Its finals week here in the College of Nursing. After what seemed a grayer than usual winter, the trees are turning pink, the sun is making cameo appearances and our students and faculty are very ready for a well-deserved spring break. Springtime is also the time of year when Seattle University honors its outstanding alumni. I’m very pleased to share that Major General Barbara Holcomb, BSN ’87, is this year’s Professional Achievement Alumni Award winner. Seattle U will celebrate the achievements of Maj. Gen. Holcomb along with other distinguished alumni and faculty as part of Reunion Weekend at the 3rd Annual Alumni Awards Celebration on Friday, May 4, 2018. You will have another opportunity to see Maj. Gen. Holcomb when she returns to campus Fall 2018 as keynote speaker for the College of Nursing Dean's Annual Lecture.
Major General Barbara (Bonine) Holcomb, ’87, is the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (MRMC) and Fort Detrick, Md., and is Chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. She is the first nurse to serve as commander of MRMC and Ft. Detrick. As a cadet in ROTC, she was denied the role of battalion commander because the cadre said that a nurse would never be a commander. Maj. Gen. Holcomb proved them wrong when she became commander as a captain and subsequently commanded at every rank thereafter, including as the first nurse to command Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Maj. Gen. Holcomb was deployed to Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Macedonia and Kosovo. In 2010 she took her dream job as commander of a Combat Support Hospital in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. She has been highly awarded and decorated throughout her extraordinary career.
Established in May 1996, the Dr. Eileen Ridgway Endowed Nursing Scholarship aims to kindle and fuel leadership development by encouraging student development in community outreach, service, and civic efforts. Dr. Eileen Ridgway served as the dean of the Seattle University College of Nursing from 1968-1977. Read more about Bridgett Chandler, DNP '12, and Jessica Graves, BSN '18, and their planned projects.
Dr. Michael Huggins joined the faculty of the College of Nursing in April 2013. He was appointed as the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in November 2017 and also serves as lead faculty for the Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner track. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP). He maintains his practice as a clinician and primary care provider in both Family and Gerontological advanced practice nursing with Swedish Medical Group. Dr. Huggins recently took some time to answer a few questions for our readers to let them get to know him better.
Dr. Robinson, faculty member at Seattle U, discusses her qualitative study of African American mothers and daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters in rural Mississippi and how they communicate across generations to address sexual health issues and prevent transmission of HIV on Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 3:00-4:15 p.m. in Bannan 301.