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Honoring the Best

Our Mission Preparing students to professionally provide high quality, ethical and compassionate health care services Our Values Learning, Caring, Commitment, Integrity, Excellence


Baccalaureate & Commencement Saturday, December 8, 2018 10 a.m. Mid-America Center Council Bluffs, Iowa


To our guests: Commencement is the highlight of the academic year. It is that significant occasion, both solemn and joyful, when we honor those students who have completed their course of study. To enhance the dignity of the event, please avoid unnecessary conversation, moving about during the ceremony, and silence all cell phones and pagers.


Order of Exercises Commencement Prelude & Academic Procession Palladium Brass Quintet The audience will rise for the academic procession. Opening Remarks & Introductions Jina Paul, M.B.A., Vice President of Operations Faculty Welcome Andreia Nebel, D.P.T., Vice President of Academic Affairs Board of Directors Welcome The Very Reverend Thomas Hurley, Chair, Board of Directors Student Welcome Jason DeLong, Student Government Association President Baccalaureate The Very Reverend Thomas Hurley, Officiate History of the Maltese Cross Ann Glow, DNP, CRNA, Nurse Anesthesia Program Coordinator Faculty Commencement Address Daniel Aksamit, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, General Education Student Commencement Address Paige Kallsen, Student Graduate, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Conferring of Degrees Tony Damewood, Ph.D., President Presentation of Graduation Candidates Andreia Nebel, D.P.T., Vice President of Academic Affairs Natalie Vrbka, B.S., Registrar Closing Remarks & Turning of the Tassel Tony Damewood, Ph.D., President Andreia Nebel, D.P.T., Vice President of Academic Affairs


Benediction The Very Reverend Thomas Hurley, Officiate The audience will rise and remain standing through the academic recession. Academic Recession Palladium Brass Quintet

Ceremony Details Invocation Psalm 33: 1–5, 20–22 The Very Reverend Thomas Hurley, Officiate It is customary for men to remove their caps during prayers. Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. 2 Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. 3 Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise. 4 For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. 5 He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. 1

Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. 21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. 22 Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee. 20

New Testament Reading Luke 10: 30­–37 The Lord’s Prayer Closing Prayer The audience will stand for the closing prayer.


Commencement Photography Lifetouch Special Events Photography will photograph each graduate receiving his or her diploma during the baccalaureate and commencement ceremony. All event participants will receive an e-mail and a link to view their proofs, and there is no obligation to purchase. Visit for more information regarding commencement photography. Questions may be addressed to or by calling 800.505.9496. Lifetouch Photography representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. EST to assist.

A Social Celebration As you gather with close family and friends to celebrate commencement, tag your special moments using #preparetobethebest. Congratulations! Celebrate and connect with Clarkson College though any of the following social media outlets: @ClarksonCollege



Clarkson College


Graduation Candidates Certificate in Imaging Informatics Randy R. Beck

Amanda McBride

Associate of Science in Health Information Technology Kristi K. Danielsen

Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant Jason Christopher Amateis magna cum laude

Timothy Loberiza with distinction

Abbey Elizabeth Clayton summa cum laude

Amanda Nolan Natasha Ann Ogden

Amy Jo Coenen magna cum laude Shannon Daly magna cum laude Ethan Joseph Feltes with distinction

Nolan J. Purcell summa cum laude Melissa Sue Beck Schulze magna cum laude Ashley K. Sellin Σ cum laude

Eduardo Gamboa Jessica Mae Hanson Olivia Jean Housholder summa cum laude Ashley Lynn Klitz Ciara Lansdon Σ


