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St. Kate's students sweep respiratory awards, competition

Hillary Lindgren ’14, Aubrie Anderson ’14 and Ally Finch ’14 won the Sputum Bowl. Lindgren and Anderson also won scholarships and awards at last week's NRRCC Conference.
Hillary Lindgren ’14, Aubrie Anderson ’14 and Ally Finch ’14 won the Sputum Bowl. Lindgren and Anderson also won scholarships and awards at last week's NRRCC Conference.
Photo by Lori VanBeusekom

Five St. Catherine University respiratory care students won six awards and scholarships through the Minnesota Society for Respiratory Care (MSRC). Announcements were made last week during the 10th Annual North Regional Respiratory Care Conference (NRRCC) in Rochester, Minn.

Scholarship and award recipients include:

Allina Leadership Scholarship: Hillary Lindgren ’14
The $500 scholarship is awarded to a respiratory care student for exceptional initiative in leadership, which benefits the respiratory care profession and organization.

Shirley Johnson Scholarship: Aubrie Anderson ’14 and Fowzia Mohamed ’15
Two $500 scholarships are awarded to respiratory care students for their outstanding performance in professional growth.

Helmholz Awards: Aubrie Anderson ’14 (3rd place) and Dawn Lund ’14 (4th place)
The cash award recognizes superior student work in writing and research in respiratory care. Four awards are given.

Bueford Peterson Scholarship: Melissa Weiman ’14
The one-time $500 scholarship is awarded to a respiratory care student to support ongoing studies in the field.

“We always encourage our students to participate and we have been very successful over the years. But this year is pretty remarkable because we took the majority of the available scholarships and awards,” says John Boatright, program director and associate professor of respiratory care. 

Sputum Bowl State Champions

Five student teams from various respiratory care programs across the state participated in the Sputum Bowl, sponsored by MSRC back in February. A "quiz bowl" of sorts, the objective of the Sputum Bowl is to stimulate interest in the current knowledge and practice of respiratory care. Each team wrote 100 oral questions and 16 visual questions using a format and references specified by the MSRC. These questions were then used for other teams during the competition.

The team from St. Kate’s, Hillary Lindgren ’14, Aubrie Anderson ’14 and Ally Finch ’14, won the Sputum Bowl state championship and will go on to the national competition sponsored by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), held in Las Vegas in December.

During last week’s NRRCC conference, an informal “border battle” Sputum Bowl match occurred between Minnesota and Wisconsin groups and a team from St. Kate’s won again.

April 23, 2014 by Sharon Rolenc

See also: Healthcare, Leadership, Students