Letter from the Nursing Alumni Society President

Dearest College of Nursing Alumni,

I hope this letter finds you in good health and high spirits!

It is an exciting time in our college’s history as Dr. Karen Rose begins her tenure as our new dean. We have a talented Board of Governors working to ensure that our Nursing Alumni Society is operationally stable and remains relevant and aligned with the new strategic plan and priorities that Dean Rose will set over the next year.

I want to express my gratitude for your continued support and involvement in our Society. Your dedication and commitment have been instrumental in the success and growth of our organization. As we move forward, we are eager to build upon this foundation and explore new avenues for collaboration and engagement.

Today, I am excited to share that we are offering a revamped membership structure that aligns with recent changes to The Ohio State University Alumni Association (OSUAA) membership tiers and will offer you even more benefits and opportunities. Our new membership tiers allow you to choose the level of involvement that suits you best. Whether you are a recent graduate looking to connect with fellow alumni or a seasoned professional seeking a leadership role within the Society, there is a membership tier designed with you in mind. You can find detailed information about the new membership structure and its benefits on our Society webpage. Our dedicated Membership Committee and Alumni Engagement Team are ready to assist with any questions you may have.

In addition to our new membership structure, we will now hold annual elections for key board positions within our Society as required by OSUAA. This is a significant moment as we look to fill leadership roles that will shape the direction of our organization in the years to come.

I encourage you to consider running for a leadership position or nominating a fellow alumni member whom you believe would contribute significantly to our Society. These positions offer an incredible opportunity to drive positive change and make a lasting impact on our college. You can find information about the election process, how to submit nominations (including self-nominations) and the election timeline on the How to Join page. The application to be a board member is at this link.

Finally, we believe that collaboration is key to our success. Your insights, expertise and experiences are invaluable, and we invite you to share them with us. Whether you are interested in becoming a Society board member, participating in social and/or educational events, volunteering your time and skills to mentor students or serving as chair of an honored class at Homecoming, we welcome your active participation. Together, we can continue to elevate the standard of nursing care and make a difference in the lives of patients and communities. Your involvement and support are what make our Society thrive!

Should you have any questions or ideas to share, please feel free to reach out to me directly at fortney.19@osu.edu. I look forward to connecting with you at a Society event soon.

Go Buckeyes!

Chris Fortney, PhD, RN, FPCN
BA 1992, BSN 2002, MS 2006, PhD 2012
President, Nursing Alumni Society
The Ohio State University College of Nursing