Maimon Trust Established to Support Doctoral Students

“Reverence for life” were words Dr. Arthur Maimon lived by. They were also the words emblazoned in bronze on the façade of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, where Maimon periodically spent two months at a time over the course of 30 years. He would temporarily close his private practice in Rockford, Illinois, venture to the island nation, and serve the patients of a hospital founded by Andrew Mellon and named for Albert Schweitzer, both of whom were inspirations to Maimon, two among many who shaped the doctor and the man … Continued

Anderson Establishes Faculty Support Fund

The School of Nursing is pleased to announce that our very own Associate Dean for Research, Kenan Distinguished Professor Ruth Anderson, PhD, RN, FAAN, has donated generously to the School, and in a unique way: she and her spouse have named the School of Nursing Foundation as a beneficiaries of their retirement accounts, a manner of giving not widely known to potential donors. “We decided to donate in this way because it has made it feasible to give back in ways that I have been blessed,” she said. The gift will create … Continued

UNCSON and Well Care Home Health Announce First Well Care Home Health Leadership Scholar

The UNC School of Nursing welcomed the inaugural Well Care Home Health Leadership Scholar, Brandi Robinson, to its Clinical Nurse Leaders program on August 22. Ms. Robinson marks the first scholar to enter the innovative public-private program designed to prepare nurse leaders for the home health industry. The Scholars Program was established in August 2016 as a partnership between the School and Well Care Home Health, an effort funded by Well Care Home Health. “Well Care is thrilled to welcome Ms. Robinson into the Scholars Program as we continue our … Continued

Carol Morde Ross Distinguished Professorship to Double

The School of Nursing is excited to announce the expansion of the Carol Morde Ross Distinguished Professorship with the help of the Ross family and their generous donation. Funding for the endowed professorship will double, with the goal being to increase funds to $1 million. The professorship is currently held by Victoria Soltis-Jarrett. Established by Carol and Coleman Ross in 2013, the fund supports psychiatric-mental health nursing to increase access to care and ensure delivery of the highest quality of that care. The Ross’ sought to fill the gaps that exist … Continued

Categories: Alumni, Development, News

Alum de la Guerra Supports SON Military Initiatives with Scholar Award

Rizza de la Guerra’s grandfather was a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force. Her husband Karl served in the Air Force for ten years. And so it’s with this service in mind that Rizza and Karl decided to give back to veterans by creating The Karl L. and Rizza H. de la Guerra Veteran Health Scholar Fund. Rizza graduated from the School of Nursing with a BSN in 1986. Now, she sits on the School’s Foundation Board of Directors, and chairs the Board’s Corporate and Foundation Relations Committee. Her … Continued

SON Loses Patron and Friend Helen Umphlet

The School of Nursing mourns the loss of one of its dearest friends and patrons, Helen Umphlet, who passed away on February 28. Mrs. Umphlet created the Helen Watkins and Thomas Leonard Umphlet Distinguished Professorship in 1999, which brought Dr. Mary H. Palmer to the School in 2001. The professorship celebrates her physician husband, Dr. Tom Umphlet, and his great esteem for the nurses who worked with him throughout his career in internal medicine. Mrs. Umphlet stayed involved in the life of the school as often as she was able, and … Continued

Categories: Development, News

In Memory and Hope, Bev Foster Endows “Dhillon’s Gift”

On December 6, 2002, Dhillon Jordan Shah was born a brown-haired, brown-eyed, pink-cheeked baby boy. He came home, but a few days later, was rushed back to the emergency room at UNC Hospitals where he was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Surrounded by his family’s love and hope, Dhillon’s imperfect—but mighty—heart underwent what would become the first of many surgeries. In the waiting room, Bev Foster sat vigil not as associate professor and director of the UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate nursing program, but as Dhillon’s maternal grandmother. After his surgery, … Continued

Categories: Development, Faculty, News

SON Celebrates 2nd Best Fundraising Year Ever in 2016

More than $3,600,000 in private gifts and grants were raised to support the people and work of the School of Nursing in 2016. These gifts have already had a tremendous impact on the lives of students and faculty at the School of Nursing, and will go on to affect patients and their families for years to come. Our wonderful constituents give back to help secure the excellence that is the hallmark of Carolina Nursing for future generations of SON graduates and the patients they will serve. Our sincere THANKS to all who support … Continued

Categories: Development

Announcing the M. Vivian Baker Expendable Fund for Graduate Student Support

Before Nora Warshawsky earned her PhD from the UNCSON in 2011, she was a multi-tasking full-time graduate student who taught for four years in the classroom and clinic, served as graduate student representative to the University, pursued her own research, traveled to professional conferences and cultivated an off-campus network of like-minded colleagues. It wasn’t easy, but Warshawsky hopes to make it easier on the next generation of nurse scholars by creating the M. Vivian Baker Expendable Fund for Graduate Student Support. Named in honor of Warshawsky’s aunt, this gift provides financial … Continued

Advancing Quality of Life in Vulnerable Populations: The First Quality Care Summit

From the halls of research to the bedside, Carolina Nursing faculty embrace the nitty-gritty of real-world care and are fearless in their pursuit of new knowledge that will lead to best care practices. In June they joined longstanding partner in this pursuit, First Quality®, to inaugurate a Care Summit to address current challenges to patient care and how best to solve them. First Quality, a solutions-based corporate leader in products for long-term, assisted living and acute care, sponsored the summit, which took place in Chapel Hill June 7-8, 2016. UNCSON … Continued