Iowa Alumni CONnections
Iowa Alumni CONnections

Dear Friends:

It is a pleasure to share with you the latest edition of the University of Iowa Alumni CONNECTIONS. We are bringing you news of the events that occurred in the last six months of 2021 and a spotlight on several of our faculty whose practice and research focuses on women, particularly women at the time of childbirth. Drs. Segre, Vignato, and Weltin are all contributing to the goal of improving the health of women in Iowa and educating students to be the next generation of nurses, nurse practitioners, and nurse scientists.

Julie Zerwic


Kelting Dean and Professor



Cover Story

The Future of Nursing 2020-2030 report describes nurses as the bridge-builders who connect with people and communities to ensure they have what they need to be healthy and well. There is, however, an essential step that must be done before those connections can be made. That essential step is to listen.

Listening to women, in particular, guides the research and daily practice of three College of Nursing faculty, Drs. Lisa Segre, Julie Vignato, and Ann Weltin. 

A woman in scrubs and a mask holds a bouquet of daisies, and a man in fatigues and sunglasses stands in front of a helicopter.

Alumni Award Winners Announced

These awards recognize graduates who have either demonstrated outstanding leadership and achievement in nursing or related fields of healthcare or have made significant contributions to their community.

A standing man and sitting woman, both in scrubs, look at a nurse's station monitor.

New Master's Program Added

Our new Entry into Practice full-time accelerated nursing program prepares non-nurse college graduates from all academic backgrounds to become practicing nurses and is accepting applications for spring 2023. 

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In Loving Memory of an Iowa Nurse

Mary Noel Cline made an indelible impact as a nurse over the course of her four-decade career. Now, her husband, Phil Cline, is giving back to honor his late wife and her passion for nursing.

Headshot of Toni Tripp Reimer

Dr. Toni Tripp-Reimer

We regret to announce the passing of Dr. Toni Tripp-Reimer. Renowned in the field of ethnogeriatrics, Dr. Tripp-Reimer was an award-winning scholar and a mentor to many.

2021 Wrap-up

Four women in regalia, wearing medallions, stand together for a photo.


The first College of Nursing Investiture celebrated four prestigious faculty appointments. 

An aerial photo shows the college of nursing building and surrounding area. A graphic announces the #10 ranking.

Top 10 in the Country

In a new ranking this year, U.S. News & World Report placed Iowa’s undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program 10th in the country. 

Herky the mascot sits at a table under a tent with a group of college of nursing students for a group photo.

Homecoming Tailgate

Nearly 300 alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students came out to tailgate with us for Homecoming. Even Herky stopped by for some fun!

An underwater photo of four smiling people in black college on nursing scrubs.

Plunge into Nursing

The fall 2021 BSN graduates took the plunge into nursing, reviving the decades-old College of Nursing tradition that had been suspended due to the pandemic. 

The back of a younger man is seen as he attaches a pin to a smiling older man's jacket.


Seventy-one students and one professor received their nursing pins in a ceremony at the Iowa Memorial Union. Dr. Cormac O'Sullivan, who never received a pin when graduating with his BSN, was pinned by his son, Aidan, who graduated in fall 2021. 

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