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Bethel College to honor nursing students at lamplighting ceremony

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College nursing department will honor 29 students in a lamplighting ceremony at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22 in the Administration Building Chapel on the North Newton campus. The ceremony honors upper-class nursing students for their commitment to the profession. The purpose of the lamplighting ceremony is to inspire students as they begin their professional journeys.

Bethel College students who will be honored include Tara Baldwin, Salina; Erin Bartel, Hillsboro; Kara Bartell, Halstead; Koretta Butler, Wichita; Cristen Cleland, Erie, Colo.; Katie Cooprider, Mount Hope; Charlee Cyrus, Wichita; Erin Dinkel, Kansas City; Erin Lynn Fasnacht, Hutchinson; Tiffany Garofalo, Newton; Melanie Graber, Newton; Marcelyn Gray, Wichita; Michelle Hall, Newton; Charisse Hutton, Wichita; Becky Jantz, Hillsboro; Amber Jost, Hillsboro; Vanessa Konrade, Burdett; Rebecca Krase, Hutchinson; Amanda Lea, Wichita; Leslie Miller, Newton; Nathan Moyer, North Newton; Vanessa Porter, Wichita; Laura Ratzlaff, Newton; Renea Rinker, Wichita; Stephanie Sadiq, Wichita; Djoanna Sanchez, Wichita; Velvet Taylor, Andover; and Libbey Yancey, Wichita.

Speaker for the lamplighting ceremony will be Gregg Schroeder, associate professor of nursing.

Lamps used in the traditional ceremony symbolize the work of English nurse Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing, who lived from 1820-1910 and served soldiers in the Crimea. The shadow that the lamp cast on the wall as she made rounds at night earned her the name "the nurse with the lamp."

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