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Onsite registration for A Run for their Life is Sept. 21
Onsite registration for A Run for their Life is Thursday, Sept. 21 from noon to 1 p.m.at the 2nd floor lobby, Downtown Campus and Community Campus Cafeteria. The event will be held Sunday, Oct. 1 at Gillie Lake Veterans Memorial Park, Camillus. For more information contact Matthew Capogreco (Downtown Campus), 315-464-3605 or Beth Sellers (Community Campus), 315-492-5551.
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Onsite registration for Making Strides Against Cancer is Sept. 22
Onsite registration for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is Friday, Sept. 22 from noon to 1 p.m. at the 2nd level main elevator lobby, Downtown Campus and in the Community Campus Cafeteria. The event will be held Oct. 15 at the SRC Arena, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. The first 175 participants to raise $35 or more will receive a limited edition superhero cape or a special emblem shirt. For more information, contact Matthew Capogreco at 315-464-3605 or capogrem@upstate.edu. To join a team or start your own, visit Making Strides.
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CAB Recreation Center hosts Fall into Fitness Week Sept. 22 through Oct. 2
Campus Activities will sponsor its annual Fall into Fitness Week, Sept. 22 through Oct. 2 when all members of the Upstate Community who have an Upstate ID will have free access to the CAB Recreation Center, including group fitness classes. New CAB members will receive an additional month on their annual membership. New members must sign-up by Monday, Oct. 2 to be eligible. A new member is considered someone who has not been a CAB member for at least two years. For more information, call 315-464-5618.
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Make an appointment to give blood Sept. 25
Make an appointment to donate blood at Upstate’s Fall Blood Drive registration table Monday, Sept. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second floor of Upstate University Hospital Downtown Campus. The blood drive will be held Thursday, Oct. 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 13 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Café 750 at Upstate University Hospital Downtown Campus.
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Rev. Virginia Lawson farewell reception is Sept. 26
The Upstate community is invited to attend a farewell reception for Interfaith Chaplain Rev. Virginia Lawson, PhD, Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 2 to 4 in front of the first floor Interfaith Chapel, Downtown Campus. Rev. Lawson joined Upstate as a clinical pastoral education (CPE) student in 2006, later becoming an ordained Renzai Buddhist nun. She became an interfaith staff chaplain in Upstate’s Center for Spiritual Care in 2010.
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Nursing Hiring Event is Sept. 26
Upstate University Hospital and its Nursing Department will sponsor a Hiring Event for nurses Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 701 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. The event is for those who are interested in pursuing a career within Upstate nursing. Upstate has immediate openings for experienced and new RNs, LPNs and surgical techs. Benefits packages include a full tuition assistance program. To RSVP or for more information call 315-464-4810 or visit Nursing.
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College of Nursing Whitney Lecture and White Coat Ceremony, Sept. 27
The College of Nursing will present the Whitney Lecture and White Coat Ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the 9th floor auditorium, Weiskotten Hall. Kathy H. Rideout, EdD, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, dean, University of Rochester School of Nursing, will present the lecture that is made possible through the support of Fay and Roy Whitney. The White Coat Ceremony includes the presentation of the Nursing Alumni Scholarship Awards, alumni gifts, and white coats to incoming masters students. A light reception will follow. The lecture and White Coat ceremony are co-presented by Nursing Alumni Association for Upstate and Key Bank.
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Adaptive Sports Night event, Sept. 28
Upstate’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and MoveAlong Inc. will host an Adaptive Sports Night Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the 2nd floor gym, Institute for Human Performance. Adults, children, and students of all ages are welcome to experience different options for sports and recreational activities for people with disabilities. The event includes a wheelchair basketball game. For more information, contact Tom Spangenberg, 315-464-1904 or 315-475-1433.
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Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Sept. 30
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Saturday, Sept. 30 at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College, 4585 West Seneca Turnpike. Walk day registration opens at 8 a.m. and the 5K walk begins at 10:15 a.m. To join the Upstate team, visit Walk and email your t-shirt information to Christopher Norman at normanc@upstate.edu or Linh Nguyen at nguyenli@upstate.edu.
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Magic Beyond Imagination is Oct. 1
The Advocates present Magic Beyond Imagination, an evening of illusion for teens and adults Sunday, Oct. 1 at Upstate’s Academic Building Lecture Hall. A Dinosaur BBQ dinner will be served at 4 p.m. with the show to follow at 5:15 p.m. For an invitation, contact Susan York, Advocates manager for Business & Administration, 315-464-5610, yorks@upstate.edu.
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Introduction to simple sign language course is Sept. 30 and Oct. 1
Upstate’s Department of Physical Therapy will host an evidenced based introduction to simple sign language course Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Academic Building. Course participants will learn more than 100 key words that can be incorporated into their child and adult interactions to improve both expressive and receptive language skills. Skills learned in this course are appropriate for use in pediatric clinical practice, the school environment, as well as in the home environment. Course cost is $175. A discounted rate of $150 is available for Upstate employees and a discounted rate of $100 is available for students at any institution. Registration is available online at Sign Language. For more information, email Erin Wentz, PT, PhD, PCS at wentze@upstate.edu.
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Syracuse Bicycle Breast Cancer Awareness Ride, Oct. 1
Join Team Upstate for the 9th Annual Syracuse Bicycle Breast Cancer Awareness Long Branch Park at Onondaga Lake Park on Sunday, Oct. 1. Available are 10-mile or 25-mile road rides or 10-mile family friendly ride on the Lakeshore Path. New this year is a 8-mile mountain bike trail ride. The proceeds from this ride benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of Central New York. Visit Ride for more information.
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Flu clinics begin Oct. 2
Upstate is offering flu shot clinics beginning Monday, Oct. 2 and continuing into November with the majority of clinics taking place at the 2nd floor small cafeteria, Downtown Campus with several other locations are included as well. Upstate’s Community Campus will hold a flu clinic at its Employee Health Office Thursday, Oct. 5. On days not scheduled in the Calendar for a Flu Clinic, individuals with a valid Upstate ID may walk-in, or call ahead, for a flu shot at Employee/Student Health, 4th floor in Jacobsen Hall. Community Campus personnel may contact the Employee Health office for a flu shot if unable to get a shot during a scheduled clinic.  An Upstate ID badge is required to receive the vaccine. Upstate individuals who receive a flu shot other than at Upstate should send the documentation to Employee/Student Health, fax 315-464-5471, or scan to ESHealth@upstate.edu. Visit Employee Health Influenza for more information and click on Flu Clinics Calendar.
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Faculty Medical Education Journal Club to meet Oct. 2
Tom Poole, PhD, and Ann Botash, MD, will lead a discussion on the article titled  “A call to action: The controversy of and rational for competency-based medical education” at the Faculty Medical Education Journal Club meeting Monday, Oct. 2 from noon to 1 p.m. in 9299 Weiskotten Hall. Lunch will be provided. RSVP by Sept. 25 to Michele Henderson, hendermi@upstate.edu, 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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Tickets on sale for Nursing Excellence Dinner, Oct. 5
Upstate Nursing will host its 31st Annual Nursing Excellence celebration, Harvesting Excellence, Thursday, Oct. 5 in 4414 Academic Building. A cocktail hour will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; the dinner buffet begins at 6:30 p.m.; an award program and desserts follows at 7:30 p.m. This year marks the first time a Geriatric Nursing Excellence award will be given. The award is developed by Upstate’s geriatric specialty council. The deadline to purchase tickets is Sept. 28. Tickets will not be sold at the door. The event is sponsored by the Professional Development System Council of Nursing Shared Governance and is supported by The Advocates for Upstate Medical University and Upstate Foundation. Tickets can be purchased at Nursing Excellence. For more information, contact Nicole Harf, harfn@upstate.edu, 315-464-9423.
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Sophie Skate-a-Thon is Oct. 7
The 6th annual Sophie Skate-a-Thon to benefit the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and the Baker regional NICU at Crouse Hospital is Oct. 7 at noon at Shove Park, Camillus. A $5 entry fee includes the skate rental. Presented by Sohpie’s Giving Tree and supported by Upstate Foundation. For more information, contact Jenee Kawejsza, 315-378-4260 or email skate4sophie@gmail.com. To make a donation, visit Sophie’s Giving Tree.
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NYSHIP & Medicare pre-retirement planning seminar is Oct. 13
A NYSHIP & Medicare pre-retirement planning seminar for New York state employees only will be held Friday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall.  Individuals need to attend only one session. The Human Resources Benefits Office has organized these seminars to assist employees enrolled in the NYS Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) and the SUNY Optional Retirement Program (ORP) with information and answers to questions regarding Medicare, and other New York State Health Insurance program (NYSHIP) retiree health insurance benefits. The program includes an interactive discussion that provides employees with materials and reference tools to better understand Medicare and available NYSHIP retiree benefits. This will include learning about Medicare eligibility, Medicare types and costs, when to sign up for Medicare, & information about NYSHIP retiree health insurance benefits. The content of this seminar will focus on coordination of health insurance benefits for those who are in the final stage of their career or eligible to collect NYSHIP retiree benefits and file for Medicare benefits upon separation. Preregistration is requited to attend. Register by Oct.10 via OTD, keyword: NYSHIP. Supervisory approval must be secured to attend the full session.
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Publication Launch is Oct. 18
The Healing Muse, Upstate’s journal of literary and visual arts, will celebrate its 17th issue with a launch party, Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium, Weiskotten Hall. The program will feature readings by some of the writers in Muse 17. This issue’s writers and artists come from across the United States, around the world, and from the CNY region and Upstate Medical University. Light refreshments will be served. Copies of the journal will be available for sale. For more information, visit The Healing Muse or The Healing Muse Cafe.
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