A Note From Dean Swanson

I hope you have had time to enjoy the exceptional fall colors this season and are as excited about this academic year as I am. It’s been a fast-moving fall quarter so far by all accounts.

First off, I’m pleased to share with you that the keynote speaker for the 2020 Dean’s Annual Lecture will be Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, and CEO of the National League for Nursing (NLN). I hope to see many of you at this event. Dr. Malone is one of America’s most visible thought leaders on national and global issues facing the nursing profession, including diversity in the workplace, the nurse educator shortage, and the increasingly innovative and technology driven trends in nursing.

The event will be held Tuesday, April 28, 2020 in the Piggot Auditorium with reception in the Paccar Atrium. Please save the date and watch for more details to come.

In other events related news, Seattle U’s Homecoming kicks off next week! There will be many opportunities to wear your SU red and meet up with friends, including the popular Red Umbrella Parade on November 7, which begins on the quad at 12:30 p.m. A full list of homecoming events is located at www.seattleu.edu/homecoming 

Nursing faculty member, Jennifer Fricas, PhD, MPH, RN was recently featured in the Seattle U Magazine for her work creating a new population health internship, which the College of Nursing launched this fall. The program pairs junior- and senior-level undergraduates with community agencies for 30 hours each quarter over the course of one year. This addition to our undergraduate curriculum will prepare our graduates to meet the needs of groups and communities both locally, and ultimately, globally. You can read the full article here. 

This fall the CON entered into three new funded clinical partnerships. Two are HRSA funded and focus on enhancing graduate nurse practitioner (NP) residencies at International Community Health Services (ICHS) and Sea Mar Community Health Centers. CON faculty serve as consultants, support evaluation efforts, and provide content. The third, in concert with the University of Washington (Project Director), Washington State University, and Premera (funder), attracts NP students to rural settings by funding student housing and travel, faculty site visits, and agency mentoring costs.

In late breaking news, please join me in congratulating Mary Field, MBA, BSN, RN, CPHON, who just last week received a research award from Seattle Children’s Research Institute for her proposal, “A longitudinal cross-sectional evaluation of nursing satisfaction with the electronic medical record.” Mary is a BSN ’07 alumna and current DNP student at Seattle U. You’ll see more about her project later in this newsletter.

We received the sad news of the passing of two long-time champions of the College of Nursing, Mary Bartholet and Bert Lundh.

Mary Bartholet, MS, RN, died on August 27. Mary was a beloved member of the Seattle University community, teaching 34 years’ worth of our nursing graduates. She made considerable contributions to the profession of nursing. Among her many honors, in 1995 King County Nurses Association’s awarded her their Nurse of the Year and, just a few months ago, she was inducted into the Washington State Nurses Association’s Hall of Fame. She will be greatly missed by all of us.

Bert Lundh, born in Landskrona, Sweden, emigrated to the U.S. in 1949. He eventually settled in Seattle where he met his wife of 60 years, Jarene Anne Fair. He founded Bertil O. Lundh Construction and was in the construction industry for over 50 years. He was very active in many non-profit organizations and was also a founding member of the Nordic Heritage Museum. A long-term donor to the College of Nursing, Bert’s most recent impact was made through gifts made in honor of his wife from the Jarene Lundh Jonas Scholars Match Fund supporting the scholarship of doctoral nursing students at Seattle U.