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February 18, 2010
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Upstate Medical University to host SUNY Strategic Planning Open Forum Feb. 25

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Upstate Medical University will host a statewide SUNY Strategic Open Forum Feb. 25, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the second floor of the Institute for Human Performance, 505 Irving Ave.

The forum is part of SUNY’s series of statewide conversations for its strategic plan. Upstate is one eight SUNY campuses to host a Strategic Planning Open Forum.

The purpose of the open forum is to receive testimony and statements from individuals concerning SUNY’s strategic planning process.

“Specifically, the open forum at Upstate will focus on the health affairs theme, which impacts the quality of life of New Yorkers, as well as SUNY’s role as an economic engine for the state,” said David R. Smith, M.D., president of Upstate Medical University. Information about the SUNY Strategic Planning process can be found at

Persons who wish to present testimony regarding the health affairs topic for the SUNY Strategic Plan are requested to write to Strategic Planning or fax to 518-320-1558 no later than noon Feb. 23. Contents of your letter must identify briefly the subject of the testimony and provide an e-mail address, telephone number, and mailing address.

A complete copy of the oral testimony must be provided. Testimony will be limited to three minutes. Persons who wish to make brief extemporaneous comments of no more than three minutes are requested to file their names with the forum registration officer on the day of the open forum, in advance of the beginning of the forum. Time permitting, individuals will be called in the order in which they register with the forum registration officer.

Individuals who are unable to attend the open forum will have the opportunity to provide direct input online through the use of Facebook. Input provided in this way will be accepted throughout SUNY’s entire Strategic Planning process. Any input received before the start of the open forum will be read aloud, time permitting. To submit this input, persons can utilize the “Discussions” tab at

In addition to welcoming SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, Ph.D., and representatives from SUNY’s 64 campuses, the discussion on the topic of health affairs will be led by Bill Novelli, former AARP CEO and now Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University. While attendance at this discussion and working session is closed due to space restraints, the conversation will be Webcast through SUNY at meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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