Homecoming 2014: Our Time in History

BJH19605_StandaloneThe Barnes-Jewish College Alumni Association invites all alumni and students to the Our Time in History homecoming celebration on Friday, October 10 from 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. The daylong celebration will take place at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College Duncan Campus site located at 4483 Duncan Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110.

We ask everyone who plans to attend homecoming to RSVP by October 1.

Homecoming Schedule of Events

8:30 a.m. – Lobby
Registration Opens

9 a.m. – Lobby and Plaza Auditorium
Memorial Celebration Breakfast
Begin the day with a memorial breakfast to celebrate members of the nursing school community we have lost. (Please email JCowell-Oates@bjc.org to share names of fellow classmates, faculty and/or staff members that you would like added to the memorial.)

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Lobby
Service Project
In celebration of St. Louis’ 250th birthday and Goldfarb’s history of community involvement, we are committed to helping reach The United Way of Greater St. Louis and stl250 goal of recruiting over 250,000 volunteers for service projects in 2014. Goldfarb will host an on-site service project open to all attendees.

10:30 – 11 a.m. – Plaza Auditorium
State of the College
Michael Bleich, PhD, RN, FAAN, president and Maxine Clark and Bob Fox dean at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, to update attendees on the state of the college.

11 – 11:30 a.m. – Plaza Auditorium
Research Department Update
Jean Davis, PhD, RN, Paul J. McKee senior associate dean for research and PhD program director at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, to update attendees on the research department developments.

12 p.m. – Lobby/Commons
Lunch
Enjoy lunch with fellow attendees.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Plaza Auditorium
Nursing Humorist
Be entertained by the lighter side of nursing with comedian Patty Wooten, RN.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Plaza Auditorium
Distinguished Alumni Awards
The Barnes-Jewish College Alumni Association is set to present the 2014 distinguished alumni award to Barbara Riegel, DNSc, RN, FAAN, FAHA and Marlene Rosenkoetter, PhD, RN, FAAN for their contributions to the advancement of the nursing profession.

3:30 p.m. – Lobby
A Look Back in History
See artifacts from throughout our history, including from a time capsule found in the old Jewish Hospital School of Nursing building.

4 – 6:30 p.m. – Lobby/Commons
Our Time in History Homecoming Celebration
Join students, alumni, faculty and staff for a homecoming celebration with food, fun and dancing.

*The event agenda is subject to change

To RSVP, please fill out the 2014 Homecoming RSVP form by October 1. For additional information, please contact June Cowell-Oates, director of alumni affairs and program officer, at JCowell-Oates@bjc.org.

Volunteering to Make a Difference

We are excited to have Stephen Kielbasa, a BSN student at Goldfarb School of Nursing, back as a guest blogger. In this blog he shares his experience, and the experiences of two other Goldfarb students, volunteering at a community event this spring. 

Mother To Mother Luncheon

From left to right, Goldfarb School of Nursing students, Emily Hancock, Stephen Kielbasa, Jeannetta Brooks

I’ll admit it—pink shirts often get overlooked when I get dressed in the morning. When it comes to supporting good causes though, I’m always willing to go the extra mile and so are the members of our Goldfarb Student Nursing Association (SNA). Despite being on term break, several SNA members donned pink shirts and volunteered for the Mother To Mother Luncheon at SqWires restaurant in April. Mother To Mother provides support to soon-to-be mothers and those experiencing postpartum adjustment disorder (PPAD). Thanks to events like the fund-raising luncheon, Mother To Mother is able to offer its services at no cost to clients. Here are some thoughts from fellow SNA members and students who also attended the event.

“I wanted to volunteer for the Mother To Mother Luncheon because the services the organization provides are both important and unique. Because I’m a mom, I understand the stress and anxiety that occur during pregnancy and after giving birth. I think that Mother To Mother provides a vital service that addresses issues that are often ignored.

There’s often a stigma attached to postpartum depression, and I listened with admiration as a Mother To Mother client shared her story, which was both courageous and insightful. I really enjoyed meeting the staff and the different guests, as well as getting to know some of my classmates who were volunteering.” Emily Hancock, BSN – Upper Division

“I was happy to have the opportunity to volunteer for and support Mother To Mother. As a mother, I know that along with the joys of motherhood come periods of emotional contention that may need additional support. The organization recognizes the many degrees of PPAD and is able to provide resources to assist even the most severe cases at no cost to the mother.

It was a great pleasure to spend my day supporting one of their biggest fund raising events and help ensure that Mother To Mother can provide services to mothers throughout the St. Louis Metro Area.” Jeannetta Brooks, BSN – Accelerated

At the end of the event, I think we all agreed that the Mother To Mother Luncheon was a great experience. We had an opportunity to see the innerworkings of a nonprofit organization and participate in supporting a great cause. I want to thank our student volunteers, and I hope that many more will join the SNA in supporting other great causes this year.

Stephen Kielbasa, SNA community chair

For more information about Mother To Mother, visit www.mothertomothersupport.org or call 314-644-7001.

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