AU School of Nursing to host awards ceremony

Tue, 2012-10-02 08:00 -- univcomm
October 2, 2012

The Anderson University School of Nursing Alumni Open House and Awards Presentation will be held Friday, Oct. 5, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the School of Nursing on the second floor of Hartung Hall, with the awards presentation at 6:30 p.m. Alumni will have the opportunity to tour the state-of-the-art facilities and enjoy a complimentary appetizer and dessert reception.

Distinguished Alumni Award Michael Fights completed his BSN at Purdue University, then received his MSN/MBA in 2007 from Anderson University. Michael is a Level One STEMI coordinator, monitoring and analyzing processes to make STEMI procedures better for patients. He serves as the treasurer for the ISNA and has been a member of the delegation to the ANA House of Delegates.

Lifetime Achievement Award Beth Leavell received her BSN from Indiana University and her MSN in Education and Leadership from Ball State University. Early in her career, Beth worked at Anderson Medical Laboratory/ VanNess Clinic and St. John’s Medical Center, as a staff nurse in critical care. She worked for 19 years at Community Hospital as Same Day/PACU Coordinator, and in Nursing Research, and served as a clinical educator for Anderson University.

Beth was the Community Hospital Cultural Diversity Program coordinator and member of the Nurse Practice Council. She was also a founding member and past president of Black Nurses Association of Anderson, and member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing and the Nursing Ministry of Second Baptist Church. She received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce in 2004.

This award is being presented posthumously. Beth passed away in 2012.

Service to the Community Award Rebecca Bartle has actively served in managerial and consultant capacities in the Long-Term Care industry for 25 years. As regulatory affairs director of Hoosier Owners and Providers for the Elderly, she collaborates with the Indiana State Department of Health. Rebecca has participated in both the Pressure Ulcer and Healthcare Associated Infection Initiatives and is primary instructor of the specialized course in long-term care administration.

Friend of Nursing Award Dr. Janet Brewer, library director at Anderson University, is always very helpful to nursing students, especially in helping to find obscure references. She is instrumental in keeping the library resources up to date and is a true friend to Anderson University School of Nursing students.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.