Briefs

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 card access? Please contact the University Police at UPDTech@upstate.edu

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 www.upstate.edu/health/wellness/trails.php. 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 barbutoj@upstate.edu. 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. www.thehealingmuse.org

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: web.upstate.edu/ihospital/intra/coffee-with-ceo-rsvp.php
—Wednesday, March 6
Downtown
6:30 to 7:30 a.m.- Cancer Center Atrium or noon to 1 p.m.- Cancer Center Atrium
—Tuesday, March 12
Downtown
4 to 5 p.m. – Cancer Center Atrium
—Thursday, March 21
Community
8 to 9 a.m.- Classroom A/B or 3 to 4 p.m.- Classroom A/B
—Friday, April 5
Community
8 to 9 a.m.- Community Room or 1 to 2 p.m.- Community Room
—Thursday, April 11
Downtown
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.

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: cnybac@upstate.edu 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 chaplain@upstate.edu. All are welcome. Bring your lunch. For more information, call 315-464-4236.

12th annual Celebration of the Faculty is March 20
The 12th annual Celebration of the Faculty will be held March 20 in 4414 Academic Building. A reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. and the program will run from 5 to 6 p.m. The 2019 Gold Standard Awards will be presented during the program. Recipients include: Maureen Burke, Amit Dhamoon, Lauren Germain, Stephen Graziano, Robert Gregory, Brian Johnson, Muhammed Sarwar, Debra Wolf, and Charles Woods. New, promoted, and emeritus faculty will also be recognized.

Be the Match bone marrow donor drive is March 21
Be the Match, a bone marrow donor drive, will be held March 21 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby of the second floor at Downtown Campus. For more information, stop by the event or call Remi Misiewicz at 315-464-5294.

LCME will visit College of Medicine for re-accreditation March 24 through 27
The Liason Committee on Medical Education (LCME) will conduct an on-site evaluation of Upstate’s College of Medicine March 24 through 27. A five-member team will meet with pre-selected faculty, residents, students, and staff to review our compliance with accreditation standards. To prepare for this site visit, the College of Medicine conducted a self-study process over the past two years. This self-study engaged the campus community in quality assessment and quality improvement activities, culminating in the identification of the College of Medicine’s strengths and opportunities for improvement. The overview of this process can be found online at: http://www.upstate.edu/curriculum/lcme/index.php. For information about the LCME visit, contact Paul Ko at KoP@upstate.edu  or Lisa Phelan at PhelanLa@upstate.edu.

Reservations for 21st  annual Mystery, Malt and Merlot due March 29
The 21st  annual Mystery, Malt and Merlot will be held Friday, April 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the ballroom at the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter Complex, 800 S. State St., Syracuse. The event will feature live and silent auctions, local craft beer and wine tastings, dinner, a mystery to solve and more—presented by Advocates for Upstate Medical University. Proceeds will benefit Clark Burn Center and the Upstate Trauma, Burn and Emergency Medicine EMS Program. Tickets are $90 per person. Businesses and organizations are invited to take advantage of sponsorship packages. Reservations are required March 29. For tickets or more information, visit www.upstate.edu/advocates or call 315-464-5610.

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, visit: www.upstate.edu/convawards.  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 bourkem@upstate.edu or 315-464-4520. Nominations for Voluntary Faculty are to be submitted to the respective college dean by April 1.

Clark Endowment for Pediatric Research funding applications due April 1
Research proposals are sought for Clark Endowment for Pediatric Research funding, supporting basic or clinical research projects and research equipment relevant to child health. Funding up to $15,000 for one year is available. Applications are due April 1 and award selections will be announced in May. Funds are available from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Proposals will be reviewed and ranked for scientific merit by the Pediatric Research Advisory Committee. For an application and more information, contact Lisa Blystone at blystonl@upstate.edu or 315-464-7600. The Clark Endowment for Pediatric Research is an initiative established through Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and the Upstate Foundation.

Pre-retirement information session for New York state employees is April 10
A pre-retirement information session for New York state employees enrolled in the SUNY Optional Retirement Program will be held April 10 from 9 a.m. to noon or from 1 to 4 p.m. in 3105 Weiskotten Hall. The session will provide information regarding New York state retiree health insurance benefits (including Medicare Parts A and B), Social Security benefits, and retirement risks for UUP-represented and MC-affiliated employees. An interactive discussion, materials, and tools will provide an understanding of available state retirement benefits. Register here: http://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/register/index.php by April 5 with keyword SUNYORPINFO.

Retirement reception for Scott Macfarlane is April 12
A retirement reception for Scott Macfarlane will be held Friday, April 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Doust Board Room, 9299 Weiskotten Hall. Macfarlane, director of Research Technology and Commercialization in Research Administration, retires after nearly eight years of service. The Upstate community is welcome to attend.

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, adlerj@upstate.edu, 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.