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Mount Marty College to Hold Fall Commencement on December 17th


Published Date12\13\2011
Sister Mary Arthur Schramm, OSB, Ph.D. will be the keynote speaker at the Winter Commencement exercises to be held at Mount Marty College. Speaking to more than 70 students receiving various degrees, her message will be about the importance of day dreaming and using it to find hidden significances. The ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 17, 2011, at Marian Auditorium, 1105 West 8th Street, Yankton.

Born and raised just north of Yankton, Sister Mary Arthur Schramm, OSB, Ph.D. attended Mount Marty High School and thereafter became an instructor for the Mount Marty College Nurse Anesthesia Program in 1956. She became the head of the Nurse Anesthesia program in 1965 at the same time working as the head of the Anesthesia Department at Sacred Heart Hospital. In 1969 she joined the staff of the University of South Dakota Medical School, where she remained until 1972. She completed a Ph.D. in Physiology at USD in 1977. In the meantime, she returned to Mount Marty, where she served as Program Head from 1971-1981 and the Division Chair for Health Sciences for a number of years. She became quite active in the South Dakota Association of Nurse Anesthetists (SDANA) and served as its president from 1969-1970 and would also later serve as a Board Member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) from 1979-1981.

Sister Arthur remained Program Head for the anesthesia program at Mount Marty College until the 1992-1993 school year. Somehow, she also found time to organize and advise a Nurse Anesthesia Program in Jamaica between 1981 and 1985 and since leaving the MMC program has organized and developed a Nurse Anesthesia Program in Puerto Rico. Sister Arthur has long been recognized by her colleagues in the SDANA and AANA and in 2003 she was recognized as the Agatha Hodgins Award recipient of the AANA, the highest award that the organization grants.