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Shepherd University graduates extend their alumni status at Shepherd when they join the Alumni Association. The Alumni Association serves to connect Shepherd alumni to the university and to connect the university to alumni. Go online at or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 304-876-5157.

We love to hear from our nursing alumni! Send us news of jobs, promotions, weddings, births — anything you would like to share with your fellow alumni.

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Shepherd University
School of Nursing
P.O. Box 5000
Shepherdstown, WV 25443-5000

Nursing Alumni News

MICHELE GOLDMAN ‘ 92, B.S.N., R.N. along with LEONA COOK ’92, A.S.N., R.N. and ’97, B.S.N. were recipients of the Distinguished Nursing Alumna 2011 award during nursing convocation on May 13, 2011.

Due to their vision, persistence, and professionalism, lives have been changed for the better in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. In its ten years of operation, thousands of area residents have received healthcare that otherwise would not have been provided through more than 56,800 medical visits given and $22.5 million worth of prescriptions dispensed at no charge to patients. Generating this amount of volunteer professional support and donations is the result of an immense level of creative and diligent work organized and provided by the structure that Michele and Leona set in place and directs. The clinic is important to Shepherd University’s Department of Nursing Education as it serves as a clinical practice and has educated more than 250 Shepherd nursing students through a valuable practice setting. (Click here to read the article in the Shepherd Magazine, p.10)

JASON SWALM ’00 began his first year studies at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) in Lewisburg in August 2009. Jason graduated from Slidell, Louisiana, High School and received his bachelor of science degree in nursing from Shepherd. Jason will earn his diploma and graduate as an osteopathic physician in May 2013 upon successful completion of the WVSOM medical education program. He will then enter into an internship/residency training program in the medical specialty of his choice.

CLARISE OTTLEY ’91 received her doctorate in Philosophy December 17, 2009. Selected as a proge’ge’ in the National League for Nursing/Johnson & Johnson Faculty Leadership and Mentoring Program. The program is designed to use mentoring as a method of enhancing participants’ leadership skills in their role as teacher, scholar, clinician, and nursing education community member. During the program, Dr. Ottley will develop a group project focusing on nursing education leadership, which will be presented at the National League of Nursing 2011 Education Summit to be held in Orlando, Florida, September 2011. Also recipient of the City Hospital Foundation’s Distinguished Nursing Chair award in July 2008.