2014 Commencement Ceremony Information

School of Nursing and Health Studies Commencement Ceremony – May 15, 2014

- Students need to meet in Pierson Auditorium no later than 1:15 pm for robing and procession instructions.

- Doors to Swinney Recreation Center will open at 1:00 pm for guests to begin seating.

- The ceremony will begin promptly at 2:00 pm.

Please contact Brenda Riggs at 816.235.1710 with questions.

Professor Witt Elected to Chair National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health

Jacki Witt, clinical associate professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, has been elected to a chair-elect position by the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health.

witt-300x200NPWH is a membership organization with 2,500 active members and produces an e-newsletter, an online journal, information on professional issues affecting women’s health nurse practitioners, continuing education and an annual conference.

The mission of NPWH is to ensure quality primary and specialty healthcare to women of all ages by women’s health nurse practitioners. It includes protecting and promoting a woman’s right to make her own choices regarding her health within the context of her personal, religious, cultural and family beliefs.

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SoNHS Awarded $7 Million Grant for National HIV-Prevention Resource Center

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have awarded the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies a $7 million grant — the largest in the school’s history — to establish it as a national HIV-prevention resource center.

SONpicAbout 50,000 new people become infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus annually in the U.S., according to the CDC. The grant of $1.4 million annually for five years will establish the National Capacity Building Assistance Provider Network Resource Center at the School of Nursing and Health Studies.

The center will create nine new jobs. Together with current staff, the new employees will work with more than 20 national and regional grant recipients to help the nation’s HIV prevention workforce to use best practices in planning, implementing and evaluating high-impact HIV prevention programs.

“This award, to serve as the national coordinating center for the CDC’s HIV prevention programs, demonstrates the School of Nursing and Health Studies’ public health expertise as well as UMKC’s commitment to lead in the life and health sciences,” said UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton. “Through this award, UMKC will have a national impact in the delivery of high-quality HIV prevention services.”

The UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies already has established national coordinating expertise in the areas of behavioral and reproductive health programs; that expertise was a significant factor in gaining the new national headquarters for Kansas City.

“Receiving this grant also provides an opportunity to show the great work in HIV prevention being done at UMKC and in our community,” said Ann Cary, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Studies. “This grant team is particularly talented to serve as the national resource center.”

The co-directors of the grant are Laurie Krom, program director in the Collaborative for Excellence in Behavioral Health Research and Practice; and Jacki Witt, clinical associate professor and project director for the National Clinical Training Center for Family Planning based at UMKC.

“We’re very excited because this was such a competitive grant process,” said Krom, principal investigator of the grant. “UMKC stands out because of our expertise in national network building, instructional technology and strategic marketing. We are also uniquely located on an interprofessional life sciences research campus.”

UMKC’s Hospital Hill Campus includes the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Health Studies, and Pharmacy, and each have HIV-related research. UMKC’s Department of Psychology is nationally recognized for its HIV prevention research and strategies in African-American churches.

The grant proposal was based on the model of the Collaborative’s Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) National Office, which mobilizes the power of the ATTC Network to efficiently and effectively promote the adoption and implementation of evidence-based addiction treatment practices.

“The new resource center brings together all of the strengths of our school,” Witt said. “We have assembled an interprofessional team of researchers, clinicians, advocates, educators and administrators who will offer a fresh perspective to building the capacity of the U.S. HIV prevention workforce.”

KSHB – Action 41 Reporter Mitch Weber’s Coverage of this grant award


Nurse Advocacy Day in Jefferson City, MO

On February 19, 2014, around 650 registered nurses (RNs) and nursing students from across Missouri attended the 28th Annual Missouri Nurses Association (MONA) Nurse Advocacy Day “Legislative Advocacy: The Who, What, Why & How Nurses Should Be Involved” at the State Capitol. Nurse Advocacy Day is intended to increase awareness of the political process for all nurses and nursing students.

