VCU School of Nursing alumni returned to campus April 7-9 to celebrate Reunion Weekend at a variety of events, from class-specific dinners to tours of the School of Nursing’s research lab and clinical learning center. The weekend’s activities also included an alumni breakfast, a State of the School address by Dean Jean Giddens, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, and the presentation of alumni awards.

Four nursing alumni were recognized Saturday with the following awards:

  • Tonjanika Boyd, PMHNP-BC, (M.S.’15/N), psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner and owner of Unique Holistic Care, LLC – the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
  • Anne Walpole, NP (M.S.’87/N), recently retired as women’s health nurse practitioner with the Henrico County Health Department – the Outstanding Nurse Practice Award
  • Linda Dawn Cockram Baxter, RN, PMHNP/CNS-BC, ANP-BC (B.S.’92/N; Ph.D.’05/N), psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner with Commonwealth Counseling Associates – the Outstanding Nurse Service Award
  • Deborah J. Jones, RN (M.S.’02/N; Ph.D.’07/N), associate dean for professional development and faculty affairs at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston – the Outstanding Nurse Alumnus Award

In addition, Vicki Tedeschi, RN, CPN (B.S.’12/N), clinical nurse with VCU Health and a master’s student in the family nurse practitioner concentration at the School of Nursing, received the MCVAA Scholarship Award at the MCV Foundation’s 50-Year Grand Alumni Society Induction Brunch on Sunday.

Next year’s Reunion dates are set for April 20-22 and will recognize classes ending in 3s and 8s. If you are an alumnus and would like to be involved in the planning, please contact Brittany Taylor at

Alumni award recipients Anne Walpole, Dr. Linda Dawn Cockram Baxter and Dr. Deborah J. Jones with Dean Jean Giddens

Visit the School of Nursing’s Facebook page for more 2017 Reunion Weekend photos.

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