Flu vaccination clinics for Upstate staff begin Oct. 1
A flu vaccination clinic for individuals with a valid Upstate ID will be held Thursday, Oct. 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the small cafeteria, Downtown Campus. Clinics will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays in October at the same place and time. Staff are encouraged to receive their vaccination at a scheduled clinic, rather than visiting Employee Health. The complete schedule of clinics at all sites is available online at Health.
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New Chaplain interns commissioning service is Oct. 1
The Upstate community is invited to a commissioning service for Spiritual Care’s new chaplain interns, Thursday, Oct. 1 at noon in the Interfaith Chapel at Upstate’s Downtown Campus. The new chaplain interns are Tom Anderson, Rob Bundy, Aaron Wilson and Paul Winkelman, and two first-year Jesuit novices.
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Shoe Drive to benefit Rescue Mission in October
Upstate’s students are holding a Helping Hands for Forgotten Feet shoe drive throughout October to benefit the Rescue Mission. New or gently used footwear will be accepted in the following drop box locations: the lobbies at Jefferson, Madison and Geneva Towers; first and ninth floors at Weiskotten Hall.
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October Walk/Runs
• The Carol Baldwin A Run For Their Life will be held Saturday, Oct. 3 at Gillie Lake Veterans Memorial Park, 552 Ike Dixson Road, Camillus. Event proceeds support breast cancer research at Upstate. Registration is accepted the day of the run. For more information, visit Run.
• Walk to End Alzheimer’s disease will be held Saturday, Oct. 3 at Long Branch Park in Liverpool, N.Y. The walk route is approximately 3 miles and the proceeds are used to further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Upstate University Hospital NICHE Program is a sponsor of this walk. Register online at Walk. To join the Upstate NICHE Geriatric Resource Nurses (GRN) team or for more information, contact Kelly Dolan at
• The March of Dimes March for Babies Walk will be held Sunday, Oct. 4 at Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. To register, visit March for Babies. For more information, contact Christine Nackley,, 464-8040 or Cathy Narcavage-Bradley,, 492-5153.
• Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will be held Sunday, Oct. 18 beginning at Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Team Upstate registration and breakfast will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Upstate Team photo at 9:15 a.m.; walk begins at 10 a.m. To register or for more information, visit Making Strides or  contact Heidi Chapman, or Matthew Capogreco,
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Weight Watchers meetings at Downtown Campus begin Oct. 6
Weight Watchers will begin Oct. 6 with meetings held every Tuesday at noon in the C.A.B. The program will run for 19 weeks for a fee of $186 per person. The price includes free registration (saves $20 per employee) and 19 weeks of Weight Watchers online (a savings of $19.95 per month). To register or for more information, contact Ginny Russell,, 464-4042.
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Path to Promotion workshops in October
The Path to Promotion workshops are for all Upstate College of Medicine faculty members who are considering their options on a path to promotion.  Presented by Upstate’s Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development. The workshops are:
• Assistant professor to associate professor (choose from two workshops): Tuesday, Oct. 6, noon to 1 p.m. 1164 Weiskotten Hall (lunch will be provided) or Wednesday, Oct. 7, 7 to 8 a.m., 10405 A East Tower Upstate University Hospital – Oncology Services Floor (a light breakfast will be provided);
• Associate professor to professor (choose from two workshops): Wednesday, Oct. 28, noon to 1 p.m. 1164 Weiskotten Hall (lunch will be provided) or Thursday, Oct. 29, 7 to 8 a.m., 10405 A East Tower Upstate University Hospital Oncology Services Floor (a light breakfast will be provided.
R.S.V.P to Michele Henderson,, 464-1681.
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Register by Oct. 7 for Build Excellent Skills for Teaching (BEST) program
The Academy of Upstate Educators will offer BEST (Building Excellent Skills for Teaching) workshops Wednesdays, Oct. 14 (part 1 and 2) and Wednesday, Oct. 21 (part 3 and 4) from 8 to 10 a.m. in 1507/1508 Setnor Academic Building. The four topics include how to: create a positive learning environment; actively engage the learner; provide effective feedback; and deliver an effective presentation. Assistant professors who joined the Upstate faculty on or after July 1 are required to participate in the BEST course within their first two years on faculty. A light breakfast and beverages will be provided. Registration is required on or before Oct. 7. To register, contact Michele Henderson,, 464-1681.
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The Healing Muse 15th anniversary publication launch is Oct. 14
The Healing Muse, Upstate’s journal of literary and visual arts, will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a launch party, Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium, Weiskotten Hall. Everyone is invited. The program will feature readings by some of the writers in Muse 15. Featuring its first double issue, The Healing Muse contains writing from students, staff, and faculty at Upstate Medical University as well writing and art from all across the United States and the world. Light refreshments will be served. Copies of the journal will be available for sale. The Healing Muse is a yearly publication of Upstate’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities. For more information, visit Healing Muse.
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Donate at Upstate’s Fall Blood Drive Oct. 15, 16
Upstate will hold its Fall Blood Drive Thursday, Oct. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 16 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Café 750, Downtown Campus. Donors will be entered in a drawing each day to receive a $25 Trader Joe’s card compliments of The Advocates for Upstate Medical University. For more information and to schedule an appointment to donate, contact Linda Underwood, 464-6775,
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Oct. 16 deadline to register for Paint Nite for the Upstate Cancer Center
An adult only Paint Nite to benefit the Upstate Cancer Center will be held Thursday, Oct. 22 in the cancer center’s atrium. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. with the program to follow from 6 to 8 p.m. The  $55 fee per person includes instruction, canvas, all materials, the finished painting, the first beverage (cash bar after), light snacks and free parking. Seating is limited. Preregistration is required by Friday, Oct.16. Tickets will not be sold at the door. This event is open to the public. View the selected painting for the evening and register at Paint Nite. For more information, contact Matthew Capogreco,, 464-3605. The fundraiser is hosted by the Upstate Cancer Center and The Bacon Brigade, an Upstate employee fundraising group.
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Register by Oct. 23 to give Halloween treats at children’s hospital
Volunteers are needed to hand out treats at the Halloween parade at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, to be held Friday, Oct. 30, beginning at 10 a.m. Volunteers (staff only) are encouraged to wear non-frightening costumes while handing out their treats. Register to participate by Friday, Oct. 23. To register or for more information, contact Jon Crowder, crowderj@upstate.
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Applications sought for Nellie Hurley Scholarship
Applications are now available for The Advocates Nellie Hurley Scholarship for the spring semester. Employees and adult volunteers who are pursuing undergraduate studies in an accredited institution in any health-related field are eligible to apply. Individuals who applied for a scholarship last semester need only to fill out the short form.  A new requirement calls for those applying for the scholarship to have a 3.4 GPA. For an application or questions, contact Susan York, Advocates business manager,, 4-5610.  The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Oct. 28 at noon.
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Register for “Make the most of Social Security” webinar
The Human Resources Benefits office invites Upstate employees to view the Social Security webinar “Make the most of Social Security,” sponsored by Fidelity Investments, Tuesday, Oct. 13 at noon or 4 p.m. More than 60 percent of individuals do not receive the maximum benefit they deserve from Social Security. This webinar will educate employees on understanding the importance of Social Security in their retirement savings plans; taking the steps they need to maximize their claiming strategies; and planning for their future retirement income. To register or for more information, visit Fidelity seminar.
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