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Once a Loyola nurse, always a Loyola nurse. As part of the School of Nursing family, we want to help you stay connected with your colleagues and mentors. Explore upcoming events where you can connect with classmates and help us celebrate our outstanding alumni. Each year, Loyola Nursing recognizes and honors alumni who have distinguished themselves in the health care field and exemplified the ideals of the school. Awards are presented during the School of Nursing’s Annual Alumni Mass and Awards Brunch Reunion. Nominations are accepted year-round. 

AWARD DESCRIPTIONS

 

Distinguished Alumni Award:

  • We consider this the most prestigious acknowledgment of the accomplishments of our nursing and health care alumni. This award is presented to an alumnus who has brought pride and recognition to the School of Nursing by having achieved prominence in nursing on a regional, national, or international level. One award is given each year.

Spirit of Ignatius Award:

  • This award is presented an alum of the school of nursing who best characterizes Cura Personalis or "Care of the Person."

 

 

SUBMIT A NOMINATION

 

Distinguished Alumni Award

Spirit of Ignatius Award

Alumni awards are presented during the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing's Annual Alumni Mass and Awards Brunch Reunion. Nominations are accepted year-round, but they must be received by December 30 each year to be considered for the cooresponding year's award class. Nominations received after December 30 will be considered for future years.

 

PAST RECIPIENTS

 

Year

Distinguished Alumni

Spirit of Ignatius

2009

Mary Dowd Sheehan, (BSN ’84, MSN ’92), MBA, RN

Mary Ann B. Noonan, (BSN ’64, MSN ’79), FNP-BC

2010

William J. Duffy, (BSN ’80, MJ ’92), RN, CNOR

Phillip Werman, (BSN ‘06)

2011

Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD, FAAN

(BSN '75, MSN '79)

Cheryl McLean, RN (BSN '96, MSN '99)

2012

Mary Jane Sauve, DNSc (BSN ’61)

Sr. Maureen Grady, CSC, PhD, MA, RN (BSN ’65)

2013

Sister Donna M. Wolowicki, CR, (BSN ’71, MSN ‘75)

Verna Christian Garcia, (BSN ‘61)
Patricia Matuszek Drott, (BSN ’63,) MSN

2014

Mary Ann H. Draye, (BSN ’64), MPH, APRN, FNP-BC

Kathleen (Kindelin) Pender, MS, (BSN ’73), RN

2015

Sheila A. Haas, (MSN ’74), PhD, RN, FAAN

Ida M. Androwich, (BSN ’78), PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

2016

Julie G. Donalek (BSN ’64) RN, PhD, APMHCS, BC

Mary Sue Gorski (PhD ’04)

2017

Kathleen Kilbane (BSN '79)

Misty M. Kirby-Nolan (MSN '00)

2018

Betty E. Fuentes (BSN '55, MED '70)

Anne M. Guion (BSN '12)

2019

Diana P. Hackbarth, PhD (BSN '68)

Geraldine M. Gorman, PhD

(BA '77, MA '81, BSN '94, PhD '01)

2020

Nicole N. Abdallah (BSN ‘02)

Karina E. Danner Koptik (BSN ‘87, MSN ‘93)

 
 

Events

Reconnect with former classmates, faculty, and students at events celebrating the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and its distinguished alumni.

BLESSING OF THE HANDS MASS & ALUMNI BRUNCH

The Blessing of the Hands Mass and Alumni Brunch and will be held on March 18, 2023.  More information coming soon.  All denominations welcome. 

RAMBLERS MEN'S BASKETBALL GAME

 

Join us on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, when the Loyola men's basketball team takes on Fordham.  Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing alumni, as well as alumni from Stritch School of Medicine and Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, are invited to attend a joint alumni reception before the game at Ireland's Pub 10 in the Damen Student Center. 

Ticket and registration information coming soon.   

RUTH K. PALMER RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

 

Each year, nurses and health professionals gather at Loyola's Health Sciences Campus to share the latest information in research at the Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium. For decades, this event has addressed matters seminal to nursing research, education, administration, policy, and clinical practices.

The 2023 36th Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium will be held in-person on March 17, 2023.  Details about abstract submission and registration are coming soon.