National Nurses Week activities
• Blessing of the Hands (open to Upstate community. Thursday, May 11. 5th floor Conference Room, UHCC. 8 to 11:30 a.m.; Breast Care Conference Room, 550 Harrison. Noon to 2 p.m.
• Take part in a 15-20 minute walk with Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Page. Noon. Meet at revolving doors, Downtown campus. (outside or inside walk, weather dependent- open to Upstate community)
Chief Nursing Officer Town Hall. (for Nursing Department staff)Upstate University Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Page will present a brief update and open question forum Thursday, May 18. Classroom A & B, Community Campus. 7:45 a.m; 11th floor Kinney Foundation Performance Center, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, Downtown Campus. 9:15 p.m.
Nurses Day receptions (for Nursing Department staff only).Thank you treats and interactive activities offered. The receptions will be held at the following days and locations: Thursday, May 11: 5th floor conference room, UHCC. 8 to 11:30 a.m.; Breast Care Conference Room, 550 Harrison. Noon to 2 p.m.; Main Conference Room, Joslin Center. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, May 12: 12405B, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, Downtown Campus. 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Community Room, Community Campus. 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Instant Decision Day: College of Nursing will host a an Instant Decision Day for those interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Tuesday, May 16. 12405A/B Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital (interview times are scheduled between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.);
Thursday, May 18. Community Room, Community Campus (interview times are scheduled between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Before attending, individuals should submit their applications at College of Nursing, select “Upstate Nurse Application Bachelors of Science.”
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National Hospital Week activities
• Administrators will visit hospital departments and units at both campuses and at offsite locations with snacks Thursday, May 11, 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. or Friday, May 12, at 5 a.m.
Be on the lookout for the National Hospital Week poster and flyer, distributed to each department at all Upstate locations and also for special messages on Upstate television screens and in Upstate Announcements.
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Corporate Challenge registration deadline is May 11
Register for the Syracuse Corporate Challenge, to be held on Tuesday, June 6 at 6:25 p.m. on Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. The race includes chipped timing. Registration fee is $36, (includes a Team Upstate shirt and Corporate Challenge T-shirt). To join Team Upstate, visit Corporate Challenge and click “register now.” Registration deadline for Team Upstate is May 11. Upstate shirts and run numbers will be available for pickup Monday, June  5 from noon to 1 p.m. 2nd floor lobby, Upstate University Hospital, and in the cafeteria at the Community Campus.
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Living Healthy With A Chronic Condition program offered
Gain control over your health and improve your quality of life by joining Upstate’s Living Healthy With A Chronic Condition Program, a six session, peer led education program for people with any type of on going health condition. The program is free and offered to any person over the age of 18 years old and living in Onondaga County.  To register for a workshop,  call 315-464-8668 or register online at Living Healthy.
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Cancer Survivors Day RSVPs due May 15
The 21st annual Cancer Survivors Day will be held Sunday, June 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Space is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. This event is free for cancer survivors and up to four guests. Staff members who are survivors are encouraged to sign up for the event. RSVP by calling Upstate Connect at 315-464-8668 by May 15.
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Register for Paige’s Butterfly Run
Register for Paige’s Butterfly Run, to be held Saturday, June 3, beginning at the Federal Building Plaza, 100 S. Clinton St, Syracuse. The 5K Certified & Timed Race begins at 9 a.m., the caterpillar crawl for kids begins at 9:45 a.m. and the 3K fun run/walk begins at 10:15 a.m. The awards ceremony begins at 11 a.m. The event includes awards for all age groups, finishers ribbon for each participant, chip timing for 5k and prizes for top fundraisers. Proceeds benefit the Dr. William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. For more information, contact Toni Gary (315-464-4264); Jenny Dickinson (315-464-9330) or Sarah Buck (315-464-7239.) To register online with Team Upstate, visit Paige’s Butterfly Run.
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Pathway to Wellness Walks
In celebration of Nurses Week, Hospital Week and National Employee Health and Fitness Month, several walks will be held with special guests. Each walk begins at noon on:
• May 12 with CNO Nancy Page at noon, meet in the main lobby at Downtown Campus.
• May 15 with President Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, and Upstate University Hospital CEO Steven Scott at noon, meet in front of Weiskotten Hall.
• May 22 with Sergio Garcia, vice president of operations and university chief of staff, at noon, meet in front of Weiskotten Hall.
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Center for Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club meeting, May 12
The Center for Bioethics and Humanities will hold its Journal Club meeting Friday, May 12, from noon to 1 p.m. in 3507 Setnor Academic Building. The reading comes from The American Journal of Bioethics, “Irrational exuberance:  Cardiopulmonary resuscitation as a fetish” by Philip Rosoff and Lawrence Schneiderman. Thomas Curran, MD will lead the discussion. To receive an electronic copy of May’s article or to be placed on our mailing list for upcoming Journal clubs, please contact Kathleen Szczech at 464.5404.
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Sixth Annual Kick Cancer Kickball Tournament is May 13
The Sixth Annual Kick Cancer Kickball Tournament to benefit the Upstate Cancer Center will be held Saturday, May 13 at the Syracuse Kickball Park, Rt. 57, Liverpool. The event is open to the public. The cost is $25 per player and includes a minimum of two games, a free T-shirt and medals for winners. This is a co-ed event for ages 12 and up offers with two levels of play and a special division for Upstate-associated teams. To register, visit Kick Cancer. The event is co-hosted by The Syracuse Sports Association and the Bacon Brigade, an Upstate employee fundraising group. For information, contact Doug Rosenthal,, 315-464-8881.
