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UI nursing student honored as state's outstanding Army ROTC cadet
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Benjamin Eli Seeley of Donnellson, has been awarded
the Governor's Award as the state's outstanding Army ROTC cadet for the
year. He will receive his award from Gov. Terry E. Branstad in Des Moines
on Wednesday, May 7. Seeley is a senior in the University of Iowa College
Seeley's letter from the governor's office said his accomplishments
are "in keeping with the highest military traditions of the State
of Iowa, the Reserve Office Training Corps, and the University of Iowa."
Seeley will graduate from the College of Nursing on May 17, the same
day he is commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps.
He will be stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., working in the emergency department
of Madigan Army Medical Center near Seattle. Seeley will also begin a critical
care and trauma nurse internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas,
Texas, in August. Parkland's post-graduate program for critical care and
trauma nursing is considered one of the best in the country.
The Governor's ROTC award is the latest in a long line of such awards
for Seeley. In recent weeks, he has been invited to join the Gamma Chapter
of Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society, and was selected
by his classmates to represent them as the student speaker at the College
of Nursing commencement. Associate Dean of Nursing Eleanor McClelland characterized
Seeley as an outstanding student and an excellent choice for student representative
at the ceremony.
Note to editors and news directors: Seeley commonly uses his middle
name, Eli, rather than Benjamin or Ben. If he is contacted, please
refer to him as Eli.