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School of Nursing celebrates 101 years at alumni weekend

After a yearlong celebration of a century of caring, the School of Nursing marked its 101 years of existence with an alumni weekend held March 31 to April 2.

The weekend celebration, titled “Beginning a new century of caring,” started with an open house of West Hall on Friday, March 31.

Guests registered for the weekend, and were then treated with a tour of the School, highlighted by a centennial display presented by the Heritage Room.

Friday evening featured “A new century of caring: LLUSN through the eyes of siblings.”

Zelne Zamora, MSN, RN, assistant professor of nursing, presented a slideshow featuring the highlights of each of the honored years.

On Saturday, the golden anniversary classes of 1956A and 1956B hosted Sabbath school and the church service at Loma Linda University Church, followed by a potluck in West Hall.

Saturday evening was the alumni banquet held at Wong Kerlee International Conference Center (for pictures of the alumni vespers program and the alumni banquet, held Saturday evening, April 1, please turn to page 11).

Several awards were also presented, including three Alumna of the Year Awards to Beverly McTaggart Denton, class of 1956B; Mary Richards King, class of 1981; and Evelyn Trupp Neuendorff, class of 1956A.

Beverly McTaggart Denton describes herself as being “active in some phase of nursing between 1956 to 2000.” Her resume does indeed include a long list of nursing care and nursing leadership activities. She has done general medical-surgical bedside care as well as charge nurse responsibilities. She has served in a number of leadership positions. A few of these include director of nursing specialties such as intensive care, coronary care, emergency medicine, behavioral medicine, and dialysis. She has also served as house supervisor in several hospitals. Additionally she has taught nursing administration for Andrews University School of Nursing.

Beverly’s overseas mission service includes work at Rusangu Secondary School in Zambia, Africa. She started a school nursing program and ran clinics for the villages surrounding the school.

Beverly has been an active leader in church and community activities, such as leading children’s Sabbath schools and serving as deaconess and elder. She is a member of local and regional emergency medical service boards and is active in the United Way and Red Cross. She is a certified Medicare counselor and assists seniors by volunteering at their center. She currently volunteers eight hours per week in the local emergency room.

A few other major achievements include initiation of primary care and shared governance for nursing in Michigan, and the development of a cardiac rehabilitation program. She has served on numerous hospital committees as well, including ethics, transport, infection control, a merger and change team, and on a hospital board of directors. She has done some important health teaching including public speaking on cardiac wellness.

Summarizing her career history Beverly states, “In reflection, my most meaningful service to others was our mission service in Zambia, Africa in the late 1960s. That service gave back to me more than I could ever have given and I am positive that my Loma Linda training prepared me for the many physical, mental, and spiritual challenges of my four years there.”

For all her years of leadership and service in nursing, Loma Linda University School of Nursing Alumni Association is proud to recognize Beverly McTaggart Denton as alumna of the year 2006.

Mary Richards King graduated from Loma Linda University School of Nursing in 1981. Even while in nursing school, Mary’s personality caused her to exude love of her Lord and fellow humans. She frequently involved her classmates in song. She showed her unique ability to draw life lessons from the most mundane situations, creating memorable object lessons, always pointing others to Christ and His redeeming love.

After graduation in 1981, she worked in the neonatal intensive care unit at LLUMC. She married Greg King, and they moved to Tennessee, where Greg was assistant pastor at a church in Chattanooga.

Mary’s career took several twists and turns, which she deems providential. She worked in the pediatric and neonatal units in Tennessee. Later, she worked in public health nursing in Georgia.  Her innovative ideas led her to develop “Helpful Nugget,” a periodic five-minute presentation to the county health department’s teeming waiting room occupants. As Mary observed the health and parenting needs in the various groups, she customized these informative lessons to fit, educating her captive audience in fun and novel ways.

The King family made more cross-country moves. During these years, Mary discovered her love for working with mental health patients. Always remembering the mission statement of Loma Linda University, “To make man whole,” she was able to bring to her work what she calls the missing “peace.” She freely shared her love of the Lord in song and story.

Today, Mary is one of two clinical instructors in mental health at Southern Adventist University’s School of Nursing. Her students are surprised and excited when they discover Mary’s easy methods, down-to-earth approach to mental health and life in general, and her deep, infectious trust in her Savior. She encourages her students in many ways, demonstrating tangibly how to move successfully through their own lives as they help others with theirs.

