A bit of coolness in the air and shifting afternoon light hint that our seasons are changing. In higher education, this time of year is one of the most exciting and rewarding. Fresh starts, new adventures, and the impossibly fast passage of time remind us that our children, students, and yes, ourselves are another year older. We have been eagerly anticipating welcoming our newest students to our Pharmacy, Dental, MBA and Nursing programs. Of our 107 new nursing students, ten are part of our Veteran to Bachelor of Science in Nursing pathway. Ten new residents started the Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA program and we also have St. Rose Dominican Hospital employees enrolled in our MBA program. These students start with tentative enthusiasm but quickly become part of our campus communities. We welcome back familiar faces as our returning students come back refreshed and eager to apply their learning to the continuum of discovery that encompasses their fulfillment of their degree. We enjoyed seeing both new and existing students come together at our Snow Cone Social, held on Tuesday, August 22 in both South Jordan and Henderson.
At the same time, the social media world seems filled with “first day” pictures—from nervous preschoolers, to new 6th graders, to proud parents whose children are leaving the nest to go off to their first year of college. While each of these students is on a very different path, the beginning of the school year holds some common truths. We hope for excellent and supportive teachers and faculty, collegial classmates, meaningful learning, achievement, growth, confidence, and success. The beginning of the year holds so much promise, as fresh as the pages in a brand new spiral bound notebook. As an educator, a parent, and a University President, this time of year is so powerful.
Our Neighborhood Health Series will begin again on September 21, after a brief summer hiatus, with Dr. Jeffery Talbot and Dr. Krystal Riccio, sharing developments and insight on the topic of Drug Addiction in our community and its impact on families.
We hope you are planning to join us October 2 at our 18th Annual Roseman University Golf Tournament, with proceeds of this fun event going towards student scholarships. Last year we heard from several of our student scholarship recipients, with moving accounts of the challenging yet inspiring journey to fulfill their educational dreams. Our students, like most, rely on financial aid, scholarships and loans to help them reach their dreams. Our graduation rates and board passing rates, coupled with rapid entry into the workforce to needed, high-paying health science careers make those sacrifices worth it. As our country needs more healthcare providers to meet the demands of shifting populations and disease, we must continue to provide the programs students need to meet these demands. We must also continue to have the agility and flexibility to put into place new programs. Finally, you’ll be hearing more from us as we move into our Week of Thanksgiving in late November, as we reach out to raise funds for our colleges to support scholarships and other important projects. We give thanks to our supporters last year and look forward to what we can achieve together this year.
Last Thursday, Roseman University announced that it has received a pledge gift of $10 million from the Engelstad Family Foundation to support the ongoing development of the College of Medicine.
This donation, the largest in Roseman University’s history, will help the College of Medicine fulfill its mission to improve the health of communities in Southern Nevada and the Intermountain West by providing the necessary funding to hire critical faculty and staff and to further develop its clinical programs.
The Engelstad Family Foundation joins the many donors, including Roseman University Board of Trustee members, employees, students and alumni, and members of our community, who have already supported the $66 million Breakthrough in Medicine! College of Medicine Campaign with generous philanthropic gifts. This includes recent gifts of $500,000 and $100,000. With each gift, we are closer to achieving our goal of raising the funding necessary to achieve accreditation and enroll our inaugural class of medical students in 2019. I want to extend my sincerest thanks to the Engelstad Family Foundation and to all of Roseman’s supporters.
We wish you a beautiful September of fresh starts and the promise that only a new school year can hold.
Renee Coffman, BS Pharm, PhD
Roseman University of Health Sciences