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Spring Alumni Weekend

March 29, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - March 31, 2019 @ 2:30 pm

Here’s to another year and another Spring Alumni Weekend! As is typical for the end of March, we may still see some snow and cooler temps. Luckily, Happy Valley is always Happy Valley and we welcome you back with open arms! This year we will celebrate the following class years: 2009 (10 years), 1994 (25 years), 1989 (30 years), and 1979 (40 years). Those attending from these graduating years will be acknowledged during the educational session on Saturday, March 30.



Friday, March 29, 2019

2:30–3:30 p.m. – Meet the Researchers
Learn about the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing initiatives to advance nursing science and improve health care outcomes.

Hear from the following research faculty:
Shari Hrabovsky, DEd, MSN, FNP-BC
Britney Wardecker, PhD
Jocelyn Anderson, PhD, RN, FNE-A, SANE-A, CNRN
Diane Berish, PhD
Location: Nursing Sciences Building, Atrium (second floor) 

4:00–6:00 p.m. – Jean Vallance Lecture in Nursing Innovation*
Speaker: Dr. Christa Martin, PhD, FACMG, DABMGG
Associate Chief Scientific Officer, Geisinger
Professor and Director, Autism amd Developmental Medicine Institute
Dr. Martin is a distinguished human geneticist who leads the new Clinical Population Sequencing program at Geisinger.
Location: Ruth Pike Auditorium, 22 Biobehavioral Health Building

6:30–8:30 p.m. – Networking Dinner (pay on your own)
Join fellow alumni and friends for good food and conversation at Mad Mex! Please preregister for this! Located at 240 S. Pugh Street, State College. This is the restaurant attached to the Days Inn.

Saturday, March 30

7:30–8:15 a.m. – Mindful Movement
This session will incorporate gentle stretching, present-moment awareness, and calming music for a relaxed start to your day.
Instructor: Kathy Maxwell ’92, DEd, CHES
Location: Days Inn, 240 S. Pugh Street, State College (Willow Room) 

8:30–10:00 a.m. – It’s not a HIPAA violation if no one knows about it*
Breakfast panel presentation on HIPAA laws and ethics for nurses in a smartphone- and technology-driven world. How are you impacted? What do you need to be more cognizant of in these changing times? Suitable for nurses and students.

  • Megan Verbos ’08, RN, BSN, Esq.
  • Sherry DelGrosso ’92, RN, BSN
  • Peggy Shipley ’81, PhD, MEd, RN
  • Location: Days Inn, 240 S. Pugh Street, State College (Linden/Grove Room)

1:30–3:00 p.m. – Scholarship and Awards Luncheon
Location: The Nittany Lion Inn (Boardroom)
By Invitation Only

3:30–4:30 p.m. – Student Event: First Year on the Job
Panel presentation for nursing students to hear from Penn State nursing alumni about what to expect their first year on the job.
Location: The Nittany Lion Inn (Boardroom)

Sunday, March 31

10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. – CGNE (Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence) Alumni and Friends Spring Brunch* (include link to website location for this if available)
Speaker: Margaret Calkins, PhD, CAPS, EDAC
Location: The Nittany Lion Inn (Boardroom)

*CNE contact hours pending approval. Be sure to include your RN # on the registration form to be sure that you receive them after the event.

Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Presenters, organizers, and content specialists have indicated no conflict of interest. Participants with a valid RN license who attend the entire session will be awarded contact hours of continuing nursing education; partial contact hours are not awarded.


Room blocks are available at the Days Inn Penn State in State College and the Wyndham Garden in Boalsburg. Contact each hotel directly to reserve your accommodations.

Days Inn Penn State
240 S. Pugh St.
State College, PA 16801
814-238-8454 or click here
Group code: 032819PSU
$139 per night plus taxes
Registration Deadline: 2-28-19

Wyndham Garden
310 Elks Club Rd.
Boalsburg, PA 16827
814-466-2255 (identify block of rooms by stating Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing Alumni Weekend)
Group code: 032819PSU
$99 per night plus taxes
Registration Deadline: 2-28-19

There are several blocks of free time throughout the weekend. Those staying on for the luncheon on Sunday have some free time to explore State College or visit campus. Take a picture at the Nittany Lion Shrine, visit the Arboretum, browse exhibits at the Palmer Museum of Art, or shop at the bookstore or downtown!

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March 29, 2019 @ 2:30 pm
March 31, 2019 @ 2:30 pm
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