Bethel College Pins Largest Group of Nurses Yet

The largest pinning celebration in the history of Bethel College was held May 3, 2008, with 110 nursing graduates recognized. This is the 23rd Pinning Ceremony for the Bethel School of Nursing and the second pinning ceremony for the newest program in the School of Nursing, the Master’s in Nursing Degree program.

Students from the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program, Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program, RN-BSN Program and MSN program were recognized. Nursing faculty announced and pinned the graduates. The featured speaker was Charlotte Hertzler Croyle, a registered nurse and grandmother of one of the graduates. Undignified Praise, a Bethel College musical group, sang several pieces. Sarah Hobbs, one of the BSN graduates, also sang. ADN graduate Laurie Van Kirk read “New Paths,” a poem she had written. Bethel President Steve Cramer and Vice President James Stump also participated in the ceremony, as did Nursing Faculty Rick Becker and Minister Oscar Jones.

School of Nursing Dean Dr. Ruth Davidhizar explained the significance of the Bethel College Nursing Pin, reviewed the history of nursing at Bethel College and the story of the development of the nursing pin by the first two graduates and their faculty in 1983. Retiring nursing faculty member, Ruth Shearer, was also recognized for 18 years of service to the school of nursing.

The graduates pinned include:
+ Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society
* GPA of 3.5 or higher

BSN Class of 2008

Brittany Croyle
Katrina Deisch +*
Jarrett Edwards
Rachel Fenske *
Samuel Gitau
Allyson Mattner *
Ann Miller
Mariel Miller +*
Liza Moore
Sylvia Nomos
Gideon Nyambiya
Melissa Powell *

Jonathon Gordon
Amy Hill
Sarah Hobbs +*
Rachel Jones
Amanda Little
Natalie Preville +*
Jason Ross *
Rachel Santhouse
Maria Schilling +*
Kelli Treadway
Anne Visker +*
Amy Woolman

BSN-Completion Class of 2008

Merline Abraham +*
Barbara Antus *
Michael Biddle
Lori Blake +*
Jamison Blakemore
Sara Boylan +
Sarah Brzezinski
Kamoka Castaneda +*
Rebekah Daisy
Rhonda Fillmore +*
Tammy Gettinger *
Jennifer Graham +*
Linda Ingraffia
Lisa Jensen *

Lori Knisely *
Dawn McFall *
Jeremy Namwali *
Terry Owens *
Brandi Richard *
Drue Schaffert *
Steve Schmeling *
Tanya Sobaski +*
Wendy Steinkraus +*
Jean Sullivan
Francesca Udoh *
Stephanie Wells *
Rachel Woods *

ADN Class of 2008

Carrie Anglemyer
Crystal Austin
Melissa Beyer
Melanie Borsodi
Donna Bowling
Jennifer Bowyer
Tonya Bulger
Xochitl Cervantes
Caitlyn Crawford
Terri Davidson
Andrea Davis
Sheryl Dimpudus
Michael Dudeck
Laura Easley
Andrea Engebretson
Christy Evans
Samantha Fisher
Amy Gard
Sally Grenert
Hannah Grimshaw *
Jeff Hire
Shelly Holdread
Amanda Holmes
Jennifer Howie
Jered Hudnall
Michelle Lambright
Stephanie LeClaire

Stephanie Martz
Mary McDowell
Julie Moore
Patricia Muturi
Carrie Nipper *
Aline Niyonteze
Alutta Phiri
Waneta Rodes *
Joan Ross
Pamela Schlutt
Carine Sembeba
Michelle Shafer
Brandi Shepherd
Elizabeth Sikora *
Jennifer Smudey
Kimberlee Sprang
Joshua Stewart
Angela Talley
Heather Tatay
Deborah Tenney
Christy Tolch
Laurie Van Kirk
Katherine Veil
Deanna Warren
Christopher Weidner *
Vanessa White
Rufina Wroblewski

MSN Class of 2008

Sylvia Coffing *
Teresa Null +*
Sandra Plank +*

Dale Robbins +*
Lisa Secrist +*

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 12 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four locations: the Mishawaka campus, the Elkhart Campus and two satellite locations (in Nappanee and in Dowagiac, Mich.). The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.

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