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A First Class Affair

  • Graduates registered at the welcome desk to receive their nametag and a UCalgary alumni pin

  • 1974 class valedictorian Faith Nixdorff with Schumacher lecturer Jo-Ann Hnatiuk and Dianne Tapp, dean

  • Guests mingle in the Cochrane Lounge prior to the lecture

  • Friends reconnect during the pre-lecture reception

  • Current Undergraduate Nursing Society president Janessa Burke and vp, academic Ellena Kim staff the welcome desk

  • Faculty of Nursing alumni president Kate Wong welcomes guests

  • Jo-Ann Hnatiuk and dean Dianne Tapp

  • Professor Emeritae Nan Sparks and Sarla Sethi are recognized by the crowd

  • Dean Tapp introduces the Class of 1974

  • Jo-Ann Hnatiuk describes nursing in Afghanistan

Truly a first class affair!

It was an evening of reconnection and celebration. On September 27th, over 100 alumni, students, faculty, staff, family and friends joined together at Calgary’s historic Ranchmen’s Club to commemorate 40 years of nursing education at the University of Calgary. Included in the event was the inaugural Marguerite Schumacher Memorial Alumni Lecture presented by MN graduate Jo-Ann Hnatiuk (’01).

The program included a mingling reception before the lecture where guests renewed acquaintances. The formal portion of the event kicked off with a welcome from Kate Wong, Faculty of Nursing Alumni Committee president, introductions from Dianne Tapp, dean, Faculty of Nursing and a re-reading by Faith Nixdorff (BN’74) of her convocation address from 40 years ago. Following Jo-Ann’s lecture on the life of a military nurse, guests concluded the evening with dessert, coffee, more conversation and the promise to meet up again next year.