Monday, March 21




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Message from the interim dean

Greetings from your College of Nursing!

It’s hard to believe another academic year has almost come and gone here on campus. As we gear up to make the final push to graduation, I can’t help but reflect on all we’ve accomplished in the college.

As interim dean, I’ve had the privilege to work closer with our students, faculty and staff. I’m continually amazed by their support and enthusiasm for the College of Nursing.

The college continues to grow. We are now one of the top three most competitive undergraduate programs on campus. We also have one of the highest year-to-year retention rates and graduation rates on campus. I am proud that our dedicated faculty and staff are a major factor in this accolade.

In the community, our students raised $52,047 for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin at this year’s Dance Marathon. That’s $16,500 more than the amount raised in 2015. The Clinic for Women and Children continues to thrive, and our students and faculty will be part of the new Sojourner Family Peace Center. We are planning to staff the center with a nurse midwife one afternoon a week and to have a group of undergraduate community health nursing students there twice a week during the academic year.

As for the dean search, we are on track to announce a new dean by July 1. Check out this video that our faculty and staff created as a recruitment piece for the position. More information will be shared with you in the coming months – stay tuned!

As we near the end of another academic year, please know that our faculty, staff and students are grateful for your generosity of time, spirit and financial support.

Wishing you a spring of excitement and renewal for you and your loved ones.


Dr. Donna McCarthy, R.N., F.A.A.N.
Interim dean and professor
Marquette University College of Nursing

Save the Date: College of Nursing 80th anniversary

Join us on campus July 29-31 to celebrate the college’s 80th anniversary. We plan to host a health care forum on campus Friday afternoon and then set sail on the Harbor Lady on Friday evening. On Saturday, we will host a town hall meeting with the new dean. More details will be shared as plans are confirmed.

Save the Date: College of Nursing’s inaugural NightinGala benefit auction

The College of Nursing will host a fundraising dinner and auction Friday, Nov. 4, at the Wisconsin Club. The NightinGala benefit auction will raise funds for the college’s work in the community, such as at the Sojourner Family Peace Center and the college’s Clinic for Women and Children. More details coming soon.

If you are interested in getting involved, contact Andrea Petrie in University Advancement at (414) 288-4781.

College of Nursing alumni and friends to be honored during Alumni Awards Weekend

Please join us in recognizing fellow nursing alumni and friends for their professional accomplishments and commitment to the community. The College of Nursing Alumni Awards ceremony will be held Friday, April 29, at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom. Register online.

Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award
Janice Hudson Ancona, Nurs ’75, Grad ’95

Distinguished Alumna in Service to Nursing Award
Dr. Darlene Thier Weis, Nurs ’59, Grad ’64

Young Alumnus of the Year Award
Jamie J. Skipper, Nurs ’97

Friend of the College of Nursing Award
Stacey Stocker Glowinski, Bus Ad ’84, and John J. Glowinski, Bus Ad ’83

Know any extraordinary College of Nursing alumni? Submit a nomination for the College of Nursing Alumni Awards, given every year in April.

Interested in volunteering for the nominating committee for College of Nursing Alumni Awards? Contact Andrea Petrie, director of development for the College of Nursing, for more information or to volunteer.

Dance Marathon raises $52,047 for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

On Saturday, March 5, hundreds of Marquette students, faculty, staff and their families packed into the Al McGuire Center for a night of dancing. The annual Marquette Dance Marathon is a fundraiser for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and throughout the evening the families of children with illnesses spoke about how Children’s Hospital has impacted their lives. By the end of the night, the Dance Marathon – run by College of Nursing students – had raised more than $52,047, $16,500 more than what was raised in 2015. A nationwide philanthropic movement, the Dance Marathon gives college students the opportunity to take on leadership roles and help the families of children facing chronic and life-threatening diseases.

Nursing students participate in spirituality retreats led by college faculty

For the third year, undergraduate and first-year generalist master's nursing students will be required to attend half-day spirituality retreats. Dr. Kerry Kosmoski-Goepfert, RN, associate clinical professor and associate dean for undergraduate programs, and Dr. Linda Piacentine, RN, assistant professor, developed the retreats as one method to deliberately thread Ignatian philosophy and pedagogy into the nursing curriculum. The faculty advocate that a better understanding of spirituality can aid and impact Marquette student nurses' future practice as Marquette nurses. Thomas Kiely, director of Marquette's Catholic Leadership Institute will facilitate the retreats this year.

