GAMECOCK The CONnection News and Views from the University of South Carolina COLLEGE OF NURSING New Year, New Rankings, New WINS: Continued Pursuit for Excellence and Quality Welcome to a stellar start to 2014! This week we have been notified that the US News & World Report ranked our graduate nursing programs in the TOP 16 out of 470+ graduate nursing programs in the US. This ranking reflects our online master’s nurse practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs. This is a relatively new category for US New & World Report, and the first time we applied for a ranking status in this category. It is great to be recognized in the top 3% of the country, and is a credit to our “star” faculty, staff, and students. Inside This Issue Faculty & Staff Notes..........2-3 Students’ Corner.................4 PhD Program.......................5 Alumni & Development......6-7 Events....................................8-9 NO LIMITS.............................10 Send Inquiries or Newsletter items to: Jan Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org Other WINS to celebrate are our new faculty in the College. Dr. Kathy Lasala began on January 2nd as our new Associate Dean for Academics. Dr. Lasala, coming to us from Colorado, was selected from a large pool of applicants from across the country and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to USC. We also welcome Cristy Degregory (Clinical Assistant Professor) and Shelli Gibbs (Instructor – Salkehatchie Campus). The College of Nursing is enjoying our highest interest of DNP and PhD applicants in the history of our program. The PhD fellowship and graduate scholarship opportunities are at an all time high. Our PhD applications are due February 1 and DNP applications are due May 1. If you enjoyed our Viana McCown event at homecoming, you will be even more pleased with our Mary Ann Parsons lectureship on February 21st. Dr. Diana Mason, President of the American Academy of Nursing, past editor of the American Journal of Nursing, and strategic leader for the National Campaign for Action for Nurses, will be our keynote speaker. She will provide her insights on how nursing can seize opportunities with the healthcare reform. You do not want to miss this! Stay tuned for other WINS this year in our newsletter, Facebook, and webpage. If you are an alumnus, share your WINS with us. Let’s celebrate together as the GAMECOCK NURSING community embraces our NEW YEAR and ongoing pursuit for excellence and quality in all that we do. Jeannette O. Andrews PhD, RN, FAAN Dean & Professor www.sc.edu/nursing www.facebook.com/USCNursing - LIKE US!