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Message from the dean

Greetings from your College of Nursing!

Spring has sprung here in Milwaukee and it’s refreshing to see signs of new life blossoming on campus. As I reflect on the past year, I’m filled with a great sense of pride in all we’ve accomplished. I’m continually amazed by our students – they raised $35,488 for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin at this year’s Dance Marathon. The College of Nursing faculty once again hosted spirituality retreats for our undergraduate students. This is a tradition I hope carries on for years to come. You can read more about these two events and other exciting updates in this newsletter.

This May, we will host a Health Care Forum centered on violence against children in the Milwaukee community. I hope many of you can join us May 6 for what promises to be an informative event. Read more about this event here.

The announcement of a new university provost, Dr. Daniel Myers, means I’ll be dropping the extra title of “interim provost” and returning to the college on July 1. Serving as interim provost has truly been a blessing and rewarding growth opportunity for me. I am deeply grateful for the faculty and staff who stepped up to assist me in the college while I was serving dual roles.

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. So many people I meet comment on the qualities that make a “Marquette Nurse” special, and that legacy truly belongs to each of you.

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

Marquette blessings,

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Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan, C.R.N.A., F.N.A.P., F.A.A.N.
Interim provost, Marquette University
Dean, College of Nursing

Health Care Forum on May 6 will focus on violence against children in Milwaukee

According to the annual Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Report, the rate of child abuse and neglect in Wisconsin held relatively steady from 2009 to 2013: ranging from 3.3 to 3.7 substantiated cases per 1,000 children. In 2014, eight children died in Milwaukee from gun violence, with one victim just 13-months-old. In addition, 76 children were non-fatal victims of gun violence. These tragic and preventable events have local and state officials vowing to end violence against children.

To help bring the issue to greater light, the College of Nursing will present its sixth annual Health Care Forum — a candid discussion about violence against children in the Milwaukee community. The panel discussion will feature local health care and public policy experts, as well as members of the media. Join us Wednesday, May 6, at 7:15 a.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.

To register or for questions or special needs, please contact University Special Events at (414) 288-7431.

The forum is free. Complimentary continental breakfast and parking in the 16th Street parking structure (located between West Wisconsin Avenue and West Wells Street) will be provided.

Four notable College of Nursing alumni 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 24, at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom. Register online.

Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award
Elizabeth Diercks Hall, Nurs '51

Distinguished Alumna in Service to Nursing Award
Dr. Madeline Musante Wake, Nurs '68, Grad '71

Young Alumnus of the Year Award
Tony Guzzardo, Nurs '09

Friend of the College of Nursing Award
Norman H. Volk, Grad '59

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 $35,448 for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

On Saturday, Feb. 28, hundreds of Marquette students, faculty, staff and their families packed into the Union Sports Annex for a night of dancing. The annual Marquette Dance Marathon is a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and throughout the evening the families of sick children 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 $35,448, over $10,000 more than what was raised in 2014. 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 second year, undergraduate and first-year generalist master's nursing students were required to attend half-day spirituality retreats led by college faculty. The retreats were implemented 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. Dr. Kerry Kosmoski-Goepfert, RN, associate clinical professor and associate dean for undergraduate programs, and Dr. Linda Piacentine, RN, assistant professor, facilitated the retreats by guiding students through spiritual exercises based on those of St. Ignatius. This year's guest speaker was Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan, interim provost and dean of the College of Nursing. The retreats are funded by the Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Fund at Marquette.

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 half-day retreat also featured student and alumni panels. The student panel helped students understand how their colleagues practice spirituality in their daily lives and as student nurses. The alumni panel exposed students to how alumni are using their Marquette nursing degrees and spirituality in their daily lives and professions. "The students gained insight into unique career opportunities and how they, as Marquette nurses, can be the difference,” said Kosmoski-Goepfert.

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 Provost and Dean of the College of Nursing Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan and other college leaders for the fourth annual State of the College Address.

Tuesday, May 5
Registration and socializing - 5 p.m.
Program - 5:45 p.m.

Alumni Memorial Union
Henke Lounge – Lunda Room
1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.

The cost is $10 per person.

Enjoy an evening of socializing 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 Dan Wooters at (414) 288-4987. The registration deadline is Thursday, April 30.

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

Engagement Committee update

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

Building on last year’s success, the committee held the second annual Pregame Reception on National Marquette Day, held in downtown Milwaukee on Feb. 21, and hosted by Alumni Engagement Committee member Mary Jo Jesenovec, Nurs ’77, and her husband, Chip, Arts ’76. This gathering not only offered an afternoon of socializing and exciting basketball, the event raised almost $5,000 and drew 75 people.

Annie Lent and her husband Dave Watson will host their annual fundraiser for the Marquette Clinic for Women and Children on Friday, May 29, at Bacchus. Last year’s event raised $10,000 for the clinics. An exciting addition this year will be a silent auction featuring some fabulous prizes.

For more information about the Engagement Committee, contact Taylor Schult in the Office of Alumni Engagement at (414) 288-0389.

Alumni invited to Commitment to the Profession Ceremony

The College of Nursing will host its seventh annual Commitment to the Profession Ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 4, 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.

Fundraising updates and opportunities

The College of Nursing has raised more than $2.3 million since June 30 for scholarship, research and academic support. We have several opportunities available for anyone interested in supporting the college. Our main focus for the next three months will be to support the Marquette Neighborhood Health Center, which provides health and prenatal care services to women in Milwaukee’s highest infant mortality areas. Seventy-nine percent of MNHC’s patients live within the nine Milwaukee ZIP codes with the highest levels of poverty. This clinic fulfills two critical aspects of the college’s mission: the education of nursing students and the provision of health care for society’s most vulnerable.

Our goal is to raise $250,000 by June 30. To support the clinic, please visit our giving website. For more information, please contact Andrea Petrie in University Advancement at (414) 288-4781.

Other funding opportunities:

If you are interested in learning more about giving opportunities in the college, please contact Andrea Petrie in University Advancement at (414) 288-4781 or visit our giving website.

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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