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Student Organizations

At the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, there’s always something going on. The purpose of student organizations is to further the best interest of our students through representation in every-day matters affecting student life through leadership opportunities, community involvement, and activities.

The College of Nursing has four student organizations. The organizations include the following: Black Student Nursing Association, Nursing Student Government Association, Student Nurses Association, and the College of Nursing Honor Council. These organizations explore and support the intellectual, social, and cultural environment of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center campus. Through participation, you will gain a wealth of knowledge.


The purpose of the Nursing Student Government Association [NSGA] is to maintain and uphold the ideals and standards of the UTHSC College of Nursing, to encourage an attitude of professional responsibility, to facilitate faculty and student interaction, to act as a liaison for students with the College of Nursing faculty and administration, and to foster positive community public relations.

2019 Officers

  • President: Alexandra Friedman
  • Vice President: Jean Alex Bernardin
  • Secretary: Vacant
  • Treasurer: Vacant
  • Honor Council Chair: Andrea Kilgannon
  • Social Chairpersons: Vacant
  • Community Service Chair: Vacant
  • Website/Social Media Chair: Amaya Abadia-Manthei
  • Fundraiser Chair: Vacant
  • BSN Representative for Class of Spring 2019: Vacant
  • BSN Representative for Class of Fall 2019: Vacant
  • DNP On-Campus Representative: Amanda Poole
  • DNP Off-Campus Representative: Katherine Palo
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Emma Murray
  • Faculty Liaison: Ms. Jamie Overton

NSGA Constitution

The purpose of the Student Nurses Association [SNA] is to assume responsibility for contributing to nursing education in order to provide for the highest quality healthcare, provide programs of professional interest, and aid in development of the whole person. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center – College of Nursing chapter was formed in 2006. It is open to all nursing students.


  • President: Lisa Smith
  • Vice President: Vacant
  • Treasurer: Nneoma Ufele
  • Secretary: Vacant
  • Procedural Officer: Vacant
  • Project Officers: Jean Bernardin and Josephine Bruce
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jami Brown
  • Faculty Advisor: Mrs. Anita Settles-Seymour

The College of Nursing Honor Council is charged with the task of of upholding the UTHSC Honor Code. The Honor Code promotes academic honesty and integrity in the classroom, laboratory, clinics and other academic endeavors. The Honor Code requires students to uphold its principles of fairness, professionalism, and ethical behavior; and it also provides procedures to adjudicate alleged violations.

The Honor Council of the College of Nursing consists of a chairperson and representatives from the BSN and DNP programs. The Honor Council chairperson presides over all regular meetings and over Honor Council hearings. Program representatives will serve as members of the hearing panel.


  • Andrea Kilgannon – Chairperson
  • Amanda Poole  – DNP Representative
  • Maggie Mitchell – DNP Representative
  • Chandler Williams – DNP Representative
  • Maria Tucci – DNP Representative
  • Leighann Wessells – BSN Representative
  • Emmy Allen – BSN Representative
  • Alisha Washington – BSN Representative
  • Dr. Susan Jacob, Interim Executive Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Jamie Overton, Director of Student Affairs

The Black Student Association (BSA) is an interdisciplinary organization founded in 1992 by African American students here at UTHSC. As a division of the University-wide organization, the CON’s chapter shares in its purpose is to improve the overall health status of our University and local community, including minority and underserved groups.  Through engagement and collaboration we seek to promote health, wellness, and increase awareness through community service. 

Membership in the Nursing Chapter of BSA is open to all CON students regardless of race, ethnic background,  culture, religion, or other affiliations.


  • Co-President: Takiyah Best 
  • Co- President: Nneoma Ufele
  • Secretary: Myrical Taylor
  • Treasurer: Tolu Sanusi
  • Social Chair: Courtney Bullard 
  • Graduate College Representative - Rashedah Young, RN

Faculty Advisors

  • Crystal Walker
  • Melody Waller
  • Shaquita Starks
  • Mona Wicks

Last Published: Aug 30, 2019