Mary is a sought-after speaker for women’s groups, as well as for more generic audiences. Drawing from life experiences, as well as common objects and stories pertaining to her audience, she brings from her listeners laughter and tears, introspection and outreach—always pointing to the very foot of the cross where healing takes place as the Holy Spirit melts hearts and molds minds to conform more to the character of their Creator.

For all her direct nursing care, innovative nursing education, and creative inspiration, Loma Linda University School of Nursing recognizes Mary Richards King as alumna of the year 2006.

Evelyn Trupp Neuendorff was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She married her German-born husband, Sigfried, soon after she finished her degree in nursing. In 1963, they decided to go as volunteer missionaries. To support the venture, they rented out their house for $90 per month and took their three-year-old daughter with them to the jungles at the headwaters of the Amazon River in Peru.

Evelyn worked in medical records while her husband did construction and they learned Spanish. Soon they became directors of the Unini Mission Station. They both worked at many jobs including building schools, clinics, and churches. Evelyn became the director of five primary schools in the region. She and her husband also provided what dental care was available in the area, with Sigfried extracting many teeth. They operated a trading store, the profits of which went to pay the teachers in the schools they had established.

There were no doctors in the area, and Evelyn treated many snakebite victims and delivered a number of babies. She tells about one baby that arrived with the cord around its neck. She says she was scared: “after all I had worked on a surgical ward, not obstetrics.”

During this time, the Neuendorffs opened their home to student missionaries. Several of these individuals later entered the ministry, including Barry Black, who became a chaplain in the United States Navy and is currently the chaplain of the United States Senate.

A few years later, they returned to Loma Linda for further education. Evelyn went back to work for Loma Linda Univesity Medical Center to support the family while her husband studied theology.

Then, it was back to Peru. The community they were in indicated they did not need a nurse, so Evelyn helped with music and children’s classes in the church. But what an opportunity for health teaching! She was soon organizing cooking classes and teaching folks to make gluten and granola. All the while, she was helping her daughter with home study courses and teaching her son the first five years of his schooling.

Both Evelyn and Sigfried became HAM radio operators and helped with communications in many emergency situations. Sigfried arranged for a helicopter to land to transport an American who had been injured in a car accident. Evelyn went along with the patient to give care until they reached Lima. Sigfried had called ahead on the radio for ambulance service to the American clinic, where the patient was operated on. Evelyn refers to this episode as “my only flight nurse experience.”

They worked in Peru for 20 years. Currently Evelyn is involved in health and temperance leadership and religious liberty, as well as playing piano and organ, and organizing evangelistic meetings. They still return to Peru on occasion to help with evangelistic efforts and to build churches.

Based on her many years of service, Loma Linda University School of Nursing Alumni Association is pleased to name Evelyn Trupp Neuendorff alumna of the year 2006.

For many years, the Alumni Association has had as one of its goals to recognize excellence in students and alumni through awards. An Alumna of the Year Award has been presented to deserving alumni since 1967. The alumni board was concerned that the organization’s goal was not being fully met, since students achieving excellence were not being recognized. A committee was formed and the description, criteria, eligibility, nature of the award, and procedure for application were created in 1995. The first Merit Scholarships were given in 1996.

The Merit Scholarship is conferred annually to a minimum of one undergraduate student and one graduate student who best demonstrate excellence in their respective programs. The award criteria are based on the purposes of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing.

Undergraduate nominees for the award must have completed 45 units, and graduate nominees must have completed 20 units in residence of their respective programs; have achieved a GPA of 3.7 or higher; be committed to completing their respective programs; and be able to meet the award criteria. These criteria are intended to identify students who demonstrate excellence in their academic professional preparation.

Receiving Merit Scholarships for 2006 are Maggie Garrison and Sandra Peeke, RN.

A missions report was also presented during the banquet highlighting the mission work that was supported by the alumni during 2005 and 2006.

The alumni association had available funds of $5,300, which  made it possible to provide support for alumni working in missions outside the United States. The alumni association provided funds for an infant feeding program, three mannequins, nursing procedures videos, and HIV/AIDS teaching materials.

Following the missions report was the House of Thrift report. During the past fiscal year, the association received $6,500 from House of Thrift profits. These funds will be used for alumni association projects. In addition, clothes, bedding, food, and other items exceeding $765,000 were donated to several organizations including: ADRA; Banning and La Sierra Community Services; House of Mercy, Mexico; Loma Linda Seventh-day Adventist Romanian Church; and the Banning Unified School District.

The School of Nursing alumni association then thanked House of Thrift volunteers Mignon Mosley and Lloyd and Helen Mickelsen.

By Dustin R. Jones, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, April 20, 2006