60th Anniversary Celebration & Annual LuncheonOctober 19, 2013
The UMass Amherst College of Nursing held their 60th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Homecoming Luncheon on October 19, 2013.
The 2013 Distinguished Young Alumni Award was given to Alexander E. Halstead, a 2011 graduate who is currently a Clinical Nurse II in the Critical Care Resuscitation Unit at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Halstead is also the president of the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and has served as a marathon nurse for the Boston Marathon for the past four years.
The afternoon included an unveiling of the new portrait of Mary Maher, founding dean, to be hung in Skinner Hall.
To finish the day's events, an oral history presentation of the College of Nursing was given. Members of the panel were Gellestrina 'Tina' DiMaggio (founding faculty member), Lois Aggerup Buttaro ('58, member of first graduating class), Maureen Bailey (admin staff, '69-present), Brenda Millette ('80, faculty member & interim dean), Maureen Groden ('77), and Ansel Erickson-Zinter ('10).
UMass School of Nursing Demonstrates New Space Labs EquipmentApril 28, 2013
UMass School of Nursing is pleased to announce the availability of our new Space Labs equipment available in our sim labs.
Sharon Carty - Quilt ExhibitApril 27, 2013
For Sharon Carty, a psychiatric nurse and passionate quilter, fabric is an intimate thing. "It covers our bodies, it covers our beds. It's where sex and death happen," the Amherst woman says. And when death comes knocking, it wants your body, not your wardrobe. Your clothes stay behind, intensely personal reminders of your scent, your personality, your physical form.
Carty's interests in psychology and quilting came together several years ago, after a friend's mother died at 105. Eventually, Carty suggested to her grieving friend that using some of her mother's clothes in a quilt could be a way of reconstituting her memory.
When another friend, who had lost her husband to cancer, heard about the project, her reaction was "I could never do that," recalls Carty.
But after two years, the friend had not yet been able to clear out her husband's closet. Last summer, Carty came home to find an urgent message on her answering machine: The grieving woman had changed her mind. She wanted to get busy on turning part of her dead husband's wardrobe into a bedcover.
Carty worked with both friends, exploring their grief as well as the lives of their loved ones. The women talked, gathered garments, and roughed in mental images of what the quilts would look like. The daughter chose to use her mother's everyday clothes rather than cut up garments that "still have use in them" for others, says Carty.
Fittingly, the everyday, slightly worn fabrics give a better sense of the woman who wore them than her "good" clothes would have.
For the widow, the first step was to retrieve from a bag in the closet the shirt her husband had been wearing when he died. Eventually, she chose seven shirts to incorporate into her quilt.
And for each there came an important threshold: the moment to start cutting.
"Cutting - the word even sticks in your throat," says Carty, but it begins the proc ess of transforming memories. "Cutting becomes a courageous act,"
she says, the beginning of moving on.
The widow settled on a traditional nine-patch design - blocks of nine small squares amid solid blocks of the same size - because she and her husband had received a similar quilt as a wedding gift from the children of her first marriage. The basic quilt is in place, but meditative hours of hand-sewing lie ahead.
The daughter's cover is shaping up to be a crazy quilt, another traditional design popular in Victorian times, composed of many variously shaped pieces.
Carty has been approached by others for help in this new genre of grief counseling, which she calls "night sky quilts." The quilts pictured here are from Kristen's clothes, a perky, 34 year old, kindergarten teacher, showing her quirky, fun style. Finding one of her blonde hairs among her clothes when the headscarves that covered her bald head were being used, was a moment to weep.
Open House—Alumni Weekend; April 27, 2013, Skinner Hall, UMass AmherstApril 27, 2013
UMass Rising Campaign Kickoff GalaApril 27, 2013
From left to right: Helen E. Symons (1965), Dean Stephen Cavanagh, Karen O. Moore (MS 1989), Co-Chair of School of Nursing Campaign Committee, Patricia Reid Ponte (1976), Co-Chair of School of Nursing Campaign Committee
Eastern Nursing Research Society Celebrates 25 Years at ConferenceApril 17, 2013
SON Scholarship and Awards CeremonyOctober 4, 2012
The School of Nursing held its Scholarship and Awards Ceremony on September 5, 2012, in the Amherst Room of the Campus Center and over
$77,000 was given out that evening. Very exciting!!
Annual LuncheonNovember 5, 2011
The School of Nursing held its Annual Luncheon event on Saturday, November 5, 2011, in the Cape Cod Lounge of the Student Union Building during the University's Homecoming Weekend. Alumni welcomed our new Dean, Stephen Cavanagh. Dr. Susan Hagedorn '77 showed two of her documentaries related to Nursing: Holding the Line and Island Nurse. The 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Joseph Cancellieri '75. The 2011 Distinguished Young Alumni award was presented to Michelle Whitaker '07. Reunion year classes were recognized including alumna Marlene DuBiel, celebrating her 50th reunion year.
DNP Award from UPCEA New EnglandOctober 19, 2011
The University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Nursing’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice program has been selected for an Innovative and Creative Programming Award by the New England chapter of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA).
The DNP program is delivered through UMass Amherst’s Division of Continuing and Professional Education (CPE). The award will be presented Oct. 26 at the UPCEA New England annual conference in Providence. Jean E. DeMartinis, associate professor of nursing and the original director of the UMass Amherst program, is scheduled to accept the award. read more
National Institute of Nursing Search - NINR Fall 2011October 14, 2011
"Friends of the NINR" October 2011
New Students Orientation - Fall 2011September 7, 2011
School of Nursing New Students Orientation - September 2011
Graduation Day 2011May 14, 2011
School of Nursing Graduation Day 2011
Eastern Nursing Research Society - ENRS 2011March 23, 2011
Eastern Nursing Research Society - March 2011
Skinner Hall DedicationOctober 2, 2009
UMass Amherst officials and guests dedicated the School of Nursing's refurbished and expanded Skinner Hall, a 1940s-era building that has been updated with state-of-the-art laboratories, energy-efficient construction features, new offices and classrooms.