Alumni Times - Clarkson College

Volume 5 Issue 3 January/February 2014
Alumni Times
President’s Message: 2013 Recap
& Looking Forward
Alumni Board: Serve, Lead, Make
an Impact
Honorary Alumni Award
A Note of Thanks
Annual Alumni Survey Results
Clarkson College Named Among
Top U.S. Colleges for Advancement
in Online Education
By Mikaela Knipe, Marketing Specialist
Colleges Online
(AC Online)
ranked Clarkson
College No. 6
in the U.S. in
the category
of Colleges
Revolutionizing Online Education.
AC Online identified 34 other U.S. colleges
and universities that continue to advance
distance learning through new methods,
cutting-edge technologies and/or increased
availability and outreach.
Each of the colleges/universities identified
in the AC Online Colleges Revolutionizing
Online Education rankings not only utilize
e-mail, chat and other basic technologies
but also take online education to an entirely
new level, leveraging tablets, real-time
Q&A, Skype and other platforms to deliver
world-class materials to thousands of
students daily.
“Each semester, online courses are reviewed
and evaluated to support best practices and
standards in higher education,” said Mary
Ball, Clarkson College Center for Teaching
Excellence (CTE) Director. “As a college, we
are preparing for the educational needs of
current and future students by exploring
new technologies for design and delivery of
online courses. We are not only integrating
technology into courses for technology
sake but also to align and meet course
Other schools ranked in the top 10 include
Tufts University in Medford, Mass., University
of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., Princeton
University in Princeton, N.J., and Washington
State University in Pullman, Wash.
About AC Online
Affordable Colleges Online provides
students with information about affordable
higher education options. The website offers
financial aid videos, expert advice and cost
savings ideas.
The Roads of Adventure Lead
to Rio
Have an Upcoming Reunion?
M.S.N. Alumna’s Work Published
in American Journal of Nursing
December 2013 Capstone Review
Spring Garden Walk: May 16
10 Alumni Class Notes
11 College 100th Anniversary
Embossed Print
12 Bookstore Hosts Pumpkin Contest
Cromer Named Nurse Anesthesia
Program Director
13 Omicron Epsilon Update
Career Fair for Health Professions
14 December 2013 Graduates
15 Honorary Alumni Nominations
The Alumni Times is a quarterly publication
that is distributed by the Alumni Association
of Clarkson College at 101 South 42 Street,
Omaha, Neb. 68131. For story or photo
submissions, please contact Rita VanFleet,
Alumni Coordinator, at 402.552.3516 or via
e-mail at [email protected]
Alumni Times
2013 Recap &
Looking Forward
Alumni Board: Serve. Lead.
Make an Impact.
I hope your holidays
were filled with family,
great food and many
blessings. Last year
ended on a busy
note for the Clarkson
College community.
The Alumni Association
hosted many fun
fall events since our
last newsletter. In
November, we hosted Alumni Craft Day
on campus. The morning hours included
many vendors, which ranged from jewelry to
anything fun you might find in a boutique,
so attendees could get some Christmas
shopping done. Attendees worked on a
variety of activities including memory albums,
crocheted items and more. I have to say, it
was a very fun and productive day.
It is once again time to be thinking about
who you would like to nominate for the
Alumni Association Board. Nominations
for officers and directors will be collected
during March. President, vice president,
secretary, treasurer and five director
positions are available.
The Alumni Association continues to sponsor
a study hall for current students, complete
with snacks and therapy dogs for a little
stress relief during finals week. Students really
appreciate having a dedicated place to study
and prepare for their success.
On Jan. 18, we will be hosting our very
popular annual bowling tournament and
would love for all of you to come! This is
always a fun-filled evening! We will continue
to have a busy calendar of events in 2014,
including our table trivia day on June 7, so
mark your calendars! We are excited to
see our membership continue to grow and
become more and more active.
Have a happy 2014, and feel free to contact
me to sign-up for events, renew your
membership or share stories! I look forward
to continuing to serve the Alumni Board and
Alumni Association in any capacity I can!
If you would like to become an active part
of the Board, send your name and a brief
paragraph about your intent as a Board
member to Rita VanFleet via e-mail at
[email protected] or mail it
to Clarkson College, 101 South 42 Street,
Omaha, Neb. 68131. Nominations must be
received no later than March 31.
Honorary Alumni Award
Highlight the dedication & loyalty of an individual who displays
the characteristics of a Clarkson College graduate
The Alumni Association Board has reinstated
the Honorary Alumni award. The purpose
of this award is to recognize and honor
individuals who are not Clarkson College
graduates, have strong commitment and
extraordinary leadership to the organization,
and have made significant contributions
to the organization’s well-being in support
of its Mission and goals. Criteria to use for
consideration of this award are as follows:
› S/he has contributed significantly to the
betterment of the students and alumni of
Clarkson College
› S/he has shown extraordinary loyalty,
involvement and identification with
Clarkson College
› S/he has distinguished her/himself by
some special service to the College or to
her/his community
Rachel Thompson, M.S.N., R.N. (’04, ‘12)
Alumni Association President
PH 402 552 3569
[email protected]
› S/he manifests qualities of strong moral
principles worthy of recognition
› Monetary contributions are not
considered as criteria
Nominations will be accepted by the Alumni
Association Board during February and must
January/February 2014
Do you know someone who would be a
perfect fit as an Aumni Board member?
You may also know someone who would
do an excellent job as a Board member.
Nominees must be a paid Alumni
Association member and willing to serve the
full year-long term. The position of president
must be filled by someone who has had
one year of service on the Board. After
nominations are received, ballots will be
sent—unless all positions are uncontested—
to all paid Alumni Association members in
April for voting.
all be submitted no later than Friday, Feb.
28. Please complete the nomination form on
page 15.
Up to three awards may be granted yearly
if acceptable nominations are received.
The Alumni Association Board will appoint
an ad hoc selection committee to review
submitted nominations. Nominees will be
reviewed, and all appropriate entries will
be evaluated during the March Alumni
Association Board meeting. Approval
will be appointed via a majority vote. The
Clarkson College President will also have
final approval of the award nominees.
Presentations and honorary alumni will be
announced during the September Alumni
Weekend events.
If you know of someone who fits the award
criteria and would make an excellent
recipient, fill out the form on page 15
and return it to Rita VanFleet, Alumni
Coordinator, Clarkson College, 101 South 42
Street, Omaha, Neb. 68131.
A Note of Thanks
Annual Alumni Survey Results
Dear Alumni Association and Class of 1963,
This year, 74 people responded to the
alumni survey that was on the back of the
annual Alumni Association membership
form. A heartfelt “thank you” to those
who took the time to complete the survey,
as your participation assists the Alumni
Association Board in planning activities and
making the newsletter your publication.
The results for each of the questions showed
the following:
It is with extreme gratitude that I write this
letter of thanks for choosing me as the
recipient of the Clarkson College 125th
Anniversary Scholarship. As a hardworking,
ambitious student, your generosity has
helped to make my pursuit of a degree easier.
I was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa,
where I currently reside, continuing my
education as a distance student at Clarkson
College. When I was a child, I had a dream
of one day becoming a nurse, and as I have
grown older, my ambitions have continued
to soar, setting my goals high to earn a
doctorate degree in Nurse-Midwifery.
