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CSC Health Professions students accepted to professional programs

April 20, 2013

At their honors banquet on campus this week, 18 Chadron State College students were recognized for accomplishing their Health Professions studies at CSC and acceptance into professional schools. Director of Health Professions and RHOP, Jill Mack said she was extremely proud of the accomplishments of the students and is confident they will represent CSC well in their future endeavors.

Chadron State Foundation Director of Alumni and Development, Karen Pope, was the guest speaker for the event. She told the group of over 50 that they should get to know their faculty and stay in touch after leaving. “They give of their time and experience. They care about your success. Thank them,” Pope said.

Pope shared moving personal experiences through which her physician became part of her family. The trials she outlined included her son, Drew’s, battle against leukemia as a child, her husband, Andy’s, gunshot wound and her own bout with breast cancer.

“Life sends us tests. We don’t get to choose which tests. The one thing we can determine is our attitude. In your professions, it will be important for you to accomplish a balance between toughness and tenderness. The hugs we received from health care professionals were often because we needed encouragement, but sometimes because they did.” Pope said.

The Rural Health Opportunities Program students who will be attending the University of Nebraska Medical Center this fall include:

Dentistry: Kelsey Coffman, North Platte, Neb. and Jill Schiltmeyer, Elgin, Neb.

Medicine: Emory Dye, Gering, Neb; Brooke Housh, Hay Spring, Neb. and Jens Johnson, Chadron, neb.

Nursing: Kameron Heckman, Alliance, Neb.; Lauren Rebier Alliance, Neb. and Sydney VanDiest, North Platte, Neb

Pharmacy: Amanda Bown, Sidney, Neb. and Jocelyn Utecht, Hastings, Neb.

Physician Assistant: Jonathon Ehlers Plymouth, Neb. and Mallory Murdoch, Orleans, Neb.

The following students have completed their traditional pre-professional studies at CSC and will be attending the colleges indicated.


Danielle Griese, Pierre, S.D. - South Dakota State University, Rapid City, S.D.

Kayla James, Alliance, Neb. -  Bryan LGH, Lincoln, Neb.

Kate Seifer, Tryon, Neb. - University of Nebraska Medical Center, Lincoln, Neb.

Brittany Wellman, Waco, Neb. - University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Neb.

Physician Assistant

Amelia Shane, Atkinson, Neb. - University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Neb.

Physical Therapy

Keanna Gross, Ainsworth, Neb. - Nebraska Methodist, Omaha, Neb.

Photos of the honorees that were in attendance can be seen on the CSC News page.

—Tena L. Cook, Interim Marketing Coordinator

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