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2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards Bestowed

Tuesday, August 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
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The Columbia Nursing Alumni Reunion was held on May 3, 2019, and honored eight individuals with 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Distinguished Alumni Awards are given annually to honor primarily nurse alumni who have demonstrated excellence in a particular award category: nursing practice, nursing research, health policy, nursing education, or nursing administration. Award categories also include emerging nurse leader, distinguished career in nursing, and those who have provided outstanding service to humanity. Additionally, non-alumni or organizations that have made significant contributions to the alumni, School of Nursing, and/or the nursing profession may also be considered for an Honorary Distinguished Alumni Award. 


Colleagues and/or faculty nominate individuals for a Distinguished Alumni Award and must submit a completed application to the Distinguished Alumni Award Committee. All nominees must meet the four general award criteria as well as the specific award criteria. The Distinguished Alumni Award Committee reviews, evaluates and selects nominees based on the established award criteria.  


Congratulations to the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award honorees:


Dr. Don R. Boyd, Jr.  ’06,’17 

Emerging Leader in Nursing Award 


Dr. Elizabeth Cooper ‘71 

Nursing Administration Award 


Dr. Nessa Coyle ’81  

Distinguished Career in Nursing Award 


Dr. Linda Kivowitz Glazner ’64 

Neighbors Humanitarian Award 


Dr. Elaine Larson 

Honorary Distinguished Alumni Award 


Dr. Judith Mercer ’74 

Nursing Research Award 


Dr. Sarah Collins Rossetti ‘09 

Nursing Research Award 


Dr. Tener Goodwin Veenema ‘80  

Distinguished Career in Nursing Award