Events

PhD Program Anniversary

You are cordially invited to the 35th Anniversary Celebration of the University of Maryland School of Nursing PhD Program on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.

As one of the special events occurring during UMSON’s 125th anniversary year of celebration during 2014-2015, the PhD Program’s 35th “birthday” is a great opportunity to network with fellow alumni, current PhD students and faculty, and learn more about exciting developments in doctoral nursing education. 

You should already have received your invitation in the mail. You can register online at https://cf.umaryland.edu/checkout/son/phd_program_35th_reunion or with the registration form.

We would like to create a PhD alumni newsletter/directory to share with everyone who attends the event. You can submit your news and updates online using the Alumni Update/Class Note Form. For more information, contact the Alumni Office at alumni@son.umaryland.edu or 410-706-7640.

The PhD Program 35th anniversary event will begin with a continental breakfast, followed by welcome remarks from Dean Jane Kirschling. From 10:15–11:15 a.m., there will be two panels from which to choose: Panel # 1: Historical Perspective on UMSON’s Doctoral Program and Panel # 2: Capitalizing on Academic and Practice Expertise for the Mutual Benefit of All. From 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. there will be two panels from which to choose: Panel #3: Focusing Student and Faculty Research Through Interprofessional Research Centers, and Panel #4: Online Education – A New Reality.

Following the panel discussions, lunch will be served in the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center, conveniently located adjacent to UMSON. After lunch, you can choose to participate in tours. There will be lots of time to reminisce and reconnect with friends and colleagues during and between activities.

Directions and Parking Information

The PhD Program 35th Anniversary will be held at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, 655 West Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Parking is available in the Pratt Street Garage, 646 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. The cost will be approximately $9.

For more information, directions to the Pratt Street Garage, and a campus map, visit http://nursing.umaryland.edu/about/campus-community/campus/umb/campus-directions.

Hotel Information

For your convenience, a block of rooms have been reserved for UMSON reunion alumni at the following hotel:

Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards
110 South Eutaw Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Cost: $179 per night, not including taxes
To make a reservation call 410-962-0202 by Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, and reference
Reference#: M-1VM7U9E or “School of Nursing PhD Program 35th Anniversary Celebration.”
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bwiih-baltimore-marriott-inner-harbor-at-camden-yards/

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Reunion 2014

On Saturday, April 26, more than 100 alumni and guests returned to the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) to reunite with classmates and friends and reconnect with UMSON. Alumni, many of whom traveled great distances to attend the event, enjoyed catching up over continental breakfast and coffee. Dean Jane Kirschling informally welcomed alumni as she visited them at their tables.

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At the program, Associate Director for Alumni Relations Cynthia Sikorski welcomed alumni and recognized each class group, prompting enthusiastic displays of school spirit and camaraderie. Liz Ness, MS ’93, and Alumni Association President served as the program emcee. Dean Kirschling presented a State of the School report that included a retrospective on life in 1964 in honor of the 50th Reunion class. A panel of class leaders shared their perspectives on their UMSON education and the most valuable lessons they learned: Mary Lou Reilly, BSN ’59, Mary Beth Sheehe Merolla, BSN ’64; Connie Perry Simon, BSN ’69; Hershaw Davis, MSN, BSN ’09; and Katrina McGowan, MS/CNL Class of 2014 and Graduate Nursing Association Vice President – shared the value of their UMSON education and the most important lessons they learned while they were nursing school students.

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Left to right: Mary Lou Reilly, Mary Beth Sheehe Merolla, Connie Perry Simon, Hershaw Davis, Katrina McGowan

The Class of 1964 was thrilled to be honored during the Heritage Class Induction Ceremony where they received a commemorative stole and pin from Dean Kirschling. They were also recognized for having achieved the largest turnout at the reunion.

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Row #1 left to right: Dean Jane Kirschling, Gwen Myers Nolte, Frances Wyand Xenakis, Florence Hyde Berch, Marilyn Soltoff Schmitter, Lynne Hodgson Oliver, Mary Beth Sheehe Merolla

Row # 2 left to right: Judith Kane Parker, Linda DeLosier Humbert, Carolyn Wescoe Schweitzer, Marilyn Poland Laken, Gail Cameron Hooper, Peggy Edelman Heffner

Row # 3 left to right: Katherine Jean O’Hare Reichelt, Carol Taylor Prince, Sharon Kettells Hawkins, Louise Stark Simmers, JoEllen Kupin Marek, Cindy Schwartz Johnson

The 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Colonel Marla De Jong, PhD, MS ’93, RN, FAAN, Dean of the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  The Distinguished Alumni Award was reestablished in 2009 to honor and recognize an alumnus annually for his/her dedication to excellence and for exceptional professional achievements. 

