Distinguished Graduates Spring 2009
Posted: June 30, 2009
Outstanding Graduating MSN Student
Shawn Elander is recipient of the Outstanding Graduating MSN Student award. While at the School of Nursing, Shawn served as President for ANGS, was a member of the Longhorn Association of Men in Nursing, and an ANGS liaison for UTNSA. At the University level Shawn has served on the Senate of College Councils, Advisory Committee to the Provost, and the Presidents Committee. Shawn is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges, and Sigma Theta Tau International. Shawn’s references commended that the quality of nursing care he gives, his leadership abilities, and his academic achievement are exceptional. One reference stated, “Shawn is refreshingly honest and sincerely interested in others point of view. He brings energy that is contagious and invigorates the groups that he works with.”
Outstanding Graduating Alternate Entry MSN Student
Tracie Cid is the recipient of the Outstanding Graduating Alternate Entry MSN Student award. She’s a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, ANGS, ANA, Austin Advanced Practice Nurses, and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. She was peer mentor to students in the Adult Health CNS Track and served as a peer educator to nurses at South Austin Hospital. One of her references stated, “Her work in the CCU at South Austin Hospital has been so impressive that the CV surgeons started a campaign to hire her as the CV Adult CNS for South Austin Hospital.” Tracie also finds time to give back to the community--she participated in a bike ride from Houston to Austin Benefiting the Multiple Sclerosis Society. She spent months training and raising funds for this event and organizing a team of 70 riders. Her team is in its 5th year and together they have raised more than $150,000 to fund research and provide services to those living with MS.
Outstanding Graduating BSN Student
Megan Pfitzinger is the recipient of the Outstanding Graduating BSN Student award. While at UT, Megan was the Nursing Council Financial Director at the Senate College Councils and she served as Treasurer and Hospitality Coordinator for UTNSA. At the School of Nursing, Megan served on the Undergraduate Admissions Committee and was a peer mentor and tutor for Statistics, Chemistry and Psychology. Megan received numerous honors and awards while at UT. She also participated in research projects and contributed to publications and presentations. References commended her leadership abilities and academic achievement and one stated “her determination and focus are inspirational.” Another one stated “It is uncommon for me to rank a student so highly, but Megan is truly a star.”