Redefining the Classroom

War Memorial Hospital honors Lake State student nurses

Posted: December 14th, 2011

NOTEWORTHY NURSES -- Some of the best student nurses at Lake Superior State University gather as a group in one of LSSU's nursing laboratories. They were recognized during a Nov. 10 awards banquet underwritten by War Memorial Hospital of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Official presentation of School of Nursing scholarship awards highlighted the evening. Front row, from left is Leena LaPoint (May Mitchell Royal Foundation Nursing Scholarship), Nicole Pischel (Donald & Catherine Finlayson Scholarship), Jennifer Campbell (Donald & Catherine Finlayson, TenEyck-Gulliver Nursing scholarships), Arriel Kaczanowski ( Tendercare Endowment ), Megan Somerville (War Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Nursing, WMH Medical Staff scholarships), and Joshua Somerville (Hospice of the EUP Nursing Scholarship). Back row, from left are Kathleen Ackley (WMH Nursing Intern Scholarship), Jamie Roberts (Patrick & MaryAnne Shannon Nursing Scholarship), Sara Judd (Straits Area Ostomy Association Scholarship), Corinna Kauffaman (WMH Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship), and Chelsea Clark (Tempie Dubow Nursing Scholarship and Alana Eitrem Memorial Award). Standing to the right of the bed is Cunningham Nursing Scholarship recipient Samantha Periard. LaTasha Martin (Nancy Mongene & Russell Pattison Nursing, Lisa Davidson/Sherry Brooks Nursing & Accounting scholarships) and Tia Romagnoli (Nancy Mongene & Russell Pattison Nursing) are not in this photo. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -- The pride of Lake Superior State University's School of Nursing was recently honored during an annual award ceremony underwritten by War Memorial Hospital. In all, more than a dozen student nurses received recognition for academic accomplishment and professional prowess by receiving 14 long-established scholarships, plus two created within the past academic year.

It was the seventh nursing awards banquet underwritten by the Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.-based hospital.

Samantha Periard of Birch Run, Mich., received the Cunningham Nursing Scholarship. This scholarship was established in 2002 by Barbara (nee, Cunningham ’79) and Chuck (’77) Cliff to honor Barbara’s mother, Margie Cunningham, who graduated from nursing school in 1945. She was the inspiration for Barbara to pursue a career in nursing. Barbara is also a former member of the LSSU Board of Trustees. Husband Chuck Cliff currently serves as a member of the LSSU Foundation Board of Directors. This scholarship is to benefit a nursing student of sophomore or junior status with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who demonstrates a passion and dedication to working in a nursing field.

This year's Lisa Davidson and Sherry Brooks Nursing & Accounting Scholarship went to LaTasha Martin of Newberry, Mich. The scholarship is named after Sherry Brooks and her daughter, Lisa Davidson. Sherry Brooks is a certified public accountant who graduated from LSSU with a bachelor’s of accounting and an MBA. Brooks is currently the vice president for finance at Lake Superior State University and treasurer of the LSSU Foundation, and is a past LSSU assistant professor of accounting. She is a past president of the LSSU Alumni Association Board of Directors and has served on various committees for the Alumni Association and LSSU Foundation.

Lisa Davidson is a registered nurse who graduated from LSSU with a bachelor’s degree of nursing. She worked as an emergency room nurse at War Memorial Hospital before continuing her education at the University of Delaware to obtain an MSN/NP. This named scholarship is to honor her extraordinary accomplishments and to recognize the generosity of the scholarship donors who provided her financial assistance. Davidson was recipient of the May Mitchell Royal Foundation Nursing Scholarship in her junior year at LSSU and the Jeanne K. Buxbaum Graduate Nursing Student Assistantship at the University of Delaware. Successful candidates of the Lisa Davidson and Sherry Brooks Nursing & Accounting Scholarship must be of junior status and earned at least 56 LSSU credits with a minimum GPA of 3.0 majoring in the LSSU nursing or accounting program. Financial need may be a consideration.

