UW-Eau Claire College of Nursing and Health Sciences alumna, Mary E. Granger has contributed $50,000 in support of the College’s Clinical Learning Center. Ms. Granger last visited the College on September 26, 2017 and found that she, “was most impressed with the simulation lab with mannequins computerized to respond to students during interviews, assessments and care, thus having the instructor assist the student in fine tuning their skills through different scenarios. It was fascinating to watch.” When she returned to her home she realized that funding the simulation area reflected her commitment to UW-Eau Claire, adding, “During my return to the UWEC campus after almost 40 years I was very impressed with all the changes and all the memories. I knew I wanted to assist with the expansion of such a program. This is a program I will continue to watch and support in the coming years.” Ms. Granger has been a longtime supporter of the nursing program in other ways, providing an annual scholarship to a sophomore, junior, or senior full time nursing student. She knows the value of financial assistance, continuing, “The financial aid and scholarships I received were critical for me to be able to attend college and have such a great career as nursing. Over the years I have given back as I was able.”
The Clinical Learning Center gives future nurses an opportunity to prepare for actual patient care environments by practicing on plastic and applying their knowledge in simulation, observation, and communication. Interim Director of the Clinical Learning Center, Meg Lagunas PhD, MEd, RN, CCRN, remarked that "We are excited at the future possibilities that this gift will provide to the Clinical Learning Center. The simulation lab is partnering with faculty to ensure new and innovative learning opportunities are provided to enhance student learning."
Ms. Granger is a 1974 nursing graduate and currently lives in Seal Beach, California. Prior to her retirement, she was co-owner of Comfort Keepers, which provides nursing services and caregivers to individuals wishing to remain in their homes. Director of Major Gifts for the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, Marcia Van Beek, acknowledged, “It is a wonderful gift that Mary has made in response to much needed updates for the College of Nursing Simulation Lab. We are proud of her successful career and thankful for her decision to give back to her alma mater.”