The retreats not only address spirituality but the challenges undergraduates and GEM students face, as they progress through each year of their program. Guiding the students through the Ignatian Examen allows them to reflect on their challenges as students and their potential challenges as Marquette nurses. The hope is that reflective practice will become part of the students' daily lives.

"The primary goals of the retreats are to facilitate students to have a better understanding of their own spirituality and to help them gain insight into how they can incorporate spirituality into the nursing care they provide to others,” Kosmoski-Goepfert said.

If you are interested in participating in the 2016 alumni panel, contact Kosmoski-Goepfert.

Thinking about advancing your nursing education? Come home to Marquette

As health care systems and providers adapt to policy reform and an aging population, new care delivery models increasingly require more and better primary care – something advanced practice nurses are well suited to provide. The College of Nursing offers several advanced practice programs, including nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse-midwifery and post-master's certificate programs in multiple specialty areas. From the state's first Doctor of Nursing Practice program to the research-based Ph.D., which is offered in person or by synchronous distance learning, to the college's primarily online D.N.P. for nurse leaders, the College of Nursing has the program you need to take your skills to the next level.

State of the College Address and reception

Please join Interim Dean of the College of Nursing Dr. Donna McCarthy and other college leaders for the fourth annual State of the College Address on Thursday, April 21, in the Alumni Memorial Union, Lunda Room, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Registration and socializing will begin at 5 p.m. with the program starting at 5:45 p.m. The cost is $10 per person.

Enjoy an evening with fellow alumni and college leadership, along with a feature presentation and interactive discussion about the college’s recent successes, challenges and opportunities.

Register online or contact Adrienne Roche at (414) 288-1534. The deadline to register is Monday, April 18.

Parking is available in the 16th Street parking structure located between Wisconsin Avenue and Wells Street.

Alumni Engagement Committee update

One of the greatest gifts to the College of Nursing is its dedicated alumni. The Alumni Engagement Committee, now in its third year, continues to impact the college’s success in big ways and small. The charge of this alumni volunteer leadership group is:

  • To connect alumni in deeper and more meaningful ways to the college, the university and each other
  • To provide leadership and guidance on college engagement and development initiatives and to discover and participate in opportunities that help support the goals of the college and the university
  • To better understand the goals and current initiatives of the college in order to serve as ambassadors within personal and professional circles and among fellow alumni, students, parents and friends of the college and university

Building on last year’s success, the committee held the third annual Pregame Reception on National Marquette Day, held in downtown Milwaukee on Saturday, Feb. 27, and hosted by Alumni Engagement Committee member Mary Jo Jesenovec, Nurs ’77, and her husband, Chip, Arts ‘76.

For more information about the Alumni Engagement Committee, contact Adrienne Roche in the Office of Alumni Engagement at (414) 288-1534.

Alumni invited to Commitment to the Profession Ceremony

The College of Nursing will host its annual Commitment to the Profession Ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 1:30 p.m., and alumni are encouraged to attend. Sophomore undergraduate nursing students and direct entry master’s students will have their hands blessed as they commit themselves to the nursing profession. The purpose of the ceremony is to celebrate what it means to be a professional nurse at Marquette University, while taking into consideration “capping” ceremonies of the past. The ceremony takes place each year during Family Weekend at the Church of the Gesu on Marquette’s campus.

We want to hear from you!

What have you been up to? We want to hear about your awards, accomplishments and job changes. Please send them to Clare Peterson, communication specialist in the Office of Marketing and Communication.

We also know that we are missing many email addresses for alumni and friends who should receive this e-newsletter, but we need your help. If you received this newsletter directly from Marquette, we already have your email address. However, feel free to forward this newsletter to your fellow alumni and other friends of the college so they can subscribe to receive future editions.

If you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on at your College of Nursing, you can always stay updated with news, events and initiatives via the Marquette News Center.


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