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Then and now: Celebrating our 50th anniversary

| Jan Adams

Come Celebrate our 50th Anniversary

The 2015-2016 academic year will mark the 50th anniversary of the nursing program at UW-Eau Claire. On July 14, 1965, the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing approved the establishment of a School of Nursing at what was then called the Wisconsin State University-Eau Claire, and later renamed the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. In September 1965, the first class of 22 sophomore nursing students was admitted and enrolled in the baccalaureate nursing program. In celebration of our 50th anniversary, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences will be hosting a number of events. We encourage you to please join us for the following:

Nursing Research Day on Friday, May 6, 2016 at Davies Center on the UW-Eau Claire campus

The event will be held in conjunction with the Delta Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing.

Keynote Address: Nursing, Virtual Reality, and the Future Environment of Health

presented by Patricia Brennan, PhD, RN, Lillian S. Moehlman-Bascom Professor of Nursing and Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Call for Abstracts - Community

Call for Abstracts - Students

Nursing 50th Anniversary Gala & Nursing Homecoming Walk

The Nursing 50th Anniversary Gala was held on Friday, October 9th at the Florian Gardens, Eau Claire. This event included a reception, banquet, program, and dance. It was also the kickoff for our fundraising campaign. Through sponsorship, donations, tributes to nurses, and proceeds from a s silent auction, we raised $10,000 funds to support our Simulation Laboratories and clinical immersion experiences for students.

The Nursing Homecoming Walk and Dedication of our Nursing Hall of Fame was held on Saturday, October 10th. Festivities started at 8:00 a.m. with a walk around and across campus, followed by a dedication of our Nursing Hall of Fame, a breakfast and update regarding our College. In addition, tours of the Nursing Building and Simulation Laboratories were available.

Gifts in support of the nursing program are encouraged and welcomed. You may make your gift in two ways. You can give online at Please designate the Advancement Fund. You also can mail a check made payable to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, Box 4004, Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004. Indicated in accompany documentation or the memo line: Nursing 50th Anniversary. If you wish to discuss other types of giving options (such as stock) or you work for a matching gift company, please contact Michele Olson in the Foundation at 715-836-3526 or email her at

More College news can be found in the Alumni Newsletter, July 2015.