News Release


Mount Marty College Recognizes New Nursing Students

Published Date2\4\2011
The Mount Marty College Nursing Program hosted a Pledging Ceremony for its newly-admitted Nursing Class of 2013 on January 24, 2011 in the Bishop Marty Chapel. Sophomore nursing students pledged their commitment to the nursing profession - a life work and a dedication.

This years 32 pledges include: Krysta Anson, Yankton, S.D.; Stephanie Backer, Norfolk, Neb.; Autumn Biermann, Wisner, Neb.; Scott Bormann, Mission Hill, S.D.; Brittany Brasel, Yankton, S.D.; Sarah Bruce, Pierce, Neb.; Dorcas Copa, Tomball, Texas.; Julie Decker, Yankton, S.D.; Traci Fejfar, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Ashley Garton, Marthon, Iowa; Rebecca Glidden, Yankton, S.D.; Mahra Goldston, Chamberlain, S.D.; Katerina Hart, Centerville, S.D.; Tanya Hawkinson, Yankton, S.D.; Joshua Homme, Papillion, Neb.; Amanda Huss, Iliff, C.O.; Vanessa Laible, Howard, S.D.; Abby Larson, Yankton, S.D.; Kassandra Lewis, Eyota, M.N.; Kathryn Lingscheit, Miller, S.D.; Susan Lowery, Yankton, S.D.; Hannah Miller, Norfolk, Neb.; Jacob Morris, Lakeville, M.N.; Paige Nelson, Colman, S.D.; Kasey Novotny, Colome, S.D.; Kayce Olson, Ellendale, N.D.; Deanna Poppe, Crofton, Neb.; Brooke Slump, Sioux City, Iowa; Jamie Van Lent, Hope Mills, N.C.; Tiffany Vandersnick, ONeill, Neb.; Amanda Wallum, Yankton, S.D.; Bonnie Wirth, Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Pledging ceremony is one of commitment to uphold the standards of the nursing profession. It celebrates the beginning of each nursing students career as a student and then as a professional nurse. Pledging is also a ceremony which reviews the responsibilities professional nurses assume in their practice. Nursing students take a vow at this time indicating their dedication to the profession of nursing.

Faculty members of the Mount Marty College Nursing Program participated in the ceremony. Dr. Jacqueline Kelley, Nursing Program Director welcomed the sophomore nursing students, family, and friends. The readings were provided by Assistant Nursing Professors, Shelly Luger and S. Kathryn Burt, while Instructor Jennifer McGinnis presented the sophomore nursing class. Professor S. Corinne Lemmer and Assistant Professor Darcie Sees anointed the students hands as a symbol of their responsibility to use nurses hands conscientiously. Instructor Mary Walkes lead the students in a Nurses Prayer.

Jennifer Duff, a MMC junior nursing student received the Marcella Draper Nipps Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to a junior nursing student who shows a willingness to work hard to overcome challenges, to succeed and shows such talents and qualities that of Colonel Nipps. Gerry Likness, sister of Colonel Marcella Draper Nipps, presented the award.