Briefs

Community Giving Campaign MATCH program for medical, MPH and MD/PhD students
Upstate medical, MPH, and MD/PhD students can participate in a Community Giving Campaign MATCH program. Lynn Cleary, MD, and David Duggan, MD, will match $10 for every student donation of $10 and higher. In return, each class or cohort can win $250 for their class if 80 percent of the students in class or cohort donate $10 or more. Students who wish to donate online with a credit card should look for the ePledge e-mail sent to their Groupwise account Oct. 22. For a paper pledge form, contact Carol Morath in Student Affairs, 1212 Weiskotten Hall, morathc@upstate.edu, 464-4816. For the matching gift pledge form, contact Zanette Howe, 464-4863, howez@upstate.edu  or Rebecca Cerio at 464-4845 or cerior@upstate.edu for more information.
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Volunteers needed for study
Upstate Medical University is seeking healthy volunteers, ages 18-45, to participate in a research study to help evaluate a vaccine for Dengue fever, a disease that affects many parts of the developing world and parts of the United States. Participation in a research study for an investigational vaccine could help benefit millions of people.  The study will last about four months and include 13 to 15 visits. Participants will receive all study-related exams at no cost and compensation up to $650 for time and participation. Call (315) 459-3031 or e-mail trials@upstate.edu for more information.
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Mark Polhemus, Leola Rodgers, Beth Trunfio, Harold Smulyan, Richard O’Neill on HealthLink on Air Oct. 28
The Sunday, Oct. 28 HealthLink on Air radio program will feature Mark Polhemus discussing the Dengue fever vaccine trial at Upstate; Leola Rodgers and Beth Trunfio updating listeners on the new Ronald McDonald house in Syracuse; Harold Smulyan talking about what killed Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum; and Richard O’Neill, who offers his weekly Check Up from the Neck-Up. Upstate’s HealthLink on Air is broadcast from 9 to 10 a.m. Sundays, on FM Newsradio 106.9 and 570 WSYR. To suggest topics for future shows, email Amber Smith in Marketing and University Communications at smithamb@upstate.edu.
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New scarf and hat donations sought to benefit patients
Advocates for Upstate Medical University is accepting donations of new scarves and hats this month for chemotherapy patients. Bring donations to Volunteer Initiatives, 1401 Upstate University Hospital, Downtown Campus. Items must be new, with an intact store tag to meet hospital infection control guidelines. For more information, email jseale33@twcny.rr.com or call 464-5610.
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Participate in Pink in the Rink Oct. 27
Upstate Cancer Center presents Pink in the Rink with the Syracuse Crunch, Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the War Memorial at the Oncenter, 800 S. State St., Syracuse. The event includes vendor tables, a prize wheel, a silent auction and limited edition player signed pink pucks. Tickets are $15 each. To order tickets, call the Crunch office at 473-4444, use code work “Pink Rink.” For more information, call the Upstate Foundation at 464-4416.
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Enter Child Life’s Pumpkin Contest Oct. 30
Enter your scariest, funniest or most original pumpkin in the second annual Pumpkin Contest, sponsored by Upstate’s Child Life Program. Categories and prizes include: Group Pumpkin (ice cream social for your area) and Individual Pumpkin ($25 Wal-Mart Gift Card). Runner-up prizes will also be awarded. Pumpkins will be accepted Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Kinney Performance Center at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The Upstate community can vote for their favorite pumpkin from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. while enjoying fresh donuts, cider and coffee. Contestants must supply their own pumpkin and materials.  Only uncarved, real pumpkins will be accepted. Contact Sarah Irish, 464-5310, irishs@upstate.edu for more information.
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Blood donation appointments to be scheduled Oct. 31 and Nov. 1
Upstate University Hospital Community Campus will schedule appointments to give blood for its upcoming Blood Drive, Wednesday, Oct. 31 and Thursday, Nov. 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Community Campus Cafeteria. The blood drives will be held Wednesday, Nov. 7 from noon to 6 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Classroom A and B, Community Campus. The Blood Drive Committee of Community Campus is offering a chance for donors to win a Lalaloopsy Doll or a $50 gift card to Kelly’s Restaurant. Individuals who are unable to schedule an appointment on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 may schedule by calling 315-729-1657.
