M E N N O N I T E C O L L E G E O F N U R S I N G AT I L L I N O I S S TAT E U N I V E R S I T YSPRING 2001Inaugural collaboration between MennoniteCollege of Nursing and Department of Health Sciencesindicate that worldwide cancer-related deaths willDr. Ann E. Nolte, Distinguished Professorskyrocket in the near future. Tobacco-related illnessEmerita of Health Education from Illinois Stateand death are preventable. Nurses and healthUniversity’s Department of Health Sciences, haseducators are challenged to become involved ininitiated the Scholar in Health Education throughtobacco prevention andthe financial support ofcessation programs.the Community FounMennonite Collegedation of McLeanof Nursing and HealthCounty Donor AdvisedSciences students, facFund of Ann E. Nolte.ulty members, andMennonite College ofalumni attended theNursing collaboratedpresentation on Februwith the Departmentary 28. Seffrin met withof Health Sciences tostudents and facultycosponsor a presentaFrom left, Marilyn Morrow, chairperson, Health Sciences; Dr. John Seffrin, CEOof American Cancer Society; Ann Nolte, faculty emerita (donor for this speaker);for question-andtion by the first ScholKaren Pachis, community health faculty at Mennonite College of Nursing.answer sessions regardar in Health Education,ing cancer research and prevention. While at IllinoisJohn R. Seffrin, Ph.D., American Cancer SocietyState University members from the local health carechief executive officer. Prior to being named thecommunity attended the public presentation, andAmerican Cancer Society’s top staff executive inat least one local physician is interested in working1992, Dr. Seffrin was professor of health educationwith cancer education and prevention withinand chairperson of the Department of Appliedminority groups. Future collaboration betweenHealth Science at Indiana University. During hisMennonite College of Nursing and the Departmentyears in academia, he distinguished himself as aof Health Education faculty and students promisesnational and international leader in health educato be exciting and fruitful.tion, disease prevention, and public health.Thank you, Dr. Ann Nolte and Dr. MarilynHis presentation, titled “New Directions inMorrow, chairperson of the Department of HealthCancer Control and Prevention,” described the posSciences, for making this opportunity possible.itive strides in cancer-related deaths in the UnitedAlumni interested in participating in tobacco prevenStates. We in the health care community cannot,tion programs and future collaborative efforts betweenhowever, rest on our laurels as the rate of adolesMennonite College of Nursing and the Departmentcent tobacco use in this country is on the rise.of Health Sciences should call (309) 438-2174 forFrom a global perspective, based on the dramaticadditional information and opportunities.increase in the use of tobacco products, projectionsAttention, AlumniLooking for a life-changing experience? Wanting to do something new and different thissummer? Interested in branching out as a nursing professional? If your answer is Yes! Yes! Yes!,then you should consider participating in the Mennonite College of Nursing transcultural programas a mentor for nursing students. Oversee student activities on site in Lame Deer, Montana;San Antonio, Texas; or England.Your involvement is certain to make a difference in your world and theirs! For more information,call Karrie Ingalsbe at (309) 438-7400.Mennonite College of Nursingand Alumni AssociationCalendar of e vents 2001May 21, 2001Summer session classes beginJuly 4, 2001Independence DayAugust 10, 2001Summer session endsAugust 20, 2001Fall semester classes beginSeptember 3, 2001Labor DayOctober 12, 2001Fall Break Day—no classesOctober 26-27, 2001Homecoming 2001November 21, 2001Thanksgiving vacationDecember 8, 2001Last day of classesfor fall semesterJanuary 14, 2002Spring semester classes beginJanuary 21, 2002Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday—university offices will be closed

