S.O.N. To Mark Its 50th Anniversary

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

The School of Nursing will mark its 50th anniversary this semester on April 5 with an all-day celebration in Devlin Hall featuring appearances by the current and former SON deans and a video presentation on the school's history.

"We are inviting the school's 8,000 living alumni, as well as the administrators, faculty, Jesuits and others who have had an impact on the school throughout its history," said Prof. Joellen Hawkins (SON), who is coordinating the event with Assoc. Prof. Mary Ellen Doona (SON). "We want this to be a very collegial occasion."

The morning session of "Boston College School of Nursing, 1947-1997: A Half Century of Excellence in Nursing" will begin with greetings by several administrators, including University President William P. Leahy, SJ, and Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties William B. Neenan, SJ.

After the opening, SON Dean Barbara Hazard Munro and two of her predecessors will offer their perspectives on the school's past and present, and its outlook for the future. Preceding Munro will be Rita Kelleher, who was SON dean from 1948-73, and her successor, Mary Dineen, who held the position until 1986.

Following a luncheon in the Lyons Hall Welch Dining Room, associate professors Rita Olivieri and Jean O'Neil will introduce a video production documenting the school's first five decades. Alumni representing each decade will also present skits to supplement the video.

The commemoration will end with a Mass at 5:15 p.m. in Gasson 100.

In addition, Hawkins said, the school will host an informal gathering at Cushing Hall the night before the celebration, giving alumni a chance to tour the building and the rest of the campus. There also will be exhibits about SON on display at Cushing, and in O'Neill and Burns libraries.

Doona is producing a booklet on the history of SON, which will be distributed to all participants and available to those unable to attend.

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