The amazing legacy of the College of Nursing’s founding Dean, Dorothy M. Smith, is still seen today in the College’s inspiring faculty and students.


The cover of this issue reflects the legacy of Gator Nursing as begun by Founding Dean Dorothy M. Smith (top left photo) which continues today through the work of faculty members, students and alumni.

Longtime faculty member Jodi Irving (top right photo), who recently retired after 45 years of service, not only leaves behind a tradition of service to students and colleagues, but also tangible and lasting support for the College she loves. Jodi has inspired others around her to give back to the next generation of Gator Nurses and to sustain our traditions. Students such as Brian Ahn (bottom right photo) who began as an Accelerated BSN student and is now pursuing his doctoral degree, is an example for BSN students to defy challenges and work toward dreams. Other students typify the legacy of Dean Smith through their accomplishments, awards and service (bottom left photo). Kara Mercer (far left) and Samantha Smith (second from right) were recently elected as state officers of the Florida Nursing Student Association Executive Board. Breona Herring (second from left) is a four-year Florida Opportunity Scholar and will receive her bachelor’s degree in May. Anastasia Albanese-O’Neill (right) was recently named a Jonas Scholar. This distinguished award will help her complete her doctoral studies and develop leadership skills. Care, Lead, Inspire continues at the College of Nursing. 

Spring 2012

Professor Debbie Popovich presents Professor Faye Medley with an honorary rocking chair reads: “Faye Rocked Here.”

Medley Reflects on a Career Filled with Memorable Student Connections

Medley Reflects on a Career Filled with Memorable Student Connections Recently retired Clinical Assistant Professor Faye Medley, MSN, RN, CNS, devoted more than 20 years of service to the College of Nursing. Looking back now, she feels she received more in return. Those dividends have been seen in the many students she was able to […]

Jodi Irving stands in front of her welcome poster at her retirement reception. The poster read: Celebrating 11,700 Days of Service to the College of Nursing.

Irving’s Impact Immeasurable After 45 Years of Service

Irving’s Impact Immeasurable After 45 Years of Service After more than 45 years of service to the College of Nursing, beloved professor Jodi Irving, who retired in December, leaves behind an inspirational legacy. Irving actually worked under every Dean of the College, and was hired by Founding Dean Dorothy Smith after earning her BSN from […]