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Professor Ruth Stephenson receives the 2014 Hunter Hamilton Award

imageProfessor Ruth Stephenson
05/03/14 -  

During Queens' 2014 commencement ceremony, Professor Ruth Stephenson became the 2014 Hunter Hamilton Award recipient. Congratulations Ruth!

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The Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award seeks out and honors teachers whose way of life uniquely inspires the full potential of each student. This award is given to a Queens University of Charlotte faculty member judged by his or her peers to display an exemplary love of teaching.

Professor Ruth Stephenson came to Queens College in 1991. When she arrived, she brought with her a wealth of experience from the profession of nursing - experience that she would pass on to nursing students and students in all majors enrolled in her CORE program courses. Student comments about Ruth over the years show a common theme of commitment and dedication to her students as well as the community. One student commented, "Professor Stephenson teaches Community Health in the classroom, but what she teaches in the classroom, she lives." 

Former students describe Ruth's love of nursing with terms such as "caring, love for her patients, and service to her profession." They use the same terms when describing her dedication to her students. In her teaching role, students often add the title of mentor. One student commented that Ruth, "guides students with a firm, matter of fact demeanor, tweaked with love and care." Another student commented, "It was her sage advice and her challenging me to stretch my mental and emotional boundaries that produced behaviors in me that I am sure will be invaluable not only in my nursing career, but in all areas of my personal and professional life."

Ruth's love of Community and Public Health nursing has awakened a passion in many students. They speak of her encouragement to seek a new career in nursing, advance their career to a new level, or move from the bedside to the community.  They have become advocates for school children, the underserved, and the vulnerable. Through Ruth, they learned to live Queens' motto of "not to be served, but to serve."

One touching student nomination included the following statement. The Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award "is a special award to me, since Dr. Hamilton performed surgery on my daughter twice. For his help, he holds a special place in my mind, just like Ruth Stephenson holds a special place in my heart." With her passion for standing up for what she believes is right, her many years of dedicated service, her commitment to students, and her deep love for Queens University of Charlotte, Ms. Ruth Stephenson is a worthy recipient of the high honor of the 2014 Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award. 

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