School of NursingFrom left to right: Dr. Ryan Peterson, Ronald Jones, Dr. Cindy Fenske, Marvel Jones, Interim President Bill Cario

Earlier this year, Concordia announced the naming of the Ronald and Marvel Jones School of Nursing in tribute to university donors, Ronald and Marvel Jones.

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Ronald Jones shares his heart for Concordia in remarks at recognition ceremony, Friday, September 10.

Ronald and Marvel Jones were celebrated on Friday, September 10, 2021 with a recognition ceremony at Concordia University Ann Arbor’s North Building. This small ceremony included honored guests of the Joneses and CUAA’s faculty, staff, and students.

“Those of you who know Ron and Marvel, are aware of their love of Jesus, their desire to be a blessing to others, their generous spirit, and their gentle and humble manner,” said Dr. Cindy Fenske, who leads CUAA’s nursing program and is the Assistant Vice President of Academics and Coordinator of Interprofessional Education.

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Fenske first met the Joneses in 2017, a year after the school of nursing launched its first class. Ron and Marvel toured the newly acquired and renovated North Building, which now home to many of Concordia’s healthcare programs. The Joneses were particularly intrigued by the various ways CUAA nursing was using simulation and experiential learning opportunities to train students for their future profession as compassionate caretakers.

“God is very important to the nursing atmosphere here,” shared Ronald Jones when giving his remarks at the ceremony. “What a blessing these students will be to the patients they work with. You all have done a marvelous job here and we’re grateful we could help make this happen.”

For the last four year, the Joneses have quietly and generously supported Concordia and the nursing school, awarding approximately fifteen scholarships to nursing students annually, supporting the development of the Center for Simulation and Innovation (CSI), and contributing to the university in a way that will leave a legacy of learning for many years to come.

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“Today is a day of celebration and thanksgiving. As a Concordia community, we give thanks for the generous hearts of Ronald and Marvel Jones,” said Vice President of Administration Dr. Ryan Peterson. “The apostle Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 9 that ‘God loves a cheerful giver.’ Indeed, the Ron and Marvel are cheerful givers–wanting to share their God-given blessings with others, including us at Concordia University Ann Arbor.”

Peterson went on to share how Concordia’s mission is strong because of people like Ronald and Marvel Jones, who believe in Christ-centered education and are committed to ensuring that mission continues for years to come.

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