Bethel College School of Nursing 2010 Pinning and Awards Breakfast

The School of Nursing at Bethel College celebrated its 25th pinning on May 1, and its largest graduating class in the school’s history. During a ceremony held in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center 113 students received their nursing pins. To the tunes of the bagpipes, the processional into the auditorium was led by President Steven Cramer, Ph.D, and Karon Schwartz, Ph.D, interim dean of nursing. The invocation was given by Pastor Kevin Pinkerton, father of ADN graduate Brianne Pinkerton. Schwartz introduced the keynote speaker, Joyce Newman-Giger, Ed.D, RN, APRN, BC, FAAN, professor of Nursing at UCLA and the first program director of nursing at Bethel College. She spoke on “Delivering Culturally Competent Care in the 21st Century” and urged today’s nurses to become engaged in the current debate on healthcare. She encouraged the graduates to provide culturally competent care and to be prayerful. Bachelor’s of Science in Nursging graduate, Crystal Lane, presented a gift of appreciation to Newman-Giger.

A donation of a minimum of $1,000 to the Ruth E. Davidhizar Nursing Scholarship was presented by ADN graduate Kerry Pratt on behalf of the 2010 graduating class. Schwartz explained the symbolism of the 3 pointed nursing cap and the class pin. She also spoke to the graduates and stressed that they find and live in peace and be open to the unexpected during their careers. Graduates received their pins on blue ribbons which were placed around their necks by members of the nursing faculty. Closing remarks were offered by Dennis Crocker, PhD and the benediction by Pastor Stephen Lane, father of Crystal Lane.

In a separate ceremony held April 28, four graduating nursing students were honored at the Ramona J. Middleton Endowment breakfast. Guest speaker and 2009 Bethel alumna, Lori Martin RN, presented her recent mission trip to Haiti. The Middleton advanced degree awards were presented to Adriane Crouse, ADN program and Amy Frazier, BSN completion program. Nathan Buchinger, ADN program and Crystal Lane, BSN program were recognized as outstanding nursing graduates in their class. Honored guests in attendance were President Cramer and his wife, Bethel Academic Dean Dennis Crocker, Ph.D. and his wife, Dr. Middleton’s nurse, June Embry, family friends of Dr. Middleton, Don and Jean Granitz, and friends and family members of the award recipients.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 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. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.