Global Study Award Helps Students Gain World Experiences

Linda H. Cronenwett (center) with Tina Evans (left) and Rebeca Moretto (right), the 2011 recipients of the Cronenwett Global Study Award.

The Cronenwett Global Study Award was created by a private gift from a SON alumna and her husband to honor the leadership of Linda H. Cronenwett, immediate past dean of the SON, and her passion for improving quality and safety in health care. This year’s recipients are BSN students Tina Evans and Rebeca Moretto. They will both be traveling internationally this summer as part of N489, SON’s Practicum in Nursing Global Health Experience.

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LeVine Wellness Spot Opens at SON

Melissa LeVine and Gail Johnson in the LeVine Wellness Spot

School of Nursing employees now have a dedicated room in which to exercise and learn healthy habits. The LeVine Wellness Spot on the third floor of Carrington Hall officially opened with a kick-off luncheon and ribbon cutting on January 4.

Gail Johnson, an administrative support associate in the Family Health Faculty Division, had the idea for the Wellness Spot and was able to bring her idea to fruition thanks to funds that remained from a gift to the SON from Melissa LeVine in 2000. LeVine received her BSN from SON in 1977 and her MSN in 1981.

LeVine did not designate the specifics of the gift’s use as long it was applied to faculty and staff wellness. “As advocates of health care and of good health, we cannot ask our patients to do healthy things if we’re not doing it ourselves,” LeVine said. “My long range vision was that as the faculty and staff improve their healthy behaviors and health status it would make them more effective in communicating healthy behaviors with patients and that this would ripple out to the whole state of North Carolina.”

Video: Watch as Gail Johnson talks about activities for the Wellness Spot and Melissa Levine gives somes words of wisdom about exercising.

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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.

Thirty-three Years Later: The Martha Holt Windham BSN`77 Memorial Scholarship

We recently visited JR and Eleanor Holt at their home in a rural hamlet a few miles outside of Sanford, NC.  It has been thirty-three years since their twenty-three year old daughter Martha was killed in an automobile crash on her way to visit them one Sunday afternoon.  It was just before she was about to begin her MSN program.  Martha wanted to become a nurse practitioner.

Family, friends and community where shocked and heartbroken.  They came together and with a modest amount of funds, established a memorial scholarship to carry Martha’s name forward.  It took ten years for the fund to grow sufficiently to begin to payout support.  Each year, since that time, the Holts have made small gifts and we are incredibly grateful to them.  Today, the fund is able to help underwrite a portion of the $5,000 tuition for a School of Nursing undergraduate student to attend and become the Martha Holt Windham Scholar.

Our visit was important.  It gave us an opportunity to say thank you and to honor Martha’s memory.

Martha's Nursing Cap

Katherine Wilson Scholar Meets Anne and John Wilson

Anne and John Wilson met Katherine Wilson Scholarship recipient Anneka Huegerich at her July graduation from nursing school. Anne Wilson says, “She was the perfect choice. Katherine would have been so thrilled to know she had been able to help such a lovely, deserving person.” Anneka was the first acclerated BSN student selected to receive the scholarship award that pays out $5,000 per year in support. The application deadline for the next Katherine Wilson Scholar is September 10, 2010. Applications can be found at

John Wilson, Anneka Huegerich, Anne Wilson

The power of this scholarship fund is extraordinary.  In five years, we have made awards of $25,000 to support four Katherine Wilson Scholars.

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.

Memorial Fund for Eve Carson, Student Body President

We were in Charlotte this week hosting an alumni event and continuing education program at the Levine Children’s Hospital at Carolinas Medical Center. After remembering Eve and her contributions to our UNC family, alumni approached me to ask, “How can we make a contribution in memory of Eve?” Here is a link to the online giving page at University Development to make a gift in Eve’s memory. Thank you for your generosity and for keeping a place for Eve Carson in your heart. -Norma Hawthorne

18 Donors Gift $4,300: Katrina Relief Trip a “GO”

Thanks to the generosity of 18 alumni and friends of the School of Nursing (SON) who responded to our call for help, Carolina student and faculty volunteers will climb on the bus headed for the Mississippi Gulf Coast on March 9. Over the course of the week working in Biloxi and Purlington, they will rehabilitate dwellings, conduct health assessment surveys, and assist with health care needs of the elderly and other at-risk populations. The group, representing the Schools of Nursing, Public Health and Social Work, will return to Chapel Hill on March 15. This is the third and final year for the Katrina Relief Service Trip, which has made a substantial impact on the lives of many survivors.

