Alumni Mark Celebration for 50th Anniversary
of Nursing Degree
March 4, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – In April, the Illinois Wesleyan University School of Nursing will
host an event that celebrates more than an anniversary. It will celebrate the field
of nursing. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Illinois Wesleyan offering a four-year
bachelor of science degree in nursing. To commemorate that date, the school is hosting
“Celebrate Nursing, Celebrate Gold,” a day of events on campus on Saturday, April
“We wanted to create an event that will not only allow our graduates and current students
to look back, but also allow them to look towards the future,” said Vickie Folse,
director of the School of Nursing.
Registration for the event is due by March 30. For registration information, go to
the School of Nursing Web site.
A presentation and a panel discussion of honored nursing alumnae will highlight the
day. Sally Lundeen, a 1969 IWU graduate and dean of the School of Nursing at the University
of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM) will be the speaker at 1:30 p.m. in the Center for Natural
Sciences (201 E. Beecher St., Bloomington). She will give a talk titled “Nursing:
Past, Present and Future.” Lundeen, an Illinois Wesleyan Distinguished Alumna, pioneered
one of the first online doctorate programs for nurses in the country. An alumna known
for her commitment to her community, she has established two clinics assisting the
underinsured or uninsured in Milwaukee: the UWM Community Nursing Center and the House
of Peace Community Center.
Two more Distinguished Alumna will join the panel discussion called “Contemporary
Challenges and Issues in Nursing and Health Care” at 2:30 p.m. in the Center for Natural
Sciences. “The discussion will be enriched by Karen Zander who stimulated significant
change in nursing practice and Marsha Prater who can speak to the dynamic practice
environment and what agencies believe they need in new graduates,” said Folse.
Karen Zander, a 1970 graduate and a recipient of an Illinois Wesleyan honorary doctorate
of humane letters, is internationally recognized for her pioneering work with clinical
case management and CareMap systems – initiated at New England Medical Center Hospitals
in Boston. She is the co-owner of The Center for Case Management in Massachusetts.
Marsha Prater, senior vice president and chief nursing officer of Memorial Health
System in Springfield, oversees the integration of the philosophy, goals and objectives
of Memorial Health System into patient care delivery. She also holds adjunct faculty
positions at Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University, Southern Illinois
University at Edwardsville (SIUE) School of Nursing and Southern Illinois University
School of Medicine. “We hope to promote a lively discussion about how to move the
profession forward,” added Folse. The two will be joined on the panel by a current
faculty member and a recent graduate.
The day will begin with the 5K Run/1 Mile Walk, which is open to the public. Beginning
on the Robert S. Eckley Quadrangle at 8 a.m., packet pick-up will begin at 7 a.m.
“Part of the celebration is the contribution nursing makes to health and well-being,”
said Donna Hartweg, the former Caroline F. Rupert Professor of Nursing and former
director of the school, who helped organize the run. “We hope the entire community
Registration for the rest of the day’s events will be at 9 a.m. in the newly renovated
Shanks Lounge in Stevenson Hall (210 E. University St., Bloomington). Participants
can also explore the exhibit titled History of the IWU BSN Program at The Ames Library, which opens at 10 a.m. The exhibit, which is currently open
and runs until April 30, highlights artifacts from the School of Nursing. “This exhibit
will appeal not just to the nurses, but to the campus community and the Bloomington-Normal
community as well,” said Folse. “It speaks to the richness of what nursing has contributed
throughout the century.” University Archivist Meg Miner coordinated the creation of
the exhibit, and also a photo exhibit, available online at the School of Nursing Web site.
“Alumni and faculty of the program contributed information and memorabilia for the
exhibits on the library's first floor as well as photographs for the online exhibit,”
said Miner. “We are fortunate to have enthusiastic, knowledgeable guest curators as
well to help pull together a lot of history into informative and visually interesting
Throughout the day, attendees will be able to tour the campus, as they reconnect with
former classmates and faculty. Participants will also have the chance to take part
in a demonstration in the nursing intervention lab titled “Beyond Mrs. Chase and Annie:
Simulations and Scenarios.” The names pertain to simulation mannequins used over the
years to prepare students for direct patient care. A networking luncheon will be held
at 11:45 a.m. that day in the Young Main Lounge of Memorial Center (104 E. University
The evening will conclude with a formal dinner, complete with a video presentation
on the history of the Illinois Wesleyan program that includes a collection of alumni,
students and current and former faculty focusing on teaching, scholarship and service,
said Folse. “We are showcasing how Illinois Wesleyan’s School of Nursing extends the
liberal arts tradition to prepare exceptional thinkers, compassionate professionals
and leaders for nursing and global healthcare,” she said. University President Richard
F. Wilson will be at the dinner to announce new endowed student scholarships for the
School of Nursing.
For additional information, contact the School of Nursing at (309) 556-3051.
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960