Student Governance and Student Organizations


The UTMB School of Nursing offers many opportunities to get involved and demonstrate your leadership skills. The School of Nursing highly values student input in determining the curriculum, evaluation, and direction of the school. In addition, nursing student representatives serve on campus-wide committees and assist with developing policy and experiences for students.

You can make a difference and enrich your personal UTMB experience by becoming a student leader. Major healthcare organizations are seeking those graduates that have shown demonstration of involvement and leadership. In addition to the student governance committees listed below, students in the SON can also meet with faculty or the Asst. Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs to address concerns/recommendations to improve the learning experience. In addition, the Dean holds quarterly lunches for students to hear directly from students. Campus-wide, students have opportunities to provide university direction through the over 70 professional organizations on campus.


Academic Mission and Evaluation Committee

This committee of the Faculty Assembly engages in continuous quality improvement that promotes excellence in education, research, practice and public service. Their meetings are held from 2:00 to 3:00 PM on the second Monday of each month. Students from each program are represented. If interested, please contact Dorothy Pearrow at dapearro@utmb.edu or (409) 772-8205. Video conferencing is available for distant students.


Curriculum Committee

This Faculty Assembly committee facilitates development, implementation, and evaluation of undergraduate and graduate nursing curricula. This committee meets on an “as needed” basis when curriculum changes are being considered. The involvement would be about one meeting per month. Students from each program are represented. If interested, please contact Dorothy Pearrow at dapearro@utmb.edu or (409) 772-8205. Video conferencing is available for distant students.

  • Guide new student nurses in their academic, personal, and social adjustment to the University, the School of Nursing, and the Galveston community.
  • Communicate information concerning expectations, learning opportunities, and study strategies.
  • Provide resources within the university, the SON, and the community to assist students.

Consider becoming a mentor for the next entering class. For more information, contact Barbara Holley at blholley@utmb.edu or Jen Nagle at jenagle@utmb.edu


Student Advisory Committee and Student Ambassadors

Advisory Committee The Office of Admissions and Student Affairs holds quarterly meetings with interested students to identify and meet current and future student needs. For example, this past spring the committee developed revisions to the website. If interested, please contact Dorothy Pearrow at dapearro@utmb.edu or (409) 772-8205. Students are welcome at any time to make an appointment with Dorothy Pearrow to discuss any concerns or ideas for improvement.

Student Ambassadors

This program was established to utilize current nursing students to provide leadership and assist with recruitment and student affair events. The Student Ambassadors provide tours, conduct student panels, and volunteer at commencement and other planned student activities. Representatives can be any of the nursing students who are in good standing with the School of Nursing. To become a Student Ambassador please contact the Office of Admissions and Student affairs at (409) 772-8271 or Jene Spruce-Jamail at jlspruce@utmb.edu.


Peer Mentor Program

The Peer Mentor Program was developed to assist first-semester nursing students with their transition, challenges, and progress in nursing school. Mentors, who are in academic good standing, volunteer to be assigned one or more new students and assist them in transitioning to UTMB SON. We have found that many mentorships have turned into lifetime friendships. The objectives of the program are to:

  • Develop supportive and encouraging relationships for new students;
  • Guide new student nurses in their academic, personal, and social adjustment to the University, the School of Nursing, and the Galveston community.
  • Communicate information concerning expectations, learning opportunities, and study strategies.
  • Provide resources within the university, the SON, and the community to assist students.

Consider becoming a mentor for the next entering class. For more information, contact Ashley Sawyers at ansawyer@utmb.edu, Gary Bunting at gnbuntin@utmb.edu, or Eric Bethel at evbethel@utmb.edu


Student Nursing Association

The purpose of the University Texas Medical Branch Student Nurses Association (SNA) is to:

  1. Have direct input into standards of nursing education and influence the education process.
  2. Influence health care, nursing education and practice through legislative activities as appropriate.
  3. Promote and encourage participation in community affairs and activities towards improved health care and the resolution of related social issues.
  4. Represent nursing students to the consumer, to institutions, and other organizations.
  5. Promote and encourage students’ participation in interdisciplinary activities.
  6. Promote and encourage recruitment efforts, participation in student activities, and educational opportunities regardless of person’s race, color, creed, sex, lifestyle, national origin, age, or economic status.

Board of Directors (Summer 2017)

  • President – Rachel Mathers
  • Vice President - Jared Zimmerman
  • Secretary – Kori Pesek
  • Treasurer – Dante Macasaet
  • Historian – Yvonne Moreno
  • Bylaws Chair – Katherine Raught
  • Academic Chair - Hawa Seo
  • Social Chair – Tylar Smith
  • Community Service Chair – Megan Jamail
  • Fundraising Chair – Ashley Welborn
  • Public Relations Chair – Brooke Wells

Documents

Contact

For more information regarding activities: visit the SNA Facebook page.


UTMB (Campus-Wide) Student Organizations

Interprofessional Education

The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston is accredited to provide health care education by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. As part of our re-accreditation process, we have developed a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The focus of the plan is Interprofessional Education.


Professionalism Committee

The UTMB Professionalism Committee has student representatives from all four schools. The Committee develops projects to develop the principles of UTMB Professionalism Charter. The Committee hosts speaker events and addresses ethical/professional issues for students and practitioners. Currently, this committee meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 8:00AM. However, a monthly noon time session is being planned to better accommodate students. For more information, contact Dorothy Pearrow at dapearro@utmb.edu or (409)772-8205.


Student Government Association

Visit the Student Government Association website for questions and information.

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