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Cynthia Flynn Capers Endowed Fund for Nursing Students’ Success
The Cynthia Flynn Capers Endowed Fund for Nursing Students’ Success, originally established in 1997 by Cynthia Flynn Capers, Ph.D., then dean of The University of Akron College of Nursing, was revised in 2017. The fund is designed to advance nursing student success through clinical simulation experiences.
Dr. Capers retired from The University of Akron in 2012 as Special Assistant to the Provost. She joined UA in 1997 as dean of the College of
In 2002, while dean of the College of Nursing, Dr. Capers brought Cameos of Caring® to northeast Ohio. It continues today as an annual event, celebrating nurses and bringing attention to their contributions and the profession. In 2010, she was the 100th Cameos award recipient in recognition of her leadership and nursing advocacy. She is also
Dr. Capers’ commitment to the Akron community has been as strong as her link to the University and the nursing profession. She serves on numerous local and national boards and committees for the improvement of health, welfare and education within the community.
She completed her initial nursing education at Freedmen’s Hospital School of Nursing in Washington, D.C. and earned her baccalaureate degree from the University of Maryland. Her master and doctoral degrees and post-doctoral work were obtained at the University of Pennsylvania. She was a Fellow of the American Nurses Association, Minority Fellowship Program for doctoral and post-doctoral work and completed the Harvard University Institute for Management and Leadership in Education program.
The Cynthia Flynn Capers Endowed Fund for Nursing Students’ Success will support clinical simulation experiences, expenses associated with utilization of external sites (e.g.. the cost for utilization of facilities at The Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron), and improving on-campus simulation resources. It is not intended to defray tuition costs or to fund conference registration fees. Funds are available for simulation experiences for both undergraduate and graduate education; however, preference is for undergraduate students. The School of Nursing director, in collaboration with the school’s development contact, will approve the use of funds.