Celebrating Our Past, Your Present and Nursing’s Future

 

UCF Nursing: Celebrating 40 years of excellence, 1979-2009.

IN FALL 1979, a small group of BSN undergraduate students and faculty members made history to begin the nursing program at UCF. These trailblazers, and those that followed in their footsteps, have all made valuable contributions to what is today one of the nation’s best nursing programs.

College of Nursing 40th Anniversary Kickoff Event

Our history of excellence and bright future ahead are the result of the thousands of students and alumni, and countless faculty and leaders who have chosen to be a part of our story.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our 40th anniversary gala – the much-anticipated culmination of an academic year-long celebration – had to be rescheduled.

The gala will now be held in spring 2021. In addition to commemorating 40 years of educating nurses, we will celebrate the 40th class reunion of the first cohort who began in fall 1979 and graduated in spring 1981.

JOIN US in celebrating four decades of nursing education excellence:


Re-save the date for the UCF College of Nursing 40th Anniversary Gala, celebrating 40 years of academic excellence

 

40th Anniversary Gala – Rescheduled 

A CELEBRATION four decades in the making.

Join fellow Knight nurses, friends and faculty to reconnect and recognize our collective achievements at this much-anticipated event.

Toast to our past, to the trailblazers in our first cohort, to your successes, to the 40 Noble Knight Nurses who set a golden example, and to nursing’s bright future.

RE-SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, May 15, 2021
6 – 10 p.m.
Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, Orlando

 

Registration will re-open in early 2021. If you already purchased tickets for the 2020 event date, please see FAQs below. If not, please stay tuned to our website, social media and email in early 2021.

 

FAQs

Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel

If I’ve purchased my ticket(s) already, what do I do?
If you plan to attend the gala on the new date, May 15, 2021, no action is needed. Your ticket(s) will be directly transferred for you to attend the gala in 2021.

If you are unable to attend the gala on the new date, please email us to request a full refund. Alternatively, you may request the ticket amount be donated to support the College of Nursing’s 40th Anniversary Innovating our Future fund.

If I’ve made hotel accommodations through the group rate at Rosen Shingle Creek, what do I do?
You will receive a new confirmation email in the coming days from the hotel. At that point, you will have the option to either confirm your room reservation for the new date or cancel the room reservation.

When will tickets become available if I haven’t yet registered?
We will re-open registration in early 2021 for the 40th anniversary gala on May 15, 2021; and will provide information on ticket purchasing options and early-bird deadlines at that time. Stay tuned to your email and our social media, or return to this website in early 2021.

 

Questions?

Contact nursingevents@ucf.edu

 

Sponsorships Available

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT of the UCF College of Nursing and its mission to prepare nurse leaders and patient advocates through excellence in education, research and service.

Sponsor the 40th Gala and other college events (5 sponsorship levels available: Ruby, Gold, Silver, Black and Knight).

 

Thank You to Our Sponsors

List of Sponsors by Levels

We appreciate our in-kind sponsors as well: Blezoo, In Bloom Florist and Tito’s Vodka

 

Questions?

Contact Katie Korkosz at 407-823-1600, or Christina Gonzalez at 407-823-2422


 

Noble Knight Nurse Awards

Noble Knight Nurse Awards
Nominations are now closed.

IN CELEBRATION of the 40th anniversary, the UCF College of Nursing is honoring 40 alumni for their significant contributions to the profession.

The 40 Noble Knight Nurse award recipients stood out for their extraordinary achievements. They serve as an inspiration for us all to continue reaching for the stars and be the golden example in the profession.

Nadine Garcia ’18MSN, RN, alumni chapter board recognition chair

The 40 Noble Knight Nurse honorees will be recognized at the 40th anniversary gala on May 15, 2021.


 

Give an Anniversary Gift

 

UCF nursing students in Peru. Jessica Bailey on left.

“Going to Peru (has) better prepared me for my future career as a nurse. I am forever grateful.”

– Jessica Bailey, BSN student and 2019 medical service trip participant (left in photo)

 

Candace Eden

“My favorite memory from the UCF College of Nursing was being published for the first time with faculty in a peer-reviewed journal.”

– Candace Eden ’15DNP

 

Kaley Pinner

“The experience opened my eyes to the opportunity I have to advocate for my patients on a much larger scale.”

– Kaley Pinner, Second Degree ’19BSN student and 2019 AACN Student Policy Summit attendee

 

Help Knight Nurses to Charge On

YOU CAN CREATE more memories like these and make a greater impact on the health of our communities.

Help the UCF College of Nursing charge on into the future with a gift to the 40th Anniversary “Innovating Our Future” fund

Your gift supports the college’s vision of becoming a 21st century leader in health professions education by transforming nursing practice through innovations in education and research.


 

Giving Levels:

 

Commemorative Pin Celebrating 40 Years of Nursing Excellence at UCF
Get Your Special Commemorative Pin
Give $1 for each year of UCF Nursing ($40) and receive:
  • Commemorative UCF College of Nursing 40th anniversary pin
Give $10 for each year of UCF Nursing ($400) and receive:
  • A commemorative 40th anniversary pin, and
  • A chance to name a simulation mannequin for the 2020-21 academic year[1]
Commemorate our founding year with a gift of $1,979 and receive:
  • A commemorative 40th anniversary pin,
  • Two tickets to the College of Nursing 40th Anniversary Gala and VIP reception in May 2020,
  • Membership in the College of Nursing Knightingale Society,
  • Membership in the UCF Foundation’s President’s Circle, and
  • Recognition in college publications
Give $100 for each year of UCF Nursing ($4,000) and receive:
  • A commemorative 40th anniversary pin,
  • A private lunch with Dean Mary Lou Sole,
  • Two tickets to the College of Nursing 40th Anniversary Gala and VIP reception in May 2020,
  • Membership in the College of Nursing Knightingale Society,
  • Membership in the UCF Foundation’s President’s Circle,
  • Invitations to exclusive UCF and College of Nursing events, and
  • Recognition in college publications

 

Questions?

Contact Katie Korkosz at 407-823-1600, or Christina Gonzalez at 407-823-2422


[1] Your name will be entered into a drawing that will be held in 2020.