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Nursing juniors honored in annual lamplighting service

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The traditional lamplighting service for juniors honored Bethel College’s nursing class of 2013 Sunday, Feb. 12, in Krehbiel Auditorium.

Six of the 23 members of the junior class participated in the lamplighting, which also featured music from two other Bethel students, juniors Maggie Goering, Hutchinson, and Allison Yoder, Kalona, Iowa, who perform as the acoustic duo The Sirens.

After a prelude and a sung processional, “Everybody,” from The Sirens, junior nursing student Susan Morris welcomed friends and family and junior student Payton Walker gave the invocation.

Phyllis Miller, director of Bethel’s nursing program, spoke briefly on the meaning of lamplighting. This Bethel tradition honors upper-class nursing students for their commitment to the profession.

The lamplighting ceremony has its origin during the Crimean War between England and Russia, 1853-56, when British nurse Florence Nightingale, considered the founder of modern nursing, volunteered to go to Scutari, Turkey, with a group of about 30 women to care for the wounded soldiers. Nightingale spent up to 20 hours a day dressing wounds, comforting soldiers, assisting in surgery, directing staff and maintaining records. The men called her “the Lady with a Lamp” after the Turkish candle lantern she carried as she provided care, going from soldier to soldier.

Junior student Stephanie Dixon presented a special vocal number, “If You Want Me To,” and junior student Veronika Henderson introduced the speaker, Margaret Thompson, CRNA, Wichita.

After another number from The Sirens, “Gathering of Spirits,” junior student Danielle Keomany led the others in reciting the “I Believe” pledge.

In the ceremony itself, the lamps are lit and presented to each student to keep.

Following presentation of the lamps, junior student Keara Johnson gave the closing and The Sirens played a recessional to conclude the service.

Members of the Bethel College nursing class of 2013 honored at the lamplighting were: Kayla Boss, El Dorado; Alyssa Dingman, Wichita; Stephanie Dixon, Sedgwick; Shawn Goodman, Lawrence; Veronika Henderson, Wichita; Mariah Hostetler, Dodge City; Caitlyn Hulett, Andover; Keara Johnson, Wichita; Danielle Keomany, Wichita; Oluchi Mbawuike, Wichita; Susan Morris, North Newton; Nicholas Nyagah, Wichita; Beth Piper, North Newton; Virginia Pyle, Park City; Misty Randolph, Newton; Janet Schauf, Clearwater; Anju Shrestha, Wichita; Payton Walker, Sharon Springs; Ashton Wirths, Wichita; and Nathen Yunker, Larned. Kaleb Humphreys, Sterling, and Ana Jimenez, Wichita, were unable to be present.

Bethel nursing faculty, in addition to Miller and Lugo-Baez, are: Donna Becker, assistant professor of nursing; Stephanie Collins, instructor of nursing; Nancy Lugo-Baez, assistant professor of nursing; Sarah Masem, assistant professor of nursing; Geraldine Tyrell, assistant professor of nursing; Aimee Wilson, instructor of nursing; and Paulette Wollenhaupt, adjunct instructor of nursing.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2011-12 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2011-12. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

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