Western Carolina University’s School of Nursing will celebrate the completion of its first 50 years with an on-campus event Friday, May 1.
“We are inviting alumni from the past five decades back to campus to celebrate with us,” said Sharon Metcalfe, associate professor and interim director of WCU’s School of Nursing. “This will be an opportunity to meet and reconnect, share memories and help us look to the future of WCU’s School of Nursing.”
The event will take place in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center, beginning at 6 p.m. Guest speaker for the evening will be Ernest J. Grant, president of the American Nurses Association, the nation’s largest nurses’ organization. Grant has more than 30 years of nursing experience and is an internationally recognized burn care and fire safety expert. He also serves as adjunct faculty for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, where he works with undergraduate and graduate nursing students in the classroom and clinical settings.
President George W. Bush presented Grant with a Nurse of the Year Award in 2002 for his work treating burn victims from the World Trade Center. In 2013, Grant received the lifetime achievement award from the North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Education Council.
The event will include music and mingling before the guest speaker remarks, and a cake-cutting and reception following.