Faculty members’ gift to that which they hold dear

Designed to cultivate future collaborative research and supportive mentoring for future nurse leaders
By Anita Smith

McNees MenesesTwo UAB School of Nursing faculty members have made a gift to the School’s building fund to name a conference room in the Doctoral Education and Research Suite of the School’s expanded building.

The gift comes from Dr. Karen Meneses, Associate Dean for Research at the UAB School of Nursing, and Dr. Patrick McNees, Professor at the UAB School of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise Development at the UAB School of Health Professions. The conference room they support will be named the Karen M. Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN, and M. Patrick McNees, PhD, FAAN, Conference Room.

The careers of Meneses and McNees have been deeply embedded in doctoral education and research. In this joint statement, they addressed what motivated their gift.

“We grew up in families where a premium was placed on giving and helping others. So naturally we wanted to ‘give back’ to the UAB School of Nursing. Our current and past students, staff, faculty and dean were prime motivators for us to consider a gift. However, it was future generations that kindled our imagination. In making our pledge we did not consider naming opportunities. Yet supporting the creation of the research conference room provides a treasured opportunity to have our names associated with the cultivation of future collaborative research and supportive mentoring for our future nurse leaders.”
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