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Supporting the Community Giving Campaign: In Their Own Words
Hear first hand accounts from Upstate employees about why they support the 2013 Community Giving Campaign. Visit Campaign for their stories.
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Free flu vaccines available
Flu vaccination clinics will continue throughout the flu season. All active Upstate employees, students and volunteers can receive flu vaccinations for free. A valid Upstate ID is required. For information on the flu, visit Health Services. Visit clinic schedule the schedule for flu vaccination clinics.
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Parking re-registration at campus locations in Oct.
Upstate Medical University’s annual re-registration for employee parking will be held at several Downtown Campus locations through Oct. 31. Upstate ID badge and current registrations for all vehicles to be registered are required. Individuals who have a current 2014 permit do not need to re-register. 2013 permits expire Oct. 31. Re-registrations not done by Nov. 30 will result in loss of access to Upstate parking locations. Re-registrations will be held Oct. 17, 18; 21 through 25; 28 through 31. See “Calendar” section of Upstate Online for times and locations.
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Reception for Nursing Dean Joyce Griffin-Sobel is Oct. 22
The campus community is invited to attend a welcome reception for College of Nursing Dean Joyce Griffin-Sobel PhD, RN, Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the atrium of Setnor Academic Building.  Griffin-Sobel, who joined Upstate as dean at the end of last semester, has more than 30 years of experience in academic nursing. Prior to joining Upstate, she was a professor in the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing at Hunter College, City University of New York.  On Oct. 19, Griffin Sobel will be inducted as a fellow in to the American Academy of Nursing, which is considered one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing.
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Diabetes information sessions open to Upstate community
A series of Diabetes Education at Work sessions will be held in the small cafeteria at Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. The sessions are free and open to members of the Upstate community who would like to learn more about pre-diabetes or diabetes and how to reduce associated risk factors. Each session is open for 90 minutes during which time participants can drop in for 15 minutes to enjoy the displays and conversation. The sessions are scheduled Mondays from 6:30 to 8 a.m. and 11:30 to 1 p.m., and Saturday’s from 6:30 to 8 a.m. Sessions are led by Upstate Certified Diabetes Educator Kristi Shaver, BS, RN, who will present a different topic each week. Upcoming sessions include:
• Saturday, Oct. 19: Healthy Eating and Activity Options
• Monday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 26: Grocery Shopping Skills and How to Read a Food Label
• Monday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 2: Ways to Stay Motivated
The Diabetes at Work series is presented by Pathway to Wellness and the Joslin Diabetes Center. Look for an online diabetes education series coming to the Upstate Intranet with a link from the Pathway to Wellness site. For more information, contact Kristi Shaver at shaverk@upstate.edu, 464-2600 (secure voicemail).
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Path to Promotion workshop is Oct. 17
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development will hold an “Assistant Professor to Associate Professor Path to Promotion” workshop Thursday, Oct. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. in 1164 Weiskotten Hall.
 Lunch will be provided at the afternoon workshops. R.S.V.P to Michele Henderson, hendermi@upstate.edu, 464-1681.
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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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Upstate Blood Drives set for Oct. 17, 18
Upstate University Hospital Downtown Campus will hold a blood drive Thursday, Oct. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 18, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Café 750. All donors will be entered in a drawing to receive a Taco Fixings basket. First time donors will receive a gift card to Tim Hortons or Lori’s Gift Shop, compliments of Advocates for Upstate Medical University. For more information, contact Brenda Poehlman, poehlmb@upstate.edu, 464-5738.
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Walk to Fight Diabetes is Oct. 19
Enjoy a morning of fun, prizes and exercise with family, friends and colleagues at Step Out-Walk to Fight Diabetes, offering one, two and three-mile routes, Saturday, Oct. 19 at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville. Check-in at 9 a.m. The walk begins at 10 a.m. Register now for any Upstate team and help support the American Diabetes Associations’ Camp Aspire in Rush, N.Y.
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March of Dimes March for Babies Walk is Oct. 20
The March of Dimes March for Babies Walk will be held Sunday, Oct. 20 at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena, Syracuse. The three-mile walk begins at 11 a.m., rain or shine; Team Upstate Photo at 10:40 a.m., walk-day registration at 10 a.m.  Register and raise $30 ($15 for students) to get your orange Team Upstate tech-shirt while supplies last.  This year marks the 75th anniversary of the March of Dimes. Visit March for more information about the event.
