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In the largest fund-raising effort ever undertaken in Georgia, Campaign Emory raised more than $1.69 billion university-wide.

When the campaign ended last year, the School of Nursing also had set a record, with more than 3,000 individuals, corporations, and foundations contributing a total of $27.5 million for student scholarships, faculty research, service-learning projects, and academic programming.

“We are grateful to our donors,” says Dean Linda McCauley. “Because of their support, we are advancing our mission to educate nurse leaders and scholars, generate knowledge, and improve health and health care—all in service to the global community.”

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Volunteer Chairs: Beverly Allen 68C and J. David Allen 67C 70D 75DR

Number of donors: More than 3,000 individuals, corporations, and foundations

Total raised: $27.5 million.

FACT: In 2012, Emory nursing students logged 17,000-plus service-learning hours locally, nationally, and globally.

The MyEmory Connection

Sally Lehr 65N 76MN PhD APRN-BC FAACS, clinical associate professor, served as health sciences co-chair of MyEmory, the employee and retiree component of Campaign Emory. Joyce King 95PhD RN CNM, clinical professor, chaired MyEmory at the School of Nursing, where 70% of faculty and staff participated in the campaign. They joined with university colleagues to raise $108 million for Campaign Emory.

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Changing the World

The Fuld Fellowship Program covers tuition for second-career nursing students like Christina Cummings 13N 15MN.

After earning her college degree, Cummings worked to alleviate family poverty in Central America and Seattle, Washington. In doing so, she discovered the connection between nutrition, health, and primary and preventive care. Cummings plans to use her voice as a family nurse practitioner to help shape low-cost, quality health care for all families. Her fellowship is funded by a gift from the Helene Fuld Health Trust for nurses wishing to serve vulnerable populations.

FACT: More than 50% of students choose to enroll at the School of Nursing because of its commitment to service. Among BSN students, 47% are second-career students.

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Caring for Vulnerable Populations

Each June, Emory nursing students travel to Moultrie, Georgia, to provide health care services to seasonal farm workers and their families.

By collaborating with the Ellenton Clinic in Colquitt County, the Farm Worker Family Health Program treats nearly 1,000 people each year.

Since the program began in 2002, students and faculty have treated more than 8,000 adults and children. The program is supported through private funding, including a $50,000 gift from the Stahl Family Foundation and alumna Lynn Heilbrun Stahl 76C during Campaign Emory.

Emory nursing students also take part in service-learning projects in Atlanta, West Virginia, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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A Healthy Start for Mothers and Babies

Mothers and babies in rural Ethiopia have a greater chance of survival because of a project led by the School of Nursing.

The Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia Partnership takes a community approach to strengthening health services from birth to 48 hours after delivery when mothers and newborns are most vulnerable.

These efforts are supported with more than $12 million in grants, including $8.1 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and $4.5 million from the Micronutrient Initiative. Lynn Sibley PhD RN FAAN FACNM leads the project in collaboration with Emory nursing students and health partners in the United States and Ethiopia.

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Dream Come True

Andrew Koroma 12N (above) first heard about Emory as a high school student in Africa.

He came to the United States in search of education and a better life. He worked nights at a gas station and eventually became a surgical technologist, which exposed him to all of the career opportunities that the health field had to offer. Koroma eventually enrolled at the School of Nursing, aided by scholarships funded with gifts to Campaign Emory and the advice of his mentor, J. David Allen 67C 70D 75DR, Campaign Emory co-chair for the school. Koroma now works in the neuro ICU at Emory University Hospital.

Says Koroma, “I hope to have a successful career as a nurse and give back to the Emory community the way that so many helped me.”

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Gaining Research Expertise

When researching health interventions for rural populations in Southeast Georgia, assistant nursing professor Tami Thomas PhD CPNP RNC FAANP (above) was on the road many mornings by 5:30, undergraduate student research assistants in tow.

Sam Snell 13N (above) and Amy Blumling 09OX 12N spent hours interviewing community members and performing any other tasks that Thomas assigned.

“I could have hired a research assistant, but I chose to work with undergraduate students in the honors research program and put them on these grants because they are the future of nursing,” says Thomas, whose work was funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has published a number of papers based on her research into disseminating information on health care innovations to rural populations experiencing health disparities.

“Dr. Thomas readily sought out the thoughts and perspectives of her student research assistants, and I felt like a genuine partner in her research team—contributing to the course of our projects and collaboration,” says Snell, a Dean’s Leadership Scholar.—Maria Lameiras

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Looking to the Future

A growing number of alumni and friends are supporting the priorities and projects that mean the most to them through planned giving.

Susan Smith 70MN PhD made a planned gift to create a scholarship named for retired faculty member Barbara Reich MN RN, who influenced her life and career.

“Because of her, I continued my education and received a PhD in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin in order to teach at both the graduate and undergraduate level,” says Smith. “I taught for more than 30 years and taught all subjects, but my favorite subject to teach was pathophysiology because of the interest Barbara sparked in me during my time at Emory.”

Today Smith works as a family nurse practitioner in the emergency department at Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque. “Barbara has been my inspiration all the way through my career,” she says. “I still have my original notebooks from her class and have referred to them over the years.”


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