I am a senior within the Registered Nurse (RN)
to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program
with plans to continue my journey to a
doctorate from the University of Minnesota
School of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery program
beginning fall 2014. Currently, I am working
toward becoming an inducted member of the
National Society of Leadership and Success,
and I was named to the dean’s list in previous
semesters. Outside of my academic role, I am
a full-time RN at Unity Point Clinic–Sergeant
Bluff with a part-time job working in the home
of a pediatric client with a tracheostomy
and gastrostomy tube. As a practicing RN, I
understand the importance of continuing my
education and how vital I am to the health
care community in this role.
Throughout my academic career at Clarkson
College, I have aimed for excellence. My
GPA prior to the fall semester was 3.62.
Every semester, I challenge myself to raise
my GPA. Receiving this scholarship will
make my goals more attainable, the cost of
attending college less of a burden and will
allow for more time to focus on my school
work. I was born and raised to be the best
that I can be, and as you can see with my
past history and future aspirations, I am on
the right track to accomplishing my goals
within my educational journey. Thank you for
your confidence in me—you reaffirm that my
dreams are possible.
With great honor,
Alumni Events Responses
Would you be interested in seeing the
Outstanding Alumni Award reinstated?
34 YES
18 NO
Would you be interested in participating in
the iPad Academy?
16 YES
33 NO
List any continuing education topics that
would be of interest to you.
› Evidence-based practice
› Leadership
› Pediatrics
Newsletter Feedback
Would you like to see articles about alumni
serving in the armed forces?
54 YES
Have you served or are you serving in the
armed forces?
53 NO
List topics of interest that you would like to
see in the newsletter.
› Alumni news
› Possibly founding of Ted. E. Bear Hollow
› Picture from years past and a short article
about the image
› New technology
› Personal stories of nursing experience
› NICU human interest story
› Unique ways alumni have utilized their
nursing education
› Working at a meat packing plant as a
› Mental health
› Hospice nursing
› New surgical procedures
› Forensic nursing
› Critical care nursing
› Kidney, heart and cancer treatments
› Physical activity
› Nutrition
› Cardiovascular
› Palliative end of life care
› Telling our story, which entails alumni
writing for the publication
List any events you would like to see the
Alumni Association sponsor.
› Softball
› Get involved in Nebraska Action Coalition
› A reunion of the first three graduating
classes at Kiewit Hall (‘63, ‘64, ‘65)
In Summation
As you can see, most of the written
responses were submitted by nursing
alumna. It would be great to hear what
alumni from other Clarkson College
programs would like to see in the newsletter.
If you would like to take this opportunity
to voice your opinion, it’s not too late.
Feel free to share your ideas with Rita
VanFleet via phone at 402.552.3516, e-mail
at [email protected] or mail
at Clarkson College, 101 South 42 Street,
Omaha, Neb. 68131.
The results of this year’s survey were shared
at the November Alumni Association Board
meeting. From that meeting, the following
actions will be taken:
› Newsletter feedback will be incorporated
within upcoming issues of the Alumni
Times publication.
› Topics at the January Alumni Association
Board meeting will include activities,
iPad Academy and the Outstanding
Alumni Award.
Amy Wise, Anniversary Scholarship Recipient
Alumni Times
The Roads of Adventure Lead to Rio
Alumna recalls once-in-a-lifetime trip to Catholic World Youth Day
By Kelli Yost, B.S.N. (‘08)
For those who don’t know me, I love to
travel. In May 2012, I contemplated between
embarking on a historic trip to Israel with
Clarkson College or a spiritual journey to Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil. After much thought, my
desire to attend the Catholic World Youth Day
with the Pope had won out.
At the time of my commitment to World Youth
Day, the current Pope was Pope Benedict
XVI, who took the world by surprise and
announced his retiring from the position.
I had never before attended a World Youth
Day and had been told by several close friends
that it would be a life-changing experience.
One friend recounted that during the closing
mass of the World Youth Day she attended,
the rain clouds in the sky had parted upon the
arrival of the Pope, creating a reprieve in the
dreary weather long enough for the Mass to
be celebrated free of rain. “That only happens
in movies,” I thought at the time. Boy, was
I wrong.
On July 25, 2013, I joined two priests, an
apostolic oblate and one other young adult
on a spiritual journey with 3 million other
youth to celebrate the Catholic faith with Pope
Francis. From the beginning, I knew that it
would be unlike any other trip I had ever taken.
Before we even set foot on Brazilian soil, God
was already in action. As all five of us raced
across the airport to make up for our previous
delayed flight, we were informed that our
flight to Brazil had departed. Determined to
not give up, we sprinted to our terminal where
the flight attendants reiterated the bad news
that our plane departed. Only seconds later
did we hear a commotion, as the pilot saw
us dashing past the window and backed the
plane up to the gate allowing us to board. We
would have waited two days to arrive in Rio de
Janeiro if it hadn’t been for the selflessness of
the pilot.
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For a total of 10 days, we attended daily Mass,
sang Christian songs in different languages
in public buses, enjoyed Brazilian cuisine and
gathered on Copacabana beach to pray and
celebrate Mass with “Papa Francisco.” Upon
arrival in Brazil, we experienced the great
love for the people’s faith and the current
leader of the Catholic church. Once we were
safely in our host church, we were baffled
to hear church bells ringing for miles. Chills
spread through my body as I realized that all
over Rio de Janeiro, Catholic churches were
sending the Pope a resounding welcome
as he stepped foot in a country proud to
be hosting him. Throughout the week, the
theme was “Go and Make Disciples of all the
Nations” with Pope Francis preaching for us
to go and spread the fire of our faith—not
only throughout the surroundings of World
Youth Day but also to our countries, cities and
While waiting for an inspiring Mass from the
Pope on Copacabana beach, I found myself
alone in a crowd of thousands of people and
barricaded on the opposite side of the beach
from where my group was located. The street
intersecting the beach and the restrooms had
been vacated in order to prepare the way for
the Pope to travel to the altar created on the
beach. Minutes before the Pope was to pass
by, two young men—one who had severe
autism—appeared next to me. We spoke
different languages, but I was able to discern
that one of the men was going to raise the
other onto his shoulders in order to have a
clear view of the Pope. In that instant, I could
see the excitement on the face of the young
man. I realized that this event would mean
more to him than it would ever mean to me.
I put my camera in my pocket and helped raise
the young man onto our shoulders.
The moment lasted only a few minutes, but
the image will forever be in my memory. When
the young man was securely set back on the
ground, he was shaking with excitement.
There was cheering and high-fives throughout
our immediate crowd.
Nursing is like that feeling in some ways. We
are all advocates for our patients, and we each
fight for them in different ways. Not all of our
battles are public and end up with physical
high-fives and cheering. As health care
providers, we often celebrate these victories
silently, knowing that what we have done—
big or small—has made a difference in our
patients’ lives.
Have an
Upcoming Class
Celebrate with us at
September’s Alumni Weekend
During the annual alumni meeting this
past September, the yearly reunion events
were discussed by the attending alumni
members and the Alumni Association
board. It was decided to acknowledge
honors and distribute memory books
to the classes with 25, 30, 40, 50 and 60
anniversary celebration years. Graduates
from these classes should plan to
participate in this year’s Alumni Weekend
to be held Sept. 18–19.
