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[ A photo of a smiling woman, wearing a light blue jacket. Black and white and color photos of Rose as a child and with her colleagues and students, Indiana University, campus life, and her family and friends. On screen text. IU Alumni. DASA 2018: Rose M. Mays. ]
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[ Robin Newhouse. Dean, IU School of Nursing. ]
You can't even talk about Rose Mays and just say Rose Mays. You have to say Rose Mays with enthusiasm, because she was a leader, she's a scholar, she's a philanthropist. She is the best of what an Indiana University nurse is.
For Rose, the love affair with nursing started in high school.
One of the clubs that I belonged to was the Future Nurses Club. I've always been a very curious person. You know, I want to know the why behind things. I wanted to know the rational if you will. And, I remember being told well, if you're really interested in this, you need to actually go see and investigate what it's about.
And, she did just that. First volunteering as a candy striper at a local hospital before heading to the University of Evansville where she earned her nursing degree.
[ Photo of diploma. University of Evansville. Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Rose Margaret Cole. ]
My first job out of nursing school was in psychiatric nursing, then worked a little bit in ICU on a surgical unit. Hospital work is very demanding on the family. As I got married and had more social obligations and the kids came along, I was looking for something that was a little more scheduled. And so, I got into public health nursing and that's when I really fell in love. I just kept saying hey, I could do more if I knew more.
And, so Rose enrolled in at the IU School of Nursing at IUPUY where she earned her Masters Degree, along with a minor in Teaching. Her intention was to head back into the workforce after graduation, but the School of Nursing had other ideas.
And, so I was about ready to graduate, got offered a teaching job at IU. So, I said, okay, I'll try this. My husband used to laugh at me because, you know, my career was not totally mapped out. It was sort of, there's an opportunity, I'm going to take it.
Rose took it and ran with it for 36 years. During her career as an Instructor and later as an Associate Dean, she worked to improve the quality of life for vulnerable populations, young parents, minorities and marginalized youth by carrying out a program of research and professional service focused on health promotion and disease prevention.
[ Joyce Rogers. Vice President of Development and External Relations, IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs. ]
Their entire family has just always been known throughout the community as well as the university community as givers and supporters and champions of others. That is part of who she is.
For decades, she and her late husband, Bill, have been two of Indiana University's strongest supporters and most generous philanthropist. And, even in retirement, Rose continues to serve the School of Nursing.
I just want to make the School of Nursing at Indiana University a better place. And, I think that's just an ongoing task. It really never ends.
Her financial support has created faculty professorships and fellowships, student scholarships and diversity enrichment, as well as the School of Nursing Fund that allows for resources to be used where the need is greatest.
The first two words that come to mind when I think of Rose is quiet storm. She's such a very quiet, sweet person, but she just has so much knowledge and so much passion.
But she's got this special skill and she can anticipate where some of the issues might emerge and she not only just understands them, but she just takes action.
If I can do something to help, you know, others or help other institutions when called upon I do.
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[ The DASA Metal: Distinction. Loyalty. Citizenship. Distinguished Alumni Service Award. ]