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Kathryn Jensen Nelson Society brunch honors nursing friends

Marilyn Herrmann, PhD, RN (right), dean of the School of Nursing, introduces Karin Bryner, MBA, the new development coordinator for the School.
Marilyn Herrmann, PhD, RN (right), dean of the School of Nursing, introduces Karin Bryner, MBA, the new development coordinator for the School.
During the Kathryn Jensen Nelson (KJN) Society brunch held Sunday, April 6, in the Campus Cafeteria, special recognition was given to supporters of the School of Nursing during the past year. Each year the KJN brunch is held during homecoming weekend to honor those who give $250 or more to the School of Nursing during the previous year.

The KJN brunch caps an entire weekend of special events that were held for alumni and friends of the School.

The morning brunch began with a welcome from Marilyn Herrmann, PhD, RN, dean of the School of Nursing.

Dr. Herrmann then introduced Karin “Carrie” Bryner, MBA, the newly hired development coordinator for the School of Nursing.

Dynnette E. Hart, DrPH, RN, associate dean of the undergraduate program, School of Nursing, offered prayer, and the guests were dismissed for brunch.

Following the meal, Dr. Herrmann gave a report of how the School has performed over the past year. This included international activities and enrollment at the School.

Johana Martinez and Blasius Manullang then provided the special music with “Go Light Your World” by Kathy Troccoli.

The focus of the morning was clearly on the School’s work in the mission field.

Nancy Kofoed, DNSc, assistant professor of nursing, shared with the group the story of the recently completely BS program in Japan.

Elizabeth Bossert, DNS, RN, associate dean of the graduate program, revealed the exciting news that the master’s program in Thailand has been completed, and the second program in Africa will be completed in late July.

Following Dr. Bossert’s video presentation, Dolores Wright, DNSc, RN, associate professor of nursing, told the group in attendance of a recent mission trip to Africa that she took with a group of nursing students. This was followed by a report of a mission trip by the School of Nursing to Nicaragua in conjunction with the School of Dentistry. Kathie Ingram, MSN, RN, associate professor of nursing, and Anne Berit Petersen, MSN, MPH, RN, assistant professor of nursing, showed a photo slideshow with accompanying music for the work they did in Nicaragua.

Finally, Patricia S. Jones, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of the office of international nursing, presented a report on the School of Nursing’s activities overseas recently. One major part of this activity has been through the Global Partnerships in Nursing program.

Dr. Jones thanked the Ralph and Carolyn Thompson Charitable Foundation for their continued and active support of the Global Partnerships program. This was followed by a slideshow of how this program has changed the lives of many nurses throughout the world.

Ms. Bryner feels that the brunch is a great opportunity for the School to get together and personally thank the friends of the School.

“The KJN Brunch could not have come at a better time, and I thought it was wonderful,” says Ms. Bryner. “It was just a small way of saying thank you for the many contributions. For me, it was amazing to meet such supportive, interesting, and friendly individuals with a shared passion for the School of Nursing. I cannot relate how kind each person was to me, and I truly look forward to getting to know everyone.”

For information on how to become a member of the Kathryn Jensen Nelson Society, please contact Karin Bryner at (909) 651-5023 or <kbryner@llu.edu>.

By Dustin Jones, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, April 28, 2008