Fall 2020 Nurses Pinning
Nurses Pinning Ceremony Held Differently Due to COVID-19
Friends and family watched online while Butler Community College nurses were pinned live on November 24. The celebration recognized and pinned 55 students.
To watch the ceremony, visit this Youtube link.
Among the 55, 11 students graduated with a joint degree from Butler and the University of Kansas. These graduates were able to earn a KU BSN and Butler ADN degree as part of a partnership between KU Nursing and Butler. The 2020 dual degree class includes Mackenzie Unrein of Augusta, Adam Beahm of Bel Aire, Desirae Jenkins of Derby, Sophia Watkins of Emporia, Dunnae Mercer of Harper, Ashley Kennedy of Oxford, Amanda Kidd of Wichita, Marisa Norrick Robinson of Wichita, Shelby Garrett of Wichita, Emily Tefft of Wichita, and Abigail Saenz of Wichita.
Through this partnership, students have the opportunity to receive associate and bachelor’s degrees in nursing simultaneously. Students are able to receive hands-on training at Butler while attending online instruction through the KU Nursing Program.
The ceremony includes a welcoming address by Caleb Ediger, associate dean of nursing and allied health, as well as greetings from Butler President Kim Krull; Lori Winningham, vice president of academics and Butler Board of Trustees member, Lance Lechtenberg.
Krull expressed her gratitude to the graduates, “It takes a really special person to be a nurse, so thank you for making a commitment to this profession and thank you for your love for taking care of others.”
Butler Nursing has a 94% pass rate compared to the 86% state average and is one of the top nursing programs in the state.
Desirae Jenkins, the 1st and 2nd year class president and BSNA membership chair from Derby Kansas, addressed her classmates in her speech saying, “The many faculty members that have worked with us have done what they can to help us make the best choices for someone else – our patients, and that is a sacred thing.”
Nursing Graduates by Hometown:
* denotes KU BSN Graduate
Andover: Prairie Hon
Arkansas City: Kimberly Smith
Augusta: McKinna Jackson, Ciarra Thomas, Mackenzie Unrein*
Bel Aire: Adam Beahm*
Derby: Desirae Jenkins*, Megan Padua, Callie Derenthal, Shane Winters
El Dorado: Valerie Shaver, Brittany Eagle
Emporia: Timi Clark, Sophia Watkins*
Goddard: Samantha Soyez, Anna Maki, Bryce Neff
Harper: Dunnae Mercer*
Leon: Melissa Lacey
Newton: Yeimi De La Mora
Oxford: Ashley Kennedy
Park City: Molly Jameson*, Harleigh Ysidro
Rose Hill: Casey Jewell
Shawnee: Silvia Agasa
67203: Amanda Kidd*
67205: Ashtin Andres, Makayla Stafford, Diana Celeste Michel, Aylin Guerrero
67206: Marisa Norrick Robinson*
67207: Sandra Phomakay, Lydia Atandi, Michal Lattimore, Timothy Williamson, Zipporah Ndungu, Liliana Yanez
67209: Stephanie Jordan, Hannah Dalhaus, Shelby Garrett*
67210: Jesycha Hand
67211: Jacob Hendrickson
67212: Emily Tefft*, Hannah Valle, Sarah Ediger, Barbara Farbro
67213: Kendra Cope, Courtney Mattioli
67215: Laura Haskins
67217: Aundrea Boyle, Shari Unruh, Yara Gonzalez
67218: Abigail Saenz*
67235: Kylah Brown
Winfield: April Spengler