Jamie L. Thorson Σ with distinction

Bachelor of Science in Community Health Heather Michelle Knapp Σ magna cum laude

Courtney Anne Overmire

Bachelor of Science in Health Care Business Bianca E. Hernandez Σ

Dimaye E. Roig Morales

Bachelor of Science Medical Imaging Kinsey Jade Bush λ with distinction

Margaret L. Novak magna cum laude

Sarah Cooper

Carree Proffit λ Σ with distinction

Michelle Marie Garvey λ Σ with distinction

John Richard Shelley

Rachel Griffith λ cum laude

Stacey Marie Smith Σ cum laude

Joli Hopping λ Σ summa cum laude

Amy Welniak

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Jennifer Barnes

Eboni Iman Brooks

Caelan Lee Basnett Σ summa cum laude

Brooklyn LaCheryl Christianson magna cum laude

Janice K. Baxter summa cum laude

Taylor Page Culton cum laude

Hannah Virginia Blythe Σ

Lathan Robert Dirks magna cum laude

Molly Astrid Boyer cum laude

Alexis Claire Egr Σ


Madison Lynne Frost † Σ magna cum laude

Kalli Lyn Nightingale cum laude

Shameka Shontay Harris with distinction

Tiffany LeAnn Pardew † with distinction

Jacy Renee Hendrickson † Σ magna cum laude

Shawn Patrick Prentice summa cum laude

Ashley Horvath with distinction

Andrea Reischl Karina Romero-Bravo Σ

Brenna Marie Juelsgaard † Σ cum laude Paige Elizabeth Kallsen Σ Ashley Marie Kaup with distinction

Alexandria Schneiderwind Σ Michael Schrage summa cum laude Sean Michael Severson with distinction

Djenaba Marsh’e Kelly Sierra Taylor Haley Landon Σ Andrew Lim Σ summa cum laude Ashley Limbeck Seth Andrew Luther

Kate Thramer with distinction Brooke R. Williams Σ with distinction

Courtney Linn Magnussen magna cum laude

Megan Taylor Wolford Σ

Morgan Matthies

Kierstyn Erin Wragge Σ

Amy Elizabeth Moore Σ

Laylo Yusuf Σ

Kylie Rae Murphy † Σ with distinction Heather Nicola Σ


Emily H. Thomas Σ with distinction

Master in Health Care Administration Melissa Hoeman Carlberg Capstone: High Deductible Health Plans: Feasibility of Implementation for Health Care Organizations

Sparkle Barnes Capstone: Diets & Portion Control: Attack Obesity

Master of Science in Nursing Michaela Rose Abbott Σ Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Impact of a Nurse-Led Educational Session to Identify & Respond to Non-Physical Aggression from Patients & Visitors

Regina Moore Barnett Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Nurses’ Conceptual Knowledge of Heart Failure

Christina L. Aguilar Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Certified Nursing Assistant's Knowledge of Fall Intervention

Megan Rae Beavers † Σ Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Relationship Between Emergency Department Re-Admission Risk Factors & Emergency Department Re-Admission

Andrea Joy Anderson Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: An Assessment of Breastfeeding Initiation & Continuation

Emily Buttars Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: An Exploration of Vaccination Rates in a Midwestern Clinic

Shasta Ashcraft Nursing Education Capstone: An Assessment of Patients Diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease & Possible Extraintestinal Manifestations at a Rural Family Practice Clinic

Jessica Amanda Currie Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Evaluating Alarm Fatigue in the Adult Emergency Room

Ashley L. Barajas Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Identifying Barriers to Compliance with Best Practice to Decrease Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections in Patients

Rebecca Lorenz Duchman Nursing Health Care Administration Capstone: Effectiveness of a Nurse Acuity Tool (NAT) on Improving Job Satisfaction & Fatigue


Brittany Elhawi Nursing Education Capstone: Compassion Satisfaction & Compassion Fatigue Among Level 3 Trauma Center Emergency Department Nurses

Brandi Jo Johansen Nursing Education Capstone: The Effect of Patient Hand Hygiene Education on the Reduction of Central LineAssociated Bloodstream Infections

Becky M. Finch Σ Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Comparison of Perioperative Nurses’ Knowledge & Management of Malignant Hyperthermia Before & After an Educational Review

Vanesa Nicol Cannon Judd Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Prevalence of Autoimmune Disease in Individuals Delivered by Caesarean Section

Amber Gantz Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Mandated Continuing Education Competency to Reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection Megan Leigh Gernstein Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Bedside Nurses’ Knowledge on the Roles of the Vascular Access Team Tatiana M. Gonzalez Nursing Health Care Administration Capstone: Medication Technology & Safety: Nurses’ Perceptions on the Effects of Barcode Medication Administration & Knowledge-Based Medication Administration in an Inpatient Setting


Rachel Kallemeyn Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Vitamin D as an Adjunct to Standard Therapy for Depression in Adults at a Rural Clinic Jasper Nathaniel Kaufman Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Critical Care Nurses’ Knowledge of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia & Viewpoints & Compliance of Ventilator Bundle Documentation Jennifer Kunz Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: The Effectiveness of Hydroxyprogesterone Injections in the Prevention of Pre-Term Labor Alexandria A. Leu Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Relationship Between Probiotic Therapy & Reduction of Antibiotic Associated Diarrhea

