School of Nursing to host 50th anniversary open house celebration Thursday

September 10, 2019

In celebration of Troy University’s School of Nursing turning 50, there will be an open house at the Collegeview Building on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Dr. Wade Forehand, Director of the School of Nursing, encourages all Troy students, faculty and alumni to attend and support their “baby shower” fundraiser, which is to present the nursing school’s new delivery suite for training students in childbirth procedures, and to raise money for the 50-year-old program.

“(The simulator) delivers babies, so we figured it’d be fun and a neat idea to show off our new simulation suite to let students, alumni, anyone who’s interested to come and help us figure out what gender the baby is,” he said.

The “kick-off celebration” is meant to commemorate the School of Nursing and its professional success as a program on the Troy Campus for 50 years, as well as to announce the establishment of the new wing, recently converted from a conference room.

Donations are $1 to cast a vote on the simulation baby’s gender, which will be announced on Sept. 12. All the proceeds will go back into the program to fund future endeavors.

“The biggest thing is we’re really just recognizing the program and the excellence,” Forehand said. “It’s an excellent opportunity to collect funds that go right back into the program, and with all the healthcare changes, it’s hard to stay cutting edge.”

Forehand hopes those not previously involved in the program’s long history will consider supporting as well by donating or attending the open house celebration.

“Come out and celebrate with us and just reflect on what TROY nursing means,” Forehand said. If you are interested in donating to the School of Nursing’s fund raiser, the link to submit votes for a baby name and gender is