May Graduates Receive Their Diplomas

In their black Mizzou caps and gowns, an apricot tassel, honors cords and master’s hoods, the Sinclair School of Nursing graduates crossed the stage in Jesse Auditorium on Sunday, May 14 to receive their nursing degrees.

In all, the Sinclair School of Nursing conferred 180 degrees during its commencement ceremony. Sixty one traditional students received their BSN along with 44 accelerated students, who will complete their program in July. Twenty-two students successfully completed the RN to BSN program.

On the graduate level, nine students received their master’s in nursing, 44 completed their doctor in nursing practice degree and four earned their PhD.

Judith Fitzgerald Miller, Dean, Sinclair School of Nursing, and Garnett Stokes, PhD, University of Missouri Interim Chancellor and Provost for Academic Affairs, encouraged the students and celebrated with them. Dr. Pam Evans-Smith addressed the students who had had her as a professor in their academic careers.

Elise Tadros addressed her fellow BSN students, while Christopher Wilson spoke to his fellow accelerated students and Matthew Walker, his fellow graduate level classmates. As graduation was on Mother’s Day, many of their thanks and praise were directed toward the mothers in the auditorium.

After they walked across the stage toward their diploma, each graduate received an apricot rose from Donna Otto, instructor of nursing and director of alumni relations, who represented the Nursing Alumni Organization.

As the new graduates go their separate way and enter the real world, we know they are well prepared to handle the challenges they will face. They are not just nurses, after all, but Mizzou nurses.

27th Annual Awards Banquet Celebrates SSON

Nearly 250 guests filled the Country Club of Missouri for the 27th Annual Awards Banquet and Alumni Reunion April 21, 2017. Alumni from all over the country joined Sinclair School of Nursing faculty, staff, students and their family gathered to celebrate the best of the Sinclair School of Nursing.

Students were recognized for excellence in the classroom and clinical settings. Faculty were recognized for excellence in teaching and research. The Nursing Alumni Organization recognized five honorable alumni who have spent their careers in the top of the nursing profession. Award winners are listed below.

Award Winner
Overall Excellence by a 7th Semester Student McKenzie Adam
Overall Excellence by an 8th Semester Student Mary-Margaret Washer
Overall Excellence by an Accelerated Student Rebekah Bade
Overall Excellence by an RN to BSN Student Carla Clapp
Overall Excellence by a Master’s Student Courtney Miller
Overall Excellence by a DNP Student Angela Story
Overall Excellence by a PhD Student Ginny Schulz
School Staff Award Sandra Dearlove
Excellence in Teaching Pam Evans-Smith
Excellence in Research Laurel Despins
Betty Crim Award for Faculty Enhancement Michelle Reams
Alumni Achievement Mindy Stites
Humanitarian Award Candy Neuner
Alumna of the Year Cay Casey
Honorary Alumna  Colleen Galambos
Citation of Merit Mei Fu
Distinguished Friend of the School Sandra Gambaro Shelley

Congratulations to all award winners!

Prior to the banquet, members of the Sinclair School of Nursing’s Nightingale Gift Society were celebrated at the annual induction and reception. New members were inducted into the prestigious society, and others were elevated to new levels of recognition. The society honors major donors for their gifts made to the school.

Following the banquet, Sunday, April 22, members of the class of 1967, ’77, ’87 and 2007 gathered for a reunion. They toured the University of Missouri Hospital and the Sinclair School of Nursing and gathered for lunch to reminisce about their time in nursing school.

Thanks to all who attended and helped put the event together. We are looking forward to next year. Be sure to check out facebook for pictures of all the events!