CONTACT: BONNIE MCINTOSH
101 Nursing Building
UI College of Nursing
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Nov. 13, 2002
UI nursing students, faculty member earn honors at state convention
Some 45 University of Iowa College of Nursing students attended the annual
Iowa Association of Nursing Students convention in Des Moines Oct. 31-Nov.
1, where several were elected to leadership positions and earned high honors
from their peers.
Four members of the UI delegation, all pursuing their bachelor of science
degrees in nursing, were elected to the association's board of directors:
Tommy Blodgett was elected second vice president; Carrie Faber was elected
nominations and elections director; Emily Gleich, was elected editor; and
Cassie Valasek was elected Breakthrough to Nursing director.
In addition to the elections, other UI nursing students earned honors, voted
upon by members of the association.
Andrea Rebman received the association's first Student-to-Student Scholarship
in the amount of $1,000. The scholarship rewards one student who has an exemplary
academic record and is involved in community service.
Erika Enke was voted, "Outstanding Student" by her peers. Enke
is the 2002 president of the UI Association of Nursing Students.
Seth Sibunka received the "Best Breakthrough to Nursing Project"
award. Sibunka is the UI director of the association's "Breakthrough
to Nursing" initiative. Those involved in the initiative work to increase
the numbers and diversity among people entering the nursing profession. Sibunka
was awarded for his work to coordinate camps for junior and senior high school
students interested in pursuing careers in the health sciences. Camps were
held on the UI campus during last summer.
Honors weren't reserved only for students. Todd Ingram, UI assistant professor
(clinical) of nursing who is co-advisor of the UI student association, received
the statewide "Outstanding Teacher" award.
"The accomplishments of everyone who represented the University of
Iowa at the state convention this year make us proud, but we're not surprised,"
said M. Patricia Donahue, Ph.D., professor and executive associate dean in
the UI College of Nursing. "Our students are getting a great education
in clinical skills and knowledge but we also provide numerous opportunities
to help them become leaders. As our students enter the workforce they will
be better prepared to provide leadership for and manage the complex healthcare
needs of the diverse communities in which they will serve. This is an invaluable