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The Whitney Lectureship Endowment

The Whitney Lectureship is made possible through the very generous support of Fay and Roy Whitney.  Fay Whitney, PhD, RN, FAAN, has a long and distinguished career in medical practice, nursing education and research.  Her efforts were instrumental in the establishment of Upstate's Nurse Practitioner program in the 1970s and, indeed, to the beginning of the national Nurse Practitioner movement.

The Whitneys established this endowment to provide funding for on-campus visits by nationally renowned health care experts.

2021 Topic

Nurses: A Voice to Lead, a Vision For the Future of Healthcare

The DAISY Awards

DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students

To both recognize nursing students for the above-and-beyond care and compassion shown to patients, their families, and each other.

The Spring 2022 DAISY Award student recipient is Jenna Rupert.

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty

To honor the inspirational influence our Nursing Faculty provide their students every day. 

The DAISY Foundation was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at 33 of ITP, an auto-immune disease. The Foundation focuses on the nursing profession through recognition programs for nurses, nursing faculty and nursing students.

Please contact Jennifer Vaughn if you are interested in joining the Daisy Committee for Upstate College of Nursing.


The Upstate Medical University College of Nursing announces that nominations are OPEN for the Fall 2022 Daisy Awards for Extraordinary Faculty and Extraordinary Students. 

These awards provide the opportunity to recognize exemplary achievements in both the clinical and didactic (classroom/Zoom/asynchronous) teaching and learning environments that make up the College of Nursing! 

If you know a FACULTY MEMBER or CLINICAL PRECEPTOR* who is a role model and mentor for professional nursing; demonstrates enthusiasm for teaching, learning and nursing that inspires and motivates students; demonstrates interest in and respect for learners; uses personal attributes that facilitate professional growth; is fair and unbiased in their treatment of individual students; has excellent interpersonal skills; and develops collaborative working relationships with students and colleagues, complete the nomination form for The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty.

*Preceptors you have worked with specifically for coursework related to your degree program at the CON 


If you know a NURSING STUDENT who shows commitment to compassionate care of patients and families; makes a meaningful connection with classmates by building trust and respect; actively demonstrates the application of their academic learning to their clinical practice; demonstrates extraordinary commitment to active learning and professional growth; achieves recognition from faculty and /or classmates for an inquisitive spirit; and makes significant, original contributions in clinical training or didactic coursework, complete the nomination form for the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students.


Nominations will be open until 11:59pm on Friday, October 7th, 2022. 

 Recipients will be announced in October 2022. 

 Daisy Award recipients and nominees will be recognized at the DNP Project Proposal Defense event on November 30th, 2022.