M.S.N. Alumna’s Work Published
in American Journal of Nursing
By Mikaela Knipe, Marketing Specialist
The American
Journal of Nursing
(AJN) is the oldest
and largest nursing
journal in the world.
To have one’s work
featured in this
monthly journal is a
stellar achievement
in the nursing
sphere—one which Clarkson College
Graduate Nursing student Jeaniffr Snide can
add to her list of accomplishments.
Physical Therapist Assistant program:
20th anniversary
This year marks the 20th anniversary for
the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)
program. A series of special reunion
activities are scheduled for all PTA
alumni, and the program graduates will
be honored during brunch and dinner at
Alumni Weekend. More information will
be announced at a later date.
Jeaniffr began her nursing career as a
graduate staff nurse in 1994 on 5 West, a
45-bed adult medical-surgical telemetry unit
at The Nebraska Medical Center, and worked
her way up to the manager position she holds
on that same floor today. In September 2009,
Jeaniffr and her team on 5 West implemented
Care, Innovation, and Transformation (CIT),
a quality improvement process known
to boost patient outcomes and staff and
patient satisfaction. Over the last four years,
the process has proven to be successful in
reaching those objectives.
Writer at Your
The timing and success of the 5 West
staff-initiated innovations provided Jeaniffr
with a strong foundation for the required
graduate Capstone presentation assigned
in her MB 808 course at Clarkson College. In
her abstract, Jeaniffr discussed how the CIT
implementation changed the structures and
processes to improve the daily work flow and
culture of the unit. Recognizing the efforts and
outcomes of her work, Jeaniffr’s instructor, Dr.
Pam Schwalb, encouraged her to look toward
publishing the 5W CIT process and results.
Interested in sharing a story with fellow
alumni but aren’t sure where to begin?
Or perhaps you have an interesting story
to share but don’t enjoy writing.
Susan Bristol (’78) is a freelance writer and
is offering her time and talents to assist
fellow graduates as they share their story
in the Alumni Times.
If you can’t seem to put your story
into words, simply let us know by
contacting Rita VanFleet via e-mail at
[email protected], and she
will get you in touch with Susan. We can’t
wait to hear from you!
An opportunity arose in June 2012 when the
American Organization of Nurse Executives
(AONE) put out a call for articles about
CIT. Jeaniffr submitted her original work to
Amanda Stefancyk, Director—AONE Center
for CIT. “They were planning on publishing
the article in the September 2012 AONE
leadership magazine, Voice of Nursing
Leadership,” Jeaniffr said.
Ms. Stefancyk reviewed the article and felt the
caliber of the content matched that of AJN
material. “She asked me if I approved her
forwarding it to Maureen (Shawn) Kennedy,
Editor in Chief at AJN, Jeaniffr said. “I, of
course, was honored to do so.” Once Ms.
Kennedy reviewed the article, she provided
Jeaniffr with some tips to improve the flow of
the content and asked for additional details.
“After several months and rounds of revisions,
the article came out in October of this year.”
The article, Nursing Staff Innovations Result
in Improved Patient Satisfaction, was coauthored by Dr. Regina Nailon, Clinical
Nurse Researcher at The Nebraska Medical
Center and adjunct faculty member at
Clarkson College. “She was instrumental in
the publishing of this article, Jeaniffr said.
“I couldn’t have completed the multitude
of revisions and resubmissions had it not
been for her guidance, expertise and
Jeaniffr and Regina feel extremely honored
to have their abstract published in the AJN.
“When I originally wrote the article for class,
my goal was to highlight the wonderful
work the staff on 5 West had accomplished
through the use of CIT,” she said. “Being able
to carry the 5 West CIT story forward to the
broader audience touched by the AJN was
icing on the cake. Hopefully, the readers will
be encouraged to embark on this innovative
approach to quality improvement.”
Clarkson College congratulates Jeaniffr on
her honor of being published in AJN and for
the leadership she has demonstrated on 5
West over the last 19 years. Her deep passion
for nursing and the MSN degree with an
emphasis in Nurse Leadership she received
Dec. 7, 2013 will surely set her on a path toward
continued success.
Have a story to share?
We want to hear it! Sharing what our alumni
have been up to is one of our favorite things.
Contact Rita VanFleet at 402.552.3516 or
[email protected] We would
like to feature you in an upcoming issue of the
Alumni Times.
Alumni Times
December 2013 Graduate Capstone Review
Each Master’s degree-seeking student
prepares a Capstone project that reflects
an investigation into a question of practical
importance by utilizing the critical thinking
skills, knowledge, strategies, theories and
principles learned throughout the course of
study. The final outcome of this experience
includes completion of a scholarly, evidencebased document that can be further revised
for potential publication or an actual
document that can be used by practitioners
educators, administrators or clients.
There were 16 Capstone projects submitted
by the advisors to the Alumni Association
Board subcommittee for review. The
subcommittee utilized the established rubric
to rate and rank the submissions, and four
winners were awarded. Melissa Hasemann’s
abstract Cost-Benefit Analysis Between the
Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement
(ICIS) Algorithm and Cardiologist Proposed
Algorithm for Diagnosis of Pulmonary
Embolism in a Midwest Emergency
Department (advisor Dr. Jody Woodworth)
and Jami Schultz’s abstract Development of
a Quick-Guide for Teachers to Utilize when
Assisting in the Management of Adolescents
with Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus
(advisor Dr. Aubray Orduña ) tied for first
place. Teresa Hodapp earned second place
with her abstract Employee Satisfaction
Evaluation: Its Importance within a Radiology
Department (advisor Dr. Russell Buzalko).
Third place was awarded to Colleen Schmidt
for her abstract Appropriate Blood Pressure
Technique: An Evidence Based Pocket Card
for Practitioners (advisor Dr. Patricia CoyleRogers).
Cost-Benefit Analysis Between the
Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement
(ICIS) Algorithm & Cardiologist Proposed
Algorithm for Diagnosis of Pulmonary
Embolism in a Midwest Emergency
Department by Melissa Hasemann
Background Approximately one million
patients each year are diagnosed with an
acute thrombotic event such as deep vein
thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE)
(Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement,
2013). The Institute for Clinical Systems
Improvement (2013) explains that these
thrombotic events result in more than 100,000
deaths annually. DVT’s can travel from the legs
January/February 2014
to the lungs leading to a PE that can cause
significant morbidity and mortality.
Purpose The purpose of this project was to
determine the cost-benefit of two established
best practice protocols when diagnosing for
pulmonary emboli in a Midwest emergency
department. There is no strict protocol in
place at this Midwest hospital.
Methodology A cardiologist proposed
algorithm for diagnosing PE was compared
in cost and benefit to the Institute of Clinical
Systems Improvement (ICIS) algorithm based
on 2013 Medicare costs and quality standards.
The quality standards were derived from
sensitivity and specificity values as established
from evidence-based research.
Brief Description This research project
determined that a cost-benefit analysis of
the two established evidence-based practice
algorithms for diagnosing pulmonary emboli
can help determine the financial implications
for a best practice protocol, as the research
showed no superior diagnosing strategy
currently existed. With cost-benefit analysis
comparison of two established protocols,
information gained will help the emergency
department physicians expedite diagnosis of
PE while understanding the cost and quality
implications to both patient and facility.
