The Catholic University of America


"keep up the good work"
? Alice Marie Stenger Weber

I graduated with a msn when Sister Olivia was dean and Dr Heidgerken was among the excellent leaders. I taught medical-surgical nursing at Loretto Heights college in Denver CO. After ten years I married Warren Weber we have two great sons, both graduated from The School of Mines in Golden CO. I taught CCD classes and RCIA classes until I developed heart disease. I had a heart transplant in 1998 and am doing well. I would not have had the desire or ability to cope with this without my days at CUA, the philisophy courses and the research classes. Thank you CUA. Alice Weber Would love to hear from any

? marcella ryan sahni (1963)
patient care director, nyph, retired

Couldn't make it to the 75th anniversary celebration. Received alumni bulletin and see a friend and classmate Marcia Petrini is being honored with a Alumni Achievement Award. Will not be able to attend award ceremony. Please give Marcia my congratulations and sincere best wishes. Best wishes to all nurse graduates of CUA but especially to the Class of 1963 -Especially Claudia Cosgrove, Mary Ellen Berger, Suzanne Erb, Kathleen Kenny, Josephine Blazich, Mary Ann Johnson-Pierro AD MULTOS ANNOS Blessings and love to all, Marcie

Submitted 3/18/11

Letter from Dean of the College of Nursing at Villanova University.

? Janice Agazio (1986, 1994, 1995)
Associate Professor, CUA

Some memories that come to mind from my student years at CUA: 1985 using the brand new Apple IIE in the library and signing out software each time to do word processing.... 1994 doing literature searches with the microscopic Citation indexes and then standing in line and hoping the copy machine would keep working to get the articles and that I had enough dimes with me to finish the job 1986 and 1994 taking comps in blue books 1984/1985 Going to COL Brooks and taking over the 2nd floor for lunch with fellow students 1995 Standing on the steps of the Basilica at graduation for doctoral graduation and looking out a sea of students in regalia; parents, and friends

? Christine G Leyden (1993, MSN)
Chief Accreditation Officer & SVP

Congratulations to CUA! The value of the education I received has assisted me with promoting quality health care services. Recent publications include.“Consumer Safety Quality Management Program: A Tool for Improving Healthcare Management Services,” published this month in Focusing on Case Management Outcomes Across the Care Continuum. However, my proudest moment was coauthoring a Chapter in Donna Wong's pediatric nursing textbook Essentials of Peditric Nursing, Chapter 2 "Community Based Nursing Care of the Child and Family" in 2001 .

? Lois L Kercher, PhD, RN (MSN 1971 PhD 1998)
Sentara Healthcare

Dr Kercher has served twenty years as a Chief Nursing Officer in Sentara Healthcare, a nationally ranked system in Southeast Virginia. She was President of the American Organization of Nurse Executives in 2000, and is currently serving her second term elected to the Commission on Magnet.

"published paper"
? Jennifer R Raue (1996)
Clinical Research Nurse for cardiothoracic surgery at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Hello I was a co-author on the attached paper last year.

? Sheila Sparks Ralph (1980, 1990)

I was the Director of the Division of Nursing at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA from 2000-2007. I have always felt a special bond to CUA and the education I received, based in faith and service. Sheila

"Congratulations & Happy Anniversary"
? Nancy J. Sharp, MSN, RN, FAAN (MSN 1976)
Former Executive Director, American College of Nurse Practitioners

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to CUA's School of Nursing. I received an excellent education and still have fond memories of classes, faculty, and friends from my days at CUA. Edna Fordyce was my absolutely favorite teacher !! After 45 active years in the nursing profession, I finally retired and found a hobby in quilting. The first 20 years were clinical, involved in nephrology nursing. The next 15 years were political, involved in association management and as a hired lobbyist for nurse practitioner and nephrology nurse associaitons. My final 10 years focused on digital issues with telehealth nursing, and continuing education via web-based programs for nurse practitioners and nurses in all clinical specialities. It will great to catch up with friends from the Class of 1976 !!

"Way to go Catholic U!"
? Sonja (Shuman) Bartolomei (1989)
Clinical Research Nurse

What great memories I have of being a nursing student at Catholic University! It prepared me for the many paths I've taken since... working with AIDS patients, Critical Care, Interventional Radiology and now as a Clinical Research Nurse with Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant.

