October 14, 2009 marked a momentous date in our school's history: the 100th anniversary of our mission in preparing nurses for their calling to serve. As one of the oldest nurse training programs in the state, more than 5,700 graduates have gone on to pursue successful nursing careers around the world, with at least 500 graduates serving on the mission field, since the school opened in 1909. We saw many of you at our centennial events, but for those that were unable to attend, we'd like to share a glimpse of the gatherings that took place."Celebrating a Century of Service" Nursing History Exhibit Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Debuted in August 2009, the 1,000 sq. ft. exhibit ran for 8 months and included photographs, articles, videos and artifacts that traced the nursing school's history. The collection was on display in the Marie and John Houser Chiles Baylor University History Exhibit Hall at the Mayborn Museum Complex located in Waco on the main campus and included more than 200 items, many of which were on loan from alumni and their families.
Alumni Reunion Event
Over 300 alumni gathered in Dallas for a weekend to reconnect and reminisce. The weekend started out at the downtown Sheraton Hotel with fun and fellowship including Dr Pepper floats, a silent auction, class photos and door prizes. Saturday offered alumni the choice of six different continuing education courses, a reception and tour of the nursing school and the finale event of the weekend - a first class Banquet located on the 38th floor of the Sheraton hotel.
Endowed Scholarship Appreciation Dinner
Endowed scholarship donors were invited to meet the students and hear the stories that their generosity made possible. For many of these donors, this was their first time to ever visit our campus!
Centennial Gala Luncheon
The culminating event was the Centennial Gala Luncheon on March 29, 2010 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. With more than 400 attendees, the luncheon was a terrific time for us to not only celebrate our accomplishments but provided us the perfect opportunity to give thanks to those that helped make our successes possible. Awards and recognition were given to our Centennial Champions as well as our 100 Legends in the Line - individuals, families, organizations and businesses that have made a significant impact on the school's legacy through their leadership and support. To an audience of alumnae, community partners, civic leaders, school administrators, faculty and students, Lee Woodruff, our keynote speaker, shared her personal story of husband, Bob Woodruff's, roadside bomb injury in Iraq and the important role nurses played in the healing process of the entire family.