Angela Chartier of Menominee, Mich., received the Vivian M. Day Endowed Nursing Scholarship. Maurice and Vivian Day, former residents of Sault Ste. Marie and strong supporters of Lake Superior State University, established the Vivian M. Day Endowed Nursing Scholarship in 1995. Named in honor of Mrs. Day, a longtime registered nurse, this scholarship is awarded to a nursing student of sophomore status with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and who has demonstrated leadership and dedication to the nursing profession.

The Tempie Dubow Memorial Scholarship went to Chelsea Clark of Grand Haven, Mich., and Kaitlyn Hope of Brimley, Mich. This scholarship was established in memory of Tempie Dubow, a 1973 LSSU nursing graduate who trained at hospitals in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Ontario, Canada. At the time of her death she was on the nursing staff of Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Dubow exemplified the spirit of nursing. “She chose nursing because she loved to help people and her very presence made patients feel better,” said Margaret Pieper, former director of nursing training at LSSU. “She possessed a spirit and enthusiasm that was an inspiration to all of her classmates.” Selection is based on a demonstrated commitment to nursing, academic achievement and potential for leadership.

Chelsea Clark, Caitlyn Carter of Kinchloe, Mich., and Tonya Rogers of Brimley, Mich., received the Alana Eitrem Memorial Endowment Award. Family and friends established this award in memory of Alana “Chicky” Eitrem, an LSSU nursing student from 1984-86. She was a second year pre-nursing student who was tragically killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident in 1986. Mary Jo Meehan, LSSU professor, described Alana as a “personable young woman. She made a lasting impression on all who knew her. She chose a career in nursing so that she could help others. Her kindness came through in everything she did.” The recipient is recommended by the LSSU nursing faculty. Successful candidates must be a graduate of a Chippewa County high school and possess the same characteristic qualities as Alana Eitrem.

The Donald and Catherine Finlayson Nursing Scholarship went to Nicole Pischel of Perronville, Mich., Laiken Hetrick of Newberry, Mich., Danielle Pitts of Rudyard, Mich., Gina Williams of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and Jennifer Campbell of Johannesburg, Mich. The Finlaysons established this endowed scholarship in the fall of 1997. Dr. Finlayson practiced medicine in Sault Ste. Marie from 1946-1982 and was the LSSU physician from 1946-1978. Two of their children attended Lake State - one in pre-nursing and one in pre-physical therapy. Having always been impressed with the LSSU nursing program, the Finlaysons formed the endowment to enhance financial support for nursing students. A successful candidate must be a sophomore with a GPA of 3.0 or better and have demonstrated the necessity of empathy with patients and played an active role in many organizations and projects for the betterment of the community.

Joshua Somerville of Sault Ste. Maire, Mich., received the Hospice of the EUP Scholarship, an annual scholarship established to benefit a senior nursing student who is interested in Hospice and its focus areas. Hospice of the EUP is a non-profit organization formed in 1983. The first Medicare certified program in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Hospice of the EUP provides patient care programs: hospice care for the terminally ill and bridging care for the chronically ill. Other services provided are volunteers, coordination of bereavement services, spiritual programming, medical supplies, education and literature.

Danielle Pitts is the inaugural recipient of the Mackinac Straits Oncology Scholarship. The Mackinac Straits Health System of St. Ignace, Mich., established this scholarship to acknowledge and support LSSU nursing students during their clinical education. Dr. Ed Smith (’78 ) and the hospital's oncology staff believe in the importance of educating young nurses to provide the care, and through their scholarship, promote an interest for oncology nursing. Successful candidates must be a senior in the LSSU baccalaureate nursing program with an interest in oncology nursing and has earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The recipient is recommended by the LSSU Nursing faculty.

The Nancy Mongene and Russell Pattison Nursing Scholarship was established in 2005 by the family of Russell Pattison in an expression of his appreciation to Nancy Mongene for her friendship and healthcare services. This scholarship is presented to a nursing student who has earned at least 26 LSSU credits with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and has a career interest in the public healthcare sector. This year's recipients are LaTasha Martin of Newberry, Mich., and Tia Romagnoli of Iron Mountain, Mich.

The May Mitchell Royal Foundation Nursing Scholarship went to Leena LaPoint of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. This annual scholarship was established by the May Mitchell Royal Foundation to benefit a nursing student of sophomore or junior status who demonstrates a passion and dedication to working in a nursing field. Selection is made by the LSSU Nursing faculty.

