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Nursing Alumni Digest - Summer Edition 2017

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HOLD THE DATE | Alumni Association Awards and Scholarship Gala

Alumni! Following our most successful Awards and Scholarship Gala which featured over 180 registrants and $7,500 raised in scholarship funds, we are proud to announce the 2017 Awards Ceremony.

2017 Annual Alumni Awards and Scholarship Gala 

November 9, 2017  | 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm 

The Primavera Regency, Stirling, NJ  

Call for Nominations: Nominate a fellow Rutgers Nursing Alumni - Applications for 2017 - 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award and Rising Star Award are available:

Nomination Deadline is September 20, 2017

2017 RSONAA Annual Meeting Brunch 

RSONAA Annual Meeting was held at Spring Brook Country Club in Morristown, NJ to discuss highlights of 2016-2017 and featured updates from Dean William Hozlemer. The 2016 Recipient of the President’s Award Dr. Susan Hassmiller (featured in title image) received her award in person and served as the key note speaker on “Leaders and Mentors.”

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New officers and committee chairpersons were voted in at the RSONAA Annual Meeting Brunch held at Spring Brook Country Club in Morristown, NJ

Meet Your 2017 - 2019 Board and Committee Chairpersons!

President: Mary Anne Marra (top left)

Vice-President: Shanda Johnson (top middle)

Treasurer: Gale Gage (top right)

Secretary: Amita Avadhani middle left)

Chairperson, Student/New Graduate
Engagement Committee: Eleni Pellazgu
(middle center)

Chairperson, Awards Event Committee:
Cheryl Pantini (middle right)

Chairperson, Communications & Website
Committee: Donna Fountain (bottom left)

Past President: Judy Caruso 
(bottom center)

Student Senate Representative: Pak Chau
(bottom right)

RSON Liaison: Kofi Polley (not pictured)

Contact Us!!

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SON Alumni Association Recognized University-wide With Philanthropy Award 

Under the leadership of Past President, Judy Caruso, the SON Alumni Association has been awarded the Rutgers University AA Philanthropy Award, recognizing the group's excellence in fostering philanthropy to Rutgers University.  

The black tie Scholarship and Awards dinner had over 180 registrants and raised over $7,000 in scholarships funds for nursing students.

The RUAA Leadership Conference is scheduled for October 20th in New Brunswick, NJ. The RSONAA will be formally recognized with the award that evening.

Check out photos of the award winning event: 2016 Scholarship and Awards Gala

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SON Alumni Mentoring Program Launches With Support from RUAA Grant

In an effort to better serve the alumni community, the RSONAA launched its first cohort of the alumni mentoring program. We have paired interested new alumni with experienced alumni in their respective fields of expertise to serve as guides and resources as they begin their journey as Distinguished Rutgers Nurses!

Rutgers University Alumni Foundation awarded $1,500 in grant funds to help support the launch of this new program. Mentors are made up of board members and other RSONAA alumni.

If you are interested in being a mentor or joining the next cohort of mentees, please send an e-mail to


Learning is Lifelong with SON's Center for Professional Development

The Center for Professional Development at the Rutgers School of Nursing offers continuing education opportunities for registered and advanced practice nurses, nurse faculty, and other healthcare professionals to meet the demands of a complex, diverse, and dynamic health care environment. 

Discounted rates for Rutgers School of Nursing faculty, students, preceptors and alumni.

Upcoming Courses:

Sept. 23, 30 & Oct. 7 2017

Oct. 17-18, 2017

Nov. 2-3, 2017

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