Sue McAvoy completes LPN Course at Utah Tech Mar 1977
UTech Nursing Class Largest Ever for School of Utah Technical College at Provo will graduate its largest class of practical nurses Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the North Orem LDS Stake Center, 1000 North Main, Orem. Families of the graduates and anyone else interested are welcome. Mrs. Karin Swendsen, director of the Utah Tech nursing program, said 42 will be capped and pinned at the ceremonies, surpassing the previous record of 39 in the graduating class a year ago. Giving the address of welcome and ending a year as president of the class will be Guy H. Thompson of Orem, the lone man in the group. Mrs, Swendsen says men in the program are few, but that beginning four years ago some half dozen have graduated. The beginning of the practical nursing program at Utah Tech dates back to 1951, when Mrs. Swendsen's earliest record lists five graduates. Since then, and when the current 42 complete their course on March 16, the college will have graduated a total of 835. Dr. Max Spencer, local physician, will give the principal address to the graduates. Utah Tech President Wilson W. Sorensen will conduct the exercises. Remarks will be presented by Erschel Shepherd, division chairman of health occupations occupations at Utah Tech, ROSS MURDOCK Am. Fork Youth Earns and members of the nursing faculty will cap and pin the graduates. Darla Davis, a graduate of 1974 and now employed as a licensed practical nurse, will speak. The 41 graduates have completed a year of study which qualifies them to take a state examination. On passing it, they will become licensed practical nurses. Mrs. Swendsen said the job market is excellent, with openings available in hospitals, doctors' offices, offices, nursing and convalescent homes, the Utah State Hospital and the Utah State Training School. The director said a few openings are still available in the classes beginning the spring quarter on March 22. Anyone interested is urged to contact the college immediately. The college began last year to offer two courses, one over 12 months and another over 18 which gives students more time to complete it. A list of the graduates follows. From Provo are, Cynda Bigelow, Jill Dunn, Lisa W. Hammond, Sharon Lee Harris, Karen Melanie Hechtle, Cheri Herde, Linda Merkley, Rebecca Ann Pendleton, and Patricia Sequine. From Orem are, Lorraine Cragun, Joyce Issacson, Kaye Lindquist, Karen Naugle, and Guy H. Thompson. Others from Utah County are, Gale Ann Barney, Genola; Connie Lynne Conrad, Spanish Fork; Debra Davis, Pleasant Pleasant Grove; Rebecca Devitt, American Fork; LuAnn Fullmer, E. Lynn Callegos, and Dianne Carfield, all of Springville; Kathy Hansen, Spanish Fork; and Rozella J. Hansen, Lehi. More graduates from Utah County include, Deborah R. Hutchings, Lehi; Dianne Kowalski, Payson; LaVon W. Laursen, American Fork; Sue McAvoy, Lehi; Suzanne McDaniel, Alpine; Elaine E. Murray, Springville; Sheryl Pack, Pleasant Grove.; Naomi Penrod, Lindon; Cindy Sanford, Spanish Fork; and Carolyn D. Shepherd, Springville.