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Neuroscience Research Building opening celebration is Oct. 21
The opening celebration for Upstate Medical University’s Neuroscience Research Building will be held Monday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Institute for Human Performance. The event includes a free, public lecture by  Susan Hockfield, PhD, president emerita and professor of neuroscience, MIT; Nicholas Spitzer, PhD, director, Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind and professor of neurobiology, University of California San Diego; and Dennis Choi, MD, PhD, director, Neurosciences Institute, professor and chair of neurology, Stony Brook University. A reception and tours of the building follow the lecture. This is the first of a two-day celebration that also includes a scientific symposium. Visit Scientific for details on the scientific symposium  or call 464-4515.
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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer set for Oct. 20
Visit Making Strides to register for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a 3-mile walk throughout historic downtown Syracuse, to be held Sunday, Oct. 20, beginning at Clinton Square. Registration forms are also available at: Downtown Campus: Café 750, Deb’s Grill at Campus Activities Building, Parking Office, R.O.C.; Community Campus: Upstate Golisano After Hours, main entrance hospital lobby; 550 Harrison St: Breast Care Center. Registration on the day of the event will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. The Upstate Team photo will be taken at 9:15 a.m. The walk begins at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Heidi Chapman at 464-6065 or Nancy Walklett at 464-2191.
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Upstate employees sought to hand out Halloween treats at children’s hospital; register by Oct. 22
Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital seeks Upstate employees and volunteers to hand out Halloween goodies to patients Thursday, Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m. Volunteers must supply treats to hand out and will be assigned a treat stop. A time commitment of 90 minutes is needed. If you plan to wear a costume, please do not wear masks or scary costumes. To participate, email Regina Lozito at lozitor@upstate.edu. Requests will be taken through email only. There is a limited number of volunteer spots. All Upstate employees and volunteers must register by Oct. 22. Only those registered may participate in this Halloween activity.
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Faculty Educator Development Seminar is Oct. 22
Helping students and patients change their behavior is the topic of the Faculty Educator Development Seminar Tuesday, Oct. 22 from noon to 1 p.m. in 318 Health Sciences Library in Weiskotten Hall. The program will be presented by Zsuzsa Szombathyne Meszaros, MD, PhD, of  the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Lunch will be provided.  R.S.V.P. to Michele Henderson, hendermi@upstate.edu or 464-1681.
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Annual Education Fair is Oct. 22, 29
The Annual Education Fair will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Performance Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and Oct. 29 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Community Room at Community Campus. The event will include presentations by nursing staff, patient service leaders and trainers and quality and safety initiatives.
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Move 5K is Oct. 27
The Upstate Physical Therapy Club will hold the third annual Move 5K Sunday, Oct. 27 at Green Lakes State Park. The event will support Move Along Inc. in providing local residents with physical limitations the opportunity to participate in athletic and recreational programs. For more information and to register, visit Move 5k.
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Nursing Grand Rounds is Oct. 30
Joyce Griffin-Sobel, PhD, RN, dean of the College of Nursing, will present “Leadership in Nursing in 2013 and Beyond” from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Community Room at Upstate’s Community campus. The presentation is targeted to RN’s and is open to the public. The purpose of the program is to enable the participant to proactively plan for one’s nursing career. Registration is not required. One contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE. For information, contact Barbara LaCasse at lacasseb@upstate.edu or 464-6151.
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Applications sought for Nellie Hurley Scholarship by Nov. 1
Applications are being accepted by the Advocates for Upstate Medical University for the Nellie Hurley Scholarship fund that offers tuition assistance.  Upstate employees and adult volunteers who are pursuing studies in an accredited institution in any health-related field for this coming spring semester are eligible to apply. Those who have applied for funds for the fall Semester, need only to complete and send in the short form.  Visit Advocates for an application and additional information or contact Susan York at 464-5610, yorks@upstate.edu.  The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 1.
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Burn Run is Nov. 10
The Burn Run will be held Sunday, Nov. 10 at the East Syracuse Fire Department #2, 148 Saunders Creek Parkway, East Syracuse. Proceeds benefit Clark Burn Center and the Burn Foundation of Central New York. The 5K begins at 9 a.m.; 10K begins at 10 a.m. For more information, call Paul Knierman, 8F, at 464-7330 or on Vocera.
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