Dean’s messageAlumni AdministrativeBoard 2000-01Susan Stark Albee ’95Debra Butts ’95Alice Deavers ’52Pauline Ferguson ’85, ’92Nancy McCullough ’76Sue McGinnes ’72, M.S.N. ’98Romeyn Oyer ’51Judith Paxton ’84Renee Simons ’97Ex officio membersNancy Ridenour, dean,Mennonite College of NursingDorothy DeVore ’54, advisor,Alumni BoardStudent representativesCecilia Alvarez, president,Student Nurses AssociationSusan Catt ’96, president,Mennonite GraduateStudent OrganizationLiaison membersDorothy Witte,Director of DevelopmentIllinois State UniversityBarbara Tipsord ToddDirector of Alumni Services,Illinois State UniversityGreetings!Many exciting things are happening at Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University.As we travel around the country, weare arranging to meet with alumni.Thanks to all of the wonderful Mennonite alums who have visited withus in Colorado, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Washington, D.C., Ohio, andKentucky. These visits renew ourconnection to the graduates and provide inspiration to all of us. It is apleasure to get to know you. You areall doing such wonderful things.Another way we are connecting toalumni is through Homecoming.Please mark your calendars forHomecoming 2001—October 26-27.Mennonite College of Nursing faculty, staff,and students are active participants in the comprehensive long-range planning process at Illinois StateUniversity. The planning document, EducatingIllinois: An Action Plan for Distinctiveness andExcellence at Illinois State University, is the actionplan that has resulted from the planning process.Mennonite College of Nursing is proud and excitedto be part of this process. The plan focuses on recognizing the strong heritage of Mennonite Collegeof Nursing and identifies five values of the University that reflect Mennonite College of Nursing beliefsand vision. These five values are (1) individualizedattention: Illinois State University is dedicated toplacing the learner at the center of teaching andresearch; (2) public opportunity: assuring studentsaccess to opportunities; (3) activepursuit of learning: educating thestudent inside and outside the classroom, so that students appreciatelearning as an active and lifelongprocess; (4) diversity: fostering aninclusive environment that preparesstudents to be engaged participantsin global society; and (5) creativeresponse to change: facilitatingpersonal growth through innovativeactivities.As you read this issue of TheFlame, I think you will find examplesof how Mennonite College of Nursing is leading theway in Educating Illinois. There are many opportunities for alumni to become involved with us as weimplement the action plan. You can find the complete planning document, Educating Illinois, I lookforward to your ideas and involvement.See you at Homecoming October 26-27!Nancy RidenourMayo Clinic chooses exter nLori Stoller, a junior at Mennonite College of Nursing, was selected to work as an extern atMayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, from June 4 to August 10, 2001. Her application was one of150 chosen out of 450 submitted. Her acceptance was based on several criteria, including gradepoint average, activities, and essays. Lori volunteers at the American Red Cross and with DisabilityConcerns at Illinois State University. She is an active member of the Student Nurses Association andis in several honor societies.Lori will be working in one of the largest neurosurgical/neurological facilities in the nation.She will work with a preceptor, providing quality care to adult critically ill neurologically impairedpatients, including head and spinal cord trauma. She also will view a wide variety of surgical procedures. The unit for which Lori will be working admits 150 patients each month.Mennonite College of Nursing has provided a good foundation for this summer externship, andLori hopes to gain more skills and a higher comfort level working with acute patients. She will returnto Mennonite College of Nursing with a real knowledge of the working registered nurse.SPRING 2001Published periodicallyAdopting an elementar y schoolMennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University has been working to adopt an elementary school in the Bloomington-Normal area. Faculty members from the college and the principalfrom Irving School, 602 West Jackson Street, Bloomington, have made initial plans for formalizingthe adopt-a-school concept. Irving has been noted to have a high percentage of disadvantaged students and like many schools struggles to meet the health care needs of the children when there isonly one nurse working between two schools. Initial