Long Beach– The
University of Southern Mississippi's School of Nursing recognized
more than 11 students who graduated at the May 2005 ceremony for
exceptional academic performance during enrollment of the program.
Three students were awarded the National Dean's List
Award, which recognizes students who are in the top 10 percent of
their graduating class based on the highest overall grade point
average. Recipients include Donna Bauer (Gulfport), Suzanne Bennett
(Ocean Springs) and Crystal Phalp (Meridian).
Donna Bauer, Suzanne Bennett, Shannon Hoffman (Gulfport)
and Crystal Phalp were all awarded the National Collegiate Nursing
Award. This award is presented to students who have a GPA of 3.0
and display dependability, responsibility, citizenship, enthusiasm
and leadership skills.
Suzanne Bennett also graduated summa cum laude and
received the Latin Distinction Award for maintaining a 3.25 GPA
and completing a scholarly paper.
The Jerri Laube Morgan Award, named in honor of the
previous dean of the School of Nursing, is awarded to a student
who is active in community service, has a GPA of 3.25 or greater
and is a nontraditional undergraduate student. Donna Bauer received
A student who demonstrates an awareness of professional/social
responsibilities and leadership and makes contributions to the community
through service, student organizations and class activities receives
the Nursing Eagle Award. Suzanne Bennett was the recipient of this
Crystal Phalp received the Elizabeth C. Harkins Award
for maintaining the highest nursing GPA. This award is named after
Sister Elizabeth C. Harkins, founder of the nursing program.
Also, nine students were inducted and recognized for
the Southern Miss chapter Sigma Theta Tau, a national honor society
of nursing. The recipients were Amy Barber (Bay St. Louis), Suzanne
Bennett, Jennifer Bickel (Gulfport), Kristal Cromer (Vancleave),
Jessica Cummings (Collins), Kristie Evans (Waveland), Candace Nelson
(Ocean Springs), Stacey Oppel (Gulfport) and Crystal Phalp.