The Kansas Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) recently honored the Pittsburg State University Department of Nursing with its Above and Beyond Award. The award recognizes companies and organizations for their support of employees and students who serve in the Kansas National Guard and Reserve.
The award for the department is based on its support for Courtney Prezel, a sergeant in the Kansas Air National Guard. Shortly before the end of her junior year as a nursing major at PSU, Prezel learned she was being deployed to Iraq. When Prezel's tour of duty was finished, the semester had already begun, but Department Chairperson Mary Carol Pomatto and the department faculty worked with her to help her finish the coursework on time and graduate with her classmates in May 2009. For that effort, Prezel nominated Pomatto and the department for the U.S. Department of Defense Patriot Award, which they received last fall.
Pomatto accepted the ESGR's Above and Beyond Award at the Kansas ESGR annual meeting on March 21 in Wichita.
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