Donors to the SON’s Community Partnerships and Practice Fund to make this trip possible are Paul Chused, Valerie Ann Stafford-Fox, Alpha Alpha Chapter/Sigma Theta Tau, Inc., Linda Trembath Reeder, Harriet Walker Buss, Jo-Anne Trowbridge Martin, Diane Snakenburg Gordon, Anonymous, Sharon Hill Price, Rebecca Dodson, Margaret McCain, Ann Marie Polk, Melissa Dixon LeVine, Carolyn Cook Spalding, Denise Taylor Darden, Shelby Dunivant, Anne Fishel, and Nancy B. Freeman. Individual gifts ranged from $25 to $1,000, demonstrating how important grass roots support can be.

“Human Caring” conference supported by health care systems.

Health care systems are focusing their attention on ways to provide highest quality, patient-centered care in a complex medical environment. To achieve magnet status or to become a Planetree health care system is not only good for patients and their families, it is good for business. Consumers are paying closer attention as to which hospitals have the commitment to providing a caring environment and will travel, if necessary, to make these choices.

Novant HealthCare/Forsyth Medical Center, a Source of Caring sponsor for the April 2008 International Human Caring Conference in Chapel Hill, has such a commitment, which is why they are participating. So does Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte, a Hands of Caring sponsor. They join UNC Healthcare, the major co-sponsor of the conference along with UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Other sponsors are Alpha Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, Florida Atlantic University, and Kindred Healthcare.

You can get the entire conference program at:

There will be more than 70 presentations and 20 posters that focus on topics such as religion, spirituality, and end-of-life; theory, ethics and aesthetics; and practice and systems. Research about human caring outcomes, as well a keynote addresses by major thought leaders from around the world will inspire, excite and give practical information that attendees can take back to their work environment.

Some specific presentations are about fostering compassionate patient care, integrative healing modalities, postpartum depression, therapeutic touch, critical care nursing, healing for obesity, heart failure and other chronic illnesses, international nursing, caring and burnout, job satisfaction and organizational support, developing a theory of healing through touch.

While the conference is centered around nursing practice, many of the presenters come from other related fields, such as social work and psychology.

Conference sponsorships at several levels are still available.

9,120 Pieces of Trident Chewing Gum Gifted for Breast Cancer Research Study

Cadbury Adams, the manufacturers of Trident Gum, made a gift of 31 boxes of Trident Original flavor — that’s 9,120 pieces of gum — to help nursing researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing understand more about managing uncertainty in younger breast cancer survivors. “The chewing gum is necessary for the cortisol collection part of the study,” said Merle Mishel, PhD, RN, FAAN, the principal investigator for the National Institute of Nursing Research study. “Chewing gum helps subjects produce saliva for the samples.”

Why are samples of cortisol needed? Individuals under chronic stress have been shown to have decreased cortisol reactivity which is related to adverse health outcomes. The Carolina SON research team is studying how the fear of recurrence for younger breast cancer survivors results in a pervasive sense of a less controllable world, thereby, potentially increasing their uncertainty about cancer recurrence, which may constitute a form of chronic stress.  Chronic stress is known to weaken the immune system.

About 178,500 women in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007; of this group, approximately 25 percent will be under 50 years of age. In the first four years following treatment, pre-menopausal women under 50 have a high recurrence rate and an increased likelihood of a second primary tumor. Uncertainty about how to interpret and handle symptoms leads to excessive worry, avoidance of symptoms or somatic vigilance. There has been little research on young survivors during the period of extended survival. Therefore, it is important to test interventions to help these women control their symptoms and manage the uncertainty about recurrence, and improve their quality of life.

There is some evidence that the impact of a breast cancer diagnosis is greater on African-American survivors and they experience more energy loss, sensory and sleep problems, pain and mental distress. African-American breast cancer survivors have rarely been included in intervention studies. This study, however, includes a significant sample of this group.

The Managing Uncertainty in Cancer Patients (MUIC) team has designed and tested a succesful intervention for older breast cancer survivors (mean 64 years of age) who were 5-9 years post treatment. This is currently being distributed by the National Cancer Institute as a model intervention program. The link is:

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Most pre-menopausal women also experience an intense reponse to treatment induced premature menopause, including debilitating hot flashes, mood and sleep impairment, memory impairment, sexual dysfunction, and fatigue, yet little information from physicians is offered to help them with these treatment issues. The nursing intervention developed by MUIC places a greater focus on calming self-statements and cognitive restructuring to enhance the benefits of the intervention, which can be practiced by women on their own at home, with a self-help guide manual that can be used on as as-needed basis.


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