The magazine of the School of Nursing of UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
Barbara Banker with her cousin Juanita Ruth Kirkpatrick Smith

The Natural

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...
Read More →
Eileen Breslin, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Alumni, faculty are at core of our success

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...
Read More →
James Cleveland with nursing students


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...
Read More →
Odette Denisa

Ensuring a bright future involves you

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...
Read More →
school of nursing alumni association scholarship recipients

Future nurse leaders receive scholarships

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...
Read More →

Generations of extraordinary alumni impact lives

  For one of Bexar County’s civil court judges, a nursing education from the School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio laid the groundwork and foundation upon which she built her career. Judge Stephani Walsh uses the communication...
Read More →

Your legacy, our future

“Creating an endowment in our School of Nursing means I can continue to make a difference in the school’s success even after I’m gone. I couldn’t think of a better way to make this happen than through a legacy gift.” —Kay Avant, Ph.D., RN, FNI, FAAN   Dr. Kay Avant treasured...
Read More →
Major General Bobby Presley

Scholarship honors a life of service

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 highl...
Read More →

Alumni and faculty research improves infant health care

At 9 p.m. on a Friday, many young professionals are unwinding, preparing to enjoy the beginning of a weekend away from the office. Not Kelly McGlothen. This is when the 26-year-old nurse comes to life as she heads expeditiously toward the Biobehavioral Research Laboratory in the...
Read More →
Darinka Hudson with Sonia Moreno Rogers

Sparking an electric connection

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...
Read More →