Welcome to the Upstate Nursing Alumni Association! 

We serve over 3,000 alumni living and working coast-to-coast across the US 


To enhance educational excellence for Upstate's nursing students, support the professional development of alumni, students and faculty in order to positively influence the health of our community. We accomplish this by supporting scholarships, continuing education events/clinical skills workshops, student professional enrichment, and other needs of the College of Nursing and our alumni. 


The Alumni Association is an important source of funding for student scholarships, which are only possible through the loyal and generous support of alumni across the decades. In the years since its first scholarship in 1995, the association has awarded nearly 575 scholarships to Upstate's Nursing students.

The scholoarship application process is now closed and will reopen in the spring of 2025. 



Thank you for considering a gift to the College of Nursing Annual Fund. Your gift will make a difference for the College and our students through scholarships, faculty enrichment, equipment, and other needs.                                     

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See our Alumni in the News!

Upstate College of Nursing alumni make news every day, winning awards, improving their communities and changing the world for the better. Here, we present some of the highlights from our alumni in the news.

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Women in Science and Healthcare Symposium

March 17, 2023

Upstate Medical University * New Academic Building 4414B/C

College of Nursing Assistant Professor, Caitlyn Nye will share her insights along with College of Health Professions Assistant Dean, Associate Director and alumna, Michelle Dolphin, DPT '07, PT, MS, OCS, FAAOMPT, Dr. Duleep, Dr. Kane, and keynote speaker, Dr. Cara Pager.



College of Nursing alumna, faculty member and FNP student receive the 2022 Daisy Award

Stacie Corrigan, left and Dr. Caitlin Tomko

Congratulations to College of Nursing Assistant Clinical Professor, Caitlin Tomko, DNP (’18) and Stacie Corrigan, a student in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program, on track to graduate in 2024. They are the 2022 recipients of the DAISY Award!

The Daisy award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. The College of Nursing is proud to be a DAISY Award hospital partner, recognizing nursing faculty and students with this special honor.

Read more about the Daisy Award

Remembering Dr. Jorge Grimes

Dr. Jorge A. Grimes                                                                                                                                                                                                       1938 - 2022

Jorge Grimes, EdD, RN, ANP, died at the age of 84 on October 5, 2022. He is remembered as a man with a zeal for nursing and teaching, as well as traveling and ballroom dancing. To read the complete obituary, click here.

Dr. Grimes was associate professor and chair of the graduate nursing program at Upstate’s College of Nursing in the 1990s and served as interim dean in 1997-98. He was one of the first nurse practitioners in New York State and helped create the Nurse Practitioner program at SUNY Upstate Medical University.  

Donations be made to the Jorge Grimes Nursing Scholarship #644, Upstate Foundation, 750 E. Adams St., Syracuse, NY 13210, or by phone at 315-464-4416.

Upstate acquires two letters from FDR, Thomas Jefferson

University Archivist Elisa DeAndrea with letters from former U.S. presidents Thomas Jefferson and FDR.

Upstate Medical University’s Archives and Special Collections recently received a donation from a retired surgeon and professor that included two letters from former U.S. presidents Thomas Jefferson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Robert B. Cady, MD, class of 1971 and emeritus pediatric orthopedics faculty member, and his wife, Linda, donated the letters from Jefferson and Roosevelt, along with several other items.

They are the first two presidential letters to be added to the archive.

“They are major pieces that we weren’t expecting,” said archivist Elise DeAndrea. “We are a small institution and getting a letter from a former president is really amazing to have in our collections and something we will definitely appreciate for a long time. Dr. Cady could have donated the Jefferson letter anywhere, but he wanted to give it to us. He has such a strong connection to Upstate.”

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                           Nicholas Netti

Alumnus and member of the Nursing Alumni Board of Directors Nicholas Netti, BS ’18 addresses the graduates of the College of Nursing, Class of 2022 at Commencement held on May 1, 2022 at the Upstate Medical University Arena at The Oncenter War Memorial, Syracuse, NY. The College of Nursing awarded 110 degrees and certificates: 29 bachelor of science, 76 master of science degrees and five post-master certificates.