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Nursing faculty celebrates donation, new bursary


nursingBy Karen Cook

The Faculty of Nursing has received its largest monetary donation ever, as well as a $20,000 endowment from the Rotary Club of Calgary Centennial.

An anonymous donor gave the faculty more than $100,000, which will fund two master’s and one doctoral scholarship for nursing students.

The Rotary Club endowment grew out of a presentation to the University of Calgary Senate last September when the faculty showcased its students, programs and faculty research to an audience of 25. Impressed by the activity from all levels within the faculty, Professor Don Bell, a senator, representative from the Department of Music and Rotary member, passed on what he learned to his club.

The outcome? The Rotary Club Calgary Centennial Nursing Bursary Endowment, which will give $1,000 to a second-year student. The gift is in honour of the organization’s humanitarian values, its motto of “service above self” and in recognition of the essential role of nurses in the health-care system.

“This is exceptionally good news for the faculty and we are deeply grateful for this generous donation,” said Dean Michael Clinton.

An organization of business and professional leaders, Rotary Clubs provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and work to build good will in communities.