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College of Nursing to Celebrate Fiftieth Anniversary

The University of Tennessee, College of Nursing is wrapping up a yearlong celebration of its fiftieth anniversary. Within the centerpiece of this momentous anniversary is the College of Nursing’s 50th Anniversary Gala, where they will recognize and honor 50 Vol Nurses. 

“We are thrilled to be honoring 50 of our incredible Vol Nurses,” said Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the college. “These individuals were nominated and selected because of the contributions they have made to the profession, their communities, and their alma mater.” 

The awardees include: 

Lauren Akins (’12) 

Allie Arnette Smallwood (’15) 

Vicki Bechet (’78) 

Stacey Becker (’98) 

Janet Belden (’86) 

Maureen Boardman (’91) 

Julie Bonom (’02) 

Cindy Bresee (’78) 

Marguerite Callahan (’80) 

Paige Clark (’21) 

Savannah Clay Johnson (’17, ’21) 

Calli Cook (’10) 

Sara Croley (’00) 

Michael Curtis Jr (’18) 

Caroline Darlington (’16) 

Terrica Durbin (’09, ’20) 

Ginger Evans (’83) 

Leah Fitch (’10) 

Brooke Fitchpatrick (’14) 

Mary Lou Fornehed (’17) 

Kelsey Fredericks (’12) 

Hugh Friar (’18) 

Lucy Gasaway (’94) 

Nan Gaylord (’77) 

Allison Harrison (’97, ’00) 

Jennifer Hong (’05) 

Tiffany Hyde (’90) 

Wesley Karcher (’04) 

Cathy Kerby (’80, ’04) 

Karen Kirkland (’88) 

Anne Koci (’99) 

Carrie LeVasseur (’09) 

Catherine Ling (’90) 

Jennifer McCombs-Cleveland (’11) 

Lynne Miller (’76, ’80) 

Anna Moore (’83, ’01, ’06) 

Carole Myers (’81, ’05, ’06) 

Amy Neil (’00, ’07) 

Merrell Pressley (’15) 

Rachel Ramsey (’05) 

Carolyne “McCallie” Ruffin (’18) 

Bethany Seale (’13) 

Cordia Starling (’79) 

Teresa Stephens (’12) 

Alice Stuart (’94) 

Shelia Swift (’13) 

Lisa Wagoner (’07, ’13) 

Andrew Ward (’08) 

Shannon Whittington (’81) 

Anne D Williams (’78) 

Julie Worley (’13) 


The gala will take place on Saturday, February 25 at the Knoxville Convention Center with more than 500 people expected to attend.   

This fun-filled evening will include cocktail hour, dinner, award ceremony, and silent auction. All proceeds will support the efforts of the College of Nursing to develop and educate the next generation of nurse leaders by providing students and faculty state-of-the art technology, classroom space, and equipment for the highest quality educational experiences. 

“We are deeply appreciative of the support our alumni and friends have provided over the past five decades,” said Niederhauser. “We hope that by raising funds to educate future nurses we will be able to meet the challenges of an ongoing nursing shortage.” 

Tickets are still available for the gala. For more information on tickets to the gala visit 



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