Past, Present, Future.
While reading the TC Online Nursing Education (ONE) Student Profiles, I reflected on my own reasons for choosingTC for doctoral studies. When I was in the MA nursing program at NYU, many of the professors that I admiredthe most received their doctorates from TC. NYU’s Division of Nursing was known to some as “downtown TC.” Myemployer at the time, Dr. Robert V. Piemonte, Executive Director of the National Student Nurses’ Association, also aTC graduate, talked a lot about the history of TC and the remarkable leaders in higher education who were spawnedthere. I remember attending events at TC prior to becoming a TC student and imagined hearing the footsteps of greatnursing leaders walking the creaking wooden corridors of Dodge Hall—the same hallways I was now traversing. TheTC cafeteria also holds special memories of lunches and breaks with my TC Executive Program cohort and attendingspecial events there and in the Milbank Chapel.I am not sure what it is that connects us to TC’s past, but it continues to be present. Kesha Becnel,TC ONE programstudent, stated that the most important reason why she chose TC was because, “it was Teachers College at Columbiawhich has an outstanding reputation of producing nurse educators who have led nursing education to where it is today.”This sentiment was echoed by Marilyn Campbell, another ONE program student who stated, “I chose to apply to TeachersCollege because this institution has produced notable alumni who have vastly contributed to research and education.”As TC alumni let’s reach out to all TC nursing students and recent graduates and connect the past and the present tothe future of nursing education at TC. Diane Mancino, Editor, Courier