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William F. Connell School of Nursing

From the Dean

winter 2010


In this issue of the Voice, we celebrate the people and accomplishments that make the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College such a truly unique place.

One such person was surely Dean Emeritus Rita Kelleher. I’m sure many of you have heard the sad news about Dean Kelleher’s passing this past November. We hope many of you will join us at a celebration of her life this spring; the details will be posted on our website. I was so lucky to have met Dean Kelleher, to have had her inscribe a copy of her memoirs for me, and to get her stamp of approval as she patted my hand and told me I would ìdo wellî as the new dean. I appreciated hearing her stories about Boston College and look forward to hearing some of your stories as we remember all that Dean Kelleher accomplished for nursing.

We are also celebrating new beginnings that will shape the next few years at the Connell School. At a time when health care is truly in need of the best leaders, the faculty and I have committed to producing nurse leaders for the 21st century who participate in, use, and/or conduct the research necessary to change health care, who understand and participate in improving global health, and who value diversity. As we move forward to meeting our strategic aims, we are pleased to be active participants in the Harvard Catalyst and hope you will enjoy reading about the opportunities our faculty and students are enjoying in translating science for use in practice. We know you will enjoy reading about our new KILN program, designed to prepare nurse leaders from underrepresented ethnic and racial minorities. We are also excited about our new global initiatives including our global scholars lecture series. We are so pleased that so many members of our community have supported these events and programs, and encourage you to check our website for upcoming events and join us.

Some of the global activities our faculty, students, and alumni are participating in are also highlighted in this issue. And as always, the Connell School is fortunate to have outstanding faculty, staff, students, and alumnae/i whose accomplishments I also hope you enjoy reading about.


Susan Gennaro, RN, DSN, FAAN

Dean and Professor