NIC nursing instructor contributes to community campaign

|photo1|North Idaho College Nursing Instructor Claudia Miewald knows the impact that the opening of the NIC Health and Sciences Building will have on the nursing program and its students as well as the campus as a whole.

Miewald has been a nurse for 26 years,  and to her and husband Bruce, a Coeur d'Alene psychiatrist, donating to the Providing Opportunities—Fulfilling Dreams Community Campaign was not a gift made in the moment, it was a contribution that will touch the lives of this community for generations to come.

“We have an appreciation for the importance of education and know its value to a community,” Miewald said. “We support various community endeavors and with our backgrounds in medical fields, this seemed like a natural project for us to support.”

The Miewalds contributed $10,000 to help fund technology needs for the new facility and to name an office in the building.

The Providing Opportunities—Fulfilling Dreams Community Campaign has raised $1.5 million toward its minimum of $2 million goal to support technology and equipment needs for the new Health and Sciences Building in addition to raising funds for student scholarships.

Miewald, who has been teaching in the nursing program for the past 10 years, said that the exceptional nursing program at NIC has operated under less than optimal conditions in the past and the prospect of state-of-the-art equipment in all of the health care professions and science labs will have a profound effect on student learning.

“The students will be utilizing the same equipment that is being used in health care today, which is so important to producing quality health care workers who are prepared to work in the field,” Miewald said. “This project will enhance the faculty's ability to teach and enhance the students' ability to learn, making a excellent program even better.”

Miewald said the campaign's focus on student scholarships is also very important to student success, especially in the nursing program, where it is difficult for students to find a balance between obligations at home, work and school.

“Students have very difficult schedules and we've seen so many struggle financially as they try to support their families while they go through the nursing program,” Miewald said. “Anything that could help ease that burden is so important to those students.”

The 57,000-square-foot Health and Sciences Building, scheduled to open this fall, will increase NIC's classroom capacity by 25 percent and will include state-of-the-art labs, general use classrooms, a theater-style auditorium with seating for 100 and two video broadcast classrooms.

The Miewalds believe that the possibilities that will develop from the new Health and Sciences Building have yet to be determined by the college and the community.

“I don't think we know the potential that this building has yet,” Miewald said. “All we know is that it's of great importance to the future of this college and this community.”

For More Information
NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson, (208) 769-5978, or NIC Nursing Instructor Claudia Miewald, (208) 769-3278

Posted: Monday, March 14, 2005

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