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Morrisville State College Hires Oneida Resident to Head New Baccalaureate Nursing Program

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.— Margaret S. Argentine, Ph.D., RN, of Oneida, has been appointed professor of nursing and director of the new baccalaureate nursing program at Morrisville State College.

“We are very enthusiastic to have Dr. Argentine join the team of dedicated nursing faculty and staff at Morrisville State College,” Peg Golden, associate dean and associate professor of nursing, said. “With all of her experience and credentials, she will be an asset to our program.”

Argentine has more than 40 years of experience in professional nursing and healthcare, nursing education and administration, and nursing research.

Prior to working at Morrisville State College, Argentine served as health occupations coordinator at Madison-Oneida BOCES where she managed adult practical nursing programs in Utica, Rome and Verona, in addition to all of the health occupations continuing education programs throughout Oneida and Madison counties.

A former nurse at JD George Elementary School in the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School District, she also worked at University Hospital, and the Colleges of Nursing and Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. She also taught nursing leadership and management at Syracuse University’s College of Nursing and has held positions of director of nursing in-home care settings and at Cazenovia College’s nursing program, in addition to staff nurse and clinical positions in ambulatory practice.

Argentine has completed extensive research and various scholarly work including quality of work life and organizational effectiveness, individual preferences that impact leadership and management abilities, terminal care at home, and childhood obesity. Local highlights of her childhood obesity work included the “5th Grade Girls Getting Healthy” research which was presented to the 2002 Children At Risk Conference at the Syracuse OnCenter. She is also a senior consultant with A3 Consulting – a nursing leadership and healthcare consulting practice comprised of herself and two of her daughters.

An active member in her community, Argentine chairs the Advisory Board of the Madison County Multidisciplinary Team (for preventing and managing serious child abuse) and the Oneida County Health Coalition’s Task Force for Essential Public Health Services, in addition to holding memberships in the American Nurses’ Association, the New York State Nurses’ Association, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. She is a member of Rotary International and the Oneida Progress Club.

Argentine earned her diploma in nursing from the Buffalo General Hospital School of Nursing, a B.S. in nursing from SUNY College of Technology at Utica-Rome, and an M.S. in nursing, nursing education and gerontology and Ph.D. in educational administration, both from Syracuse University.

Argentine lives in Oneida with her husband Leonard. The couple has three adult children and eight grandchildren.

Morrisville State College’s new bachelor of science degree nursing program is intended for students who have just completed their RN and also for experienced nurses who want to take the next step in their nursing career. The program is designed to enhance students’ professional development, prepare them for leadership and management positions in healthcare and apply research findings in their professional practice.

Students who complete an associate degree in nursing at Morrisville State College can continue their education at Morrisville in the new nursing bachelor degree program. Also eligible for the program are RNs who have graduated from another A.A.S. nursing or diploma program.

The Admission Office is currently accepting applications in this degree program. For more information about the new degree, call the Admission Office at 1-800-258-0111 or visit the college’s Web site at

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options with seven new degrees being offered this fall: entrepreneurship and small business management, B.B.A.; nursing, B.S.; science, technology, and society, B.S.; horticulture business management, B.T.; human performance and health promotion, B.S.; criminal justice, A.A.S. (Norwich Campus only); and human services, A.A.S. (Norwich Campus only).

Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.