School of Nursing at UMass Amherst To Honor Distinguished Alumni at Annual Luncheon Oct. 30

AMHERST , Mass. – The School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will honor three distinguished alumni at its annual Alumni Buffet Luncheon Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cape Cod Lounge of the Student Union. The awards honor alumni who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishment in either clinical practice, nursing education, nursing research, nursing leadership, advancement of the professional nurse role, service to underserved populations, or innovation in healthcare system design, says Eileen T. Breslin, dean of the School of Nursing.

Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards are:

Elizabeth P. Howard, associate professor at Northeastern University Graduate School of Nursing since 1989. She was named a distinguished research fellow in 2004. Howard has also been affiliated with the urgent care department at Vanguard Medical Associated in Wellesley since 1995, and was on the faculty of Simmons College from 1980-87. Howard started the first neonatal nurse practitioner program in New England in 1993 at Northeastern, helping supply trained nursing professionals to this underserved population. She has secured more than $2 million in grant funding for research and training programs at Northeastern. She earned her bachelor''s degree in nursing from UMass Amherst in 1977, a master''s degree in nursing in 1979 and a doctorate in 1986 from Boston College. She is certified as an adult and acute care nursing practitioner. Howard lives in Dover;

MaryAnn Hogan, clinical assistant professor at UMass Amherst since 2001. She has also taught at Holyoke Community College, Elms College in Chicopee , and Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Hogan is a prolific author and educator, having written more than 20 books in the field of nursing. She is president of her own company Nursing and Health Education Resources, Inc., which conducts and cosponsors programs that help nursing graduates prepare for the NCLEX-RN licensing examination. Hogan currently works with the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, chairs the curriculum committee for the School of Nursing, and teaches in the undergraduate pre-licensure track. She earned her bachelor''s from UMass Amherst in 1976 and her master''s degree in nursing from Anna Maria College in Paxton in 1985. She is certified as a clinical specialist in medical surgical nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Hogan lives in West Springfield;

Maureen F. Sroczynski, president and CEO and founder of Farley Associates, of Norton, Mass., a management consulting firm for clients in healthcare facilities across the country, since 1999. She served as president of the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives from 1996-97, was a member of the executive board from 1993-98, and has been a member of the group since 1985. She has also been active in the American Organization of Nurse Executives since 1985. Sroczynski has been active in state and local affairs and served on the Taunton School Committee from 1987-91. She earned her bachelor''s degree in nursing from UMass Amherst in 1968 and a master''s degree in nursing administration from Boston University in 1985. From 1992-99, she served in various high-level administrative posts at the UMass Medical Center Health Care System in Worcester, Mass., and was an associate faculty member in the school''s Graduate School of Nursing. Sroczynski has held senior positions at Copley Hospital in Morrisville , Vt.; Brockton Hospital , Rhode Island Hospital, in Providence; Faulkner Hospital in Boston; University Hospital Medical Center in Boston; and Morton Hospital in Taunton. She lives in Norton.

In addition to the alumni awards, keynote speakers at the event from the UMass Amherst School of Nursing are Kathleen Newman, assistant clinical professor, and Genevieve E. Chandler, associate professor, who will give a talk titled, “The Web of Mentoring: Prescription for Empowerment.”

For information, contact Paula Sakey at 413/545-1707 or .