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JJanCoy-PTan Coy, PT, DPT, MA is retiring after 27 years as Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy Education at Upstate. An accomplished educator with a passion for promoting a deep understanding of the scientific rationale for neurologic physical therapy practice, Dr. Coy is known for her creativity in the classroom and her student-centered approach to learning. Her ongoing clinical practice using the Feldenkrais method reflects her deep understanding of the science of human movement and its application to optimal motor learning. She is respected by both academic and clinical faculty and most notably by the many students that she has instructed and mentored over her career.

At her request, donations in honor of Dr. Coy’s retirement should be directed to the Pamela Gramet PT Scholarship Fund or the Susan Miller PT Education Professional Development Fund.

Upon the retirement of Dr. Colleen E. O’Leary, the Upstate Foundation, Upstate Department of Anesthesiology, and Upstate Administration have established the Colleen E. O’Leary, MD, and Michael R. O’Leary, MD, Endowed Scholarship for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Dr. Colleen O’Leary has served Upstate Medical University in numerous roles, including interim medical director and president of the medical staff at Upstate University Hospital; interim chair, Department of Anesthesiology; and member of the Upstate Foundation board of directors. Along with her husband, Dr. Michael O'Leary, she has been involved in many community-based philanthropic initiatives.

Each year medical laboratories across the country perform more than 7 billion tests and must hire 12,000 employees to keep up with the growing volume of tests ordered by physicians. However, only 5,000 lab professionals graduate annually.

The new scholarship will help Upstate’s College of Health Professions continue to attract the finest candidates for its Clinical Lab Sciences program to help alleviate this critical shortage. The CLS program celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015 and averages 18 graduates each year.

In addition, the Upstate Foundation and Upstate Administration established the Colleen O'Leary, MD, Endowed Scholarship in 2008 to support a scholarship at the College of Nursing. The O’Learys created the Alfred F. and Shirley D. Enwright Endowed Scholarship at the Upstate Medical Alumni Association.

Click here to donate to the new O'Leary scholarship endowment.

Alumnus Ronald E. Angona, Jr., MS, CCP ’01, received the President’s Award for Outstanding Voluntary Faculty; and Kevin Neville, PT, MS, CCS, assistant professor in physical therapy, was given the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Angona is the chief perfusionist at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester and serves as a voluntary clinical instructor for Upstate’s Cardiovascular Perfusion program. The U of R Medical Center has become one of the most sought-after clinical affiliates for Upstate because of his gifted teaching and mentoring. Angona is an exemplary example of a lifelong learner in a technologic career that is ever changing, and many of his students are now leaders in the field. He has authored several peer-reviewed publications and professional presentations and is active in professional organizations, including AmSECT.

Neville is an innovative educator with unparalleled expertise in acute care physical therapy, especially in cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation. He has been on the PT faculty for more than 12 years. Graduates of the program score well above the national mean on the cardiopulmonary portion of the licensing exam. He adopted use early on of a sophisticated simulation mannequin that increases student engagement and practice skills. He serves on a range of academic committees, chairing the CHP Academic Affairs Committee, and organizes recruitment events on campus with local schools. He is a prolific author and holds several professional memberships. With his MS degree in PT from Columbia University, Neville is nearing completion of a DPT degree from Upstate.

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