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Left to right: Dean Jane Kirschling, Marla De Jong, Liz Ness

Following the program, alumni gathered for lunch in the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center and enjoyed the chance to socialize. After lunch, tours of the Bench Research Labs and the Clinical Simulation Labs were conducted. The Living History Museum was open during the event so that alumni and guests could visit at their leisure. The final event of the day was an informative and inspiring lecture on “Evidence-Based Practice and Palliative Care: How I Learned to Love the EBP Process” by Marian Grant, DNP ’10, RN, CRNP, Assistant Professor, Organizational Systems and Adult Health, UMSON.

If you attended the 2014 Alumni Reunion and have not yet sent in your survey, you can access the survey here. Your comments and suggestions are appreciated and will help with planning for the 2015 Reunion.

Click here to view the 2014 Alumni Reunion Photo Gallery! (Click on a photo to see its caption.)

Click here to view the 2014 Alumni Reunion slide show! 

Click here to watch the 2014 Alumni Reunion program video!

Reunion Class Photos

Class of 1949

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Left to right: Mary Warner Babylon, Ginger Rittenhouse Swisher

Class of 1954

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Left to right: Nancy Anderson and Hazel McLay Patterson

Class of 1959

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Standing left to right: Marjorie Fedyshyn Pittas, Eva Krongard Berkow, Mary Lou Reilly

Seated left to right: Sandra Niland Cardinale, Frances Huntley Fleming, Doris Baumgardner Webb, Elaine Deitz Jones

Class of 1964

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Row #1 left to right: Dean Kirschling, Gwen Myers Nolte, Fran Wyand Xenakis, Florence Hyde Berch, Marilyn Soltoff Schmitter, Lynne Hodgson Oliver, Mary Beth Sheehe Merolla

Row #2 left to right: Judith Kane Parker, Linda Delosier Humbert, Carolyn Wescoe Schweitzer, Marilyn Poland Laken, Gail Cameron Hooper, Peggy Edelman Heffner

Row #3 left to right: Jean O'Hare Reichelt, Carol Taylor Prince, Sharon Kettells Hawkins, Louise Stark Simmers, JoEllen Kupin Marek, Cindy Schwartz Johnson

Class of 1969

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Row #1 Left to right: Diane Moscoe Schuler, Andrea Sadey Van Horn, Katharine Wahaus Parris, Eileen Nagel Heistand

Row#2 Left to right: Jeannette Edwards Butler, Connie Perry Simon, Jonni Zimmerman Burke, Vicky Scott McMullen

Class of 1974

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Row #1 left to right: Hazel McClain Randall, Claire Neubeck Watters, Barbara Then Lacher, Roberta Billman, Diane Swisher McGregor

Row #2 left to right: Barbara Cartin Engh, Sarah Fearn Johnson, Linda Cresap Rothfield, Sally Brown

Row #3 Nadine Zerwitz Jacobs, Anne McArdle, Nancy Molloy Crawford, Susan Dullea Markus

Class of 1979

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Left to right: Susan Hart Kraeuter, Alexander McMullen, Patricia Moorhouse Getz, Mary Rubeor Hirsch, Charlene Harven

Class of 1984

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Standing left to right: Molly Williams Bartlett, Becky Green, Joyce Sharp Gun, Georgie Cusack, Jasmine Esendal Demos

Seated left to right: Pam Lentz, Sandra Stallings, Madonna Putz-Vitarello

Class of 1994

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Left to right: Stephanie Borum, Latonia Ford, Jessica Hibler Whitfield

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Linda Ford, Stephanie Borum, Jessica Hibler Whitfield

Class of 1999

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Left to right: Tamika Allen Jones, Ellen Reilley Farrell, Tiana Proctor

Class of 2004

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Left to right: Peggy Burns Sachs, Lillian Milburn, Marilu Corcuera Tomas, Angelica Angco, and Yolanda Ogbolu

Class of 2009

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Left to right: Hershaw Davis, BSN ’09; Ana Soule, BSN ’09; Jeanine Soliman, MS ’09; Erin O'Grady, MS ‘09 and Carrie Fisher Jacobs, MS ‘09

Past Events

Reunion 2013

Class of 1973 - Largest Turnout!

