February 2019 Newsletter

A Note From Dean Swanson

With all of Fall quarter’s start of the year activities and holidays solidly behind us, we are now hunkered down for Winter quarter. I suppose it’s natural during this time of year to reflect on past and future goals—to take stock of where you are and look ahead where you plan to go next.

For me, each day, I become more and more aware of the impact of nursing education on our students. It’s gratifying to watch their transformation from ‘undergrad student’ to health professional as a Registered Nurse or Ultrasonographer, or a ‘graduate student’ to doctorally prepared advanced practice nurse and systems leader. But it’s equally humbling to witness the sacrifices many students make to achieve the academic success they desire.

Supporting the success of our students in their nursing journeys is a priority for me as their Dean. I feel compelled to assure that resources are available to enable capable, committed students from all walks of life to achieve their dream of lifelong learning as professional nurses.

Those of you who are regular readers of this newsletter have had the opportunity celebrate the achievements of our students with us many times. I’m very proud of their accomplishments and pleased to share more of them with you today.

Our students are frequently recognized outside of Seattle University for their passion and commitment. Like Vincent Otundo, a dedicated student in our Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, who was recently awarded the Lois Price Spratlen Foundation Scholarship. The award will support his project focused on providing culturally relevant mental health services for immigrant populations.

Since 1997, students who receive the Dr. Eileen Ridgway Scholarship have been focused on giving back to the community. This year’s scholar is no exception. Belen Mesele, a first year DNP student, has just begun working on her project to increase health literacy among patients in Seattle’s Ethiopian community.

Gifts that fund annual and endowed scholarships, like the Dr. Eileen Ridgway Scholarship, play an important role in supporting student success. By providing tuition assistance, these scholarships allow students to focus more on their studies.

Seattle U Gives is another way to impact the lives of our current and future students. This 1891 minutes of giving starts February 6 at 11:29 a.m. and continues until February 7 at 7 p.m.

This year, with the generosity of several anonymous donors, 40 gifts given to the College of Nursing during Seattle U Gives will unlock $4,500 designated to the Dean’s Fund for Excellence. Collectively, no gift is too small to make an impact in the lives of students and I thank all those who give to assure that Magis thrives through the healing connections of Seattle U nursing alums.