LHSON Hosts 2023 Annual Alumni Reunion

September 16, 2023

The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) joined together in celebration of its annual LHSON Alumni Reunion. Hosted on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at the LHSON Academic Building, over 75 alums gathered for a heartfelt luncheon and fellowship.

Upon arrival, alums enjoyed browsing "pop-up shops" in the lobby of the nursing school that included, Kendra Scott, Lauren Ferrell Designs and Dapper Bear. Displays of all the LHSON class pictures were also arranged in the Café for alums to flip through and reminisce with new and old friends.

As the program began, Dean Linda Plank began with a moment silence in memory of Diana Kohler, who served as the Pre-Nursing Program Coordinator for the LHSON for more than 20 years. The luncheon was dedicated in her honor. Dean Plank shared a “State of the School” address and warmly welcomed all alums in attendance. Ellen Byrd BSN '64 then gave the opening prayer.  Dean Plank surprised her afterwards with a large bouquet of flowers to acknowledge her many years of service as Chair of the LHSON Alumni Reunion.

The nostalgic event recognized all graduates celebrating their 50th, 40th, 30th, 20th and 10th anniversaries. Special certificates were announced by Dr. Deborah Shirey, Associate Dean for the Online Graduate Program and Clinical Associate Professor, LHSON and distributed by nursing students to alums.

Continuing the tradition of honoring outstanding individuals with awards to commemorate their commitment and support of nursing, Dr. Halli Carr, Clinical Assistant Professor, LHSON, announced the 2023 winners:

  • LHSON Distinguished Recent Graduate Award, Dr. Alicia Baldassare
  • LHSON Friend of Nursing Award, Rita and Carl Bonds
  • LHSON Distinguished Alumni Award, Gracie Glendinning     

During the luncheon, attendees enjoyed the message from keynote speaker, Cary Deuber, BSN ‘98, RN, CNOR, CRNFA, CANS, LHSON alum and celebrity star on Real Housewife of Dallas reality TV series, (seasons 1-4) which premiered in April 2016 on Bravo TV. Cary is also the Founder & Co-Owner of Lemmon Ave. Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Dallas. She is married to Dr. Mark Deuber and has three children, daughter Zuri, and step-children Gray and Lara.

Following Cary were brief remarks shared about ways to give back to the LHSON by alum Carrol Morehart, BSN ’73 and Amy Albritton Grant, Vice President for Planned and Foundation Giving at Baylor University.

The group also heard a touching scholarship testimony from Level 4 nursing student, Nnume Nwankwo, BSN '23. The Benediction was shared by Kirby Key, BSN '06 as she read the Bible verse, Psalm 84: 1-12. Concluding the memorable event, drawings for prizes were announced and given out and LHSON students and faculty led “That Good Old Baylor Line.”  After the luncheon, guests were offered tours of both the Academic Building and Clinical Simulation Building led by nursing students and faculty.

In addition, the LHSON is grateful to those that contributed gifts and pledges to make a meaningful difference in the lives of future Baylor nurses. Now, more than ever, the impact of nurses is felt worldwide. LHSON is leading the way by holistically preparing and educating students in mind and spirit to fulfill their calling. Each gift to Baylor Nursing will support future Baylor nurses as they Learn.Lead.Serve