Nursing alumni to receive UWM Community Service Award

Two UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing alumni will receive the Alumni Association Community Service Award this April 3 at the Pfister Hotel.
“The Community Service Award honors those alumni who have generously contributed their time and talents for the enrichment of others and the betterment of their communities. This award bestows recognition on those individuals who have given of themselves in support of various civic, charitable, philanthropic and social welfare organizations.”

Ann Bartos Merkow, BS Nursing `74
Internal Medicine Physician and Regional Medical Director for QuadMed

“What makes Dr. Merkow special is that she quietly touches MANY organizations in Wisconsin – either through service or personal philanthropy. Her reach is far and just to name a few examples of the organizations where she has made an impact: ProHealth Angels Grace Hospice, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Waukesha County Community Foundation, The Women’s Center of Waukesha, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison… It is truly a rare individual who commits so completely and for such long stretches of time. This ensures stability and continuity within the organization and helps establish the nonprofit as an organization to be trusted by donors and as a place in which other volunteers want to invest their time.” – Nominator

Jean Bell-Calvin, MS Nursing `85
Nursing Center Director, UWM Community Nursing Center, Silver Spring; Clinical Assistant Professor, UWM College of Nursing

“I have worked along with Jean on many committees that promote health in Milwaukee. She brings a deep commitment to and knowledge of the health needs of urban residents. Her dedication to the health of Milwaukee and other urban residents has informed planning and implementation groups for over forty years… I know that her advocacy comes from her intelligence, her generous heart, and her wonderful sense of humor.” -Nominator

“I have known and worked with hundreds of exceptional nurses over my 50-year career as a community health nurse, nurse educator and dean of a large college of nursing, and I can honestly say that Jean is – without a doubt – the most deserving of recognition for community service. This is particularly true given her outstanding contributions to community nursing and social services in neighborhood  centers.” -Nominator