Winter 2013 Newsletter

2012 Homecoming Brunch Honors Kathleen Mastrian

Kathy Mastrian

Kathleen Mastrian

Kathleen Mastrian is an associate professor of nursing and the coordinator of the Nursing program at Penn State Shenango. Mastrian received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Penn State in 1973, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1976, and a Ph.D. degree in medical sociology from Kent State University in 1992. She worked as a hospital nurse before becoming an instructor at Penn State Shenango in 1978.

Mastrian is a leader and expert in nursing informatics, a discipline on the cutting edge of nursing science. The second edition of her book Nursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge was published this year by Jones and Bartlett; it is used in more than 150 nursing schools and 350 nursing courses around the world. She is also the senior managing editor of the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics.


SNAP at UP held a total of five meetings in the fall semester with over 100 people in attendance at each meeting. The organization held a stethoscope fundraiser for the sophomores, sponsored a blood drive for the Red Cross, decorated pumpkins with children from a housing transition group, collected and donated canned goods to the State College Food Bank, and sent holiday stockings overseas to soldiers in the military.

SNAP members

SNAP continued the mentor program, which was initiated last year, and participated in the Homecoming parade and talent show, as well as hosted a career fair, which had a total of 23 agencies. SNAP was able to send 26 members to the state SNAP convention held at Nemacolin Woodland Resorts, and had five delegates represent Penn State. SNAP sponsors two families for THON and actively participated in all canning weekends, THONvelopes, THON 5K, and other THON-related activities.

Recently, SNAP established a new position, a public relations chair to help spread awareness of SNAP events. In the upcoming semester, the students will be participating in the Pink Zone basketball game to spread awareness of breast cancer and continue with various community service activities.

Letter from the Dean of the School of Nursing

Dear School of Nursing Alumni,

Paula Milone-Nuzzo

Paula Milone-Nuzzo

I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the activities of the last several months and the promise of those to come. Last fall, we had eight students travel to Ecuador as part of the Hershey Medical Center Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Mission, which provided them with a life-changing experience in caring for children who are significantly disadvantaged. We welcomed five new doctoral students into our Ph.D. program who are beginning their journey toward becoming nurse scientists. We launched a new master’s degree, the M.S.N., and two new online master’s degree options in Nursing Education and Nursing Administration. Our researchers are changing the way we care for patients, and our teachers are preparing the next generation of providers for the complexities of care they will face.

As we move through the spring semester, we know that our faculty and students will continue to distinguish themselves and the School of Nursing. Through their work, we are improving health care in Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world. We are also beginning to think about the more distant future and the celebration of our fiftieth anniversary in 2014. This is an important milestone in our history, and we have much to celebrate. Please plan to join us for the celebration in spring 2014. If you want to participate in the planning and implementation of this event, that would be wonderful, and we will welcome your help.

I am proud to serve as your dean of the Penn State School of Nursing. I hope to see many of you in April for our annual School of Nursing tailgate during Blue-White Weekend (watch for details on our website). I look forward to welcoming you back to Happy Valley!


Paula Milone-Nuzzo

Alumni Corner

Ann Kolanowski

Ann Kolanowski

Ann Kolanowski, Elouise Ross Eberly Professor of Nursing and director of the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Penn State, received the 2012 Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award from the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) at the organization's 65th Annual Scientific Meeting held Nov. 14–18 in San Diego.  This award is given to a society member in recognition of outstanding and sustained contribution to geriatric nursing research.  During the course of her career, Kolanowski has been devoted to improving the quality of life of older adults with dementia. She has developed and disseminated research that focuses on building a strong body of scientific evidence that supports the use of theory-based nonpharmacological interventions for behavioral symptoms in persons with dementia and delirium. Kolanowski’s practice initiatives have been incorporated into national practice guidelines for the care of persons with dementia.

Cara Bicking Kinsey

Cara Bicking Kinsey

Kolanowski, of Kingston, Pa., is also a professor of psychiatry in Penn State’s College of Medicine and an adjunct professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.  The GSA is the nation’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. Its principal mission is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public.

