Under the leadership of Dean Evelynn Gioiella, the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing Alumni Association was created in 1986. Dr. Gioiella convened a small group of alumni who created a Nominating Committee chaired by Dr. Joanna Hofmann. As a result of the first election in the Spring of that year, the late Dr. Ellen Lloyd Gallagher (BS, 1960) was elected President and guided the Association through its formative years. During the first Annual Meeting (10/25/86), we installed our officers, accepted the Bylaws (which have been adapted over the years) and enjoyed Dr. Louise Fitzpatrick’s presentation.
In recognition of Ann Dillon, who was both an alumni and a HBSON faculty, the Ann Dillon Award for Caring was created in May, 1990 and is awarded to two graduating undergraduates during every Convocation since that time.
During 2004-05, in recognition of the vast contributions to HBSON of Professor Joyce Hope who passed in 2003, major fundraising efforts resulted in the creation of the Joyce Hope College Nursing Laboratory where HBSON students can learn and refine clinical practice skills.
The Alumni Association continues to be involved in a number of activities including: a) organizing class reunions, b) participating in the Hunter College Hall of Fame Committee and the Hunter College Birthday Luncheon each Spring; c) Annual education programs offering continuing education units; d) contributing to the HBSON annual newsletter; e) purchasing books for the library and the special podium which is used during many programs; and f) supporting different HBSON events such as the Spring Forum program.
We hope to increase communication among active members, alumni, and HBSON through this website. According to the Bylaws, all graduates are members of the Alumni Association but only active members have paid dues. The percent of active members is very low in comparison to the number of members. We are hoping that you will become an active member to support the ongoing work of your Alumni Association. We would also appreciate your input as a Committee or Executive Board member.
- President: Diane Rendon
- Vice President: Elizabeth Capezuti
- Recording Secretary: Marie-Helene "Mia" Lofland
- Corresponding Secretary: Wanda Llambelis
- Treasurer: Naeem Vargo
- Archivist: Manuel C. Co Jr.
- Membership: Leslie Lieth
- Program: Joanna Hofmann
- Finance: Naeem Vargo
- Archives: Manuel C. Co Jr. and Martin Dornbaum
- Nominating: Davy Diongson
- Public Relations (TBA)