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60 Years of Nursing Excellence

Logo_60Years60HodgesThe UAMS College of Nursing observed its 60th anniversary with a September 6, 2013 dinner which honored nursing professionals in three areas:  Distinguished Alumni, Esteemed Alumni, and Honorary Alumni.   College of Nursing Dean Lorraine Frazier welcomed 174 guests to the dinner, held at the Junior League of Little Rock’s Women’s City Club.  Among the UAMS officials in attendance were Chancellor Dan Rahn, Provost Jeanne Heard and Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement Lance Burchett. Also attending were former College of Nursing deans Claudia Barone and Linda Hodges.

The dinner ended with a presentation by Dean Frazier of a commissioned portrait of Dr. Linda Hodges, in salute of the Dr. Linda Hodges Endowed Dean’s Chair.  The portrait will hang in the entrance to the College of Nursing to inspire the establishment of additional endowed chairs in the College.  The dinner was emceed by Alice Stewart, a national journalist and Fox News contributor.  Alice donated her services in memory of her mother who was a registered nurse in Atlanta.

Seven Distinguished Alumni, the highest award to be bestowed upon a College of Nursing graduate, were named. They were:

Darlene Byrd, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP
Maxine Cannon, BSN, RN
Susan Temple-Erickson, MNSc, RN, BC-NA, CHCR
Mary Helen Forrest, MNSc, RN, NEA-BC
Angela Green, PhD, RN, ANP, NNP-BC
Alice S. Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN
Cyndy Simonson, MS, ANP-BC, AOCN

Seven Esteemed Alumni were honored. They were:

Beth Freyaldenhoven Crowder, PhD, APN, LNC<
Laura Evans, PhD, APN, WHNP-BC
Michael Janusz, BSN, RN
Tammy Jones, PhD, RN
Sara Rhoads Kinder, PhD, DNP, APN
Anita Mitchell, PhD, APN, FNP-C
Cornelia M. Pearson, MN

Eight Honorary Alumni were saluted.

Claudia Barone, EdD, APN, RN, LNC, CPC, CCNS-BS
Mary Lou Bond, PhD, RN
Ann Coleman, PhD, RN, RNP, AOCN
Nicholas Lang, MD
Helen F. Lang, RN
Cheryl Schmidt, PhD, RC, CNE, ANEF
Richard Smith, MN, BSN, RN
Ralph Vogel, PhD, APN, RN, CPNP

Distinguished Alumni


Darlene Byrd, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP

Maxine Cannon, BSN, RN

Susan Temple-Erickson, MNSc, RN, BC-NA, CHCR

Mary Helen Forrest, MNSc, RN, NEA-BC

Angela Green, PhD, RN, ANP, NNP-BC

Alice S. Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN

Cyndy Simonson, MS, ANP-BC, AOCN

Esteemed Alumni


Beth Freyaldenhoven Crowder, PhD, APN, LNC

Michael Janusz, BSN, RN

Tammy Jones, PhD, RN

Sara Rhoads Kinder, PhD, DNP, APN

Anita Mitchell, PhD, APN, FNP-C

Cornelia M. Pearson, MN

Honorary Alumni


Claudia Barone, EdD, APN, RN, LNC, CPC, CCNS-BS

Mary Lou Bond, PhD, RN

Ann Coleman, PhD, RN, RNP, AOCN

Nicholas Lang, MD and Helen F. Lang, RN

Cheryl Schmidt, PhD, RC, CNE, ANEF

Richard Smith, MN, BSN, RN

Ralph Vogel, PhD, APN, RN, CPNP