Congratulations to IWU's 2013 Senior of the Year and Professor of the Year Winners! Below are their names and some quotes from fellow students who voted for them:
Kristie Herring – Senior of the Year
"Kristie is so sweet and so encouraging. I have felt blessed by every single conversation I've had with her. TEAM KRISTIE!"
"Kristie has a wonderful impact on our community here at IWU. She always has a smile on her face and wants to put a smile on everyone else’s face that she comes in contact with. She truly has shown me what it means to live out the love of Christ in the mix of everything. She is very busy with her nursing classes and her family but she still makes time to be part of the community here and come to extra activities that are not required for class. She is always willing to listen, give an encouraging word as well as lead a shoulder to cry on. Kristie will always come to my mind in the years to come when I think of the business of class and for many more years to come. Kristie truly has been a blessing in my life as well as many other students on our campus."
"She always has a positive attitude. Even though she'd express her business and struggles, she showed her strength by moving forward. I respect her for her hard work and willingness to help all of us throughout these four years."
"She was a full time mother, student, and employee. How could we complain about homework when she has so much more on her plate than the majority of us?"
"Kristie is always in high spirits and is always willing to encourage anyone. I would not have my made it through nursing school without this lovely lady."
Brenda Sloan – Professor of the Year
"Professor Sloan teaches one of the hardest nursing classes for senior students: Critical Care Nursing. She knows how to teach this class without making it too overwhelming with all the information we cover in class. She has been such an encouragement to the senior nursing students and empowers us. She also has wise words to share whether they relate to nursing or not and always keeps her door open for students to come and talk with her."
"She is an amazing nurse, she loves her students, she wants us to succeed and is committed to showing Christ through her actions."
"Professor Sloan has been my academic advisor from my freshman year on. She has challenged me to reach my full potential academically, encouraged me, and advocated for me when I felt alone and like I had no one to turn to for academic advice. She has so positively impacted my life while here at IWU."
"Brenda Sloan has impacted the community by genuinely caring for the students she interacts with. She is the most encouraging professor I have ever had here at IWU. She displays a Christ-like attitude in her classroom and outside the classroom. She is an awesome professor, always able to explain concepts well. She deserves this award."