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St David’s Foundation Awards Grant to School of Nursing to Improve Health Care in Central Texas

Posted: Jan. 10, 2017

SON Alumna, St. David's CEO and Dean during the Award Ceremony

Alumna Norinne Yukon (BSN ’78);
Earl Maxwell, CEO, St. David’s Foundation; and
Dean Alexa Stuifbergen during the Award Ceremony

AUSTIN, Texas — The St. David’s Foundation has awarded a $950,000 grant to The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing to address classroom infrastructure and technological updates.

In 2014 the School of Nursing undertook an ambitious plan to evaluate current spaces and building configurations aimed at creating an upgraded site where nursing education can thrive as part of the new and evolving health care district. Part of that plan included reconfiguring classrooms and incorporating more cutting-edge technology into the 1970s-era building.

“Although the School of Nursing building is physically sound, our ability to remain technologically up-to-date has been a challenge,” Alexa Stuifbergen, dean of the UT Austin School of Nursing, said. “With this grant, we intend to update classrooms so that the latest innovative teaching techniques can be used and students can participate in active learning and team-building activities.”

In addition, many other friends and alumni of the School of Nursing have generously contributed toward this $3.3 million project. With the addition of the Foundation’s support, almost all of the funds needed are in place.

The funds will be used on much-needed first-floor classroom renovations to maximize use of the space and support interactive group learning, testing and new technologies. These modern classrooms will facilitate contemporary teaching and learning methods for the benefit of future health care providers, educators and patients. Renovations will begin after the last day of classes of the spring semester.

“We are grateful to the St David’s Foundation for their vision, leadership and generosity as they continue to partner with us on our mission to transform health care in Central Texas and beyond,” Dean Stuifbergen said.

SON Alumna, St. David's CEO and Dean during the Award Ceremony

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SON Alumna, St. David's CEO and Dean during the Award Ceremony

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For a complete list of the grant disbursements, please visit the St. David’s Foundation website.

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