USF College of Nursing Alumni and Friends Board
The Alumni and Friends Society was established in 2004 to serve as ambassadors to the community for USF College of Nursing. The board includes emeriti faculty, alumni, students and nurses in the Tampa Bay area. Each board member is a also a member of one of the six committees: Strategic Planning, Historic Milestones, Alumni Networking, Alumni Awards and Recognition, CANDLE and Reunion.
Back Row (L to R): Geraldine Twine, Denise Maguire, Donna Kozlowski, Melissa Shelton, Jean Aertker
Front Row (L to R): Christine Olney, Ona Riggin, Joan Gregory, Marisa Belote
Strategic Planning Committee
Oversees the activities of the other committees to ensure that the society not only meets its goals, but also the strategic goals of the CON. This group will also help rewrite the bylaws of the Alumni and Friends Society.
Co-Chairs: Dr. Melissa Molinari Shelton '05, '08, '11, Dr. Joan Gregory, Dr. Denise Maguire
Historic Milestones Committee
Compiles past accomplishments of the CON to give future students and alumni a sense of the changes and traditions of the CON. This group is collecting stories from CON graduates that can be published online or in many other ways. The Dean's GEMS Society was created in 2010, honoring graduates on their 35th anniversary from the College of Nursing and all Gordon Keller Alumni. With the creation of the GEMS Society, the College of Nursing Alumni Society continues their efforts to honor the legacy and preserve the history of College of Nursing graduates. The CON is also hoping to collect memorabilia for display in the College of Nursing. Click here to read a history of the College of Nursing.
Co-chairs: Dr. Ona Riggin, Geraldine Twine '88, Sharon Carlisle '75
Alumni Networking Committee
Serves as an outlet for alumni to catch up with past friends. This group works to establish networking events (Coffee Breaks), student mentorship opportunities and updating alumni information.
Co-chairs: Dena Gay '85, Donna Kozlowski '81
Alumni Awards and Recognition Committee
Recognize alumni and help plan the Alumni/Student/Faculty Awards Ceremony in the Spring. This committee established three alumni awards: Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, Distinguished Alumni Award, Alumni & Friends Service Award.
Co-Chairs: Dr. Melissa Molinari Shelton '05, '08, '11 Penny Fisher '92
CANDLE (Community awareness, Nursing, Development, Leadership, Education)
CANDLE is the marketing and outreach committee charged with developing a toolbox of presentations for alumni, friends, faculty and staff to use in different settings to promote the CON.
Co-chairs: Marisa Belote '08, Dr. Jean Aertker '80, Dr. Laura Gonzalez '96
Helps plan and host Homecoming weekend events and reunion weekends, reaches out to classmates or class representatives to volunteer.
Chair: Dr. Lelia (Lee) Barks '07
Patricia Quigley '75, '82
To learn more about the Alumni and Friends Society Board or to volunteer,
please contact Dr. Melissa Molinari Shelton email@example.com