The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has approved Syracuse University's request for registration of a family nurse practitioner (FNP) master of science degree program and post-master's advanced certificate program to be offered in both traditional and limited residency independent study degree formats.
      Each of the programs will lead to eligibility for certification as a family nurse practitioner. The master of science degree program is 45 credits. The advanced certificate program is 14 credits.
      Current plans are for the programs to be offered for the first time next fall, says Cecilia Mulvey, interim dean of the College of Nursing, with recruiting of students for the programs to begin immediately.
      NYSED has registered the program until September 1, 2000. Registration beyond that date is contingent upon the results of a periodic state education department site visit tentatively scheduled for spring 2000. NYSED also expects that the recent improvement in pass rates of SU baccalaureate program graduates on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses will, at a minimum, be maintained.
      In addition to working with NYSED to secure registration of the FNP offerings, SU has sought appropriate resolutions for certain SU nursing graduate students who were allowed to participate in the FNP specialties prior to state approval. (See "Nursing Update," Quad Angles, Winter 1998/99.)
      To date, financial settlement has been achieved with 30 individuals. Negotiations continue with other students who have requested compensation for costs related to their FNP coursework.
      A number of the affected students are continuing their studies at SU, focusing on the pediatric or adult nurse practitioner specialties. Those students interested in dual certification have been offered the opportunity to complete their coursework in one specialty (pediatric or adult nurse practitioner) at SU and then pursue an advanced certificate in the other specialty, with the University providing free tuition for the advanced certificate program leading to certification in the second specialty.
      Syracuse University has also offered the affected students tuition refunds for courses they completed that were not applicable to the pediatric or adult specialties at Syracuse, or that were not transferable to another institution.

dome Come fall 1999, the Carrier Dome will sport a new, $14 million roof, replacing the current roof that is nearly 19 years old.
      New York State is providing a $4.2 million allocation to Syracuse University to help offset the replacement cost. New York Governor George Pataki allocated half the money for the project, and the other half will be provided by the state Senate. The state previously contributed $700,000 for architectural drawings and vendor selection toward the project.
      "We are delighted that Governor Pataki and the Senate, particularly Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno and Senator John DeFrancisco, have shown their support for this important project," says Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw. "Senator DeFrancisco championed the project from early on."
      SU will finance the portion of the project not covered by the state through a combination of institutional funds and tax-exempt bonds from a local industrial development authority yet to be named.
      "The Carrier Dome plays an important role in the regional economy, bringing visitors and top-quality acts—along with the money they spend locally—to Central New York," Pataki says. "This investment in the Carrier Dome is not just about maintaining one of Central New York's most prominent landmarks. It is an investment in a facility that means jobs and opportunities for Central New Yorkers.
      "We are determined that it remain a world-class facility that will continue to draw events that enrich the lives of Central New Yorkers."
      Construction on the roof began in March at the conclusion of the basketball season. Project organizers expect the work to be completed before the Syracuse University football team's home opener against Central Michigan on September 11. Normal activities at the Dome have ceased during the construction period, although special arrangements were made to have the roof reinflated for May Commencement.

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Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders visited the SU campus in March as a guest of the College Democrats. During her Hendricks Chapel appearance, Elders spoke on comprehensive health education and health care reform. "We need to change the sick care system into a health care system," Elders said. "My vision of health care is that all citizens should have the right to health care. Everyone has the right to a lawyer. Why not a doctor?"

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