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GAMECOCK The CONnection News and Views from the University of South Carolina COLLEGE OF NURSING NOVEMBER 2013 Homecoming 2013 “Rocked” The College of Nursing enjoyed a galvanizing weekend during our annual homecoming celebration. Approximately 200 alumni, partners, guests, faculty and students met at the Dome for the 49th Annual Viana McCown Lectureship on Friday morning. Our speaker, Dr. Peter Buerhaus, started off our day with an interesting lens of the future of the nursing workforce. A panel of state-wide thought leaders, including Tony Keck (DHHS), Michael Biediger (Lexington Medical Center), Ruth Mustard (Dorn VA), and Forrest Fortier (Palmetto Health) each provided perspectives on opportunities and challenges for the future of nursing. Solution-oriented action items for nurses and the future of health care delivery systems were generated. View photos from our Viana McCown Lectureship HERE College of Nursing featured on Channel 19 News regard- ing the Future of Nursing and Affordable Care Act. View it HERE. Inside This Issue Students’ Corner.................2-3 Alumni & Development.....4-5 Faculty & Staff Notes.........6-8 Sigma Theta Tau..................8 Events...................................9 NO LIMITS............................10 Following, we recognized our two outstanding Alumni – Eileen Leaphart and Dr. Lisa Williams. The class of 1967 (what a spirited group!) presented the College with a check that fully endowed a $100,000 gift in honor of their faculty member, Helen Gurley Wolford. Our BBQ lunch on the patio was invaded by the University’s mascot, Cocky, during which i-phones were pulled out of purses and pockets for group photos and new memories. Alumni toured the building to reminisce about former days in the College and to see our state-of-the-art simulation center. We enjoyed catching up with Dean Mary Ann Parsons, faculty emeriti, our Partnership Board, and others at our dessert social during the late afternoon. Of note, the class of 1973 had members traveling from Oregon, Wyoming, and Kansas to celebrate their “40” year reunion. On Saturday, the College hosted alumni and guests at the Cockaboose prior to kickoff, and then celebrated as the Gamecocks soared to victory over Mississippi State during the afternoon. The weather and ambience were near perfect the entire weekend. A special thanks to everyone who participated in our homecoming events, and especially to our planning committee, led by the Center for Nursing Leadership and the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs. If you missed this year’s events, I ask that you start planning now to attend our 2014 Homecoming and our 50th Viana McCown Lectureship. I also want to issue a “friendly” challenge to all of our alumni groups to match or exceed the class of 1967’s contributions as we envision our future here at the College. We have big, audacious goals to shape the future of nursing, health, and health care delivery in our state and beyond. As I often say, “it takes a village.” “Like” us on Facebook for ongoing news and stories about our people and events. Get involved, stay connected, and join us as we continue to lead in a new era of opportunities. Jeannette O. Andrews PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN Dean & Professor - LIKE US! Send Inquiries or Newsletter items to: Jan Johnson

November 2013 enewsletter

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