It’s here! Our Centennial year is upon us, and it promises to be a yearlong celebration for all. It started just a few months ago with a special party that welcomed the largest class of incoming students in our history — 385 in all. We also ushered in our first class of Doctor of Nursing Practice students who will earn the most advanced degree in clinical practice.
We launched our Centennial festivities by inviting the overall University and Medical Center community to join in a special celebration. Our Centennial Lecture Series also kicked off in September with an exciting presentation by Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré (Ret.), who offered real-world observations of emergency response during the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and set a strong tone for the nationally renown speakers we have lined up throughout the year.
This is a special Centennial issue of Vanderbilt Nurse, and one that I hope you will enjoy and keep for years to come. In this issue we salute our “100 Years — 100 Leaders,” a powerhouse group of alums and current and former faculty who have made outstanding contributions to nursing. It was my honor to recognize this illustrious group at our recent Centennial Gala, and I hope you enjoy reading more about each of these tremendous individuals as we have included the Gala program for you in this issue.
Additionally, this special issue allows us to take a closer look at some of the highlights of the last 100 years. We hear from Godchaux Hall about the changes in the building; we tour you through our coveted artifacts and share some astounding facts about the School. We move from past to future with an article that includes expert projections on where nursing is headed. Along the way, we hope you enjoy comments from alum, faculty and staff on what a difference the School has made in each of their lives.
You will also see many updates about our Centennial Celebration — more dates for our lecture series, information about our Centennial book and online store. I encourage you to check out our Web site often for the latest information.
I am so proud to serve as Dean during this momentous 100th anniversary. As Kahlil Gibran wrote: “Time has been transformed, and we have changed; it has advanced and set us in motion; it has unveiled its face, inspiring us with bewilderment and exhilaration.” While we have much history to celebrate, we are just getting started at what we can accomplish together and for years to come.
Colleen Conway-Welch, PhD, C.N.M., F.A.A.N., F.A.C.N.M.
Nancy and Hilliard Travis Professor and Dean of the School of Nursing
Alumni Board Meeting
Country Music Marathon
(Nursing Alumni Association will have a team who will begin training in January under the leadership of Whitney Simmons, president of the board)
May 6 — 12
Nurses Week 2009
Senator Bill Frist, M.D., “Health Care as a Currency for Peace”
U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, “What the Future Looks Like in Health Reform”
Donald M. Berwick, M.D., M.P.P.