plans indicate that nursing students and facultywill begin serving at Irving during the next academic year. Mennonite College of Nursing’s firstproject will be providing approximately 300 backpacks for Irving children who are in need of schoolsupplies for fall 2001.Sara Campbell, associate dean, said the goal is to have students and faculty in the hallways andclassrooms at Irving on a routine basis. In addition, Irving would like to call on the college to assistwith special health problems when they occur, such as a lice outbreak. Nursing students will beinvolved with projects at Irving School as part of their coursework and as part of their membershipin the Student Nurses Association. They will work toward educating students about wellness promotion and illness prevention. Sara pointed out that another goal of this project is to teach and exposeelementary students to health care career opportunities. Alumni are welcome to take part in theIrving School project. Please call (309) 438-2174 for additional information.September 9, 2000March 31, 2001AnonymousKaren and Andy AhijevychDr. Jane ArmerDr. Jonathan and Kim AstrothBeverly BakerCarolyn and Ronald BarnfieldJed BeaupreRaufu BelloAudrey BishopKathy and James BoerckelGeorge BrooksJames and Marjorie BrownEvelyn and Joseph BussoneMarcia and Mark CampbellDr. Sara and Kyle CampbellThe Russia connectionCarle Foundation HospitalWhile in Bloomington Galina spent time as astaff nurse on the surgical unit at BroMenn Hospital.She was amazed by the plentiful supplies andmedication at hospitals in the United States.In Russia supplies such as gloves, tubing, anddressing changes are often reused. Thenurses encourage families to bring food topatients as there is no guarantee the hospital will have meals.In Russia health care is all government funded. Money thathospitals receive goes for medication. Galina’s main responsibility as chief nurse is solicitingmedication for children.In Russia nurses and doctors attend two years of medical school. Those whoare to become doctors continue at the medical university. The curriculum for nurses is similar to anassociate degree program in the United States. However, nurses are not teachers. Physicians teach allthe courses at both the medical school and themedical university.Russia is starting to open the door to insurance,and Galina hopes to see changes. Karrie Ingalsbe isanxious to see what the next step will be and believesthat nursing education may be the place to start.During the 2000-01 academic year, IllinoisState University has sponsored the campuswidetheme of “Global Connections: A Campus Exploration of the Growing World Community.” As a result of a grantcoordinated by Karrie Ingalsbe,Ph.D., R.N., Galina Mouravieva,chief nurse of Vladimir CityHealth Care in Vladimir, Russia, visited Central Illinois for18 days. On February 27, 2001,Galina presented “Globally Connecting Through Nursing: Nursing in Russia.” Her presentationon March 6, 2001, was titled“Globally Connecting ThroughNursing: Nursing Education and Nursing Opportunities in Vladimir.” As well as touring Illinois StateUniversity, Galina toured the Community CancerCenter, the Community Health Care Clinic, ThomasMetcalf and Hammit Schools, and several local hospitals. She found it beneficial to meet with nursingfaculty from Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Heartland Community College. Housing for Galina and her interpreter (OlgaVladimirova) was provided by Vladimir Sister CitiesCommittee members Jana and Orlyn Edge.Angela Scott—EditorIllinois State UniversityMennonite College of NursingCampus Box 5810Normal, IL 61790-58102Mennonite College ofNursing Donor Roll3Yvonne and William CarterCynthia and Scott ClappGregory and Gerti ClarkDianne and Thomas ClemensDawn and Thomas ConatyJeanne and Warren CookeLinda and David DavisCarol DillerChris and Dwain DippelFred and Jacqueline DolanWesley and Renee DunlapBetty and Paul DuzanRobin and Christopher EldredgeCatherine and Howard ErnstJacquelin and William FaderKathleen and Paul FeltesRachel FeuchtDiane FolkenDr. Eileen and Thomas FowlesAlice and William FoxFrancois Associates ArchitectsMarilyn and Rogers FreedlundDr. John and Betty FrischJohn W. and Betty A.Frisch FoundationContinued on next page

