Brian Rieger, PhD, director of the Upstate Concussion Center, left, speaks with Chris Brandolino, co-host of 9WSYR’s Bridge Street program just prior to taping a segment regarding sports concussions. Rieger’s interview aired May 24.
Members of Team Upstate and residents of Pioneer Homes in Syracuse recently gathered to dig and fertilize a plot of land for a vegetable garden for residents of the housing complex. The Upstate employees and alumni volunteered as part of the “Healthy Neighbors” initiative led by Upstate’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Participants, from left, are Susan Stearns PhD, Upstate faculty member; Gladys Smith, residents’ committee member, Pioneer Homes; Simeon Garvin, alumnus, Upstate; Walter Brown, president of the tenant association, Pioneer Homes; Elton Garvin, Upstate faculty member; Mozart Guerrier, Upstate employee; Dwayne Spence, alumnus and Upstate employee; Bill Simmons, executive director, Syracuse Housing Authority; and Janet Lawson, Pioneer Homes. Youngsters Ava, left, and Joseph, also helped.
Upstate Medical University was well represented by employees and friends at the “A Night to Remember” gala May 11 at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino Event Center in Verona. The gala, sponsored by the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY Inc., supports breast cancer research at Upstate. Upstate’s former director of marketing and university communications Melanie Rich, who retired last year, received the fund’s Humanitarian Award at the event.