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UT’s College of Nursing is marking the end of a year-long celebration of the college’s fortieth anniversary and kicking off an exciting forty-first year full of growth with its annual NightinGala.

The fundraiser will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 21, at the Downtown Hilton. The cost is $100 per person. The event is open to the public. Registration can be completed by visiting volsconnect.com/2012nightingala or by calling the Office of Alumni Affairs, at 865-974-3011.

Alumni, faculty and friends will enjoy food, drink, music and an inspiring and humorous presentation by Bill Bass, professor emeritus of anthropology and founder of Forensic Anthropology Center, also known as the “Body Farm.” Robin Wilhoit, co-anchor of WBIR’s Action 10 News, will serve as emcee. The evening will feature a cocktail hour and dinner, silent and live auctions, presentation of the Fabulous 40 Nursing Alumni Awards and the Dr. Sylvia E. Hart Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award and musical entertainment.

The College of Nursing’s 41st year will see an improvement in facilities and learning environments. Funds from the dinner will support this growth, college programs and student scholarships which help UT continue to meet the growing need for nurses.

“We are so grateful for the continued support of our community, Board of Advisors, and nursing practice partners who support our strategic imperative to have state-of-the-art facilities,” said Dean Victoria Niederhauser. “Their generosity is allowing our students to use the best technology available that will best prepare them for the real world.”

Last year, more than 275 alumni and friends gathered at the NightinGala fundraiser to show their appreciation and support for the college and helped raise more than $60,000.

For information on becoming a corporate sponsor, purchasing a table, or donating auction items, please call the Office of Alumni Affairs.

Corporate sponsors include East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and University Health Systems Inc.

The College of Nursing is a nationally recognized leader in the education of highly skilled, visionary nurses. The college enrolls more than 600 students in undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs. The master’s program offers concentration areas in global disaster, family practice, administration, pediatrics, mental health, and nurse anesthesia. For more information, visit www.nursing.utk.edu.

C O N T A C T :

Phyllis Moore (865-974-3011, phyllismoore@tennessee.edu)

Whitney Heins (865-974-5460, wheins@utk.edu)