Briefs

Upstate Toy Drive under way
The Upstate Toy Drive will accept new toys for local children in need through Dec. 6 at collection boxes located throughout campus. Monetary donations are welcome; send to Linda Curry, College of Health Professions, 2221 Academic Building. Checks should be made payable to Salvation Army, note Christmas Bureau. For more information, call Linda Curry at 315-464-6903. The drive is a joint project among the United Way, the Salvation Army and many community partners. The Upstate drive is sponsored by the Colleges of Health Professions and Team Upstate. For collection box locations, visit www.upstate.edu/toydrive.

Clark Burn Center’s Sock, Mitten, Hat and Glove Drive now under way
Clark Burn Center’s third annual Sock, Mitten, Hat and Glove Drive is currently underway. Donations will benefit the Rescue Mission. Donation boxes are located in the main lobbies of: Community Campus, Jacobsen Hall, Galleries, and the second floor of Downtown Campus. For more information, email Tamara Roberts at robertta@upstate.edu.

Applications sought for 2020 Your Cause charity
Team Upstate seeks applications from the Upstate Medical University community for a Central New York agency to be its featured Your Cause charity in 2020. The Your Cause program offers Upstate employees an opportunity to nominate a charity that will be the focus of Upstate volunteer outreach through the year. This past year’s Your Cause agency was In My Father’s Kitchen. To nominate an agency for the Your Cause sponsorship, completed applications are due Nov. 30. Team Upstate committee will review applications and announce the winning organization in December. Application is available online at: http://www.upstate.edu/teamupstate/your-cause/index.php.  Completed applications should be emailed to Nancy Prott in the President’s Office at prottn@upstate.edu.

No Shave November supports new Daryl M. Lohm Cancer Patient Assistance Fund
New York State University Police at Upstate’s No Shave November campaign honors former Public Safety Officer Daryl Lohm who fought courageously against cancer but passed in July 2018. No Shave November proceeds will support the new Daryl M. Lohm Cancer Patient Assistance Fund, established at the Upstate Foundation, to assist Upstate Cancer Center patients and families during their time of need. “Daryl was always there for everyone, a friend and colleague whose kindness and strength has inspired us to do the same,” said Chief Paul Waltz. To make a donation and support No Shave November, visit https://www.upstatefoundation.org/NoShaveNovember. A limited quantity of special lapel pins, with the gold letter “D” honoring Daryl, are available for purchase at $10 each. For more information or to purchase a pin, contact Lieutenant Michael Jorgensen at jorgensm@upstate.edu or 315-464-4000

Upstate’s 2020 holiday calendar is now available
Upstate’s 2020 holiday calendar is available online at http://www.upstate.edu/payroll/pdf/calendar/general/upstate_annual_calendar.pdf.

Still time to give to Upstate’s Community Giving Campaign
Upstate’s 2019 Community Giving Campaign is underway. To keep track of the campaign’s progress and for additional information on pledging, go to: http://www.upstate.edu/communitygiving/. To donate, visit self-serve via the iPage and click the e-pledge button on your home screen.

Lori’s Gifts is open during lobby construction
Lori’s Gifts is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the main lobby of Downtown Campus. The gift shop’s temporary entrance is located across the hall from the Spiritual Care Program main office. For more information, call Jonathan Adler at 315-464-5610.

Child Life seeks volunteers in December
Child Life seeks volunteers to prepare and organize donations for the holiday season. Volunteer are sought for two-hour shifts throughout December. For more information, email Rachel Hannon at hannonr@upstate.edu.

Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds are set
Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds will be held Fridays, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in Classroom A/B at Community Campus. CME credits are available. Registration is not required. For more information, email Beth Sellers at sellersb@upstate.edu. The next rounds is Dec. 6, with Matthew Bowman, PT, speaking about Physical Therapy’s Role in Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Holiday Challenge runs through Dec. 31
Pathway to Wellness invites the Upstate community to join in the online Holiday Challenge from Nov. 18 to Dec. 31. The online challenge offers participants encouragement and guidance to eat smart, move more, and maintain weight during the holiday season. The seven-week challenge is free and provides strategies and resources to avoid holiday weight gain. To register and track your progress, visit https://esmmweighless.com/holidaychallenge/.  For more information, email Suzanne Brisk at brisks@upstate.edu. Pathway to Wellness activities are available online at www.upstate.edu/wellness and on Facebook.

Holiday closures announced for Nov. 28 and 29
The following departments will be closed Nov. 28 and 29: Human Resources, Employee/Student Health, Diversity and Inclusion.

CNY Biotech Accelerator program on opportunity zone projects is Dec. 4
Opportunity Zone: Case Studies will be held Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. in the MIND Theater at the CNY Biotech Accelerator, 841 E. Fayette St. To learn more about opportunity zone projects and funds through real life examples and case studies by experts in the field, register through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/opportunity-zone-case-studies-tickets-75921767049?aff=.

Upstate Health Sciences Library’s new staffed hours begin Dec. 21
Beginning Saturday, Dec. 21, the Health Sciences Library will be staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. After-hours access continues for those using the library during non-staffed hours. Registration is required. For more information, email Christina Pope at popec@upstate.eduor 315-464-7086.

Well-Being Index and resources are available online
The Well-Being Index is a validated screening tool used to evaluate fatigue, depression, burnout, anxiety, stress, and mental/physical quality of life. The index is nine questions, and offers immediate access to online resources. For more information, use access code Upstate at the following website: https://www.mywellbeingindex.org/signup.

Global Health seeks volunteers for research trial
Upstate’s Institute for Global Health seeks volunteers 18 years of age and older for a one-time blood draw. To learn more and to schedule a visit, contact Global Health at trials@upstate.edu  or 315-464-9869.

CSEA offers Skills for Success courses
The New York State and CSEA Partnership for Education and Training are offering classroom- and web-based courses for CSEA-represented employees. To view the fall catalog, visit https://www.nyscseapartnership.org/Sfs/Fall2019/SFSCourseCatalogFall2019.pdf