Fall, 2016


Welcome to our alumni newsletter.

During the last year, the University of Delaware School of Nursing has celebrated 50 years of baccalaureate nursing education. We have had a number of celebratory events – all with the aim of strengthening the connection with our alumni. In June, we celebrated the real contributions of our School and alumni with the 50 Stars event where we recognized 50 outstanding UD graduates.

With this electronic newsletter, we plan to first, bring you up to date with the School of Nursing and then, periodically, keep you abreast of what we are accomplishing.

We want to hear from you too! This newsletter will give us the opportunity to share with other alumni just how much the UD alumni contribute to healthcare in Delaware, the region and the nation.


Tell us what you're up to!


Emily J. Hauenstein, PhD, LCP, MSN, FAAN

We are responding to the rapidly changing health care environment through restructuring organization, education, research and practice.

Faculty developed new mission and vision statements, and articulated the foundational values for our education, research and practice programs. A new executive structure in the School of Nursing was adopted; it includes Emily Hauenstein, the Senior Associate Dean for Nursing and Healthcare Innovation; Anne Krouse, Associate Dean for Education and Practice; and Barbara Habermann, Associate Dean for Translational Research, Nannie Longfellow Professor of Nursing. These leaders are supported by Pia Inguito, Undergraduate Program Director, and Paula Klemm, Graduate Program Director.


The School of Nursing has been active in reviewing its programming and implemented two new programs in Fall, 2016. The BSN to PhD in nursing science track in the existing PhD program was implemented as a career ladder program so nurses could advance their research career without first obtaining a master’s in science degree. We also launched a BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice program (DNP) that prepares post-baccalaureate nurses as nurse practitioners in family practice, gerontology or psychiatric mental health specialty practice. With a focus on population health and leadership, students gain competencies that will allow them to become leaders in practice innovation and policy development that will improve the health of diverse populations. Our faculty is also looking at transformational programs in pre-licensure education that focus on population health, acute and community care, and clinical reasoning that prepare practice ready nurses.

Stay tuned because we will be much more to report in the next newsletter!

Our MISSION is to advance healthcare through education, scholarship, practice, and service by promoting excellence, creativity, inclusivity, and engagement.

Our VISION is outstanding leadership in nursing education, scholarly inquiry, and healthcare innovation to improve regional, national, and global health and healthcare delivery.

Our actions are based on Excellence, Inclusivity and Engagement.


The School of Nursing has worked hard to build its research faculty and funding. Under the direction of Barbara Habermann, we are emerging as a rising center for nursing research. With key research concentrations in aging, community engagement and disparities, and symptom science 75 percent of faculty with active programs of research have external research support.  This includes two National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 grants, the gold standard of external funding. Emily Hauenstein brought in the school’s first ever, multi-site NIH R01 in April to examine multi-level effects on morbidity and mortality in the disabled seriously mentally ill. Ju Young Shin is a co-investigator on that grant study. Maureen Davey began an NIH R01 on July 1 examining the effects of cancer on African American families. Libbey Bowen brings a VA-R01 examining mobility and falls in the elderly to complete in the next year. Regina Wright began funding this spring with an NIHP20 grant looking at cognitive functioning in older adults with cardiovascular risk. Jennifer Saylor’s research program examines the transition to adulthood; its effects on diabetes management and has received both internal and external funding. Several others are preparing NIH grants for submission in the fall. In addition to Maureen Davey and Libbey Bowen as new research faculty, Mari Griffioen joins us as a new investigator examining the transition from acute to chronic pain.


In the STAR Health Sciences Complex, the Nurse Managed Primary Care Center (NMPCC) is playing a prominent role in the providing of primary care in Northern Delaware, and serving as a site for education and research. Director Carolyn Haines, MSN, FNP-C directs five nurse practitioner staff and School of Nursing nurse practitioner faculty, nutritionists and health coaches in providing primary care and chronic disease management to 350 to 400 patients per month. The center boasts telemedicine capabilities so patients with Parkinson’s Disease can obtain management of their illness without traveling out of state. The NMPCC also supports the education of undergraduate and nurse practitioner students and multiple nursing, nutrition and kinesiology research projects.


50th Anniversary of the School of Nursing

Led by Anne DeCaire BSN, Assistant Director Constituent Engagement, the School of Nursing celebrated its 50th Anniversary with key events and projects. The Mary Carl Endowed drsharpLectureship was a signature event. Daryl Sharp, one of our 50 Star Alumni presented “Nursing’s Essential Role in Population Health Management: Implications for Practice and Nursing Education” on September 21st. Dr. Sharp is a nationally recognized psychiatric mental health nurse who serves key roles in the leadership of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the Expert Panel of Psychiatric Nursing in the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Sharp is known for her work in risk reduction for the seriously mentally ill, care coordination, and tobacco cessation. Dean Mary Carl was a beloved dean and professor in the School of Nursing 1966 to 1975; her legacy lives on in this important annual event in the life of the School. Other important events included a lecture in patient safety led by Sorrel King of the Josie King foundation and a seminar in the experience of minority nursing led by Marcella Copes and the RNVision program.

We celebrated with the 4th annual College of Health Sciences Gala during Nurses Week and the 50 Stars event of Alumni Weekend celebration of 50 outstanding alumni and the impact they have had on the health and prosperity of individuals, communities and health systems. 50th anniversary projects were a student led quilt and an interdisciplinary nursing history project. Rounding out our 50th anniversary celebration with a 50th inspired paint night hosted by the Nursing Alumni Network and a Nursing job fair for students and alumni on November 29, 2016 at 5pm held in the Trabant Student Center.

Meghan Elliott 16’ designed and sewed this quilt supported by alumni volunteers commemorating our 50 years.

Meghan Elliott 16’ designed and sewed this quilt supported by alumni volunteers commemorating our 50 years.

Faculty and Students Making Us Proudstt

Beta Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) was awarded a Chapter “Key Award” for its work in engaging members, and philanthropic and service activities. STTI highlights only four out of more than 500 chapters per year and Beta Xi has received this award numerous times.

Carolee Polek, PhD, RN was one of the eight faculty nominated for the UD Excellence in Advisement and Mentoring 2016.

Amy Cowperthwait, MSN, RN, proud faculty, UD Alumna and founder of Simucare took to Washington DC and won first place in technology and innovation at a poster session of the Society of Simulation in Healthcare, then won an oral presentation at the International Meeting of Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) and the business pitch at Hen Hatch.

Senior nursing student Katie Katz 17’ has been named a 2016 David A. Plastino Scholar to support her travel to Rwanda in July 2016.  Katie will be leading efforts on “oral rehydration solutions” for those suffering from diarrhea, the second leading cause of death in your children of Africa.



  • ALUMNI STARS – now accepting nominations of outstanding alumni.  10 Stars a year will be selected and honored spring of 2017. Nominate here.




The Charitable donations over the past 50 years have set a foundation of success. Increased philanthropic support will sustain our goals and to help build a nationally recognized nursing education and research program. 


Emily Hauenstein, Barbara Habermann, Dante LaPenta, Andrew Garda, and Anne DeCaire contributed to the newsletter.