Welcome HUP Alumni!
As your current President, I thank you for the opportunity to strengthen the ties that bind us and secure new ways to build our future. In this, the 35th year of the closing of the HUP School of Nursing, our Alumni Association is incredibly strong, with approximately 3,000 living graduates, 991 Life members, and 104 current annual members. The only person missing is a Vice President...let it be you...for more information, please contact the HUP Alumni Office at 215-898-7047.
What is the state of our HUP Alumni Association? Since the opening of the HUP School of Nursing in September of 1886 until it's closing in 1978, 5,442 nurses graduated, going on to "Care to Change the World," leading to the vision held by today's Penn nurses. Our alumni continue to work in all fields of nursing, achieving all levels of accomplishments based on the nursing science and practice learned at HUP.
Remembrance of our 125th Reunion. Our HUP Alumni gift to the Penn School of Nursing, "The History of Nursing As Seen Through The Lens Of Art," envisioned and executed by Kathy Shaver, HUP'76, continues to impress all who enter or pass by Claire M. Fagin Hall. Our Alumni Association commissioned this wonderful art installation to commemorate the 125th anniversary of nursing at Penn and tell the history of nursing for as long as the School continues to educate nurses. It was formally dedicated with much fanfare on October 1, 2011.
The HUP Board is working to improve the way our Board conducts business to better utilize the valuable time and contribution of Board Members and to improve the way we communicate with our Alumni to increase active participation and stimulate friendships old and new.
We held our first Board meeting on September 9th with telephone conference capability, thanks to the Penn Nursing Alumni Office. This new feature enables Board Members who cannot be present at regular meetings to interact via phone.
Plans are underway for our next HUP Reunion in 2016...thanks to the decisive action of Pat Walter Marcozzi, HUP'61. Stay tuned for updates from this remarkable lady who steered us through our best reunion ever in 2011.
Our History is alive and on display! Thanks to the dedication and perserverance of Betty Shields Irwin, HUP'50, who chairs the Archives Committee, and Candace Pfeffer Stiklorius, HUP'66, Past HUP President, alumni can now visit and view a changing display of vintage items located at the Nursing Renewal Center in Penn Tower on HUP's campus. The uniformed doll collection will be on permanent display.
HUP's Chief Nursing Officer Victoria Rich agreed to display and store archival materials from the HUP School of Nursing Alumni Association, which owns the materials and whose members will change the display a minimum of two times a year.
Meanwhile, Betty continues the monumental task of preparing all the varied pieces of information our graduates have sent about themselves to the Association over its long course as historical resources for inclusion at the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing. The Center is now in its 26th year. Here, today's nursing students can learn about our experiences.
Our ANNUAL SPRING LUNCHEON is set for Saturday, April 25, 2015. NOW is the time to sign up...hurry! Let's make more HUP history!
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My Best Regards,
Cleo Wolfe Libonati, HUP'68, Nu'72
President, HUP Alumni Association
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