On a cold April morning, about 400 Aurora (Ill.) University students and employees, including Katy Meier of Aurora, a junior majoring in nursing, kicked off their shoes to learn something about poverty during “A Day Without Shoes.”
Kris Johnson, a fellow at AUs Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action and a student leadership instructor, led the event. “A Day Without Shoes,” Johnson said in a news release, was designed to increase awareness of global poverty through experiential activities and to encourage donations of shoes. She called the effort a simple yet powerful way to engage and educate the university community.
In addition to walking the campus barefoot, university students and employees spent the afternoon at the faith-based organization Feed My Starving Children. There they packaged more than 13,000 dry meals — enough to feed 35 children for a year. Students and faculty also collected 1,485 pairs of shoes in the inaugural event to benefit students at the Bardwell and Brady elementary schools in Aurora, Hesed House homeless shelter in Aurora, and Soles4Souls and Crossover Running, both also in Aurora. The event concluded with a dinner of a small serving of rice and water.Courtney Lyder, RN, stands with Saint Xavier University School of Nursing Dean Gloria Jacobson, RN, at the universitys 2012 spring commencement.
Saint Xavier University, Chicago: Saint Xavier University celebrated its 2012 spring commencement May 13 at the universitys Chicago campus with more than 800 undergraduate and graduate students receiving diplomas. Founder and executive director of Mercy Beyond Borders, Sr. Marilyn Lacey, RSM, gave the undergraduate commencement speech, and UCLA School of Nursing, Medicine and Public Health Dean Courtney H. Lyder, RN, ND, GNP, FAAN, gave the graduate commencement speech. Both speakers received honorary degrees.
Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing: Two Loyola University Chicago Marcella School of Nursing faculty members, Pamela Andresen, RN, PhD, and Ida Androwich, RN-BC, PhD, FAAN, have earned recognition in their areas of expertise. Andresen, an associate professor of health promotion nursing, was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research for her efforts to advance the teaching of prevention, population health and public health. The APTR singled out Andresens case study, which she developed through the Healthy People Curriculum Task Force Successful Practices Project. Her work, “Case Study of the Loyola University Nursing Center,” examines the curriculum at the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing in conjunction with undergraduate nursing students experiences at the schools community-based, faculty-managed nursing center. Androwich was appointed a fellow to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society for her service, experience, publications and presentations. Androwich is a professor of nursing and business and the director of Health Systems Management at Loyola. She also was invited by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, to become an inaugural member of the Advisory Committee for the development and enhancement of the Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library.
Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago: A group of graduate nursing students at Rush, led by Cathy Catrambone, RN, PhD, met with Illinois state representatives and senators April 18 to discuss important lung health policies and gather support for related pieces of legislation. They joined more than 50 volunteer advocates who traveled to Springfield, Ill., with the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago during its State Advocacy Day.