A $100,000 donation from longtime University of Texas at Arlington benefactors Dr. Al Clark and Shalyn Clark will better equip the next generation of nurses to thrive in the dynamic healthcare environment of ‘today.
The donation will support the construction of a modernized smart hospital equipped with the latest simulation technology for nursing students at the College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI). The facility will be housed in UTA’s new School of Social Work/CONHI Smart Hospital building currently under construction.
In recognition of the Clarks’ philanthropic investment, UTA will name the Smart Hospital collaborative space Dr. Al Clark and Shalyn Clark Lobby.
“Through their thoughtful generosity, the Clarks have advanced student success at UTA for nearly three decades,” said UTA President Jennifer Cowley. “Their latest gift will help us continue to lead the way in providing simulation-based education for nurses of the future. »
In 2012, the Clarks established the Shalyn and Al Clark Scholarship to benefit students with financial need who excel in their freshman year. Other donations supported CONHI programs and scholarships, as well as UTA athletics. They also included UTA in their estate plans.
“UTA serves as a catalyst for progress in health care and many other areas that improve the quality of life,” said Al Clark. “Shalyn and I strongly believe in continuing the University’s efforts to expertly train nursing students to make a difference in the lives of patients.
Shalyn reiterated the couple’s commitment to nursing education.
“There is no doubt that highly skilled nurses are essential to improving health outcomes,” she said. “Al and I are honored to help UTA provide the hands-on learning opportunities these students need to succeed professionally.”
Construction of the School of Social Work/CONHI smart hospital building began in February 2021 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. Featuring a mix of flexible and enriched learning spaces technology, the institution will complement UTA’s health sciences quad, fostering collaboration and shaping the future of health care and social work.
– Written by Mark Permenter, University Advancement