Kayla Martens Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Emergency Department Nurses' Experiences with Violence in the Workplace Edward Medina Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Triage for Detection of Metabolic Acidosis Elizabeth Ann Miller Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Behaviors of Float Pool Nurses in the Prevention of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) Nicole M. Mixan Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Structured Educational Program for Nurses on Proper Evaluation & Documentation of Incentive Spirometry Michaela Joanne Mohr † Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Enoxaparin Education for Surgical Oncology Nurses Danielle Marie Nichols Nursing Education Capstone: The Effect of Education Related to Nurses' Perception About Spirituality at the Bedside Olivia Beth Niemeyer † Σ Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Sepsis: How Early Identification & Antibiotic Administration Affects Patient Outcomes

Alex Jordan O’Hara Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Post-Operative Pain & the Retrobulbar Hemorrhage Rates with Topical Versus Regional Anesthesia for Trabeculectomy Surgery Mary Rachel Overturff Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Mental Health Care Preparation of Primary Care Nurse Practitioners Rachel Jean Pawloski Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Identifying Barriers to Improving Hand Hygiene Compliance Among Solid Organ Transplant UNIT (SOTU) Healthcare Personnel Juan Carlos Rivas Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Reducing Emergency Department Use in a Pediatric Outpatient Clinic Jamie Elizabeth Schmeits Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Obstacles to Compliance with Bedside Report in an Acute Care Setting Kayla Marie Schreckengost Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Role of Support Groups in Individuals with Lyme Disease & Depression


Chelsea Schroeder Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Impact of Follow-Up Weight Appointments & Education on Children’s BMI Percentages Laura Carolina Spindola Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Utilizing Early Warning Signs for Sepsis Protocol in Skilled Nursing Facilities to Prevent Hospital Readmission Allison Stark Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Improving a Nurse Residency Program Using Nurses’ Perspectives & Evidence-Based Practice

Macy Mandeline Stork Σ Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Nursing Perceptions of Language Barriers Effecting Emergency Care Provided to NonEnglish Speaking Patients Megan Marie Uhlarik Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone: Exploration of the Relationship Between Serum Vitamin D Levels & Depressive Symptoms Lindsay Marie Vanlandingham Σ Nursing Health Care Administration Capstone: Exploring Perceived Barriers to Mentorship & its Impact on Nurse Retention in the Hospital Setting

Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Anesthesia Nicholas W. Contryman Capstone: Detecting Limb Ischemia Due to Extracorporeal Cannula Placement with Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Kayla L. Dengel Σ Capstone: Effectiveness of the ERAS Protocol in Decreasing the Incidence of PONV in Abdominal Surgeries


Chad Frederick Hayden Capstone: Perioperative IV Acetaminophen Administration & the Incidence of Post-Operative Nausea & Vomiting in the PostAnesthesia Care Unit Shawn Junkins Σ Capstone: Didactic Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist Knowledge Enrichment of Operating Room Fire Management Through an Educational PowerPoint Presentation

Randy Ernest Kilnoski Σ Capstone: Comparison of Ondansetron Administration Preoperatively & Intraoperatively for Effective Prevention of PostOperative Nausea & Vomiting Jaron Lassen Capstone: Efficacy of Intravenous Acetaminophen in Providing PostOperative Analgesia for Total Hip Arthroplasty Linda C. Poulsen Capstone: Efficacy of IM Ephedrine in Reduction of Hypotension in Women Undergoing Cesarean Section After Receiving a Spinal Anesthetic

Jennifer Waterhouse Capstone: Postoperative Analgesia for Lumbar Spine Surgery: Effectiveness of Low-Dose Ketamine Aaron Michael Williams Capstone: The Effect of Intraoperative Ketamine Administration on Postoperative Opioid Consumption Steven Wood Capstone: IV Acetaminophen Administration Timing & Postoperative Pain Management After a General or Spinal Orthopedic Anesthetic Procedure

Barbara Paige Sayler Σ Capstone: Pre-Operative vs. Intra-Operative Administration of Intravenous Ondansetron

Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Care Administration Jean Hayes

Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Tina Bossolono-Williams Family Nurse Practitioner

