Spring 2018

Oxley College of Health Sciences News

Stansifer named director of the TU School of Nursing

Sheryl Stansifer is the new director of The University of Tulsa School of Nursing. “I am looking forward to working with Sheryl in this new role and believe she will bring strong leadership to the nursing undergraduate and graduate programs at TU,” said Dean Robin Ploeger. When asked about her new position, Stansifer said, “When a person makes the decision to become a nurse, they make one of the most important decisions of their lives and the lives of the patients they will care for in the future. It’s an honor to be a part of the journey with undergraduate and graduate students.”

Stansifer joined TU in 2015 as the director of the family nurse practitioner program and as a clinical assistant professor of nursing. Most recently, she served as interim director of the TU School of Nursing. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner and experienced in primary care, acute care, LTAC, rural health, cardiology, neurology, telemedicine and assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.


Route 66 Conference a success

The annual Route 66 Conference on Communication Disorders sponsored by The University of Tulsa Student Speech Language Hearing Association was held on March 2, 2018. The keynote speaker was Dr. Joan Mele-McCarthy, CCC-SLIP, the executive director at The Summit School in Edgewater, Maryland, an independent school serving children with dyslexia and other learning differences. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) as the vice president for governmental relations and public policy.


Hildebrand named director of athletic training

Rachel Hildebrand (BS ’06) has been promoted to director of athletic training at The University of Tulsa Oxley College of Health Sciences in the Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitative Sciences. Hildebrand continues to serve as a clinical assistant professor of athletic training specializing in clinical evaluation and intervention and therapeutic modalities.



White coat ceremony celebrates nursing students

The TU School of Nursing presented 52 nursing students with white coats signifying their transition from classroom to clinical learning.

“This White Coat Ceremony is the perfect start to a student’s clinical experience in his or her program,” said Robin Ploeger, dean of the Oxley College of Health Sciences. “It helps them understand that even though they are students, they are professionals and there are certain expectations.”

“I am very proud of these undergraduate and graduate students who are now moving on to the clinical phase of their training,” said Sheryl Stansifer, director of nursing. “Our program is rigorous, and each student receiving a white coat is rising to the challenge.”

The ceremony, sponsored by The Gold Foundation, was held January 26, 2018, and included students in the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.