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Distinguished Graduates Fall 2010

Posted: Dec. 15, 2011

Ann Marie Nayback-Beebe

Ann Marie Nayback-Beebe
Outstanding Graduating PhD Student

Ann Marie Nayback-Beebe is recipient of the Outstanding Graduating PhD Student Award. She received her BSN in 1993 from UT Austin and her MSN in 2003 from Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD. While at UT, Ann mentored other PhD students from her cohort through the dissertation process and was a member of the UT School of Nursing Graduate Curriculum Committee and the Association of Nurses in Graduate School. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the PhD program and is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau. She is also an Editorial Peer Reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and MEDSURG Nursing and has published several publications and has collaborated with faculty members on several others. She has presented research findings at numerous regional and local conferences on subjects ranging from “Pediatrics for the Adult Care Nurse” to “Female Veterans and PTSD: A gender based policy analysis”.

In addition to all of this Ann has received numerous decorations and awards such as the Distinguished Military Graduate, Army Commendation Medal, Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, and the Operation Iraqi Freedom Service Medal just to name a few.

References commended her professionalism, leadership qualities and exceptional communication skills. One reference stated “All I can say is one of the best students I have worked with, and I have worked with some of the best!” while another one stated “I have had the pleasure of working with many outstanding Masters and PhD students over the last 10 years, but I can honestly say that Ann Nayback reflects the best and brightest that Nursing and Healthcare have to offer.”…

Shelby Robin

Shelby Robin
Outstanding Graduating BSN Student

Shelby Robin is recipient of the Outstanding Graduating BSN Student award. While at UT, she was an active member of UT Student Nurses Association and president of Delta Delta Delta Sorority serving as the spokesperson for the Chapter and organized and presided at all Chapter meetings of over 180 members. Shelby has been the recipient of several honors and awards such as University Honors for academics, member of the Order of Omega, an academic honor society, and in High School she won the Coca Cola Scholar Award and $25,000 in academic scholarships.

In addition to her other activities, she tutored and mentored younger nursing students, worked with medical staff at a 2009 Special Olympics Event, participated in a former UT nursing student’s study: Adolescent Athlete’s Experience with Amputation, she counsels pediatric patients awaiting an amputation at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and in the Spring of 2007 her youth group went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic and did manual labor to help cultivate a farm and construct a system for a small village to have drinking water. She has been the ‘Spokeskid’ for the Sunshine Kids Foundation since 2003 and have traveled all over the country giving speeches to various donor groups and companies helping to raise money for this non-profit organization.

One reference commended her outstanding leadership abilities and excellent communication skills and stated “Shelby is an outstanding woman who is becoming an excellent nurse.” Another reference stated “Ms. Robin is a force to be reckoned with. She has taken a passion from within herself and directed it into accountable knowledge, skill, compassion and commitment to excellence in nursing.”

Also, there was an article written about Shelby in the Nursing Spectrum, dated September 13, 2010, entitled “Cancer Survivor Turns Experience into a Call to Nursing,” by Heather Stringer.