Celebrating Excellence at the 2023 WSU College of Nursing Homecoming

The 2023 WSU College of Nursing Homecoming was a momentous occasion, brimming with achievements and accolades that exemplify the essence of nursing excellence and dedication. The event was marked by the presentation of five prestigious awards, each highlighting remarkable individuals who have made indelible contributions to the field of nursing.

Alum of the Year

The Alum of the Year award was presented to Jacob Garcia, a distinguished graduate of WSU’s College of Nursing. Jacob’s exceptional journey from nursing student to an influential leader in the healthcare industry is nothing short of inspiring. He has not only excelled in his profession but has also actively contributed to the betterment of his community, serving as a beacon of hope for future CougNurses.

Spirit Award

Dr. Gail Oneal was recognized with the Spirit Award, which celebrates faculty and staff who embody the core values of the College of Nursing. Her enduring commitment to nursing education and her unwavering spirit have left an indelible mark on the institution and its students. Dr. Oneal’s dedication to mentorship and her positive outlook are truly infectious.

Founders Award

Dr. Renee Hoeksel received the Founders Award for her remarkable contributions in nursing education and research. Her legacy as an educator, leader, and scholar has transformed the nursing landscape in the western United States. Dr. Hoeksel’s work exemplifies the highest standards of professional integrity and serves as a testament to her unwavering commitment to nursing education.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Carol Huebner’s Lifetime Achievement Award is a fitting tribute to a career filled with dedication to the profession of nursing. Her journey, from military service to academia, is nothing short of remarkable. Dr. Huebner’s research, mentorship, and leadership have significantly advanced nursing and healthcare, leaving a lasting impact on the profession.

Dean’s Award

The Dean’s Award was introduced this year and was presented to Dr. Anne Mason, the Associate Dean for Academics. Dr. Mason’s exceptional commitment and unparalleled dedication to the College of Nursing have been instrumental in its continued success. Her multifaceted role has exemplified the highest level of service and dedication, helping the college navigate through unprecedented challenges and opportunities.

The 2023 WSU College of Nursing Homecoming was a celebration of resilience, dedication, and unwavering commitment to the field of nursing. These award recipients are not only deserving of recognition but also serve as an inspiration to current and future CougNurses. Their contributions are a testament to the enduring impact of nursing in our society. Congratulations to all the honorees!