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Lindy Olmstead : 2013 Outstanding Graduate in Health Sciences

Lindy Olmstead, Outstanding Graduate — Education “What a joy it was having Lindy Olmstead in my Fall 2010 [Certified Nurse Aide] class. Lindy was bright and conscientious and so very kind. I’ve also had the chance to work with Lindy at the Juneau Pioneers’ Home where she took her first position as a Certified Nurse Aide. I was delighted to observe Lindy making the transition from student to health care provider with grace and maturity. Congratulations, Lindy, on an honor well deserved!” — Suzanne Malter, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

Lindy’s degree programs required the completion of Anatomy and Physiology I and II, two semesters of Chemistry, Math, Science of Nutrition, and Lifespan Development.  When asked what course Lindy enjoyed most, she responded Lifespan Development because it was very interesting for her to learn about the different stages of human life, and how development influences everyone’s life in different and yet the same ways.

Growing up in Juneau, Lindy has done exceptionally well in her undergraduate studies while also juggling part-time jobs such as working as a Certified Nurse Aide (C.N.A.) at Juneau Pioneers’ Home, and helping her parents - as the second oldest of six siblings - care for her four younger siblings.  Like her older brother Jacob (UAS graduate Spring 2011), who is currently pursuing a nursing degree at Shoreline Community College in Washington, Lindy applied and has been accepted to the University of Anchorage School of Nursing Bachelors of Nursing (BSN) program starting Spring 2015.  After completing of her BSN degree, Lindy hopes to work in an Emergency Room or an OB/neonatal unit.

Lindy pursued nursing as her career pathway because she has known since she was young that she desired and was drawn to take care of others. Lindy is excited to continue working at the Juneau Pioneers’ Home this summer after she graduates, and waits for her opening to attend the UAA BSN program in Anchorage.

UAS' 2013 Juneau Commencement will be held May 5 at 2:00 p.m. at the UAS Recreation Center.

Student Speaker Link

Crystal Rogers is receiving her Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Independent Design, focusing on the art, language, government and history of indigenous and Western societies in Alaska, with a minor in Tlingit.

Learn more about Crystal Rogers, this year's student speaker at the UAS Commencement in Juneau on May 6th.