Welcome to the Upstate Nursing Alumni Association! 

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















                                                                                     Dr. Kathryn Holliday (in blue), stands with Nursing students at the 2021 commencement 

Our Mission: 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. 

Scholarships: 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 more than 500 scholarships to Upstate's Nursing students. The application process opens annually in the spring. 


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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Memorial Mass set for June for Janice Nelson, founding dean of Upstate College of Nursing

A memorial mass for M. Janice Nelson, EdD, founding dean of the Upstate Medical University College of Nursing, will be held on Saturday, June 18 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Parish at 400 Salt Springs Street in Fayetteville, NY. The service will also be livestreamed at icfayetteville.org/funerals and will be available for a time after for those unable to attend.

Janice Nelson died at the age of 93 on January 1, 2022, in Syracuse. She is remembered as a gracious soul, a fierce advocate for nursing education and an ardent philanthropist. To read the complete obituary, click here.

 At her request, contributions may be made to nursing scholarships at Upstate in her name. Simply designate the Dean M. Janice Nelson Nursing Scholarship Endowment when making a gift. Donations may also be made by phone at 315-464-4416 or by mail to the Upstate Foundation, Dean M. Janice Nelson Nursing Scholarship Endowment, 750 E. Adams St., CAB 326, Syracuse, NY 13210.


                           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.


Upstate College of Nursing awarded SUNY Nursing Emergency Training Fund grant

Upstate's College of Nursing is one of 17 SUNY schools to receive this important funding aimed at increasing the ranks of the nursing profession. Read more.


College of Nursing Dean, Upstate Foundation Vice President for Development among several to receive award for exemplary service

Recipients of the Upstate Council Award for Exemplary Service are front row, from left: Amy Tucker, Lynn Cleary, David Amberg, Tammy Austin-Ketch, Eileen Pezzi, Lawrence Chin, and Robert Corona. Back row, from left: Stuart Wright, Nancy Page, Mark Zeman, Rajesh Dave, Eric Smith, Mark Schmitt and Mantosh Dewan. 

Congratulations to the College of Nursing Dean Tammy Austin-Ketch, PhD, FNP, FAANP and Eileen Pezzi, MPH, vice president for development for the Upstate Foundation who were among several Upstate Medical University executive team members to receive the 2022 SUNY Upstate Council Awards for Exemplary Service. The Exemplary Service Award recognizes those who have provided extraordinary service to or on behalf of Upstate Medical University beyond the usual boundaries of excellence, in support of the Upstate mission to improve health within the region it serves and beyond, through education, patient care and biomedical research. The Nursing Alumni Association is administered by the Upstate Foundation.

Click here to read about all of the 2022 recipients.

College of Nursing students receive white coats in March

College of Nursing Dean Dr. Tammy Austin-Ketch (center) stands with some of the incoming Nursing students at the White Coat Ceremony in March

The white lab coat, signifying professional commitment to patient care, was presented to Upstate’s College of Nursing master’s students as they began their clinicals. The Student Reception, White Coat Ceremony was held March 29 in the New Academic Building. The ceremony, originally scheduled for fall 2021, was rescheduled due to the pandemic.

Incoming students for each program totaled 182 – Bachelors (53), Master’s (117), Doctor of Nursing Practice and Post-Master’s Certificate (12). White coats for MS students were provided by the Nursing Alumni Association.

Long-time event sponsor KeyBank led the series of speakers. Central NY Regional President, Stephen Fournier described the many ways nurses improve the quality of life in the community. Tammy Austin-Ketch, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, dean of the College of Nursing, welcomed the incoming students along with a pre-recorded welcome from Mantosh Dewan, MD, president of Upstate Medical University.  Keynote Speaker LaToya M. Jones, BS HAS, LPN addressed the incoming students with her chosen topic, Caring with a Compassionate Heart. Ms. Jones is the Syracuse & CNY Regional Healthcare organizer, change agent in Public Health & Social Equity and an MPH candidate 2023, Grand Canyon University. The Nursing Alumni Association President John Ringhisen, PMHNP ’19, addressed and congratulated the students, as well. Cupcakes for all attending were supplied by Upstate’s Office of Campus Activities.

College of Nursing Dean Tammy Austin-Ketch, PhD (left), Nursing Alumni Association representative Terry Shenfeld, College of Nursing  Associate Professor Dr. Jennifer Vaughn, and KeyBank President Stephen Fournier.

KeyBank President Stephen Fournier (left), talks with Nursing Alumni Association President John Ringhisen

Global keynote speaker, author to present at Weiskotten on adult/pediatric mental health wellness

Date: May 2, 2022 9 am - 10 am

The Magnet Clinical Nursing Research Focus Team welcomes Dr. Bernadette Melnyk on 5/2/22 from 9 am-10 am in Weiskotten Alumni Auditorium (room 1159). Dr. Melnyk is a well-known global keynote speaker and author on evidence-based practice, intervention research, adult/pediatric mental health and wellness.

To join by zoom: ps://upstate.zoom.us/j/93112936231?/pwd=dXpMSVdnczE2bDMyRDROczdpNFByZz09 Or, go to https://upstate.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 931 1293 6231, password: 545080