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The MU Sinclair School of Nursing is thankful for all that you have given! Here are a few of our major accomplishments you have made possible:

Greg and Diane Lind Diversity in Nursing Program

Greg and Diane Lind gave a gift of $122,500 in 2015 for a program that creates scholarships for underrepresented minority students pursing undergraduate degrees in nursing. The Lind Diversity in Nursing Program will provide financial awards for underrepresented minority nursing students who complete a two-credit elective course on academic success as well as provide annual stipends to student ambassadors to serve as coaches and mentors for minority nursing students.

New Building Fund

The existing building for the Sinclair School of Nursing will be demolished the spring of 2020 to be replaced by a new building in the same location. The new building, estimated to cost $30 million, will feature approximately 64,000 square feet of more efficiently used space focused on learning, collaboration and research. The key areas of growth will be in the simulation space increasing from 3,845 square feet to 9,815 square feet and research spaces increasing from 400 square feet to 4,000 square feet. The new building, expected to be completed by spring of 2022, will enhance faculty recruitment and allow for a 50 percent increase in student enrollment.

Dr. Rosemary T. Porter Faculty Scholar Endowment

In April 2012, we met the $100,000 goal to fund the Dr. Rosemary T. Porter Faculty Scholar Endowment honoring Dean Emerita Rosemary T. Porter. The “Take Stock in Our Faculty” appeal kicked off in April 2007 with five donors contributing a combined $10,050 by purchasing 402 shares of stock for $25 each. Thanks to many gifts, we sold the remaining 4,000 shares over the next four years.

Anne Crowe Essig Nursing Auditorium

We successfully renovated our major auditorium to provide a more learning-inclusive environment for our students. With no state-appropriated funds, we depended on a grass-roots appeal and a major, naming donor to make this major change in our facility, allowing it to serve our students. It is now the Ann Crowe Essig Nursing Auditorium.

Essig Clinical Simulation Learning Center

Dr. LeRoy Essig stepped forward to name the Essig Clinical Simulation Learning Center to honor his late mother and father, LeRoy William and Anna Klashus Essig, for the education they provided for him, which led him to meeting his wife and his fulfilling career in oncology. New clinical technology, including a high-fidelity manikin, has been purchased and students are already learning and training in the ECSLC.

Miller Safe Practices Room

A gift from Richard G. Miller enabled the school to create the spectacular Miller Safe Practices Room within the Essig Clinical Simulation Learning Center. The renovated space now offers instructors unlimited options for creating a variety of simulated environments and patient care scenarios. The room is one of the first of its kind at nursing schools throughout the country. This space is equipped with patient-transfer devices, mobility devices, simulation models and a bariatric manikin, all geared to teach students patient safety practices while they also learn to prevent injuries to themselves. Students learn various topics, such as safe needle disposal, moving obese patients, transferring patients to the shower, and using hover mats to protect nurses’ backs and prevent work-related injuries in this space.

The Simulation Education Technology Program

This program has been named by Barbara and Kenneth Levy. These individuals, along with countless other building partners, are positioning us to keep abreast of current simulation education advancements.

Faculty Positions

With your support we were able to name and endow a new, named faculty position in medical/surgical nursing; to name and endow a research faculty position; and to secure an estate commitment to endow and name a second faculty scholar position in the future.