The East Carolina University College of Nursing inducted nine members to its Hall of Fame during a ceremony held March 7 at Rock Springs Center in Greenville. The event, which also recognized the 2014 Distinguished Alumna, honored outstanding contributors to nursing in the areas of education, administration, research and practice.
The Hall of Fame has raised nearly $80,000 for a merit-based student scholarship fund since its inception in 2011. Thanks to the program, the college will award its fourth Hall of Fame Scholarship this fall. This year’s recipient, senior nursing student Katherine Waters, was recognized at the event.
“The Hall of Fame is a way to acknowledge the accomplishments of exemplary leaders in the field of nursing,” said Dr. Sylvia Brown, dean of the College of Nursing. “It’s fitting that we honor them by supporting the education of some of our brightest students.”
The 2014 inductees join a list of more than 60 Hall of Fame members representing eight states. Each new member receives a flame-shaped award that resembles the lamp illustrated on the college’s nursing pin. The lamp and its associated flame symbolize service and a vibrant life.
This year’s Hall of Fame class is Barbara Adams, Michelle Brooks, Dr. Robin Webb Corbett, Dr. Cheryl Duke, Carol Hallisey, Dr. Marie Pokorny, Helene Reilly, Linda Siegrist and Joanne Suggs.
On a night set aside for celebrating influential nurse leaders, the college also recognized the recipient of its 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award: Dr. Debra Wallace. Wallace is a Hall of Fame member from the class of 2011 and an alumnus of the college’s master of science in nursing program. Wallace is the Daphine Doster Mastroianni Distinguished Professor and associate dean for research at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Nursing. She also is director of the UNC Greensboro Center for the Health of Vulnerable Populations.
If you are interested in nominating a Hall of Fame member, contact Mark Alexander, major gifts officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-744-2324. You can also learn more about the Hall of Fame at http://www.nursing.ecu.edu/hof_guidelines.htm