NIC student selected as Rotary Student of the Month

North Idaho College student Mary Saxton of Coeur d'Alene was selected as May's Coeur d'Alene Rotary Club Student of the Month. Saxton returned to school after the age of 40 and after two years of completing prerequisites, has been accepted to the NIC Nursing Program for fall 2005.

“My decision to enter college was exhilarating, but scary,” Saxton said. “Today, I can say with certainly it was the best decision I have ever made.”

|photo1|Saxton was nominated for the Coeur d'Alene Rotary award by the staff of NIC's Student Support Services, which is a federally-funded TRIO program focused on providing academic assistance to help participating students stay in school, successfully graduate from NIC and transfer to a four-year institution.

Saxton said she is grateful to have found Student Support Services early in her college career to ensure her academic success. She has utilized the program's peer and professional tutoring, supplemental instruction and advising services.

“After two years of receiving services, I am now in a position to pay back the Student Support Services Program,” Saxton said. “I am presently tutoring other up and coming nursing students in microbiology and human biology and have also been a peer mentor to other nontraditional students like me, providing them with helpful information to get them off to a good start in their college experience.”

Saxton is a Dean's List student and a member of NIC's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honors society for two-year colleges. In her spare time, she also reads to nursing home residents and volunteers at her church's soup kitchen.

For More Information
NIC Assistant Vice President for Planning, Assessment and Research Kathy Christie, (208) 769-3403

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2005

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