Recommendations for Use The results
showed, from a benefit aspect, that the
patient and facility benefit most for the
ICIS algorithm with emphasis on the CT
angiography portion of the flow chart. In terms
of cost, the cardiology proposed algorithm is
better for the patient while the ICIS algorithm
is better for the hospital.
Recommendations for Future Research
Future research should conduct an analysis
based on all cost and benefit variables
including costs for professional charges,
personnel pay, training costs, space use, cost
of equipment estimations and the outcome
for the patient. Another hospital may find that
additional PE algorithms present a best case
scenario for their facility.
Development of a Quick-Guide
for Teachers to Utilize when Assisting
in the Management of Adolescents with
Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus
by Jami Schultz
Background Annually, there are nearly 15,000
children diagnosed with Type I diabetes in
the U.S. and the prevalence is expected to
increase by 3 percent each year for children
under the age of 14 (JDRF, 2013). Many schools
lack the presence of a school nurse; therefore,
teachers need to be educated on diabetes in
order help manage diabetic students.
Purpose An evidence-based diabetes quickguide was developed for teachers to utilize
when caring for Type I diabetic students.
Incorporating a diabetic resource to help
teachers feel more prepared will facilitate
staff competence, student safety and overall
diabetes management.
Methodology Information was gathered
through a literature review using CINAHL,
ProQuest, Health Source, reliable Internet
sources, American Diabetes Association and
American Association of Diabetes Educator
texts, along with current school policies.
A relationship was established with a local
Midwest school district and the school nurse
who provided input and recommendations for
the development of the diabetes guide.
Brief Description A diabetes quick-guide
was designed for teachers to use when
caring for adolescent students with Type
I diabetes. The tool was organized into a
flipchart with layman’s terms to allow for easy
access and utilization. The quick-guide was
divided into sections that cover topics such
as signs, symptoms and treatment of hypoand hyperglycemia as well as blood glucose
monitoring, sick day treatment, goals and
Recommendations for Use The diabetic
quick-guide will be distributed to the school
nurse and teachers and serve as an easy
access resource to expand their knowledge
on diabetes. The school nurse will use the tool
for orientation of new teachers and those with
diabetic students in their classroom.
Recommendations for Future Research
Further research on the utilization of the
diabetes quick-guide is recommended.
Teachers’ knowledge of diabetes could be
compared before and after distribution of the
quick-guide using a questionnaire.
Employee Satisfaction Evaluation:
Its Importance within a Radiology
Department by Teresa Hodapp
Background Employee satisfaction levels
have been linked to retention, attendance,
work quality and patient satisfaction (Allen
& Wilburn, 2002; Blizzard, 2003). Without
recognizing employee perspectives,
managers lack important information that
would allow for department growth and
improvement. Satisfaction surveys provide
valuable insight into the attitudes of
Purpose The purpose of this study was to
provide management with information that
will assist them in effectively operating their
radiology department.
Methodology A survey was constructed
using five concepts of employee satisfaction
developed by Wellins, Bernthal and Phelps
(2005): align efforts with strategy, empower,
promote and encourage teamwork and
collaboration, help people grow and develop,
and provide support and recognition where
appropriate. Likert-style questions and openended responses were included within the
survey, which was distributed to radiologic
technologists at an orthopedic clinic.
A quantitative approach was used to analyze
Likert-style responses and reveal employee
satisfaction levels. Exploratory factor analysis
reduced the results into a manageable data
set utilizing mode to quantify the preferential
response for each question. The written
comments were analyzed through coding to
show emerging themes.
Brief Description This study exhibited a
method to determine employee satisfaction
and the importance of its evaluation. A
method to evaluate employee satisfaction
was demonstrated that was beneficial to
all department managers. With the use of
this study, a radiology manager learned of
employee frustrations with low performance
accountability, feelings of disrespect, and yet,
employees were satisfied overall.
Recommendations for Use Survey results
are only useful if they are acknowledged
and acted upon, as they are meant to help
improve department operations.
Michelle Anderson Nurses’ Knowledge of
Dimensions & Management of Procedural
Pain for Adults, advisor Dr. Mae Timmons
Shari Anderson Analysis of the Medical
Events Leading to Cervical Cancer
in Oklahoma, advisor Dr. Deborah
Jessica Bachmann The Impact of
Bedside Reporting on Patient Satisfaction
on a Medical Surgical Unit, advisor
Dr. Jane Langemeier
Sean Baxter Stress Levels of Clarkson
College Certified Registered Nurse
Anesthesia (CRNA) Students, advisor
Dr. George Rogers
Robin Behr Understanding the Affordable
Care Act, advisor Dr. Linda Jensen
Kristin Boswell The Effects of PreWarming on Perioperative Hypothermia
Prevention, advisor Dr. George Rogers
Jessica Creason Educational Guidelines
Regarding MRSA Precautions & Post
Hospitalization Clearance, advisor Dr.
Nina Wardell
Leticia Cross Time Out Protocol:
An Educational Process for Utilization
& Compliance, advisor Dr. Patricia
Megan Decker An Evidence-Based
Brochure on Lifestyle Changes & Other
Treatments for Polycystic Ovarian
Syndrome, advisor Dr. Gloria Gross
Kimberly Ferguson Comparison of
Lidocaine Administration Techniques to
Decrease the Pain Associated with Propofol
Injection, advisor Dr. Jody Woodworth
Jessica Frana Educational Intervention
on Females to Reduce Contamination
Rates with Midstream-Only Urine Samples,
advisor Dr. Layna Himmelberg
Kristel Hodges Pediatric Anesthesia &
Emergence Delirium: Examining the Effect
of Premedication, advisor Dr. George
Shannon Hoy Assessing the Culture of
Learning in the Clinical Phase of Nurse
Anesthesia School, advisor Dr. George
Carlee Humm Caring for Diabetes:
A Management Manual, advisor Dr.
Gloria Gross
Jennifer Kjolhede The Benefits of
Ultrasound to Improve the Duration of
Femoral Nerve Blockade, advisor Dr.
Aubray Orduña
Angela Knaack Medefis: Third Party–
Outsourced Medical Coding Service,
advisor Dr. Tamara Moerer
Lisa Krogman Zostavax Immunization:
Will Education Increase Vaccination Use?,
advisor Dr. Linda Jensen
Brandi Larson Patient Satisfaction with
Pain Management, advisor Dr. Gloria Gross
Laural Mills Rapid Admissions Unit (RAU)
& Nurse Satisfaction, advisor Dr. Layna
Megan Nielsen Implementation of New
Sepsis Protocol: Visual Poster Education,
advisor Dr. Linda Jensen
Linda Pietz The Effects of an In-Home
Transition Intervention of Heart Failure
Readmission, advisor Dr. Jane Langemeier
Sarah Pike A Staff Nurse Education
Program Aimed at Increasing Recognition
of Patient Presenting to the Emergency
Department with Sepsis, Severe Sepsis or
Septic Shock, advisor Dr. Linda Jensen
Heidi Powers Evidence-Based Brochure
Regarding Use of Naltrexone for Opioid
Addicted Adults, advisor Dr. Mae Timmons
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From page 7
December 2013 Graduate Capstone Review
A radiology manager is currently using the
results of this study to improve communication
and discover ways to improve respect.