Twenty UMKC Missouri Nursing Students’ Association (MONSA) members attended this event! They were given the opportunity to participate in the day’s activities at the State Capital. The highly motivated students visited with their elected Representatives and Senators and observed a special committee hearing for HB 1491.


Dean Cary to Serve Second Term on AACN Board

Ann Cary, dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, has been elected to a second two-year term on the American Association of Colleges and Nursing (AACN) Board of Directors. AACN represents more than 700 baccalaureate and higher degree collegiate nursing institutions in the U.S.

Votes are cast by member deans and directors from the nation’s schools of nursing. Cary became dean at UMKC in 2013. Before coming to UMKC, Cary was director of the Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing.

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SoNHS Professor Jacki Witt Elected to National Board

Jacqueline Witt was elected secretary-treasurer of the National Certification Corporation (NCC) board for 2014-2016. She is a clinical associate professor and director of Continuing Nursing Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Witt, an area nurse practitioner and coordinator of prenatal education at North Kansas City Hospital, has been a board member with the organization for two years. She will meet with fellow board members once a year at NCC’s Chicago headquarters in addition to an annual teleconference.

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2014 Graduating Class Ceremonial Information

Ceremonies are scheduled for Thursday, May 15, 2014:
2:00 -3:00 pm Graduation for all students- Swinney Recreation
3:15 – 4:00 pm Reception for all students (Sponsored by the SNA) – Pierson Auditorium
4:00 – 5:00 pm The Pinning Ceremony for the BSN, Accelerated, & RN-BSN nursing students only – Swinney Recreation
All parking is complimentary. Please leave all personal items with family members or other guests as there is no secure place for them to be stored during the ceremony.

Class pictures
Select Photo-Grapics are scheduled to be here on Tuesday, February 11th in room HSB 3421 between the hours of 12:00-3:00 pm. Please have the order form completed for February 11th. The sitting fee every student will have to pay to be photographed is $30. That will get you four 3×4 preview prints and a 12×16 miniature composite.  Please see the form for additional information on the packages that are offered to you.

If you are unable to take your attend on February, you will have to go to their studio to be photographed. You will have to set up a day and time within one week of the original photo event, so by February 18th.

Jack W. Zelinko
Director of Photography
Select Photo-Graphics
office: 816.781.7442 ext 303

RSVP Information
To help us ensure that there are plenty of seats for both students and their guests you must RSVP to the Commencement website AND to Brenda Riggs by  April 11th (WEBSITE OPENS IN MARCH). When responding to the RSVP site, please include the phonetic pronunciation of your full name to help announcers correctly announce your name during the ceremony. No tickets are required.

Special Arrangements
If you anticipate your guests needing special arrangements such as wheelchair access or assistance for the hearing impaired, please note this on the RSVP website (OPENS IN MARCH) and also contact Brenda Riggs at riggsb@umkc.edu.UMKC police will be on hand to direct vehicles with access needs on the day of commencement.

Parking, including handicapped is available at the Atterbury Student Success, Performing Arts Center, and all other campus parking structures. Maps and directions available online: http://www.umkc.edu/maps/

Purchasing Regalia/Ordering Announcements
Students should plan to attend the Grad Fair held in the UMKC Volker Bookstore on Tuesday, March 18th and Wednesday, March 19th  to purchase and/or order regalia, announcements, etc. The bookstore offers a 10% discount on those two dates. If you order on-line during those two days you will receive the 10% discount too. The academic dress for the Nursing degree must be purchased. The tassel color for BSN, MSN and DNP degrees is Apricot, and the tassel color for Ph.D. in Nursing is Gold. The hood for the MSN and DNP is Apricot, and for Ph.D. the hood is Royal Blue.

