Students Recognized in Nursing Dedication Program

Family and friends of the associate degree nursing (ADN) class of 2012 and the bachelor of science nursing (BSN) class of 2013 gathered on Jan. 22 in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center – Auditorium for the nursing dedication program. Fifty-one BSN students and 35 ADN students were recognized as having completed nursing fundamentals and advancing in their respective nursing program. Prior to the start of the program, guests enjoyed a slide show prepared by ADN student Ryan Kauffman.

Following the welcome and presentation of the platform by Bethel College President Steven Cramer, Ph.D. (’75), Shanda Stevens, ADN class member, offered the opening prayer. The reading, “Student Reflections,” was read by ADN class member Ryan Jarrell. 

Dennis Crocker, Ph.D., vice president for academic services, introduced Carol Dorough, Ed.D, MSN, RN, dean of the School of Nursing. Dorough delivered the address, “You’re Well on Your Way,” and encouraged the students to use Christ as a model for nursing. In addition, she spoke of the depth and breadth of opportunity available in the profession of nursing and urged the students to continue in their education. She offered hints for staying focused on the goal including finding balance, studying smarter not harder, and trying not to do it on your own strength.

BSN students Jewel Kitsos, Michelle Busse and Chelsea Davidson sang “The Prayer” accompanied by Todd McLaughlin Jr. The history of the Florence Nightingale nursing lamp was given by Deborah Gillum, Ph.D, MSN, RN, associate dean of nursing, after which students received a lamp from a member of the faculty and lighted by Dorough. Sally Erdel, assistant professor of nursing, and William Katip, Ph.D. provost of Grace College, presented each student. The Gideon Auxiliary presented each student with a New Testament. The Benediction was read by BSN graduate Karlene Hallock (’10). Crocker closed the program.   

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.