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2008 Alumna of the Year - Regina Herrington

"I was excited and pleased when Jefferson College started its nursing degree program," said Herrington. "This provided a solution for my career problem. The new program made it convenient for me to attend college, to work full time, and to spend much needed time with my husband and our two children. I was thereby able to participate in both school and community activities."

Regina HerringtonHerrington, of Festus, graduated from Douglass High School in 1954 and began working at Jefferson Memorial Hospital as a nurses' aide. When Jefferson College started its Nursing program, she enrolled and was accepted into the second class where she received her Associate of Applied Science degree in 1977. She fondly remembers the day when she received her degree from Jefferson College, "one son graduated from high school and another graduated from kindergarten."

After graduating from Jefferson College, Herrington continued her studies through St. Louis University and Missouri Baptist University while she worked at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, where her positions included team leader and patient care coordinator on the surgical floor. She was given the first Employee of the Month award the hospital granted and received a Nursing Achievement award in 1993. She retired in 2001 after 38 years at JMH.

In addition to her exemplary work in the nursing field, Herrington is also active in community service. She is an officer of the Jefferson County Cultural Diversity Committee and is actively involved in the Annual Black History Luncheon. She is also a member of the Douglass Alumni Association and works with her church and other local organizations on fund raisers and community activities involving youth groups. Her support for youth and education also includes work with Classrooms for Kids and bond issues for Festus R-6 schools. She also volunteers for the Jefferson County Health Department's flu shot program and helps senior citizens.

"It was through Jefferson College that all of this was made possible and I am truly grateful," she says.



 
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