Alumni Weekend 2015

UIC College of Nursing alumni traveled near and far to attend this year’s Alumni reunion which consisted of a full weekend of events and celebrations.  The College kicked off its inaugural Alumni Weekend on Friday, April 10 with an evening reception at the historic Jane Addams Hull-House Museum located on Campus.  With over 60 alumni, donors, faculty, and students in attendance, guests mixed and mingled over appetizers and cocktails and later had the opportunity to tour the Hull House Museum.  BSN’s from the class of 1965 were the largest reunion class in attendance with 8 alumnae present.  The evening’s program consisted of a special recognition for alumni celebrating anniversary milestones and student 2014-2015 scholarship recipients.  Also in attendance was University of Illinois Alumni Association’s Vice President, Arlene Norsym, who paid a special visit to honor UIC College of Nursing Alumni Board President Sabina Dambrauskas with the much deserved University of Illinois Alumni Association’s Constituent Leadership Award.

The excitement continued the following day (Saturday, April 11) at the UIC College of Nursing Chicago Campus.  Over 70 guests enjoyed presentations by distinguished CON faculty David W. Carley, PhD, Anne M. Fink, PhD ’11, MS ’08, Brigid Lusk, PhD '95, RN, Jennifer O'Rourke, PhD '12, APN, MS '01, and Mariann R. Piano, PhD '88, MS '84, FAAN, FAHA.  Following presentations and lunch, attendees toured faculty lab and research space, the Midwest Nursing History Research Center, and the College’s simulation labs.  Saturday’s alumni events capped off at the College of Pharmacy with the University’s first ever multi health science colleges lecture and reception featuring TED Talk and Stanford University lecturer Kelly McGonigal, PhD.  Dr. McGonigal captivated alum across the various health disciplines, students, and staff with her presentation on the neuroscience and psychology behind behavior change. 

Alumni Weekend festivities concluded on Sunday with a brunch and celebration commemorating 40 years of the PhD program and 10 years since the inception of the DNP program.  22 PhD and DNP alumni were recognized in Sunday’s program where Dr. Linda Scott, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs shared career highlights and accomplishments since having obtained their UIC College of Nursing degree. 

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