Rita Marie Bergeron, dean of the Georgetown University School of Nursing since 1968, has announced her retirement. She has been dean at Georgetown longer than anyone in the nursing school history.

During her decade at Georgetown, Bergeron developed a curriculum based on a "self-care" concept. She promoted and implemented programs in continuing education and nurse midwifery and began preliminary plans for a graduate nursing program.

Before coming to Georgetown, Bergeron was chairman of the department of nursing at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn.

Thirty-two graduates of George Washington University's Publication Specialist Porgram, a one-year program designed to teach the paractical skills needed for jobs in the publications buisiness, have written and published a 16-page brochure about themselves. The brochure has been distributed to 2,000 phtenital employers in the Washington area.

Begun in 1974 under the aegis of the Continuing Education for Women Center at George Washington, the publication program hs trained more than 200 men and women in such skills as graphic design, copy editing, layout and publication management. Most are currently employed in the publications business in the Washington area.

"Never before has a publication specialist class conceived and completed a project on the scale of this brochure," said Anne Manley, a graduate of the program and the publisher of the brochure, in a preface to the publication.

"After a year of intensive training, we're on the job or in the job market more energetic, more experienced, and more talented than ever."

Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall Jr., professor and chairman of the department of surgery at Howard University Medical School, has been named chairman of the American Cancer Society.

Leffall, an expert on colorectal cancer, has been chairman of the Society's National Task Force on Colon and Rectal Cancer since 1973. He is also president of the Society of Surgical Oncology.

In addition to his professorship at Howard, Leffall is a professorial lecturer in surgery at Georgetown University and has held visting professorships at 54 universities and institutions in the United States and abroad including Johns Hopkins, Yale, the University of Alabama, the University of Liberia and the Pahlavi University School of Medicine in Iran.

The library, correspondence and papers of the late William R. (Bill) Downs Jr. have been given to the Georgetown University library by Downs' widow, Rosalind. A foreign correspondent for United Press, Columbia Broadcasting System and the American Broadcasting Company, Downs first went to London in 1940 as a reporter for United Press and later became a member of the CBS team of reporters assembled by Edward R. Murrow to cover World War II.

He reorted From London, Moscow, Kiev, France, Germany and the Pacific and covered the battle of Stalingrad, the Allied landing in Normandy on D-Day, the Allied Armies drive through France and the surrender of Japan. Later he covered the atomic tests at the Bikini atoll, the blockade of Berlin and the Korean War.

His books and papers will be kept at Georgetown's Joseph Mark Lauinger Library,

Howard University, which has nearly 2,000 foreign students, has hired Barry L. Bem, of former foreign service officer with the State Department, to head its office of International Student Affairs.

Bem said he plans to "develop programs, activities and seminars which will help international students adjust to American culture as well as help American students gain a greater appreciation for other cultures."

With an enrollment that is 20 percent foreign, Howard has the largest concentration of foreign students of any collegfe in the area. Most, said Bem, are from Africa and the Caribbean.

Nigeria, with 600 students at Howard, contributes the largest foreign contingent, but Iran, India, Trinidad and Tobago are also well represented. The percentage of foreign students at Howard has remained relatively stable for the last several years. Bem said.