Thursday, May 23, 2013

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences at SBU graduates 101

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences at SBU graduates 101

BOLIVAR, Mo.More than 100 students graduated from the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Southwest Baptist University during spring commencement Thursday, May 16, at Second Baptist Church in Springfield.

Degrees included 67 Associate of Science in Nursing, 18 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, four Master of Science in Nursing and 12 in health sciences.

BSN honors

Five BSN graduates who maintained at least a 3.0 GPA and were in the top 35-percent of the graduating class were inducted into the SBU Honor Society of Nursing: Elizabeth Graham of Ozark; Haleigh Sligar of Springfield; Amy Spinella of Ozark; Heather Stewart of Marshfield; and Trey Stokes of Nashville, Tenn.

BSN students graduating with honors are:
• Summa Cum Laude (3.85 or greater GPA) — Tina Fulbright of Mt. Vernon and Heather Stewart of Marshfield.

• Cum Laude (3.5-3.7 GPA) — Shawna Buckley of Willard, Mandolyn Roberts-McGinnis of Springfield and Haleigh Sligar of Springfield.

Other BSN honors include:

The Judy Mitchell Christian Walk Award — Heather Stewart 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 their personal and professional life.

The Eldridge Award — Tina Fulbright, Elizabeth Graham and Amy Spinella 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 GPA in his or her graduating class.

BSN Clinical Excellence Award — Elizabeth Graham 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 — Tina Fulbright received this award given to a student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities throughout their 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.

ASN honors

ASN honors awarded during graduation include:

Highest academic recognition — Kara Landon of Lebanon and Jacob Cherry of Ozark 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 — Morgan Gilley of Springfield and LaShonda Wilder of Nixa 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 — Cody Mills of Springfield received this monetary award that is based on leadership, being a professional role model and self-directed learning and is voted on by the entire ASN faculty.

Mary McFarland/Cathy Hatfield Memorial Scholarship — Phillip Harris of Branson received this monetary award given as a scholarship to SBU based on GPA, commitment to furthering education, leadership ability and moral character.

J.F. Johnson ASN Academic Scholarship — Mary Fritchman of Springfield received this full-tuition scholarship for the ASN program from the J.F. Johnson Educational Assistance funds.

ASN graduates with a 3.5 or higher GPA are Kimberly Bailey, Breanna Buckhout, Jacob Cherry, Amanda Erbeck, Mary Fritchman, Sandra Hatchell, Kristen Inman, Deborah Kruse, Kara Landon, Anna Moore, Sara Scott, Cody Sells, Sara Sissel, Steven Skaggs, LaShonda Wilder and Meleah Witten.

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 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

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