Teaching nursing home projectEducating IllinoisDonors continued from previous pageTina FunkTami and Scott GadburyJuanita andDale GarrettJoan GastonSteven and M Dianne GentesM. Rudelle GoodwinDeborah and Gary GradyCarol and Cloyce GressBeverly and Morris GrimesDoris and C. Robert HaasHeartland Publishing ServicesIllinois State University is working to Educate Illinois by becoming“the first-choice public university in Illinois for high-achieving, motivatedstudents who seek an individualized educational experience combined withthe resources of a large university.” Mennonite College of Nursing is givingstudents individualized attention by keeping its focus on the students andassuring students access to high-quality programs and faculty. By maintaining old traditions and starting new ones Mennonite is creating the premiernursing graduate. Students who graduate from Mennonite College of Nursingrealize that learning is an active and lifelong process that involves not only a localcommunity but a global society. Faculty, staff, and students are learning innovativeapplications in undergraduate and graduate studies, research, creative activity, and publicservice. By the year 2007 Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University will notonly have the premier graduate, but also be the nursing college of choice in Illinois.Mennonite College of Nursing faculty are involved in the Educating Illinois ImplementationCommittee and the values of Illinois State University. To learn more visit our Web page at and Ervin HeiserHeritage Enterprises, Inc.Darlene and Nathaniel HiettAvis and Dean HilfingerMiriam HiltabrandPatricia HumblesDavid and Katherine HurstPhyllis and Carroll ImigDr. Steven and Dr. Karrie IngalsbeAdrienne and Timothy IvesMennonite College of Nursing at Illinois StateUniversity and Heritage Enterprises have formed apartnership to develop a teaching nursing home.The benefits of a teaching nursing home are farreaching. Nursing homes today, have new faces. Notonly do they provide care for the frail elderly, theyprovide care for clients of all ages who may havechronic illnesses that prevent them from beingcared for in their homes. Additionally nursinghomes provide an intermediate step between a hospital and home. An example where this type of careis needed is a patient who has suffered a fracture orhad joint replacement surgery. Many times, thesepatients are not ready to meet the demands ofmaintaining a home when they are discharged fromthe hospital. Therefore, patients spend recoverytime in a nursing home where rehabilitation is continued until they are able to function independentlyenough to return home.A primary goal of the project is to increase thenumber of baccalaureate nurses choosing to workin nursing homes. Many times nursing studentshave preconceived ideas about nursing homes.They tend to view working in a nursing home asless desirable than working in a hospital or in otherareas where nurses are employed. Taking studentsinto the nursing home for different types of clinicalexperiences will help to dispel some of the stereotypical myths. Students develop relationships withthe residents and the nursing home staff, and findthat they use many skills necessary for developinginto an expert nurse. By changing the perceptionsstudents may have about nursing homes, the number of graduates choosing to work in this area willincrease.The nursing home staff also benefits from having students. The enthusiasm, energy, and freshideas students bring are welcomed, and delightboth the staff and residents. Faculty can provideeducational programs for staff as the need arises.Staff provides the much-needed assistance withteaching students about individualized care for residents. Staff also can update faculty on changes inthe rules and regulations that affect nursing homesand constantly change.This new partnership is exciting. A teachingnursing home is a first in the Bloomington-Normalarea. Students will participate in research with thefaculty and staff. Ongoing projects to determinebest practices or most effective interventions forclients are planned. The outcome expected is thatthe important group, the clients, will benefit mostof all.Donors continued from previous pageLouise KruegerCarol and Charles LaibleDrs. Gail and Douglas LambKelli and David LangeMarjean and Mark LargentAlice and Raymond LartzDr. Bak and Soonja LeePamela