Tassel Nursing Apricot with Year Charm-Price: $3.99
Tassel Health Sciences Sage Green with Year Charm-Price: $3.99
Health Sciences Sage Green Stole: $19.99
Bachelor Cap & Gown Set-Price: $24.99
Graduation cap for all degrees-Price: $4.99

Caps are worn horizontally, with the tassel on the right side.
Women wear caps throughout the ceremony-Men remove caps for the National Anthem.
Please wear caps during the rest of the ceremony and the recessional.
DNP and Ph.D. students carry their hoods over their right arms until they cross the stage and are officially hooded.

Honor Cords:

  • If you are wondering about Latin Honors, please visit the Registrar’s  graduation website or go to http://www.umkc.edu/registrar/graduation/default.asp#anchor-4
  • If you belong to Lambda Phi, our chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and have questions about that honor cord, please contact Judy Jellison in Student Services
  • If you are a member of one of the many UMKC organizations, please contact that group to see if they have honor cords

Nursing Stoles and Nursing Pins (optional) BSN STUDENTS ONLY
Herff Jones Graduation Company is scheduled to here on Tuesday February 11th in room HSB 4303 from 12:00 – 3:00 pm.
Please complete the order form for February 11th

  • Embroidered Apricot Stole – $19.50
  • Gold Plated Nursing Pin – $53.50
  • Gold Filled Nursing Pin – $72.15

You have the option to order a gold plated or gold filled nursing pin. The SoNHS pin is not designed by degree; all students will receive the same pin personalized with your initials and year of graduation. Orders are made through the Herff Jones Graduation Company.

Every student graduating will receive a UMKC Alumni Kangaroo Pin on the day of Graduation from your School of Nursing& Health Studies Alumni President (no purchase necessary). If you would like to order a UMKC School of Nursing pin (different from the alumni pin) and isunable to attend on Feb. 4th place your stole or pin order. Feel free to visit www.herffjones.com/college/graduation (closing date for website is Friday, March 14th)
If you have any issues using the website please contact Tena Harman at 417-788-2291 or the Customer Service Center at 1-800-837-4235.

The annual pinning ceremony is a time-honored nursing school tradition dating back before the turn of the twentieth century.  Graduates receive the Department pin signifying successful completion of the baccalaureate nursing curriculum. A pinning ceremony is a symbolic welcoming of newly graduated nurses into the nursing profession. The new nurses are presented with nursing pins by the Dean of the nursing school. A nursing pin is a type of badge, usually made of metal such as gold or silver, which is worn by nurses to identify the nursing school from which they graduated.

Each school has a distinctive pin with its own meaning.  Surrounded by the school name, at the center of the UMKC pin is the traditional nursing lamp.  This symbol originated with Florence Nightingale, who carried the lamp on her nightly rounds at Scutari during the Crimean war.  The soldiers respected her devotion for healing the sick and gave her the title of “Lady with the Lamp.”  The blue and gold flames emanating from the lamp symbolize your lifelong quest for truth and learning.  The pin is gold, representing how precious your education and calling are to society.  Whether you are graduating with you BSN, MSN, DNP, or PhD wear your pin with pride and a true sense of accomplishment

Nursing Pin FAQ’s

Newest Issue of STARS (Student’s Achievement in Research and Scholarship) Now Available

January 29, 2014

See what your fellow students at the School of Nursing are up to in the latest issue of STARS!

This semi-annual publication (summer and winter) highlights the scholarship accomplishments of your student peers, and also provides introductory and contact information in case you are interested in participating in scholarship activities yourself.

By scholarship we mean professional and systematic activities that advance the teaching, research, and practice of nursing. Whether you were aware of it or not, you’ve probably seen or heard about professional scholarship through faculty/student publications, presentations, and/or research. Because of the importance of scholarship activities to the development of the nursing profession, we want to encourage an academic environment in which you see and learn about (or better yet, participate in) professional scholarship.

STARS is intended to inform you about student scholarship activities in the School of Nursing, acknowledge students’ accomplishments in nursing scholarship, and alert you to available scholarship opportunities.

I hope you enjoy this new issue, and that you’ll let me know if you have any scholarship activities of your own that should be included in future issues!

Dr. Kit Smith