Alumni News and Events
2018 Health Care Heroes
Annual Homecoming Champagne Brunch
Saturday, October 6, 2018
10:00am to 12:0 pm
Libermann Hall, First Floor
Reminisce with friends and hear school updates. Guest speaker, Christine Mabon, will talk about friendships that enrich our lives. We especially welcome the 50th Reunion Class of 1968!
Following Brunch, alumni are invited to enjoy other weekend events including:
• Autumnfest, KidsZone, and Rally to Rooney Parade
• Veterans Memorial
• Homecoming Football Game
• A "Stroll" Through Pittsburgh with Dueling Pianos & Pittsburgh Cuisine
To register and to see the complete Homecoming weekend schedule, visit duq.edu/homecoming or call 412.396.6209.
Shuttle Service: For Alumni with physical disabilities or mobility issues, there will be 3 CRV's (white, dark blue & grey) that will run from 9:30am to 10:30am from Forbes Garage (across from Power Center) to Libermann Hall. There will be shuttle signage on the CRVs and a sign at the pick up site at the Forbes Garage. Alumni will be returned to the Forbes Garage by the shuttle service.
If you have a handicapped placard, there is parking right in front of Libermann Hall.
President of the Order of Nurses in Lebanon
Congratulations to PhD alumna, Dr. Myrna Abi Abdallah-Doumit who was recently elected President of the Order of Nurses in Lebanon (similar to the ANA in the US). The nurses in Lebanon have only one mandatory order called "Order of Nurses in Lebanon." The headquarters is in the capital city of Beirut. The Order gathers all nurses with a degree, and has the right to exercise the nursing profession by an authorization granted by the Ministry of Public Health.
Hall of Fame
Congratulations to alumna Ella Walsh, BSN (2016) on being one of five inducted into The Carson Scholars Fund Hall of Fame! Individuals are chosen whose lives and careers are an integral part of the Carson Scholar history. These alumni represent CSF's mission and they demonstrate success and excellence in the workforce, have excelled academically and have made significant contributions in their communities.individuals whose lIt honors outstanding Carson Scholar alumni who represent CSF's mission - those who have demonstrated success and excellence in the workforce, who have excelled academically and have made significant contributions in their communities.
Ella, a neonatal intensive care nurse at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, is passionate about helping those around her. As a community research assistant, she worked on a research project to better understand the causes of health disparities that young women face in regards to maternal and neonatal health. Ella is most proud of graduating as valedictorian of her nursing class at Duquesne while working as a community research assistant and two part-time jobs. Her story has come full circle: born with a fatal infection, she spent the first days of her life as a patient at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Ella is honored to share her career of saving the lives of neonates with the same team that saved hers.
Due to her compassionate and nurturing personality, Ella says that her spirit animal would be an elephant.
Alumna Receives Award
Sister Louise Grundish, S.C., archivist for the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill Archives in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, is the 2018 recipient of the Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA) in conjunction with the Society of Southwest Archivists. The award will be presented at a ceremony during the Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists, National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators, and SAA in Washington, DC, August 12-18. The award honors an archivist who has made a significant contribution to the field of religious archives.
A longtime nurse, Grundish entered the field of archives at the age of 71 because of her love of history, genealogy, and respect for the historical impact of the Sisters of Charity. In 2004, she began her first two years as an intern and assistant archivist for the archives. A natural storyteller and historian, she assumed full-time archivist responsibilities in 2006 and still works daily preserving the heritage and missions of her congregation. During her tenure, she has created several small exhibits and was a major participant in the Slippery Rock History Project: Sisters in Health Care in Western Pennsylvania, an exhibit later donated to the Senator John Heinz History Center in 2010.
Grundish has served as president of the Archivists of Congregations of Women Religious (ACWR) and volunteered as the editor of the ACWR newsletter. She's an active member of SAA, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, the US Catholic Historical Society, the Catholic Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, and the Westmoreland County Historical Society. In addition, she was influential in forming the Charity Federation Archives, providing leadership for one year as its liaison.
One supporter wrote, "I can't think of a person who is more collegial, supportive, and dedicated not only to religious archives, but also to other archivists."
Created in 1974, the award is funded by the Society of Southwest Archivists and honors Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., a Dominican nun who was the first professionally trained archivist at the Catholic Archives of Texas in Austin. Past recipients include Wesley W. Wilson (coordinator of archives and special collections at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana) and Denise "Dee" Gallo (provincial archivist of the Daughters of Charity in Emmitsburg, Maryland).
Grant Awarded for Breast Cancer Reseaqrch
Alumna, Tarsha Jones, RN, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing recently received a $182,812 diversity supplement grant from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), http://ow.ly/pFZl30jcED6
Alumna Published Book
Congratulations to Dr. Joyce (Chmil) Victor, 2014 PhD alumna, on her book "Your're Not Dead 'til I Say You're Dead: A Nurse's Reflections on Death, Dying, and the Near-Death Experience." Dr. Victor works at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
Alumna Reunites with Patient after 33 Years
Mary Canny (N'72) worked in the field of oncology until she retired in 2015. Recently, a patient that she treated in 1984 as a teenage was selling jewelry to a stranger, whom Mary knew. Details were exchanged and a reunion was set up. View the video of their reunion
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