sign up here.

Volunteers needed for genetic child behavior research study
Biological parents of a child between the ages of six to 12 years, may be eligible to participate in an Upstate research study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Drs. Stephen Faraone and Stephen Glatt are studying new ways of classifying mental health disorders in children and looking to change the way that psychiatric disorders are understood and diagnosed in the future. To do this, genetic variation and basic cognitive abilities within families will be analyzed. The goal is to provide a better basis for a new diagnostic system that is less subjective than what is currently used. The plan is to recruit about 700 families (2,800 individuals), looking at a broad spectrum of childhood behaviors, from those children who are developing typically with no mental health concerns, and also those who may have any mental health concerns or behavioral problems. Parents and their children will complete a series of questionnaires and computer-based tasks, and provide a blood sample for genetic analysis. The study procedure takes up to three hours for the family. Each participant will be financially compensated. For more information and to enroll in the study, call Pat Forken at 315-464-5619.
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Blood donations needed  to test new diagnostic screening for hepatitis A virus
The Center for Global Health and Translational Science is looking for healthy participants ages 22 and older to give a blood donation to help test a new diagnostic test for hepatitis A virus. Compensation of $25 is offered. Appointments take place in the Clinical Research Unit, Institute for Human Performance. Scheduling is flexible and parking is provided. To schedule an appointment or inquire about trials, call 315-464-9869 or email
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