School of Nursing Donor Appreciation Luncheon 2011
By Danette Baker
February 23, 2011
On paper, Adelyn Mitchell’s finances looked solid. And they were before she quit her
job as a respiratory therapist to attend nursing school. But governmental financial
aid forms reflect only the past, not the future—which for Mitchell, included food
her children and paying for utilities.
But thanks to the generosity of donors, Mitchell, a student in the Second Degree BSN
program, will graduate this summer. She said a scholarship, which came at just the
right time, helped her purchase textbooks so she could continue her studies.
Mitchell and others from TTUHSC and the School of Nursing expressed their gratitude
to donors during the annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon held recently at the TTU International
Cultural Center Hall of Nations in Lubbock.
“Because of your generosity, people like me can fulfill their dreams and be innovators
for the future,” she said.
Donors provide the school with a wealth of opportunities in education and research,
said Interim Dean Yondell Masten, RNC, Ph.D. “We are truly fortunate to have extremely
supportive partners in our mission.”
In the past 30 years, the school has grown from having only an undergraduate program
with 83 students on one campus to one with multiple undergraduate and graduate programs
with 1,431 students on four campuses and nationwide via distance education.
Financial support affords students, like Mike McMurry, R.N., M.S.N., ACNP, BC, (SON
’06) the opportunity to pursue higher education. The 30-year nursing veteran is a
student in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program. He said the advance degree will
open doors for him in nursing not available before. “I am interested in politics of
nursing … health care reform and the shortage of health care providers will always
be an issue.”
McMurry and Mitchell are among the 159 students awarded scholarships this year totaling
These gifts enable the School of Nursing to address the nursing shortage by giving
students opportunities to pursue their education, said TTUHSC President Tedd L. Mitchell,
Donor support also provides opportunities for faculty to continue their pursuit of
knowledge, positively impacting student learning, he said. Additionally, research
funding allows faculty to make an impact in health concerns such as adolescent obesity,
diabetes education, long-term care, patient safety and women’s health.
“Texas faces a critical shortage of registered nurses in the next 10 years,” he said.
“With continued support we can make a significant impact not only in reducing that
deficit, but also in the quality of health care delivery.”