Back (L-R): Bonnie Miles, Jackie Mellott Melonas, Berlyn Carlson, Beverly Bradford Scott, Mary Jo Spontak Dennis, Paula Wiegel Thrasher, Robin Nida, Nance Cambardella Crockett, Donna Feickert-Eichna, Nancy Miller, Shirley Guy, Frances Gordon, Rebecca Simons Stanevich, Vicki Burt, Kathy Burke Clark

Front (L-R): Mary Budelis Kerney, Christine Kirk Shippen, Debby Harper, Judith Ferere Moreau, Christine  Cassler Greifzu, Lynne Saffer Goldstein, Mindy Hayes, Jane Holsinger, Jane Woodward McMurray, Susan Layos, Beth O’Connell , Ginny Everstine

On Saturday, April 27, more than 135 alumni and guests returned to the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) to reunite with classmates and friends and reconnect with UMSON. Alumni, many of whom traveled great distances to attend the event, enjoyed catching up over continental breakfast and coffee. Dean Jane Kirschling informally welcomed alumni as she visited them at their tables.

At the program, Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations Laurette Hankins welcomed alumni and recognized each class group, prompting enthusiastic displays of school spirit and camaraderie. She introduced the program emcee, Alumni Association President, Liz Ness, MS ’93. Dean Kirschling presented a State of the School report that included a retrospective on life in 1963 in honor of the 50th Reunion class. A panel of class leaders shared their perspectives on their UMSON education and the most valuable lessons they have learned. The panel included: Shirley Wantland, BSN ’58; Carolyn Cook Handa, BSN ’63; Bonnie DiPietro, MS ’85, BSN ’78; Karen Mack, MS ’01, BSN ’83; and Noah Bennett, BSN ’13 and Class of 2013 Nursing Student Government Association President.

The Class of 1963 was thrilled to be honored during the Heritage Class Induction Ceremony where they received a commemorative stole and pin from Dean Kirschling.

The 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Darlene Curley, MS ’82, BSN ’80, RN, FAAN, executive director of The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence. The Distinguished Alumni Award was reestablished in 2009 to honor and recognize an alumnus annually for his/her dedication to excellence and for exceptional professional achievements.

Following the program, alumni gathered for lunch in the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center and enjoyed the chance to socialize. After lunch, tours of the Bench Research Labs and the Clinical Simulation Labs were conducted. The Living History Museum was open during the afternoon so that alumni and guests could visit at their leisure. The last event of the day was an informative and inspiring lecture on “Successful Aging” by Barbara Resnick, PhD ’96, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, Professor, Organizational Systems and Adult Health, and Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology, UMSON.

Click here to view the 2013 Alumni Reunion Photo Gallery! 

Click here to watch the 2013 Alumni Reunion program video!

Reunion Class Photos

Class of 1948

Back (L-R): Hortense "Bunny" Bunting Tegler, Betty Byers Cooper, Annetta Muir Richter

Front (L-R): Peggy Novotny Sappington, Jean Warfield Keenan

Class of 1953

Back (L-R): Mary Muir Dilzer, Ruth Rogerson Josten, Kari Lenning Schoening, Verna Zang Martin, Sue Hulse Wood

Front (L-R): Carolyn Myers Baer, Shirlie Reheard O’ Leary, Fae Renninger Reber, Esther McCready

Class of 1963

Back (L-R): Connie Eastman, Anita Ruhling Sapp, Margarethe Cammermeyer, Donna Smith Douse, Christine Garner O’Brien, Judith Hanlon Cleaver

Middle (L-R): Ann Davidson Bruce, Donna Warfield Gipner, Carol Haina Wolfe, Cynthia Jennette, Carolyn Cook Handa, Joella Warner

Front (L-R): Dean Jane Kirschling, Ann Reiter, Jane Dimling Morris Penny, Linda Breese Brian, Hermi Nudo, Sara Walter Chedester, Theresa Tyler Hommel

