College of Nursing Alumni Newsletter - Fall 2019Upcoming EventsTo learn more, please visit www.unmc.edu/alumniAlumni Night on the CourtWednesday, February 26, 2020UNO & UNMC Alumni Watch [email protected] a Maverick Men's Basketball GameReception: 6 PM Game: 7 PMThis is a great, family-friendly event and a fun time tointeract with alumni colleagues from UNO! Stay tunedfor ticket purchasing details.Showdown in O-TownNebraska Cornhuskers vs. Creighton BluejaysBaseballTuesday, April 28, 2020Tailgate: 4:30 - 6:30 PMGame: 6:30 PMStay tuned for ticket purchasing details.UNMC Alumni Association CruisesThe UNMCAA and Go Next are pleased to offer exceptional cruise opportunities for you, yourfamily, and your friends. Below are the 2020 trip offerings and more will be available in 2021!Learn more or book here.
Gaelic Inspiration July 12-22, 2020 Dublin to Dublin Discover the lush landscapes and fascinatingheritage of Ireland aboard Oceania Cruises’Nautica on this spectacular nine-night cruise.Forests & Fjords of Alaska July 30 - August 10, 2020 Seward to Vancouver, BC Explore the forests and fjords of Alaska’s coastalcities on this unforgettable eleven-night tripaboard Oceania Cruises’ Regatta.Cosmopolitan Havens November 3-11, 2020 Rome to Monte Carlo Sail to some of the most cultured cities on thewestern Mediterranean on this seven-night cruiseaboard Oceania Cruises’ elegant Marina.Alumni Reunion Weekend 2020For the Colleges of Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy andthe Graduate Studies ProgramHonor years are those ending in 5 & 0October 23-24, 2020Omaha, NEThe Alumni Office is currently seeking volunteer class leaders. Learn more or volunteer byemailing Kat Hamilton.Ways to Stay Connected to the College, UNMC & the UNMCAA College of Nursing Kearney Division Alumni Facebook Group College of Nursing Norfolk Division Alumni Facebook Group College of Nursing Alumni Facebook UNMC Alumni Association Facebook UNMC College of Nursing Facebook
Download the (free!) UNMC Mobile App to connect with the Universityand the Alumni Association! The UNMCAA Connections Project Blog is a place for UNMC Alumni toshare real-world information and advice with students and fellow#unmcalumni. Information is shared in short written or video blog posts.oSome topics that have been covered are wellbeing, professionalskills, personal finance, time, talent, and treasure. Send us anemail if you'd like to learn more or get involved.oAlumni can participate in this from anywhere in the world, soconnect with us today! UNMC Alumni Association Twitter UNMC Alumni LinkedIn GroupAlumni NewsMeet the New College of Nursing Alumni Council PresidentMichael Wharton, MSOM, BSN, RN '93Mike was born April 27, 1970 in Scottsbluff, NE. He is a 1988graduate of Morrill Public Schools and a 1993 graduate of theUNMC College of Nursing West Nebraska Division. He receiveda Master of Science in Organizational Management in 2015 fromChadron State College. He serves as the Stroke ProgramCoordinator for Regional West Medical Center, a Primary StrokeCenter, in Scottsbluff.His wife, Lisa Scheppers, is a 1998 graduate of the UNMC College of Medicine. Theyhave two children; Zach 14 and Olivia 13. They have one dog, Max, a 6 year old SilverLab. He enjoys camping, traveling and spending time with family.His term as alumni council president began July 1, 2019 and concludes June 30, 2021.He also serves as the College of Nursing alumni representative on the UNMC AlumniAssociation Board of Directors.Event Recap: Scottsbluff Community ReceptionTuesday, November 5th, more than 50 UNMC alumni, faculty, staff, community leaders,and friends gathered for a reception in Scottsbluff. Alumni representing seven differentUNMC education programs were in attendance. It was wonderful to see familiar facesand meet new friends too!College of Nursing Dean, Dr. Juliann Sebastian and College of Medicine Dean, Dr.Brad Britigan, along with Dr. Steven Wengel, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus
Wellness, all attended this UNMC Alumni Association-sponsored event.Earlier that day, Dr. Wengel had the opportunity to speak to nursing students, facultyand staff about wellness and ways that they can be mindful and practice self-care tips.Event Recap: Alumni Reunion Weekend 2019October 11-12, 2019, College of Nursing graduates from the Omaha campus gatheredduring Alumni Reunion Weekend. Including the other colleges, more than 400 alumniand guests attended events during the two-day event. Alumni represented class yearsspanning 1954 to the future class of 2023. The BSN classes of 1954, 1959, 1969, and1979 all gathered to celebrate, reconnect, and reminisce.This year’s Alumni Weekend included a brand-new schedule where alumni started theweekend with the Welcome Back Lunch on Friday, featuring UNMC speakers on globalhealth security. The afternoon afforded many tour opportunities, including an overviewof iEXCEL and the Dr. Edwin G. & Dorothy Balbach Davis Global Center, a campustour in a classroom, and