Meet the Dean
Meet the Dean of the College of Nursing: Dean Patricia Ravert
Former student, Andrea Gardner, poses as Florence Nightingale at the 100th anniversary of Nightingale’s death (2010).
Graduates of the baccalaureate nursing program celebrate following College of Nursing convocation.
Graduate Program Outcomes
The Family Nurse Practitioner program is ranked among the top nursing graduate schools in the nation.
Public and Global Health
The Public and Global Health course provides opportunities for students to practice nursing skills abroad.
The Healer's Art
The bi-annual college magazine informs alumni and friends of nursing events and activities.
Research and Conferences
Students attend a conference in Madison, WI.
A MEG grant facilitates student learning in the Navajo Nation.
Helen Leon was born in Raymond, Alberta, Canada and graduated from high school in
Vancouver. She and her husband, Edward, were married in New York by Elder Earl C.
Tingey, who was their Bishop at the time. "I always knew Edward would join the church,"
says Helen which he did, just five years later. They lived in New York for over
20 years. Following Edward's passing, Helen retired to Orlando, Florida.
A lawyer by profession, Edward was co-founder of the Children's Blood Foundation
at Cornell Medical Center (now New York Presbyterian Hospital). Helen served on
the foundation board of Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, FL. She and Edward
enjoyed traveling abroad, and she remembers a month-long stay in Africa as one of
their favorite excursions.
The Leons are parents of a son, whose daughter, Aliisa is an airline stewardess
and hopes to study law at BYU. Helen loves to visit BYU whenever possible and especially
enjoys attending the annual Women's Conference. Reading and sewing are favorite
hobbies, but being with her grandchildren surpasses all other interests.
Neither Edward nor Helen attended BYU; however, because of their keen interest in
the American Indian Program sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints in the 1970s and their desire to provide the means by which native Americans
could receive a nursing education, the Leons established the Edward and Helen Leon
Scholarship, to be awarded to students of American Indian descent. Thirty years
later, their generosity continues to bless many lives.