Thanksgiving tokens of appreciation, Nov. 9, 10
Upstate’s Thanksgiving holiday snack offerings will be available across campus, Nov. 9 and 10 at the following locations:
• Downtown Campus: Thursday, Nov. 9. Donut holes, apples, cider and coffee will be available in the Academic Building, first floor café area, 8:30 to 11 a.m.
• Community and Downtown Campus: Nov. 9, 10.
Snack carts will visit units Thursday, Nov. 9 at 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 10 at 5 a.m.
• Off-site locations will receive snack deliveries Nov. 9 or 10.
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March for Babies onsite registration is Nov. 9
Onsite registration for March for Babies will be held Thursday, Nov. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Upstate University Hospital Community Campus cafeteria.
The event will be held Sunday, Nov. 12 at the SRC Arena, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Tnpk., Syracuse. For more information, contact Christine Nackley (315-464-8040,; Shannon Bouchard (, Beth Sellers, (315-492-5551,, or Zanette Howe, (315-464-4263,
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Bioethics Journal Club meeting Nov. 10
The Center for Bioethics and Humanities will hold its next Journal Club Friday, Nov. 10 at noon in 3507 Setnor Academic Building. Robert Olick, JD, PhD, will lead the discussion on the article “Lowering the age of consent:  Pushing back against the anti-vaccine movement”, by Allison M. Whelan. (Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 44(3); Fall 2016: 462-473). To receive a copy of the article, contact Kathy Szczech, 315-464-5404,
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Bacon Brigade curling event Nov. 11
The Bacon Brigade host a charity event for Nov. 11, where 48 novice curlers from the Upstate community will take to the ice with brooms in hand to compete at the Utica Curling Club in Whitesboro. The event is free with the competition being held from 1 to 3 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Kids with Cancer fund of the Upstate Cancer Center. For more information, contact Doug Rosenthal,, 315-464-8881.
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Upstate Toy Drive Nov. 13 to Dec 8
Donate new toys to local children who are in need during Upstate’s Toy Drive, to be held Nov. 13 through Dec. 8. Donations can be dropped in any of the Toy Drive collection boxes located throughout campus. Monetary donations may be sent to Linda Curry, College of Health Professions, 2221 Academic Building. Checks should be made payable to “Salvation Army,” note “Christmas Bureau.” For more information, contact Linda Curry 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. Visit Toy Drive for collection box locations and more information.
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Hospital Memorial Services, Nov. 14
The Department of Spiritual Care will hold its annual Memorial Service at the Community Campus Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. Families of patients who died at Upstate from Oct. 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2017, will receive an invitation to attend. Staff also is invited and welcome to attend and remember employees who have died this past year. Help is also welcome with singing, greeting, reading and playing instruments for the service. To participate in any way, contact Rev. Terry Culbertson at 315-464-4236.
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Open forum set for Nov. 14
Upstate Medical University will hold an Open Forum to introduce the finalists for the position of chief diversity officer, Tuesday, Nov. 14 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium, Weiskotten Hall. The finalists will present their vision for diversity and inclusion at Upstate. This presentation will be followed by a brief Q & A. The Upstate community is invited to attend.
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Quit and Stay Quit free employee smoking cessation program information session, Nov. 14
Those with a valid Upstate ID are eligible for eight weeks of free nicotine replacement assistance, including help from a smoking cessation counselor and free nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges. To learn more, visit the Quit and Stay Quit table Nov. 14 from noon to 1 p.m. in the second floor lobby.
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Pathway to Wellness announcements for November •Monthly New York State Well Every Day Monthly Challenge: November challenge is to express gratitude seven times a day by journaling or sharing. Register at Worklife.
• A recording of Tranquility Tuesday is available at the Pathway to Wellness website along with links to Mayo Clinic and Web MD in formation on meditation.
• The online Eat Right Move More Weigh Less Healthy Holiday Challenge starts Nov. 13. Register now Holiday Challenge.
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Virgin Pulse Wellness program information table, Nov. 15
Research employees who are interested in learning more about or signing up for the Virgin Pulse Wellness program are invited to an information table Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Café 750, Downtown Campus. The program tracks participation in challenges that help you earn points for up to $400.00 per year for engaging in wellness.
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Smoking cessation expert available Nov. 14 and 15
Talk with a smoking cessation expert Nov. 14 from noon to 1 p.m. in the second-floor lobby of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. Free nicotine replacement therapies and expert advice to help you quit will be available. Tobacco treatment specialists and tobacco-free task force members will visit units at Downtown Campus Nov. 15. To arrange a visit off campus or during another shift, call Theresa Hankin at 315-464-3519.
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Shine a Light on Lung Cancer, Nov. 16
Join the Upstate Cancer Center for its annual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Upstate Cancer Center. Music, light refreshments and luminary decorating and placement of luminaries in the circle in front of the hospital will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Following a few words of inspiration from cancer survivors, participants will form a human Ribbon of Light at 6 p.m. in support of lung cancer awareness. Aerial photographs and still photographs will be taken with a drone. Parking is free in the open lot across the street from the Upstate Cancer Center. For more information, call 315-464-HOPE (3605).
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Great American Smokeout is Nov. 16
Join tobacco cessation specialists in celebration of the Great American Smoke Out and Lung Cancer Awareness Month Nov. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Upstate Cancer Center atrium. Info on quitting tobacco, available classes and seminars, tobacco replacement therapies and a new Kick Butts video will be on hand. For more information, email Theresa Hankin,
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2018 Holiday Calendar is available online
The 2018 Upstate Holiday Calendar is available online at Calendar. Questions about paid holidays? Contact Patricia Toohey in Payroll at 464-6352.
