Construction closes Weiskotten Hall side entrance through June
The exterior door, stairs and ramp from the south side of Weiskotten Hall to University Place, A-lot and B-lot will be closed to pedestrian traffic from May 6 to June 30 for construction. Emergency egress from the building will be maintained at all times via remaining existing exits. For more information, call John Ders at 315-243-5974 or Nick Steffen at 315-530-8014.

Upstate participates in AAMC/StandPoint survey in May
This month, Upstate faculty from all four colleges and Binghamton campus will be invited to take a StandPoint Survey, created by the Association of American Medical Colleges. Administered by the AAMC, the survey will be sent directly to full- and part-time Upstate faculty by email. The survey will allow Upstate to assess what drives faculty engagement, benchmark that information with peer institutions, and provide training and learning opportunities to enhance Upstate’s ability to implement changes and improvements. For more information, call Faculty Affairs and Development at 315-464-1685.

Campus Activities seeks summer lifeguards
Campus Activities seeks summer lifeguards for the CAB pool. Proof of basic lifeguard and CPR certifications through the American Red Cross are required. Lifeguards must be matriculated college students, including high school graduating seniors who have been accepted and registered for fall classes at an accredited college or university. Apply online at email Ryan Green for more information at

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 For more information go to Monday Mile

Upstate to celebrate National Hospital Week May 12 to 18
Upstate University Hospital will celebrate National Hospital Week May 12 to 18 at Downtown and Community campuses. Gift distribution will be held May 13 from 6:30 to 9 a.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m. at both campuses, and in the Weiskotten Hall lobby from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Snack distribution will be held May 16 at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and May 17 at 5 a.m. at both campuses, and May 17 from 9 a.m. to noon in the atrium of Setnor Academic Building. Off-site locations will receive snack deliveries May 15 to 17.
To view Hospital Week photos, visit

Spiritual Care Journal Club is May 15
Spiritual Care Journal Club will be held Wednesday, May 15 from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. in 1317 Upstate University Hospital Downtown Campus. The focus will be on the role of the health care chaplain in shared-decision making. For a copy of the journal article, visit the Center for Spiritual Care, 1224 Downtown Campus. The Upstate community is welcome to attend.

More than Pink Walk is May 18
The More than Pink Walk (previously Race for the Cure) will be held Saturday, May 18 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the New York State Fairgrounds. The event includes giveaways, food, and activities celebrating breast cancer survivors and their loved ones. For more information, email Matthew Capogreco at To join Upstate Cancer Center’s team, visit

Library license for Unbound Medicine ends June 1
Due to low usage, the campus license for Unbound Medicine will end June 1. For more information, email

Registration is now open for Cancer Survivor’s Day June 2
Registration is now open for Upstate’s 23rd annual Cancer Survivor’s Day, to be held Sunday, June 2 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Rosamond Gifford Zoo. The event includes food and drinks, music, face painting. Cancer survivors, their families, and Upstate staff are welcome to R.S.V.P. by calling 315-464-8668.

Housecalls for the Homeless Chair-ity Event is June 6
Housecalls for the Homeless Chair-ity Event will be held Thursday, June 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Lucy’s Auditorium, 432 Gifford St. The event features a silent auction of 20 uniquely decorated chairs donated by local and national designers and artists. Proceeds benefit the Housecalls for the Homeless Fund, held at the Upstate Foundation. The fund supports medical, psychiatric and addiction safety-net services to those without homes in Onondaga County. For tickets or to make a donation, visit For more information, contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld at or 315-464-4284.

Eighth annual Kick Cancer Kickball Tournament is June 8
The eighth annual Kick Cancer Kickball Tournament will be held Saturday, June 8 at the Syracuse Kickball Park, Liverpool. The event is open to the public and proceeds benefit Upstate Cancer Center. For more information and to sign up, visit Questions? Contact Doug Rosenthal at or 315-464-8881.