and Patrick LindseyCamille LittleLouise LukertJane and Jay LuthiLois and Merton LymanJohn and Joanne MaitlandArlan and Lila MartinRosemary and Ellis MartinW. A. and Jeanne MathesonLeon and Sharron MaxwellLynda and Gary McCrackenDr. Janie McCrayDr. Harold and Elizabeth McGinnesGary McGinnisBarbara and James MeekMemorial MedicalCenter FoundationPhyllis and Joseph JacksonDr. Brenda JeffersElaine and Alan MerrittHarold and Ruth JohnsonCatherine and Terry MillerAssociate dean namedRichard and Julia JohnsonStephany and Roger JoslinThelma and Richard MillerSara Campbell became the associate dean at Mennonite College of Nursing during the summerof 2000. Her vision for the future makes her a perfect fit for this position. When asked to describe thecollege with one word, her response is “fearless.” She says faculty are working in new ways, conducting research, presenting research, submitting articles and grants, and creating a positive learningenvironment using technology.Several nursing courses are offered as Web-assisted courses. Students and faculty both benefitfrom this type of teaching. It allows students to work at their own pace day or night and helps themto have a better understanding of what goes on in the classroom. One of the greatest benefits is forstudents who do not always feel comfortable speaking up in class—the Web-assisted course allowsstudents to post questions and participate in discussions about class. Web-assisted courses givefaculty the opportunity to be more creative and have additional one-on-one time with the students.In the future, Sara expects to see the R.N./B.S.N. program totally on-line or on interactive television in order to help working registered nurse’s get their B.S.N. It is anticipated that more technologywill be used across all programs. Currently the college is working toward purchasing a simulator forthe prelicensure lab. The simulator would bring situations to the students they may not encounterat clinical sites and force them to think more critically.As Sara works in the position of associate dean, the transformation of Mennonite College ofNursing will have a positive impact on the students, faculty, and the community by providing alearning environment that is active and engaging, sending the premier graduate into the nursingcommunity.Dr. Richard and Susan KasbeerKate KaterDarrell and Karen KehlSharon and Steven KelleherKemp FoundationLori and Kevin KennelLynn and Thomas KennellDorothea KiblerMildred KingdonVicky and James KirktonBetty and Raymond KnucklesBarbara and Herb KnudsenLucinda KochDr. Donna and Eugene KonradiSusan and Steven KossmanVicki and Michael KropleContinued on next page45Karen and Robert MinerDouglas MockRachel and Charles MoserDr. Daniel and Sylvia MossellC. Gail and Scott MottershawJean and Ralph MunnAshley and James NealJoe and Maria NovotnyRuth and Theodore OeschNancy and David O’NeallRachel W. Overman EstateKaren and Gus PachisMarigold and Joseph PackheiserByron and Gladys PaddockDebra and Paul PaothatatMary Jean PetersonContinued on next page

e-Recr uitingDonors continued from previous pageChristine PutnamElfrieda and Richard RamseyerDr. John and Margaret RandolphDr. Donna and Gordon ReddingMarsha and Barry ReevesNancy and William ReiterCheryl RempelDr. Nancy Ridenour and Ed MasonDr. Jerry and Carole RingerVictoria RisleyLynne and Antonie RomynAnna and Peter RoppJoycelyn and Jerald RutherfordEvelyn and John SaalTeresa and Doug SaxtonRebecca and Lynn SchafferProg ress notesIllinois State University Student and AlumniPlacement Services is keeping up with technologyin providing students, alumni, and employers witha new concept for job placement and recruitment.Recognizing the changing trends in the employment industry, the Illinois State University placement office introducedthe use of e-Recruiting infall of 2000, as a Webbased one-stop shop forstudents and alumni toconnect with potentialemployers. Students andalumni can use the system to explore full-timecareer opportunities as well as to search for internships and part-time employment.The e-Recruiting system provides a centralizedlocation for employers to display company information, job postings, and on-campus interview schedules. Students and alumni can post their coverletters, résumés, and portfolios onto the system forpublic viewing by