Management should take the opportunity to
collaborate with one another to strengthen
the organization based on these results.
Recommendations for Future Research
Additional departments, internal and external
to this organization, may choose to implement
this satisfaction survey. It is important to
continuously monitor and evaluate employee
Appropriate Blood Pressure Technique:
An Evidence-Based Pocket Card for
Practitioners by Colleen Schmidt
Background Health care professionals are
not following the established guidelines
to measure blood pressure on adults in
the ambulatory setting. If an incorrect
blood pressure is taken, a patient can be
misdiagnosed which can lead to a multitude
of patient safety issues. Hypertension affects
one in three adults and is the most common
primary diagnosis in the United States. It
is imperative that health care providers
understand the scope of this problem so
they realize the outcomes of not properly
diagnosing this disease.
be in a pocket or clip to an employee badge
which allows for easy access for health care
providers to reference.
Purpose The purpose of this project was to
standardize the way adult blood pressures are
taken in the ambulatory setting. Evidencebased literature was reviewed related to
appropriate blood pressure technique.
Recommendations for Use Clinical staff
must obtain an accurate blood pressure to
prevent the patient from being inappropriately
diagnosed which may lead to medications,
further testing or referral to specialists. Clinical
staff must obtain a blood pressure the correct
way for every patient, every time.
Methodology Information was gathered
through an extensive literature review. An
evidence-based pocket card was developed
for clinical staff to utilize. Guidelines on
designing a pocket card were found, and a
graphic artist was used to make the pocket
card look professional and engaging to the
Brief Description A pocket card was
designed for health care providers to use
when taking blood pressures on adults in the
ambulatory setting. The front side has the
American Heart Association’s appropriate
techniques for blood pressure measurement
and the back side has a table explaining the
recommended blood pressure cuff sizes to
use based on the patient’s arm circumference.
The pocket card is small enough that it can
Recommendations for Future Research
The pocket card that was developed would
be helpful for patients to use at home, at newemployee orientations or in nursing schools.
Learn more
To view the Capstone abstracts from the
winners or others listed please visit the
Clarkson Service League Library’s online
catalog at and
complete a search on a topic that interests
you. Questions or comments may be directed
to the Library at 402.552.3387 or via e-mail at
[email protected]
Holiday Fun
First annual wreath
decorating contest held
This past December, the Clarkson
College Holiday Party committee invited
on-campus faculty and staff members
to decorate their office door or cubicle
partition with a wreath to celebrate the
season. Participants were encouraged
to utilize their creativity and create a
unique wreath.
Individuals also had the opportunity
to enter their creations into a wreath
decorating contest. Judging was held
Dec. 19 and was completed by staff
members of the Family Place Day Care,
which is adjacent to the College. Winners
were awarded a $15, $10 or $5 gift card to
the campus bookstore. The Radiologic
Technology department took first place
with their X-ray themed wreath (pictured
below). Glenda Trecek, Student Services
Representative, created her wreath from
recycled items found on campus, earning
second place. A tulle smiling Santa
secured Denise Bojan, Human Resources
Coordinator, third place.
Clarkson College Spring Garden
Walk: Friday, May 16 at 11 a.m.
Use the form below to register for the annual celebration
Event details
Join us for the annual Spring Garden Walk in the Clarkson Service League Heritage Garden as
we celebrate the dedication of new bricks and boulders. Simply fill out and submit the form to
make your reservation.
A brick, bench boulder or amphitheater seat donation is an opportunity to celebrate your
legacy, special memories or to create a memorial for a loved one. Your gift is dedicated to
the Clarkson Service League Endowed Scholarship fund, which provides scholarships for our
students. Contact Kim Erickson at 402.552.2587 for more information.
RSVP by April 14
Send your completed Spring Garden Walk registration and/or donation form with payment to
Clarkson College Alumni Association, attn: Kim Erickson, 101 South 42 Street, Omaha, Neb.
Event Registration
Jessica Preheim Effects of Background
Music on Length of Exercise Among
Cardiac Rehab Patients, advisor Dr. Layna
Jeff Sisul Development of EvidenceBased Guideline for Evaluation, Treatment
& Management of Concussions in Young
Athletes, advisor Dr. Mae Timmons
Laura Rowe Cervical Cancer Screening
Barriers & Methods of Increasing Awareness,
advisor Dr. Linda Jensen
Jonathan Smith A Guideline to Care for
Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries, advisor Dr.
Peggy Tidikis-Menck
Laura Schneider A Chart Review of the
Effects of Transexemic Acid on Surgical Blood
Loss in Total Hip Arthroplasty, advisor Dr.
Aubray Orduña
Jennifer Spoerl Postpartum Depression:
Educational Brochure for Families of
Childbearing Women advisor Dr. Patricia
Heather Schuette Development of
Brochure for Palliative & Hospice Patients:
Increasing Awareness of Pet Therapy as a
Complementary Treatment Modality, advisor
Dr. Aubray Orduña
Shana Stark Asperger’s & the Importance of
Early Applied Behavior Analysis for Children,
advisor Dr. Deborah Bahe
Kristina Timmons Primary Care Encounters
for the Rural Elderly: How Often is Enough?,
advisor Dr. Jane Langemeier
Amanda Tyler Measuring the Effects of
Occupational Stress Management Classes on
Nurses’ Stress, advisor Dr. Layna Himmelberg
Program(s) completed
Megan Van Otterloo Guideline for
Registered Nurses to Use when Making
Hospital Post-Discharge Follow Up Calls,
advisor Dr. Deborah Boucher-Payne
Peter R. Wurok Business Plan Start Up:
New Nation for Medical Supplies, advisor Dr.
Pamela Schwalb
Class of
Yes, I will attend the Spring Garden Walk.
No, I cannot attend but:
Update my information in the Clarkson College alumni records.
I would like to contribute $
to the Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund in
memory of
or in honor of
Contact me about other giving or educational opportunities.
Payment Options
Check: Enclosed and made payable to Clarkson College Alumni Association.
Credit Card: Contact me regarding credit card transactions.
Contact Kim Erickson at [email protected], 402.552.2587 or 800.647.5500.
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Alumni Class Notes
Class notes are published in the January/
February and July/August editions of the
Alumni Times. We are always happy to hear
from alumni and want to share the information
with others. If you have a story or information
that you would like to share in this section,
please let us know. Information can pertain
to achievements, awards, marriages, births,
deaths, travel and other significant news.
When sending information, please include
maiden name, if applicable, program and
year(s) of graduation. E-mail your information
to [email protected], call
402.552.3516 or write to Alumni Coordinator,
Clarkson College, 101 South 42 Street,
Omaha, Neb. 68131.
Elizabeth Petersen Beranek (’55)
Helped organize the Jacksonville Symphony
50 years ago and played in the orchestra
for 43 years before retiring. Keep active at
church, with my four grandchildren, sewing
and other fiber arts. Have heard from a few of
my classmates and would love to correspond
with more.
Beverly Teeple Brasel (‘63)
After graduating from Clarkson School of
Nursing in 1963, I worked on a med-surg
floor at Clarkson Hospital for two and a half
years and worked as a para for Denver Public
Schools for 22 years. Moved back to Nebraska,
took a refresher course and have been
working as a 2-10 charge nurse at Golden
Oaks Convalescent Home in Grant, Neb.
for 14 years. At 71 years, I’m the oldest living
upright nurse on staff! I also do volunteer work
for RSVP and St. Luke’s Altar Society.
