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I want to welcome each and every one back to the School of Nursing for a terrific 2014-2015 Academic year. Faculty, Staff, and Students are all back and the halls are buzzing with excitement. We love that our alumni are also connecting with us through our Facebook page and Twitter and at SON events.

This Fall semester boasts a very high enrollment again across all programs. We welcome 7 new full-time faculty and staff:

  • Dr. Becky Christian comes from University of Alabama, Birmingham, with expertise in chronic conditions in children.

  • Dr. Paul Clark has worked in Norton Hospital and has adult health emergency room clinical expertise.

  • Dr. Luz Huntington-Moskos has completed a post doc with Dr. Ellen Hahn from University of Kentucky focused on adolescents and smoking cessation.

  • Dr. Rachel Keith has worked with Aruni Bhatnagar, PhD, conducting physiologic research in cardiac disease, diabetes and e-cigarettes.

  • Cristin Whitaker, has moved from part-time to teach full-time in Owensboro.

  • Megan Johnson, is an additional staff to support the on-campus labs in Louisville.

  • Terri Knott, has joined the Owensboro staff as an Academic Advisor and Recruiter.

Our building continues to change. We now have a fifth on-campus lab space with 7 new cubicles for larger student group learning and faculty demonstration. The third floor of our building is now a 30-bed space/cubicle practice suite with state-of-the-art technology for video/audio capture! Thanks to the Health Science Center Computer Lab moving from Room 3008 to a smaller room on second floor as a result of increased use of mobile devices and wireless laptops.

With funding from KYOne we will soon start on classroom expansion on the second floor to accommodate our increased undergraduate and graduate enrollment.

As we close out our 40th anniversary year in 2014, we will be honoring 4-6 outstanding Registered Nurses nominated from within the state of Kentucky and Southern Indiana for the first Florence Nightingale Awards Ceremony on Thursday, November 6 at the Mellwood Arts Center.

We hope you join us to celebrate our community's nurses. You can register to attend at www.uoflalumni.org/nightingale

Marcia J. Hern, EdD, CNS, RN

Dean and Professor

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Dr. Marcia J. Hern
Dean and Professor
School of Nursing

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