employers. Candidates may alsoapply directly on-line to positions posted and signup for on-campus interviews. The system providesusers with the ability to search for jobs by type,industry, employer name, and recent postings. It isalso conveniently available 24 hours a day from thecomfort of home.With full expectations of continued growth,Student and Alumni Placement Services boasts thate-Recruiting providesaccess to live job postings and employersfrom a variety of fields.Are you a student or alum searching for newemployment options? Interested in gaining accessto a wealth of full-time, internship, and part-timeopportunities? Are you an employer with hiringneeds? Contact Student and Alumni PlacementServices at (309) 438-2200 or [email protected] fora user name and password to begin taking advantage of this new system.Phyllis SchieberDeborah SchimmelpfenningBeth and Thomas SchreinerCeleste and Michael ScimoJanet and Robert SearsFrances and Dan ShafferRuth and John ShafferVelma and Richard ShetlerStephen and Lisa ShimkusJill ShumakerGeorgette ShupeRenee SimonsDelores and Gerald SimpsenMary and Gary SlutzJudith and Charles SmithDr. Lowell and Ruth SparksLinda StawickMary and Harold StollerJeanette and Donald StorckDale and Carole StrassheimDr. John and Erma StutzmanCynthia SullivanJanet and Dennis SutterAndrea and Robert TirpakJill and David TobiasDavid and Betty TolandRoger and Carol TompkinsMarion and Raymond VaughanContinued on next pageAssociation making mark on campusThe Mennonite College of Nursing Student Nurses Association (SNA) is in its second year atIllinois State University. With their efforts, SNA members continue to leave their positive mark oncampus through their promotion of health-related activities and community service work.SNA began the fall 2000 school year by displaying its “ISU on Top of the World” Homecomingfloat during the annual parade. Group members continued their efforts in October through theirparticipation in the Jingle Bell Run for arthritis and by distributing ribbons for breast cancer awareness. In November, three SNA officers attended the national SNA conference in St. Louis, Missouri.This proved to be a valuable experience for the officers, as they returned with some exciting fundraising ideas and promotional strategies.In December, SNA sponsored a Christmas party for disadvantaged children in McLean County.Through the donations of local merchants, SNA members were able to distribute presents for all ofthe children who attended the holiday event. In January they prepared personal hygiene care packages to be distributed to low-income clients in their “Community Health Nursing” class. Fundingfor this project was obtained through an Illinois State grant.In February, SNA students cosponsored the Health Career Fair on campus, where studentshad the opportunity to network with health care providers. Also in February, SNA offered the firstof several blood pressure screenings at the Illinois State Student Recreation Center. March was atime for mingling with peers and faculty during the annual Junior-Senior Spring Nursing Banquetat Jumer’s. Entertainment for the evening included a “nursing survivor” skit by the college faculty.April ushered in continued success as nursing students promoted organ donor awarenessduring “SpringFest on the Quad.” Through the combined efforts of SNA and the public relationsstudent group, more than 550 students signed the back of their drivers license’s and pledged theircommitment to notify their family members of their decision to be organ donors.As the year came to a close SNA welcomed four new officers for the 2001-02 school year:Cherly Coleman, president; Maria Klopfenstein, vice president; Kelli Gordon, treasurer; and JamieSchwarz, secretary. This group also welcomed two new advisors: Dr. Sara Campbell, associate dean,and Pam Lindsey, undergraduate director.619371977Our sympathies go to the family and friends ofFlorence Areline Burkhead, who passed awayJanuary 6, 2001.Bet h Lafenhagen Mat hews graduated in 1997 fromUniversity of Illinois as a family nurse practitioner.She is working as a family nurse practitioner at amultispecialty clinic in Effingham. Her daughterKathryn is headed to the University of Illinois thisAugust to major in engineering.1949Our sympathies go to the family and friends ofShirley Boyle who