May 30, 2007

A Celebration of the Profession of Nursing

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"The Art and Soul of Nursing: A Celebration" is a unique, once-in-a lifetime party that will honor Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Dean May L. Wykle, as well as other distinguished leaders in the field of nursing, on June 22 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.

The event will offer an evening of entertainment with something for everyone. Music and dance lovers will be treated to songs from Bill Pinkney's Original Drifters; art lovers can check out The Art and Soul of Nursing, a black and white photography exhibit by Nannette Bedway; and all attendees will enjoy fine dining and the celebratory program honoring the nursing profession.

All proceeds will fund the May L. Wykle Professorship, an endeavor that marks the first time that a professorship has been named for an African-American educator at Case Western Reserve University.

This new professorship is even more momentous when juxtaposed in the greater context of the number of endowed chairs at the top 50 universities and liberal arts colleges across the United States. Out of approximately 5,000 endowed chairs, research indicates that less than 150 of those chairs are held by African Americans, and far fewer endowed chairs are actually named for an African American. The newly-created professorship will help address the critical nursing faculty shortage amidst the ongoing nursing shortage in an aging population.

"I believe all people can learn if given the right support and resources," said Wykle, who also is the Florence Cellar Professor of Gerontological Nursing. Her research and educational endeavors impact nursing issues nationally and internationally in areas such as mental and physical health; self-care activities of caregivers and elders; caregiving across the life span; HIV-related caregiving; and minority elder health. Wykle joined the university as a faculty member in 1969, and was named dean in 2001. A triple alumna, she earned her undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees from Case Western Reserve University.

Individual tickets for the celebration start at $250, and tables also may be reserved. For additional details, read more about "The Art and Soul of Nursing: A Celebration."

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, May 30, 2007 10:23 AM | News Topics: Administration, Events, Faculty, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, HeadlinesMain, Philanthropy, Provost Initiatives

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