Simpson University Inducts Students into New Honor Society

For Immediate Release


Class of 2014 Honor Society inductees

REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University inducted 16 students into its new Honor Society for Nursing on April 14.

The inductees included seven students from the class of 2013 and nine from the class of 2014 – the first two classes of four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing students in the university’s history.

The inaugural inductees comprise the top third of their graduating class.

“They have shown leadership among their class and the ability to influence their peers, our program and our institution to bring about transforming change,” said Paul Herman, assistant professor of nursing.

Dr. Robin Dummer, interim president, addressed the group about the competence and compassion they demonstrate. “I look forward to years of your service,” he said.

Jan Dinkel, dean of the School of Nursing, gave a concluding charge. “It’s an honor for you to have this privilege and special place in the legacy of Simpson University,” she said.

The first national honor society for nursing was established in 1922 at Indiana University. The society’s mission is to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service, Herman said.

Class of 2013 Honor Society inducteesThe university’s Honor Society for Nursing has a board of directors that includes Kimberly Shaw, chief nurse executive and vice president of patient care services at Mercy Medical Center in Redding; Leslie Woodson, chief nursing officer at Shasta Regional Medical Center; and Michelle Sanders of Mercy, in addition to Dinkel, professors Kristie Stephens and Herman, and student representatives Patricia Brown and Christopher Donaghe.

The members of the inaugural class of the Honor Society of Nursing include the following: class of 2013 graduates Hannah Hoffman, Nicolle Larkin, Laura Kobzeff, Tessa Smith, Laura Nasise, Danae Hicks, and Kendra Shubert; and class of 2014 graduates Jay Bitner, Patricia Brown, Jenna Curato, Christopher Donaghe, Robert Edgar, Emily Ganim, Sandra Kitchens, Brad O’Brien, and Kimberly Vierhus (class of 2014).

In addition to the Honor Society for Nursing, Simpson University also has chapters of the following national honor societies: Alpha Chi, Kappa Mu Epsilon (mathematics), Psi Chi (psychology), Phi Alpha Theta (history) and Alpha Sigma Lambda (for adults in the Adult Studies program).

For more information about Simpson University’s School of Nursing, visit

Photos by Falicia Schuman

Top: Class of 2014 Honor Society inductees, from left: Christopher Donaghe, Patricia Brown, Jay Bitner, Emily Ganim, Jenna Curato, Sandra Kitchens, Robert Edgar, Kimberly Vierhus, and Brad O'Brien.

Bottom Left: Class of 2013 Honor Society inductees, from left: Kendra Shubert, Nicolle Larkin, Laura Kobzeff, Laura Nasise, and Danae Hicks. Not pictured: Hannah Hoffman and Tessa Smith.


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