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Since its inception in 1992, the Health Professions Alumni Association has awarded more than 460 scholarships.  The association also provides support for continuing education, professional development, and other needs of the students, faculty and alumni of the College of Health Professions. Many alumni will remember receiving their first white coat as a gift from the alumni association.

The mission of the Health Professions Alumni Association is to enhance educational excellence and scholarship for health professions students of the Upstate Medical University campus, and promote collegiality among CHP 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 chpalum@upstate.edu or by calling 315-464-4416.


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


Student Admissions to host online information session


Student Admissions will host an online information session for prospective students about Upstate’s Respiratory Therapy Program on February 20, 2020 at 3:30 pm. Participants will learn about the respiratory therapy career, the bachelor's degree program at SUNY Upstate and admissions information. Register online at: https://engage.upstate.edu/register/Resp-Feb2020.

For more information, email Wendy Meyer at meyerw@upstate.edu.


College of Health Professions participates in local Career and Technical Education Expo

Dean Katherine Beissner, PhD, back left, and Clinical Perfusion student Tyra Wiggins (class of 2021), back right, participated in the Career and Technical Education Expo with the Syracuse City School District.

The Expo allows students in 8th grade to learn about the various Health Profession programs available to them upon entering high school. Upstate Career Coaches have been working with students in the program for the past two years. Students from the high school program helped introduce their program to the 8th grade students.


MS students in new Behavior Analysis Studies program making an impact in the local community

First- and second-year students in the College of Health Professions' Behavior Analysis Studies program, along with students in other CHP programs,volunteered at the sensory-friendly showing of Beauty and the Beast when the production was featured at the Syracuse Stage.

Behavior Analysts are licensed health-care professionals who provide therapeutic services for individuals with autism and related disorders. Service delivery might include conducting assessments of problem behavior or language deficits, developing treatments to reduce problem behavior and increase pro-social behavior, consultation, and caregiver training. Learn more!


CVP alumni, friends of Nicholas Rappa, discuss impact he had on others

Ryan Price and Stefanie Cavanaugh, CVP alumni, classmates and close friends of Nick's, discuss the endowment set up in memory of their friend and the tremendous impact he had on his classmates in this podcast.  Listen here. (Powered by SpecialtyCare, Scrubbing In is a podcast, webinar, and live event series about innovation and those making a change in the operating room).


Student Admissions to host information sessions Jan. 10 and 15

Student Admissions will host an information session on medical imaging sciences and radiation therapy Jan. 10 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Weiskotten Hall. Student Admissions will discuss medical imaging science and radiation therapy careers, degree programs, and admission requirements. To register online, visit https://engage.upstate.edu/register/mis-radiation.

An information session on Upstate’s Respiratory Therapy Program will be held Jan. 15 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Binghamton Campus (425 Robinson Street). Student Admissions will discuss respiratory therapy as a career. Upstate’s bachelor’s degree program, and the distance learning respiratory therapy program. More information and registration is available at https://engage.upstate.edu/register/Binghamton.


Questions? Email Wendy Meyer at meyerw@upstate.edu.  

The legacy of Lucy Reff featured In Good Health newspaper

It is especially difficult when the Upstate campus experiences the untimely loss of a student who is on the threshold of a new stage in life, almost ready to begin their professional career. In January, second year Respiratory Therapy student Lucy Reff lost a brief battle with a sudden illness.

This week, Lucy was featured In Good Health newspaper, a CNY Healthcare publication, and honored for her organ donation.You can read the article here: http://www.cnyhealth.com/features/lucys-legacy/

Lucy’s family and friends are also raising funds to establish a scholarship in her name. Click here to help reach the goal to endow the scholarship. In the ‘designation’ line, simply click the down arrow and choose ‘other.’ Then type ‘Lucy Reff Scholarship.’


Experienced Respiratory Therapists Needed!

From the College:

Ten years ago, most people asked to volunteer in Africa. Ever since the Syrian refugee crisis, more people are asking to volunteer in the Middle East. So we have created another opportunity for a way for you to help.

Experienced respiratory therapists needed to work in a hospital intensive care unit (ICU) which has 80 beds in Jerusalem.

 Click here  to read more about their needs.

Questions can be directed to Claire Aloan.

Upstate opens new state-of-the-art simulation center to enhance patient safety and improve quality

Story from UpOnline


Upstate Medical University has opened a new $11 million teaching center that will simulate real-time responses to medical emergencies—in the ICU, labor and delivery, the operating room and in any setting where health care is delivered.

The aim of the Upstate Simulation Center is to improve patient safety and patient care, as well as build highly-trained multidisciplinary healthcare teams.

This new and sophisticated learning environment, totaling about 8,600 square feet will become a hub of teaching and training for students from all areas of the health professions. The center will also be dedicated to improving the competency of health care providers as well as training them in new techniques. Read more