By Jane W. Ball, DrPH, MPH, RN
Alumni Weekend 2019 was a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with classmates and add new memories to those we made as students. Thank you to all alumni from Johns Hopkins and Church Home schools of nursing who made the trip to Baltimore to share the weekend with each other. It was wonderful to see so many alumni from reunion classes and faculty reconnecting, sharing memories, and observing the changes: the new Johns Hopkins Hospital, the school of nursing under construction, and progress in nursing practice and education.
As a member of the Johns Hopkins Hospital diploma program in 1969, it was wonderful to reconnect with nearly 40 members of my class. Receiving our 50-year anniversary medallion was especially memorable. However, one planned event for my classmates was also special. For the first time during Alumni Weekend, a living history session was recorded with classmates sharing stories about life in Hampton House and as a nursing student 50 years ago. The class of 1964 had a similar opportunity to share their memories from 55 years ago. These living history sessions will be saved in the Archives, but they will also be made available to interested alumni through the JHSON website in the near future.
The Alumni Weekend program was carefully designed to appeal to alumni from all years. Hallmarks of a Johns Hopkins nursing education—excellence in nursing practice, advocacy, and leadership—were well represented in the program. We had a symposium on hypertension and cardiovascular care with continuing education credit offered. One Friday session highlighted financial wellness, a topic of interest to nurses of all ages. Another special session profiled Lauren Underwood, an alumnus who broadened her advocacy efforts by becoming a member of the U.S. Congress.
We are fortunate to have the Johns Hopkins Nurses’ Alumni Association so effectively supported by the JHSON. A special thank you to Akudo Anyanwu, Katie Damaroda, and the rest of the Development and Alumni Relations team—and to all the student volunteers—for making Alumni Weekend such a success.
Pictured at top: The Class of 1969 gathers for the celebration of its 50-year anniversary.
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