Dear Alverno Friends,
As I write this message, the Midwest is experiencing a heat wave and the humidity alone could easily lull us into thinking fall is a long way off … were it not for the on-campus activity surrounding the kick-off of a new academic year. While the beginning of every semester brings wonderful surprises as we welcome new students to the Alverno community, this fall is also exciting because we are implementing two new graduate programs.
In the last issue of Alverno Magazine, we announced the opening of the new graduate degree in Community Psychology, and in this issue, we will highlight the Family Nurse Practitioner track. With the addition of these two programs, we mark the sixth master’s degree program or licensure-to-master’s specialization developed by the College in the last five years. Both programs were developed through the College’s strategic planning process in response to growing needs in our local and regional communities.
Family Nurse Practitioners specialize in the highest need and broadest population – the primary care of individuals and families. The Institute of Medicine Report on the “Future of Nursing” of 2010 noted, “There is strong consensus on the need to make primary (rather than specialty) care a greater part of the health care system. Despite steps taken in health care reform recommendations, the shortage of primary care providers is projected to worsen in the U.S. in the coming years.” Since the opening of Sacred Heart School of Nursing in 1930, the School Sisters of St. Francis have been committed to educating women who can respond to the health needs of our community, as both leaders and practitioners.
I invite you to spend some time reading about Patricia Schroeder, dean of the School of Nursing, and her vision for the new Family Nurse Practitioner program as she continues a long tradition of responsible and innovative leadership in nursing practice.
In this issue, you will also read a compelling feature on Alverno Trustee Howard Jacob, Ph.D. Dr. Jacob, professor and director of the Human & Molecular Genetics Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin, is renowned worldwide for his molecular and genetics expertise. In addition to Dr. Jacob’s groundbreaking research, he is an advocate and mentor for women considering and pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Please also spend some time reading about eight very special Alverno Trustees, all of whom are alumnae. When you read about these women, you will see how our ability-based curriculum shapes the lives and the work of our alumnae in ways that both inspire and challenge all of us. Every great college has an effective and engaged Board of Trustees, and Alverno Trustees are unmatched in their level of commitment, passion and stewardship. These eight alumnae remind us each and every day of the power of an Alverno education.
Enjoy this issue and please come to campus for Homecoming in October so you can see what is happening at your Alverno!