Message From the President
As we all turn our collars up against March’s entry “like a lion,” we also look toward the arrival of Spring and March’s subsequent exit “like a lamb.” In between, we’ll be setting our clocks and watches ahead as we “spring forward” into daylight saving time on March 8 and marking St. Patrick's Day, as we attend to our studies, continuous improvement projects and these happenings:
- This week marks spring break for a large portion of our students and some members of the faculty. For those away from the College, I hope you are enjoying some well-deserved rest and/or great new experiences.
- As part of our Journey to Transformation, demolition is well underway with north and west hospital walls connecting to the MSB coming down. This great progress is both highly visible and highly audible.
- This fall, construction will begin on a new café, which will be located on the first floor of MSB (in the former physicians’ dinning space). It will include grab-and-go items, pizza and subs, a salad bar, frozen treats, soups, and a small grill, and in keeping with healthy choices, will not include deep-fried foods. Charlie’s Java Jolt, along with its yummy beverages, will be relocated to space in the new café and the space it vacates in the CLE will become a student study/meeting area.
- Speaking of food, your voice matters! Faculty, staff and students had the opportunity to complete a survey regarding campus food options for today and in the future. Please watch for details regarding survey results being reported in March.
- National nurse certification day will occur on March 19 and will celebrate MCHS and MCCN nurses who have achieved national certification. Please congratulate them!
- In a little more than 60 days, Commencement Weekend – May 8 and 9 – will be upon us. Seniors and Graduate students are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. And we are all rallying for you and for your success along the MCCN journey of learning.
I also want to congratulate our Marketing and College Relations and Fund Development teams upon having been awarded national Merit recognition in the 35th Educational Advertising awards for the Lamp magazine – kudos!
Stay warm, stay focused, be kind to others and think of springtime coming.
Ann Marie Brooks, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, FACHE, FNAP
President, Mount Carmel College of Nursing