Congratulations to Cheryl Woods Giscombe, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, who was named the first Melissa and Harry LeVine Family Distinguished Professor of Quality of Life, Health Promotion and Wellness effective January 1, 2016.

Melissa BSN ’77, MSN ’81 and Harry LeVine, long-time friends and supporters of the UNC School of Nursing, have long been interested in wellness, quality of life, workplace health, and well-being. In 2000, the couple established the SON’s LeVine Wellness Program, encouraging faculty and staff to engage in activities that promote a healthy lifestyle, including exercise and weight control. Faculty and staff continue to enjoy the benefits of the program through the LeVine Wellness Room, a fitness facility in the new addition to Carrington Hall.

Guiding the LeVines’ choice to support the faculty so generously was Melissa’s own experience. “Even before my career got its successful start, the faculty at Carolina demonstrated the importance of applying the skills they taught us. They modeled careful active listening, and emphasized the “big picture” while demanding the highest performance from their students,” said Melissa.

She later discovered firsthand how essential physical and emotional fitness were to her ability to care for others: “Being physically and emotionally fit created a self-perpetuating growth spiral for me,” she said. “I learned that taking time for my own needs enabled me to meet the needs of others with more grace and efficiency.”

 

Melissa wants to pass that gift along to the school that taught her “how to be a nurse rather than how to merely practice nursing.” The LeVines believe that students watch their faculty to learn how to be the best nurses, and that the public looks to nurses for examples of healthy living.

Dr. Giscombe is a perfect fit for the professorship bearing the LeVine name and espousing their philosophy. A tireless advocate for wellness and life quality, her research investigates how stress and coping strategies contribute to stress-related psychological and physical health outcomes. She is shown here in a photo taken for the 2014 Carolina Center for Public Service’s “I Serve” Campaign.

Many thanks to the LeVines for their generosity in making this professorship possible, and congratulations again to Dr. Giscombe!