First-Year Academic Gathering

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The First-Year Academic Gathering traditionally marks the start of the academic year in a coming together of the Fairfield University community to welcome new students. This year, the First-Year Academic Gathering live stream was held on August 31, 2020. In preparation for the live stream, Class of 2024 students completed a special creative activity and attended one of two webinars hosted by Professor Linda Roney EdD, RN-BC, who engaged students in topics related to their class theme, Determined TogetherAny first-year students who have not completed the creative activity, attended the webinar, or the First-Year Academic Gathering live stream should complete the following steps:

  1. Watch this recording of the pre-Academic Gathering webinar hosted by Dr. Linda Roney.
  2. Watch this video detailing how to download Quip and access the Determined Together special creative activity.
  3. Go to Quip, access the "First-Year Academic Gathering— Class of 2024" folder and complete the creative activity.
  4. Watch the First-Year Academic Gathering live stream recording below.

2020 K‌eynote Speaker

 Linda Roney EdD, RN-BC, CPEN, CNE, Associate Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Nursing Program

Linda Roney EdD, RN-BC, CPEN, CNE, Associate Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Nursing Program

Linda Roney, EdD, RN-BC, CPEN, CNE, Associate Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Nursing Program, earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Villanova University. Upon graduation, she returned home to Connecticut to work as a pediatric nurse at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital. Through various roles at Yale, Dr. Roney has provided direct care and leadership for some of the region's most vulnerable children. With a Master of Science in Nursing Education and Doctorate of Education from Southern Connecticut State University, Dr. Roney joined Fairfield University's Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies as a full-time faculty member in 2014.       

Dr. Roney continues her pediatric nursing practice at Yale-New Haven Children's  Hospital, where she can often be found playing around the unit with her patients. Using empty waste pails as hoops for basketball games and hosting impromptu dance parties in hallways are just two strategies that she uses to mitigate some of the fear and loss of control that hospitalization can impose on her young patients. A leader in pediatric trauma nursing, Dr. Roney is involved in national education initiatives, research, and policy development focused on the care of injured children. She is currently leading an international project developing the curriculum for nurses who care for hospitalized pediatric trauma patients. Dr. Roney has been honored with the Connecticut Emergency Nurses Association Educator of the Year Award, Society of Pediatric Nurses Excellence in Education Award, the Nightingale Award, and as Nurse of the Year. 

Livestream Recording

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