Alumni

Maintaining relationships with the best and the brightest

Our College of Nursing alumni are found in positions of leadership, academia, business, government, and service.

Overview

The College of Nursing (CON) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)  ranks among the top nursing schools nationally and globally, in educating nursing leaders who are changing health care in the city, state, country and around the world.  The CON has a growing network of over 11,000 alumni who have good reason to be proud of their alma mater and the education they received at the College of Nursing.  We encourage all our alumni to stay connected and show support by remaining active participants in CON events, donating your time and expertise as preceptors and mentors to students, serving on Alumni Association committees and contributing financial support for student scholarships and other needed CON initiatives.

This web site is dedicated to helping our growing network of alumni stay connected to the CON. College of Nursing alumni are found in positions of leadership, academia, business, government, and service.

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Alumni Leadership Opportunities

The Nursing Alumni Association, an affiliate of the University of Illinois Alumni Association, is an organization of alumni committed to supporting the College of Nursing by assisting in student events, public relations, community relations, mentoring, educational activities, and by providing private financial support. All College of Nursing graduates are members of the Nursing Alumni Association.

2017-18 Alumni Board of Directors for the College of Nursing

Pat Lewis, PhD ’93
President

Jan Spunt, MS ’83, BSN ’74
Vice President

Judith McDevitt, PhD '97, MS '90, BSN '88
Secretary

Celeste Prespirin-Pearson, BSN '81
Treasurer

Sabina Dambrauskus, MS '76, BSN '68
Holli DeVon, PhD ’02, MS ’82
Judith McDevitt, PhD’97, MS ’90, BSN ’88
Laura Monahan, DNP ’16, MS ’12
Karla Nacion, PhD ’88, MS ’87
Rachel Newhouse, MS ’12
Linda Olson, PhD ’95
Harlene Pearlman, MS ’95
Lauretta Quinn, PhD '96
Joan Ruppman, MS ’83

Alumni Awards

Do you know someone who deserves an alumni award? It might even be you! The College of Nursing Alumni Association presents several different awards to outstanding alumni and graduating students. Awardees are honored at Alumni Day and the Distinguished Alumnae is recognized at the College of Nursing Commencement ceremony.  Following is a complete list of College of Nursing alumni awards.

Commencement Awards

The deadline for 2018 Commencement Award nominations is Friday, February 2, 2018.  The College of Nursing Alumni Association Awards Committee will select the recipients and the awards will be conferred at commencement. If you experience any difficulties with these forms, please contact salmas1@uic.edu, fax the nomination to (312) 996-2460, or send via e-mail to salmas1@uic.edu.

Distinguished Nurse Alumnus/a Award

Established in 1977, this award recognizes graduates who have been involved in creative work, distinguished achievements and service, and important contributions to nursing or other endeavors. It is the highest award presented by the College of Nursing Alumni Association and is customarily given at the May commencement.

Selection Criteria

  • Must be nominated by faculty, staff, alumni, or peers.
  • Special attention is placed on the nursing positions held by the alumnus as well as written publications, lectures, and other honors or awards.

Nomination Form     Recipient List

Cardew-Mullane Award in Clinical Excellence and Leadership

Established by Mary Kelly Mullane, former dean of the College of Nursing, this award recognizes outstanding clinical skill and leadership abilities in graduating students. The award also serves as a memorial to Emily Cardew, the first dean of the college. More than one student can win this cash award, which is sponsored by the College of Nursing Alumni Association and is customarily given at the May commencement.

Selection Criteria

  1. Must be nominated by faculty, staff, alumni, or peers.
  2. Graduating student in the undergraduate or graduate program from the summer, fall, or spring classes.
  3. At least two (2) letters of support, one from a clinical instructor, must accompany a student's nomination. Please have these letters forwarded to salmas1@uic.edu. The letters should address the student's:

Clinical Excellence - clinical practice:

  • Exceeds course expectations or is considered outstanding
  • Is innovative
  • Serves as a model
  • Is collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature
  • Incorporates patient/family/community
  • Shows exceptional caring
  • Demonstrates exceptional decision-making
  • Is research-based

Leadership Abilities:

  • Involved in extra curricular activities that promote nursing/nursing practice
  • Evidence of leadership roles
  • Evidence of community membership/service
  • Future plans include the potential for leadership

Nomination Form     Recipient List

Graduating Student Recognition Award

Established in 1996, this cash award is given in recognition of academic excellence and initiative in actively supporting the UIC College of Nursing. The award is customarily given at the May commencement.

Selection Criteria

  1. Must be nominated by faculty, staff, peers, self, or other nursing professional.
  2. Graduating student in the undergraduate or graduate program from the summer, fall, or spring classes.
  3. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all work attempted.
  4. Recognition as outstanding by both peers and faculty.
  5. Active participation in college and campus activities.
  6. Involvement in community activities (health, political, religious, civic, volunteer, and service organizations).
  7. At least two (2) letters of support must accompany a nomination. Please have these letters forwarded to salmas1@uic.edu.

Nomination Form     Recipient List

 

 

Commencement Awards

The deadline for 2018 Commencement Award nominations is Friday, February 2, 2018. The College of Nursing Alumni Association Awards Committee will select the recipients and the awards will be conferred at commencement. If you experience any difficulties with these forms, please contact salmas1@uic.edu, fax the nomination to (312) 996-2460, or send via e-mail to salmas1@uic.edu.

Distinguished Nurse Alumnus/a Award

Established in 1977, this award recognizes graduates who have been involved in creative work, distinguished achievements and service, and important contributions to nursing or other endeavors. It is the highest award presented by the College of Nursing Alumni Association and is customarily given at the May commencement.

Selection Criteria

  • Must be nominated by faculty, staff, alumni, or peers.
  • Special attention is placed on the nursing positions held by the alumnus as well as written publications, lectures, and other honors or awards.

Nomination Form     Recipient List

Cardew-Mullane Award in Clinical Excellence and Leadership

Established by Mary Kelly Mullane, former dean of the College of Nursing, this award recognizes outstanding clinical skill and leadership abilities in graduating students. The award also serves as a memorial to Emily Cardew, the first dean of the college. More than one student can win this cash award which is customarily given at the May commencement.

Selection Criteria

  1. Must be nominated by faculty, staff, alumni, or peers.
  2. Graduating student in the undergraduate or graduate program from the summer, fall, or spring classes.
  3. 1 letter of support, preferably from a clinical instructor, must accompany a student's nomination. Please forward the letter to salmas1@uic.edu. The letter should address the student's:

Clinical Excellence - clinical practice:

  • Exceeds course expectations or is considered outstanding
  • Is innovative
  • Serves as a model
  • Is collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature
  • Incorporates patient/family/community
  • Shows exceptional caring
  • Demonstrates exceptional decision-making
  • Is research-based

Leadership Abilities:

  • Involved in extra curricular activities that promote nursing/nursing practice
  • Evidence of leadership roles
  • Evidence of community membership/service
  • Future plans include the potential for leadership

Nomination Form     Recipient List

Graduating Student Recognition Award

Established in 1996, this cash award is given in recognition of academic excellence and initiative in actively supporting the UIC College of Nursing. The award is customarily given at the May commencement.

Selection Criteria

  1. Must be nominated by faculty, staff, peers, self, or other nursing professional.
  2. Graduating student in the undergraduate or graduate program from the summer, fall, or spring classes.
  3. Recognition as outstanding by both peers and faculty.
  4. Active participation in college and campus activities.
  5. Involvement in community activities (health, political, religious, civic, volunteer, and service organizations).
  6. 1 letter of support must accompany a nomination. Please forward this letter to salmas1@uic.edu.

Nomination Form     Recipient List

UIAA Awards

The University of Illinois Alumni Association (UIAA) also presents awards to outstanding UIC alumni, students, faculty and friends. To learn more the awards, complete a nomination form, or to view a list of recipients, visit the UIAA web site. The following are UIAA awards.

  • Alumni Achievement Award
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Alumni Humanitarian Award
  • Constituent Leadership Award
  • Lou Liay Spirit Award
  • Loyalty Award
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Student Leadership Award
  • UIC Flame Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Activities Honorary Society
  • UIC City Partner Award
  • UIC Corporate Partner Award
  • Lighting of the Flame

Award Winners

Distinguished Nurse Alumnus/a Award

  • 2017 Lisa Hopp
  • 2016 Mary A. Nies
  • 2015 Ruth M. Kleinpell
  • 2014 Kathleen C. Buckwalter
  • 2013 Lynne T. Braun
  • 2012 Janet M. Engstrom
  • 2011 Janet Larson
  • 2010 Dorothy M. Pringle
  • 2009 Karla Witt Nacion
  • 2008 Chrissie P. Kaponda
  • 2007 Carol E. Ferrans
  • 2006 Sabina Dambrauskas
  • 2005 Paula Meier
  • 2004 Sheila Dinotshe Tlo
  • 2003 Naeema Al-Gasseer
  • 2002 Katherine Camacho Carr
  • 2001 Deborah McGuire
  • 2000 Phyllis Beck Kritek
  • 1999 Janice Mitchell Phillips
  • 1998 Janet Deatrick
  • 1997 Marguerite Dixon
  • 1996 Sharon Anderson
  • 1995 Karen Allen
  • 1994 Elissa Brown
  • 1993 Sally West Brooks
  • 1992 Olga Church
  • 1991 Mary Haack
  • 1990 Lorna Mill Barrell
  • 1988 Karen Kirchoff
  • 1987 Barbara Logan
  • 1986 Judith Chodil
  • 1985 Edward Halloran
  • 1984 Rita Froelich
  • 1983 Jacquelyn H. Flaskerud
  • 1982 Diane Adler
  • 1981 Tita Corpuz
  • 1980 Irene Alyn
  • 1979 Lucille Davis
  • 1978 Helen Grace

Cardew-Mullane Award in Clinical Excellence and Leadership

  • 2017 Bianca Ramiro, Stephanie Tiwari
  • 2016 Julie Nebe
  • 2015 Julio Rojas
  • 2014 Mohammad Jamal Deen, Shannon Leigh Jeffery
  • 2013 Leslie Moore
  • 2012 Kathleen J. Deguzman
  • 2011 Rebecca Doran
  • 2010 Maureen Smith, Whitney Woerner
  • 2009 Nancy Anderson, Angela Lepkowski
  • 2008 Kathleen Kobler, Megan Smyrniotis
  • 2007 Taryn A. Vesley, Amy Jessup
  • 2006 Keke Lin, Sherr Ann Elorpe, Stephanie Sapacone
  • 2005 Charlie Yingling, Marie Dusio
  • 2004 Melissa Grybowski
  • 2003 Mary Peterson & Catherine Ryan
  • 2002 Holli DeVon & Sijeoung Kim
  • 2001 Joanne Zimmerly, Angela Black, Dawn Wright
  • 2000 Julie Pizzi & Bridget Owen
  • 1999 Katherine Loan Han
  • 1998 Margaret Dykeman & Amanda Sperry
  • 1997 Sarah Ailey, Catherine Cerone, Elizabeth Hoover, Latanya Luckett, Jill Rogers & Margaret Schulz
  • 1996 Linda Franczyk & Diane Hartwig
  • 1995 Phyllis Powell Pelt
  • 1994 Sandra DiVarco, Kristine Meece & Linda Talley

Graduating Student Recognition Award

  • 2017 Noor Bader, Keke Lin
  • 2016 Sarah Farabi
  • 2014 Mohammad Jamal Deen, Taryn McCoy
  • 2013 Mary McNamara
  • 2012 Charles Yingling
  • 2011 Rachel Gowler
  • 2010 Sally Berko
  • 2009 Hayedeh Sohrabi, Zareena Yasmeen
  • 2008 Amy Cory, Ann Konkoly, Bridgette Williams
  • 2007 Janel Smith
  • 2006 Dana Goldberg, Drew Freeman, Laura Sweeny, Lora McCelland
  • 2005 Johanna Delgado
  • 2004 Mara Clark, Ashley Hruska, Mai Nyguyen & Amber Oberheim
  • 2003 Stella Sabourin & Maura Capaul
  • 2002 Candace Greer
  • 2001 Autumn Schumacher, Lillian Ferrer & Nancy Gutierrez
  • 2000 Joan Martalloto & Claudia Whitaker Hannon
  • 1999 Elisa St. Pierre
  • 1998 Fern Fitzhenry & Patricia Decker
  • 1997 Judith McDevitt & Timothy Hudson
  • 1996 Regina Shasha & Sarah Wittmeye

Alumni Events

IGNITE Campaign & UIC Alumni Association Launch

Please join us to launch an ambitious campaign for UIC and our students and faculty, and celebrate UIC’s commitment to our alumni by formally introducing the new UIC Alumni Association.

Saturday, October 28, 2017
UIC Campus

Learn more and register here with code "UICKICKOFF."

 


Past Events

Alumni & Student Reception 2017

See photos from the Chicago Alumni & Student Reception at Revolution Brewing!

 


Alumni Resources

Continuing Education

The UIC College of Nursing is continually updating and expanding its educational opportunities to meet the needs of the nursing workforce and nurse leaders. Explore the College of Nursing degree and certificate programs on the IHCI Continuing Education page.

University of Illinois Alumni Association

All UIC alumni are members of the University of Illinois Alumni Association (UIAA) which was established to help all our graduates stay connected with the UIC and each other. UIAA membership allows you to network with former classmates through the alumni online directory and receive the monthly e-newsletter, The UIC Spark. If you upgrade to Sustaining Member status you will receive the UIC alumni magazine and will have library, campus recreation, and Alumni Career Center privileges.  Visit the UIC page of the UIAA website to find out about upcoming events, update your profile, search alumni and read the latest alumni news to keep you involved with our diverse, global network.

UIC Registrar

To order your College of Nursing transcripts, either online or in writing, contact the UIC Registrar’s Office.

The University of Illinois Alumni Association (UIAA) Career Center

The University of Illinois Alumni Association (UIAA) Career Center provides many excellent career resources for alumni. Their for-fee services include access to job postings, a resume referral program, networking contacts, workshops and career advising. The Center gives University of Illinois graduates the competitive edge in employment opportunities and career transition assistance.

UIC Office of Career Services

The UIC Office of Career Services provides a variety of free services for current students and recent graduates including individual counseling, drop-in advising, video-taped mock interviews, on-campus interviewing, career preparation seminars, and resume referral.

UIC College of Nursing Job Board

Job opportunities posted by hospitals, health organizations and other groups.  Continue to the Job Board...

 

Job Board

Share Your Success

Remember to always send us your professional and personal life milestones, news, accomplishments, and announcements so that we can include you in future issues of the College of Nursing alumni magazine, Vital Signs. Vital Signs, is published annually for alumni, faculty, students, and friends of the CON.  It is dedicated to providing CON news and updates and also to keep a strong connection between the CON, the UIC Nursing Alumni Association and our constituents, friends and other supporters.  Send your news and high-resolution photos to Sara Almassian at conalum@uic.edu and include your name, degree, graduation year, and your current email address.

Accomplished Alumni

Graduates of the UIC College of Nursing are found across the globe in positions of leadership, academia, business, government, and service. The College of Nursing Alumni who have received the Distinguished Alumnae award are:

  • Naeema Al-Gasseer, PhD ’90, MS ’87, World Health Organization (WHO) Representative for Egypt and Assistant Regional Director of the Eastern Mediterranean Region
  • Sandra Webb-Booker, MS ’80, BSN ’76, Colonel, U.S. Army Reserves, 801st Combat Support Hospital, Ft. Sheridan, IL; Coordinator, Practical Nursing, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL; 2008 UIAA Alumni Achievement Award
  • Helen Grace, MS ’65,  Dean Emerita, UIC College of Nursing, Chicago, IL; Retired Assistant to the President, W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and Living Legend
  • Mary Maryland, PhD ’94, Nurse Practitioner; Past President of the Illinois Division of the American Cancer Society; 1999 UIAA Constituent Leadership Award, Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
  • Janice Phillips, PhD '93, 2010-11 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
  • Sheila Dinotshe Tlou, PhD ’90, Regional Support Team Director for East and Southern Africa, UNAIDS & Former Botswana Minister of Health, Gaborone, Botswana
  • Gerald T. Brouder, BSN ’71, President, Columbia College, Columbia, MO
  • Terese A. Burch, PhD ’89, Dean, Saint Anthony College of Nursing, Rockford, IL
  • Peggy S. Gerard, MS ’82, Dean, School of Nursing, Purdue Univ., Calumet, Hammond, IN
  • Sheila Haas, PhD ’86, Former Dean, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Sally B. Hardin, MS ’68, BSN ’66, Dean, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • Amal M. Khazin, PhD ’91, Director, Nazareth School of Nursing, Nazareth, Israel
  • Sally P. Lundeen, PhD ’86, MS ’71, Dean, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Nursing
  • Lucy Marion, PhD ’90, Dean, School of Nursing, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
  • Judith F. Miller, PhD ’86, Dean, MU Sinclair School of Nursing, Columbia, MO
  • Wendy M. Nehring, PhD ’89, Dean, College of Nursing, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
  • Dorothy Pringle, PhD ’82, Dean Emerita, University of Toronto Nursing, Toronto, Canada

Stay Connected with the UIC College of Nursing

Join the College of Nursing alumni email list or update your current email address by emailing Sara Almassian at conalum@uic.edu.  We want to make sure you receive all the latest news from the CON.

Join the College of Nursing Facebook and LinkedIn pages – click the links below or simply search for “UIC College of Nursing.”

Support Us

Financial Support

Help the College execute its mission and achieve its goals by supporting student scholarships, faculty research, laboratory and technology upgrades, building upgrades and more by making a tax-deductible gift to the College of Nursing. Select from a variety of funds including the College of Nursing Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship.

Make a Donation

Be an Advocate

Be a UIC College of Nursing champion and share your pride in the CON with colleagues, family, friends, and your community.  Join the Illinois Connection, the grassroots, advocacy network for the University of Illinois. Through this initiative, alumni, students, faculty and friends serve as advocates for the University to ensure support from the state and federal government for student financial aid, professional issues, and research.

Vital Signs

Vital Signs is published for the alumni, faculty, students, and friends of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing. It is dedicated to continuing a strong relationship between the College of Nursing, the UIC Nursing Alumni Association and its constituents, and friends and other supporters of the UIC College of Nursing.

Remember to submit your news for class notes or a letter to the editor for our next issue! 

Share your news - professional, family, community service, anything you want to tell your classmates. Click here to access the form. Please include your name, degree, and graduation year. Send your high-resolution photos to salmas1@uic.edu.

Current Issue:

Fall 2016

Previous Issues:

Spring 2015 Spring 2012 Winter 2011 Fall 2009
Spring 2009 Fall 2008 Spring 2008 Fall 2007
Spring 2007 Spring 2006 Winter 2005 Fall 2003
Fall 2002 Fall 2000 Winter 1998  
 

 

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