SDNA honors five State graduates

South Dakota State University College of Nursing associate professor Tom Stenvig was one of several State graduates honored recently by the South Dakota Nurses Association at its annual convention, held this year in Mitchell earlier this month.

Stenvig, who received his master’s degree from State in 1991, was honored for his contributions to the SDNA and the nursing profession. Also honored were Rochelle Reider ’89/M.S. ’00 for SDNA districts 5-7; Julie Dangel ’99, district 10; and former SDSU faculty member Pat Shaver for districts 1-3.

Gloria Damgaard, who received a master’s degree from State in 1989, and Deb Soholt, who received an M.S. in 1990, both received the Hall of Fame Award.

“As health care continues to evolve across the United States, there is one thing we are certain of, and that is the important role nurses play in health care,” said SDSU College of Nursing Dean Nancy Fahrenwald. “Since the College of Nursing at SDSU started more than 80 years ago, we have seen individuals like these make a tremendous impact on health and quality of life. It is a great honor to be associated with them.”

South Dakota Lt. Gov. Matthew Michels, a nurse, spoke at the event about the impact of nursing.

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