Four alumni selected for UIC Nursing’s 2019 Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award

Alumni selected for UIC Nursing's 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award

Four noteworthy alumni were selected to receive the UIC College of Nursing’s 2019 Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award, which recognizes individuals making exceptional contributions to healthcare, health science and society. They will be honored at the all-alumni REUNION on Oct. 12.

They are:

Julia Muennich Cowell, PhD, MS ’74, RN, APHN-BC, FAAN: Now executive editor of The Journal of School Nursing, Cowell spent 25 years as a faculty member at UIC Nursing, where she co-developed the school nurse certification program.

Jehad Omar Halabi, PhD ’96: Halabi is associate professor with the College of Nursing, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University – Health Sciences in Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia, and a frequent keynote speaker on the topic of transcultural nursing, which focuses on bringing a global perspective to nursing.

Judith McDevitt, PhD ‘97, MS ‘90, BSN ’88, RN: McDevitt, UIC Nursing clinical associate professor emerita, led the family nurse practitioner program at UIC and was a founding practitioner in in the college’s nurse-managed clinics (now part of UI Health’s Mile Square Health Center).

Mary Crabtree Tonges, PhD, MS ’77, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN: Tonges spent much of her career as a nurse executive, most recently as senior vice president and chief nursing officer at the University of North Carolina Hospitals and associate dean for UNC Health Care in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing.

Also to be honored at REUNION is Mariann Piano, PhD ’88, MS ’84, RN, FAAN, FAHA, the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Piano is senior associate dean for research and Nancy and Hilliard Travis Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and professor emerita at UIC Nursing.