Mecca Cranley, dean of the School of Nursing for 15 years before her death in November 2006, was committed to nursing education and research that will continue to touch countless lives.
To honor Cranley’s legacy, students from the Graduate Nursing Organization (GNO) raised funds to support an award in her honor. During the 66th annual School of Nursing commencement ceremony in May, the GNO—whose members are graduate nursing students committed to enriching the educational and social growth of fellow nursing students—presented the Mecca S. Cranley Graduate Award to Viliporn Runkawatt, PhD ’07 & MS ’04, and Linda Blazier, MS ’07, both of whom have demonstrated a strong and clear desire to have an impact on the future of clinical nursing and nursing education.
Runkawatt is pursuing a career as a geriatric health-care provider, educator and researcher in Thailand. Blazier, a registered nurse in the Buffalo area, will help increase the community’s understanding of the benefits of advanced practice nurses and their role in the health-care system.
Cranley’s commitment to teaching as part of the mission of the nursing school led to the creation of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1997, which has been renamed the Mecca S. Cranley Award for Excellence in Teaching. Moreover, the Dean Mecca S. Cranley Memorial Fund has been created to provide the school with resources to respond to emerging priorities, including new technologies, classroom equipment, educational opportunities and research support.
For more information about this fund, please contact Richard Moore, director of development in the School of Nursing, at (716) 829-3332.
Engineering student Brett Juhas accepts a check for the Engineering Spirit Award on behalf of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. He is pictured with Jim Boyle, BS ’78, Engineering Alumni Association (EAA) board member (left), and Steve Buechi, ME ’95 & BS ’93, EAA treasurer.