The Nebraska Chapter of the March of Dimes and Methodist Hospital System presented 140 nurses from Nebraska and southwest Iowa with Excellence in Nursing awards. The nurses, nominated by individuals, were given the awards for their quality care and dedication to the nursing profession. A few nurses received special recognition for their work: Rising Star Award: Alan Engebretson, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center; and Julie Thompson, Methodist Hospital; Academic Excellence Award: Connie Miller, faculty member of UNMC College of Nursing Omaha; the Distinguished Nurse Award: Jackie Thielan, Methodist Hospital.
The Rev. Don Doll, professor of photojournalism at Creighton University and a photographer, received the Word Sender award at the 14th Laureate Feast. Doll is internationally known for photographing the lives of ordinary people of many cultures, some in war-torn or natural disaster areas for National Geographic and other publications. He has also published several books of his work that have won awards.