Wayne State’s College of Nursing inaugural endowed lectureship speaker is futurist Matt Thornhill

The Wayne State University College of Nursing first annual Dr. Virginia Hill Rice Endowed Lectureship will take place Wednesday, October 3, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Law School’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium. Matt Thornhill, founder and managing partner of Institute for Tomorrow, will present, Winning Healthcare Organizations of Tomorrow.

Photo of Matt ThornhillFor the last 15 years, Thornhill has led the research-based think tank, SIR’s Institute for Tomorrow, based in Richmond, Virginia. He is considered to be the nation’s authority on the impact of generational dynamics on demographic, cultural, and societal trends and he has extensive experience in the healthcare and nursing industry. Recently Thornhill was the keynote speaker at the National League for Nursing Education Summit and he also spoke at the AARP Public Policy Institute’s Champion for Nursing Leaders Conference.

The annual College of Nursing lectureship was made possible through a generous endowment from Dr. Virginia Hill Rice (‘65) to establish a lectureship on the future of nursing science and healthcare.

As to what inspired her, Dr. Rice said, “I always knew I was going to make a gift to the college after I retired from the nursing faculty. I considered a few options, but realized what a unique and important opportunity I had to establish the college’s first endowed, annual nursing lectureship.” She continued, “The College does essential work generating new nursing knowledge and validating it.”

“Dr. Hill’s generous endowment recognizes the stature of the work done in the college,” said Dean Laurie M. Lauzon Clabo. She continued, “It will allow us to invite a national leader to engage in important dialog at the start of each academic year. This nationally recognized speaker that will help us keep our eyes, with laser-like focus, on the future of nursing.”

This event is free and open to Wayne State faculty, students, residents, its community partners and the general public. A light reception will follow the lecture.

Seating is limited. Visit go.wayne.edu/nursing-dr-virginia-hill-rice, email lrossow@wayne.edu, or call 313-577-6967 to rsvp.

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About Dr. Virginia Hill Rice

Virginia Hill Rice, Ph.D., RN, CNS, FAAN is an Emerita Professor of Nursing at Wayne State University. She holds a doctorate in social psychology, and received her master’s degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in medical-surgical nursing from the WSU College of Nursing in 1965.

Dr. Rice began her time at Wayne State University when she was hired as a part-time Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing in 1982. She received a full-time Associate Professor appointment in 1986 and was tenured in 1990. Dr. Rice was promoted to full Professor rank in 1997. During her time at WSU she developed an extensive track record of funded research from the National Institutes of Health, the Michigan Department of Community Health, the American Heart Association, and the Shouman Foundation in Jordan. She has numerous publications and national and international presentations in stress and coping, patient teaching, and tobacco control. In addition, Dr. Rice produced two editions of the Handbook of Stress, Coping, and Health: Implications for Nursing Research, Theory, and Practice.

As a faculty member, Dr. Rice served on numerous committees including serving as Vice President of the Academic Senate, Chair of the WSU Centers & Institute Committee, Chair of the CON Faculty Association, and representing faculty on the Board of Visitors.

For her exemplary work, Dr. Rice has been recognized with a number of honors and awards including the 2011 WSU College of Nursing Lifeline and Alumna of the Year Award; the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing Research, the Midwest Nursing Research Society’s Advancement of Science Award, the Governor’s Recognition for Contribution to Tobacco-Free Michigan Action Coalition, and the Michigan Public Health Institute’s Outstanding Leadership and Service Award. In addition, Dr. Rice received a Leadership Award for Community Research from the Arab American Community Center for Economics and Social Services (ACCESS), a Greater Detroit Distinguished Volunteer Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals on National Philanthropy Day, 2012, and a Crossroads of Michigan Outstanding Community Service Award for 20 years of volunteer service. Dr. Rice retired from the university in 2015 and was granted Professor Emeritus status.

In retirement, Dr. Rice has continued her community service with Crossroads of Michigan and the Holley Institute for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired that was co-founded by her husband, Dr. William Rice who is an alumnus of WSU’s medical school.

She is the proud mother of two accomplished sons, Dr. Grantland S. Rice, the founder of Academic Partners, an academic advisory firm, and Garrett L Rice, a Senior Partnership Manager at Apple, Inc.

About The Wayne State University College of Nursing

The Wayne State University College of Nursing is committed to providing a world-class educational experience. Our faculty aid in the development of new nursing knowledge through the conduct of research that focuses on urban health, symptom science and health promotion.

Our dedication to student success and our state-of-the-art learning environment combine to produce graduates who are prepared to be nurse leaders in research, education and practice. Located in Midtown Detroit, the College of Nursing's faculty and students serve diverse populations while promoting community and urban health.

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