New Nursing Alumni Association Founded

Jean Grazel, left, and Linda Wray are co-presidents of the new association.

A newly chartered alumni association aims to support nursing alumni and the School of Nursing at Rutgers–Camden. “We have a lot of pride in the school,” said Jean Grazel SNC’81, who is co-president of Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden Alumni Association with Linda Wray CCAS’74, SNC’76. “We are energized about giving back, supporting the school and other nurses, and connecting with the Rutgers– Camden community.”

All graduates of Rutgers–Camden who are registered nurses belong to the new group. Organizers for the new association met twice before the pandemic began, and continued to get together monthly for virtual meetings to work on projects. One initiative included the creation of Rutgers-branded scrub caps and masks that were distributed to alumni working on the frontlines of treating COVID-19. Wray and Grazel said the association’s goals are to help with fundraising for the School of Nursing, develop networking for nursing alumni, and also offer mentoring for recent graduates joining the nursing workforce. “Our alumni have talents and significant experience that they can share and benefit our younger alumni,” Wray said.

School of Nursing Dean Donna Nickitas agreed. “Building a connection between our graduates and the new association means the formation of meaningful opportunities to learn from, network with, and have support that will last a lifetime,” she said.

The association can be found online at nursing.camden.rutgers.edu/alumni. For more information, email mike.morgan@rutgers.edu or call 856-225-6606.

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