On Saturday, October 21 at 11 a.m. during Alumni & Family Weekend, a grand ribbon cutting and blessing ceremony celebrating the completion of the new state-of-the-art Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies building will be held in the atrium of the new facility.
"In the months of planning and preparing for the new building, our excitement for what it would look like and the work we could do within our new walls continued to grow. When finally revealed, our new center for Nursing & Health Studies exceeded our greatest expectations,” stated Dr. Meredith Kazer, dean of the Egan School.
The official opening ceremony will introduce the new 70,000 square feet, four-level, modern facility. At the Opening, the community will participate in an official ribbon cutting and blessing.
The new Egan School features open collaborative areas, cutting-edge simulation labs, equipment and control rooms, and enhanced clinical learning environments. The new school is also home to the Kanarek Center for Palliative Care Nursing Education.
Kazer continued, “The Egan School faculty and staff are so grateful for all the support we received in developing the building and are anxious to show our gratitude by continuing the great work of nursing and health studies on campus, nationally and across the globe. I hope that all of our friends and supporters can join us on October 21 for the building dedication, blessing, and Kanarek Center for Palliative Care Education ribbon-cutting, so we can share our excitement with all those who made it possible.”
In addition to the opening ceremony, the Egan School will also celebrate the Class of 2020 nursing students at the annual White Coat Ceremony as they begin their entry into clinical practice. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
"The White Coat Ceremony marks the transition to clinical practice for our sophomore nursing students. The nature of the event is one of deep meaning for not only their nursing education but for their practice as a nurse throughout their careers," stated Dr. Jenna LoGiudice, assistant professor at the Egan School.
At the ceremony, sophomore nursing students will take an oath pledging to live up to the high ideals of the Fairfield University Egan School and the nursing profession, to uphold their commitment to honesty, integrity and ethical practice, and to protect the welfare of their patients.
This White Coat Ceremony is generously supported by Dr. Michael and Susan Luchini and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.