April 25, 2014
The Blinn College – Bryan campus chapter of Alpha Delta Nu inducted 26 students Friday in its first ceremony at the College’s Health Science Center campus.
Alpha Delta Nu is the official honor society of the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN), the leading advocate agency dedicated to enhancing the quality of associate degree nursing education, strengthening the professional role of associate degree nurses and promoting the futures of associate degree nurses in the midst of healthcare changes.
Blinn’s Beta Sigma chapter is the second Alpha Delta Nu chapter to incorporate in Texas. Members must carry at least a 3.0 grade-point average (GPA) and sponsor one community educational or recruitment project.
“The students’ eagerness to begin Alpha Delta Nu at Blinn has been wonderful,” said co-founder and advisor Darla Forsberg. “In the midst of a busy semester they took on these projects and went full force to make it happen.”
Since March, inductees have completed six community projects, including coordinating infant care courses at Hope Pregnancy Center in College Station; “Hard Hats for Little Heads,” an informational session on helmet safety for children; and speaking at local high schools about the career opportunities available in healthcare.
“It’s exciting to watch our students in action,” Forsberg said. “It’s an honor to recognize the students who have excelled and watch them begin a legacy at Blinn College and beyond.”
Niki Thornton of Bryan will graduate with her associate’s degree in nursing in May. She is president of Alpha Delta Nu’s inaugural class.
“A lot of the students now in honor society started out trying to prove to themselves that they could do it and get the best grades possible,” Thornton said. “We were excited to find that Blinn was starting an honor society for nurses and that our passion and hard work could be used to advance the mission of an organization as well as our personal goals.”
Inductees include: Elizabeth Cloutier, Cassie Denmark, Tish Elliott-Wilkins, Kayla Fortner, Matthew Gaas, Sarah Hajj-Ali, Holly Magee, Jodi Miller, Lindsey Miller, Jessie Mitchell, Elizabeth Pena, Monica Perez, Rachel Rivas, Rebecca Rodriguez, Lourna Santana, Michelle Shepherd, Angela Shockey, DeSheala Spencer, Niki Thornton, Truby Toner, Kiarra Vining, Michelle Walker, Lindsey Wallace, Rhonghui Wang, Ashley Wehrheim, and Wesley Williams.
Blinn’s Division of Health Sciences, based at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, offers associate degree nursing, dental hygiene, emergency medical services, physical therapist assistant, radiologic technology, fire science, therapeutics manufacturing, veterinary technology and vocational nursing programs designed to train students for high-demand professions.