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U of U College of Nursing Completes Buidling Campaign Thanks to 'Last Aid'
University of Utah College of Nursing will celebrate the successful completion of its $24 million building campaign
Dec 7, 2012 12:55 PM
SALT LAKE CITY– Today at 11:00 a.m. the University of Utah College of Nursing (10 South 2000 East) will celebrate the successful completion of its $24 million building campaign with a ceremony to acknowledge several ‘Last Aid Responders,” contributors that joined together to successfully complete the campaign for the state-of-the-art Annette Poulson Cumming Building. The facility, which opened to students in 2010, features a 12,600-square-foot Intermountain Healthcare Simulation Learning Center, an entire floor dedicated to research and expanded collaborative spaces for students and faculty.
“It has been two years since we unveiled the Annette Poulson Cumming Building. Today, I am pleased to report that the building has further positioned the University of Utah as a leader in nursing education,” says Maureen R. Keefe, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean and professor. “We continue to rise in national rankings among Colleges of Nursing. When we launched our renovation in 2009 we ranked 28th in the nation for National Institutes of Health research funding according to U.S. News and World Report. Today we are 16th in the nation, and working steadfast to achieve a place in the top 10.” Keefe says another milestone since the building’s transformation has been the 10-year accreditation of the college’s baccalaureate and master’s degree programs and the 5-year accreditation of its new Doctor of Nursing Practice program by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). “That our programs received the highest level of accreditation possible from the nation’s top nursing school review board is a reflection of the contributions our faculty members make to research, education and practice in a building that fosters excellence, innovation and integrity.”
One year ago, with $1 million left to raise to complete the building campaign, Frederick Q. Lawson, pledged to match all gifts to the building campaign through December 1, 2012—up to $500,000. His commitment established the Janet Quinney Lawson Administrative Suite in honor of his late mother. It also created the Last Aid Campaign, as the College of Nursing aptly named his matching challenge. Supporter Val Antczak set the Last Aid Campaign in motion with a gift of $100,000 in honor of his wife, College of Nursing Capital Campaign Co-chair and Past Board Chair, Barbara Polich. Val’s gift also celebrates the lives of Barbara’s late sisters, Jayne Servais and Mary Coppersmith. Today’s program at the college unveils these and other newly named areas of the building, including the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Auditorium. “The success of the Last Aid Campaign demonstrates the powerful potential that exists when people from diverse backgrounds join together to achieve a common goal,” Keefe says, noting that several members of the faculty and staff also contributed to the campaign.
With the building campaign under wraps the College of Nursing now moves into the second phase of its capital campaign, a $9.5 million initiative to recruit and retain more faculty, enrich programs and services to the community and increase access to nursing education through scholarships and fellowships.
While closed to the public, media representatives are invited to cover the 11:00 a.m. program in the College of Nursing’s second floor auditorium.
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