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SXU’s School of Nursing celebrates 75th Anniversary

Home to first integrated baccalaureate nursing program in Illinois

Chicago (Aug. 23, 2010) Saint Xavier University’s School of Nursing will celebrate its 75th Anniversary with a series of commemorative events on Sat., Sept. 11.

The first event is a Celebratory Mass presided over by Monsignor Kenneth Velo at 1 p.m. at McDonough Chapel. Velo is an Archdiocese of Chicago priest, Senior Executive of Catholic Collaboration at DePaul University and President of the Big Shoulders Fund. 

Suzanne Gordon will deliver a guest lecture at 2:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall, L-216. Gordon is an award-winning journalist, author, lecturer and patient advocate. Campus tours will follow the lecture. All of these events are at the University’s Chicago Campus, 3700 W. 103rd Street.

A reception and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. at Beverly Country Club, 8700 S. Western Ave. Participants must register for events online or by calling (773) 298-3706.
“The Sisters of Mercy collaboration 75 years ago between Mercy Hospital and Saint Xavier has had a deep and lasting impact on Chicago, on Illinois and nationwide,” said School of Nursing Dean Gloria Jacobson, R.N., Ph.D.

“I congratulate the School of Nursing on its 75th anniversary,” said Saint Xavier President Christine M. Wiseman, J.D.  “The work of this exemplary school has become a lasting testament to the Mercy spirit, which also led to the founding of our University in 1846 by the Sisters of Mercy.” 

Saint Xavier and Mercy Hospital, both founded by the Sisters of Mercy, joined forces in 1935 to create the first integrated baccalaureate nursing program in Illinois. Today, 75 years later the SON remains strongly committed to linking innovation and concern for community, to providing basic and advanced nursing education programs, outreach programs, and to providing clinical services to surrounding communities. 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

Jay Foot, Executive Director of Media Relations	
O: (773) 298-3937
C: (773) 617-3632
foot@sxu.edu