Dozens of friends of the Sinclair School of Nursing were honored for their financial donations to the school during the annual Nightingale Society reception. Since 2004, the Nightingale Society has been the school’s way of recognizing major donors for their gifts to the school.
“I really search for ways to cherish you to let you know how much we appreciate you,” dean Judith Fitzgerald Miller said. “This little reception is a token of that appreciation.”
The Nightingale Society is broken up into annual members and sustaining members. There are also six categories within the sustaining membership to recognize the amount of donations given:
Sustaining Member levels:
Very Distinguished Fellow
This year’s reception recognized 14 new or elevating members.
New Annual Members:
Mr. Donald & Mrs. Mary Baker
Mr. Michael J. & Mrs. Mildred Masure Brown
Dr. Sam & Mrs. Mary Eleanor Farrell
Ms. Anne Mckee Niles
Mr. Gary Pinkel
Mr. David & Mrs. Peggy Shorr
Mr. Jerome & Mrs. Delores Sinquefield
Mrs. Ann Toellner
New or Elevating Sustaining Members:
Dr. Victoria Gunn
Mr. David A. & Mrs. Linda K. Klein
Dr. Richard & Mrs. Barbara A. Gill MacArthur
Mr. Jack J. & Mrs. Donna Riley Smith
Dr. Roxanne McDaniel
Ms. Barbara H. Warner
Mr. Steven & Mrs. Gina Gerard Lanham
All new and elevating members are given a pin and a certificate. New and elevating sustaining members also receive a crystal keepsake.
“We appreciate all members of this society with us today so that we can recognize your commitment to our school and to our nightingale society,” Associate Dean for Research Vicki Conn said. “Thank you for your contributions as these are foundational for us to achieve greatness.”
Without the help from donors, many of the school’s visions for the future cannot be met.
About 50 friends of the school gathered at the Country Club of Missouri for the 5th annual Dean’s Dinner on April 23, 2015. The event was graciously hosted by Brian Neuner and Richard Miller. Attendees listened to dean Judith Fitzgerald Miller talk about the wonderful work going on at the school and how it is one of the best on campus. There were also some students from the BSN and Accelerated BSN programs to talk with everybody about what the school is like and what their future plans in nursing are. Everyone was treated with a gourmet dinner that was paired with wine.
About 250 people came to support the accomplishments of Sinclair School of Nursing students, faculty, staff and alumni. The 25th Annual Nursing Banquet and Awards Ceremony was one of the best yet. The room was constantly filled with standing ovations, tears and laughter throughout the event.
However, the message of the night came from MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin.
“I’ve got a chance to know people who are part of the organization, who are products of the organization, who are currently in the organization, students and that’s the real measure,” Loftin said. “The quality of people you have and have had at the Sinclair School of Nursing, is really an extraordinary collection of people.”
That was never more apparent than the outstanding individuals who won awards. Each demonstrated high academic standards, outstanding clinical skills, caring qualities as well as strong leadership. Each winner has proven they are the epitome of who walks through the halls at the school on a daily basis. The school looks forward to developing more outstanding individuals to make changes and become the future of healthcare.
Student award winners:
RN-BSN: Joseph Johnson
Accelerated BSN: Alberto Baltazar
Seventh Semester: Marina Steinhauer
Eighth Semester: Elly Barton
MS(N): Abbie Bredeman
PhD: Pam Ostby
DNP: Nancy Birtley
Faculty and staff award winners:
Staff: Donna Connot
Faculty Teaching: Gina Oliver
Betty Crim: Lea Wood
Alumni award winners:
Alumna of the Year: Yaowarat Matchim
Alumni Achievement: Ausanee Wanchai
Honorary Alumni: Cheryl Bausler
Citation of Merit: Winnie Fritz
Humanitarian: Jan Beckett
Distinguished Friends of the School: Priscilla and Oz Koeplin
190 nursing students from the nation’s no. 1 nursing school in the country (College Atlas Encyclopedia of Higher Education) walked across the stage at Jesse Auditorium to finish out their careers as student. They were awarded their degrees from the University of MIssouri Sinclair School of Nursing (SSON).
There were 53 traditional BSN, 47 accelerated, 38 RN-BSN, 28 MS, 23 DNP, and 1 PhD. Of the undergraduates, 26 graduated with honors: 7 cum laude, 8 magna cum laude and 8 summa cum laude.
Dean Judith Fitzgerald Miller presided over the ceremony and gave the main address. MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin also addressed the crowd and conferred the degrees. Student addresses were given by Joseph Riojas, BSN candidate; Kirsten Wilford, Accelerated BSN candidate; Abbie Bredeman, MS(N) candidate. Each graduate also received a rose from the Nursing Alumni Organization that was handed out by Donna Otto.
Special faculty and student awards were given during the ceremony:
Nursing Student Council Outstanding Clinical Teaching Faculty Award
Nursing Student Council Oustanding Classroom Teaching Faculty Award
Nursing Student Council Outstanding Student Award
Janet ‘Joy’ Thompson Undergraduate Student Award
Geriatric Excellence Undergraduate Student Award
As students go in their spearate directions, the SSON knows they are well prepared to handle whatever is thrown at them. When people read that they graduated from the SSON, they know they’re not just a nurse, but a MIZZOU NURSE!
The other picture albums associated with this graduation: