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Penn Nursing Alumni Weekend 2018 – May 11-12, 2018

Alumni from across the country came back to campus to reconnect with classmates, celebrate with awardees, and to see the many ways that Penn Nursing has changed – and remains the same

On Friday, over 150 alumni, students, faculty, parents, and friends gathered in the Ann L. Roy Auditorium to celebrate the many achievements of the Penn Nursing community. Professor and Dean of the University of Chicago’s School of Nursing, Dr. Terri Weaver, PHD, RN, FAAN, ATSF, was awarded the highest alumni honor, the Outstanding Alumni Award, and Seth Ginns, C’00, a member of Penn Nursing’s Board of Oveseers, received the Honorary Alumni Award. Click here for a full list of award winners.

Saturday’s annual Legacy Breakfast brought several dozen alumni and friends together to share their own personal stories with Dean Villarruel and fellow attendees. After, many walked through Fagin Hall and enjoyed seeing how the building has changed since their days as students.

At the Dean’s Lecture later that morning, Penn Nursing faculty members, Drs. Charlene Compher, Ariana Chao, and Tanja Kral presented a fascinating look at just some of the work happening at Penn in the area of nutrition. Attendees relived their classroom experiences with an opportunity to learn from top nursing researchers and clinicians. Subjects ranged from how the microbiome affects our health to the ways in which precision science can inform various obesity treatments to how the collaborative work of autism and nutrition experts is shaping outcomes of this growing patient population.

The cool air on Saturday was a perfect occasion to debut our Penn Nursing Parade costumes – superhero capes! The music boomed, “I need a hero!” as Nursing alumni proudly demonstrated their spirit and the everyday heroism of classmates and colleagues to improve life and living for their patients.

Alumni marched past Dr. Gutmann and the VIPs on the reviewing stand who cheered as the group made their way to the Nursing Picnic Tent. Alumni from across the decades enjoyed lunch together and connected with classmates, including alumna and beloved Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing Emerita, Dr. Kathy McCauley. Dr. Gutmann stopped by and declared that “Penn Nursing has always had a special place in [her] heart” and that the School is uniquely poised to impact health and health care in the coming years.

It was a fabulous weekend and many memories were made. Until next year!