The College of Nursing Alumni Society works to draw students and graduates together.
Stephanie Stelmaschuk Daniels’ mom, Gail, loved her job as a registered nurse in Cleveland, and she passed that passion for the field along to her daughter. The Broadview Heights, Ohio, native went on to study nursing at Ohio State, earning her bachelor’s degree in 2010 and her master’s in 2014.
Now, the 27-year-old trauma nurse practitioner works at a central Ohio hospital and is president of the College of Nursing Alumni Society.
“It’s a great way for me to give back to the university for all the opportunities I’ve received,” said Daniels, who is working to involve younger alumni and launch new initiatives, including a mentoring partnership and a regional ambassador program.
“During my time on the board, I want to focus on integrating alumni into the student experience at the college. I feel that this will not only empower students and make their experience at Ohio State more positive, but it will also build a stronger future for our society once they graduate and become alumni.”
Although Daniels initially thought she would return to Cleveland after graduation, she found Columbus holds a special place in her heart. So, too, does her husband, Dana ’09, whom she married in December.
Describe a favorite memory you have of Ohio State.
I was a member of the 2009 Homecoming Court, and game day was an absolute whirlwind. It was great being announced on the field in front of thousands of people before the game began and having the marching band make a crown formation to honor those on the court. My parents and my aunt and uncle were there, and afterward we went to a reception at the Kuhn Honors & Scholars House.
Were you involved in any student groups on campus?
I was a member of the Student-Alumni Council and a resident advisor in Drackett Tower. I also was involved with Bucket and Dipper, the junior-class honorary responsible for coordinating the well-known Illibuck trophy pass with an honorary at Illinois (Atius-Sachem) during halftime of each Ohio State-Illinois football game.
How long have you been involved in the Nursing Alumni Society?
I did a lot of volunteering with the Student-Alumni Council as an undergraduate. Because of this, I had the opportunity to interact with many society members during my time at the university.
How are scholarships awarded, and what is your biggest fundraiser?
The College of Nursing scholarships are for undergrads and grad students who have academic merit or financial need. Some of the scholarships are endowed, some come from the fund. This past year, the endowed fund provided $43,000 in scholarships to students. Our biggest fundraiser, a wine-tasting event last summer, raised more than $1 million toward the fund.
Why is volunteering important to you?
I believe paying forward is part of your duty as a human being. I’ve had some amazing opportunities through connections at Ohio State, and I would love to help other people have the same experiences. While the alumni society is a great venue for staying involved and volunteering, it’s not the only way.