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Alumna to offer impressions of Columbine tragedy

(10-10-2000) School of Nursing alumna JoAnne Doherty, a community mental health center administrator who assisted survivors of the April 1999 Columbine High School shootings, will share her recollections and insights on the experience at a lecture tomorrow, Oct. 11.

The lecture, "Responses to Columbine: Humanistic Nursing," will be held at 7 p.m. in the Welch Dining Room of Lyons Hall and is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by Alpha Chi Chapter and Pi Epsilon-at-Large of Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honor society.

Doherty and other staff from the nonprofit Jefferson Center for Mental Health Center were at Columbine within two hours of the shootings. An advanced practice nurse and chief operations officer, Doherty played a lead role in directing the center's response to the shootings and has provided clinical services to students and school staff. The center has been involved in other efforts to help the community deal with the aftermath of the tragedy.

Doherty, who earned a master's degree in psychiatric nursing from SON in 1974, has assisted in responses to other community disasters, including tornadoes and bus accidents.

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