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Health Sciences Hosts Retirement Celebration April 19

By: danyalusk   Published 6:55 am / April 18, 2017

The College of Health Sciences invites the campus community to join in recognizing four faculty and staff for their contributions and dedication to learning as they prepare to retire.

The cake and refreshments reception is from 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 19,  in the Student Union Hatch B ballroom.

Retirees include:

  • Mary Hereford, associate professor, School of Nursing
  • Sandra Spear, nurse practitioner, Health Services
  • Mary Ann Towle, assistant professor, School of Nursing
  • Eldon Walker, assistant professor, School of Nursing

Mary Hereford Mary Hereford is an associate professor in the School of Nursing at Boise State University and has been a faculty member since 1996. Hereford received her BS degree in Nursing from Boise State University, her MS degree in Nursing Education from Idaho State University and her PhD in Education with an emphasis in Adult and Organizational Learning from the University of Idaho. Prior to coming to Boise State University, Hereford worked in a variety of clinical areas including emergency, medical-surgical, home health and clinical education. Hereford’s expertise in teaching includes emergency, medical- surgical, pediatrics, nursing case management and an online transition course for returning RNs. Hereford is an expert in teaching online, hybrid and face to face having won awards by both faculty and students as outstanding faculty of the year.

Sandra Spear Sandra Spear, nurse practitioner for Health Services, obtained a Bachelors of Nursing from California State University at Humboldt, and a Master’s in Public Health Nursing from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed a Post Graduate Adult Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Washington and is certified by the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. Spear then completed a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine At the University of Arizona. Spear joined University Health Services in 2000 with 18 years of experience in college health. Spear is passionate about being a partner with the patient in managing their health, and believes that health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease. Her goal is to maintain wellness and facilitate healing. To do this, she uses all appropriate therapies, both conventional and complementary.

Mary Ann Towle Mary Ann Towle is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing. Her areas of teaching experience include introductory nursing courses, maternal/infant health and geriatrics. Towle received a BSN and an MSN from Idaho State University, and a M.Ed. from University of Idaho. Towle’s research interests are in decision making and delegation of nursing care.

Eldon Walker Eldon Walker is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing. Walker received a master’s degree in nursing education from Idaho State University, a BS from Boise State University, and a BA from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. He teaches medical-surgical nursing. Before joining the faculty at Boise State, he was a critical care nurse for St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in the CCU/MICU unit, where he still occasionally helps out.