Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790


$1.25 Million Gift will Fund New Faculty Position

Allentown, PA (October 1, 2007) - Cedar Crest College announced today the creation of its second endowed Chair.  The Hazel and Walter May Endowed Chair for Excellence in Nursing at Cedar Crest College, made possible by a $1.25 million gift from its Lehigh Valley namesakes, establishes a perpetual chair for nursing to emphasize the continued importance of nursing and the development of nursing education and administration.

The Chair will be held by a distinguished faculty member in the nursing department chosen by the President in conjunction with the Provost of Cedar Crest College.  Eligible faculty members must demonstrate an established record of teaching excellence, outreach into the healthcare and nursing community, leadership in the field, impact on faculty and nursing students, and the pursuit of traditional and innovative scholarly life.

In honor of their gift, the May's son Malcom Heckman and his wife Joanne announced their own contribution of a $1000 scholarship to assist a nursing student in achieving their degree.

Serving both women and men as traditional and lifelong learning students, the Cedar Crest College nursing program continues to be one of the most popular courses of study on campus.  Underscoring its institutional commitment to meeting national needs, Cedar Crest has taken steps to address the national nursing shortage by bolstering the baccalaureate nursing degree program through innovative programming, including a year-round nursing program with three entry dates-the only such program in Pennsylvania.  Since the implementation of this program in spring 2001, the program has more than doubled in size and achieved a high level of academic success.  Three of the last four graduating classes earned 100-percent, first-time pass rates on the state nursing boards-the only school of nursing in the state to achieve this result.

The College has also invested resources to provide nursing students with a cutting-edge nursing learning environment.  Most recently, the College purchased a 33,000 square foot building at 2901 Hamilton Blvd. that, upon completion of renovations, will house the entire nursing department under one roof.  The building will be outfitted with state of the art nursing simulation labs, as well as classroom and office space.

For more information, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.



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