Onsite registration for October blood drive Oct. 19
Onsite registration for the Community Campus Blood Drive will be held Thursday, Oct. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cafeteria. The drive will be held Wednesday, Oct. 25 from noon to 6 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cafeteria. For more information, contact Jean Pirozzi,, 315-464-8668.
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Wear purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month Oct. 19
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month with purple being the color to represent the fight against domestic violence. The NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence has set Thursday, Oct. 19 as “wear purple day” and invites workers to gather friends and co-workers, wear purple, take a photo, and send it to Prevention (under Send Photo). It will be on the OPDV facebook page. In addition Destiny USA, National Grid, and SU’s Hall of Languages are lit up with purple lights for the month of October. NYS Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline (1-800-942-6906) offers help and information 24 hours a day, in English, Spanish, and other languages. Hearing impaired can call 711. Upstate University EAP office, 315-464-5760, can be contacted for assistance, information and referral, or e-mail
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Support the community through the Community Giving Campaign
Upstate Medical University invites you to say “I’m In” to its 2017 Community Giving Campaign (CGC). The campaign 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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The Cadleys to perform Oct. 19
The Cadleys will perform Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lobby of Upstate Cancer Center. The Cadleys are a local folk music duo. The musical performance is part of WATA-Wellness and the Arts, a celebration of the fifth anniversary of Upstate’s Pathway to Wellness program. For updates, follow Pathway to Wellness facebook.
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Celebrating National Pastoral Care Week Oct. 23 to 30
Upstate’s Department of Spiritual Care will celebrate National Pastoral Care Week (Oct. 23-30) by visiting clinical units and floors to offer blessings of hands and giving of hearts to all interested staff. Chaplains will visit throughout the week at the Downtown Campus, and on Wednesday morning Oct. 25 at the Community Campus. Contact the Spiritual Care Office at 315-464-4687 if you would like to schedule a particular time for a chaplain to come to your area. The Rev. Terry Culbertson, MDIV, BCC, CT, is the Spiritual Care manager/Clinical Pastoral Education supervisor and clinical assistant professor of medicine at Upstate. Chaplaincy staff include: Sister Mary Anulichukwu Emebo, deputy chaplain; Father Innocent Onyenagubo, priest chaplain; Rev. Joseph Smythe, chaplain; Rev. Bill Reynolds, chaplain; On Call Priest Chaplains Msgr. Francis Osei-Nyarko, Father Rob Hyde and Father Severine Yagaza; Elizabeth Cahill, DT, administrative assistant; Patricia Williams, CC, administrative assistant, and Diocesan Chaplains Sister Bernard, Fr. Major, Deacon Nappa and Deacon Dutter.
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Flu shot clinics are underway
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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Changes to the SUNY retirement plan for state employees includes online access
All new enrollees and current employees have access to the online portal to: learn more about SUNY retirement plan benefits and investment providers, enroll online, and manage salary deferral selections for the SUNY 403b Voluntary Savings Program. Changes are no longer being accepted via paper forms to update bi-weekly payroll pre-tax deductions. Due to the scheduled “black out” period Oct. 25 to Nov. 3, the HR Benefits Office will accept paper Salary Reduction Agreements to change an employee’s 403b deductions until Oct. 19. The new SUNY online process will not impact an employee’s ability to enroll or make changes to their New York State Deferred Compensation Plan (457b). Beginning Nov. 3, employees will have access to register for the online retirement system at SUNY.  For more information, call 1-866-271-0960 to speak with a TIAA consultant.
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Oct. 23 is deadline to guarantee your Team Upstate March for Babies embroidered sweatshirt
Guarantee your Team Upstate embroidered sweatshirt for March for Babies by donating a minimum of $35 ($25 for students and children) by Monday Oct. 23. The event will be held Sunday, Nov. 12 at the SRC Arena, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Tnpk, Syracuse. For more information and a list of team captains, visit March for Babies or contact Christine Nackley (315-464-8040,; Shannon Bouchard (, Beth Sellers, (315-492-5551,, or Zanette Howe, (315-464-4263,
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Pathway to Wellness announcements
• Upstate students Joseph DeRaddo and Benjamin Meath will perform Oct. 21 at noon in the main lobby of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. The performances are part of WATA-Wellness and the Arts, a celebration of the fifth anniversary of Upstate’s Pathway to Wellness program.
• Monday Mile walks will be held Oct. 23 and 30. Syracuse University’s Learner Center will join the Oct. 23 walk beginning in the traffic circle. The Oct. 30 Welloween walk will begin at noon beginning at the Upstate Health Science Center Library. The October Monday Mile walks are a part of WATA- Wellness and the Arts, a celebration of the fifth anniversary of Upstate’s Pathway to Wellness program.
• The Upstate community is welcome to read one of three selected books and join in discussions Oct. 25 and 26. All discussions will be held in 4507 Setnor Academic Building. The selected books, available at the Upstate Health Sciences Library, are:
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanith.
- The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman.