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Trauma Awareness information table, May 18
Upstate’s Trauma Center will host a trauma awareness information table all day Thursday, May 18 in front of Café 750, Downtown Campus, in recognition of May as Trauma Awareness month. Upstate’s Trauma Center is the region’s only American College of Surgeons Verified Level 1 Adult and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center with its service spanning from the Canadian border to the Pennsylvania border. Staff will be available to discuss the various types of trauma education and injury prevention programs offered through Upstate’s Trauma Center.
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Health Sciences Library renovation project to begin May 15
Monday, May 15 the Health Sciences Library is scheduled to start a renovation project to build out three gender neutral/handicapped accessible restrooms.  During the renovation the goal is to keep the noise level from construction to a minimum.  Signs will be posted in the library to notify our customers in advance of noisy work periods.   We expect completion of the project by the end of June.  If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Burtis at 464-7089 or email at
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Joseph G. Sorbelllo retirement reception, May 19
The Upstate community is invited to a retirement reception for Joseph G. Sorbello, MSEd, RRT, RT, FAARC, Friday, May 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Eastwood Atrium, Setnor Academic Building. Sorbello retires after 39 years of service to Upstate. He is chair and associate professor, Respiratory Therapy Education, College of Health Professions. Sorbello was a founding member of the CHP Alumni Association board and served as vice president from 2000 to 2002. Gifts to honor Sorbello may be made to the Stephen P. Mikles and Joseph G. Sorbello Room.
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Race for the Cure is May 20
Join Team Upstate at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure May 20 at the New York State Fair and the Onondaga West Lake Trail. Team Upstate encourages staff, family, and friends to join as one unified team. Visit Race to join. Staff who previously registered but would like to join Team Upstate should contact Matthew Capogreco at or 464-3605.
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Academy of Upstate Educators seeks nominations by May 26
The Academy of Upstate Educators is seeking self-nominations for membership. The Academy promotes innovation and excellence in education at Upstate. Membership provides recognition to skilled and exemplary educators. Academy educators from across the four colleges commit to academy activities that will enhance the educational environment at Upstate. The Academy developed and teaches the BEST course (Build Excellent Skills for Teaching), a 4-topic, 2-session course to enhance individual educational expertise. The Academy also offers the “AUE Coaches Consultation Service,” providing individualized mentoring and consultation for faculty colleagues on issues related to assessment, curriculum design and course development. Academy members are also available to serve as consultants to administrative leaders concerning education-related issues. Active educators who are interested in being considered for membership, are encouraged to visit the Academy website  for details about the application and the process. The deadline for applications is May 26.
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Enjoy A Taste of Oasis activities May 31
Enjoy a variety of healthy and fun activities at A Taste of Oasis Wednesday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oasis Center, 6333 State Route 298, East Syracuse. Some of the activities are: dance exercise Motown, step-by-step painting; STRONG by Zumba; lessons from the 2016 election; a drum circle experience; and an  introduction to French class. A pharmacist is available to discuss current medications and overviews of Oasis’ programs will be offered. Oasis, celebrating 15 years of service in Syracuse, is a national education organization enriching the lives of older adults.
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2018 Honorary Degree nominees sought by May 26
The 2018 Honorary Degree Committee is seeking nominees to be honored at SUNY Upstate Medical University’s 2018 Commencement. Honorees are typically awarded a Doctor of Science or Doctor of Humane Letters degree. The Committee is particularly interested in candidates who have made substantial contributions in areas related to the University’s following strategic themes:
• Integration (aligned leadership, inclusion, transparency, trust)
• Innovative Learning and Discovery
• Community Impact
• Execution and Growth (alignment, decision-making, efficiency, quality)
Candidates may be health care professionals or educators whose contributions are aligned with Upstate’s educational or clinical system, scientists whose contributions are related to programs at Upstate, or national figures (e.g., authors, change agents, organizational leaders) who have brought attention to major health-related issues of importance to Upstate (e.g., health disparities, global health, quality improvement, data analysis, translational research, implementation research, health information systems).
Nominations will be reviewed relative to SUNY eligibility criteria. These criteria include a substantial degree of national recognition as evidenced by awards from national organizations, press coverage and appointments to boards of directors and other prestigious national positions. All qualified nominees will be forwarded to the Committee for consideration.
According to SUNY Honorary Degree guidelines, ineligible candidates are:
• Persons who already hold an honorary degree from any SUNY campus
• Current SUNY employees or members of teaching or administrative staff
• Individuals whose conferral could create a conflict of interest (i.e., members of SUNY Board of Trustees, SUNY Council or other SUNY formal boards)
• Current holders or candidates for NY elective public office
Those who have nominated a qualified candidate in the past who was not chosen may nominate them again.  It is not uncommon for a candidate not to be chosen in the first year of nomination, but to be selected in later years.
Nominations should include a brief statement of the nominee’s contributions and relevance to Upstate and sent to Margaret Bourke, Academic Affairs Office, 1166 Jacobsen Hall or Submit all nominations by May 26.
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Maxine Thompson retirement reception, June 2
A retirement reception is being held for Maxine Thompson, LCSW-R, Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion on Friday, June 2nd from 4-6 pm at the Biotech Accelerator – 841 E. Fayette Street.  Free parking is available and the reception is open to the entire Upstate Community.  RSVP to
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