Amber Courtney Schardt Family Nurse Practitioner

Theresa Margaret Evans Family Nurse Practitioner

Jennifer Somerville Family Nurse Practitioner

Kimberly Dolan Mueller Family Nurse Practitioner


Traditions of Clarkson College Academic Attire The history of academic attire (regalia) originated at the French and English universities during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The gowns and hoods served two functions of nearly equal importance: to indicate the academic rank of the wearer and to keep the scholar warm in the drafty stone halls of academia. In the United States, there is a universal code of color and style indicating the academic degree, the field of study and the institution that granted the degree. The associate and bachelor gowns are black and untrimmed. The master gown is similar but with pointed sleeves. The doctoral gown is more elaborate with the velvet front facing and crossbars on the sleeves. Hoods are worn to signify advanced degrees with velvet edging representing the field of study and satin stripes in colors specific to the college. Mortar board caps with tassels representing the field of study complete the academic attire. The tassel is worn on the right until the degree is conferred, when it is moved to the left. The colors used for tassels and the hood to represent the field of study include apricot for nursing, golden yellow for science, white for arts and humanities, drab for business, purple for law, green for medicine, light blue for education, citron for social work and scarlet for theology.

History of the Maltese Cross The Maltese Cross is a symbol of protection and a badge of honor. Its story originated with the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, a charitable organization that existed during the eleventh and twelfth centuries, who became known as the Knights of Hospitallers because of their charity toward the sick and poor in setting up hospices and hospitals. The eight points of the Cross represent the Beatitudes prescribed in the Sermon on the Mount. These Knights of centuries past were united by a pledge of compassion and courage as are Clarkson College graduates who dedicate their lives towards helping others.


Degrees with Academic Honors & Distinction Academic honors are conferred to undergraduate candidates who, upon graduation, distinguish themselves by maintaining a high cumulative grade point average. To qualify, a student must have completed the minimum required residency hours at Clarkson College. Honors are distinguished by summa cum laude (3.85 and above), magna cum laude (3.75 through 3.84), cum laude (3.65 through 3.74) and with distinction (3.50 through 3.64). Academic honor recipients receive a gold honor cord to wear during the commencement ceremony.

Graduates with Military Service Military veterans and active service members receive a red, white and blue honor cord to wear during the commencement ceremony.

Academic Excellence Awards These awards are presented to the graduate in each program with the highest grade point average who meet policy requirements. Olivia Jean Housholder Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

Melissa Hoeman Carlberg Master in Health Care Administration

Heather Michelle Knapp Bachelor of Science in Community Health

Amber Gantz & Michaela Joanne Mohr Master of Science in Nursing

Joli Hopping Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging

Shawn Junkins Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Anesthesia

Shawn Patrick Prentice Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Honor Societies † Member of Omicron Epsilon Chapter Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing λ Member of Delta Chapter Lambda Nu National Honor Society for the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences Σ Member of National Society of Leadership and Success Sigma Alpha Pi Interdisciplinary Honor Society

Alumni Association A Message to the Class of 2018 On behalf of the Alumni Association of Clarkson College, we congratulate you on your significant academic milestone and welcome you into our proud history of preparing the best in health care. With your degree, you join a robust network of health care professionals who are rooted in the Clarkson College Mission and Values. Our goal as your Alumni Association is to provide opportunities for all alumni, families and friends to stay connected to the College. As an official Alumni Association member, you gain access to networking and mentoring opportunities, event invitations, continuing educational event discounts, the Alumni Times quarterly magazine and more. As a congratulatory gift, we offer a free Alumni Association membership to all alumni the first year after your commencement ceremony. Above all, we want to keep in touch. Connect with your alma mater at or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn. The Alumni Association of Clarkson College wants to celebrate our alumni successes throughout their lifetime and offer career or educational support in your profession. Most importantly, we want to keep our community of alumni connected to their classmates and alma mater. Congratulations on your momentous achievement!


Acknowledgement With Gratitude A special thank you to those who volunteered their time, talent and energy to make the baccalaureate and commencement ceremony a success. The entire Clarkson College community—particularly our graduates and their families—greatly appreciate your dedication, preparation and assistance with this event.

College Leadership Board of Directors The Very Reverend Thomas J. Hurley, Chair

Robert S. Howard, past chair Jane Stier

Steven Black, M.D. Rita VanFleet Louis W. Burgher, M.D., Ph.D. James T. Canedy, M.D., past chair

Jason DeLong, Student Government Association Representative

Daniel DeBehnke, M.D. Allen Hager

Daniel Aksamit, Ph.D., Faculty Senate Representative

College Administration Tony Damewood, Ph.D., President Jina Paul, M.B.A., Vice President of Operations Andreia Nebel, D.P.T., Vice President of Academic Affairs


College Academic Affairs Graduation Ceremony Marshals Ellen Collins, M.S. Director & Associate Professor, Radiography & Medical Imaging

