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Distinguished Graduates Spring 2008

Posted: July. 30, 2008

Carol Delville

Carol Delville
Outstanding Graduating PhD Student

In addition to earning a PhD, Carol also earned her BSN and MSN from UT. In 2006 Carol received the prestigious John A. Hartford Scholar award. While at UT she has been an assistant instructor, a teaching assistant, and a graduate research assistant. Carol’s research examined neurohormonal markers of stress in chronic illnesses (specifically heart failure). For her dissertation, she designed and implemented a research project that examined 60 older adults with heart failure to determine how they expressed their feelings about their symptoms. She was a member of the Association of Nurses in Graduate School where she served as secretary and then treasurer and is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau. Carol has three first author and seven co-authored publications. She collaborated on 16 presentations at local, regional, and national conferences. One of her references said she is a top PhD student, clinical nurse specialist, and is a leader and role model for others. Another said “as a Hartford Scholar, she is a stellar example for UTSON on the national stage.”

Bianca Lopez Flores

Bianca Lopez Flores
Outstanding Graduating Alternate Entry MSN Student

While at UT, Bianca was a research assistant for Dr. Sharon Horner and facilitated focus groups with Spanish speaking community residents. She also conducted key informant interviews in English and Spanish for Dr. Horner’s project. Dr. Horner stated, “Given my time commitments, I could not have completed this project without Bianca. She was invaluable.” During her time in the AEMSN program, Bianca has served the Spanish speaking populations of Austin by working at the People’s Community Clinic. She was a Health Educator and off-site clinic coordinator providing care for homeless and street dependent youth. Bianca states that, as a Master’s prepared Public Health Nurse, she will seek to better her community through enhanced health and wellbeing. References commended her leadership abilities and said “she is an exceptional role model for other nurses and students.”

Kimberly Ellison

Kimberly Ellison
Outstanding Graduating Alternate Entry MSN Student

After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Government with Business Foundations and working at the White House in Washington D.C., Kimberly decided to come back to UT to pursue a Masters of Science Degree in Nursing and said “I am finally on my true path in life.” Kimberly is passionate about her work as an HIV/AIDS counselor and educator at the Travis County Correctional Complex. Kimberly’s next step in fighting ignorance in regards to HIV disease includes moving to Ghana, Africa as a Health Educator with the US Peace Corps. Kimberly said in her essay “that the best way to change the world is to BE the change that you wish to see in it.” One faculty member stated that “Ms. Ellison is the model of excellence. She is the example of our best hope in the profession of nursing. I am sure that she will make a difference in the world.”

Jessica Scheick

Jessica Scheick
Outstanding Graduating BSN Student

Jessica was an active member of UTNSA and was awarded the Breakthrough to Nursing Most Successful Project Award for Longhorn School Bus at the 56th National Student Nurses’ Association Convention 2008. She was invited by the UT Office of Admissions to create a student profile for the UT recruitment and retention web site. Jessica is a community advocate, fund raising for the Save Our Springs Alliance and Austin Public Skate Park and by giving massage therapy during the Brandz Salon cut-a-thon fund raiser for Hurricane Katrina evacuees. At the School of Nursing, Jessica has served on the Green Team, the Computer Utilization Committee, has been a peer mentor and helped at numerous SON events. One reference said “Jessica serves as a role model for all students to excel academically, professionally, and socially. She is empathetic, intelligent, practical, motivating, and creative.” Another stated, “Jessica never seems to run out of energy. Her ability to motivate others to come together and achieve great things is inspirational.”

Jessica Lynn Jimenez

Jessica Lynn Jimenez
Outstanding Graduating BSN Student

While at UT, Jessica served as Vice President of UTNSA and was an active member of the State and National Student Nurses’ Associations. She was a peer tutor for the UT School of Nursing and also provided tutorial services for math at a local high school. As a research assistant, Jessica contributed to several publications and presentations at local, national, and international conferences. One reference said “Jessica is an integral part of my research team… she embraces the work with delightful enthusiasm and her diligent effort encourages the other researchers to stay on task.” A faculty stated “Ms. Jimenez is one of those rare students that is extremely bright, academically successful, as well as friendly, kind and cheerful in good and challenging times.”