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Student Representation on CON Committees

Undergraduate Program Committee:

  • Romina McCandless
  • Jessica Seaver
  • Sean Masse

Research Committee:

  • Michael Johnson (PhD student)
  • Patricia Handley (DNP student)
  • Heather Wall (non-doctoral student)

Diversity Committee:

  • Juliette Brown (BSN student)
  • Theresa Wyatt (DNP student)

PhD Committee:

  • Susan Flavin
  • Elizabeth Kreuze

Graduate Program Committee:

  • Erin Whittington (DNP)
  • Cheryl Jones (DNP)

CON Honor Council

The Honor Council of the College of Nursing has as its purpose to infuse the highest standards of character while providing a model for professional behaviors.  As with The University as a whole, the College of Nursing (CON) asks that its students develop academically and morally while being supported by the advice, constructive criticism, enthusiasm, and example of peers, faculty and mentors.  As such, it is the responsibility of each College of Nursing Student to read and adhere to MUSC’s Honor Code.

The CON Honor Council consists of 4 representatives and 2 alternates from each undergraduate and graduate class.  These individuals have the job of educating their peers on the purpose and scope of the MUSC Honor Code.  Each elected representative must be familiar with and abide by the Honor Code, such that they may serve as both an example and a resource for their peers on the spirit and letter of the Honor Code.  Additionally, honor council members periodically must serve as investigators of alleged infractions, as well as participate in hearings with the utmost impartiality and confidentiality. 

A call for nominations will be placed via e-mail by the third Friday of the Fall semester.  Persons interested in serving on the CON Honor Council may be nominated by another student enrolled in the CON or may self-nominate.  Nominations will be posted via e-mail and elections will be held by the fifth Friday of the Fall semester for undergraduate students.  The election will be a ballot vote.  Ballots will be provided to the entering undergraduate students in a first semester course.  Graduate students will be asked to submit their nominations and votes on-line to the Director of Student and Alumni Relations.  Honor council members are elected by a simple majority.  Students elected serve throughout their curriculum.  A special election may be held if a student is unable to complete the term.  The Honor Council President, Honor Council Faculty Advisor and Director of Student and Alumni Relations are responsible for the election process.

2014-2015 Honor Council

President: James Hill* Vice President:
MSN & DNP Class of May 2015
  • Caroline Yurchak
  • Stephanie Helwig
  • Sadie Burke
  • Ellen Gallman
  • Emmie Baggett
  • James Hill
  • Paul Tripp
  • Rebecca Klenk
  • Caitlyn Horton (alternate)
  • Jessica Mills (alternate)
PhD Students Class of December 2015
  • Matt Couture
  • Crystal Graham
  • Bethany Bowen*
  • Bethany Dryer
  • Elizabeth Henderson (Alternate)
  • Sabrina Pierce (Alternate)
Class of May 2016
  • Richelle Crews
  • Gina Cahalan
  • Annemarie Donato, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
  • Ida Spruill, PhD, RN, LISW, FAAN

*Officers & Representatives

Revised: 6/09/15

CON Student Nurses Association

The Student Nurses Association is a preprofessional nursing student organization. The goal is to introduce nursing students to their future career by providing leadership opportunities and educational advancement. Student Nurses' Association By-Laws

2014-2015 Officers

Cara Staten, President Katie Robertson, Vice President
Lindsey Gohl, Secretary Jo Singleton, Treasurer
Rebecca Klenk, Historian Loretta Tsu, Legislative Director
MaryRose Bugbee, Breakthrough to Nursing Dir. , Advisor
Alex Raeder,
Community Service Co-Chair
MaryRose Bugbee, Breakthrough to Nursing

Maghan Davis & Julia Levin-Rector
(2nd semester)

Emily Giddens & Ashley Wilson
(3rd semester)

CON Student Government Association

The College of Nursing Student Government Association works on behalf of the students by facilitating the exchange of information of ideas between students, faculty, and administration; representing student opinions, needs, and interests. College of Nursing Student Government Association By-Laws


  • take action to increase the quality of student services and academic programs to further enhance the education of students
  • plan and execute a variety of social, cultural, and recreational events to promote fellowship, personal growth,and interaction with MUSC students and the university community, and
  • maintain a budget with all the allocated funds to serve the MUSC student body most efficiently.

2014-2015 Student Government Officers

Alyssa LaFond, President Ashley Jones, Vice President
Amy Biffle, Secretary Caroline Ravenel, Treasurer
Paige Cox, Policy Writer

Leonel Bersamina & Kelsey van den Heuvel
(2nd semester)

Joseph Stocking & Kate Phinney
(3rd semester)

Multicultural Student Nurses Association

On July 11, 2011, a cadre of students led by advisor, Dr. Ida Spruill reestablished a former organization, known as the Multicultural Student Nurses Organization (MSNA). The Office of Student Diversity and the College of Nursing welcomed the reactivation of the Multicultural Student Nurses Association (MSNA), as a student organization in October 2011.  The purpose of MSNA is to serve as a platform of cultural exchange inclusive of all students in the College of Nursing with specific emphasis on the recruitment and retention of under-represented minority students.  The organization boasts active diverse student members and currently represents the largest student organization on campus. 

CON student leaders credited with the re-establishment of MSNA are Ashleigh McCall who served as first President, and Imani Fickling as Vice President.  Other CON students who served on the first MSNA organizational steering committee included: Senovia Mays, Michelle Wilkins, Veronica Ramos, Erica Rutledge, Kris Elmore, Janice McFaddin, Rhondria Manigault, and Brianna Smith.  The promotion of student leadership, community service and mentoring are some of the founding tenants of MSNA. 

  • In just a few months, as a group MSNA members have logged over 50 volunteers hours in community service projects such as the, 2011 S.C. Nurse's Foundation Walk, community health fairs, and Holiday gift giving campaigns to support the needs of local children.

  • An over-arching goal of MSNA is the recruitment and retention of Under-Represented Minority (URM) students via study groups, professional affilitation "Buddy Mentoring " and community services.

  • MSNA is open to all CON students and meets the last Monday of each month. Membership fee is $15.00.

Sigma Theta Tau

Leadership Opportunities

University-wide and college-related student organizations offer College of Nursing students opportunities to develop their leadership skills; to serve their fellow students, the Charleston community; and/or their profession; to explore new and old interests; and to have a good time with other involved students, staff, and faculty.

Nursing students are expected to demonstrate professional leadership as part of their learning experience. Below is a sample of nursing student leadership opportunities:


  • Alliance for Hispanic Health
  • Bahai Association of MUSC
  • Crisis Ministries
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Humanitas
  • International Student Organization
  • Intramurals
  • Jewish Association
  • Medical Campus Outreach
  • Medical History Club
  • Multi-Cultural Student Advisory Board
  • MUSC Gives Back
  • MUSC Student Government Association
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Presidential Scholars
  • Public Health Interest Group

College of Nursing

  • College of Nursing Student Government Association
  • Hispanic Health Initiative Scholars
  • Honor Council
  • Multicultural Student Nurses Association
  • Research Honors Practicum
  • Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society
  • Student Nurse's Association
  • Undergraduate, Graduate, and Doctoral Program Committees
  • Evaluation and Program Effectiveness Committee