CCCC names nursing program for Louise L. Tuller
Louise L. Tuller
Central Carolina Community College has named its Associate Degree Nursing program the ‘Louise ... (more)
SANFORD — The nursing profession was always close to thernheart of Louise L. Tuller, who was both a businesswoman and a registered nursernduring her lifetime. Now, 32 years after her death, the Associate DegreernNursing program at Central Carolina Community College has been named the LouisernL. Tuller School of Nursing.
The naming is in appreciation for a gift of more thanrn$335,000 from the Louise L. Tuller Trust. This is the first time the collegernhas named a program in recognition of a financial contribution.
College administrators and trustees, CCCC Foundationrndirectors, and members of the trust’s board of directors gathered Feb. 10 atrnthe Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center to announce the naming and to unveil thernplaque for the Louise L. Tuller School of Nursing. The plaque will be mountedrnin Lett Hall where the Associate Degree Nursing program is located on therncollege’s Lee County Campus.
“We thank the trust’s board of directors for this veryrnspecial gift,” said CCCC President Bud Marchant. “It will greatly benefitrnnursing education at Central Carolina Community College and benefit communitiesrnas the graduates of this program go out and serve.”
In 2006, her trust established the Louise L. Tuller NursernEducation Endowment at the college, to which it has contributed more thanrn$75,000. In December, the trust board of directors voted to close the trust andrndonate the balance of more than $335,000 to the endowment to benefit thernnursing education program and its students. The total of these donationsrnconstitute the largest private gift given to the college, to date.
“It’s an honor to give these funds to Central CarolinarnCommunity College for its nursing program,” said Harry Miller, chairman of thernLouise L. Tuller Trust. “I knew Mrs. Tuller and it was her dream to honorrnnursing and help young people get an education to be nurses. CCCC has arnwonderful nursing program. A lotrnof people want to be nurses but can’t afford the training. This gift will be torntheir benefit. I’m proud to have been part of it.”
George Womble, president of the CCCC Foundation, said therngift comes at a strategic time, when there is a great demand for nurses.
“We will endeavor to use these funds in a way that you willrnfind pleasing,” he said to the trust board members. “It will enhance thernnursing program.”
Tuller, a Canadian by birth, lived in Bainbridge, N.Y., forrnmany years. She retired to Sanford, where she was an active member of St.rnThomas Episcopal Church and a volunteer at Lee County Hospital until she passedrnaway in 1978.
“Louise would be so humbled by the college naming itsrnnursing program for her,” said Betty Jo Denton Vogel, a former fellowrnparishioner at St. Thomas. “This is absolutely wonderful. I remember herrnfondly. She was one of the most devout Christian women I knew.”
The college’s ADN program trains men and women to becomernregistered nurses. Graduates are eligible to take the National CouncilrnLicensure Examination required to work as a registered nurse. The program’srngraduates consistently score very high on the examination.
“The nursing faculty, current and prospective nursingrnstudents are extremely honored that the ADN program has been named in honor ofrnLouise L. Tuller,” said Rhonda Evans, chair of the college’s Nursing Programs.rn“Mrs. Tuller dedicated her life to providing compassionate care during herrnnursing career. Her legacy will continue through this generosity and support ofrnour program.”
For more information about the college’s ADN program, gornonline to www.cccc.edu/curriculum/majors/nursing/assoc/.rnFor more information on naming opportunities at the college, contact the CCCCrnFoundation, (919) 718-7231.
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