Tennessee native W. Mark Tucker, DDS, has been selected as the 2015 UTHSC Outstanding Alumnus of the College of Dentistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). Dr. Tucker will receive the award at the Alumni Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 6, at the Hilton Memphis (939 Ridge Lake Blvd). The luncheon, which starts at 12 p.m., is also the 20th anniversary of the William F. Slagle Dental Meeting, formerly known as the MidSouth Dental Congress. [Read more...]
Carolyn Whitney and Vivian Chalmers, friends from their school days, stood in the crowded lobby of the Student-Alumni Center at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) on Saturday morning, Feb. 7, and gave each other a big hug. [Read more...]
A Window to the Past and a Gift to the Future: UTHSC’s College of Nursing Looks for Memorabilia from Early Grads
The diploma Elizabeth Allene Vance received from the University of Tennessee School of Nursing in 1940 was her ticket to see the world.
Grateful to the nursing school that shaped her mom’s life, Catherine Ditamore of Little Rock, Ark., felt it appropriate after her mother’s death in 2010, to donate memorabilia from her mom’s student nursing days in Memphis to what is now the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She hopes the items will remind today’s student nurses of those who went before them, make them aware of the noble heritage the profession carries, and inspire them with the possibilities that nursing can offer.
The College of Nursing wants more graduates and their relatives to do the same. A collection of items, including uniforms, diplomas, photographs, nursing pins, instruments and more that tell the history of nursing and of nursing at UT since its birth in 1898, will be displayed in the new College of Nursing Building on the site of the Crowe Research Building, when it is completed in about three years.
Among the items Catherine Ditamore, 64, a retired information technologist, donated is a receipt for $10 that secured her mother’s first-quarter admission in March 1937. Also donated are: her acceptance letter dated Oct. 30, 1936; photos of nursing students wearing gowns and corsages at a dance at The Peabody Skyway; photos of the old John Gaston Hospital; a class composite with 29 women from six Southern states; and the diploma declaring Vance a member of the graduating class of September 1940.
After graduation, Vance became an Army nurse, entering as a second lieutenant and eventually becoming a captain. During training in Louisiana, she met First Lieutenant Earl Ditamore. He was shipped off to Europe, she to the Philippines. They corresponded and married back in the states in 1946. They lived in Germany, where he was stationed, and were preparing to move the family to Japan in 1950 for his stint in Korea, when he died. Elizabeth Allene Vance Ditamore never remarried.
She moved to Virginia to raise their daughter and son, eventually settling in Fairfax. She got a bachelor’s degree, took a nursing refresher course, and was a post-surgical nurse until she retired at 65. She died at 94, and because of her rank in the Army, she is buried in Arlington National Cemetery next to her husband.
Her daughter says she has “a soft spot” in her heart for the University of Tennessee and its nursing program, and that’s why she offered the memorabilia her mom obviously treasured. “I look back on her life, and in terms of setting her on a path for the rest of her life, that’s what happened in Memphis.”
Dianne Greenhill, BSN, MS, EdS, EdD, is president of the UTHSC College of Nursing Alumni Association Board of Directors, a 1962 graduate, professor emeritus of the college, and author of the book about its history, “From Diploma to Doctorate: 100 Years of Nursing.” She is helping to organize the collection effort, which she feels has a larger purpose than just showcasing interesting objects related to the profession.
“I think it’s important to know our legacy and where we came from and how nursing has changed over the years,” she said. “You don’t realize that, if you don’t see what it was like in the early period.”
The items will be preserved in a glass display similar to the Apothecaries Collection in the Pharmacy Building.
The College of Nursing is especially interested in photos taken prior to the 1950s, diplomas from the 1920s and earlier, nursing pins from prior to the 1920s, nursing caps and uniforms from before the 1940s, nursing notes from early classes, nursing instruments and more. Those who would like to donate items for display should contact Dianne Greenhill at email@example.com or (901) 820-0211.
As a part of its ongoing effort to support pancreatic cancer research, the Herb Kosten Foundation has donated $30,000 to the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). [Read more...]
The Communications and Marketing Department at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) earned distinction for their three entries in the 2014 MarCom International Awards. [Read more...]
The First John Ed and Odessa Williams Endowment Lectureship Brings Renowned Diabetes Expert to Campus
The first John Ed and Odessa Williams Endowment in Community Diabetes Lectureship earlier this month brought renowned diabetes expert James Gavin III, MD, to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) campus as the keynote speaker. [Read more...]
1 in 3 adults is at risk for developing diabetes.
Are you one of them?
If you have a parent, sister or brother with diabetes, you may be at risk for developing diabetes.
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is conducting a diabetes prevention research study for people over age 30 who are at risk of developing diabetes. Participants will receive diabetes testing, information on diabetes prevention and up to $300 if all visits are completed.
If you think you may be at risk, please call 901-448-8400 to learn more about the Vitamin D and Type 2 diabetes study (D2d study). If you respond by email to this posting, please include a contact phone number so that we can follow up with you.
The Top Executive Position at the UT Health Science Center’s College of Medicine is Named for Alumnus and Benefactor, Dr. Robert J. Kaplan
The College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) has announced that the college’s top executive position has been named after benefactor and alumnus, Dr. Robert J. Kaplan. Dr. David Stern, who has led the medical college since April 2011, is now the Robert Kaplan Executive Dean for the UTHSC College of Medicine. [Read more...]