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The Pilot Nurse Alumni Chapter is led by the School of Nursing Alumni Leadership Team.

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Join our new mentorship program, Buddy UP 2.0

What is Buddy UP 2.0?

Buddy UP 2.0 is a mentorship program between new and experienced University of Portland School of Nursing alumni. It is an extension of the School of Nursing’s undergraduate mentorship program, Buddy UP, which was launched in Fall 2016. Buddy UP consists of junior and senior nursing students, who voluntarily serve as mentors to freshman and sophomore students. The mentor and mentee form a relationship that fosters empowerment, learning, and growth. Similarly, the Pilot Nurse Alumni Chapter (PNAC) would seek interested alumni to participate in Buddy UP 2.0 as mentors or mentees. Recent and experienced alumni will have an opportunity to mentor other alumni and senior students.

Why is the Pilot Nurse Alumni Chapter launching Buddy UP 2.0? 

PNAC is launching Buddy UP 2.0 to enrich the Pilot nurse community beyond alumni’s years on The Bluff. Nursing is a rewarding, challenging profession that epitomizes lifelong learning. Through Buddy UP 2.0, PNAC aspires to ease the transition from nursing school to working life by fostering mentorship and professional growth.

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Pilot Nurse Leadership Team

lindsay benes

Lindsay Benes ’00

Colleen French
Colleen French ’15

Larizza Limjuco Woodruff
Larizza Limjuco Woodruff ’08

maryam saudagaran
Maryam Saudagaran ’17

Past Events

Grand Mentoring Event

Grand Mentoring Event

For the third year, the Pilot Nurse Alumni Chapter hosted a Grand Mentoring Event for Pilot alumni and students at Lucky Lab Brewing.

Reunion Seminar

During Reunion Weekend, the Pilot Nurse Alumni Chapter offered a free continuing education credit: Understanding and Taking Action to Address the Opioid Epidemic. A hosted social followed the course.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by Oregon Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 


Nursing Career Fair

The Nursing Career Fair, held in the spring, provided opportunities for students to explore career possibilities in the nursing field.



Life After UP - Nursing Speed Mentoring

The Pilot Nurse Alumni Chapter hosted over 50 Pilot Nurse alumni and current students at Life After UP: Speed Mentoring for Nursing.

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Nursing Students

Inaugural Pilot Nurse Alumni Chapter Open House

Dean Joane T. Moceri shared the new vision for the School of Nursing, showcased our new student atrium, introduced the Pilot Nurse Alumni Chapter Steering Committee, and offered tours of the LRC.

View photos from the gathering.