Upstate's Remembering Our History Exhibition on Display through June 30

Visit the art gallery on the 12th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital to view Upstate’s impressive Remembering Our History exhibition, on display through June 30. The exhibit celebrates the 50th anniversaries of Upstate’s Community and Downtown campuses and includes timelines of both campuses from 1964 to the present, old photographs, memorabilia and stories. While you’re there, be sure to complete the card that asks for your suggestions for items to include in Upstate’s Time Capsule. The suggestions should include anything that represents health care in 2014. A Time Capsule suggestion box is also located at the Community Campus main lobby. Time Capsule suggestions can also be sent to Susan Keeter,

(Story from Upstate Online – 3/1/14)


College of Nursing Announces Strategic Initiatives

February 2014 – Since her arrival last spring, College of Nursing Dean Joyce Griffin-Sobel, PhD, RN, FAAN, has led faculty, stakeholders from communities of interest and students in a strategic planning process that builds upon the findings of the Institute of Medicine’s landmark 2010 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Out of this process, three strategic priorities have emerged for the College:

  1. Be a national leader in interprofessional education;
  2. Be a national model of excellence for innovation in nursing; and,
  3. Partner with communities of interest to impact the health of Central New York and beyond. 


College of Nursing News Briefs

Ø The College has begun an online program for its clinical doctorate degree (DNP), and is expanding options for nurses to achieve their baccalaureate degrees, including online options and onsite classes at regional hospitals.

 Ø To encourage more interaction among students and with faculty, space in the College is being renovated to establish a comfortable student lounge with the financial support of the Nursing Alumni Association.


Educator Awarded Jonas Grant to Recognize Student Leader 


February 2014 – Joyce Scarpinato, DNP, PNP, FNP ‘09, Upstate’s College of Nursing DNP Program Director, was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare to support a student as a DNP Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar. The Upstate student to be selected will join an elite group of 600 Jonas Nurse Leaders/Scholars across the country. The Jonas Center is dedicated to improving healthcare through nursing. The selection process for the CON student is occurring this spring.


Alums as Leaders in Fight for CNS Title Protection
January 2014 – New York State joined 42 other states in enacting last fall a “title protection” law for clinical nurse specialists (CNS) with the lobbying help of alumni and College of Nursing educators Melanie Kalman, PhD, CNS and Carol Anne Kozik, MS, CAS, CNS, FNP. Joining with other nurse professionals and the regional chapter of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, they led a coordinated two-year effort to pass the legislation. The law authorizes the NYS Education Department to investigate claims of unlicensed practice, and imposes fines for unqualified individuals who present themselves as CNSs. Data supporting the effectiveness of CNSs was being negatively affected by unqualified personnel passing themselves off as having the CNS degree, said Kalman. With title protection, notes Kozik, “Now we have an identity, a legally recognized identity.”


 Carol Anne Kozik, MS ‘96, CAS, CNS, FNP, (left) and Melanie Kalman, PhD, CNS ’92, helped lead the effort to pass the New York CNS title protection law.

Omicron Alpha Chapter Inducts 75 and Awards Three Alumni

December 2013 – Seventeen undergraduate and 53 graduate students of the College of Nursing became inductees of Omicron Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society during a November 1, 2013 ceremony in Weiskotten Hall. Five transfers/dual members were also inducted. The list of inductees appears below. 

In addition to the induction ceremony, awards were presented to active Omicron Alpha members who are also Upstate alumni.  Those alumni award recipients are:

Debra Johnson, PhD, RN (RN-MS ‘93), who demonstrated commitment to the advancement of the profession as well as to STTI through active professional membership, was presented the Virginia B. Byers Professional Organization Commitment Award.  Debbie is the Operating Room and Sterile Processing Department Manager at St. Joseph’s/Candler Health Care System in Savannah, GA.

Rochele (Shelly) Clark, BS, RN (BS ‘05), who has served as a leader and mentor in the profession and in OA, was presented the Community Mentor Award. Shelly is the Stroke Center Coordinator at Upstate University Hospital.

Theresa Morse, MS, RN (MS ‘12/BS ‘10), was presented the Excellence in Nursing Research Award.  Terri is a Family Nurse Practitioner in the Pediatric and Adolescent Center at Upstate’s Golisano Children’s Hospital.



Class of 2014
Laurie Allgaier
Jessica Arcuri
Sarah Benton
Caitlin Coleman
Victoria Fergerson
Brianne Gravell
Sandy Lim
Eileen Luteran
Lindsey Rainbow
Elizabeth Roder
Tasha Roes
Ellen Scott
Jason Straigis
Phitsamai Thatvihane
Yongmee Yoon 

Class of 2015
Heidi Kosienski
Paula Welsh


Class of 2014
Maria Aquilino – FNP
Caroline Berrios – FNP
Katrina Bonnie – FNP
Bridget Brotzki – FNP
Renee Butts – CNS
Kaitlin Corona – FNP
Raymundo Corrales – FNP
Donna Devine – FNP
Vanessa Gera – FNP
Lisa Isabell – FNP
Sarah Keller – FNP
Ingrid Martinez – FNP
Maura McGrath – FNP
Melissa Pearsall – FNP
Nakisha Pierce – FNP
Sarah Reed – FNP
Katherine Richey – FNP
Susan Rosato – FNP
Georgina Rotzler – Psych FNP
Joanne Speicher – FNP
Erin Strong – PNP
Elyse Tanner – PNP
Elaine Toth – FNP
Paula White – FNP
Emily Ziemba – FNP

Class of 2015
Deborah Bedford – FNP
Kathleen Brady – FNP
Yolanda Brown – FNP
Rachel Gorman – Psych FNP
Jevell Graham – Psych FNP
Delphine Hyppolite – FNP
Brandy Leary – FNP
Cassandra Lord – FNP
Erina Myagkota – FNP
Jenelle Vargulick – FNP

Class of 2016
Caitlin Alvin – CNS
Star Bumbanac – FNP
Beverly Chartrand – FNP
Meghan Cimino – CNS
Maureen Dellefave – FNP
Natalie Elkins – FNP
Pamela Elsbree – FNP
Stephanie Garland – FNP
Lauren Gildemeyer – FNP
Sue Hamilton – FNP
Brenda Hewitt – FNP
David Impellizzeri – FNP
Linda Jiles – FNP
Elizabeth Mancus – FNP
Debra Matt – FNP
Carrie Raymond – FNP
Angel Stanley – Psych FNP
Reeba Thankachan – FNP

Transfer / Dual Membership
Karen Vitkus – FNP 2014

Transfer / Dual Non-Student or Alumni
Tara Box – Crouse Hospital
Joyce Griffin-Sobel, PhD – CON Dean
Pamela Young Mahon, PhD – CON Associate Dean
Mara Kaufmann, PhD – CON Associate Professor

With Distinction blog features Upstate students

Upstate Medical University students do great things on campus, down the street and around the world. They raise money for a fellow student whose home burned down, volunteer at Ronald McDonald House, give up their winter break to help at clinics and orphanages in Haiti.  Our students are a wonderful blend of talents, ages, backgrounds and ethnicities.  Where can you find out more about them?  Check out our With Distinction blog at

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