January 2024 Announcements

By Office of Communications & Marketing | Jan 1, 2024

Call for Nominations: 2023-2024 Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in the Classified Service

We Need Your Help!
Nominations are invited for the 2023-2024
Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in the Classified Service
Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2024

Police Medal

The SUNY Downstate Selection Committee, chaired by Cheryl Rolston, Chief Nursing Officer, invites you to nominate Classified Service employees for special recognition by the SUNY Chancellor!

CSEA Badges

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Member of the Classified Services, i.e. CSEA, PEF, NYSCOPBA or PBA-NYS employee;
  • Minimum three (3) continuous years of service;
  • Outstanding achievement, skill and commitment to excellence within their role; and
  • Demonstrated excellence in activities beyond the scope of their job description.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate creativity and flexibility in performing their duties to meet campus needs, with special consideration given to employees who consistently provide exemplary customer service to students, staff, patients, and other members of the campus community.

Nominations must be submitted to your respective Vice President representative by no later than close of business Friday, January 26, 2024.

For more information, please see the attached official poster, guidelines, and nomination form.

The Selection Committee

P.S. Please print out & display the attached official poster in a conspicuous spot within your Department.


Call for Nominations

Nomination Form

Employee Rights Under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)            

DATE: January 2, 2024

As you are aware, leave under the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) allows an employee to take up to twelve (12) weeks of leave each calendar year for leave necessitated by an employee’s serious health condition, or that of an immediate family member, i.e. parent, spouse or child.

Please be advised that leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is administered on a calendar year basis. As such, any employee with an FMLA Designation for 2023 must reapply for FMLA as early as January 1, 2024, should it be medically necessary.

To apply for FMLA leave, employees must complete and submit the ‘FMLA Request Form’ to the Depart of Human Resources (DHR) as soon as practical. As a supervisor, you are responsible for completing the Supervisor’s portion on page three (3) of the form. An employee’s request for leave should specify that FMLA is requested and indicate the date(s) of leave and expected date of return, if appropriate.  DHR may require the submission of a ‘Medical Certification Form’ completed by a qualified Health Care Provider.

For your information, please see the attached notice summarizing employee rights under the FMLA.

Please direct any questions regarding this memo or FMLA leave benefits to Nicole Sharpe at Extension 3025 or email

Upcoming Events

Corebridge - 2024 Q1 Appointment

In preparation to meet retirement and financial goals, employees are encouraged to sign up for appointments being offered by AIG. Employees in the TDA program are also welcome as there will be some valuable information. 


AIG Retirement Services is now Corebridge Financial

Now is a great time to take action for your financial future  - Free Financial Planning

Schedule a time to meet to make sure you’re on track for the retirement you want. 

When we meet, we can discuss:

  • The benefits of enrolling in your workplace retirement plan  
  • How to boost your overall financial wellness via Financial Planning
  • What your retirement income picture looks like – Thorough Financial analysis  
  • Your broader financial/retirement  goals so we can put a plan in place to help you get there  

We can meet in person at a time that is convenient for you. 

Click here to schedule an appointment

Tuesday, January 9th
Tuesday, January 23rd
Wednesday, February 7th
Tuesday, February 20th
Wednesday, March 6th
Tuesday, March 19th

Time:   7:45 AM to 2:00 PM
(45 minute appointments available)

Location:  Downstate Student Library - 1st Floor OR your Office
Downstate Health Sciences University

Virtual Meeting Dates: Will accommodate by Email Request

Email for Virtual Meeting Request

Location - Microsoft Teams Meeting – Link sent after registration

Need help, contact us. 

With Corebridge, you get help from a financial professional at no extra cost – plus access to our tools and resources. 

Richard Grofsick, CFP®
Financial Advisor
Direct: 973.902.8488
Office: 603.594.8340
307 Fellowship Road, Suite 205 Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

Michael L. Grofsick
Financial Planning Advisor
Direct: 973-461-3834
Client Care: 800.448.2542
307 Fellowship Road, Suite 205 Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054 

Mike R Grofsick
Financial Advisor
Direct: 631.241.0493
Client Care: 800.448.2542
307 Fellowship Road, Suite 205 Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

School of Health Professions
Dean's Lecture Series, 4th Edition 2024


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With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth has become recognized as a clinical service delivery modality.  However, telehealth had momentum in healthcare before the pandemic.  I hope you will join me in the 4th edition of the School of Health Professions (SOHP) Dean's Lecture Series that focuses on current practices in Telehealth.

The SOHP Dean's Lecture Series is designed to provide students at SUNY Downstate in all schools and colleges with healthcare content in addition to and that transcends their primary disciplines of study.  This information is value-added to the education of students who avail themselves of this content.

Although students are the primary target audience, anyone can attend.  Previous editions of the SOHP Dean's Lecture Series have focused on the topics of "Culture and Healthcare," "Leadership Skills Beyond Discipline-based Expertise," and "Using Data-Driven Decision Making to Improve a Clinical Practice or Program."  Again, I hope you will join me (Dean Allen Lewis) in this 4th edition SOHP Dean’s Lecture Series on Telehealth.

All lectures will take place via Zoom at 5:00 pm

Lecture #4
Technology Considerations in Telehealth
January 17, 2024

Lecture #4 - REGISTER HERE

Lecture #5
Telehealth Applications in Medicine and Nursing
January 31, 2024

Lecture #5 - REGISTER HERE

Join Us For a Legal Rights Seminar

Wednesday, January 25, 2024
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
SUNY Downstate (Phab Building, Phab Hall)

Legal Rights Seminar

Us vs HPV Week Webinars

Friday, January 26th, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Camille Clare Event

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