Leon Festival to celebrate the start of summer
Upstate is a sponsor of the second annual Leon Festival, a celebration of the half-way point to the winter holidays and the start of summer. The event will be held Thursday, June 25 from 5 to 10 p.m. at Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool. It includes live music all night with a special performance by Kidz Bop; fireworks over the lake; the Lights on the Lake display; a family fun zone, magicians/face painters, and more. For more information, visit Leon Festival.
Return to top>

Coffee with the CEO is June 26
Coffee with Upstate University Hospital CEO John McCabe, MD, will be held Friday, June 26. 8:30 a.m. Suite 301, Classroom C, Upstate Bone and Joint Center, 6620 Fly Road, East Syracuse. RSVP your interest to
Return to top>

Retirement reception for Joseph “Joe” Smith is June 29
A retirement reception for Joseph “Joe” Smith, director of Educational Communications, will be held Monday, June 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Eastwood Atrium of Setnor Academic Building. Smith retires with 36 years of service. The Upstate community is welcome to attend.
Return to top>

Campus Purchasing’s fiscal year ends June 30; requisitions due
The State’s fiscal year 2014-2015 ends June 30. Taking into consideration possible delays in campus mail, departments are asked to plan accordingly. State requisitions for current year State funding must be submitted as soon as possible. Requisitions received after June 30 must be charged against new year funding.  Campus Purchasing will not be able to back date requisitions if received after June 30.
Return to top>

Advocates seeking applications for Nellie Hurley scholarship by June 30
Applications for the fall semester are being accepted for The Advocates for Upstate Medical University’s Nellie Hurley scholarship for tuition and related expenses assistance. Employees and adult volunteers who are pursuing undergraduate studies in an accredited institution in any health-related field are eligible to apply. An application is available at The Advocates or by contacting Susan York,, 464-5610. The deadline to apply is noon June 30.
Return to top>

Applications for Patil endowment awards due July 3
Umeschandra Patil Family Pediatric Nursing Endowment Education and Enrichment Award applications are now available. The awards support educational activities for pediatric nurses. Applications are due by July 3.  See your unit manager or contact Sarah Irish at for more information.
Return to top>

Holiday hours announced
• Parking: Upstate shuttle lots and the Community and Downtown campus Parking Offices will close Friday, July 3, in observance of the holiday. Shuttle service at the Downtown Campus or between the two campuses will not be available on July 3.  Shuttle and Community Campus parkers may park in the Garage West on this day. Patient Valet service will be available on July 3.
• C.A.B. recreational facilities: Open: Friday, July 3, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Closed: Saturday, July 4; Open: Sunday July 5, noon to 6 p.m. Normal hours of operation resume Monday, July 6.  Call 464-5618 with questions.
• Health Sciences Library: Friday, July 3: early closing at 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 4: closed. Normal hours of operation resume Sunday, July 5.
Return to top>

GOER issues advisory on July 4 holiday
The Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) has advised that another day will not be designated to be observed as a holiday by New York State employees in lieu of Saturday July 4.
• Full time New York State and Research Foundation employees: All Upstate units and departments will continue on a regular schedule unless a department directs otherwise. Employees who are entitled to observe holidays, and for whom July 4th is a regular day off, will be credited with compensatory time off in lieu of the holiday. If required to work on July 4, employees will be paid holiday pay or granted holiday compensatory time off. If a department closes on July 3, employees who opt to take the day off must charge appropriate leave credits to remain in a paid status. Employees who wish to work on these days must be permitted to do so if it is a normally scheduled workday. Departments should follow their customary and appropriate procedure for approving or denying time off requests. New York State and Research Foundation employees who have any questions may contact the Payroll Office, 464-4840.
• Part-time New York State and Research Foundation employees who are eligible to observe holidays are entitled to observe only those holidays that fall on days when they are regularly scheduled to work or actually do work. If eligible part-time New York State Classified Service (CSEA and PEF represented only) employees do not work on Saturday, July 4th, but are regularly scheduled to work on Friday, July 3rd, they will be credited with holiday leave equivalent to the number of hours in their regular Friday schedule, not to exceed 7.5 or 8 hours.
Return to top>

Weight Watchers at Downtown Campus begins July 7
Upstate employees have lost more than 250 pounds so far in their first session of Weight Watchers at Upstate. The second session begins Tuesday, July 7. Meetings are held each Tuesday at noon in the Campus Activities Building. The program runs for 17 weeks and the cost is $186 per person. The cost includes free registration and 19 weeks of Weight Watchers online. Employees can pay in one of two ways: three split payments with check (three checks $62 each due at registration) they deposit on weeks 1, 5 and 9; or one payment with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, check or cash. Those interested in attending Weight Watchers meetings at Downtown Campus should contact Gina Relyea at or Ginny Russell at
Return to top>

Volunteers and school supplies needed for Youth Day Barbecue
Volunteers and donations are needed for the Mary Nelson Youth Day Barbecue, to be held Saturday, Aug. 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the corner of South Salina Street and Wood Avenue in Syracuse.
• Donations of new or gently used backpacks and school supplies will be accepted July 6 through July 24 at collection boxes located throughout campus. Visit collection boxes for locations.
• To volunteer at the Youth Day Barbecue, call 422-5690. For more information about the Backpack and School Supplies Drive and volunteer opportunities, contact Mary Nelson at 422-5690 or visit Youth Day Barbecue.
Return to top>

Register for the Upstate Open golf tournament
Register for the Upstate Open golf tournament, supporting the Pediatric Emergency Room renovation, to be held Friday, July 24 at Timber Banks Golf Club in Baldwinsville. To register or for more information, visit Upstate Open.
Return to top>

Fund to support College of Health Professions’ Medical Imaging Sciences program
The Patricia J. (Finocchiaro) Duffy Fund is being established at the College of Health Professions Alumni Association to enhance clinical education and professional development for medical imaging clinical instructors and students. Duffy is retiring after 40 years at Upstate – two years as a student and 38 years in the College of Health Professions’ Medical Imaging Sciences program, serving most recently as clinical coordinator. Visit Alumni to contribute to the fund.
Return to top>