College of Graduate Nursing

Welcome New CGN Students


Welcome from the Dean

Mary Lopez, PhD, RN

Mary Lopez, Interim Dean, College of Graduate Nursing

On behalf of the College of Graduate Nursing faculty and staff we look forward to meeting you at our upcoming Welcome Week. We are hopeful this new website will assist you in obtaining answers to your questions about the college and your program. Orientation/Welcome Week  has five objectives which include the following: an in-depth orientation to your selected program; an opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and student colleagues and to familiarize yourself with WesternU and the College of Graduate Nursing resources; and to prepare you for your graduate education. We have an exceptional team of faculty and staff that are prepared to meet your educational goals. Welcome to graduate school, you will never regret this decision; I know it will be transformative!

Welcome from your Student Affairs Professionals

Mitzi McKay, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Mitzi McKay, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

 Welcome to the College of Graduate Nursing! With Welcome Week/Orientation fast approaching Eva and I want to personally welcome you to WesternU and to the College of Graduate Nursing. Within these pages our hope is to give you a glimpse into the college and your program of study, and to prepare you for Welcome Week. With the frequently asked questions resource section, the goal is to answer the majority of your questions upfront, allowing you to spend Welcome Week focused on the details and getting to know your classmates, faculty, staff and the College of Graduate Nursing. You can reach me at mmckay@westernu.edu.


Eva Badouin, Director of Student Services

Eva Badouin, Director of Student ServicesThe New Student webpages were designed to give you basic information and introduce you to your program Director, Assistant Director and the student affairs staff that will be supporting you throughout your educational journey. We are here to guide you to the right resources, and to connect you to the information that will help to enhance your educational experience and encourage active engagement that will lead to personal success. You can reach me at ebadouin@westernu.edu.



Amber Alvarado, Administrative Assistant to the Dean

Amber Alvarado, Administrative Assistant to the DeanAmber acts as the primary receptionist for the College of Graduate Nursing and is a wonderful resource for all CGN students. She is the face of the college. She is the voice on the phone and the first person that you see in the CGN offices. She knows everyone and can send you to the right person for any question or concern. She will be the first person to remember your name and to care about your wellbeing. You can reach her at aalvarado@westernu.edu.



How to Navigate This Site

This site was created to provide new incoming students 24/7 access to up-to-date information about Orientation/Welcome Week – Wednesday, August 9 through Saturday, August 12, 2017. To start, please review the content on this home page, including the CGN Orientation/Welcome Week Schedule below, and then navigate to the respective web page(s) in the left-hand menu. Below is a list of the information you will find on each page:

The General Information Page

This page will provide you with the following general information which pertains to all incoming students: General FAQs, lodging and airport information, driving directions/parking information for August 10 & 11, 2017, information about the Convocation & White Coat Ceremony program at the Pomona Fairplex, and what to wear during orientation/welcome week.

The GN 5000 Page

This page will provide you with specific information about the pre-program online course GN 5000, which is mandatory for all incoming nursing students to complete and pass (as a CR/NCR course) before matriculating this fall.

The Program-Specific Pages – DNP, FNP & MSN/FNP, MSN (CNL, ANL, AMB), and MSN-E

These pages will provide you with specific orientation information pertaining to the respective program you are entering this fall. You will find information about the program director and staff support, FAQs, information about the program-specific orientation day on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 including driving directions/parking information, and the fall 2017 textbook list.


Orientation/Welcome Week Schedule

The CGN Orientation/Welcome Week shedule will provide you with an overview of the date, time, and location for the various orientation activities which will take place Wednesday, August 9 through Saturday, August 12, 2017. A copy of this schedule will be provided in your orientation packet when you come to campus and check-in on Wednesday, August 9th. If you have any questions about the schedule, please feel free to email Eva Badouin at ebadouin@westernu.edu.

CGN Orientation/Welcome Week Schedule (PDF Version) 


CGN Academic Calendar

The link below is to the CGN academic calendar, which provides important dates such as start and end term dates and Seminar Weekend dates. Currently, the calendar lists dates through summer 2020. Bookmark this web page under your favorite browser for easy access throughout your program.

CGN Academic Calendar

Interactive College of Graduate Nursing Academic Calendar

For years the College of Graduate Nursing had a calendar printed in hard copy form that included the start and end dates for each semester, the distance program seminar weekend dates, and college closure dates printed within it. That calendar was given to our students each year as a gift, allowing them to keep track of important educational dates. This year the college is happy to announce that we will be using an electronic version of that same calendar.

With the use of an electronic calendar the student is now able to actively add their own important information and deadlines to that same calendar, allowing the student to have a full picture of their school/life schedule. By eliminating the paper copy we save trees and do our part in protecting the environment. By using this calendar and adding your assignment due dates and personal schedule, we hope that we can also contribute to the practice of good time management.

 Try it out! Go take a look and start adding your own important dates to what is already listed there. Anything you add will only be seen by you. Put your life together in one place, and remain organized.

You will find the calendar when you enter your office 365/WesternU email account. From there just click on the SharePoint and look for the tile entitled “Student Events”, or go to “Student Events” on the left hand menu.

CGN Interactive Academic Calendar