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Since its inception in 1992, the Nursing Alumni Association has awarded nearly 400 scholarships.  The association also provides support for continuing education, professional development, and other needs of the students, faculty and alumni of the College of Nursing. Many alumni will remember receiving their first white coat as a gift from the alumni association.

The mission of the Nursing Alumni Association is to enhance educational excellence and scholarship for nursing students of the Upstate Medical University campus, and promote collegiality among nursing alumni, students and faculty.  We hope you will join us in this effort.

To all of our alumni, please stay in touch. It’s quick and easy to update your contact information or to share your news and accomplishments in the alumni newsletter. Simply contact us through the secure online community on this site, by e-mailing us at nursalum@upstate.edu or by calling 315-464-4416.


To read the most current news, click here or select News and Stories Current from the menu on the left. 


Gregory L. Eastwood, MD, will speak at Barnes and Noble

Upstate's former president will discuss his new book, Finishing Our Story: Preparing for the End of Life. He will be available to sign copies. The event is open to the public.

When: Sunday, May 19 at 2:00 pm

Location: Barnes and Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. East


Upstate awarded 478 degrees during Commencement on May 5!

Story from Upstate Online

Job outlook good for many grads

For many Upstate graduates, the job market is booming. For example, students in Upstate’s Physician Assistant program, who end their studies in August, are all but guaranteed a job in their field.

Sandy Banas, who directs the program, says the increasing demand for physician assistants is fueled by retirements in the medical field, an aging population in need for more health care and the Affordable Care Act that has provided more people with access to care. Read more

Spring has arrived just in time for Commencement!

Click here for more details about Commencement.


Transition in Care Symposium

Register here!

 Congratulations to Courtney Amedro, CPNP '09


Courtney Amedro, CPNP '09 (left) and Nursing Alumni Director Mary Knepper

Physicians aren’t the only ones who receive gratitude from patients for National Doctors' Day. Courtney Amedro, left, is a Pediatric NP and 2009 alumna. Alumni Director Mary Knepper was proud to deliver a recognition certificate and patient tribute to Courtney in the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in March.


From Cuba, with a love of nursing

Story by Charles McChesney. Follow him at http://blogs.upstate.edu/withdistinction/author/mcchesnc/


If Elizabeth Gonzalez had to do it again, she would have become a nurse the first time around.

Gonzalez, a student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Upstate Medical University College of Nursing, studied medicine and became a doctor in her native Cuba.

Seeking a new life, she emigrated to the United States 10 years ago, knowing the medical credentials earned in the communist island nation would not be honored in her new country. “I was prepared. I knew I had to start from the beginning.” Read More


Endowed scholarship honors Carol E. Dawson, PNP 

The College of Nursing Alumni Association announced the renaming of one of its nearly 30 endowed scholarships to honor a recently retired, and highly respected, pediatric nurse practitioner. The scholarship will now be called the Carol Edwards Dawson, PNP, Scholarship Endowment for Advanced Practice Nursing.


Established in 2011, the scholarship is awarded annually to a student pursuing a Nurse Practitioner degree at Upstate’s College of Nursing, with a preference to a student studying pediatrics. The endowment has grown significantly since inception and the original donors felt it was appropriate to rename it in order to recognize the accomplishments of an exceptional Upstate PNP.


For years Carol worked as the pediatric nurse practitioner for Dr. George Alfieris, the director of the pediatric cardiac surgical service at Upstate Medical University. Under his direction and in conjunction with the pediatric cardiologists and intensivists at Upstate, Carol coordinated the day-to-day intensive care and subsequent convalescent care of every pediatric cardiac surgical patient. She trained many pediatric nurses how to sharpen their intensive care nursing skills and to improve their understanding of heart problems in children. In addition, she was there for the family of each patient to prepare, support and console them before, during and after the operation. Carol exemplified what a vital role a pediatric nurse practitioner could play in the care of children with heart disease.


Gifts to honor Carol, and help grow the scholarship endowment, may be made at any time online at https://www.upstatefoundation.org/Nursing_Give or by contacting the Nursing Alumni Association at 315-464-4416.