passed away April 9, 2001.Donors continued from previous pageLeigh and Jim VidmarBetty and Duane WagnerDr. Barbara and Phillip WalpoleDeborah and StevenWannemacher19951951Ella M. Bohrer received the Nurse of the YearAward from the Mennonite Nurses Association. Ellais an active nurse and has served others throughouther life. She often assists with serving meals to theneedy in her church and is presently on the Spiritual Council and Care Committee in her church, ZionMennonite, in Souderton, Pennsylvania.Jean Mueller Ir win, Chicago, is the R.N., staff educator, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital of Chicago on the surgery subspecialty unit.Martha and Raymond WattNew arrivalsDiane and Thomas WhippleLinda Westfall-Huntand William HuntKari Zar well Lampat ’95 and her husband, David,welcomed Luke David on December 21, 2000. Kariis a surgical gynecology nurse at Mayo Clinic.Peter WhitmerDavid and Joan WiantDonald WillardShannon Holland Matteson ’95 and her husband,Mick, along with big brother Luke David, 4, welcomed Peter Michael on December 11, 2000. Shannon is working as the office nurse for pediatricianand internist Dana Howd in Seneca.1972Carolyn Joyce Br yer Ronholm of New Berlinis serving as the medical necessity facilitator atSt. John’s Hospital in Springfield. She has beenmarried 29 years to Duane Ronholm. They are theparents of Trina Grobe, St. Louis, Missouri; KrisRonholm, Oakland, California; Chad, who is completing his master’s degree in biology with plans toattend dental school; and Toni, who will graduatewith a management degree in radiology in oneyear. Joyce is working to set up a new departmentat St. John’s—answering the need to insure medicalnecessity issues. After spending the past 18 years asa surgical nurse with a medical nursing background,she is putting all of her nursing skills to great use.Esther WillardEsther H. Willard TrustDr. David and Kay WilliamsDr. Denise and Gary WilsonMary and Charles WrightDawn Tracy Conaty ’95 and her husband, Tom,along with big brother Garrett Lane, 3, welcomedJacob Wyatt Conaty on August 9, 2000. Dawn is thedirector of nursing at Jackson Heights NursingHome.Jeanne and John WroanLinda and Mario YapKay and Gary ZiebarthWendy and Kurt ZimmerStacey Porter Hunter ’96 welcomed baby girlAbigail, born March 2001.Progress notesWe welcome updates from alumni for The Flame publication. We want to know about your activities, career news, family news, and other significant activities(weddings, births, honors and awards, promotions, changes in employment, personal accomplishments). Thank you for sharing your news with otheralumni. Please fill out this form and return it so your news will be published in the next issue. Mail to Illinois State University, Mennonite College ofNursing, Campus Box 5810, Normal, IL 61790-5810.NAMEDATEMAIDEN NAME (IF APPLICABLE)MAILING ADDRESSCITYTELEPHONEPRESENT OCCUPATION/EMPLOYERNEWS/COMMENTS7STATECLASS YEARZIP

De velopment director namedToward a common goalhave small faculty-to-student ratios. Students areinvolved in college committees, faculty searches,and a peer support program that links seniors withfirst-year students. All of this creates a college atmosphere that is student friendly.Does student focus take away from facultymembers’ ability to participate in research and grantwriting? No. As a matter of fact, faculty members arebecoming more involved than ever before in grantwriting and research projects both locally andnationally. This also benefits students by exposingthem to research.As the Interim undergraduate director, Pamstays busy keeping everyone focused on the students. She is the contact person for current andprospective undergraduate students as well as thefaculty who teach them. Mennonite College ofNursing continues to maintain a small-collegeatmosphere that is student focused.When asked, Pam Lindsey, undergraduatedirector, will say her biggest responsibility is working to keep everyone together to reach a commong

Mennonite College of Nursing has provided a good foundation for this summer externship, and Lori hopes to gain more skills and a higher comfort level working with acute patients. She will return to Mennonite College of Nursing with a real knowledge of the working registered nurse. The Russia connection During the 2000-01 academic year, Illinois