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Lamar to host first nursing awards ceremony Monday, March 21, 2011

The JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing at Lamar University will host its first nursing awards ceremony Monday, March 21, in the University Reception Center of the Mary and John Gray Library.

The event is co-sponsored by Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas. Activities will begin at 6 p.m., with a dinner and short speech before presentation of the awards, scheduled to start about 7 p.m.

The purpose of the ceremony is the recognize students who exemplify qualities important in nursing, said Eileen Deges Curl, chair of the JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing.

“Our goal is to recognize senior students who achieve academic excellence and professional growth, as well those who participate in community service and exhibit leadership and personal growth. We will also recognize a student who possesses an overall spirit of caring and vision of excellence,” said Curl.

The ceremony is planned as an annual event, she said.

The department will recognize several honorees. Eight student honorees will receive special awards, accompanied by monetary awards provided by Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas. The Spirit of Caring and Vision of Excellence Award is the top honor. Others are the Lillian Wald Community Service Award, Linda Richards Academic Excellence Award, Virginia Henderson Professional Growth Award, Florence Nightingale Leadership Award and Mary Mahoney Personal Growth Award.

In addition, the department will recognize students who have attained grade-point averages of more than 3.75 for two consecutive long semesters while carrying full-time course loads. “We plan to recognize pre-nursing students for their academic achievements and encourage recruitment of students who excel,” Curl said.