More than 200 people celebrate SXU School of Nursing's 75th Anniversary
Home to first integrated baccalaureate nursing program in Illinois
Chicago (Sept. 15, 2010) More than 200 people from across the country celebrated Saint Xavier University’s School of Nursing's 75th Anniversary with a series of commemorative events on Sept. 11.
Monsignor Kenneth Velo celebrated a special Mass in McDonough Chapel at the University's Chicago campus. Velo is an Archdiocese of Chicago priest, Senior Executive of Catholic Collaboration at DePaul University and President of the Big Shoulders Fund.
Suzanne Gordon, an award-winning journalist, author, lecturer and patient advocate, delivered a guest lecture advocating for the profession of nursing. Attendees took tours of the Chicago campus and then traveled to Beverly Country Club for a reception and dinner. Part of the entertainment included a show of nursing uniforms throughout history. Proceeds from the event will fund nursing student scholarships.
“The Sisters of Mercy collaboration 75 years ago between Mercy Hospital and Saint Xavier has had a deep and lasting impact on Chicago, on Illinois and nationwide,” said School of Nursing Dean Gloria Jacobson, R.N., Ph.D.
“I congratulate the School of Nursing on its 75th anniversary,” said Saint Xavier President Christine M. Wiseman, J.D. “The work of this exemplary school has become a lasting testament to the Mercy spirit, which also led to the founding of our University in 1846 by the Sisters of Mercy.”
Saint Xavier and Mercy Hospital, both founded by the Sisters of Mercy, joined forces in 1935 to create the first integrated baccalaureate nursing program in Illinois. Today, 75 years later the SON remains strongly committed to linking innovation and concern for community, to providing basic and advanced nursing education programs, outreach programs, and to providing clinical services to surrounding communities.
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