My husband died in 2003 of metastatic
esophageal cancer. My son Mark is a
lieutenant and IT person for the Greater
Brighton Fire Department, is married and has
two children. My daughter Anne works for
the pipeline and can currently be seen in a
hard hat and blazer jacket. She travels to many
states and lives in Texas.
Our class was the “startup class” since the last
class from Clarkson School of Nursing was in
January/February 2014
1955. The dorm wasn’t completed, and the
front steps had plywood ramps on entry day.
Some lab students lived in the dorm, and they
tutored me in chemistry class I had at O.U. (I
passed!) Since we were the first class, we were
close, made many friends and still keep in
contact 50 years later!
Suzanne Teufel Salminen (’63)
I’ve worked full-time since graduation. I was
stationed on Guam as a member of the U.S.
Navy Nurse Corps during the Vietnam War. I
have also lived in Japan and Panama. Received
my B.S.N. and M.S.N. from George Mason
University and was given the “Excellence in
Clinical Practice” award, which I attribute to
the excellent education I received at Clarkson
School of Nursing. I have worked in most areas
of nursing and am certified in emergency
nursing. Along with two fellow students, I was
published in the 1993 winter edition of Nursing
Connections. I have lived in many states, as my
husband was also in the Navy. I am a member
of Sweet Adelines, a barbershop women’s
chorus. I now live in Colorado and have an
amazing view of the Rocky Mountains. I retired
in late 2007, and truth be known, I miss my
profession and the connection with so many
types of people.
Jane Hoesly Conley (’65)
Retired for three years. I make frequent trips
to Nebraska to visit my 97-year-old mother
and two brothers and their families. I have
three children, six grandchildren, three horses,
one pony, one dog, one tame cat and five
feral cats. Activities include horseback riding,
biking, kayaking, travel and grandchildren.
Ronda Lindstrom Simpson (’67)
I keep active with grandchildren, gardening,
reading and enjoying time with our friends. I
am a hospice volunteer—it scratches that itch
to be useful.
Rita DeSciscio VanFleet (’67)
I have retired from nursing and currently
work as the Alumni Coordinator for Clarkson
College. I have obtained my B.S.N. and M.S.N.
from Clarkson College and am always thankful
for the wonderful education I received there. I
am glad I can give back a little by working with
the alumni.
I have two wonderful daughters, Elise and
Laura, and two terrific son-in-laws, Scott and
Wes. I have been blessed with two precious
grandchildren, Dax, 5-and-a-half, and Cade,
1 year. I also have four delightful granddogs,
Doc, Nash, Kai and Gryffin. I enjoy quilting,
traveling, reading, time with my family and
spending time at my cabin in the north woods
of Minnesota where I love walking in the
Lynnea Lee Wheeler (’68)
I retired four years ago, and my husband
and I spent two years traveling around this
beautiful country in our RV. We then decided
to (somewhat) settle down and chose Tucson,
Ariz., as our winter home. Neither of us like
cold weather and snow, so we enjoy the mild
temperatures and the great friends we’ve
made there. We spend the summer traveling
in our motorhome visiting our children and
grandchildren in Kansas, New York and
Ottawa, Ontario. If anyone is in the Tucson
area, we have a guest room!
Flona Halley (’73)
I selected Clarkson School of Nursing because
of its excellent reputation, and I feel it was a
good choice. Pat Perry was my main motivator,
and she will always be remembered in my
heart with fond affection. The dorm life was
an exciting and fun experience that many
students do not get these days. Running back
and forth to the hospital each evening to do
care plans is also an experience seldom done
today. No HIPPA then!
Marietta M. Hofferber (’73)
Retired from Nebraska Western Iowa
Health Care—previously the Veterans
Administration—in February 2013 after 39
years. During that time, I worked on medical
and surgical floors, ICU and dialysis when we
were an acute care hospital. I did try being
a head nurse/nurse manager but preferred
the trenches and one-on-one patient care.
Working ambulatory care when I retired and
was working in Specialty Clinics—Urology.
Debbie Banark Floreani (’75)
Traveled to Navaisha, Kenya, with Clarkson
School of Nursing alumnae Cindy Berkland
and Lisa Tracey to help with the opening of the
new Women’s Hospital—Friends of Navaisha.
Currently, I do community nursing at the
Friendship Program, a non-profit day service
for mental health and geriatric clients.
Shawn Sharman Shields (’76)
In January 2012, I fell off of a ladder and
broke my right tibia/fibula in three places
with multiple complications. I spent nine
months recovering. In the process, I lost
my job. In September 2012, I went back to
Home Health in Spokane, Wash. I currently
work as a patient transition specialist rounding
in the hospitals. I am also learning new tasks
related to our OASIS-C and SHP programs.
At home, there is nothing much happening.
We have four dogs and five cats that keep us
Norma Hintz (‘87, ‘88)
I finally retired after 25 years at The Nebraska
Medical Center—16 years on eight telemetry
and nine years in pre-surgical screening. June
30, 2013 was my retirement date, and I left for
an Alaskan cruise on July 3 with nine friends
from St. Pat’s here in Gretna, Neb. We had
a great time. Then my two daughters, three
grandkids and I returned Aug. 13 from a fun
Hintz family reunion and vacation in California.
We renewed old friendships and made new
friends. More than 144 relatives attended.
We also spent time in San Francisco. Now,
I’m going to settle down and do all the things
I put off ‘til retirement! Of course, I did one
more trip to India in October. It was a mission
awareness trip to see my sponsored family.
Susan Wilhelm Stogfill (’87)
I work at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs,
Iowa, as a Certified Diabetes Educator and
Cardio-Pulmonary Rehab Nurse. I live in
Malvern, Iowa and am serving my 17th year
on East Mills’ Board of Education. Have been
married for 36 years and have two daughters.
Stephanie Gahan Terrell (’07)
After graduating from nursing school at
Clarkson College, I accepted my first RN
position at Sentara Healthcare in Hampton
Roads, Va. After one year in a vascular ICU, I
transferred to a community emergency room
at Obici Hospital in Suffolk, Va. I met my
husband in Virginia, and we have a baby girl,
Kennedy. My husband decided to go back
to school to pursue a health career and was
recently accepted to the Clarkson College
Physical Therapist Assistant program.
He started in fall 2013, and we are so proud
of him.
Class of 1945
Merial Jean Titze Lund died July 22, 2013
at the age of 89. She was very proud of her
education at Clarkson School of Nursing.
She worked as both staff nurse and nursing
supervisor at Wesley Hospital in Wichita,
Kan. and is survived by her two sons, Barry
and Keith.
Friday, May 16 – Spring
Garden Walk from 11 a.m.
to noon in the Clarkson Service
League Heritage Garden
on campus.
Saturday, June 7 – Decorated
Table Trivia Brunch from 10
a.m. to noon in Howard Hall.
Table hostesses are needed.
Tables are sold for $80 each ($10
per guest). More information
to come in the next issue of the
Alumni Times.
