On Thursday, May 10, 2007, more than 400 guests, including alumni, friends, faculty, and nursing leaders from across the country, came together for Celebrating 75 Years of Nursing Excellence—a grand commemoration of nursing at NYU held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan.
While looking back on the College’s history, the event also served to kick off a $20 million capital campaign—the Defining Nursing’s Future Campaign—to create a stateoftheart nursing building to secure the College’s growth and impact. The new building is a critical component of the College’s plan to expand its faculty, double its student body, and dramatically increase its capabilities in research and scholarship.
Donna Hanover, WORAM Morning Show cohost was the event’s emcee, and honorees included alumna, activist, and founder of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Rachel Robinson, who received an MA in nursing from NYU in 1961; Special Advisor to the President of NYU Naomi Levine; and Emmy Award winning actress and
children’s rights advocate Susan Lucci.
NYU President John Sexton emphasized the College of Nursing’s important contribution to the founding goal of NYU—a private university in the public service. "We embrace that part of humanity and could not do it without a College of Nursing that is fully integrated into the University," he said. Introducing the former dean and current interim dean of the College of Dentistry, Drs. Michael Alfano and Richard Vogel, President Sexton underscored the great potential of the recent linkage between the Colleges of Nursing and Dentistry to advance both disciplines in care and research.