a tour of the new Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.Members of the 50-year nursing class had the opportunity to attend a video recordingsession to capture memories of theirs from nursing school, to be archived in theCollege of Nursing History Museum.Dr. Lynne Buchanan '79, '83, '99, the 2019 College of Nursing Alumni CouncilDistinguished Alumnus Award recipient and her fellow colleagues led attendees on atour and demonstration of the brand new, state-of-the-art telehealth education suite thatis in the College of Nursing. This is the first of its kind on campus, with the sole purposeof training students.Friday evening, the Living the Legacy Alumni Reunion Reception was held. This eventoffered a casual opportunity for alumni and friends to visit, enjoy musical entertainmentfrom two medical students, recognize distinguished award recipients, and induct 50year alumni into the honorable Half Century Club.Saturday morning a narrated Ollie the Trolley tour of Omaha was provided or attendeestook part in a tour of the Chihuly art in the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center. Thatevening, classmates gathered for their own class parties at restaurants across Omaha.View photos from the campus activities, awards reception, and nursing class parties.
Class of 1959Class of 1969Lynne Buchanan, Ph.D.Distinguished Alumnus AwardLaDonna TworekHonorary Alumnus AwardClass of 1974Michelle YoungNursing Excellence AwardRead about the 2019 College of Nursing Alumni Council's award recipients here.Event Recap: Annual Pharmacology ConferenceEach year the College of Nursing Alumni Council sponsors the annual pharmacologicalconference for advanced practice providers. This year, the event was held July 11-12thand 50 nursing alumni received discounted registration to attend. This was the 24thyear the conference was held.Learn How You Can Support Your College of NursingThe College of Nursing Innovation Fund was created in 2015 to support the work of theUNMC College of Nursing in partnership with the College of Nursing Alumni Counciland the UNMC Alumni Association. This fund replaces the former membership duesprogram and is the annual fund which: provides educational and advancement opportunities forstudents, alumni, and faculty; funds professionalism white coat ceremonies; enhances innovative programming in the College;Elizabeth Hewettsays thank you. supports the people and programs of your Alumni Association,and more.The work of the College of Nursing Alumni Council would not be possible without thegenerous support of so many alumni and friends. To see the impact of gifts to theCollege of Nursing Innovation Fund, click here. Pledge your donation of support here.
College NewsNew Interim Leaders AppointedJuliann Sebastian, Ph.D., dean of the College of Nursing, announced new leadershipappointments that began on October 1.Louise LaFramboise, Ph.D., who has served as director of the bachelor's degree innursing (BSN) program since 2007, is serving as the interim assistant dean for theCollege of Nursing Omaha Division. She replaces Amy Hoffman, Ph.D., who was servingas assistant dean since 2018 and who plans to focus on her program of research and hernew grant. The college has launched a national search for a permanent assistant deanfor the Omaha Division.Kati Bravo, Ph.D., '04, '14 who has served as the accelerated BSN coordinator since2008, is serving as the interim bachelor's degree in nursing program director.Anne Marie DeVoll-Zabrocki, D.N.P., '04, '15 who has been teaching in the acceleratedand traditional BSN programs, is serving as interim accelerated BSN coordinator.Wendy Wells Receives National Rural Health Service AwardWendy Wells '96, '01 was named a 2018 Community Star bythe National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health.NOSORH assists State Offices of Rural Health in their effortsto improve access to, and the quality of, healthcare for morethan 60 million rural Americans.Wendy is an instructor at the UNMC College of Nursing West Nebraska Division and isthe Education Coordinator for the Nebraska Panhandle Area Health Education Center.Read more here.College Receives Three Grants From the Health Resources & ServicesAdministration Grant Received to Establish Nurse Practitioner Residency ProgramThe College of Nursing has received a four-year, 1.67 million grant to launch aresidency program for recently graduated nurse practitioners in rural and underserved areas. Read the full story here. Grant Received to Enhance Nursing Care for VeteransThe College of Nursing has received a three-year, 1.36 million grant toimprove the health and well-being of military veterans. The grant focuses onrecruiting more military veterans into the college’s bachelor’s degree in nursingprogram, provides pre-admission, as well as resources to facilitate studentsuccess. The grant also educates nursing students and practicing nurses on theunique health needs of veterans and military members. Read the full story here.