Jamie Roberts of Holland, Mich., accepted the Patrick & MaryAnne Shannon Nursing Scholarship. Drs. Patrick and MaryAnne P. Shannon have provided scholarships to students at LSSU since 1983 in recognition to the scholarship donors who provided them financial assistance to earn their undergraduate degrees. MaryAnne is an advanced practice nurse in geriatrics who earned her PhD from MSU. Patrick is a practicing attorney who earned his law degree from U of D, and his EdD from CMU. This scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior nursing student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference is given to students interested in geriatrics.

The Straits Area Ostomy Association Scholarship went to Sara Judd of Birch Run, Mich. This scholarship was established by the Straits Area Ostomy Association to financially assist a LSSU nursing student. The Straits Area Ostomy Association has been in existence since 1974 and covers Michigan’s northern lower peninsula and the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Selection is based on a GPA of 3.0 or higher upon recommendation of the LSSU Nursing faculty.

The Tendercare Endowment went to Arriel Kaczanowski of Dorr, Mich. This endowment was established in 1994 with a bequest from a client of an Indiana-affiliated facility to Tendercare (Michigan) Inc., Michigan’s largest long-term care provider. The funds were in turn donated to LSSU, to go to students who major in a health care field. The recipient must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and have completed 26 or more LSSU credits.

Jennifer Campbell received the TenEyck-Gulliver Nursing Scholarship, a fund established by Richard and Marjorie Gulliver. Marjorie (nee: TenEyck) Gulliver was born and grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. She received a scholarship between 1948-49 to attend the Michigan College of Mining and Technology - Soo Branch, a two year college that is now Lake Superior State University. Marjorie is a graduate of the Edward W. Sparrow Hospital School of Nursing in Lansing and is married to Richard Gulliver. Their son, Richard (Rick) Stuart Gulliver attended LSSU just prior to his death from a brain tumor in 1980. This scholarship is established in memory of their son, Rick, and in appreciation of Marjorie’s career as an RN as well as their family’s loyalty to the university and community. Recipients must be Michigan residents who are a nursing major with at least 26 credits and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Corinna Kauffman and Megan Somerville, both of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., received the War Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship. The War Memorial Hospital Auxiliary dates back to a small group formed in 1903. Beginning with six members, the auxiliary has become a dynamic arm of the hospital, numbering about 250 members and performing many functions that aid patients and employees. Along with providing its many services, the auxiliary formed a Remembrance Fund in 1950 for the purpose of giving interest-free loans to deserving students in the nursing and medical fields. The entire source of income is from memorials and loan repayments. The Chippewa County War Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship was established in 1998 to benefit a nursing student of sophomore or junior status who demonstrates community leadership and a dedication to working in a medical or nursing field.

Megan Somerville also received the War Memorial Hospital Medical Staff Nursing Scholarship, which is established and funded by the War Memorial Hospital medical staff to assist students enrolled in the nursing program. Eligible students must be college sophomores or juniors enrolled in the BSN or BSN completion program as full- or part-time students. Recipients must be from the tri-county area, demonstrate financial need and carry a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The War Memorial Hospital Nursing Intern Scholarship went to Kathleen Ackley of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and Danielle Petersen of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. This scholarship was established by War Memorial Hospital in recognition of an outstanding LSSU nursing student who has successfully completed an internship at War Memorial Hospital. The recipient is a junior or senior nursing student who has earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Selection is based on the recommendation of War Memorial Hospital and the LSSU Nursing faculty.

For more information about these or any one of the more than 100 scholarships and awards available at LSSU, call the LSSU Foundation Office at 906-635-2665 or run a search for “LSSU foundation scholarships” on the Web.

Run a web search for "LSSU School of Nursing" to learn more about both registered and licensed practical nursing programs at Lake State.

Lake Superior State University is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, along the U.S./Canada international border. With an enrollment of about 3,000 students, LSSU offers an undergraduate experience that features small classes, individual attention and faculty/student research opportunities that are not always readily available at larger schools. LSSU students choose from a blend of liberal and technical studies in more than 40 areas. Find out more at


CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Sharon Dorrity, LSSU Foundation Office, e-mail, 635-2665.