Torchlight Fall 2011

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Fall 2011 Nursing professor and Folsom Hall donor Brenda Hanson-Smith (right) leads students through a labor and delivery scenario in the new birthing simulation laboratory. University kicks off The Campaign for Nursing Connect For the latest information about Sac State news and events, visit has cared for the health and well-being of the Sacramento area, with more than half of our graduates living and working in the immediate region. This fall, the University added one more accomplishment to nursing's history: It became the first-ever Sacramento State program to launch a comprehensive fundraising campaign. President Alexander Gonzalez announced in late For more than five decades the School of Nursing September the $1.8 million effort for the School of Nursing and its new home, Folsom Hall. The campaign will fund enhancements that provide an optimal learning environment for the next generation of nurses—"smart" classrooms, numerous simulation laboratories featuring high-tech equipment, and study lounges. will allow faculty in the School of Nursing to build on their legacy of excellence in educating nurses for California," says Gonzalez. "Changing demographics indicate that health care will only grow in importance in the years to come, and I know that our dedicated faculty will be ready to meet the needs of our state." "The teaching equipment funded by the campaign Frank M. and Gertrude R. Doyle Foundation and a pledge to match the gift by The University Foundation at Sacramento State, the campaign has already successfully raised $1.4 million toward its goal. In September, the School of Nursing received a $300,000 boost from Catholic Healthcare West to fund state-of- the-art-equipment. Donors, including Western Health Advantage, Initially catalyzed by a $500,000 gift from The Herzog Surgical, Sierra Health Foundation, members of the University Foundation Board, several current and former faculty members, and alumni, have committed support toward rooms, labs and other essential equipment. "I see the success of the campaign thus far as an enormous vote of confidence from the community in the work we are doing," Gonzalez says. "The teaching equipment funded by the campaign will allow faculty in the School of Nursing to build on its legacy of excellence in educating nurses for California." The School's move to Folsom Hall earlier this year was paramount to the program's growth. It increased the amount of classroom and laboratory space available Continued on page 6 Stay Connected on Facebook! If you want the most up-to-date information about Sac State alumni activities and campus news, be sure to "Like" us on Facebook. The Sacramento State Alumni Association has an official presence at SacramentoStateAlumni. By becoming a fan, you'll connect with other alums across the country, stay informed about upcoming events and share your Hornet pride!

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