On Thursday, November 10, at 7 p.m., Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) hosted a Scholarship Celebration Dinner at the Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas with more than 144 attendees. The evening provided an opportunity for LHSON to recognize endowed scholarship donors, scholarship recipients and Going for the Gold Gala sponsors.
Six donors were presented with Endowed Scholarship plaques who included:
• Kari and Stephen Haywood of Dallas, Texas
Dr. Dwight Ray Haywood and Mr. John Kaye Lonborg Memorial Endowed Scholarship
• Ellen Byrd of Dallas, Texas
Ellen Stoesser Byrd Endowed Scholarship in Nursing
• Ben Thieme of Tyler, Texas
Florence Piper and James D. Thieme Endowed Scholarship in Nursing
• Mike and Pam Jones of Tyler, Texas
John Wesley and Doris Elizabeth Wood Endowed Scholarship Fund in Nursing
• Stanford Brantley of Tyler, Texas
Bledsoe-Brantley Endowed Nursing Scholarship
• Suzanne and Tom Martin of The Woodlands, Houston
Megan Elizabeth Martin Endowed Scholarship Fund in Nursing
“Thank you to all of our donors for investing in the lives of our students so they can achieve their dream to become a Baylor nurse. Together, our unified presence is a visible sign of our belief in the importance of our Baylor School of Nursing as our student nurses exemplify our motto to Learn.Lead.Serve.™,” said Dean Shelley F. Conroy, EdD, MS, RN, CNE, Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. “At Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing our Christian faith is at the very heart of nursing theory and practice. We educate our students to holistically care for people in mind, body and spirit, in accordance with Baylor’s mission to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.”
Giving back to the community to show support of future Baylor nurses, the Scholarship Celebration Dinner was made possible by Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas – Baylor Scott & White Health. The event also included a short video and brief remarks by Derek Haas who will give the keynote address at the 6th annual Going for the Gold Gala on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas. Along with being a Baylor graduate, Derek is also the creator and executive producer of NBC’s hit television drama series Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med. Viewers tune in each week to see the challenges faced by first responders as they come together to make a difference, just as they do in real life all over our nation.
The Scholarship Celebration Dinner also included a student testimony from Jackie Jimenez, a final semester senior at LHSON. “My passion for nursing has only grown since being at Baylor,” said Jimenez. “I can honestly tell you that this school is different and Baylor nurses are different. We are driven by a love to be the best nurse during worst and best moments of people’s lives. This profession is more than a job; it’s a calling and honor to serve people in their most vulnerable moments.”
Closing out the evening, Recruiting Officer for the Dallas Police Department, Ray Vaughn, sang Ordinary Angels as a musical tribute to nurses and first responders. He was featured on the news after the tragedy of July 7 struck our police officers. Officer Vaughn took to the airwaves with his original song to honor the men and women of his profession in the Dallas Police Department.
Looking ahead, LHSON’s upcoming 2017 Gala themed “Coming Together to Make a Difference,” will honor those who served our communities during the tragedy on July 7, 2016 – both the nurses who care for our sick and wounded and our selfless public servants in the police and firefighting communities. Mark your calendars and join us!
ABOUT Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing
The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) located in Dallas was established in 1909 as a diploma program within Baylor Hospital in Dallas, which is now Baylor University Medical Center, and in 1950 became one of the six degree-granting schools of Baylor University. The first Baccalaureate degrees were granted in 1950 establishing the school among the oldest baccalaureate nursing programs in the United States. In 1999, the School was renamed the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing after Louise Herrington Ornelas, a 1992 Baylor Alumna Honoris Causa, who made an endowment gift to the school. Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing, LHSON offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees through a Traditional program and FastBacc (one year accelerated program). LHSON also offers an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Leadership and Innovation program, as well as Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs to include, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Nurse-Midwife (CNM) and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP). LHSON was featured in U.S. News & World Report for the 2017 Best Graduate Schools ranking our DNP program in the top 50 US nursing schools at #45, our MSN program ranked at #58 and our Nurse Midwifery Program ranked at 10th. Our MSN in Nursing Leadership & Innovation Online Program ranked #79 in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Graduate Programs. For more information visit www.baylor.edu/nursing
ABOUT Baylor University
Baylor University located in Waco is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference. For more information visit www.baylor.edu.