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4/23/2002

FGCU Criminal Justice Student Places Twice in National Competitions

Lambda Alpha Epsilon, the national grand chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association, awarded Steve Verrill, justice studies senior from Tampa, first place in the upper division of the Student Paper Competition and second place in the National Scholarship Competition. The LAE Journal will publish his paper in the next edition. LAE is the national student organization for collegiate criminal justice departments, with over 175 affiliate chapters. Verrill’s accomplishments are a wonderful distinction for the FGCU Division of Justice Studies and the FGCU chapter, which only received a national charter from LAE in spring 2001.

For more information, contact assistant professor of justice studies Duane L. Dobbert at (941) 590-7816.


FGCU Student Nurses Association Wins National Award

The four-year old Florida Gulf Coast University Student Nurses Association won the National Community Health Award for Most Successful School Project from the National Student Nurses Association during the national convention April 3-7 in Philadelphia.

“We are proud of our students who have earned national recognition for their continuing efforts in the community,” director of the School of Nursing, Carol Davis, said. “Such recognition upholds our community-based curriculum model.”

The students’ activities that won them the award include raising funds for a bone marrow transplant for a Haitian girl with leukemia; collecting Christmas gifts, hosting a Christmas party and gathering supplies to create health kits for migrant farm workers and their families; and participating in Light the Night Walk. Collectively, the students raised over $50,000 in donations.

“The students are very proud of this accomplishment - they now have won three state awards and one national award,” nursing instructor and student alumni relations coordinator, Beth Murray, said. “Consider they were competing with all nursing schools across the U.S., I am proud to be their advisor. I believe they are outstanding representatives of FGCU.”

The Community Health Award recognizes NSAs whose contributions to nursing and community health greatly benefit the public. The NSNA’s purpose is to help prepare nursing students for professional responsibilities, assist in development of the student as a whole person and that person’s responsibility for healthcare, and provide programs that represent fundamental and current professional concerns.

For more information, contact Murray at (941) 590-7510.

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