Dec 7, 2006    #173
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UMKC School of Nursing to confer degrees Dec. 15 Graduation reception marks the end of an era for the School

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Nursing will see about 40 students receive their BSN, MSN and Ph.D. degrees during this year’s Mid-Year Commencement, scheduled for 4 p.m. Dec. 15 in UMKC’s Swinney Recreation Center, 5030 Holmes.

Every year before commencement, the School of Nursing holds a reception for its graduates. This year’s reception is significant in that it marks the last of many valued traditions long held at the school’s current building, 2220 Holmes.

The School of Nursing will move into its new $50.2 million, 227,649 square-foot Health Sciences Building in the summer of 2007. Classes in the new building are scheduled to begin in August 2007. An official opening date has yet to be confirmed.

While faculty, staff and students look forward to their new state-of-the-art facility, saying goodbye to more than 25 years in their current location is bitter-sweet.

It is in the current building that the School of Nursing graduated its first RN-to-BSN class in 1983 and its first pre-licensure bachelor’s degree class in 2005. A total of 1,486 graduates have graduated from the Nursing School since 1980, the year the School moved into its current building.

Other milestones while in the building include:

• the School’s 2006 acquisition of a $2.7 million federal grant, the largest research grant ever received by the School to date.

• the School’s integral role with UMKC’s joint designation in 2004 as a National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, the only such Center in the four-state region and one of only 21 in the nation.

• the establishment of online programs, such as the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program and the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program

• the launching of the School’s Ph.D. program in 1995

The School of Nursing congratulates the following Mid-Year 2006 graduates.


Susan Lopez of Louisburg, KS

Cathryn Willdermood of Holt, MO

MSN (RN-MSN and post-MSN students included)

Susan G. Morris of Mt. Vernon, MO

Jessica D. Kirk of Joplin, MO

Paula Barnes of Nixa, MO

Cindra E. Tull of Springfield, MO

Bryan L. Logan of Rogersville, MO

Laura A Hediger of Springfield, MO

Mary J. Keller of Springfield, MO

April Mieswinkel-Thompson of Mt. Vernon, MO

Rick W. Klingensmith of Springfield, MO

Kristin Robertson of Lamar, MO

Brenda G. Rowe of Joplin, MO

Carol Russell of Joplin, MO

Amy C. Gibson-Bebee of Carl Junction, MO

Val Lane Edwards of Oak Grove, MO

Syble J. Cretzmeyer of Higginsville, MO

Dawn L. Blacklock of Cameron, MO

Sally Harris of Lee's Summit, MO

Amy E. Heldenbrand of Liberty, MO

Harold DeLaughder of Overland Park, KS

Susan Eisler of Liberty, MO

Andrew Loehr of Kansas City, MO

Megan J. Lynch of Olathe, KS

Meghan E. Macy of Kansas City, MO

Tracy L. Marvin of San Antonio, TX

Gretta L. Nation of Kansas City, MO

Tamera Nation of Overland Park, KS

Susan J. Nordhues of Liberty, MO

Kristi Ott of Lee's Summit, MO

Shayna D. Piedimonte of Blue Springs, MO

Patricia Ryan of Lee's Summit, MO

Nancy J. Todd of Lenexa, KS

Lisa H. Jacquet of Leavenworth, KS

Amy Harris of Trenton, MO

Samatha J. Brown of Hopkins, MO

Sarah L. Knorr of Savannah, MO


Mary Jo Gay of Gladstone, MO

Janice Marie Putnam of Odessa, MO

The UMKC School of Nursing offers multiple degree and concentration choices with variable course scheduling. The school's location and partnerships have developed a wide range of clinical experiences, research and specialty opportunities. For more information about the UMKC School of Nursing, please visit:

UMKC, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health and life sciences, and urban affairs.


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