CMU Gives Recognition In Health Professions

Each academic year, Central Methodist University’s Division of Health Professions recognizes students for excellence in their fields of study.

For 2016-17, 37 nursing students received pins, and six nursing and athletic training students were honored with special awards.

Traditionally, nursing pins are worn to identify the school from which a nurse graduated. When a student receives one, it is presented as a symbolic “welcome” into the nursing profession. Students received pins during a ceremony on Friday, May 12.

Four nursing students also were recognized with awards, according to Megan Hess, chair of the Division of Health Professions and associate professor of nursing.

Additionally, two CMU athletic training students were honored on Sunday, May 7, according to Wade Welton, director of CMU’s Athletic Training program.

Graduating seniors who received a CMU nursing pin were Loretta Aiken of Columbia; Yvonne Alava of Redlands, Calif.; Marlene Archibeque of Columbia; Allison Baker of Hannibal; Sierra Davis of Columbia; Heidi Denish of Monroe City; Paula Fortune of Sedalia;

Tammy Frees of Fayette; Kaitlan Fuemmeler of Boonville; LaToya Gaines of Columbia; Megan Greener of Kansas City; Mallory Haley of Lancaster; Danielle Insall of Columbia; Johannah Jimenez of Garden Grove, Calif.; Jamie Krediet of Columbia; Emily Laffold of Florissant;

Kaci Linebaugh of Marceline; Samantha Marshall of Auxvasse; Tyler Martin of Lee’s Summit; Ciara McMillan of Glasgow; Trisha McMillan of Glasgow; Molly Meneely of Wheeling; Maria Meyer of Fayette; Livia Miller of Columbia; Brianna Mitchem of Jefferson City; Rebecca Nowlin of Centralia; Jennifer Retzlaff of Lake Lotawana; Margaret Rogers of Boonville;

Kathryn Schaefer of Wildwood; Kyle Sheppard of Columbia; Kurstin Stephenson of Rocheport; Heather Strawn of Harrisburg; Meredith Van Maanen of Centralia; Mariah Vincent of Rolla; Monika Wolfe of Marshall; Alexandra Woods of Columbia; and Brianna Zumwalt of Foristell.

Nursing students recognized with individual CMU awards were Mallory Haley, who won the Outstanding Clinician Award; Molly Meneely, winning the Erwin and Hazel Wiedal Award; Brianna Mitchem, with the American Nurses Association Award; and Meredith Van Maanen, who was given the Outstanding Scholar Award.

Athletic training students honored included junior Reece Carmichael of Canton, who won the Mark and Kathy Dempsey Athletic Training Student Clinical Excellence Award; and junior Mackenzie Cullifer of Moberly, winning the Glenn L. McElroy, MD Athletic Training Student Academic Excellence Award. 

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