Dear Mount Carmel Alumni,
How exciting to embark on our 112th academic year! Things have gotten off to a great start with Convocation, SmartStart Orientation and our Welcome Back Picnic, all held in August. As you can see in the photo gallery, our students are diverse, eager and ready to embark on their nursing careers.
Also in August, our newest program, the online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), was launched. Offering the DNP degree is indicative not only of our commitment to excellence in nursing education, but is also reflective of our commitment to being proactively prepared for the changing healthcare environment. Our commitment is further reflected by the addition of Dr. Jill Kilanowski who will lead our Graduate Nursing Programs.
It’s hard to believe that this year’s incoming Class of 2019 will be the 25th cohort to graduate from Mount Carmel since we transitioned from a School of Nursing in 1990 to the College of Nursing. Happy Birthday, Bachelor of Science in Nursing program!
As College president, I personally feel very blessed to have Debbie Boggs, Class of 1975, as our first, full-time director of Alumni Affairs. Her role is a vital link to you as alumni and, in less than one year, she has made terrific contributions to the college by ramping up alumni activities and involvement. Next month, I will have the pleasure of meeting many of you at the 2015 Annual Homecoming and Annual Meeting of the Mount Carmel Alumni Association Membership on October 24. I’ll see you in Tuscany! At that event, I will further recognize Debbie and the Alumni Association officers who work diligently for your benefit and for the benefit of the college.
I hope you enjoy perusing this issue of AlumNews where you’ll learn about opportunities for alumni to engage with one another, as well as with students – and where you can read about the latest – and upcoming – news!
Christine A. Wynd, PhD, RN
Mount Carmel College of Nursing