Funding for the $11 million project will come from a variety of sources, including New York State, Upstate, and a $3 million bequest from Rose and Jules R. Setnor, MD '35 and Stanford S. Setnor, MD '42.

The Medical Alumni Association is fundraising to help defray costs for the interior needs of the building: furnishings, equipment, and technology. "The institution has stretched itself to make this building a reality because we believe so strongly in its mission and importance," says Novick. "The more money we can raise, the more we can contribute to making this building the state-of-the-art facility we envision without taxing other needs on campus."

According to Gregory Eastwood, MD, president of Upstate Medical University, the Medical Alumni Association and its members have traditionally been strong supporters of current students, raising money for scholarships, and capital projects, such as the renovation of the Medical Alumni Auditorium and the 9th Floor of Weiskotten Hall. "The Setnor Academic Building is tangible evidence of Upstate's commitment to education," he says. "We trust that our alumni, faculty, parents and friends of Upstate will see it as a significant opportunity to support medical education and all of our students."