Nursing Alumni Share Recollections and Display Memborabilia

06/02/00    Portland, Ore.


The OHSU School of Nursing Alumni Weekend 2000


Saturday, June 3, 11 a.m.


OHSU School of Nursing, first floor, room 144

Oregon Health Sciences University School of Nursing graduates from the 1930s, '40s and '50s will gather this Saturday, June 3 to speak about their experiences in nursing throughout the changing eras. The School of Nursing Alumni Weekend 2000 will include a display of vintage uniforms, pins and ceremonial caps as well as an awards ceremony.

Stories will be swapped about the "Quints," the sole five members of the class of 1943 who graduated a year early to join the army in World War II and about the members of the class of 1962 who, unbeknownst to their house mother, made a duplicate key to thwart the school's mandatory 9:30 p.m. curfew. Learn about the grueling conditions of the '30s, how the wars changed the role of women in the workplace and much more.

"The time was one of expectation; the future had so many perimeters that it was absolutely dazzling. There was no end to what one could do after achieving the ultimate goal of becoming a registered nurse. We were eager and strong - ready to tackle almost any task put before us," said Harriett A. LeCours, R.N., class of 1942.

Professor Emeritus Barbara Gaines, R.N., Ed.D., who has chronicled many of these memories and events in a history book about the OHSU School of Nursing, and Mary A. McFarland, R.N., Ed.D., will both be awarded the title of Honorary Alumnus during a brief ceremony. Presenting the award will be longtime friend and faculty member Joyce Colling, R.N., Ed.D., class of 1962.

The OHSU School of Nursing proudly awarded its first bachelor's degree in 1929. Today, in the year 2000, 309 students will receive bachelor's, master's, and doctoral nursing degrees.