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Alumni Spotlight

Jeanne Gallman Felder, '76 ADN '88 BSN
Performance Improvement Liaison, SC Department of Mental Health
Adjunct Professor, Allied Health Sciences, Midlands Technical College

Jeanne Felder

Tell us a little bit about you.
I am from a small town in South Carolina. What most people don’t know about me is that I took piano lessons from age 5 to age 19 and performed in many recitals during that time. My plan was to become a concert pianist. While pursuing a career in nursing, I continued with lessons and performances from time to time. I’ve had an extraordinary career in nursing while practicing in medical surgical units, operating rooms, community health agencies, school health, psychiatric facilities and as an adjunct professor.

Why did you choose nursing, and why USC?
I was inspired by my mother who went to nursing school at age 45. She attended USC- Spartanburg (now USC-Upstate) and received an associate degree in nursing. As a registered nurse, it was my mother’s loyalty to the University of South Carolina that influenced my decision to attend the USC College of Nursing in Columbia.

Describe your greatest professional moment.
My greatest professional moment was when I received the 2018 Legacy of Caring Award from the USC College of Nursing. It was a surreal moment that validated my purpose as a leader, philanthropist, and advocate of the nursing profession.

During Give4Garnet, you were an ambassador of and donor to the college’s campaign. What pushed you to participate and spread the word about Give4Garnet?
As an ambassador, I saw this as a tremendous opportunity to be a part of a campaign that would have a lasting impact on the University and the College of Nursing’s future. It was a chance to reach out to other alumni, to connect and share the influence the College of Nursing has in this state and in the nation.

As a donor, I’ve always believed that “to whom much is given, much is required”. It is the ultimate opportunity to leave a legacy and to make an investment in the College of Nursing (CON). 

You are a member of the college’s new Alumni Council. What drew you to the council, and what do you hope to see this great group of alumni accomplish?
I was drawn to the Alumni Council because of the destiny and purpose on my life. The Council is made up of a great group of alumni who will work together to sustain the relationship between alumni and the CON. I will serve on the Outreach Committee to promote on and off-campus engagement. We will reach out to alumni across the country to encourage support of the CON both financially and through volunteer activities.

When you aren’t at work, where can you be found?
When not at work, I can be found at the gym or at a salon for a little pampering! 

What is the best piece of advice you would give to a new nursing graduate?
I would advise a new nursing graduate to select an employer that will allow him/her to participate in a mentoring program that will ensure a comprehensive orientation to the new job.