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Distinguished Graduates Spring 2010

Posted: June 9, 2010

Claudia Calle Beal

Claudia Calle Beal
Outstanding Graduating PhD Student

Claudia Calle Beal is recipient of the Outstanding Graduating PhD Student Award. Claudia received her BSN from Columbia University and her Masters in Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Midwifery from Emory University. While at UT she was a graduate research assistant for Dr. Stuifbergen's study on the Health Promotion for Women with Fibromyalgia Syndrome. She collaborated with several faculty to publish 8 articles, and present at 7 conferences. In addition to the requirements for her doctorate, she completed an Integrated Scholarly Portfolio: Women and Gender Studies, Women and Health Specialization. Claudia is a manuscript reviewer for the Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. She holds active membership in Sigma Theta Tau, the National Honor Society in Nursing, the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, the Southern Nursing Research Society, and the American Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. She is currently a Lecturer at Baylor University in the Louise Herrington School of Nursing. One of her references said, "Claudia is a poised articulate seasoned professional who represents the very best that UT has to offer our health care agencies." Another summed everything by writing, "Claudia Beal is THE most outstanding doctoral student I’ve worked with to date." Congratulations!

Dorene Ann Owen

Dorene Ann Owen
Outstanding Graduating Masters Student

Dorene Ann Owen is recipient of the Outstanding Graduating MSN Student Award. She started her nursing career in the Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant over 20 years ago after graduating with her BSN from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. She separated from the Air Force in 1999 and then decided that she loved the military so much that she went back on active duty in the Army and was accepted to the Army’s Long Term Schooling Program. She is currently at the rank of Major in the Army Nurse Corps. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and Association of Women’s Health Obstetrical and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). Dorene is a Neonatal Resuscitation Instructor for the American Heart Association, an Intermediate Fetal Monitoring Instructor, and is Certified in Inpatient Obstetrics. She continues to volunteer in the Pflugerville ISD teaching pregnancy classes to teens. And finally, after graduation she will be stationed at Ft. Hood in Killeen. References described Dorene as "a true clinical expert, a natural leader" and "one of the best advocates for her patients and staff that I have every witnessed in practice." Congratulations!

Lauren Bradshaw

Lauren Bradshaw
Outstanding Graduating BSN Student

Lauren Bradshaw is the recipient of the Outstanding Graduating BSN Student Award. While at UT, she has been an active member of University of Texas Nursing Student Association (UTNSA), serving as secretary, vice president, and most recently as president. She has been affiliated with Phi Eta Sigma—National Honor Society, Texas Sweethearts, Senate College of Councils, and SHARE Ambassador where she had the opportunity to meet with prospective UT Nursing students, answering questions and giving tours of various academic areas. Lauren helped to create two UT-wide health care reform forums with Liberal Arts, Pharmacy, and Social Work Councils. She represented UT Nursing at  4 state conventions and 2 national conventions of the nursing student association. Lauren has just completed the Undergraduate Nursing Honors Program and was selected as a featured student for 2010 on the “Be a Longhorn” prospective student website. One reference said, "Lauren is a dream student and a gift to the profession of nursing. Another said, "I think the biggest compliment that can be given to a nursing student is to say I would feel safe and blessed to have Lauren care for me or one of my family members." Congratulations, Lauren. We are proud of you.