Class of 1968

Back (L-R): Carol Kubelius Libonati, Patricia Warfield Snyder, Roz Riordan Kendellen, Joanne Farrell Damon, Lucy Boland

Front (L-R): Harriet Palmer Willis, Lynda Otte

Class of 1978

Back (L-R): Robin Miller Smith, Kathleen Stilling Burkhart, Dianne Ruggles Fullerton, Diane Applegate Rybinski, Ron DeGrange

Middle (L-R): Shirley Smith Edwards, Lonn Alafriz, Suzanne Joyce Wingate, Eileen Curran Thompson

Front (L-R): Dean Jane Kirschling, Margaret Horan, Elizabeth “Betsy” Schuyler Niemyer, Bonnie Grady DiPietro , Debra Penuel Oelberg, Voncelia Squires Brown

Class of 1983

ack (L-R): Theresa Wingert Sutton, Beth McKee, Mary Taylor Barnes, Lori Schroeder Allen, Nina Klein Ungar, Laura Walter Triola, Marianne Miller Moulet, Elizabeth Thomas Shotland, Cheryl Brown Stillman

Front (L-R): Linda Fritsch Walsh, Lisa Schlossbach Chamberlain, Karen Mack, Amy Collins, Shiree Kwash, Kristi Brown Brennan; Sheila Epps Lee

Class of 1988

Back (L-R): Marcie Snyder O’Reilly, Stephanie Baker Zafonte, Michelle Walz Culp

Middle (L-R): Katherina “Kitty” Vander Vat Violette, Kathy Beiter Weich, Angelia Parraway, Amy Stetter Engelmann, Lisa Stambolis

Front (L-R): Dean Jane Kirschling, Donna Bouey, Linda Ellwood, Patricia Magno Sweet, Kathleen Burks

Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing Master’s Specialty 30th Anniversary

On Friday, November 2, alumni, faculty, former faculty, and current students gathered to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s (UMSON’s) Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing master’s specialty. Many guests traveled great distances to attend the event, and everyone enjoyed a wonderful and memorable celebration.

Tours of the University of Maryland Medical Center’s new R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center expansion and UMSON’s Clinical Simulation Labs were offered from 2-3 p.m. The Shock Trauma tour included a visit to the new heliport landing pad during which an actual landing occurred.

A formal program was held from 3:30-5 p.m. with a lively group of panelists. Dean Janet Allan,PhD, RN, FAAN, delivered welcome remarks and Kathryn Von Rueden, MS, RN, CNS-BC, FCCM, associate professor interim specialty director for Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing, and clinical nurse specialist at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, introduced the panel.

Dorrie Fontaine, PhD, MS ’77, RN, FAAN, dean and Sadie Health Cabaniss professor of nursing, University of Virginia School of Nursing, discussed the Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency Nursing specialty from a historical perspective. 

Karen Doyle, MBA, MS ’91, BSN ’85, RN, NEA-BC, vice president, nursing and operations, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and president-elect, Society of Trauma Nurses, described some of the trends in trauma nursing.

Kathleen Cox, MS ’07, RN, ACNP-BC, CCNS, talked about some of the trends in critical care advanced practice nursing roles, sharing some of her experiences as an advanced practice nurse at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas.

LCDR Carla A. Pappalardo, MS ’11, RN, ACNP-BC, CCNS, CCRN, clinical nurse specialist, Critical Care Nursing Department, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, , detailed trends in critical care and advanced practice nursing in the military.

Patricia G. Morton, PhD ’89, MS ’79, RN, ACNP, FAAN, professor and associate dean for academic affairs, UMSON, and acute care nurse practitioner, University of Maryland Medical Center, talked about the current state of UMSON and future plans related to the Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing master’s specialty. 

Following the program, guests enjoyed a reception in the Bess & Frank Gladhill Room in the University’s  Health Sciences/Human Services Library, where they were able to view downtown Baltimore from a great vantage point.

Special thanks to Dr. Patricia Morton and Kathryn Von Rueden, who worked closely withLaurette Hankins, associate dean of development and alumni relations, and Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, to create a memorable occasion.

Click here to view the Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing master’s specialty 30th anniversary slide show! (Click Show Info in the upper right corner of the slideshow to see the captions).

Click here to watch the program video!

Reunion 2012

Class of 1982 - Largest Turnout!

