This year marks a milestone for one of our signature academic programs.
Our nursing program, now the largest in the state, was just getting started 40 years ago, housed in an unairconditioned space in a yet-unrenovated Reneau Hall. Since then, nursing has become recognized for the rigor and quality of its programs, producing highly sought-out graduates who are making remarkable contributions right here in Mississippi. You'll read more about the program and one of our special nursing graduates in this issue.
Throughout this year, you'll hear more about our year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of nursing as we showcase its history of accomplishments and contributions. The W has the only nursing program in the state offering degrees ranging from associate's to the recently introduced doctor of nursing practice. Its growth was achieved by constant improvement, innovation and response to the needs of the state.
We congratulate Dean Sheila Adams and all of the faculty who have helped build an outstanding educational experience.
In this issue of Visions, we also highlight a signature gift to the university's literary archives. You'll read about a very special donation of materials related to Pulitzer- Prize winning novelist Eudora Welty. The gift came about because of a unique connection with two W Golden Girls and a series of coincidences that led the materials to The W. The formal presentation was made during Homecoming activities this past April.
I have always said that The W is focused on the success of its graduates, and this issue will introduce you to three who will go far in the world. They not only excelled in their studies here on campus but have received major honors for the next phase of their lives. They represent The Long Blue Line and the quality of our educational experience with distinction. We're proud of all of our 2013 graduates, of whom these three are outstanding examples.
This issue also features a program whose mission is to prepare the next generation of women for leadership roles. The inaugural class of NEW Leadership, led by Dr. Kate Brown and Dr. Bridget Pieschel at The W and Brother Rogers of the Stennis Institute of Government in Starkville, was held on campus in May. Young women participated from every public and private college and university in the state, as well as from state community colleges. A host of outstanding mentors and speakers interacted with them throughout the week and provided a rich learning experience.
Finally, another signature program has taken a major step in expanding its footprint in the state. Culinary Arts is partnering with Hinds Community College to offer students a chance to finish two years of study at Hinds and continue their four-year degree with The W in classes taught by The W at the Hinds Jackson campus and online. We continue to find innovative ways to allow students to take advantage of academic possibilities at The W.
Dr. Jim Borsig