Minnesota Nursing magazine

Every name tells a story

A message from the Director of Development

One of the joys of serving at the School of Nursing is getting to know people who care deeply about the mission of our school. Earlier this year, Dean Connie White Delaney gathered together faculty, staff and select benefactors to celebrate the naming of faculty to endowed chairs and professorships as well as the establishment of a new endowed chair. It was a special moment for the school and for the benefactors, including Eileen Vinnes Kalow, Clara Adams Ender, Marie Manthey, Carol Kelsey and Jack Spillane. I will also never forget seeing professors Joe Gaugler and Renee Sieving being celebrated for their efforts.

As someone who cares about the School of Nursing, there are no doubt names of people that, for you, personify our mission. Maybe it was a faculty member who helped you learn to be a health care leader or inspired you to do your own research. Maybe it was a fellow student whom you lived with when you were enrolled here. This issue of Minnesota Nursing includes the names of those who have invested in the school and every one of them has a story behind it including these:

  • A School of Nursing alum who gave a gift in memory of her mother who graduated from the U of M and inspired her to be a nurse.
  • A grateful patient in outstate Minnesota who wanted to honor the faculty who taught his care providers.
  • A local foundation that gave to fulfill their mission of helping older adults in rural Minnesota.

The School of Nursing received nearly $4 million this year from over 800 donors—we are grateful for every one of them, especially knowing that our alums and friends continue to support the key priorities of the school— students, faculty and research/outreach.

Special thanks to our School of Nursing Foundation Board of Trustees for its efforts to inspire our donors to support the school by committing to match all gifts at the end of the fiscal year. The board’s commitment of $40,000 helped encourage hundreds of people to support the school and we are grateful.

New alumni leadership

This Spring, the School of Nursing community bid a fond farewell to Laurel Mallon. Most recently serving as the school’s director of alumni and donor relations, Laurel’s career at the University spanned 29 years and touched many nursing and pharmacy students and benefactors. We are grateful for her dedicated service and the contributions she made to the University community.

I am pleased to announce that Barbara Mullikin is now leading our alumni relations, stewardship and annual giving initiatives. With input from Alice Sanders, the school’s Alumni Society Board President, and other members of the school community, Barb was selected from a strong pool of applicants for this role after having served as the program administrator for our alumni and development efforts for the last five years. Barb brings significant volunteer management and fundraising experience to her new position having served in public and private sectors—including the Tubman Center, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, Pax Christi Catholic Community, UnitedHealthcare and the U of M School of Dentistry—prior to joining the school in 2009. We celebrate Laurel’s service and Barb’s new role on our team.

We are grateful for all of our benefactors, alums, friends and volunteers! Thank you for your part in helping make our mission possible.

John Kilbride


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