Join us

We welcome the involvement of anyone who wants to connect personally to the School of Nursing - alumni, parents, students, and friends. There are many options available, some that can be done from a distance.

Work on a committee, be a council member, or mentor a current nursing student. Not sure which is the right fit for you? Fill out our Volunteer Interest Form and answer a few questions - we'll look for opportunities that match your interests, skills, proximity, and availability.


Alumni Council

Alumni Council

The School of Nursing Alumni Association (SONAA) was founded in 1916, fifteen years after the School of Nursing was established.  Nursing graduates from all degree and certificate programs are automatically considered members upon graduation. The Alumni Council is the leadership body of the SONAA. The Council operates according to the Alumni Association Bylaws. The Alumni Council also has a number of standing, working committees that seek volunteers for short and long-term commitments.

The SONAA is pleased to make a number of resources available to SON students, faculty, staff, and fellow alumni:


For more information, contact Jess Eustace, Assistant Director, Engagement and Communications, (434) 924-0148.

Parents Council

Parents Council

The mission of the School of Nursing Parents Council (SONPC) is to enhance the nursing student experience.

Established in 2013, SONPC gives voice to parents who provide insight, leadership and philanthropic support to make the School of Nursing student experience even better.

Members support the Nursing Annual Fund, which in turn funds the most vital operations at the School, including student research, instruction, and scholarships.

What We Do

Council meetings provide parents with the opportunity to meet each other, dialogue with faculty and leadership about their child’s experience, strategize about overall parent engagement and provide advice and counsel.

Outside of meetings, members are encouraged to continue their involvement, including:

  • Hosting or organizing parent gatherings
  • Helping the School cultivate philanthropic relationships with other parents
  • Providing outreach to other nursing parents during key times of the year

Current Members

The School of Nursing Parents Council is led by the Chair with support from the Vice Chairs and staffed by the School of Nursing Development Office. Membership is for one year and is renewable.

  • Ingrid and Robert Buell, Chair
  • Jane and Mark Cooke
  • Brenda and Steve Heon
  • Debbie and Scott Muir
  • Sally and Rob Partlow
  • Gay and Barritt Peterson
  • Beth and Bryan Plater
  • Pamela and Gerald Teaster
  • Jennifer and Richard Tugman

Join Us

To join the School of Nursing Parents Council, or for more information, please contact Allison Reed, Assistant Director of Development, (434) 924-2627.