Mount Carmel College of Nursing (MCCN) formally launched the presidency of new President and Dean Christine Wynd, PhD, RN, with an inauguration and induction ceremony on Friday, October 24. A ceremony traditionally conducted by colleges and universities to mark the beginning of a college president’s administration, MCCN’s inauguration incorporated a day’s worth of activities with local leaders to mark the occasion.

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Devon Furey, front/far right, will graduate from MCCN in December in pursuit of her dual dreams to become a nurse and serve our country. Standing with Furey, left to right, are: Derek Dreyer - recent graduate, May 2014; Sean Coolidge - junior; and Jillian Ballister - sophomore.

When Devon Furey joined the National Guard in 2010 she knew two things: she wanted to serve her country in the military and she wanted to become a nurse. After graduating at the top of her basic training class of 240 soldiers in 2011, she contacted the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) so she could begin her nursing education to eventually become an Army Nurse Corps officer.

Barbara Barta, PhD, RN, Associate Dean for the Undergraduate Nursing Programs at Mount Carmel College of Nursing, is a familiar face among students. Chances are, if you are walking on the first floor of Marian Hall to class, you will see her hard at work in her office, pausing to offer a friendly smile to all who pass. A strong presence at Mount Carmel, she seems to wear many hats when it comes to academics, especially with the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program.

Dr Wynd

Did you know that MCCN’s President and Dean, Christine Wynd, PhD, RN, is also a veteran? She is! As you may know, Dr. Wynd is a history buff, so it’s not surprising that, as a young girl, she enjoyed reading about nurses who served on the battlefields – from Florence Nightingale in the Crimean Wars to military nurses in World War II and Korea. “From an early age, I wanted to wear a helmet and care for patients in tents,” she recalls.

Barbara Barta

As part of our ongoing series to profile faculty, staff and student representatives, this month we feature Barbara Barta, PhD, RN, MCCN Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs.

The College is initiating a late registration fee beginning with Spring 2015 registration. Students who schedule courses within 10 days prior to the start of a semester will be subject to a one-time $100 late registration fee. To avoid the $100 fee, register for Spring 2015 classes before midnight December 25, 2014. The $100 late registration fee will be assessed on all Spring 2015 registrations after that deadline.

Pat McKnight

Congratulations to: Pat McKnight, MS, RD, LD, for being honored by the Central Ohio Diabetes Association (CODA) at their recent “Art of Living Gala.” McKnight was recognized for being a “dedicated volunteer whose work and commitment over many years have helped improve the lives and health of hundreds in our community who are living with diabetes."

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