Jennifer Memolo, MA Instructor, Physical Therapist Assistant

Marsha Cravens, MSN Director, Undergraduate Nursing

Jessica Niemann, PTA, B.S. Instructor, Physical Therapist Assistant

Jayne Cromer, DNP, CRNA Nurse Anesthesia Program Administrator Carla Dirkschneider, M.S. Director, Health Care Business Sarah Flanagan, M.S.W., M.R.A. Director, Community Health & IPE Caitlin Hebrew, DPT Instructor, Physical Therapist Assistant

Aubray OrduĂąa, Ed.D. Dean of Nursing Tracy Ozzello, MSN Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Nursing Michael Witte, PT, D.P.T. Director, Physical Therapist Assistant

Layna Himmelberg, Ed.D. Director, Graduate Nursing

Faculty Members Karen Abboud, PTA, M.S. JoAnn Acierno, MSN Daniel Aksamit, Ph.D. Rebecca Allen, MSNA Siti Arshad-Snyder, Ed.D. Lori Bachle, M.S. Joey Battles, M.A.Ed. Joan Blum, MSN Patricia Brennan, Ph.D. Kimberly Brown, DNP Candice Carter, MSN 20

Kimberly Ciurej, MSN Ellen Collins, M.S. Joseph Councill III, MSN Marsha Cravens, MSN Jayne Cromer, DNP, CRNA Carla Dirkschneider, M.S. Mary Dishman, MSN Jessica Dugger, MSN Kelly Eaton, M.S. Sharon Eden, M.S. Laura Enenbach, Ed.D.

Sophie Feng, M.D., Ph.D. Dawn Fichter, MSN Sarah Flanagan, M.S.W., M.R.A. Jodi Flynn, M.S. Katherine Fuller, MSN Katie Fulton, M.S. Ann Glow, DNP, CRNA Kimberly Grimes, PTA, B.S. Ann Hagenau, M.S. Sue Hall, MSN Jamie Halverson, Ed.D. Lisa Hawthorne, Ph.D. Caitlin Hebrew, PT, D.P.T. Robin Heiser, MSN Janet Henriksen, Ph.D. Layna Himmelberg, Ed.D. Colleen Hobbs, MSN Pam Holtz, DNP Stephanie Hopp, MSN Michelle Inzauro, MSN Mary Jo Jelinek, MSN Linda Jensen, Ph.D. Lori Jerina, MSN Janine Johnson, MSN Gretchen Jopp, M.S. Valerine King, MSN Katherine Kirkpatrick, Ed.D. Jane Langemeier, Ph.D. Julie Lawlor, MSN Sue Leutzinger, MSN Jerilyn List, M.S. Margaret Lorimor, Ph.D. Jennifer Mayotte, MBA Kassie McKenny, MSN Nancy McMahon, MSN

Ryan Meers, Ph.D. Jennifer Memolo, PTA, M.A. William Montgomery, M.A. Andreia Nebel, PT, D.P.T. Jessica Niemann, PTA, B.S. Cecelia Norton, MSN Aubray Orduña, Ed.D. Denny Owens, M.A. Tracy Ozzello, MSN Gary Peterson, M.A. Rachel Pfeifer, M.S.W. Kelly Polcher, DNP Jennifer Renken, MSN Adrienne Rochleau, DNP, CRNA Liz Rogan, Ed.D. Catherine Rongish, MSN Renee Ruhkamp, Ed.D. Marilyn Russell, MSN Greta Schoneman, B.S. Sharon Schuett, MSN Nicole Shives, M.S. Lucas Sieburg, M.A. Erin Sillman, MSN George Smith, MSN Kris Smith, MSN Jacqueline Stanzel, MSN Jill Vawter, MSN Kristen Villarreal, MSN Sherri Vrabel, MSN Amberly Wagner-Connolly, DNP Cheryl Walburn, MSN Christine Walton, MSN Patricia Weber, M.S. Shelli Weddum, M.S. Michael Witte, PT, D.P.T.


Note: The inclusion of names in this program does not indicate the College ensures the individual’s graduation, and this program is not an official graduation list. Academic honor designations are based upon most current information at press time. Clarkson College apologizes for any errors or omissions. Notice of Non-Discrimination: Clarkson College complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws relating to discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age, national origin, ethnicity, sex, veteran’s status or marital status in the administration of its educational programs and policies, financial aid, activities or other school administered programs. View the full Notice of Non-Discrimination by visiting



Graduation - Fall 2018  
Graduation - Fall 2018