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Open Hand Theater to perform for families affected by autism, Nov. 3
A free Open Hand Theater performance, Lions & Tigers & Birds, Oh My, for families affected by autism will take place Saturday, Nov. 3, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. A reception will follow the performance, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The performance is sponsored by the Margaret L. Williams Developmental Evaluation Center, in celebration of its 30th anniversary, and Kohl’s Autism and Related Disorders, in celebration of its seventh anniversary. The performance is open only to families affected by autism. Seating is limited. Visit AutismSyracuse or call 472-4404 for more information.
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Focus groups to offer more insight on survey responses
As a follow-up to the Your Voice—Employee Survey, Organizational Training and Development has developed eight employee focus groups that meet this month to ascertain more information related to the survey question on employee dignity and respect. In addition, on the Upstate iPage, a link to Your Voice—Employee Survey Follow-up allows all Upstate employees to share additional feedback through the respect@upstate.edu email.  This email feedback will be received by Barbara Riggall in Organizational Training and Development. Information received through the focus groups and via email will be incorporated into the university’s action plan. This email is available through Nov. 1.
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Election Day is a floating holiday
Tuesday, Nov. 6 (Election Day) has been designated as a floating holiday by the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER). Upstate’s units and departments will be open and operative. Eligible employees who work that day will earn a compensatory day to be used at a mutually convenient date, based on operating needs. Subject to departmental procedures for requesting time off, the holiday comp must be used within one year of accrual or forfeited. For more information, contact Payroll Services, 464-4840.
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Participate in Veterans Day events, Nov. 9, 10
The Upstate community is invited to a ceremony to honor Upstate faculty, staff and students who are veterans and those currently serving in the Guard and Reserves Friday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. in the atrium at Setnor Academic Building. Speakers include Upstate President David Smith, MD, and past president Gregory L. Eastwood MD, professor of bioethics and humanities. In addition, Team Upstate invites all veterans, friends and family members to march in the 2012 CNY Veterans Parade and Expo, to be held Saturday, Nov. 10, at noon (Upstate line up at 11 a.m.) at the NYS Fairgrounds. For more information and to sign up visit Veterans Day events or contact Elton Garvin at 464-6938, garvine@upstate.edu or Edgar Johnson at 464-4924, johnsone@upstate.edu.
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Hope for Heather Holiday Shopping, Nov. 11
Join the Hope for Heather Holiday Shopping event that features great shopping, food and music by DJ Jeff Watkins, cash bar, raffles, jewelry, clothing, candles chocolate and more Sunday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza, 701 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. A $25 donation includes food and gourmet coffee bar. For more information, call 471-4635 or purchase tickets at ShowOffs in Armory Square. Proceeds support the Hope for Health Angel Fund at the Upstate Cancer Center.
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Participate in Shine a Light on Lung Cancer vigil Nov. 13
Individuals whose lives have been touched by lung cancer or those who would like to raise awareness about lung cancer are invited to gather outside the main entrance of Upstate University Hospital, Downtown Campus Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. for the annual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer candlelight vigil. Upstate’s vigil is one of several to be held across the country on the same night to raise awareness of lung cancer as part of a national campaign of the Lung Cancer Alliance. Upstate’s event will include motivational stories, music and words of encouragement. The public is welcome. Presented by the Upstate Cancer Center and Upstate’s Colleges Against Cancer Chapter.
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Nominations sought for Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence
Nominations are being accepted for the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. The Award recognizes students who have excelled in integrating academic excellence with other areas of their lives, such as community service, creative and performing arts, entrepreneurship, leadership, and career achievement. This award is the SUNY’s highest honor bestowed upon a student. The 2013 award ceremony will be held April 4 at the Empire State Plaza Convention in Albany. Nominations may be submitted by students, faculty or staff. To be eligible, nominees must graduate between June 2012 and May 2013. Deadline for submission is noon, Dec. 12. A nomination packet and more information is available from Sharon Huard, associate dean of Student Affairs, 201, C.A.B., or at StuServe@upstate.edu.
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