Take Back Your Day classes are June 11 and 21
Organizational Training and Development will offer Take Back Your Day classes June 11 and 21. Tips and tricks for getting organized, making better use of your time, and managing stress to get the most out of your day will be shared. For more information, call 315-464-4401. To register, visit

In My Father’s Kitchen to hold sixth annual You are Not Invisible 5K June 15
Upstate’s Your Cause charity, In My Father’s Kitchen, will hold their sixth annual You are Not Invisible 5K June 15 at Bay View Pavilion, Onondaga Lake Park. Registration is $30. All proceeds benefit In My Father’s Kitchen and their mission to change the lives of the homeless in Syracuse. Note: It is recommended that you copy the link below and use Chrome and not Internet Explorer to register. Those in need of a Team Upstate shirt for the event, contact Becca Pesci at or 315-464-4836. For more information about the event and to register, visit
To set up an Upstate fundraising team, follow the steps below and contact Timothy Midgey at or 646-476-3234 with support questions
Steps to create a 5k Team Fundraiser:
1. Team leaders create a free DIEMlife account here (Click “Sign Up” in the top right corner to get started)
2. Once logged in, Go to the IMFK 5k Quest page here and click “Fundraise” at bottom of the page
3. Enter a Team Name,fundraising goal amount ($1000), and add a Team logo image
4. Click “Create Team” and you are done!
In the top right corner there are options to share (Facebook, Twitter, Email, or just Copy the link and text it). People can donate to your team directly or click the “Join” button to join the team and help fundraise. All proceeds go directly to IMFK.

Upstate Foundation’s The Power of Us employee giving program
As the Upstate Foundation launches its annual The Power of Us employee giving program, employees will begin to receive information on how to contribute. Support Upstate by donating to one or more of the Foundation’s 900 funds benefiting patient care, education, and research. Donations can be made through payroll deduction until June 14, or by cash, check or credit card until June 28. You can participate by filling out the form and sending to the Upstate Foundation via interoffice mail, or online through Epledge by logging onto Self-Serve and clicking on the Power of Us logo. For more information, call the Upstate Foundation at 315-464-4416.

Nominations for 2020 honorary degrees due May 31

The 2020 Honorary Degree Committee is soliciting nominees to be honored at Upstate Medical University’s 2020 Commencement. Honorees are typically awarded a Doctor of Science, Doctor of Humane Letters, or Doctor of Fine Arts 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. You will be contacted if your nominee does not meet SUNY eligibility criteria.

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

If you have nominated a qualified candidate in the past who was not chosen, please feel free to 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.

Please indicate what the nominee has done that makes them especially worthy of this honor in the context of Upstate’s values, history, and environment, in addition to their general achievements. Send nominations to Margaret Bourke, Academic Affairs Office, 1166 Jacobsen Hall or All nominations are due May 31.

Neurosurgeon Duemani Reddy featured on HealthLink on Air
Upstate neurosurgeon Duemani Reddy, MD, was recently a guest on HealthLink on Air, a radio show and podcast produced by Marketing and University Communications. HealthLink on Air is available on iTunes and other podcast sources, and is broadcast on WRVO Public Media Sundays at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Complete shows and individual interviews are also available at

Academy of Upstate Educators seeks nominations for membership
The Academy of Upstate Educators seeks self-nominations for academy membership. The academy’s mission is to promote innovation and excellence in education at Upstate. Membership provides recognition to skilled and exemplary educators. Academy educators from Upstate’s four colleges commit to academy activities to enhance the educational environment. Academy members also serve as consultants to administrative leaders on education-related issues, as requested. For more information, visit

On My Own Time seeks artwork from Upstate employees, retirees
On My Own Time is now accepting artwork from Upstate employees and retirees. Artwork will be displayed from May 15 through September in the cafeteria at Community Campus, the Health Sciences Library at Downtown Campus, and Upstate Cancer Center. Selected works will be on display at the Everson. Details and registration forms are available online at  Paper forms are available in Human Resources at Community Campus or the service desk at the Health Sciences Library at Downtown Campus. Registration closes May 13. For more information, email Olivia Tsistinas at

Registration underway for J. P. Morgan Corporate Challenge
Registration is open for the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge, a 3.5-mile run or walk at Onondaga Lake Parkway to be held Tuesday, May 21 at 6:45 p.m.; photos at 6 p.m. Race registration closes May 1 or earlier if the race capacity is met. Participants must be actively employed and paid by Upstate Medical University for a minimum of 25 hours per week (verified by Payroll Status) for at least three months prior to race day, and must be 18 year of age or older. Register online at:

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.