SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Southwest Baptist University awarded 149 degrees in nursing, radiography and health sciences during a May 12 ceremony at Second Baptist Church in Springfield. Students receiving degrees at this ceremony have studied at the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU in Springfield.
Degrees included 93 associate of science in nursing (ASN), 11 associate of science in radiography (ASR), 35 bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), two associate of science in health science (ASHS) and seven bachelor of science in health science (BSHS). An additional 10 students received the master of science in nursing degree (MSN) during the graduate commencement Saturday, May 14, on the SBU Bolivar campus.
Highest Academic Recognition — Wendi Deckard of Buffalo and Letty Hill were recognized for scholastic excellence with the highest grade-point average of 3.5 or above in each of the fourth semester nursing courses.
Recognition for Clinical Excellence — Kinsey Hubbard of Springfield and Ben Morgan of Springfield received this award given to the student who best meets the clinical course objectives in an exemplary manner in each of the fourth semester nursing courses.
Florence Nightingale Award — Leslie Whitley of Hollister received this award that is based on leadership, being a professional role model and self-directed learning and is voted on by the entire ASN faculty.
Highest Academic Achievement Award — Lauren Hargus of Springfield is the ASR student with the highest grade-point average. The award is given by the Mercy Hospital Springfield Radiologists.
Best Attendance Award — For having the best attendance in ASR didactic and clinical courses, Abby Korff of Sarcoxie received an award given by the Mercy Hospital Imaging Department.
Most Outstanding Student Progress Award — Hargus received this award for the most outstanding progress in clinical education courses. The award is from the Smith-Glynn-Callaway Medical Foundation and is voted on by the clinical staff of Radiologic Technologists.
Most Outstanding First Year Student Award — Hargus was recognized with the most outstanding progress in the first year for this award based on overall academic grades in radiography courses, clinical performance, attendance and professionalism. The award is from the Mercy Hospital Springfield Auxiliary Department.
5th District MOSRT Student Scholarship — Hargus received this award for having the highest grade-point average during the first year. The monetary award is from the 5th District of the Missouri Society of Radiologic Technologists.
The Judy Mitchell Christian Walk Award — Wongel Mengiste of Springfield received the award that was established by the Capstone class of Spring 2000 as a tribute to Judy Mitchell, BSN assistant professor who retired at the end of the 1999-2000 school year. The honored student exemplifies the Christian walk in both his or her personal and professional life.
The Eldridge Award — Jacob Schrader of Rogersville received the D’Wayne and Ventia Eldridge Highest BSN Academic Achievement award given by Dr. Carole and Dr. Daryl Eldridge in honor of his parents. The student honored with this award has the highest institutional grade-point average in his or her graduating class.
BSN Clinical Excellence Award — Stacie Keaton of Nixa received this award that is given to a student who has demonstrated persistence, dedication and excellence in BSN clinical experiences. The student who receives this award has consistently performed excellently in his or her studies but has also shown a positive and loving spirit toward others
BSN Leadership Award — Madalyn Yohn of Bolivar received this award given to a student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities throughout his or her time in the BSN program. The student who receives this award has been a leader in clinical settings and in the online classroom. Strengthening and demonstrating one’s leadership skills is a value achievement of a BSN graduate.
Scholastic Award — Shannan Evans of Nixa was recognized as the bachelor of science in health science student with the highest institutional grade-point average.
MSN Leadership Award — Stephanie Paige Rich of Rogersville received this award that is given to a student who has demonstrated exemplary servant leadership qualities throughout his or her time in the MSN program. Rich has been a leader among her peers, in the classroom and clinical settings.
MSN Clinical Excellence Award — Deana Schrader of Springfield received this award for demonstrating professionalism and excellence in her MSN clinical experiences. She displays a strong commitment to the advancement of quality healthcare in the nursing profession.
Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences at SBU is a unique venture between two faith-based institutions — SBU and Mercy Health System — and offers programs in nursing, radiography and health sciences that reflect its strong Judeo-Christian heritage. With a campus in Springfield, Mo., the college offers a wide variety of entry-level nursing and allied health programs designed for individuals who wish to continue their career in health care, as well as advanced degree programs for registered nurses. For more information, call (417) 820-2069 or send email to nursing@SBUniv.edu.