MCCN-FMC students were pleased to take part in festivities celebrating Fairfield Medical Center’s 100th Anniversary. To honor the occasion, the hospital held a Fairfield Medical Center Centennial Rock Party at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. The event featured local bands, crafts and food trucks, plus MCCN-FMC students helped provide free health screenings at the event. Those participating included seniors Tina Caylor, Kristen King, A.J. Yost, Ashley Stoneburner, and Hayleigh Smith; juniors Carlie Young, Tayler Deitweiler, Samantha Tharp, O'livia Artis and Hayleigh Tharp and freshman Keely Ingram.

With Pope Francis scheduled to visit the U.S. Sept. 22-27, Mount Carmel College of Nursing, along with other U.S. Catholic colleges and universities, are planning activities to honor and commemorate his visit. Although the pope will not be visiting this area, MCCN and other Catholic institutions will be planning concurrent activities on campus that highlight some of the pope’s stated priorities -- including care for Creation and the environment, care for the family, homelessness and hunger, immigration reform, poverty and prison reform and the death penalty – and demonstrating how these priorities resonate with the mission, values and/or programs at each college or university.

Alyssa Fry has been named senior director of development for Mount Carmel College of Nursing. In this role, Fry will be responsible for all College fundraising efforts, working closely with President Christine Wynd, PhD, RN, and in partnership with Robin Hutchinson-Bell, director of College Relations and Debbie Boggs, director of Alumni Relations. She replaces Jan Burkey, who retired over the summer after serving the College in this role for 13 years.

Congratulations to our MCCN 2015 Excellence in Nursing Awardees! The Excellence in Nursing Awards event, sponsored annually by Mount Carmel College of Nursing and Mount Carmel Patient Care Services, recognize outstanding nurses, nurse leaders, nurse educators, physicians and nursing education advocates within Mount Carmel Health System who exemplify outstanding practice. The event is now in its twelfth year. The awardees – selected by colleagues as part of the annual system-wide nomination process held in May – will be honored at a special recognition dinner set for Wednesday, September 16 at Villa Milano. Among those being celebrated for advancing the profession of nursing are colleagues from MCCN:

Jill Kilanowski, PhD, RN, APRN, CPNP, FAAN, associate dean, Graduate Nursing Program, was selected for a podium presentation at the 12th Annual International Family Nursing Conference held in Odense, Denmark last month. The title of her presentation was, "Exploring Influences of Healthy-Eating Decision-Making in Early Adolescent Children of Latino Migrant Farmworkers." Her research and presentation was supported during her tenure at Michigan State University College of Nursing. Dr. Kilanowski, a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, is a pediatric nurse practitioner, nurse scientist and nurse educator and her program of research focuses on health promotion for children of Latino migrant and seasonal agricultural workers.

Recent current events unfortunately make it all too necessary to be prepared in the event that someone threatens the safety of those on campus with a dangerous weapon. With that in mind, all new students, faculty and staff are required to take a two-hour active shooter training course this month. Choose from the following dates and times:

As part of our ongoing series of profile faculty, staff and student representatives, this month we feature Administrative Secretary Michelle Richards.

Michelle Richards

Name: Michelle Richards

Hometown: Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Alma Mater: The Ohio State University

I can’t live without… my family, my friends and my dogs.

If I could spend the day with one person it would be… my grandmother, Elsie Cline. She passed away the month before my son was born, and I would love for her to see the person he is becoming. He would make her so very proud.

90%: students receiving financial aid