“A few students are just beginning to realize that college-level science classes are very different from those they had in high school – but that’s not a problem for those who seek out help,” says Anne Hinze, MA, coordinator of MCCN’s Academic Resource Center (ARC). She urges students to take action early if they feel themselves slipping, or if their grades don’t meet their expectations.

“The first line of defense is to always be sure you’re attending classes regularly and are taking advantage of your instructors’ office hours and review sessions, because instructors are the best resource for each subject area,” she says.

Lola Zimmerman, a 1944 graduate of the Mount Carmel School of Nursing, paid a visit to MCCN’s satellite campus at Fairfield Medical Center campus on Wednesday, September 28 for a Lunch and Learn. Students, faculty, staff and fellow alumni gathered to hear Ms. Zimmerman reminisce about her days at “The Mount” where the curfew was 9 p.m. and only dresses and skirts were permitted. Soon after graduation in 1944, Ms. Zimmerman was sent to France where she worked in surgery as an Army nurse during World War II.

Close to 200 students, donors and guests came together on Monday, September 19, as part of the annual Scholarship and Donor Recognition Dinner. The evening was an opportunity for the students and donors to meet and discuss the importance of financial support when pursuing a life’s calling of becoming a professional registered nurse. The program highlighted key members of the Mount Carmel community and touching stories and reflection about education, philanthropy, and student perspective.

More than 250 students, faculty, friends and families attended the September 28 event which included the National Chartering Ceremony and the induction of honorary and new members into Alpha Lambda Delta, a national honor society. The ceremony was conducted by an official of the ALD national chapter, Anthony Helms, MA. Faculty honorary members inducted were: Katheryn Fernandez, PhD, RN; Catherine Maurer Baack, MS, RN-BC, CNS; and MCCN retired associate dean of the Undergraduate Program, Barbara Barta, PhD, RN.

Brock Newman, an MCCN-FMC sophomore working as a patient care assistant at Mount Carmel East received a Guardian Angel Award in September for his exceptional work with patients. The award was given by a former patient who said, “Brock will make a difference as he grows, because he enjoys what he does and makes the extra effort.” In addition to the award, the patient made a donation to the Nursing Advancement Education fund. Congratulations and job well done, Brock!

MCCN students, faculty and staff are required to get an annual flu shot. Laura Lawrence, BSN, RN, student health nurse will be holding the following clinics:

The MCCN-FMC Student Nurses Association held its first meeting of the academic year on September 16. The officers elected are as follows:

Instructor Meghan Hixenbaugh, MSN, RN, CPN, CPNP, and her NURS 407 clinical group assisted with health, vision and hearing screenings at United Prep Academy Elementary School in September. The school nurse and MCCN alum, Karen Pacht, RN (‘74), appreciated the service learning project and wrote the following:

88%: freshmen retention rate