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College of Nursing Professor Dr. Sally P. Karioth Honored

In addition to being one of the most fondly recalled professors at the College of Nursing, Sally P. Karioth, PhD, RN has two new honors.  The first honor occurred on Monday, April 14, 2014, when the FSU College of Nursing celebrated a first by naming its main lecture hall for the longtime nursing professor.  The surprise presentation happened in the second floor lobby of Duxbury Hall with over 100 students, alumni, and faculty in attendance. Dr. Karioth is an internationally famous grief therapist and public speaker, and has taught in the College of Nursing since 1970. During her tenure she has taught more than 23,000 students, and she teaches her celebrated class on death and dying in Room 214 — now renamed the Sally Karioth Lecture Hall. The naming was sponsored by a donation from new FSU doctoral degree recipient Judy Hefren. This endowment will also provide emergency support to College of Nursing students. University Professor Mark Zeigler was the emcee for the ceremony with comments from Judy Hefren, Marie Cowart (past administrator), Kevin Murray (BSN 14), and Dean Judith McFetridge-Durdle, Ph.D., RN.

The second honor occurred on Tuesday, April 22 when Dr. Karioth was notified that her “Exploring Grief, Loss, and Trauma in the British Culture” was name a finalist for the 2014’s Innovative New Programs Award. Dr. Karioth broke new ground with a hybrid course that allows all of an elective to be completed in first 6 weeks by having 5 weeks of didactic and 1 week of immersion learning in London. The students are able to complete their elective in 6 weeks and then complete their internship during the remaining weeks in the semester., a leading online resource for students seeking an international education hosts the Innovative New Programs award. The award honors innovative programs in global study, internships, and volunteering that provide a unique opportunity for student learning and cultural engagement. 

Since 2011, institutions/organizations have been invited to nominate new innovative programs in the following categories:  Marketing/Social Media, New Program, Technology, Sustainability, Global Access & Equity and Student Videos. After nominations are submitted, the GoAbroad Innovation Academy (a committee of international education professionals) reviews them and selects five finalists. After the finalists are selected, a winner is chosen for each type of program (study, intern, and volunteer abroad). Innovative Program Award winners are announced at the NAFSA Conference (the largest professional organization for International Education) in May. 


To learn more about the Dr. Karioth’s Study Abroad Program, please go to


For more detailed information on the 2014 finalist for the Innovative Study Abroad Programs please go to