Campaign Gifts Have Impact: Becoming a Leader and Achieving at Douglass

Support received through the Campaign for Douglass: Innovative Education, Women’s Leadership, is enhancing key programs like support for leadership opportunities such as the Peer Academic Leaders, AADC Externships, Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), the Red Pine Ambassadors and summer orientation that allow students to practice leadership on campus and graduate with a competitive advantage. Read how one student built confidence and felt empowered by leadership programs at Douglass.  

Class of 2015 student Elizabeth Davis, “Liz,” as she likes to be called, is a nursing major who says, “When I saw the Douglass campus, I could picture myself here and I began paying attention to all it had to offer and decided to apply.” Douglass turned out to be everything she expected and more, “It is also like a second family,” she added.

Liz originally applied to the small and very selective nursing program, but did not get in at first. Through hard work and good grades, she was able to transfer into the program her sophomore year. She credits the support of living in the Bunting Cobb Residence Hall at Douglass, motivated roommates and also her involvement with the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College’s Students Today, Alumnae Tomorrow (STAT) Study Breaks.  Liz met Douglass alumnae at Study Breaks each semester whose support and encouragement was a boost during exam time. She also benefited from the camaraderie of other students stopping by the Ruth Schilling Hennessy Alumnae Center to relax, have a snack and connect at the Breaks.

At Douglass, Liz learned how to push beyond her comfort zone. She has gained leadership experience serving on campus groups. She serves as a Red Pine Ambassador, a summer orientation leader, a special events chair, on the Dean’s Advisory Council and is a member of the Nursing Students Club. She also served on the Douglass Student Panel at Douglass Weekend Reunion last June.

Her goal is to become a pediatric nurse. Scholarship support administered by the AADC has provided important financial assistance to Liz as reaches for this goal. She received the Lillian S. Dunlop Scholarship in 2013-14 and the Doris Squarey Warner Scholarship the previous year.  A generous bequest from Lillian Dunlop ’22 has provided scholarships for Douglass women since 1997.

The years have gone by quickly, Liz says, because of her busy clinical nursing and classroom routine, as well as leadership involvement. With graduation ahead next spring, she looks back on the last three years at Douglass and says, “I’m glad I made the choice and am very happy that through the small and supportive atmosphere, I have come to love Douglass.”

The Associate Alumnae of Douglass College (AADC) held the public launch of the Campaign for Douglass at a special kick-off reception in New York City in October 2010. It is the most ambitious capital campaign undertaken thus far and benefits Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University. Thank you to all who have supported the Campaign and are helping us exceed our $35 million goal. All alumnae are invited to join in this historic initiative! Learn more at


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