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Launching the Nursing Development Campaign and Claire M. Fagin Hall
November 21, 2006, Volume 53, No. 13

Claire M. Fagin Claire M. Fagin Hall
Dean emerita Dr. Claire Fagin (above) for whom the Nursing Education Building (NEB) is being named.

On November 30, Penn Nursing will officially rename its building—which has been known as NEB for years—in honor of Dr. Claire M. Fagin, dean and professor emerita and former interim president. This event takes place as the School launches a public campaign “to provide crucial support for its mission and to transform the future of healthcare through compassionate, science-based nursing.” Where Science Leads: the Campaign for Penn Nursing is a $60 million  initiative designed to engage the entire community in supporting the School’s vision for the future of nursing.

Not only is Penn Nursing looking to its future, but this semester the School celebrated its 120th anniversary to acknowledge a tradition of excellence that began in 1886 with 12 pioneering women who entered the first program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s  School of Nursing,  from which 2,700 of Nursing’s 13,000 living alumni graduated. In 1935, Penn introduced university education for nurses with the establishment of a department of nursing education in the School of Education. In 1950, Penn’s School of Nursing was established. Through a series of transformations, the HUP School of Nursing closed in 1978 and Penn’s School of Nursing accepted its first students for its doctoral program, the first in the Ivy League. Today enrollment is nearly 1,000 students at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels.

Where Science Leads: Caring to Change the World, a panel discussion, will be presented by the School of Nursing on November 30 at 1 p.m., in the Ann L. Roy Auditorium, at the Claire M. Fagin Hall. The moderator will be Dr. Shirley Chater, HUP ’53, Nu ’56, HON ’97, former U.S. Commissioner of the Social Security Administration. The panelists will be: Suzanne Gordon, author, lecturer and patient advocate; a visiting professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing; an assistant, adjunct professor at the University of California, San  Francisco, School of Nursing; Rosemarie B. Greco, director of Health Care Reform, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and Dr. Linda Aiken, Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research. 

The panel discussion will be followed by a Campaign Launch Reception at 2:30 p.m.  in the Carol Ware Gates Lobby, Claire M. Fagin Hall.

A gala will be held at the PMA that evening. For information call (215) 898-3897.



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