Press Release

Nursing Students Receive Pins and Awards

Monday, May 9, 2011
by Beth Sowers

Hannibal, MO – The Evelyn Scarborough Linebury Nursing Program of Hannibal-LaGrange University held their annual pinning ceremony on Friday, May 6.  Sixty-one nursing students received pins and several received awards or scholarships.

Dr. Richard P. Valuck, Jr. was the keynote speaker. Dr. Valuck was raised in Kirksville, Missouri.  Under the influence of his father, an osteopathic physician, he became interested in a career in medicine during high school.  He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1981 with a BA degree in chemistry and from the UMC School of Medicine with a MD degree in 1985.  His post-graduate medical training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology was at the University of Cincinnati 1985-91.  Dr. Valuck is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiovascular Disease and has been practicing in Hannibal since 1991.  He is currently a member of Hannibal Regional Medical Group.  He and his wife, Jenny, have two daughters, Kate and Grace. 

“It is wonderful to be here on this momentous occasion,” said Dr. Valuck. “Nursing career,” he began, looking out at the student nurses. “The right profession at the right time. Well done, you chose wisely. The economy is picking up. Healthcare is 20% of our gross national profit. The service that you will provide is greatly needed and you are going to have wonderful and successful careers.”

Dr. Valuck went on to commend the HLGU Nursing Program for their excellence in educating their students, and pointed out their high success rate on the NCLEX-RN Exam (state boards). Over the past 5 years (2004-2009) the pass rate for the HLGU Nursing Division is 97%, and from 2005-2007, 100% of the nursing students passed.

“What a wonderful University, what a wonderful opportunity, and what a wonderful education that you all have had,” said Valuck.

Also during the ceremony, Anne Riggs, instructor of nursing and director of the nursing division, recognized the HLGU nursing faculty, HLGU nursing graduates, first year and future HLGU nursing graduates and nurses in the audience for their dedication to the nursing profession.  All nurses, nursing faculty, graduates and students stood to recite the “Nightingale Pledge.”

Thirty-nine students received a decorative pin for their accomplishments of being promoted to their second year, and twenty-two second-year students received their official nursing pin and went on to graduate Saturday, May 7, with their associate degree.

Recipients of the awards or scholarships are as follows:

Missouri League for Nursing Award:  LeAnne Bogue

HLGU Endowed Scholarship:  Robyn Martin

Nursing Division Award: Dawn Collver 

Nursing Clinical Achievement Award: Sarah Hietbrink

Paul Finley and Louise Brown Foreman Memorial Nursing Scholarship: Ashley Tran

Northeast Missouri Medical Society Award: Deana James

Dellafaye Martinson Scholarship: Cecelia Piercall

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations