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

Click here to fill out the nomination form.

The nomination period for 2018 alumni awards is now open.  If you know a graduate who demonstrates a commitment to the nursing profession please submit a nomination on their behalf.  The College of Nursing Alumni Board reviews all nominations. The nominee must be able to attend Alumni Reunion in the fall and/or spring Commencement.

The deadline for 2018 Alumni Award nominations is Friday, February 2, 2018. 

If you experience any difficulties with the nomination form, please contact salmas1@uic.edu, fax the nomination to (312) 996-2460, or send via email to salmas1@uic.edu.

Distinguished Alumni Award & Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award

These awards are presented to a graduate of the UIC College of Nursing who:

  • Has demonstrated a dedication to nursing and shows outstanding professionalism, and by her/his example has promoted and elevated the general image of the profession of nursing
  • Has demonstrated significant accomplishment and leadership in the field of nursing, as well as other civic, cultural, or charitable activities
  • Has demonstrated continued interest in and support for the College
  • Must be nominated by faculty, staff, alumni, or peers

Established in 1977, the Distinguished Alumnus/a Award is the highest award presented by the College of Nursing and the Alumni Board and is customarily given at the May commencement. The award recipient is expected to attend commencement and the alumni reunion in the fall. One Distinguished Alumnus/a Award will be conferred each year.

Up to three Outstanding Alumni Achievement Awards will be awarded in a given year. The recipient is expected to attend alumni reunion in the fall.

Nomination Form...

Recipient List...

Completed nominations will be held as active and under consideration for up to 3 additional years should they not be selected in the year they are submitted.

College of Nursing Awards

Click here to fill out the nomination form.

The nomination period for 2018 alumni awards is now open.  If you know a graduate who demonstrates a commitment to the nursing profession please submit a nomination on their behalf.  The College of Nursing Alumni Board reviews all nominations. The nominee must be able to attend Alumni Reunion in the fall and/or spring Commencement.

The deadline for 2018 Alumni Award nominations is Friday, February 2, 2018. 

If you experience any difficulties with the nomination form, please contact salmas1@uic.edu, fax the nomination to (312) 996-2460, or send via email to salmas1@uic.edu.

Distinguished Alumni Award & Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award

These awards are presented to a graduate of the UIC College of Nursing who:

  • Has demonstrated a dedication to nursing and shows outstanding professionalism, and by her/his example has promoted and elevated the general image of the profession of nursing
  • Has demonstrated significant accomplishment and leadership in the field of nursing, as well as other civic, cultural, or charitable activities
  • Has demonstrated continued interest in and support for the College
  • Must be nominated by faculty, staff, alumni, or peers

Established in 1977, the Distinguished Alumnus/a Award is the highest award presented by the College of Nursing and the Alumni Board and is customarily given at the May commencement. The award recipient is expected to attend commencement and the alumni reunion in the fall. One Distinguished Alumnus/a Award will be conferred each year.

Up to three Outstanding Alumni Achievement Awards will be awarded in a given year. The recipient is expected to attend alumni reunion in the fall.

Nomination Form

Recipient List

Completed nominations will be held as active and under consideration for up to 3 additional years should they not be selected in the year they are submitted.

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 L. 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 T'lou
  • 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

Alumni And Student Receptions 2018

Alumni and Student Receptions 2017

PEORIA BLESSING OF THE
HANDS AND HONORS DINNER

TUESDAY • APRIL 10 • 5:00-8:00 p.m.

7601 N. Orange Prairie Rd. • Peoria, IL

TICKET PRICE:
$5 alumni • FREE for students

RSVP NOW...

QUAD CITIES ANNUAL SPRING
CELEBRATION DINNER

THURSDAY • APRIL 26 • 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center
101 18th St. • Moline, IL (map)

TICKET PRICE:
$10 alumni • FREE for students

RSVP NOW...


 

Fall All-Alumni REUNION 2018

Date: Oct. 13, 2018, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Save the date for this enlightening event, where we’ll enjoy:

  • Morning panel with alumni nurse leaders
  • Afternoon learning opportunity
  • Lunchtime awards ceremony to confer 2018 Alumni Awards, to celebrate 40 years of Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients, and to recognized 50-year and 25-year alumni as well as alumni of all years ending in 3 or 8.

Keep an eye on email and U.S. mail for your formal invitation!


 

Past Events

UIC College of Nursing Alumni Reunion 2017

Groups seated around dozens of tables in the 3rd fl. event center.See photos from the UIC College of Nursing Alumni Reunion 2017

 

 


Alumni & Student Reception 2017

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

 

 


Donor and Scholar Recognition Luncheon

Donor and Scholar Recognition LuncheonRead more and see photos from the luncheon

 

 

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

We invite you to send us news of your professional and personal life milestones, accomplishments and achievements. We are always interested in the outstanding work and lives our alumni are leading. Your news may be included in College of Nursing publications and/or our website. It might even prompt us to contact you to learn more! 

If you'd like to send content in attachments or if you have questions, please contact Sara Almassian, director of alumni participation and engagement, at conalum@uic.edu. Be sure to include your name, degree and graduation year.

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    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:

    Winter 2018

    Previous Issues:

    Fall 2016 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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