AUM alumna Kane establishes endowed professorship in School of Nursing
Cmdr. Michele A. Kane
Auburn Montgomery School of Nursing 1992 graduate Cmdr. Michele Kane recently established the CDR Michele A. Kane, Ph.D., Endowed Professorship in the School of Nursing. This is the first endowed professorship to be established by a graduate of the School of Nursing.
"I could have attended anywhere, but I chose Auburn Montgomery" said Kane, a recipient of a Navy scholarship. She enjoyed her time on campus because of the quality of instruction, the small classes, and the personalized attention, she said. With her Auburn Montgomery undergraduate nursing foundation, Kane has enjoyed a distinguished career. She went on to earn her master’s degree and her Ph.D., was an Oxford Scholar, was a Johnson & Johnson Fellow at the Wharton School of Business, and worked with the Navy Surgeon General.
Currently, Kane is the Director for the Centers for Nursing Science and Clinical Inquiry at Walter Reid National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. She is the only Navy Ph.D. nurse at Bethesda and one of only seven Ph.D.-prepared nurses in the Navy. She was the first Navy nurse to attend the National Institute of Nursing Research’s Genetics Institute at the National Institutes of Health/Georgetown, and she is the only bench researcher in the Navy.
Reflecting on her inspiration and her decision to create the endowed professorship, Kane enthusiastically mentioned Dr. Ramona Lazenby and her teaching style.
"Ramona had a way of teaching some of the most complex disease processes and making them simple and applicable in the terms of nursing care," Kane said. "She also created a learning environment that allowed her students to think and speak out loud about creative ways to provide nursing care at the bedside."
"I am very grateful for the investment Cmdr. Kane has made in our faculty, students, and the university," said Chancellor John Veres. "Her leadership gift will inspire others to join her in providing necessary funding for the dean to continue to attract excellent faculty members to train generations of caring nursing professionals."
"It is a joy to know of Cmdr. Kane’s planned gift to support future nursing faculty at AUM, to acknowledge her leadership in the campaign, and to affirm the dedicated efforts of our nursing faculty in preparing students who can reach the level of distinction in health care that Cmdr. Kane has," said Dr. Gregg E. Newschwander, Barbara S. Witt Professor and Dean, Auburn Montgomery and Auburn Schools of Nursing. "Faculty are at the heart of the nursing education enterprise. Cmdr. Kane’s legacy to support them through a planned gift to AUM nursing’s faculty is exemplary and deeply appreciated."
Shelley Grider, Director of Development for the School of Nursing, and Marilyn Ray, Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement, said they have enjoyed meeting with Kane and hearing of her accomplishments. Both agree that Kane is a role model for young nursing students, and, with this gift, she is helping to ensure others will continue to have the advantage of inspired instructors in nursing care.
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