Origins of the Niagara University Nursing Alumni Council (NUNAC)
In 2003 and 2004, a small group of nursing alumni began meeting to assist and support Dr. Dolores Bower, dean emeritus of the College of Nursing, during the closing of the nursing school. While the group’s initial goal was to establish a system whereby nursing alumni could obtain detailed information about their program of study in the College of Nursing, members have become involved in other issues such as developing an archive for nursing memorabilia, creating opportunities to keep new graduates involved and connected to Niagara, and organizing a celebration to commemorate all that the nursing alumni have done since the college opened its doors in 1946. Mary Lorich, former faculty member serves as academic adviser to the Office of Academic Affairs regarding programs of study within the College of Nursing.
The Alumni Council is active with the Sigma Theta Tau International, Gamma Theta alumni chapter.
Alumni Council Involvement in the New Program
Now that nursing majors have returned to Niagara University, new collaborations are being fostered between the Alumni Council and the nursing department. Alumni council members were in attendance during the Nursing Week Luncheon in 2007 and continue to play a vital role in the future of nursing at Niagara.