“Thankful for …”

Dean of the UT Austin School of Nursing

Dean Alexa Stuifbergen

For some of us, the holiday season is a traditional time to reflect on our blessings. I count my role as dean of the UT Austin School of Nursing among mine. In thinking about all of the many things to be thankful for, I’d like to share a few with you.

I am grateful for our students. They continually amaze me with their dedication, curiosity and drive to excel. I am thankful that they represent the School so well across the state, the nation and the world. Students such as Clay Clark and Brittany Castaneda, both in our BSN program, who have been selected as inaugural participants in the Longhorn Center for Civic Engagement – City Hall Fellows program.

I am grateful for our faculty. The teaching and research team assembled at the School of Nursing is professional, committed to excellence and truly cares about our students. Their awards and accolades are too numerous to mention! I encourage you to visit here to learn more about their incredible achievements.

I am grateful for our staff. They serve our students, keep things running smoothly, and take care of the many details related to the “business” and “operations” of running a top-notch academic unit. Whether it’s a friendly greeting provided by front desk guard Jimmy Eaddy or librarian Mandy Deen lending assistance to a student in our Learning Center, I know all of our staff have the best interest of our students at heart and a true desire to help them succeed — no matter the role each may play in the overall success of the School.

I am grateful for our donors. They support us consistently and generously. When we share a need, they respond. In difficult economic times, our donors have shared their resources with us to create graduate fellowships, a new student travel fund, and provide us with gifts, which enable us to deliver a high-quality education to our students.

I am grateful for our alumni who represent us, advocate for us and make us proud. They serve in varied roles from clinical educators to directors of major government agencies. They provide care overseas in military hospitals, in rural community clinics and in elementary schools. They teach future generations of nurses and create innovative interventions to make life better for patients.

I am thankful for … a lot!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from the School of Nursing!

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