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Upstate recognizes outstanding service at Fall Faculty Convocation

Twenty-three individuals and a local company have been recognized by Upstate Medical University for distinguished service at the university’s annual Fall Faculty Convocation, held Sept. 16 in the Weiskotten Hall courtyard.

The event is traditionally held in the Medical Alumni Auditorium before an audience of friends and family members of the award winners. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebration was moved outdoors with a limited audience. The campus community was able to view the event via a live stream.

Awards recognized individuals in numerous catergories, from Professional Service and Voluntary Faculty to Research and Diversity. Two key awards honored a company and individual for Philanthropic Service.

The President’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropic Service, Individual has been awarded to Richard E. Cote, Jr.

Cote’s support of the Upstate Foundation started in 2001, when his young daughter, Madeline, was treated in the pediatric emergency department. Cote was so impressed by, and grateful for her care at that time and during subsequent years, that he has made support of pediatric services at Upstate University Hospital his personal mission. He was an ardent support of the Foundation’s Little Gifts for Life event, and raised funds for the children’s hospital capital campaign through national competitions as a triathlete. He and his wife established the Madeline Cote Endowment in 2007 to benefit the Center for Development, Behavior and Genetics at Upstate. He also founded the Cazenovia Hillbender Cycling Festival, which benefits Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. All told, Cote has worked with the Foundation to raise, directly donate or secure matching gifts from his company totaling more than $150,000. Notably, his work continues through his participation in the Foundation’s Professional Advisory Council for planned giving and through his active support in the campaign for the Golisano Center for Special Needs.

The President’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropic Service, Corporate, has been awarded to Sutton Real Estate Company.

With gifts made through the Upstate Foundation amounting to nearly $600,000, Sutton— a leading Central New York property management, real estate brokerage and development company—has been a most generous and steadfast corporate ally. The company’s giving history, which began in 1986, includes its most recent naming gift in support of the Golisano Center for Special Needs, the Foundation’s current campaign to assist children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families. Sutton also has supported capital campaigns to build the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and Upstate Cancer Center, naming a patient room in the pediatric intensive care unit in the children’s hospital and a resident work room in the Upstate Cancer Center. Sutton

Sutton’s support of Upstate’s annual Gala began in 1992 and through the years the company also has supported the Upstate Open, Children’s Miracle Network Open and Central New York Region Skins Game. Sutton’s philanthropic sprit has benefited many diverse causes such as the Upstate New York Poison Center, breast care and orthopedic surgery.

A complete list of award recipients is below.

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities: Richard JH Wojcikiewicz, PhD, Department of Pharmacology

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching: Sandra M. Banas, MST, PA-C, MT(ASCP), Department of Physician Studies

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service: Sue Henderson-Kendrick, BS, Graduate Medical Education

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service: Stephen A. Albanese, MD, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service:

            Sandra Crawley, Patient Access – DT Central Registration

Gail Nolan, Ambulatory Peds Hematology/Oncology and Infusion Center

Edgardo Rios, Patient Access Services 

President’s Award for Distinguished Service: Robert A. Dracker, MD, MHA, MBA, CPI, Summerwood Pediatrics   

President’s Award for Excellence and Leadership in Research: William J. Brunken, PhD, Departments of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Neuroscience and Physiology                                 

President’s Award for Excellence in Basic Research by a Young Investigator: Jessica L. Henty-Ridilla, PhD, Departments of Cell and Developmental Biology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

President’s Award for Advancement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Amy E. Caruso Brown, MD, MSc, MSCS, Center for Bioethics and Humanities and Department of Pediatrics

President’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service: Francine M. Fischer, BS, Department of Pharmacology

President’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service: Steven M. Taffet, PhD, Department of Microbiology and Immunology 

President’s Award for Excellence in Library Science: Heidi J. Webb, MSLIS, Health Sciences Library

President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching:

College of Medicine, Basic Science Departments/College of Graduate Studies: Vladimir Sirotkin, PhD, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

College of Nursing: Kathryn E. Holliday, DNP, CPNP, CNE

Binghamton Campus: Domenico R. Prato, MD, Department of Medicine

President’s Award for Outstanding Voluntary Faculty

College of Nursing: Katherine M. Cunningham, MSN, CPNP, Pediatric Cardiology Associates

College of Health Professions: Joanna Daucher, RT(R), VA Medical Center

Binghamton Campus: Jodie Howell, MD, Susquehanna Anesthesia Affiliates, Johnson City

President’s Award for Distinguished Service: Robert A. Dracker, MD, MHA, MBA, CPI, Summerwood Pediatrics         

Academy of Upstate Educators: 

Amy E. Caruso Brown, MD, MSc, MSCS, Center for Bioethics and Humanities and Department of Pediatrics

Haidy Marzouk, MD, MBA, FAAOA, Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences

Caption: Interim President Mantosh Dewan, MD, presides over the 2020 Fall Faculty Convocation, held Sept. 16 in the Weiskotten Halll courtyard. Due to the pandemic, fewer guests were invited to the event and the audience was physically distanced.

 

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