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Saturday, May 4

DoubleTree by Hilton, Bloomington

Photos by Lewis Marien

It was a party that was 100 years in the making. Mennonite College of Nursing has survived for 100 years because of “strong women who had a vision for excellent nursing education ... and a strong community that recognized the need for this nursing education,” said Juday Neubrander, dean of the Mennonite College of Nursing. Once seen as handmaidens, nurses are now more involved in decision-making and collaborating with doctors.

All stops were pulled out for the gala, which featured a style show of nursing uniforms throughout the decades. Vickie Gaesche Lannie, Class of ’65, regaled the audiences with tales of smoking on the roof and an infamous bed pan incident. And after the gala, the fun continued at an after-hours party.

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