School of Nursing Convocation

May 18, 2016
10:00 AM
NJPAC, Newark, NJ

Convocation 2016

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Sung Poblete

Dr. Sung PobleteSungPoblete, PhD, RN, president and CEO of Stand Up To Cancer, will be the keynote speaker at the Rutgers School of Nursing Convocation for the Class of 2016 to be held Wednesday, May 18, beginning 10 a.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NPAC) in Newark. This year’s graduating class includes more than 425 students earning bachelor’s, master’s, post-master’s and doctoral degrees.

Dr. Poblete, earned her BS, MS, and PhD in Nursing degrees (1989, 1992, and 2000, respectively) from Rutgers School of Nursing, where she has served as a visiting professor for more than 20 years. She is one of five extraordinary individuals to be inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni during an awards ceremony to be hosted by the Rutgers University Alumni Association Saturday, May 7 at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick.

Rutgers has more than 470,000 alumni. However, only 223 graduates have been inducted in the Hall of Distinguished Alumni, the highest honor for alumni, since the university was established 250 years ago.

“We are extremely proud of Dr. Poblete and the work she is accomplishing,” notes William Holzemer, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and distinguished professor at the School of Nursing. “She is a visionary nurse leader, inspirational role model, and an alumna who deserves the highest accolades. We look forward to having her share her remarkable story with our graduating students.”

Dr. Poblete received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the School of Nursing’s alumni association in 2013.

A champion in the fight against cancer, Dr. Poblete works to raise awareness, improve patient outcomes, and enable cutting-edge research. As president and chief executive officer of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) since 2011, she leads a groundbreaking movement that raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. She was instrumental in the recent release of a major film, Ken Burns Presents Cancer: The Emperor of all Maladies, and is committed to bringing more young people into the pipeline for careers in cancer research.

A program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, SU2C was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who use the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about cancer prevention and progress in the fight against the disease. SU2C has raised more than $370 million for research projects, allowed 5,200 cancer patients to participate in clinical trials, and enabled countless others to benefit from three FDA-approved medications developed with the aid of SU2C research teams. 

Previously, Dr. Poblete was director of clinical and translational programs at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the scientific partner of SU2C. She has served as the chief staff liaison to the Clinical and Translational Committee, the Pediatric Cancer Working Group, the Task Force on Survivorship Research, the Oncology Nursing Society, ASCO, and has led the AACR’s growing Continuing Medical Education program. She spearheaded the SU2C scientific review, grants administration and management, and served as the primary liaison for scientific communications and general administration.

Dr. Poblete has also held senior-level positions focused on patient outcomes and disease management. Notably, as vice president of clinical operations for a subsidiary of Fresenius Medical Care North America, she developed and ran national chronic kidney disease management programs. As executive director of the Oxford Health Plans Foundation, she facilitated grants that furthered research and programs aimed at improving health care delivery.

Dr. Poblete has received grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and private foundations. She served as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention–UC Health Systems Public Scholar from 1999 to 2000.

About Rutgers School of Nursing
As one of the nation’s largest, most comprehensive nursing schools, the School of Nursing at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in education, research, evidence-based health care delivery, and the promotion of community health. The school educates more than 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students at four campus locations in Newark, New Brunswick, and Blackwood, NJ, as well as online. An extensive program of continuing education is available for nurses and other health care professionals. The school was ranked a Top 25 Best Nursing School for 2016 by U.S. News & World Report.



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