Hall of Fame

Established in 2006, the College of Nursing Hall of Fame identifies distinguished graduates and their extraordinary contributions to the nursing profession. At the inaugural induction ceremony, Carolyn Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean emeritus of the College, reminded those in attendance, “Our honorees are symbolic of the best of our community of graduates and by celebrating them, we are celebrating all of our graduates.”

The second class of College of Nursing Hall of Fame inductees were inducted in May 2011 during a special ceremony and banquet, held in conjunction with the College’s 50th anniversary celebration.

The third class of inductees will be inducted in Fall 2017. Click here for more information.

Melissa D. Avery, PhD, RN, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
MSN 1981
Professor and Chair
Child and Family Health Cooperative Unit,
University of Minnesota School of Nursing

Col. Marla J. De Jong, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN
PhD 2005
Interim Associate Dean, Professor
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences


Vicki Hines-Martin, PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN
PhD 1994
Professor and Director
Office of Disparities and Community Engagement,
University of Louisville School of Nursing

Tonda L. Hughes, PhD, RN, FAAN
MSN 1981
Associate Dean for Global Health, Nursing Collegiate Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Nursing

Juliann G. Sebastian, PhD, RN, FAAN
BSN 1974; MSN 1977
Dean and Professor
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, Omaha, Nebraska


The following five alumnae were inducted in June 2007:

Nancy Dickenson-Hazard, MSN, RN, CNP, FAAN
BSN 1968
Former Chief Executive Officer
Sigma Tau International, Indianapolis, Indiana


Sue Thomas Hegyvary, PhD, RN, FAAN
BSN 1965
Dean Emeritus
University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle, Washington


Alice Gertrude Herman, PhD, RN, CNM
MSN 1972
Nursing pioneer in rural and frontier areas of America, Harrodsburg, Kentucky


Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN
BSN 1978
Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics
Berman Institute of Bioethics, School of Nursing, John Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland

Elizabeth (Betsy) Elder Weiner, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, FACMI
BSN 1975
Senior Associate Dean for Educational Informatics and Professor of Informatics
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, Tennessee