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A Message from the Nursing Alumni Society President

I hope that you will make plans to attend the annual Nursing Alumni Banquet on Saturday, 26 April, at the Alumni Center. The banquet allows time to reconnect with friends and an opportunity to establish new ones. It is also a time to celebrate our recent graduates and welcome them into our remarkable profession. The recipients of Nursing Scholarships as well as the Nursing Alumni Awards will be honored.   

The Nursing Alumni Society would like to encourage you to make a gift to the BSU School of Nursing. Your monetary gifts are also used for the annual banquet, scholarships and the traditional pinning ceremonies. 
I look forward to seeing you at this year’s banquet on 26 April!   
Melissa Matthews, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC

Ball State University Ranks Best Online Bachelor's and Masters Nursing Degrees

Two of the Schools' nursing programs have been nationally ranked as "Best Buys' among online programs by the consumer advocacy group  The RN to BS is No. 10 and the Master's in Nursing in No. 6!

Best Buys: Online BSN Degree Rankings 

Ball State Universities online nursing bachelor's program ranks #10 among all competing options nationwide.  

Best Buys: Online MSN Degree Rankings   

The online nursing master's program ranks #6 among all competing options nationwide.

One More Way to Save a Life

When one of our young alumni recently visited the Simulation and Information Technology Center (SITC) , she nodded over to the obstetrics recovery simulation. She reminisced about being a student and participating in the simulation where a mother who had just delivered twins and was seemingly doing well, ends up bleeding out.

“That exact thing happened at the hospital where I work, and I was able to save that woman’s life—because I learned how to here,” she said.

No doubt about it, SITC is an invaluable part of our nursing students’ education. Its highfidelity simulators give our students fantastic experiential learning opportunities to prepare them for their work with real patients. Making sure that Ball State students have these state-of the-art simulators to work with requires a huge financial investment that goes beyond the initial costs to acquire the equipment. Service warranties and maintenance for the simulators are also significant because of the technology involved, and the School of Nursing needs alumni gifts for these costs.

Would you please support the School of Nursing by designating a gift to fund #6301 at the Ball State Foundation? Your gift will assist in providing for the welfare, support and advancement of the School, and help to deliver innovative, experiential learning that is the hallmark of a Ball State nursing education.

Programs hosted by your Nursing Alumni Society (NAS) are also funded by alumni gifts. The NAS pays for flowers and gifts at the three nursing pinning ceremonies each year, and the annual Nurses Alumni Awards, dinner and printed programs from fund #6302. Making an annual gift to this fund is a wonderful way to say thanks for your education, and to pay it forward for future nurses.

Annual gifts may be split between both funds if you wish, and any amount that you contribute is appreciated. Won’t you please join your fellow nursing alumni and support these funds with a taxdeductible gift today?

If you file a state income tax return for Indiana, the state will credit up to 50% of your gift to the Ball State School of Nursing against your state income taxes. Using the Indiana College Credit Form (CC-40), individual filers can receive a $100 credit for the first $200 contributed and joint filers receive a $200 credit for the first $400 contributed. Plus, itemizing on your federal tax return can reduce the cost of your gift to the School of Nursing even more!

If you would like more information or would like to explore the many giving vehicles available for the School of Nursing, please call Mark Helmus, Senior Vice President for Development, at 765-285-9031.