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  • Nursing Alumni Chapter

    Fellow Alumni:

    On behalf of the School of Nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center alumni chapter, I would like to thank each of you for your involvement and support of our school. Our students and alumni exemplify the school's mission to develop nurse leaders and improve health within and beyond the state of Mississippi. I am honored to be a part of this amazing work! We are surrounded by a dynamic, eager and innovative group of people who constantly display loyalty to the profession of nursing and take pride in contributing to our success.

    In October, we concluded an incredible week at the Mississippi Nurses Association Convention in Biloxi, and as always, the School of Nursing and Alumni Association sponsored a fabulous reception at the Redding House. The reception has earned a reputation as a “can't miss” event, and it was a great opportunity to interact with alumni and friends. Dean Kim Hoover and April Mann Overstreet, UMMC director of alumni affairs, both touched on their visions for the future of the School of Nursing and our Alumni Association. And what an exciting time it is to be in this profession!

    We look forward to our Nursing Alumni Annual Meeting and Symposium on April 7, 2016, and I want to invite you to join us. Last year, we were fortunate to have informative speakers such as Dr. Fleetwood Loustalot from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Dr. Mary Currier, Mississippi State health officer, Kevin Cook, CEO of University Hospitals and Health System, and Jonathan Wilson, chief administrative officer at UMMC. The day also included time for School of Nursing students and faculty to discuss their nursing research with attendees. The upcoming event will be a special one as we celebrate some of our previous classes!

    I am also happy to announce our president-elect for the next two years, Heather Pierce. Heather works in Batson Children's Hospital as an administrative house supervisor and comes to us with a depth of knowledge and remarkable experience.  
    Please feel free to call or email me at any time. I look forward to working alongside each of you.

    I would like to answer a few frequently asked questions about the Alumni Association.

    Q. How much are the dues?
    A. Membership in the Nursing Alumni Chapter is free!

    Q. Who can come to the annual meeting?
    A. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

    Q. If it's not my class anniversary/reunion year, can I come to functions?
    A. Yes, all classes, regardless of graduation year, are invited. The more, the merrier!

    Q. How can I stay in touch and up to date?
    A. Visit,, Facebook, phone and email ( are all great ways to stay in the loop.

    Q. How can I update my contact information?
    A. Email or call the alumni Office at (601) 984-1115.

    Our School of Nursing has a rich heritage and includes an elite group of students, alumni and faculty. I encourage each of you to stay in touch with the happenings of the school and be involved as much as you can. Thank you for all you do. I am very honored to serve you.

    Amber Arnold, DNP, RN
    Nursing Alumni President, 2015-17
    Class of 1999 (BSN), Class of 2009 (MSN), Class of 2013 (DNP)