Irving Gives Gift of History
It has been a busy few months for Jodi Irving. With her retirement from the College at the end of 2011, Irving established a fund connected to her passion for sustaining the College of Nursing’s history.
Irving gave $50,000 to create the The Jo Annalee “Jodi” Irving College of Nursing History Fund that will be used to support the preservation of the College of Nursing’s heritage.
“History is a way to honor the past, support the present and secure the future,” she said.
Irving was an instrumental part of the College’s 50th anniversary celebration and creation of the College’s history alcove on the third floor. The history alcove piqued her interest in formalizing the College’s history and led her to creating the fund.
Irving believes that there are many opportunities to make the history of the College come alive. Future plans include the creation of additional oral histories, development of a book about the history of the College and a possible museum devoted to the College’s history, which could display the 50th anniversary DVD, photos and other artifacts.
“History helps you see how incremental changes make a big impact over long periods of time,” she said.
If you are interested in giving to The Jo Annalee “Jodi” Irving College of Nursing History Fund, donations may be sent to the Office of Development, University of Florida, P.O. Box 100197, Gainesville, FL 32610. Checks should be made payable to the UF Foundation. For more information please email Anna Harper, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 352-273-6360.