Save the Date for Reunion Weekend at Duke School of Nursing

Friday, March 7, 2014

Duke University School of Nursing will welcome alumni for the annual Nursing Reunion Weekend from April 10 to 12. Alumni who graduated from years ending in 4 and 9 along with the Half Century Club, which represents classes from 1933 to 1963, return to Duke to reconnect with friends and witness the ongoing growth and success of the School. Click here to register.

Reunion Weekend kicks off with a special dedication ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, for the new 45,000-square-foot addition to the Christine Siegler Pearson Building. This newly-finished wing includes additional classrooms, study areas, an expanded IT help desk, a renovated Center for Nursing Discovery with additional simulation labs, as well as additional amenities for the growing roster of students and faculty.  

During Reunion Weekend, the School honors notable alumni as well as notable faculty and colleagues for their contributions to the nursing profession, community health and the School. This year’s awardees are:

  • Distinguished Alumna: Mary Ann Fuchs, MSN ‘90, DNP ‘10, RN, FAAN, Vice President of Patient Care and System Chief Nurse Executive for the Duke University Health System

  • Distinguished Alumna: Rose Madden Baer, DNP ‘12, MSHA, Vice President of the Visiting Nursing Service of New York

  • Distinguished Contributions to Nursing Science: Marilyn Hockenberry, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN, the Bessie Baker Professor of Nursing

  • Honorary Alumna: Barbara S. Turner, PhD, RN, FAAN, Elizabeth P. Hanes Professor of Nursing and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at Duke School of Nursing

  • Honorary Alumnus: James A. Tulsky, MD, Chief of Duke Palliative Care

  • Humanitarian: Cathy C. Benn, BSN’84, MS

A full schedule for the entire weekend is below:

Thursday, April 10
5:30–8:00 p.m.
Building Dedication & Tours
New Wing, Christine Siegler Pearson Building

Friday, April 11
8:30 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.
First Floor, Pearson Building

9:00–10:45 a.m.
School of Nursing Open House
Pearson Building

9:00–10:00 a.m.
Planned Giving Session: “What Every Woman Needs to Know Financially: Providing for Yourself, Your Family and Your Legacy”
Presented by Kristen Brown Smalley, JD, LLM, Senior Gift Planning Counsel, Duke University Office of Gift Planning
Pearson 1014

11:00–11:45 a.m.  
2014 Nursing Alumni Association Awards Presentation
Pearson 1014

11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
2014 Distinguished Contributions to Nursing Science Address
Pearson 1014
Symptom Research in Children with Cancer: One Researcher’s Journey
Presented by Marilyn Hockenberry, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN, Bessie Baker Professor of Nursing, Duke University School of Nursing

12:30– 2:00 p.m.  
School of Nursing Alumni Luncheon
Pearson Atrium

2:00– 2:45 p.m.  
My Journey to Nursing
Hear from current nursing students about what brought them to nursing, why they chose Duke and their aspirations for the future.
Pearson 1014 

2:45–3:30 p.m.
Nursing Symposium
Pearson 1014
Featuring Duke School of Nursing faculty Constance Johnson, Allison Vorderstrasse and Sharon Docherty

3:30– 5:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception and Class Photos
Pearson Atrium

About Duke University School of Nursing

A diverse community of scholars and clinicians, Duke University School of Nursing is educating the next generation of transformational leaders in nursing. We advance nursing science in issues of global importance and foster the scholarly practice of nursing. In 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke among the top seven graduate schools of nursing in the nation. The School offers masters, PhD and doctor of nursing practice degrees, as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree to students who have previously graduated from college.