Congratulations to Cara Bicking Kinsey, one of our Ph.D. students, who won first place in the Outstanding Student Papers competition in the Maternal and Child Health section at the 140th Annual American Public Health Association meeting on October 29 in San Francisco! Cara presented an abstract, titled "Reliability and Validity of a Modified Version of the Postpartum Bonding Questionnaire."

Call for Nominations

Every year the College of Health and Human Development and the School of Nursing recognize outstanding alumni.  The four alumni awards given annually are the Alumni Recognition Award, Alumni Service Award, Emerging Professional Graduate Degree Award, and Emerging Professional Undergraduate Award.

The Alumni Recognition Award is presented to an alumnus/alumna of the College of Health and Human Development who has demonstrated professional excellence and exemplary voluntary community involvement in a health and human development field. To be considered for the Alumni Recognition Award, an individual must have received a graduate or undergraduate degree more than ten years ago, achieved outstanding professional excellence (e.g. research, leadership and practice) in a CHHD area expertise, and demonstrated consistent exemplary community service.

The Alumni Service Award recognizes an alumnus or alumna of the College of Health and Human Development who has positively impacted the quality of people's lives through service to others above and beyond their call of duty. The actions of the recipient of the Alumni Service Award exemplify the College of Health and Human Development's commitment to improving the quality of people's lives. This award focuses on service to others as a means of improving quality of life. The recipient may serve others in one or more of the following settings: The College of Health and Human Development, Penn State, the community, our nation, our world. The service may occur as part of the individual's participation in a service or nonprofit organization, or an entity, organization, or event of the recipient's own creation. The service shall occur within a field related to health or human development. To be eligible, the nominee must have received either an undergraduate or graduate degree from the college and must have provided service above and beyond their call of duty in an area of work that has positively impacted the lives of others. NOTE: Past recipients of this award and members of the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society Board are not eligible.

The Emerging Professional–Graduate Degree Award and the Emerging Professional–Undergraduate Degree Award recognize graduates of the past ten years who have demonstrated professional excellence and/or exemplary voluntary community involvement in the health and human development professions.

Emerging Professional – Graduate Degree Award

To be considered for the Emerging Professional Graduate Degree Award, an individual must have received a graduate degree in the last ten years, achieved outstanding professional excellence (e.g. research, education, leadership, and practice) in a CHHD area of expertise, and demonstrated exemplary community service.

Emerging Professional – Undergraduate Degree Award

To be considered for the Emerging Professional Undergraduate Degree Award, an individual must have received an undergraduate degree in the last ten years, achieved outstanding professional excellence (e.g. research, education, leadership, and practice) in a CHHD area of expertise, and demonstrated exemplary community service.

All nomination forms are accessible on the College of Health and Human Development website at: Nominations are due no later than Friday, March 1, 2013 to the Nursing Alumni APG Awards Committee at

Upcoming Events

Save the Date for these Penn State Activities

College of Health and Human Development Mentoring Program Luncheon

Lady Lions WBCA Pink Zone & HHD Reception

Blue-White Weekend

School of Nursing activities throughout the weekend:

Speaker: Joanne Disch, Clinical Professor of Nursing, University of Minnesota, and current president, American Academy of Nursing

Stand Up for Penn State

In its recent communication "A Message to Our Penn State Family," the leaders of the Penn State Alumni Association suggested ways alumni and other Penn Staters can help support the entire Penn State family and show the world what Penn State is all about.  Here are the "Top 4 Ways to Show Your Penn State Pride":

Volunteer, Join, and Support

Communicate and Tell Our Story

Donate to Worthy Causes

Show Up in Person

Connect with Us

The School of Nursing now has its own Facebook page at

Note: This is NOT intended to replace the Nursing Alumni Society Facebook group. It is just an additional way to reach out and provide information about the School of Nursing to prospective students and the public. 

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