Row 1, L to R: Rita Der-Stephanian Postal, Ann Williams, Peggy Riddle Maher

Row 2, L to R: Claire Bohince Pagano, Patty Pumroy Sengstack, Rita Przygocki, Barbara Hrabowski, Kathleen Krall Leach, Laurel Moody

Row 3, L to R: Patricia McGrow Rudrow, Susan Winzer Martin, Bonnie Elliot Murphy, Ann Tierney Scheele, Molly Ernst Durkin, Laurice Lucas, Mary Kay Ratigan, Diane Carpenter Lazzeri, Cynthia Fox, Jardiolyn “Joji” Patterson, Diane Stanoski Michalek, Mindy Serp Doring 

On Saturday, April 28, more than 130 alumni and guests returned to the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) to reunite with classmates and friends and reconnect with UMSON. Alumni, many of whom traveled great distances to attend the event, enjoyed catching up over continental breakfast and coffee. Dean Janet Allan informally welcomed alumni as she visited them at their tables.

At the program, Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations Laurette Hankins welcomed alumni and recognized each class group, prompting enthusiastic displays of school spirit and camaraderie. She introduced the program emcee, Alumni Association President-Elect, Liz Ness, MS ’91. Dean Allan presented a State of the School report that included a retrospective on life in 1962 in honor of the 50th Reunion class.  Kimberly Rice, a Class of 2012 master’s student and executive board member of the Graduate Nurse Association, shared her nursing school experiences and talked about the path she has taken from Cornell University, where her studies focused on biology and medical anthropology, to the Clinical Nurse Leader program at UMSON.

The Class of 1962 was thrilled to be honored during the Heritage Class Induction Ceremony where they received a commemorative stole and pin from Dean Allan. 

The 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Dorrie K. Fontaine, PhD, MS ’77, RN, FAAN, dean, University of Virginia School of Nursing, and Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor of Nursing. The Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 2009 to honor and recognize an alumnus annually for his/her dedication to excellence and for exceptional professional achievements. 

During her remarks, Dr. Fontaine described her years at UMSON as a student and professor and some of the mentors who directly impacted her career choices, including Ann Seymour Madison, PhD, who was present in the audience as a member of the 50th Reunion Class of 1962.

Following the program, alumni gathered for lunch in the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center and enjoyed the chance to socialize. After lunch, tours of the Bench Research Labs and the Clinical Simulation Labs were conducted. The Living History Museum was open during the afternoon so that alumni and guests could visit at their leisure.  The last event of the day was an informative and inspiring lecture on palliative care by Deborah Witt Sherman, PhD, CRNP, ACHPN, ANP-BC, FAAN, a professor at UMSON.

Click here to view the 2012 Alumni Reunion slide show! (Click Show Info in the upper right corner of the slideshow to see the captions.)

Click here to watch the 2012 Alumni Reunion program video!

Reunion 2011

More than 140 alumni and guests gathered at the School of Nursing Saturday, April 30, to enjoy a special day of reuniting with classmates and reconnecting with UMSON. The day began with lively socializing over continental breakfast and coffee. Alumni had an opportunity to reminisce with Dean Emeritus Nan Hechenberger, PhD, RN, who traveled from Pennsylvania to share in the festivities.

Highlights of the program, emceed by Alumni Council President Deborah Schofield, DNP ’09, MS ’95, included Dean Janet Allan’s presentation on the State of the School and the induction of the 50th Anniversary Class of 1961 into the Heritage Class. Outgoing National Student Government Association President Nicole Brynes, BSN ’11, shared her nursing school experiences, which rekindled many fond memories from those in the audience. The 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Donna Havens, PhD ’91, a professor at the School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She delivered an engaging presentation about how the research she conducted as a PhD student at UMSON influenced the direction of her future research interests and her professional career path. For more than 20 years, Dr. Havens has studied and published articles about the organization of nursing and outcomes in hospitals; the nursing work environment; nurse executive leadership, turnover, and outcomes; involvement of staff nurses in decision-making; magnet hospitals; and frontline staff engagement in quality and safety initiatives.

A luncheon, followed by tours of the UMSON Clinical Simulation Laboratories, the Living History Museum, and the Center of Excellence in Disorders of Neuroregulatory Function, topped off the day.

Click here to view the photos from the 2011 Alumni Reunion! (Click Show Info in the upper right corner of the slideshow to see the captions.)