Thursday, Sept. 18 – Alumni
Brunch at 10 a.m. and annual
alumni meeting from noon
to 1 p.m. Both events to be
held on campus in Howard
Hall. Convocation at Trinity
Cathedral at 2:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 19 – Continuing
education event from 8 a.m. to
noon in Howard Hall. Dinner
and entertainment will be held
that evening. More information
to come.
College 100th
Embossed Print
Recognize this 24-karat gold embossed print
made to commemorate the 100th anniversary
of the College? If so, we would love to hear
what you know about it.
What we know about the art piece
The artwork is a replica of the Florence
Nightingale sculpture hanging on the west
wall on the outside of Kiewit Hall. Only 500
prints were created. The printing plate was
destroyed to ensure no further production
runs were made.
Tell us your story & what you know!
If you’ve purchased one of the limited-edition
pieces, let us know. We are interested in
learning the issue number on its certificate
of authenticity and the original price for the
artwork. If you have any information about
this rare print, please contact Rita VanFleet,
Alumni Coordinator, at 402.552.3516 or via
e-mail at [email protected]
Piece for sale
The College was contacted by the owner of
print eight of 500, and he is in the process of
putting the piece up for sale. Contact Rita
VanFleet for more information.
Alumni Times
Cromer Named
Nurse Anesthesia
By Mikaela Knipe, Marketing Specialist
Clarkson College
recently promoted
Jayne Cromer to Nurse
Anesthesia Program
Director. Cromer began
as the Phase II Program
Coordinator in the Nurse
Anesthesia program in
May and will now play
a more active role in
evaluating the didactical variability of the
curriculum and researching new ways to
continuously develop the overall scholarship
of the program.
Bookstore Hosts Pumpkin Contest
Annual fundraiser collects donations for the American Red Cross
Every year, the Clarkson College Bookstore
holds a pumpkin decorating contest for
the College community. Pumpkins are
distributed to those wishing to partake, and
participants are to decorate them without
any carving. The Bookstore displays the
pumpkins. The winners are determined by
the amount of monetary donations each
entry receives. When the contest comes
to a close, the decorated pumpkins are
raffled off and the money collected goes
to a local charity.
This year—as in years past—the entries were
spectacular. Twenty-three pumpkins were
entered, collecting a total of $103, which was
January/February 2014
donated to the American Red Cross. First
place was awarded to “the owl,” decorated
by Beckie Humanik, Assistant to the Student
Accounts Manager; “the gnome” placed
second and was decorated by the Student
Services front desk staff, Molly Kapalis,
Glenda Trecek and Christy Clausen; and
third place went to “the sculptured face,”
which was decorated by Jason Pedersen,
Physical Therapist Assistant student.
“I am confident Jayne will continue the
Clarkson College tradition of preparing our
Nurse Anesthesia students to be the best,”
said Dr. Jody Woodworth, Vice President of
Academic Affairs. “She demonstrates energy
and passionate leadership with her faculty
and her students daily. I am excited to have
her as an addition to our academic program
administration team.”
Cromer earned a Bachelor of Science degree
in Nursing from the University of Arizona and
a Master of Science in Nursing Education
and another Master of Science in Nurse
Anesthesia from Mount Marty College in
Yankton, S.D. Due to her husband’s former
active duty in the Air Force, she has worked
in med-surg and critical care at hospitals
throughout the country and lived as far as
Florennes Air Force Base in Belgium. Prior
to joining Clarkson College, Cromer served
as a faculty member at College of St. Mary
and Creighton University and as a practicing
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at
Methodist Hospital in Omaha.
One area within the Nurse Anesthesia
program Cromer plans to further expand is
developing the perspective of the clinical
sites, so they “see themselves as an extension
of the program where we value their input and
encourage their participation in all aspects of
our program.”
Omicron Epsilon Update
By Judi Dunn, Omicron Epsilon Membership Chair & Director
of Professional Development
Omicron Epsilon, the Clarkson College Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau
International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing, was pleased to induct
41 graduate and undergraduate students into the society Oct. 12,
2013. Students were invited to join based on their high grade point
average, class rank and leadership characteristics.
Omicron Epsilon also collaborated with other STTI Nebraska
chapters to provide a continuing nursing education event held
Oct. 8, 2013. The event titled “Safety Implication in Bariatric Care”
was conducted live in Omaha and broadcasted to four locations
across the state. This is the fourth year that the Nebraska chapters
have collaborated on an educational event for nurses and nursing
STTI selected Omicron Epsilon as the 2013 recipient of the Chapter
Key Award. This marked the sixth time Omicron Epsilon has
received this award, and the organization accepted its honor at the
Chapter Awards celebration held Nov. 18, 2013 during STTI’s 42nd
Biennial Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
Warm up your kitchen this winter by adding more than 250 new
recipes to your collection. By purchasing an alumni cookbook for
$18, you’ll keep your chef skills sharp while supporting the Alumni
Association, current students and Clarkson College.
To purchase your cookbook, send a check or money order made
out to “Alumni Association of Clarkson College” to Alumni
Coordinator, Clarkson College, 101 South 42 Street, Omaha,
Neb. 68131.
10 A.M. – 2 P.M.
Third Career Fair for
Health Professions Slated
Great opportunity for students & alumni to
connect with potential employeers
Clarkson College will be hosting the third annual Career Fair for Health
Professions on campus for the first time this year. On Tuesday, Feb.
25, the College will partner with Nebraska Methodist College to offer
current students and alumni an opportunity to connect with employers
and learn about potential job opportunities.
Have job openings at your current employer?
If your organization has part- or full-time openings, we invite you to
register and recruit from a group of students with an unparalleled
history of success. Contact Stefanie Skrdla at 402.552.2944 or
[email protected] for more information.
Alumni Times
December 2013 Clarkson College Graduates
Academic Excellence Awards
Presented to the graduate in
each program with the highest
grade point average.
