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March 2017


As we start the month of March, I want to send you all greetings on behalf of the faculty, staff and students of the college! Although our fall was sad with the passing of two of our colleagues, the College of Nursing is moving forward. Interim Dean Thad Wilson and the executive leadership team are actively recruiting faculty members to address the educational and research needs of the college. These faculty recruits will also be filling the void of those faculty members who will be retiring within the next several months. Along with the recruitment of new faculty, a search committee appointed by Provost Barry Butler is actively narrowing the field to find a new, permanent dean to lead the college. I would also like to convey that Dr. Wilson will be leaving the UI at end of this spring semester. He has accepted the position of President of the Research College of Nursing in Kansas City (where his grandchildren live). We wish him the best and he assures us that he will forever be a Hawkeye!

For those of you graduating in 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, and 1987, please note the reunion schedule on our website! The activities are open to all alumni who wish to return to campus! This year the University of Iowa Alumni Association will be honoring one of our own: Margaret "Peg" (O'Connor) Stessman ('84 BSN, '12 MBA). I hope you can join us!

My very best to all of you!

Liz Swanson (BSN '69, MA '75, PhD '85)  
Associate Professor and Director, External Relations

Michaela Beaver

Hometown Hawkeye

When Michaela Beaver graduated from the University of Iowa with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2014, she thought she was headed for a career in an emergency department; however, after about two years in a Sheldon, Iowa, ER, she noticed an alarming trend: access to mental health care was substantially lacking in Northwest Iowa.

>> Click here to read the full Hometown Hawkeye feature

Jimmy Reyes

DNP Alumnus Featured in Johnson & Johnson Campaign

UI College of Nursing alumnus Jimmy Reyes, associate director of practice and education at the Iowa Board of Nursing, was recently featured in a Johnson & Johnson publication that profiled four nurses who have taken their heartfelt care to the "next level" thanks in part to the company’s Campaign for Nursing’s Future.

>> To read the entire article, click here

Barbara Rakel

Rakel's Research Receives Boost from APS

Professor Barb Rakel was recently awarded an Independent Grant for Learning and Change from the American Pain Society and Pfizer for her research project, which is titled "Development of an Electronic Prescription Bundle of Nonpharmacological Strategies for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain."

>> Click here to read more about this research project

UI Capitol and Pentacrest

More than 5,000 Alumni and Friends Gave $32 million to Support the University of Iowa College of Nursing

The University of Iowa and the University of Iowa Foundation announced the successful conclusion of For Iowa. Forever More: The Campaign for the University of Iowa. More than 272,000 UI alumni and friends—enough to fill Kinnick Stadium nearly 4 times—contributed more than $1.975 billion to help the UI remain at the forefront of education, research, health care, and athletics.

>> To read more about this campaign and how it impacted the UI and the College of Nursing, click here

Sandra Daack-Hirsch

Daack-Hirsch's Interdisciplinary Team Awarded Obermann Center Grant

Sandra Daack-Hirsch was recently awarded an Obermann Center for Advanced Studies Interdisciplinary Research Grant for her project titled "The Intersection of Education and Health in Two Rural Immigrant Iowa Communities."

>> Click here to read the full article

Keela herr

Herr Named GSA Fellow

Professor Keela Herr was recently inducted as a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America. The Fellowship is the Society's highest class of membership and serves as an acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in the field of gerontology.

>> To read the article in its entirety, click here

Rita Frantz

Dream Fulfilled: Frantz Donation a Game Changer for UI's College of Nursing

University of Iowa nursing college gets $5.25 million from former dean.

>> Click here to read more about the generosity of Rita and David Frantz

In Memoriam

Death notices for UI College of Nursing alumni. Links to online obituaries provided when available.

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