Alumni Association President's Message
Welcome! I am excited to serve as the President of DUSON Alumni Association. In these uncertain times, it's reassuring to know that our alma mater continues to be strong and provide the excellent education that allows us to be proud practitioners and that prepares our current students to be well prepared for their nursing careers. Because of Duquesne's mission, we are academically prepared to pursue our career paths and meet our daily challenges both morally and ethically. A special thanks to our Dean, Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow, for having the vision to prepare our students to succeed, our enrollment to grow, and to provide the educational opportunities necessary to meet the global needs of today.
As graduates of DU, you are our best ambassadors. Your actions demonstrate our pride in Duquesne, through your professional career path and your willingness to serve. With over 6,000 DUSON alums from our undergraduate and graduate programs, you have quite a presence. Most recently our alumni have provided excellent health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. They selflessly responded to a unique need in the way Duquesne would expect. As alumni, your voice will be heard, and your concerns shared. Please let us know your accomplishments as well so we can acknowledge them on our home page.
Your Alumni Association Board is actively supporting the SON. We are proud to participate in, financially support, and promote various activities. The following are a sample of what the Alumni Association supports:
- The Annual Homecoming Brunch honoring reunion classes each October.
- The endowed DUSON Alumni Association scholarship.
- The annual Duquesne Day of Giving.
- The DUSON Learning and Simulation Center, by purchasing requested and needed equipment.
- The students, by providing nutritional snacks for students during finals and testing periods.
- A community service project benefiting a Pittsburgh organization.
- Student organizations: Alpha Tau Delta, Chi Eta Phi and Duquesne University Student Nurses Association (DUSNA).
- The annual White Coat Ceremony, honoring the beginning of clinical experiences of our nursing students.
- The DUSON Alumni Awards, recognizing three deserving nursing students.
- Partnership with PA State Nurses Association (PSNA).
Your Voice and Actions Matter:
- Join your DUSON Alumni Association for only $40.00 per year. Please see online application form.
- Attend DU Alumni events. Participate in your class reunions.
- Give back to DU. Donate to our DUSON Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship.
- Become a mentor or preceptor to nursing students.
What DU Alumni Association Can Do for You:
- Offer discounts to attend DUSON McGinley-Rice Symposium.
- Provide career and networking opportunities with nursing leaders in our dynamic local medical health centers, DU academia and various professional organizations and associations.
- Promote job openings and internships through our DU Career Services at firstname.lastname@example.org and DuqCareerLink.
- Offer access for lifelong learning experiences.
- Keep you updated on SON educational programs, as well as faculty and student activities.
- Promote personal and professional relationships by connecting with Alumni members.
- Update professional standards and performance excellence through current nursing research and continuing education organizations.
- Update your contact information with your current email and mailing address.
- Stay in touch through Facebook and Instagram.
- Share your stories and your ideas to improve our Alumni Association.
Join the Alumni Association and Promote the Spirit of Duquesne!
Eileen Crossey, MSEd., BSN, 1972
President, DUSON Alumni
About Eileen Crossey
I graduated in 1972. My first job was at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. After Mike and I got married, we moved to Albany, New York, where I worked for the Visiting Nurse Association. When we returned to Pittsburgh, I worked for Allegheny County Health Department. After I had Meghan and Michael, I started working part time at Duquesne University in the Student Health Service. I then became the Health Educator and worked full time. I have stayed connected to Duquesne all my life. I look forward to serving at the President of the School of Nursing Alumni Association.