"Superb Education at CUA"
? Nan Hechenberger (1959)

In all my years of education my master's degree from CUA was the one that most prepared me and influenced me throughout my entire career. Sister Charles Marie Frank was my role model and we stayed in touch until her death. How fortunate I was to have come to CUA!

"So Proud to be a Grad!"
? Dr. Marie T. Hilliard (BSN, 1972; JCL, 2003)
Director of Bioethics and Public Policy, The National Catholic Bioethics Center, Philadelphia, PA

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to the excellent School of Nursing, that led to my interest in bioethics (which I am now teaching to your undergraduate students).

"Nursing Education at CUA"
? Carolyn Curtis, RN, CNM, MSN, FACNM (1976 - BSN/ 1989-MSN)
Public Health Specialist/Nurse Midwife - United States Agency for International Development

I cannot say enough about the education received at CUA. From my first nursing job as a staff nurse at George Washington University Hospital, it was very clear how thoroughly we were prepared to handle the most complex of nursing situations. My continued education in the Master's program allowed me to expand my knowledge in crisis pregnancy and education, areas in which I continue to work in the international arena. Thank you, CUA!

? Lynn (LaCaruba) Fauerbach (1980-BSN)
RN MSN CNS-Forensics

Through out my 30 year career in nursing I remain grateful to be a "Catholic Grad". Having worked with and oriented nurses who graduated from other BSN programs, I continue to appreciate my CUA experience. CUA faculty taught us to be independent thinkers who are not afraid to challenge and ask what if. We learned to provide holistic care and to be powerful advocates for our patients and their families. Thank you for providing me with an exceptionally strong foundation for my nursing career. Congratulations on 75 wonderful years of teaching, research and service! CUA grads certainly have "The Skills to Succeed and the Values to Guide".

"Hurray, CUA, SON is 75!"
? Sister Francesca Ezeokonkwo, DDL (2009)
IMC RN, St. John's Hospital

I am completely bereft of words to express my immense gratitude for the solid and quality education I received from the Catholic University of America, School of Nursing. CUA, SON will maintain a special place of pride in my heart. Happy Cheers! CUA, SON for 75 years of high academic performance and discipline. A big congratulation to the present and past team of hardworking, dedicated and loyal staff and students of CUA, SON; and all who helped to nurse the school from her humble beginning until now. We acknowledge and celebrate the collective and individual achievements of the products of the school in the spheres of national and international life. Long Live CUA, SON!

? Teresa (1984 MSN, 2006 PhD)
Dr./Assistant Professor Marymount University

I am happy to say I completed 2 degrees at the Catholic University of America - School of Nursing. Highlights for me were the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program in the 80's, the wonderful faculty, including Sister Rosemary, Sister Mary Jean, Dr. Gazetta, and excellent clinical instructors, and the best friends I made (many who I am still friends with today and now are my colleagues!) The Doctorate program was very rigorous and though there were times that I thought I would never finish, the support of my committee, particularly Sister Mary Jean Flagherty, helped me tofinally get through!! I know that the Nursing School has had some hard times recently, but know it will prevail to continue to be the wonderful institution it has always been!!

? Jane Cox (2011)
President, Nursing Network of Naples, Inc.

Sister Mary Jean Flaherty, retired, and Jane Cox, her doctoral maternal-child nursing student on the occasion of the 2008 Fall Alumnae Brunch.

"Pride in nursing"
? Kathryn Lounsbury Phenix (1967)
RN, BSN, CHPN-Staff RN at Wuesthoff Hospice and Palliative Care

I am proud to be a graduate of such a great school. Ever since graduation I have been actively employed in nursing. My nursing education has enabled me to live all over the world and to enjoy helping people in need of care and compassion. I have been a Med-Surg nurse, a Public Health nurse, a school nurse (overseas for children of active duty military), a burn nurse and for the last 25 years as a hospice nurse. Since marrying, my husband and I have moved 9 times but I have always been able to find a job in my profession. I readily recommend nursing as a career to anyone who asks. Congratulations to a fine school.