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Recognition from our peers is one of the greatest rewards. Recognition from faculty is validation of a student’s hard work and initiative. This year’s luncheon was a festive affair with both alumni and student recognition for work well done.  

The Shirley Novosel Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Dr. Diana Morris ’81, currently the Florence Cellar Associate Professor of Gerontological Nursing at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. The College of Nursing Alumni Society presents this award annually to someone who demonstrates a caring, professional style and commitment to the nursing profession. You can read more about Diana in this newsletter. 

In addition, the Alumni Society awards two student service awards. The Undergraduate Student Service Award was presented to Lauren Huber, and the Graduate Student Service Award went to Emily Whitaker. Both students were very engaged in service activities supporting individuals, families, and communities and showed a true commitment to their personal and professional development. 

The Alumni Society also acknowledged departing board members Jennifer Sprankle ’92 and Joelyn Niggel ’74. Both played a large role in the development of the Alumni Society and have supported the college in many ways over the years. We are sorry for them to go but appreciate their contribution to the society and the college. 

The Beta Sigma Student Achievement Award was given to Maddie Verbeke, a newly inducted senior who maintained a GPA in the top 1 percent of her class. Finally, the Nursing Clinical Award in memory of Kim Gedney-Guzik (a former nursing faculty member who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2002) was given to Tess Feury. Tess was honored for excelling clinically, exhibiting strong academics, and showing emerging leadership attributes.  

We were pleased to have many family members and friends of the awardees present at the luncheon. Students who received a scholarship this year, as well as some scholarship donors, were also present.