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BU nursing school turns 50

Nov. 5, 2004

By JOSH HORTON, staff writer

The Louise Herrington School of Nursing will put aside its traditional nursing scrubs in favor of poodle skirts to celebrate its 50th birthday Saturday.

"We're using a '50s theme, so we'll have people wearing poodle skirts. We'll have ice cream sodas, and I think it will be a lot of fun," Dr. Judy Wright Lott, dean of the nursing school, said.

The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the student lounge of the nursing school in Dallas.

The school of nursing started out as a diploma program in 1907 and became a bachelor of science degree in 1950. The first graduating class crossed the stage in 1954.

"We're older than many institutions in Texas," Lott said.

She said the program has come along way since it began, including the addition of a graduate program with three tracks of study.

"The field has changed so much," Lott said. "We've integrated a lot of technology into the courses and we've started teaching using computers."

To show just how much the program has changed, a panel of alumni will talk about their days at the nursing school at Saturday's event. Alumni from each of the past five decades will discuss their experiences.

"We've asked someone from the different eras to talk about their experience at Baylor, what their classes were like, what their lives were like, where they did their clinical and what kind of practice they got," Lott said. "We want to see how things have progressed."

Lott said she expects between 80 to 100 alumni, former faculty and staff, parents of students and members of the community to attend.

Other events at the celebration include a scavenger hunt, an overview of the school's history, tours of the building and cake and ice cream. Call Kaye Adams at (214) 820-3361 to R.S.V.P.

The nursing degree has grown into a 131-hour degree split between 66 hours at the Baylor campus and 65 hours at the Dallas campus. The school is on the grounds of the Baylor University Medical Center.