UI CONnection – Winter 2020
UI CONnection – Winter 2020

UI CONnection – Winter 2020

Dear Alumni and Friends of the College:

I am writing to you as I reflect on a beautiful fall afternoon and on a journey we continue to take together. We have celebrated Thanksgiving, our students have traveled to their homes and the winter holidays will arrive very soon. We continue to manage our education, research and service missions during this pandemic, acknowledging it has impacted us in ways we could not have imagined.  During such a challenging time I want to applaud the adaptability and perseverance of our students, faculty and staff as we continue to carry on. We have worked hard to prepare nurses who will lead in their communities with the goal of improved health care.

Please join me in congratulating the December graduating class of 2020. During these unprecedented and historical times, we believe the hard work and achievements our students should be celebrated. Graduates, as you take your next steps into a profession built on compassion, empathy, integrity and courage we congratulate you on your well-deserved success. You have made us proud.

Finally, I thank our phenomenal alumni, supporters and friends. You take what you learned here and put it to good use, making the world a better place and coming together in a time of crisis to support our students and communities. Now more than ever we cannot reach our goals and achieve success without you. Thank you!

Happy holidays and GO HAWKS!

Julie Zerwic PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
Kelting Dean and Professor

Hawkeye Distinguished Veteran Award

CON Faculty Receive Distinguished Veterans Award

College of Nursing faculty members Sue Moorhead and Ken Culp are among five UI alumni and faculty who served their country—from advising presidential administrations to caring for wounded soldiers during the Vietnam War—and were honored virtually with the 2020 Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Award.

DNP Alumna Bestowed with Prestigious Award from AACN

Doctor of Nursing Practice alumna Hailey Waechter was named recipient of the 2020-2021 Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice Award for her project titled “A Collaborative Approach to Weaning from Mechanical Ventilation.” Presented by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, this award recognizes a DNP project that demonstrates high-level mastery of an area of advanced nursing practice and focuses on the translation of evidence into practice.

Home Sweet Home

Iowa natives Jerold and Jacqueline Dock will always have fond memories of the Hawkeye State. Now the Docks are finding a unique way to leave their home to the University of Iowa.


Leading When Needed Most

Be sure to check out the college’s newly released Annual Report! From Iowa Nursing’s impact on the fight against COVID-19, to faculty accolades, to student success stories, this magnificent report covers events from July 2019 through June 2020.

In Memoriam

Death notices for UI College of Nursing alumni. Links to online obituaries provided when available.

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