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Gala is Nov. 17
The Upstate Gala, Upstate Foundation’s largest black-tie social event of the year, will be held at the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter Complex Friday, Nov. 17. The event, held 8 p.m. to midnight, offers an evening of dining and dancing to music by the capital district’s Grand Central Station Band. A Patron Party precedes the Gala at 7 p.m., at the Oncenter’s 800 S. State St., Syracuse location. Proceeds from Gala will benefit Upstate Medical University clinical care, education and research in the areas of brain health and neurodegenerative diseases with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. For Gala sponsorship opportunities and reservations, call 315-464-4416 or visit Gala.
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Deadline to order Poinsettias is Nov. 20
The deadline to order holiday poinsettias from the Women of the University Community (WUC) is Nov. 20. WUC is comprised of faculty wives from Syracuse University, SUNY College of Environmental Forestry and Upstate. The poinsettias are available in red, white or pink. Six-inch pot is $10, the 8-inch pot is $17 and the wreath is $18. To order, contact Cynthia Roach at 315-443-5922. Orders will be available for pick up Nov. 30.
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Thanksgiving Day meal for working hospital staff
Hospital staff at both Upstate campuses who work a Thanksgiving Day shift are eligible for a complimentary meal that day.
• Downtown Campus: three complimentary meal options are offered Nov. 23 in Café 750 at the following times: 5 to 6 a.m. (Thanksgiving breakfast), 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. (Thanksgiving dinner). To place an order for tickets, contact Gayle Hyde, 315-464-4253, before 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. Tickets can be picked up from Hyde on Monday, Nov. 20 and Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 1203 Upstate University Hospital.
• Community Campus: the complimentary meal options offered in the Community Café are: 5 to 6 a.m., 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m. To order tickets, contact Theresa Discenza,, 315-492-5744 by 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17. Tickets can be picked up from Discenza on Monday, Nov. 20 and Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Administration Room 1136A.
Tickets are required for complimentary meals at both campuses.
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Advocates’ annual personalized pencil sale, Nov. 27
The Advocates personalized pencil sale is back for the holidays. Sets of 10 #2 lead pencils in primary and pastel colors cost $6 per set.  Pencils make great gifts for teachers, pet sitters, baby sitters … everyone!   Monday 11/27 pencils will be personalized in the small cafeteria from 11 am – 2 pm.  This will end our sale.  Contact Susan York, Advocates Manager for Business & Administration for an order form or with any questions –, 315-464-5610.
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Your Cause nominations due Nov. 30
Team Upstate is seeking applications from the Upstate Medical University community for a Central New York agency to be its featured “Your Cause” charity in 2018. 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.  To nominate an agency for the Your Cause sponsorship, individuals need to complete and submit application form by Nov. 30. Team Upstate committee will review applications and announce the winning organization in December.  Application is available at Your Cause. Completed applications should be emailed to Nancy Prott in the President’s Office at
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2018 Clinical Pastoral Education training opportunities announced
The Department of Spiritual Care is offering three Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) classes in 2018 for individuals with no prior CPE training and for those who have previous training but who wish to refresh their pastoral skills. The classes are:
• Level I CPE program. Open to those with no previous training or who have one unit of training. Classes will be held on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Saturday from Jan. 13 to June 23, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Department of Spiritual Care, Downtown Campus. Additional clinical hours will be tailored to each student’s schedule. ACPE Supervisory Candidate Sister Mary Anulichukwu Emebo, IHM, will serve as primary supervisor. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1. Only four students will be accepted to this program. Applications must be sent by regular mail to The Department of Spiritual Care, 750 East Adams St., Syracuse. There is no fee to apply. The total cost of this unit is $900. Contact Sr. Mary Anuli, 315-464-6556 with questions. Applications can be found online at ACPE.
• Level II CPE. Open to those who have one unit, one year residency program and for persons with two or more previous CPE units. Classes will be held two Wednesday afternoons per month from 1 to 5 p.m., from January to December. Each resident will be assigned an advanced practice clinical specialty and are required to give seven hours a week of direct pastoral care at Upstate. Only four residents will be accepted for training. Total cost for the program is $1000. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1. Contact Rev. Terry Culbertson, ACPE Supervisor, 315-464-4236, with questions.
• Upstate’s Summer CPE program will be held May 29 to Aug. 16. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31. Only six students will be accepted for training. Cost is $900. The Rev. Bill Reynolds, ACPE Clinical Educator, will supervise this unit. Contact Rev. Reynolds at 315-464-4687 with questions,
The Department of Spiritual Care at Upstate Medical University is the only nationally accredited Association for Clinical Pastoral Education training program in Upstate New York. Located at Upstate Medical University, a Level I trauma center, in Syracuse, NY, the program has more than 100 satisfied alumni.
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Support the community through the Community Giving Campaign
Say “I’m In” to Upstate’s 2017 Community Giving Campaign (CGC that raises funds to support agencies that provide vital health, education and basic services in the community. Each campaign contributor will receive an”I’m In” sticker that can be affixed to their employee ID badge. The sticker serves as a thank you for participating in an effort to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Visit Community Giving Campaign more information.
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Flu shots available to Upstate community
Upstate’s flu shot clinics are open to anyone with an Upstate ID. Visit Flu Clinics for up–to-date information on flu and for the clinic schedule.
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President’s annual Holiday Reception is Dec. 18
Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP, Upstate president and health system CEO, will host her Annual Holiday Reception Monday, Dec.18 from 4 to 6 p.m. on the 4th floor of the Academic Building. The Upstate Community is invited to attend.
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