-The 12 Gifts for Healing by Charlene Costanzo.
Discussions will be held as follows:
- Oct. 25 from noon to 12:30 p.m., When Breath Becomes Air.
- Oct. 26 from noon to 12:30 p.m., The Spirit Will Catch You and then You Fall.
- Oct. 26 from 12:30 to 1 p.m. The 12 Gifts for Healing.
• Join Deirdre Neilen, PhD, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, Upstate Medical University, on Friday, Oct. 27 between noon and 12:30 p.m. for a 15-minute writing workout.
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Oct. 23 is deadline to participate in Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital Halloween parade
The annual Halloween parade at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital is Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m. To participate, Upstate employees must wear a child-friendly costume and provide appropriate giveaway items. RSVP to Jon Crowder at by Oct. 23.
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Town Hall meeting for Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is Oct. 24
Upstate students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a Liasion Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Town Hall meeting Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. in Room 1159 Weiskotten Auditorium. Robert Hash, MD, MBA, assistant LCME secretary, will provide a general orientation to the 2019 LCME full accreditation survey – data collection, self-study, independent student analysis, followed by questions from participants. Refreshments will follow the Town Hall. Visit LCME for more information. Questions? Email Lisa Phelan at
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Cans for Cancer is Oct. 28
Support Cans for Cancer Oct. 28 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. by delivering empty deposit bottles and cans to the Pink Solar parking lots of Destiny USA. Proceeds benefit Upstate Cancer Center, the Carol M. Baldwin Foundation, and the American Cancer Society. Every donor will receive a Destiny USA Passport of Savings. Donations are also welcome online at Cans for Cancer or bring bottle slips to any Destiny USA customer service kiosk. Volunteers are sought to help with the event. For more information, contact Matthew Capogreco at or 464-3605.
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Parking re-registration to begin Oct. 31
Upstate’s Parking Offices will begin its reregistration process for parkers whose stickers expire on Oct. 31. Staff from the Parking Office will distribute the stickers at Downtown and Community campus locations to be announced at a later date. Stickers not picked up at those sites will be mailed to the home address on record. The new stickers are to replace the old sticker on your vehicle. Cars that lack a sticker will be ticketed and a fine will be assessed. In addition, no entry will be allowed to the various parking locations unless a current sticker is visible. For more information, call the Parking Office: Downtown Campus: 315-464-4801; Community Campus: 315-492-5017.
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Upstate Golisano pumpkin contest seeks entries
The Upstate community is invited to participate in Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital’s annual pumpkin decorating contest to be held Friday, Oct. 27 in the 11th floor Kinney Foundation Performance Center. Only real, uncarved pumpkins will be accepted for entry. Submissions must not be too scary and deemed appropriate for children. The categories for competition are Individual and Group. Pumpkins should be dropped off at the Performance Center Thursday, Oct. 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. or Friday, Oct. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Judging will begin Oct. 27 promptly at 10 a.m. and close at 3:30 p.m. The person whose individual submission receives the most votes will win a $25 gift card. Winner of the group submission will receive a snack basket to be enjoyed by the whole group. The overall winner that receives the most votes from patients and families will receive the Golden Pumpkin trophy. For more information, contact Jenny Dickinson, 315-464-9330,
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Bacon Brigade curling event Nov. 11
The Brigade is planning 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 raised from the event will benefit the Kids with Cancer fund of the Upstate Cancer Center. There may be a few additional curling spots available. If interested, contact Doug Rosenthal,, 315-464-8881.
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Hospital Memorial Services Nov. 5, 14
The Department of Spiritual Care will hold it’s annual Memorial Service at the Downtown Campus Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. and at 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 fellow 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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SU dance marathon is Nov. 5
Syracuse University will host the OttoTHON dance marathon Sunday, Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Goldstein Auditorium on the Syracuse University campus. The event, supported by the Upstate Foundation, benefits Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Visit OttoTHon to donate.
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11th annual Burn Run is Nov. 5
The 11th annual Burn Run will be held Sunday, Nov. 5 at the East Syracuse Fire Department Station #2 in East Syracuse. The Burn Run is a 5k and 10k walk/run hosted by the East Syracuse Fire Department. Proceeds benefit the Burn Foundation of CNY, its service to Upstate University Hospital’s Clark Burn Center, and burn survivors and their families in Central New York. To register, visit Burn Run. For more information, contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld, 315-464-4284,
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Faculty Medical Education Journal Club to meet Nov. 6
Tom Poole, PhD, and Ann Botash, MD, will lead a discussion on the article titled “Description and Early Outcomes of a Comprehensive Curriculum Redesign at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine” at the Faculty Medical Education Journal Club meeting Monday, Nov. 6 from noon to 1 p.m. in 9299 Weiskotten Hall. Lunch will be provided. RSVP by Oct. 30 to Michele Henderson,, 315-464-1681. The Faculty Medical Education Journal Club is part of Upstate’s Faculty Development Seminar series presented by the Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development.
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