University of Illinois-Chicago Professor and Dean to Discuss ‘The Next 50 Years of Nursing Education’



April 18, 2008 – A professor and dean of the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Nursing will discuss “The Next 50 Years of Nursing Education” at the Rosemary Berkel Crisp Memorial Nursing Lecture April 25 at Southeast Missouri State University.

Dr. Joan Shaver, RN, FAAN, will present the lecture at 9 a.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall. The event is free and open to the public and is one of several planned this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Southeast’s Department of Nursing. A reception will follow the lecture.

This will be the first Rosemary Berkel Crisp Memorial Lecture which honors Mrs. Crisp who passed away in December. “Mrs. Crisp was instrumental in planning this event,” said Dr. Linda Heitman, associate professor of nursing. “This is someone Mrs. Crisp identified, last fall, as the individual she would like to speak at this lecture named in her honor.”

Heitman says Dr. Shaver is highly regarded in the nursing community.

Shaver has served at the University of Illinois-Chicago since 1996. Her clinical and research interests focus on women’s health, sleep science, and fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. She has been widely published on such topics as sleep in women; sleep, psychological distress and stress arousal with fibromyalgia; sleep in menopause; and stress exposure, psychological distress and physiological stress activation in midlife women with insomnia.

Shaver holds a doctoral degree in physiology and biophysics and a master of nursing degree, both from the University of Washington in Seattle. She holds a bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

She is a member of the board of directors of Advocate HealthCare and a sleep educational consultant for Select Comfort Corp. She has served as a board liaison member of the Hospital Council, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, and a member of the Health Advisory Committee of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research in Canada. She has served as president, president-elect and a member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Nursing, co-director of the Research Core of the University of Illinois-Chicago National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and an external examiner for the University of Hong Kong Department of Nursing. She has been co-director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at the University of Washington and chair and professor of the Department of Physiological Nursing, also at the University of Washington. Shaver served as a short-term World Health Organization consultant and visiting professor in the Department of Nursing Studies and on the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Indonesia. She was an associate professor on the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary and an assistant professor at the University of Arizona School of Nursing.

The Rose

Mar. Berkel Crisp Memorial Lecture is a tribute to Mrs. Crisp who, along with her husband Harry L. Crisp II of Marion, Ill., made a substantial gift to Southeast Missouri State in 1984 to expand and renovate the Southeast nursing building. It is now named the Rosemary Berkel Crisp Hall of Nursing. The Crisps also donated the building – the Harry L. Crisp Bootheel Education Center (CBEC) — that houses the Southeast Missouri State University-Malden campus. The Crisp BEC, named after Harry L’s father, has been nationally recognized as a model for higher education centers. In addition, the new Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum at the River Campus is named in their honor in recognition of their generosity to that facility.

Mrs. Crisp was a graduate of St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Evansville, Ind.  She was co-founder of Women for Health and Wellness, Inc., in southern Illinois, and was president or chair for more than a decade. She served as the co-chair of the Southern Illinois Women’s Health Conference and for five years served as the chair of the Southern Illinois Women’s Teen Conference.  Former Illinois First Lady Brenda Edgar appointed her to the Illinois Women’s Health Campaign Planning Team.

She served on the founding board of the Hands of Hope Clinic (free clinic) in Marion, Ill. In 2006, she was appointed to the advisory board of the Illinois Nurses Association. She was appointed by former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson to a three-year term on the National Institute of Health Nursing Research Advisory Board, Bethesda, Md., and served on the board of directors of the Society for Advancement of Women’s Health Research in Washington, D.C., for six years. She also served on the National League of Nursing Community Health Accreditation Board, New York, for eight years.

Mrs. Crisp received the “Friend of the University” Award from Southeast in 1986, the highest honor bestowed by the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. Her husband, Harry L. Crisp II, was named the “Friend of the University” in 2005.  Both were charter members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and charter members of the President’s Council, the Foundation organization to recognize major donors.  Mrs. Crisp was instrumental in organizing and was the first chairperson of the Southeast President’s Council and served for more than a decade. Heitman of Southeast’s Department of Nursing nominated Rosemary for membership in the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and Mrs. Crisp was installed in Tampa, Fla., in 1991.

Mr. Crisp and the late Mrs. Crisp are the parents of six children, Cynthia (Crisp) Dickens, Catherine (Crisp) Newbold, Cheryl (Crisp) Rabbitt, Carole (Crisp) Schwarm, Cara (Crisp) Sims and Harry Lee III; 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Three of their children have attended Southeast.