Jennifer Kelley Dotter
Associate of Science in Physical
Therapist Assistant
Jennifer M. Lathrop
Bachelor of Science in Health
Care Business
David Aron Roth
Bachelor of Science in Medical
Heather LeAnne Kirkpatrick
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Melissa Christine Hasemann
Master in Health Care
Kristin Ann Boswell
Shana Sue Stark
Master of Science in Nursing
Certificate in Imaging
David Aron Roth λ****
Associate of Science in
Physical Therapist Assistant
Morgan Justine Bailey **
Jesse Ray Copenharve
Jennifer Kelley Dotter ****
Chelsea Sue Ebel ***
Spencer E. Hawkins
Brittany Lynn Hicks
Jordan Marie Hodges ****
Suzanne Renae Hoefer ****
Jessica Lynn Jasnoch ****
Brock Kaczor *
Emily Crystal Marnin ****
Jessica Marquardt
Shane Ryan Meyers *
Molly Jo Motsinger
Kelly Lynn Neal ****
Rachel Morgan Orr
Kylee Shay Sisel Σ**
Heather Rene Smith ***
Maddie Taylor ***
Andrew Michael Valenti ***
Brian Wessling
January/February 2014
Associate of Science in
Radiologic Technology
Jaimie Lyn Leach
Cheryl L. Myers
Bachelor of Science in
Medical Imaging
Abby Deis
Michaela Nicole Hobbs λ*
Samantha R. Hrabik Σλ*
Jaimie Lyn Leach
Mikaela Lee Nedved λ
Ashley Marie Pecoraro ****
David Aron Roth λ****
Laura Louise Rutten λ****
Bachelor of Science in Health
Care Business in Health
Information Administration
Jennifer M. Lathrop ***
Terri Lynn Reeves
Bachelor of Science in Health
Care Business in Management
Andrea Calee McMeekin Σ
Kimberly Jo Nelson Σ*
Stacy L. Van Iten
Lena J. Walton Σ
Bachelor of Science in Health
Care Business in Informatics
Reginald Lamont Devers **
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Melanie J. Bird
Nicholas M. Bortolotti-Burke
Stephanie Ann Brincks Σ†**
Allyson Lea Carlberg
Kathryn Yvonne Clarke Σ*
Denica A. Coombs Σ
Margaret Anne Cotton ****
Rashida Crittenden Σ
Josh Dorgan
Mollie A. Draper
Deadra Eiland
Amanda Kennedy Elsome
Karla Catherine Finnigan ***
Laura Lee Fritz Σ†***
Elizabeth Anne Graham
Jamie Leah Granatowicz **
Donald M. Haferbier
Chloe Harding Σ
Amy Elizabeth Hartigan Σ
Katie Linn Hopkins Σ
Gina Kyung Huh Σ†
Emily Caitlin Johansen
Sara Jean Johnson Σ
Sarah Ann Kelly ****
Heather LeAnne Kirkpatrick ****
David Henry Kolker
Emily Rose Masek *
Emily Teresa McNaughton †**
Andrea Irene Meeks
Scott Douglas Miller ****
Felisha Ellen Moore ***
Audrianna Margarete Murrow
Jennifer Ann Otivich Σ†**
Teresa L. Parde **
Kendall Peterson **
Melissa Ann Peterson Σ*
Carla Paula V. Ramirez
Austin Michael Remm Σ
Maureen Rise
Courtney Schooley
Aubrey Dawn Sertterh
Bailey Ann Shanholtz
Samantha Christine Snyder ***
Diana E. Starbuck
Kelli Jan Stott ****
Maria Ruth Taylor
Michael Taylor-Stewart
Emily Ann Tellander
Jessica Rena Thornton Σ
Sydney Turner ***
Laura Irene Vecchio
Rachel Marie Walz
Gretchen Marcene Ward Σ
Brenda Kay Weber †
Lawanda Joy Williams
Ellen Royce Wilson
Dustin Allen Winkelman †
Kaitlyn M. Yenko
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
in Health Information
Megan Stewart Hicks ****
Master in Health Care
Melissa Christine Hasemann Σ
Teresa L. Hodapp
Angela Marie Knaack
Wurok Ring Deng Wurok Σ
Master of Science in Nursing
Michelle Robyn Anderson †
Shari Kay Anderson
Sean Vincent Baxter
Robin Lee Behr
Kristin Ann Boswell
Jessica Jo Creason †
Leticia Sian Cross
Megan Lee Decker
Kimberly Kay Ferguson
Jessica L. Frana
Kristel L. Hodges
Shannon Kelly Hoy
Carlee Ann Humm
Jennifer Lynn Kjolhede
Lisa M. Krogman
Laural Therese Mills
Megan Lee Nielsen †
Linda L. Pietz
Sarah Ann Pike
Heidi Deann Powers
Jessica Lea Preheim
Laura Elizabeth Rowe
Jana Renee Rus
Colleen Mae Schmidt
Laura Ann Schneider
Heather Dyane Schuette Σ†
Jami Sue Schultz
Jeffrey Michael Sisul
Jonathan Jared Smith
Jeaniffr P. Snide
Jennifer Lee Spoerl
Shana Sue Stark Σ
Kristina Kay Timmons †
Amanda Janell Tyler
Megan Marie Van Otterloo †
Post-Master’s Certificate
in Nursing
Victoria Lynne Campbell
Regina Marie Hancock
Kimberly Rae Ritchie
Jed Christian Sanders †
Kelsey Erin Trausch
Honorary Alumni Nomination Form
Academic Honors
Academic honors are conferred
on Bachelor of Science
and Associate of Science
degree candidates who,
upon graduation, distinguish
themselves by maintaining a
high cumulative grade point
average. To qualify for academic
honors, students must have
completed the minimum number
of required residency hours.
Nominee Information
Honors are distinguished by:
Cell Phone
**** Summa Cum Laude
3.85 and above
Magna Cum Laude
3.75 through 3.84
Cum Laude
3.65 through 3.74
With Distinction
3.50 through 3.64
Honor societies at the College:
λ Member of Delta Chapter
Lambda Nu National Honor
Society for the Radiologic
and Imaging Sciences
† Member of Omicron Epsilon
Chapter Sigma Theta Tau
International Honor Society
of Nursing
Σ Member of National Society
of Leadership and Success
Sigma Alpha Pi Iterdisciplinary
Honor Society
Please note: Honors designations
were based upon most current
information at press time.
Clarkson College apologizes for
any errors or omissions.
The Clarkson College Honorary Alumni award status has been reinstated by the Alumni Association
Board. This honor is given to individuals who are not graduates of Clarkson College, have strong
commitment and extraordinary leadership to the organization, and have made significant contributions
to its well-being in support of its Mission and goals. Up to three awards may be granted annually.
Please print.
Home Address
Home Phone
Employer Information
Business Affiliation
Business Address
Degree(s) Earned (institution name, degree type and year obtained)
Selection Criteria
› Has contributed significantly to the betterment of the students and alumni of Clarkson College
› Has shown extraordinary loyalty, involvement and identification with Clarkson College
› Has distinguished him/herself by a special service to the College or to the community in which they reside
› Manifests qualities of strong moral principles worthy of recognition
› Monetary contributions are not considered as criteria
Essay & Application Instructions
In 350 words or less please describe why this person should be chosen for the Honorary Alumni award.
Please list the reasons according to the selection criteria above. If available, attach his/her resume or C.V.
Submit completed essay and nomination form to Alumni Coordinator, Clarkson College, 101 South 42
Street, Omaha, Neb. 68131.
Nominator Information
Preferred Phone
Questions may be directed to Rita VanFleet at [email protected] or 402 552.3516.
Nominations must be postmarked or received no later than Feb. 28.
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Alumni Craft Day Recap
First year was a fun time for vendors & attendees
The first Alumni Craft Day was held this past November on campus in
Howard Hall. This was an additional fundraising event for the Alumni
Association as it supports current students and alumni.
Participants had the opportunity to reserve a space to work on craftrelated projects for the day, purchase a table as a vendor or browse the
vendor shops from 9 to 11 a.m. Some of this year’s vendors included
“31” bags, Arbonne, Premier Jewelry, Origami Owl, Mogo’s Bowtique,
Scentsy, Tastefully Simple and Beauty Control.
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The Alumni Association Board assessed Alumni Craft Day and felt the
event was fun and successful for its first year, and multiple vendors were
interested in attending the event again. New ideas on how to draw
more attendees will be implemented next year, and another venue may
be utilized.
If you are an independent vendor or know of someone who is,
contact Rita VanFleet at [email protected], and
she will offer to reserve your space at the next Alumni Craft Day.
We would love to have you participate in this unique event!