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Established in 1996 in memory of Shirley Novosel, a past president of the Penn State Nursing Alumni APG (Affiliate Program Group), the Novosel Award is presented annually to an alumnus/alumna who exemplifies the spirit of nursing and the College of Nursing’s ideals and philosophy. Candidates must be currently active in the nursing profession and demonstrate a caring, professional style and a commitment to the profession.

Morris, who received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Penn State in 1981, is the Florence Cellar Associate Professor of Gerontological Nursing in the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. She is also executive director of the school’s University Center on Aging and Health.