School of Nursing and Health Studies Alumni Association

Dear Alumni Community,

I am honored and humbled to serve as the leader of this venerable association of dedicated, hardworking members on whose shoulders I stand. I extend special thanks to our current board members and immediate past president Carmen Sierra, B.S.N. ’96, who mentored me.

On behalf of our board, I want to acknowledge all of our members and their families who have been affected by COVID-19, extend condolences to those who have lost loved ones, and uplift and encourage any members recovering from the novel coronavirus. The SONHS Alumni Association salutes all of the brave ’Canes working on the front line despite the threat of illness to them and their families. Like Florence Nightingale, we continue to hold the lamp and give hope to our isolated COVID-19 patients. 

I am excited to be part of this association, but recognize that this year, more than ever before, we face notable challenges that have halted our efforts to collaborate and connect in the usual and customary ways. COVID-19 has affected our members physically, psychologically, and economically, imposing unimaginable limitations. As a result of further limitations placed on us by physical distancing, several of our UM-sponsored P.R.I.D.E. activities are suspended or eliminated. 

Amid these challenges, your association is working creatively to fulfill its mission. First, we have always wanted to optimize the use of social media, and this year we are doing just that. We are also using Zoom as our primary meeting platform, so keep a lookout for upcoming meeting notices. Second, we plan to recognize our outstanding alums serving selflessly during this pandemic. Third, we look to support and provide educational opportunities for our members. Finally, we are exploring ways to address our school’s needs. So far this year, for example, we have collaborated with Beta Tau in a successful community Back-to-School Supplies Drive and are supporting the SONHS Alumni Web Series, sponsored by Dean Munro, which debuted in August.

In closing, I implore you all to wear your mask, maintain physical distancing, and stay safe. 

Go ’Canes! Beverly Fray, B.S.N. ’03, M.S.N. ’06 President, SONHS Alumni Association


Beverly Fray, Ph.D., APRN-BC, is a clinical educator with Jackson Health System.