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Scholar Donor Recognition

Dean Jeannette Andrews and the Office of Development at the College of Nursing thank all donors for their generosity. We are honored to present  the 2022 Donor Awards to three passionate donors. 

Sue Heiney, 79 BSN, ‘81 MN, ‘88 Ph.D.

Dr. Sue Heiney retired in May after practicing for 50 years; about 40 of those years were spent caring for patients with cancer and their families, both children and adults, and conducting research on their behalf. Currently, she is the Dunn-Shealy Professor Emerita of Nursing. Parallel to her work, she has volunteered extensively for professional nursing organizations, including serving as president of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses and treasurer for the South Carolina Nurses Association.

She volunteered for research activities in the Oncology Nursing Society. Notably, she presented the ONS Mara Mogensen Flaherty Memorial Lectureship Award for speaking and writing on The Healing Power of Story. She volunteered for the American Cancer Society and served as the first nurse to chair the SC Board of Directors.

She co-authored the ACS book Cancer in Our Family. Locally, after leaving PRISMA Health, Dr. Heiney continued to volunteer for Good Grieving, a program she founded while working at PRISMA. In her retirement, Dr. Heiney is still committed to giving back to her profession by mentoring students and faculty.

Patricia Boike, ‘69 BSN, MBA

After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 1969 with a BSN degree, Pat obtained an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1993, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She spent 40-years working as an RN in areas including adult medical-surgical and cardiology and management with Novant Health.

The latter half of her career was spent as a clinical risk manager at Carolinas HealthCare (now Atrium), from which she eventually retired in 2014. She was among the first in her department to earn the risk management certification, Certified Professional Risk Manager (CPHRM).

Pat has had a strong calling to give back to her community over her lifetime. She has volunteered in many different areas, including PTA school activities, teaching adult and children’s religious programs, multiple officer positions in a non-profit learning disability organization, a regular Red Cross blood donor, and served as a deacon and on numerous committees in her church.

Pat credits her alma mater with having led her to have a wonderful career. Recognizing the need for student financial assistance in the College of Nursing, she established the Patrician Endowed Scholarship as a way of giving back, helping other aspiring nurses achieve their dreams.

Marlene Mackey, BSN, MN, Ph.D.

Dr. Marlene Mackey earned her nursing diploma in 1960 from the Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital School of Nursing. She continued her education to receive her BSN in 1964 and worked at the Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, where she specialized in labor and delivery. After traveling and working abroad for a few years, Marlene returned to the U.S and enrolled in the Master’s degree program at the University of Pittsburgh. Upon receiving her Master’s degree, she then pursued a Ph.D. in Nursing Sciences at the University of Illinois, where her studies focused on premature labor. In 1984, she accepted a teaching position at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing, where she taught until she retired in 2006.

While at the University of South Carolina, Marlene traveled abroad once again when she participated in two separate exchange programs, one at Shanxi University in Taiyuan, China, to study childbirth and Columbia, South America, to study pregnancy. Marlene has received many honors and awards throughout her career, including an Official Commendation from the United States Department of the Army for Outstanding Performance as a Clinical Nurse, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award from the UofSC College of Nursing, and numerous awards for her research. She was also named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 1995.

In honor of the scholarships and other opportunities she was given to help achieve her remarkable career, Marlene, along with her sister Alberta and brother Gregory, established The Mackey-Wanska Finnish Family Women’s Health Fellowship at the University of South Carolina. Marlene currently resides in Cypress Cove, FL.

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