SON Alumna Nominated for Army Surgeon General

Maj. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho (BSN '82)

President Barack Obama has nominated Major General Patricia D. Horoho (BSN ’82) as the next Army Surgeon General. Maj. Gen.  Horoho is currently serving as the U.S. Army Deputy Surgeon General and 23rd Chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. The nomination, which must be confirmed by the Senate, includes promotion to the rank of three-star general. Horoho would be the first woman to serve as Army Surgeon General.

Major General Horoho earned her BSN degree from the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing in 1982. She was honored  by Time Life Publications, the American Red Cross, and Nursing Spectrum for her care and action as a first responder when Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

Read more about the nomination in these stories:

Obama nominates E.E. Smith grad for Army surgeon general
Horoho nominated to be next surgeon general
Horoho Nominated as First RN to Serve as Army Surgeon 

Watch the “I am a Carolina Nurse” Video

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Being a “Carolina Nurse” has many dimensions.  This 7-minute video tells the story from the perspective of students, alumni, faculty, SON and hospital leaders who all experience the quality, energy and emotion of being connected to one of the leading Schools of Nursing in the United States.  Unrestricted private gifts made this video possible and we are grateful to our alumni and friends who provide on-going support to the School.  For giving opportunities, please contact Director of Advancement

SON Alumna Serves in Haiti

Tiffany Young, BSN ’99, has been in Haiti since June working as a Medical Program Coordinator for Samaritan’s Purse (photo and video courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse) . Health care teams in Haiti are now on the front lines of the cholera epidemic there. See Tiffany hard at work in the video below.

Endowed Merit Scholarship Created by Tom and Landon Fox

We are so pleased to tell you that Tom and Landy Fox created the J. Thomas Fox, MD `60 and Landon Lewis Fox, BSN `56 Undergraduate Nursing Merit Scholarship Fund.  This endowment fund will begin to support our students in 2011.  The Foxes want to have a relationship with student recipients during their lifetime and believe that by establishing the scholarship now, rather than leaving a bequest, their desire to experience “the joy of giving” more personally would be fulfilled.

Landon entered the School of Nursing in 1952 as part of the second BSN class in the state.  When this group of outstanding students graduated in 1956 they were at the vanguard of nursing education in the State of North Carolina.  They set an example and became role models for future Carolina nurses.

Over the years, Landon has enjoyed the camaraderie and friendships with her classmates that could have developed only through the shared experiences of living and studying together in the nurse’s dorm, guided by Dean Elizabeth Kemble.  After graduation, Landon worked in pediatric nursing.  She married Tom Fox, a graduate of the UNC School of Medicine.  They lived in Charlotte, NC, where Tom practiced psychiatry and Landon volunteered at family-oriented, non-profit organizations.  The Foxes have three married daughter.

Now, the couple has retired to Chapel Hill and enjoy many University alumni and athletic activities.  Tom serves as a Director of the School of Nursing Foundation, Inc. and Landy volunteers in the community.

When you see Tom and Landy, please give them your heartfelt thanks for their love and support of our School.

Susan Pierce, MSN `75, Meets President Barack Obama at ANA

Susan Foley Pierce, PhD, RN , Professor Emeritus and alum was there when the American Nurses Association (ANA) proudly welcomed President Barack Obama as a guest speaker to its biennial House of Delegates on June 15, 2010. The president spoke to an estimated crowd of more than 1,000 nurses and guests during the opening session. “Nurses are the beating heart of our health care system,” the president commented. He thanked the nurses and the ANA for their staunch support during the health care debate. The president also revealed a series of investments in the health care workforce, just announced by the Department of Health and Human Services. This new funding will serve to encourage registered nurses to attend school full time to become nurse practitioners. Additionally, the funds establish nurse-managed health clinics to increase access to care and assist in the training of nurse practitioners as primary care providers. As he finished his remarks, the president reiterated the remarkable dedication of nurses and expressed his administration’s goal to “elevate and value the work that you do,” adding “our mission must be to live up to the values that you uphold every day.”

Dr. Pierce has served as Secretary of ANA for the past 4 years. As her term ends, she will continue as Secretary of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Dr. Pierce retired from the School of Nursing after 30 years and also served as Interim Dean at the UNC-Wilmington School of Nursing. She is a 1975 alum of our masters program as well.

Janice J. Hoffman, BSN ’79 has been appointed as Assistant Dean at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON)

Baltimore, Md. – Janice J. Hoffman, PhD, RN, was recently named Assistant Dean for the Baccalaureate Program at University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON). In this role, Hoffman will provide leadership and oversight to UMSON’s undergraduate program, which enrolls approximately 700 students. 

            Hoffman brings more than 30 years of diverse experience in teaching, leadership and management, and direct patient care to her new position. She has been a member of UMSON’s faculty since 2008, serving as assistant professor and vice-chair of the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health.  In those roles, she supported faculty development and mentoring, coordinated course schedules and faculty teaching assignments, and served as a faculty member in the Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions Master’s Certificate Program. She previously taught in both the undergraduate and graduate programs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Prior to working as a nurse educator, Hoffman held a variety of clinical, educational, leadership, and administrative positions in hospitals in the Maryland-Virginia region, and in California while serving as an active duty nurse in the Navy.

            “I am honored to have been chosen for this vital position at one of the leading nursing schools in the nation,” says Hoffman. “In collaboration with my talented faculty colleagues, we will help maintain UMSON’s stellar reputation and continue to graduate the largest number of direct care nurses in the state annually.”          

            Hoffman holds a PhD from the University of Maryland School of Nursing; a Master of Science in Nursing Education from California State University, Fresno; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

London 2010 — Enjoying the View

"This is wonderful! If this is all we did, it would be totally worth it!" -- Nancy Stephenson, BSN '69

Washington D.C. SON Alumni Dinner – Meet Dean Kristen M. Swanson!

Join us for a 7 p.m. dinner for our Washington D.C. area alumni on Thursday, March 18 at Farmers & Fishers restaurant at the Georgetown Waterfront ( Please come meet Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor Kristen M. Swanson.

Contact Anne Webb  ( or 919-966-4619) for more information.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Please Remember the SON in Your End-of-Year Giving

During this time of year, as our thoughts turn to the causes and organizations we value, we hope that you will continue to remember the School in your charitable giving. Our alumni and friends have made so many of our aspirations a reality, and we are truly thankful for this much needed support. Uncertain economic times make your gifts even more vital to our success.

Please visit to make a gift online.

To have your end-of-year gift credited to 2009, please ensure the envelope is post-marked by Dec. 31, 2009.

Alumna Installed in NCNA Post

Cheryl Batchelor, BSN ’79, was installed as the secretary for the North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA) Board of Directors this week. Her term will run from 2010-2011.

In addition to her role with the NCNA, Batchelor is the executive director of Clinical Operations at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.

To read the full article about her installation and the activities of the NCNA:



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