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2015_Summer_Magazine

2 4 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Summer 2015 Road warrior for Linfield – 13,000 miles and counting I feel a bit like a road warrior. On behalf of Linfi eld, I have traveled to Seattle, Spokane, Washington, D.C, Denver, Palm Springs, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland and San Francisco. That’s roughly 13,000 air miles and 10 nights in hotels, all for Linfi eld events. Some were held in conjunction with the Offi ce of Admission, while others were geared for alumni and current parents. While business travel is not as glamorous as some may think, the events have been wonderful and connecting with alumni and parents around the country makes it completely worthwhile. The value of these regional meetings isn’t just for me to have the chance to meet and talk with alumni and parents. It’s also valuable to those Wildcats who live there. It may lead to a professional link, a friendship or even just the opportunity to share memories. They can get updates about the college or inquire about a favorite professor and long-lost friend. We want our alumni and parents to feel connected to the college and proud of the work that is being done to educate the next generation of leaders. All of us at Linfi eld love to reconnect with alumni, to fi nd out where their careers have taken them and what is happening in their lives. We hope and expect they will be inspired to recommend the Linfi eld experience to future generations of students. We hope they will support the college with charitable gifts that will continue to enhance a Linfi eld education. Alumni may also want to help current students or other alumni by serving as mentors or resources. All of this strengthens Linfi eld, and in turn, makes each of our degrees more valuable. This fall I may be hitting the road again and I hope to see you at one of our regional events. I know you have stories about your Linfi eld experience and I hope you will share them. – Debbie Harmon Ferry ’90 Director of Alumni and Parent Relations Award-winning nurse inspires, leads by example Natural leadership and inspirational skills have earned Sara Mosher ’01 the admiration of her peers – along with a number of awards in the nursing field. Mosher is the recipient of the 2015 Lloydena V. Grimes Award for Excellence in Nursing from the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing. Mosher points right back to Linfield as one of the reasons for her success. “Nursing School was not easy, but they (the professors) taught me how to work really hard,” she said. “They truly wanted me to succeed and even after a long day of lectures, they would still find time to meet with me to make sure I understood the content and felt confident going into a test.” Mosher, manager of care coordination with the St. Charles Health System in Bend, is passionate about improving the patient and family experience. From being a bedside nurse, to a clinical coordinator and now practicing in management, she focuses on the patient experience and leads by example. “My passion and focus has been to improve the patient experience,” she said. “What an honor it is, as a nurse, to be with the family on a journey that is terrifying and scary and emotional. Every single day I go to work it’s an honor to walk alongside families.” That is what prompted her to start her own business, Patient+Family Care, partnering with organizations to blend technology and medical care with a focus on patient and family support. She was also named the 2014 Oregon Community Health Nurse of the Year and was one of the 2014-15 National Association of Professional Women VIP Women of the Year. She was the 2011 Oregon Pediatric Nurse of the Year and received a 2012 Leading Practice Award, both presented by March of Dimes. Mosher, who earned a master’s in health/health care administration/management from the University of Phoenix, is an active mentor and has served as a clinical preceptor for several Linfield nursing students. She is a sought-after national speaker. She has volunteered for the March of Dimes for 17 years, serving as head volunteer and member of the community board for Central Oregon. She was recently elected as a member of the Central Oregon Ronald McDonald House Charities Board of Directors as well. Mosher is the 25th recipient of the Lloydena Grimes Award, established in 1991. Watch video: youtube.com/linfieldcollege/videos


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