What began in 1959 with 19 students and two faculty members taking courses in a former private residence, has become thriving program boasting over 9,000 alumni across the globe. That the NIU School of Nursing has come a long way was evident at the 60th Anniversary Celebration dinner Nov. 2.
Over 100 nursing school alumni and friends gathered at the Barsema Visitors Center in DeKalb to celebrate. Alumni from five decades attended, as well as former and current nursing faculty. Current students presented posters about internships, study abroad, organizations, and research. Guests also enjoyed meeting CAE Apollo the adult patient simulator and seeing NIU nursing student uniforms throughout the years. Prior to the event, some guests toured the current School of Nursing.
After remarks from the College of Health and Human Sciences Dean Derryl Block, NIU President Dr. Lisa Freeman, and NIU School of Nursing Chair Susan Caplan, keynote speaker Daniel Pesut, from the class of ’75, presented the keynote address: “Appreciating the Past and Anticipating the Future. (Please see the bottom of this to download both Caplan and Pesut’s slide presentations.)
A photo gallery from the evening: