When I speak with alumni, I am reminded how much nursing education has changed here since the first class of 19 students graduated from the School of Nursing in 1973. At that time, we had few faculty, offered only undergraduate programs and called Science 1 home.
As the years passed, we added faculty, staff, students and both undergraduate and graduate programs. We altered our name in 1989, becoming the Decker School of Nursing. We moved — first to the surge building (now Clearview Hall) above Lot M and then to our current home in Academic B. Five years ago we welcomed the Department of Health and Wellness Studies into Decker, and last year I stepped in as interim dean when Joyce Ferrario returned to teaching.
Time always brings change, and we are on the cusp of two amazing changes as Decker prepares to welcome a new dean, Mario Ortiz, and the University continues to expand beyond the Vestal campus. Decker will be part of that growth.
The Decker School of Nursing will be relocating to Johnson City, N.Y., to become a core part of the Health Sciences and Technology Innovation Park. The park will
be just blocks away from UHS Wilson Medical Center.
Despite the inevitable chaos that surrounds change, I have been able to visit with Decker alumni on campus and at events across the country. Strengthening relationships with alumni has been my priority as interim dean, and these experiences were not only enjoyable and rewarding, they also reinforced my belief in the value of maintaining connections.
Whether you refer to your alma mater as the “School of Nursing” or the “Decker School of Nursing,” or whether you wore a blue pinstriped uniform, a green scrub top or a white coat, we are still your school, and we want to stay in touch.