Celebrating success: Centennial Fellows campaign is completed and donor wall unveiled
Loma Linda University leadership pose for a picture with major Centennial Fellows following the wall unveiling. Pictured from left are Richard Hart, MD, DrPH; William Swatek, MD; Rose Swatek; Marjorie Jessie; Claran Jesse, MD; B. Lyn Behrens, MBBS; and Helen King, PhD, RN.
Friends, faculty, and program participants celebrated the unveiling of the Centennial Fellows Campaign donor wall during the School of Nursing homecoming, held April 3, 2005. What started as an idea from a faculty member, Lois Van Cleve, PhD, RN, FAAN, grew into a $1 million dream and became a reality. This year, the Centennial Fellows program was completed—reaching and surpassing its goal with 55 Fellowship commitments.
“We are so grateful to all who participated in this program—it was a real blessing to work with each person involved and especially Dr. King, who spearheaded the program,” says Diana Fisher, MA, former director of development, School of Nursing.
Launched during the 2000–2001 school year, the Centennial Fellows program is a special financial giving campaign through which Centennial Fellows help to celebrate the school’s first centennial (in 2005-2006) and enable future nursing education.
“This program represents individual partnerships between friends and alumni of the School of Nursing and the University that will help create a $1 million endowment fund,” says Ms. Fisher. “This fund will support all the educational and scholarship programs within the School.”
Individuals and/or groups were named as “Centennial Fellows” with a gift of $20,000 or more.
The donor wall celebration took place immediately following the Kathryn Jensen Nelson Brunch on Sunday morning, April 3. With J. Lynn Martell, DMin, vice chancellor for advancement for Loma Linda University, presiding, the Centennial Wall was unveiled in the lobby of West Hall on
the campus of LLU. B. Lyn Behrens, MBBS, president of the University, and Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, chancellor of the University, were present to congratulate and thank the Centennial Fellow donors for their vision and generosity to the School of Nursing.
“I am thrilled with the enthusiastic support of our alumni and friends, which enabled us to complete the Centennial Fellows campaign one year early,” stated Helen King, PhD, RN, dean of the School of Nursing, during the unveiling. “Thank you for helping us to provide for the future of the School of Nursing.”
For more information on becoming involved in this program, please contact Sherri J. Vasquez, MBA, director of development, School of Nursing, at (909) 558-7093 or on the web at <www.llu.edu/llu/nursing>. You can also e-mail her directly to <firstname.lastname@example.org