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Distinguished Graduates Fall 2009

Posted: Dec. 16, 2009

Henry Guevara

Henry Guevara
Outstanding Graduating PhD Student

Henry Guevara is the recipient of the Outstanding Graduating PhD Student award. Henry completed his BSN at the UT Medical Branch in Galveston and also a Bachelor of Applied Sciences from Southwestern University in Georgetown. His Masters in Nursing is from UT Austin. He has been involved in numerous organizations such as the Onocology Nurse Society, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Texas State and the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Hispanic Nurses Association, Austin Area Nurse Practitioner Alliance and many more. He has received numerous honors and awards such as the Sigma Theta Tau Research Grant Award, the Mead Johnson Nursing Student Scholarship, the Margaret Blee-Ruth Warwick Hay Award from the Public Health Leadership program at the University of North Carolina School of Global Public Health and the Liberty Leadership Fund Academic Scholarship, from AAOHN Foundation, just to name a few. He has several publications to his credit and numerous international, national, state and local presentations. One reference stated, “He is a role model for men in nursing to return to school.” Another said “His work in ethnic difference in cancer pain experience will be meaningful and will contribute to nursing’s body of knowledge.” Finally, this reference said: “He is the one that everybody may want to work with, especially in the areas that require great interpersonal skills.”

Janiece Walker

Janiece Walker
Outstanding Graduating MSN Student

Janiece Walker is recipient of the Outstanding Graduating MSN Student award. Janiece started in nursing as a Licensed Practical Nurse prior to completing her BSN at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. Janiece is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau. She has served as treasurer and then president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and continues to be a member of the Austin Alumnae Chapter. She is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, National Black Nurses Association, and she is a leader of a community group Healthy Babies for Austin. Janiece did a Southwest Partnership Internship and her research interests are in maternal nursing and women’s health. For one of her practicum classes, she built a curriculum for pregnant and parenting teens. She was awarded the New Mexico State Black Scholar Award 3 consecutive years. She received a University of Texas First Year Doctoral Student Fellowship. Janiece tutors high school students in SAT prep and helps with a mentoring program, and she works in the skills lab with undergraduate and alternate entry students. Comments from her references include: “Most importantly for professional nursing and a research career, Janiece is a woman of impeccable integrity.” And another said, “Janiece will be a valued leader in our profession.”

Baochau Elizabeth Nguyen

Baochau Elizabeth Nguyen
Outstanding Graduating BSN Student

Baochau Elizabeth Nguyen is co-recipient of the Outstanding Graduating BSN Student award. Elizabeth has been involved in UT Nursing Students Association, African American Nursing Students Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Women in Medicine where she served as the Campus Coordinator Officer, and the Natural Sciences Council. She has served as a Peer Tutor in the School of Nursing Academic Peer Tutoring Program and led seminars for pre-nursing students on test-taking strategies. She clocked nearly 700 volunteer hours at Hermann Memorial City Hospital and even more hours at Dell Children’s Medical Center. Elizabeth has received recognition as a College Scholar; University Honors; Women in Medicine with Honors, and multiple scholarships including: Florence Nightingale Scholarship, Edith Huck Turner Memorial Scholarship, St. David’s Medical Center Healthcare Volunteers Scholarship, Dwight D. Book Scholarship, Hermann Memorial City Volunteer Service Scholarship, and the Houston Endowment Scholarship. References commended her leadership and professionalism. One said, “I have had many exceptional students, but Elizabeth’s academic and clinical performance are of highest caliber.”

Frances Leah Shwarts

Frances Leah Shwarts
Outstanding Graduating BSN Student

Frances Leah Shwarts is co-recipient of the Outstanding Graduating BSN Student award. Frances has been an active member of UTNSA and served as the student government nursing representative. She was the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Service Organization vice-president, local service coordinator, and regional secretary. Frances was the program chair for the Crazy Science Extravaganza (a UT event). As program chair, she planned six science outreach events for elementary students and managed fundraising activities. She completed a Nurse Extern program at the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, received the May Smith Scholarship and the William A. Bushman Gulf Coast Regional Scholarship, as well as a University of Texas Scholar award. References praised her leadership and communication skills, and her attentiveness to patients and families. One of her references stated, “She has a professional demeanor and she is aware of events across campus and the world! She is a wonderful all around outstanding student.”