Back to School!
I hope you are as excited about the start of school as we are in seeing you again!
What a momentous year this promises to be – we will be moving into our new building in the spring. Construction is pretty far along and furniture for classrooms and offices has been selected. The College of Nursing (CON) will have the entire first floor, and after 20 years in rented space in Hutchings, that is an exciting event. I will be calling on you to help us with planning a big celebration, and I know we are all looking forward to being a vital part of the campus, interacting with medical, health profession and graduate students and faculty. We can’t wait. Below is a picture of my soon-to-be office on the corner of the building.
Our first big event of the academic year is our Convocation on September 10. This annual gathering of all faculty and students is always so much fun, as we get to dialogue together about the CON and listen to a dynamic speaker. This year, we are fortunate to have Diane Skiba, who is one of the foremost informaticists in the world. She is faculty at University of Colorado School of Nursing and writes and speaks prolifically on how technology impacts health care and nursing care. I know you will be particularly interested in her work in redesigning learning spaces to accommodate student experiences, and how you will soon be seeing patients electronically. So I will see you at 2 pm on September 10 at the Hutchings auditorium, which is next door to the CON.
New students, your first few weeks can be a bit hectic and confusing. We will have a short orientation to nursing at 12 noon on September 10, same place as above.
I am very interested in your input as to how we can improve your experience in the CON. We will be sending out surveys to you via Survey Monkey on a pretty regular basis, so please respond when you have a few moments. It is really important to us. We will also be asking some of you, from each program, to participate in a focus group on September 10. Dr. Lauren Germain, who helps us evaluate programs here at the CON, will be conducting it so we can learn how things are going for you.
We have new faculty that have joined us recently, so please drop by and say hello. Dr. Shuhong Luo has just come to us from the University of Nebraska. She will be teaching Nurse as Educator, and Information, Quality and Safety. Her background is in educational technology and informatics. Dr. Karen Klingman has a new PhD in nursing from the University of Buffalo and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Florida. Maybe we will call her Doctor Doctor! She will be teaching research and courses in the DNP program. Dr. Helen Clancy has her DNP and has lots of experience in community health and policy. How fortunate we are to have such exceptional faculty here at Upstate College of Nursing.
We have many successes to celebrate here at the College: Our BS and MS programs received a renewal of accreditation for 10 years, the maximum possible, in 2015, and our DNP program had a very successful accreditation visit in 2015. The faculty and I worked very hard to achieve these successful results, and we all thank the students who participated. Your input was essential to a successful accreditation, and I am grateful you found the time to participate. We will have our first class of DNPs graduating in January 2016, so stay tuned for the partying to accompany that momentous event! We have completed a revision to our baccalaureate program to make it fully online. The curriculum has been approved by faculty and we are now in the process of seeking the necessary approvals from SUNY and NY State Education Dept. We will now be revisiting the MS program curricula. And we plan to open our BS to DNP track very soon.
So welcome back. Drop by and see me anytime. I am here to help you. See you September 10!