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Nursing donors "give where they live"

Several faculty members, including Ann Stolz ('91, '95, '01) attended the Folsom Hall ribbon cutting after supporting rooms in the new facility..
Several faculty members including Ann Stoltz ('91,'95,'01), pictured at the Folsom Hall ribbon cutting, and Tanya Altman, pictured with students in a simulation lab, have supported rooms in Folsom Hall.

Ask anyone about the School of Nursing’s new home in Folsom Hall and you’re sure to get an earful of praise. “We’re still kind of on this honeymoon high,” says Tanya Altmann, faculty member, undergraduate program coordinator and associate chair of the School. “We still can’t believe we’ve got what we got.”
The nursing facility’s rags-to-riches story was years in the making and culminated with an outpouring of gifts from countless generous individuals, including many who had a highly personal interest in the campaign.
Donors include health organizations, alumni, community members and even on-campus student groups. And, notably, several nursing faculty members who felt particularly compelled to support the new building campaign through their keen understanding of the program’s aspirations.
“There’s a difference in the type of students we’re creating now,” Altmann says. “We can go beyond boundaries, be creative.”
Altmann, who contributed to one of the high-fidelity simulation labs, knows first-hand how vital hands-on learning is to training nurses. When she was in nursing school, students were rarely allowed to observe—much less participate—if a patient experienced, say, cardiac arrest.
“Now, we can have students coming in managing ‘mock’ arrests,” she says. “We can take the mannequins out to the parking lot and stage a mock arrest out there so students can get the hands-on training that is going to make them competent when they apply it to a real person.”
Nursing faculty member Ann Stoltz ’91, MA ’95 (Nursing), Credential ’01, who is also former chair of the School, faculty member and coordinator of the new accelerated second bachelor’s degree in nursing, had hands-on involvement in the planning of Folsom Hall. Stoltz, who also funded a simulation lab, says experience gained in the trenches helps faculty understand just how beneficial their gifts will be.
“Campus members understand the trends in education and the value of technology,” she says. “If they are willing to contribute, it demonstrates a commitment not only to the School of Nursing but support for the goals and values of the program.”
Among Sac State’s numerous dedicated nursing faculty and administrators, few have as long a tenure as Annita Watson. The former nursing professor and chair of the Division of Nursing for upwards of two decades says she experienced for far too long the challenges of the old nursing facility in El Dorado Hall.
“I had been trying for many years to get a new location for the program and had, in fact, developed building plans at one point in my career,” she says. “I grew very tired of explaining to our licensing and accreditation boards why we did not have better physical accommodations on campus.”
So when the time came to see that goal realized, Watson stepped in to offer support. And with her gift to the School, she not only honored the program she so long worked for, but another cause close to her heart as well. “I dedicated a room in memory of my daughter, Carol A. Watson.”

Nursing faculty and staff—past and present—who contributed to The Campaign for Nursing include:

Tanya Altman Rilda Matthews
Debra Brady Robin Nelson
Deanna Declan Balantac Bridget Parsh
Nancy Beers Kathleen M. Rose
Mollyn V. Bohnen Jan Sampson
Denise Cebrian Ann Stoltz
Martha Dukes Teri Tallman
Roxanne Ferguson Louise Timmer
Brenda Hanson-Smith Denise Wall-Parilo
Former Dean Marilyn Hopkins Annita Watson