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June 4, 2014

Lakeview marks 120 years

Nursing college plans an open house for June 20

DANVILLE — During the past 120 years, student nurses and faculty have had to adjust to the changing world of technology. Still, the basic traits that make a good nurse remain the same — compassionate, caring and adaptable.

Since its founding in 1894, Lakeview College of Nursing has kept up with those changes and nurtured those characteristics in more than 2,800 men and women who have passed through its doors.

“That’s probably what’s kept us in business for 120 years — keeping up with changes,” said Chastity Osborn, new dean of nursing at the college.

To share its successes with the public, Lakeview will have an open house from 1-3 p.m. June 20 at its Danville campus, 903 N. Logan Ave.

People are invited to stop by for tours of the building and look at the items on display, including nurses’ uniforms from past decades. Also on display is the first diploma issued in 1896.

Lakeview also has a campus in Charleston; an open house will be held there on Sept. 26.

On June 21, the annual alumni banquet will start at noon at the Danville Boat Club, 15750 Boat Club Rd. Reservations are required today, with forms available at

“We are proud of our heritage and what we have accomplished over the years,” said Lakeview President Sheila Mingee. “It is our hope that alumni and others will take some time to reminisce and explore how Lakeview has changed over the years.”

People are invited to share memories and photos before the open house. Also, commemorative shirts are being sold until June 20 at

Mingee, who has been with the college since 1989 in various roles, said the enrollment has increased tremendously over the years, and there’s more diversity.

There have been 2,852 graduates from all years at both the Danville and Charleston campuses. Of that number, 1,520 have graduated from the diploma program (with graduation years from 1896-1989) and 1,332 have graduated from the bachelor’s in nursing program (1990-2014).

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