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College of Nursing hosting second annual Alumni Weekend

The USC College of Nursing is hosting its second annual Alumni Weekend Oct. 27-28, 2017. There are two days’ worth of events planned for alumni and friends of the college as well as those in the health care community. More information on each event planned for Alumni Weekend, as well as online registration, can be found by clicking here.

Friday, Oct. 27

Voices of Nurse Leaders: Impacting our Future

The Voices of Nurse Leaders: Impacting our Future event will take place from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Dr. Roy Simpson, an assistant dean of technology management and professor at the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, will lead the keynote address. A panel featuring nurse leaders from across the state of South Carolina will follow, discussing the challenges in health care today. Panelists include Tina Jury, AnMed Health; Jerry Mansfield, MUSC Health; Pennie Peralta, Roper St. Francis; Carolyn Swinton, Palmetto Health; and Michelle Taylor-Smith, Greenville Health System. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Ronda Hughes of the Center for Nursing Leadership.

This event is part of the annual Viana McCown Lectureship, funded in part by an endowment given by Ms. Viana McCown, who established the nursing program at USC in 1944 and was its first director.

Registration is $25 per person and includes a light breakfast buffet and all event materials. 2.6 contact hours will be awarded upon successful completion of the program. Groups of 10 or more are eligible for a 10% discount. For more information on group registration, contact Annie Lambert at 803-777-3752.

Alumni Oyster Roast

The Alumni Oyster roast will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on the patio of the College of Nursing – just meet us at the dome! This will be a family-friendly event with food, beverages and music. Not a fan of oysters? Don’t worry – we’ll have a full and varied menu with food for any appetite.

We’ll be recognizing the 2017 Alumni Award recipients at the event. Dr. Martha Tingen, ’79, ’94, ’95, is the recipient of the Outstanding Nurse Alumna Award. She is a tenured professor at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University. The Outstanding Young Nurse Alumnus Award will be presented to Blake Frazier, ’12, who is a staff RN/ECMO specialist in the Adult/Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery/Transplant ICU at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. 

Saturday, Oct. 28

Alumni Tailgate at Cockaboose #11

On Saturday, the Carolina Gamecocks will take on Vanderbilt in the Homecoming football game. You’re invited to drop by Cockaboose #11 to visit with alumni, friends and faculty of the College of Nursing. The Cockaboose will open two hours before kickoff, which is TBD.

This event is free, but space is limited, so please register online if you plan to drop by. Tickets to the game are not included.

Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at 803-777-3752 or by email at

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