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. She is highly awarded and decorated for her extraordinary career. She is currently the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (MRMC) and Fort Detrick, Md., the first nurse to serve as commander there, and is Chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. She became commander as a captain and commanded at every rank thereafter, including as the first nurse to command Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
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.
This year, the college added a new track within the DNP program for those interested in becoming an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP). We are accepting applications now for RNs with a bachelor’s or higher degree to start the program in June. For current adult-gerontological and family nurse practitioners, there is a certificate option available, which is designed to support working professionals. The priority application deadline for both programs is April 1, 2018.
As some of you may be aware, as Dean, I’ve been actively involved with American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for many years. I’m pleased to report that I have been elected to the board of the AACN. This is a tremendous honor. I look forward to serving a two-year term as an at-large member and chairing the Government Affairs Committee.
Lastly, I want to thank all who participated in Seattle U Gives during homecoming February 1-2. In just 1891 minutes, generous donors gave the university over $230,000—nearly $10,000 of that came from those who supported the College of Nursing. This is a wonderful example of alumni, students, faculty and staff coming together as a community to support the mission of Seattle U.