PHOTO INSET, CIRCA 1942: Juanita Ruth Kirkpatrick Smith (right) embraces her cousin Barbara Banker. PHOTO RIGHT, 2016: Barbara Banker (right) visits with her cousin Juanita Ruth Kirkpatrick Smith.

The Natural

May 20, 2016

Endowment honors nurse’s innate dedication, leadership to profession As a young girl in South Texas, Juanita Ruth Kirkpatrick Smith would eagerly await her mother’s return home from her shift as a special duty nurse. She loved listening to her mother recount her workday with stories of how she helped patients by assisting other nurses and doctors. Smith dreamed of the day she […]

Eileen Breslin, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Alumni, faculty are at core of our success

May 19, 2016

Nursing is one of the most meaningful and rewarding professions. The great philosopher Albert Schweitzer once said “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” This issue of Tribute is evidence our alumni and faculty are passionate about their profession. They do […]

James Cleveland with nursing students


May 19, 2016

James A Cleveland, M.S.N. RN., was named director of the Center for Simulation Innovation (CSI) in the School of Nursing. He will oversee the design and implementation of high-fidelity, mid-fidelity and low-fidelity training of students in the CSI as well as interprofessional training and skills training for outside agencies. Cleveland will also lead the CSI […]

Odette V. Denisa, M.S.N., RN, ACNP-BC, President, School of Nursing Alumni Association

Ensuring a bright future involves you

May 19, 2016

Dear fellow alumni, I am honored to serve as your new School of Nursing Alumni Association Board president! My term began January 2016 when Christian Doll, M.H.S., RN, B.S.N, CPN, handed me the proverbial reins. Special thanks go to Christian for his enthusiasm and outstanding leadership that re-energized our organization.  Although he recently relocated to Fort […]

school of nursing alumni association scholarship recipients

Future nurse leaders receive scholarships

May 19, 2016

Congratulations to this year’s School of Nursing Alumni Association scholarship recipients. They are (pictured with alumni association president Odette V. Denisa): B.S.N. student Monica Garza Vickery (left) and M.S.N. student Isabel Martinez. Scholarship recipients not pictured are: Annabelle Fulencheck and Edith Phillips, who are students in the B.S.N. program, and Meaghan Mugleston and Jasmin Villarreal who are studying in the […]

Major General Bobby Presley

Scholarship honors a life of service

May 18, 2016

  Service to his country and to others was Maj. Gen. Bobby W. Presley’s passion in life. Before his passing at age 83, his family and friends recall him continually thinking of how he could help others, and he did. Through his long and successful career as a highly decorated officer in the U.S. Air Force, through his leadership roles in business, and through his church and community volunteerism, Maj. Gen. Presley […]

Nursing student Darinka Hudson (left), works with Sonia Moreno Rogers of CPS Energy, to inform San Antonians about available resources to help ensure their home health and safety.

Sparking an electric connection

May 17, 2016

Nurses team with CPS Energy to keep community healthy What do CPS Energy, the nation’s largest municipally owned energy company, and the UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Nursing have in common? More than you may know.  The two joined forces in the summer of 2015 to better educate the community on issues related to health and safety. Jesse Hernandez, director […]


Altering our DNA destiny

May 17, 2016

NIH selects nurses to train at acclaimed genetics institute Everyone will fall risk to some sort of health condition or disease at some point in their lifetime. Whether it is high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease or Alzheimer’s, if your mom, dad, grandparent or another relative had it, the chances are higher that you might someday receive the same diagnosis. That’s because genetics, […]

Nursing student at clinic in Guatemala

Making a world of difference

May 17, 2016

Nursing students travel the globe to help patients in need Every year since 2006, faculty, students and graduates from the School of Nursing leave their families, work and school to travel to remote villages in Guatemala to provide medical and surgical nursing care to the indigenous Guatemalan Mayans. All of these volunteers pay their own way. While the distance between […]