12 BELLARM INE MAGAZINE News on the hill St. Robert Gate welcomes all to campus By the time you read this, Bellarmine’s entrance will have a splendid new feature: St. Robert Gate. The entry arch at Newburg Road is a 3.5–story concrete-andbrick gate welcoming visitors to campus in grand style. The gate is a gift of Bellarmine alumni Nick ’69 and Gincy ’70 Carosi, along with Arban & Carosi, an architectural precast concrete firm in Virginia. The Gate honors St. Robert Bellarmine. “Hospitality – in its deepest sense – is an exceptionally important value at Bellarmine University, as we regularly welcome new ideas, new perspectives and new people,” said Dr. Joseph J. McGowan. “A grand entrance arch is a compelling symbol of such hospitality. I’m so grateful to the Carosis for sharing my passion for this project, and for making St. Robert Gate a reality.” We’ll have more information, along with photos of the finished project, in our Fall issue. Lansing School gets a new dean Dr. Mark R. Wiegand, who was the founding department chair and director of the Physical Therapy Program when it came to Bellarmine from the University of Louisville in 2001, became dean of Bellarmine’s Donna and Allan Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences effective June 1. He succeeds Dr. Sue Davis, who stepped down after 22 years of exemplary service as dean of the Lansing School, which also encompasses programs in nursing, respiratory therapy, medical laboratory science and exercise science. Dr. Nancy York and Dr. Tony Brosky have accepted new assistant dean positions in the school, and Professor Barbara Lee and Dr. Patty Gillette will serve as interim chairs for the undergraduate nursing program and the doctor of phys- ical therapy program, respectively. What are your plans for the Lansing School as the new dean? Dr. Wiegand: I want to continue the superb work of Dean Sue Davis and all the faculty in the Lansing School. We have a long history of providing excellence in nursing and health sciences education and my immediate plan is to continue to build on that tradition. Over the long term, we will be discussing the development of new health-science education programs and looking for ways to continue and expand on our outreach, partnerships and collaborations with the community. You’re picking up a lot more responsibility. Do you think your experience as director of the Physical Therapy program will help you with any resulting pulled muscles? Dr. Wiegand: I’ve been in physical therapy education for 30 years, with 12 years in the director’s role, which I believe has prepared me to a degree for my new role. Still, I will be learning a lot from talented faculty, staff and students throughout the Lansing School about the intricacies and goals of their programs, which will help to inform me in this new role. Dr. Davis, what were your proudest moments as dean? Dr. Davis: Working with the finest nursing and health science faculty members anywhere! Forming collaborative relationships with Dr. McGowan, the vice presidents and other administrators, plus open networks with all departments across the university. Gaining support from the region and Metro Louisville for academic and service learning program advancements and community engagement. And seeing a commitment to international studies and global health initiatives. Photos by Sam O’Brien and Tatiana Ratke Donna Lansing, left, and Dr. Allan Lansing, third from left, for whom the Lansing School is named, celebrate with Dr. Sue Davis and Dr. Mark Wiegand at a reception honoring Dr. Davis.
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