Grant Received for Nursing FellowshipThe UNMC PriCare Fellowship, part of UNMC's Nurses are Primary program,funded by a four-year, 2.6 million grant will provide training in leadership,communication, management, practice transformation, payment models andmore. This opportunity is available for 12 Nebraska nurses.New iWall Technology Brings Statewide ConnectionIn the fall of 2019, the College ofNursing Northern Division in Norfolkhad an Interactive Digital iWallinstalled to enhance student learningand engagement.The technology enables users topresent content in real time,transforming collaboration andcommunication at all of UNMC'snursing divisions in Omaha,Scottsbluff, Kearney, Lincoln andNorfolk. Read more here.August 2019 White Coat CeremoniesScottsbluffKearneyLincolnNorfolk
OmahaPurchase a Piece of College of Nursing HistoryDuring the 2017-2018 academic year, the College of NursingCelebrated a century of academic nursing excellence. Tocommemorate the occasion, a beautiful coffee-table book wascreated to showcase the history of the College. The bookfeatures historical information taken from the 1917-1987College of Nursing book and continues through 2017.You can purchase your very own copy of UNMC nursing history for 32. Hint, hint.thiswould make a great gift for that special nurse in your life! Contact LaDonna Tworek inthe Dean's Office to coordinate your purchase by cash or check; [email protected] or402.559.4109.Quality CE Leads to Quality CareThe College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education program supports the mission ofthe University by providing the highest quality continuing education. Programs aredesigned for registered nurses with advanced and basic professional degrees inNebraska and beyond.Activities aim to enhance the knowledge, skills, attitudes, competence, andperformance of nurses, ultimately improving patient outcomes and community health.To meet the needs of adult learners, live programs and educational activities deliveredthrough state-of-the-art technology-based modalities are available to be completedanytime, anywhere. Click here to learn more and to see a schedule of upcomingofferings.UNMC NewsWalter 'Ted' Carter Named Priority Candidate for University President
Walter "Ted" Carter, Jr., VADM (Ret.), a higher educationexecutive with an extensive record of growing student andacademic success, has been named the priority candidateto serve as the eighth president of the University ofNebraska.Carter, a retired vice admiral in the U.S. Navy, is theimmediate past superintendent of his alma mater, the U.S.Naval Academy; a former president of the U.S. Naval WarCollege; and a Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star recipient.He was unanimously supported by both the Board and the 23-member PresidentialSearch Advisory Committee that represented faculty, students, staff, business,agriculture and other university constituencies.Clinical Teaching Resources AvailableThe UNMC Interprofessional Academy of Educators has established a PreceptorToolkit for community health professions educators as a means of support inaugmenting and enhancing teaching abilities.Take a look at the various tools and resources created to help you bolster your skill setas an educator.UNMC, UNO Launch Dual Master's Degrees for NursesUNMC and the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) have launched a new dualdegree Master of Science in Nursing Leadership (M.S.N.)/Master of BusinessAdministration (M.B.A.) to help address workforce shortages in the state. Applicationsare now being accepted.This dual degree can be earned with 56 credit hours versus 81 hours if individuals wereto pursue the degrees separately. Read more here.UNMC's Omaha Campus Has a New Front Door
In September of 2019,campus leaders andinvited guests gatheredto thank philanthropistsBob and Polina Schlottfor their contributions inmaking possible thenew southern entrance,which has been namedthe Medical CenterPlaza.The greenspace andlighted walkway,located on thenorthwest corner of 42nd and Leavenworth streets, features 18 ceramic columnarsculptures created by Omaha artist Jun Kaneko.The sculptures are incorporated into a grove of mature trees. Benches line the walkand provide visitors, medical center employees, and students the opportunity to seekcalmness and beauty amid a tranquil park-like setting.University of Nebraska Medical Center Alumni Association985200 Nebraska Medical CenterOmaha, NE [email protected] A GIFTGET INVOLVED
Kati Bravo, Ph.D., '04, '14 who has served as the accelerated BSN coordinator since 2008, is serving as the interim bachelor's degree in nursing program director. Anne Marie DeVoll-Zabrocki, D.N.P., '04, '15 who has been teaching in the accelerated and traditional BSN programs, is serving