Shining Moment for Nursing Education at Upstate
Dean Elvira Szigeti, PhD, RN, with first College of Nursing Dean,
M. Janice Nelson, EdD, RN, greeted alumni at the 50th Celebration Awards Dinner.

“This is a shining moment for College of Nursing (CON) alumni and students,” CON’s Barbara Black (ANP ‘98) said, as 135 arrived March 26th to attend the 50th Celebration of Nursing Education at Upstate.  Nurse alumni came from all over the region and beyond to reunite with friends, faculty and fond remembrances.
“It was the event of the season!” commented Nursing Dean, Elvira Szigeti, PhD, RN.  “Alumni were thrilled to be here and had plenty of opportunities to interact. It was wonderful for the College and I hope we can plan more events like this to bring us together in the future!”
“It was a great tribute to our past, present and future!” said Nursing Alumni Association President Barb Kane (BS ‘98/MS ’99). “Catching up with classmates and professors, looking through yearbooks and viewing the fantastic retrospective video, you could see everyone was touched in some way. Events, such as tours of the Golisano Children’s Hospital and the Setnor Academic Building and lunch at the Institute of Human Performance, were reminders of how far nursing and the College have advanced over the past 50 years.  I want to thank everyone who worked so diligently to bring this memorable event together!”
“The College has grown tremendously in 50 years, and we find that our students just keep coming back for more education, “commented Upstate President David R. Smith, MD. “I’m proud to be a part of a university where 95 percent of its nursing students name this college as their first choice for education.”

Nurse educator and 1976 PNP graduate, Catherine (Cate) Critz, PhD, CPNP, APRN (2nd left) traveled all the way from Kaneohe, Hawaii to attend. “Fifty years is quite a landmark and since the program launched quite a career for me, I thought it was important to attend. My cherished friend and colleague Maureen O’Hara (PNP ’97) (far left) was also being honored, another important reason I wanted to come.” Joining in the fun are O’Hara’s colleagues, Nancy Mitchell, CPNP, and Victoria Meguid, MD, of the Upstate University’s Pediatric and Adolescent Center.

First CON Dean, Janice Nelson, EdD, RN, catches up with first Nursing Alumni Association President, Kathy Harmand, BS/MS ’89.

Alums, students and colleagues connect during a fabulous dinner event.

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