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A Message from the Dean

Laurie BadzekDear alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends,

I am proud to share that we’ve successfully graduated another class of eager and enthusiastic nurses! Wendy Edgar delivered an inspiring speech that I know resonated well with our graduates. The Penn State pride was tangible during our commencement ceremonies, my first Penn State commencement was without a doubt an experience I’ll never forget.

Our fantastic alumni and students were also recognized at our annual Scholarship and Awards Luncheon in early spring. My sincerest congratulations and appreciation to Teresa Shellenberger and Jennifer Sprankle as they received awards reflecting their dedication to our college and the nursing profession. Our alumni serve in several capacities, each contributing in their own way with their own strengths. I thank you for being integral pillars of support for the College of Nursing and Penn State.

Finally, I’m happy to share the college has launched a monthly digital newsletter. Penn State College of Nursing Headlines is delivered directly to your inbox the last week of every month. I invite you to subscribe and stay up to date with newsworthy happenings in the college. Our latest edition is linked here and you can subscribe through the form linked here.

I hope you enjoyed We Are Weekend and will have opportunities to rest and recharge over the summer months.

Be well,


Laurie Badzek, LLM, JD, MS, RN, FNAP, FAAN
Dean and Professor
Penn State College of Nursing